Friday, August 28, 2009

Milton Bradley, Alfonso Soriano beat Mets

The two most hated Chicago Cubs players carried the Cubs offense to a nice 5-2 win over the injured and hapless Mets. Milton Bradley scored two runs, and Alfonso Soriano hit the game winning three-run homer, which more than made up for some defensive miscues made by both.

Ted Lilly continued his Wrigley Field dominance with a 7 1/3 inning 2 ER performance. He should have gotten the win for his effort, but had to leave after having runners on first and third with just one out. Kevin Gregg came in and struck out Jeff Francoeur. Next Fernando Tatis "doubled" to left center on a ball that hit off Soriano's glove and landed at his feet. Fortunately for the Cubs Daniel Murphy tried to score from first on the play, and was thrown out at home to end the inning.  

Milton Bradley led off the top of the eighth with his second double of the game, and advanced to third on a deep fly from Derrek Lee that would have been a homer on some days. Aramis Ramirez proved why he is the Cubs best clutch hitter by getting the game tying RBI single. After Jeff Baker walked, Soriano came up with a chance to redeem himself. 380 feet of flyball later Soriano was forgiven and the Cubs had a 5-2 lead. It was Soriano's first homer in August, and will hopefully spark one of his patented hot streaks.

Carlos Marmol gave us all a scare to start the ninth inning when he walked Omir Santos. He was able to settle down after that getting a flyball from Corey Sullivan, then striking out Jeremy Reed and Gary Sheffield. It was Marmol's second save chance since being named closer and also his second solid inning as closer. The control issues are still there, but perhaps he is starting to figure them out as the closer. 

The whole country is subject to this Mets-Cubs debacle tomorrow, so hopefully we can get another win. The season might be over, but that doesn't mean wins can't be fun. 

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