The Cubs tried to salvage the rubber game against the Cardinals today on a cool crisp autumn afternoon. But when one team has talent and every reason to win, and the other team has little talent and no reason to play, you usually wind up with a result like today’s 6-3 loss. The Cardinals hit donut-tire starter Justin Germano early and often, getting off to a 3-0 lead in the third. But Wellington Castillo would double in Starlin Castro and then score himself as Joe Mather stood in the batters box and did nothing while Kyle Loshe’s wild pitch scooted on by. Once again, something named Pete Kozma would make his presence felt with a home run to end Germano’s day. Soriano would equalize with a homerun in the next inning. But the Cardinals would pull away off over-used relievers Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden. The very furry Jason Motte would end the game and the 10,000 Cardinal fans smiled wide and flashed their 22,000 teeth in joy. If we had the chance we’d ask someone to dance, but c’mon, let’s dance with ourselves…
I SEE MY FUTURE BEFORE ME, I’LL HURT YOU WHEN I CAN, IT SEEMS LIKE I’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE.
Same old same old for Germano. Just a tick away from being almost mediocre. Like a kid standing on his tippy toes to meet the roller coaster height requirement, Germano struggled to get that 6th inning to make it a decent start. 5 and 2/3rds, 10 hits, 4 ER, 1 walk and 3 K’s. He’s doing what he can. But the problem is that almost every starter can’t go deep. And while there are lots of bodies in the bullpen, there isn’t a lot of depth. Russel-Cabrera-Bowden-Socolovich to end it.
AND THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. WE’RE GOING TO BE COOL.
Nine more games mean I have to find nine more reasons not to pour rubbing alcohol into my eyes. One of those reasons will be the outside chance of Alfonso Soriano catching Ryan BrauHGHn and Chase Headley ( Chase Headly?!!?!??!!!?????! Really??????) for the RBI lead. So expect more Soriano blurbs in the final days. Fair warning to all Soriano detractors, and those who subscribe to the “RBI’s are a misleading statistic” theory. Today’s home run was his 31st and his 105th RBI. He trails Braun and Headley by three. I didn’t see a single person who predicted anything higher than 85. Anyway, Go Sori!
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Joe Mather played third and wasted everybody’s time. And David Dejesus played his inferior position of center field. Yeeha.
Winning the first game set up possibilities that this current roster can’t accomplish right now. Since I am gonna watch these last nine games I’m gonna light a candle and pray that Sveum doesn’t feel the need to “play his most competitive team against the playoff contenders”, mostly because I disagree with what Sveum thinks is his most competitive lineup. Here’s hoping Jackson, Vitters, Castillo, Rizzo and Castro take these 9 games as a “Let’s go out and have the time of our lives” ending. It’s a pipe dream. But, hey, I thought we could win this series Friday afternoon too.