The Cubs defeated the White Sox 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th inning. I was getting ready to write my same old blog post over again – Cubs waste good outing from Cubs starting pitcher “X”; Cubs hitters can’t get clutch hit and score only 1 run; Cubs lose… again… – but then the baseball gods smiled upon the Cubs and fans at Wrigley Field. Micah Hoffpauir had a good at-bat against reliever Scott Linebrink and eventually hit a hard-hit groundball to 2nd base that Chris Getz’s misplayed for an error. Alfonso Soriano then singled to center field for 1st and 2nd with only 1 out. Then it looked like the Cubs were back to their usual hitting ways – a Ryan Theriot popout and a Milton Bradley strikeout. Two on, two outs for Derrek Lee and with 1 swing of the bat, Lee crushed Linebrink’s pitch to righ field for a 3-run home run. Geovany Soto then cruched a solo home run to left center field to tie the game at 5.
Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless 9th inning despite giving up a leadoff single to Alexei Ramirez. And the Cubs played small ball to perfection in the bottom of the inning. Reed Johnson pinch-hit for the 0 for 3 Kosuke Fukodome and singled to lead off the inning. Andres Blanco sacrificed Johnson to 2nd base to put the winning run into scoring position. After an Aaron Miles groundout, Alfonso Soriano hit a bloop single to right center field that drove in Johnson with the winning run.
Carlos Zambrano pitched a good game – 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 ER with 3 K’s. Big Z made only 1 bad pitch all day – that a fastball to Alexei Ramirez in the top of the 7th inning which Ramirez took deep to left to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. The game looked finished when Carlos Marmol took over for Zambrano and promptly gave the White Sox 2 insurance runs on a Chris Getz double and a Gordon Beckham single. But the Cubs never gave up and pulled off the improbable win to the delight of the “Wrigley Faithful”.
The Cubs moved back to .500 with the win at 31-31. They trail the Brewers by 4 games in the NL Central.