September 2010 Archives for Agony & Ivy
"Sucker," is not stamped on my forehead, but Tuesday night I attended the first of three games I have tickets for at Wrigley Field this week.
Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, and James Russell combined to allow two hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings.
The Cubs entered September of 1989 in first place, but I was still feeling insecure. I was hopeful that the North Siders could win the National League East but had a lingering feeling in the back of my mind that they would somehow blow it.
Hero: Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4) doubled twice, giving him a respectable total of 38 two-baggers on the season.
Hero: Randy Wells (8-13) allowed six hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings while striking out six and walking one to lead the Cubs to their 11th shutout victory of the season.
Tyler Colvin was released Wednesday from a Miami hospital and, according to Len Kasper during Wednesday's Cubs-Giants telecast, was driving from South Florida with his grandfather to his home in South Carolina where he will recuperate.
Hero: Carlos Zambrano labored through six shutout innings, throwing 116 pitches. Zambrano - who is 6-0 with a 1.42 ERA in nine starts since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9 - allowed three hits, struck out eight, and walked five.
It seems so long ago, but it's only been two years since the Cubs, with the best record in the National League, clinched their second straight Central Division title with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. My confidence in the Cubs was never - before or since - as high as it was in 2008. And the highlight of that magical regular season came on Sept. 14 when Carlos Zambrano pitched the first Cubs no-hitter in over 36 years.
Tyler Colvin remained in a Miami hospital Monday on eday after he was impaled by Welington Castillo's shattered bat while running the bases during Sunday's Cubs 13-3 victory over the host Florida Marlins.
Heroes: Jeff Baker (4-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) and Welington Castillo (2-for-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI) led the Cubs' 10-hit attack. It was the first major league home run for Castillo, a 23-year-old rookie catcher.