And that was the case in the last game the Cubs played. 3 errors. 12 innings of professional, major league baseball, a level where no game should look like this. The Cubs only went 1-2-3 twice in twelve innings and yet still needed three extra frames to put away the Pirates. I must admit, I’m a little surprised how similar this was to the Cubs home opener against the Brewers after requesting that we ruin the Pirates’ home opener in the same fashion the Brewers ruined ours. I mean, aside from Gagne looking like he was about to pass out it was basically the same game. Thankfully, the Pirates had a guy named Meek on their team who had the worst day of all. I was forced to watch the game today on GameCast. Here was the situation in the top of the 12th, or at least how I saw it:
1 out, Top of 12, bases loaded. Ramirez steps up. He hits a sac fly to right to score Theriot who had walked and stole second. Watching a game like this is quite possibly the least exciting way I can think of to watch a game (I really missed my MLBTV access today as I wasn’t able to do so on the computer I was on today), but its better than nothing I guess. After Ramirez’s sac fly, here’s what I saw (exciting huh?):
In a weird way, I guess it was…I mean we took the lead right? But honestly, somebody needs to tell ESPN what kind of season Fukudome’s had so far and GET THAT MAN A PHOTO! I can understand Meek wanting to hide his face today…but c’mon. Let’s get Kosuke a photo, huh? After all said and done, the Cubs won ugly but it will count just as much as any other this season. Here’s how the entire top of the 12th played out:
Theriot didn’t even start and managed a stolen base (the Cubs had FOUR on the day!) Then Soriano managed to find his way on base. One hit in six at bats today but this walk was key and let’s face it…while we’d love to see Soriano get some power numbers like usual, we really just want him on base to set up the other guys and see what his legs can manage to steal. That’s what counts. Set the table for the other guys in the lead off spot. Johnson had himself another great day and has turned out to be a great pickup. Glad to see that even though the Cubs made way too many errors themselves (you can’t expect to win too many games where you make 3 errors) they were able to take advantage of the Pirates’ errors and miscues, including Meek’s wild pitches. Looking at the averages of the guys in today’s lineup, it seems like people are starting to hit. Lee had a decent day at the plate (2-for-5, 2 walks and a run scored) and of course Fukudome lit things up again. Sometimes you just have to simply be better than the other guy, not necessarily impressive at all yourself.
I’m glad we were able to give Wood a break today. Any chance we can get I think we should and it would be nice if Howry could get his you-know-what together. Marmol was lights out though (as expected) and I never had a doubt about the Cubs pulling this out once he entered the game. Hard to watch, easy to look back and enjoy. Here’s to winning the ugly ones! Don’t get too used to it Lilly. They won’t always work out in your favor like this one did. It wouldn’t hurt for you to start turning this thing around either. Just fyi.