Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Wow – we haven’t been able to say that in a while, or often enough this year for that matter. The Cubs avoided a home sweep at Wrigley Field with the thrilling 3-2 win.
Going into the 9th inning, the Cubs had only 5 hits and 2 runs on the day. After a Milton Bradley out, Derrek Lee singled to start the rally. In a daring play, Lee made it into 3rd base with one out on Geovany Soto’s single to left field. Soto smartly advanced to 2nd base when he saw the throw go towards Lee at 3rd base. The Twins then walked Mike Fontenot to load the bases for Ryan Theriot. Theriot was 1 of only 4 Cubs to get a hit on Sunday (Milton Bradley had 1 hit, Lee had 2 hits and Soto had 3 hits), and his second hit of the day was a line drive past Twins 2nd baseman Nick Punto that brought Lee in with the winning run. A much-needed celebration occurred in the middle of the field.
Carlos Marmol worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win. He bailed out Ted Lilly in a 2 on, 2 out jam in the 8th inning, and he got out of his slef-made jam in the 9th inning after he issued 2 walks. Amazingly, he got the Twins best hitter Joe Mauer to pop out to left and the Twins clean-up hitter to hit into an inning-ending groundout.
Lilly put in another sensational outing – 7 2/3 innings, 2 ER, 7 hits, 0 walks and 6 K’s.
The Cubs are now 30-30 after 60 games during the 2009 MLB schedule. Shockingly, because of the poor play in the NL Central, the Cubs trail the Brewers by only 2.5 games and the Cards by 2 games. It’s still up for grabs, and more importantly, anything can happen in the final 102 games of the season.