Cubs In Haiku: Cubs 3, Giants 2

Baker's the hero
Ninth inning, two-run homer
Gives the Cubs a win

The "elimination number" is one - just one Cubs loss or Cardinal win means the Central Division race is over.  With the Cardinals idle Thrusday night, the Cubs did not want to hand them the title by losing to the Giants.  But down one run in the ninth, with two outs and two strikes on Jeff Baker, it looked like we were going to do just that.  But then, as Harry would have said  ... it might be ... it could be ... IT IS ... a HOME RUN. 

With Derrek Lee still on first after drawing a walk to start the inning, Jeff Baker deposited the ball in the left field stands to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.  Carlos Marmol got three strike outs in the ninth for his 15th save, but not before he created a little drama by giving up a hit and a walk.  

Cubs fans will have to try to stay awake late again Friday night ... the Giants series continues with another 9:15pm start that will find Carlos Zambrano facing the tough Tim Lincecum. 

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