Thursday, September 23, 2004

By the skin of their teeth 

After a mostly up and down season in which they found a remarkable number of ways to lose close games, the Chicago Cubs are again winning the close ones in dramatic fashion. Last night against the Pirates, the Cubs managed a 1-0 victory, their only run coming on a 5th inning bases-loaded walk to Carlos Zambrano, the winning pitcher. The Pirates loaded the bases in the 8th and for a few seconds the game looked over when Ty Wigginton drove a sinking line drive into the right field gap, but Sammy Sosa saved the game with a diving catch. A bit of redemption for Sosa, who has been struggling at the plate and was recently demoted to the 6th spot in the batting order.

This game followed a wild win Tuesday night in which the Cubs blew a 4-1 lead to the Pirates, only to come back and win it in the 10th inning, scoring on a wild pitch.

And yet, they still trail the San Francisco Giants who, behind rookie pitcher Noah Lowry, found a way to beat Roy Oswalt last night, preserving their razor thin 1/2 game lead for the NL Wildcard.

Only 11 games to go, folks. Stay tuned.


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