Sometimes life gives you a cookie and pats you on the head for being a good boy. How else can you explain tonight's game. With the Cubs down 4-2, and 40,000 liquored up Cardinal fans drinkin, hollerin, and a pitch away from inbreeding 20,000 more unwanted Cardinal fans, the Cubs strike for four unanswered runs and defeat the Cardinals 6-5, taking the series win and assuring the Cubs of their second consecutive winning road trip. Trust me, you DO NOT want to be a Cardinals fans' cousin tonight. Hell not any night. The Cardinals would get most of their runs from Mega-thug Matt Holliday who's 3 run homer erased a 1-0 lead and gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. The Cubs had gotten the lead earlier on a Beef blast in the 2nd. Wellington Castillo would get a run back with an RBI sac fly. But Carlos Beltran would get the two run lead back with a double scoring Matt Carpenter, who might be the most Cardinaly Cardinal to ever cardinal. But the Cubs got their spoiler on in the 8th. With two on and two out Darwin Barney laced a ball into the right field gap for a game tying double. And pinch hitter Dioner Navarro, who a couple of days ago was seen being taken off the field on a cart. Would give the Cubs the lead when he doubled home Barney. A textbook insurance run and some great relief work and boom, two wins for the Cubs with a possible series sweep on the Horizon. TAXI!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT ARE THEY DOING IN THE HYACINTH HOUSE?
Carlos Villanueva got the start and gave a very workman like performance. 6 innings of 4 run 7 hit ball isn't wonderful, but he kept the Cubs in the game. Which is really all you ask of your bottom end starters. What shined tonight was the Cubs Bullpen. Properly slotted, Blake Parker, Pedro Strop, and Kevin Gregg kept the Cards at bay, although Gregg did allow another home run to Holliday, who continues to bring football elements into baseball. But when you hit two home runs I suppose you can do that. Anyway, good to see.
TAKING JUNIOR FOR A WALK
Junior Lake continues to be a show. Today, lake was impressive with his bat, his speed, and his defense. Lake had two hits, scored a run, took extra bases and nailed Cardinals catcher Rob Johnson trying to stretch a single into a double. He's a little wild, and you can see the wholes. But you see the plusses and he certainly finds a way to be into the game. And he's a ton of fun.
WITH THE FRINGE...ON TOP.
Maybe the best moment if you're a Cubs fan was the insurance run in the 9th, and not only because they wound up needing the run. But because it involved everyone doing the job asked of them. Lake had to get on base. He did with a double just inside the third base line. Rizzo had to have a productive out. He did with a ground out to the right side. Schierholtz had to deliver and he did with a single to right. Love to see it when a plan is executed.
So the Cubs turn back into a team that's fun to watch. And what better timing. The Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow. Multiple Ed Jackson takes the bump against former Arlington Park bugler Joe Kelly. If any town deserved to have a broom put to it, it would be St. Louis. Let's hope that's the case. Onwards.