Hero: Finally, the Demp we know and love. Ryan Dempster, who turned 34 on Tuesday, walked the first two batters he faced on eight straight balls, but bounced back to work seven solid innings. Dempster- who lowered his ERA to 8.05 while not figuring in the decision- allowed one (earned) run on six hits while walking two and striking out five.
"To say this was the best outing of Ryan Dempster's season would be probably the understatement of the year," Len Kasper said during the WGN telecast."He was really good."
There's a soft place in our hearts for Ned Colletti, a former sportswriter and native Chicagoan who grew up a Cubs fan, and in the span of a little over two decades worked his way up from the bottom of the Cubs front office to become the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hero: All-Star Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 to raise his average to .312 and made a fine running catch of a Matt Kemp fly ball for the final out of the fifth to save two runs. He also was ejected by first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after striking out against Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton in the ninth.