Quite honestly I did not expect to have to write this blog. My Dodgers have gotten off to a fast start and appear to be playing on all cylinders. Meanwhile the Cubs are struggling, entering the weekend series with a 8-17 record and a dismal 6-8 record at home. But I guess that is why they play them because after all the dust had settled the Cubbies won the weekend series!
The series opened on a cold cloudy afternoon in the Windy City. Paul Maholm, the Cub’s starting pitcher, pitches a good game, pitching six strong innings of three hit ball, while striking out four Dodgers. The Dodger starter, Chad Billingsley, pitched a decent game but he walked three batters. The offensive star of the game was old-timer Alfonso Soriano, who went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs. The final score was 5-4.
Game 2 was played under another cold cloudy Chicago day. Chris Capuano, the Dodgers’ starter, pitched brilliantly, going a full seven innings, allowing only three hits, and striking out seven Cubbies. This was Chris’ fourth win on the season. In addition to pitching brilliantly, Chris also drove in two runs, leading the Dodgers to an easy 5-1 victory over the Cubs.
The rubber match was another afternoon game but due to a 2:41 minute rain delay did not get started till the early evening. Once again the weather was unforgiving. Nevertheless the Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead when disaster struck! Javy Guerra, the Dodgers’ relief pitcher, continued slumping with a poor performance and allowed the Cubs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the 11th inning, the Dodgers’ pitcher, Jamey Wright, walked David DeJesus with the base loaded to provide the Cubs with the win. The star of this game was an up and coming player named Bryan LaHair, who went 3 for 4 and increased his batting average to .390!
As promised to IILAAD65 I have changed the background for my SparkPage to honor the Cubs! UGH!! I will keep this background until the next series in Los Angeles, scheduled for August. OMG, I am not really certain if I can keep this background for that long but I will because a bet is a bet! Congratulations Beth, you hold the upper hand this time!