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2008 Magical Moment: Cubs Top Rockies 10-9

Posted on 09 November 2008 by Lou

Less than 24 hours after the Chicago Cubs pulled off an 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies with 5 late runs in the 6th and 7th innings, the Cubs pulled off an even more improbable come-from-behind win with a 10-9 victory over the disappointing Rockies. In this eventful contest, Ted Lilly had one of his worst outings of the 2008 season. Lilly lasted only 3 innings, giving up 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits, including 3 damaging home runs. Jon Lieber didn’t fare much better, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief. The one positive – neither Cubs pitcher walked a Rockies batter. With the score 9-1 after 5 innings, many fans started to leave the friendly confines of Wrigley Field to enjoy the Wrigleyville bars before they got too crowded.

That was a BIG mistake – as that’s just when the fun began. In the 6th inning, Kosuke Fukodome hit a 2-run home run and Jim Edmonds hit a solo home run to cut the Rockies lead to only 5 runs. With a 15 MPH wind blowing out at Wrigley, that 5 run lead was definitely within striking distance. Alfonso Soriano made the 1st out leading off the 7th inning. After a Mike Fontenot single to left field, Henry Blanco hit a long 2-run home run to center field to cut the lead to 9-6. Micah Hoffpauir followed the Blanco home run up with a long single to deep right center field. Manny Corpas relieved Aaron Cook and Kosuke Fukodome promptly greeted him with a single to left field that sent Hoffpauir to 2nd base. Jim Edmonds came through in the clutch once again – driving a fly ball to deep center field that scored both Hoffpauir and Fukodome. Rockies 9, Cubs 8 – still only 1 out in the 7th inning. Mark DeRosa sent the friendly confines of Wrigley Field into a frenzy when his home run to deep left center field gave the Cubs the 10-9 lead. 9 Cubs runs in 2 innings turned a 9-1 Rockies laugher into a Cubs victory for the ages. Carlos Marmol kept the party rolling by striking out the side in the 8th inning, and Kerry Wood finished the job despite issuing a lead off walk.

The Cubs went on to sweep the 4-game series from the Rockies that May/June weekend. Something special was clearly brewing on the North Side of Chicago during the 2008 season.

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