Bradley’s game saving catch followed by the stare down of the Rockies crowd and a thump of his chest on the way back to the dugout. That sequence was fun to watch tonight. Not only because it preserved the Cubs’ lead, but it showed some fire this team has been lacking this year. The Cubbie Swagger. I realize winning brings swagger but sometimes the fake it til you make it swagger can bring wins as well, I believe. And Bradley’s attitude after that play is exactly the kind of swagger this team needs to keep momentum in the NL Central.
I enjoyed watching the replay of Lee heading back to the dugout after a strike out and telling teammate Fukudome about a breaking pitch he had just gone down on. Fukudome, you could tell, regardless of language barrier understood what Lee was telling him about the pitch and what he was warning him to look out for. Why? Because it must not be an English/Japanese thing with these guys at this point. After playing together so long, I’m sure they’ve figured out a way to simply communicate by speaking baseball. Whatever it was Lee said sure did do the trick. Fukudome stepped into the box and sent the first pitch he saw (fastball) straight out to the seats in right field. Cub fan got a souvenir, Fukudome got his ninth of the year and the Cubs got the win.
Marmol was dominant once again in the eighth. I watched the game on the MLB Network so it was the Rockies broadcast. Interesting to hear even their broadcast team talk about how the Cubs have the guy with the nastiest stuff pitching the eighth instead of the ninth. That’s always been my argument for having Marmol pitch the ninth, but I guess the ninth doesn’t matter with a lead….so….I don’t know. But Marmol was dominant in striking out the side. The broadcaster’s point about Marmol falling hard to the first base side when he pitches was interesting too. I’m sure it doesn’t help in painting the corner against a lefty or coming inside accurately to a righty. In fact, I could see it making so much sense that I bet if we had a total of hit batsmen by Marmol, it would favor righties for a number of reasons, but mainly that one.
Then Gregg came in in the ninth and did his thing. Couple balls hit really well but the Cubs had the field covered perfectly and Gregg added a save and the Cubs put one more up in the W column. Interesting to see the Cubs are 55-15 when they score 3 or more runs. 70 games with at least 3 runs. For as much as this team has struggled and missed having their whole lineup this year, I don’t think I would’ve guessed that they would’ve hit 70 at this point.
Anyone else thoroughly enjoy Theriot’s stop and toss to second? One of the guys I truly enjoy watching day in and day out. Why did we see Fuld and Baker late in the game again? Are they that great of an upgrade defensively over the guys they replaced? I don’t think so but the ninth worked out, so perhaps? Anyone else impressed with how many Cubs fans were at the game? Felt like every other person in the stadium had Cubbie blue on. Along with the other details of tonight’s game….good to see!
Getting married in two weeks from today. In two weeks from today I will have been married for nearly seven hours. Wow. Funny when I can feel it set in a little deeper. Talking about it of course quite a bit lately but every now and then, you can just feel it set in a little deeper. Tell you all about it in a few weeks…honeymoon in Vegas the week after. Vegas baby. : )