Bats heating up at the right time
In 2007 Carlos Zambrano punched Michael Barrett in the dugout. Barrett was later traded.
In 2008 there was the comeback against the Rockies. Jim Edmonds became a fan-favorite.
In 2009 the Cubs have been searching for that big turning point. The one you look back on and say, "That's where it began. That's when we found the magic."
On Thursday, the Cubs took down their Southside rivals in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. Trailing 5-1 in the eighth inning, Derrek Lee hit a three-run bomb to make it 5-4. Before the fans were done cheering and before the players sat back down in the dugout, Geovany Soto blew the cap off the building with a no-doubter. Tie game.
A single by Reed Johnson, a sacrafice bunt and an RBI-blooper by Alfonso Soriano later and the Cubs escape with a 6-5 win over the completely stunned White Sox.
On Friday the magic happened again against Cleveland. Going into the fifth inning down 7-0, Johnson and Lee used a pair of solo home runs to close the gap and then we get to that same eighth inning as the previous game.
Bases were loaded for Andres Blanco who hit a broken bat single down the right field line scoring Milton Bradley and Soto. Koyie Hill reached on an error, scoring Johnson. Soriano blooped a hit to score Blanco and lo-and-behold the Cubs are only down by one.
Former Cub Kerry Wood, now the closer for the Indians and back at Wrigley for the first time, served up a solo shot for Derrek Lee. Tie game.
After one inning of free baseball, Theriot used the very end of his bat to cue a ball around the first baseman scoring Soriano from second. Another elated celebration on the field.
The if you notice in both of these games, major contributions from Soriano, Theriot and Lee have led to these comebacks. Those are the first, second and fourth hitters in the line-up, respectively. By the way, Bradley is batting third and has a nine game hitting streak.
The hitting is coming around. The bats are heating up with the June weather and the balls are starting to bounce in the Cubs' favor.
Now they just need to keep it rolling.
News and Notes
- It appears that for whatever reason, the Ricketts family (the winning bidders to purchase for the Cubs) have ran out of their exclusive rights to the club. Sam Zell, owner of the Tribune Company, has reportedly reopened the bidding. Fan favorite Mark Cuban has publically said he has no plans to pursue the team a second time.
- Everyone is talking about Mark DeRosa's return to Wrigley, but what about the guys on the other end of the trade? Jeff Stevens is 0-3 with a 2.81 ERA over 31.1 innings and 27 strikeouts at AAA Iowa. John Gaub is in AA Tennessee and is 3-1 with a 3.04 ERA, 3 saves and 38 Ks in 26.2 innings. Chris Archer is in A Peoria with a 2.42 ERA and is 2-2 with 62 Ks in 13 starts.