Thanks for the memories Lou – we are going to miss you – even though we know you already checked out midway through the “Milton Bradley saga” in 2009. You led us to 2 consecutive NL Central titles and back-to-back playoff appearances for the 1st time in a long time, so we have a lot to be thankful for. Even though the playoff sweeps and the awful last 2 seasons have been tough to bear, you are a good coach and a good man.
That being said, your team’s performance in 2010 has been so difficult to watch. After losing to the lowly Astros on Monday night, the club fell behind 7-1 after 4 and a half innings before the team rallied for the win at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.
Ryan Dempster was downright bad – 7 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings. He struggled with his control and made a whopping 113 pitches in one of his shortest outings in 2010.
The top of the lineup was raking again:
Tyler Colvin – 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored.
Starlin Castro – 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored and 1 RBI.
Derrek Lee – 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI’s.
But the real hero was Aramis Ramirez who hit 3 home runs and drove in 7 runs. Finally!
Geovany Soto kept up his hot hitting as well – 2 hits including a solo home run.
Congratulations go to the Cubs bullpen as well. Andrew Cashner has emerged as a legitimate major league pitcher – 2 scoreless innings in the 6th and 7th. Sean Marshall pitched a perfect 8th inning as did Closer Carlos Marmol.
The Cubs go for the series win on Wednesday afternoon with Ted Lilly on the bump…