After that interesting, busy and rough day in Chicago sports, in which the Bears defense played their knees out only to watch the offense muster diddly, the Cubs were punted into second place with a heartless performance against the Pirates and that guy Tiger Woods dropped a 63 on Dub's Dread, here we are on a dreary Monday watching makeup baseball.
Good thing for the Cubs, Ted the Stopper Lilly, 8-1 with a 3.79 ERA after Cub losses, takes the mound.
Steve Trachsel and Jacque Jones teamed up and nearly allowed an inside the park grand slam. Don't see that every day. Plus, this home game is in the midst of a road trip. They'll head to Houston tonight and then to St. Louis for more of the Cardinals, whom they play fives times this week.
To refresh this is a makeup of the Aug. 19 game. The one that was canceled after Carlos Zambrano threw three perfect innings and before it rained for 15 straight days.
Rain threatens to make a mess of this one too, with a giant blob bearing down on Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy dealers. They can't have a rain out on a makeup game, can they? It's of the yellow radar variety, which is somewhere between drizzle and Hurricane La Russa levels, meaning the sewer in front of my apartment will be flooded and people everywhere suddenly will lose the ability to drive.
The Cardinals have some problems of their own. They were just swept in Arizona. They trot out Joel "it's Joe-El" Pineiro.
It's the swooning Cubs versus the wilting Cardinals shortly. Lineups and we're off.
The sun makes an appearance as Brendan Ryan digs in and takes a ball. Ryan flies out to Soriano in left. So Taguchi does the same. Albert Pujols fouls off a 1-2 pitch. Pujols lines the next pitch off the bottom of the wall in the right-center gap for a double. Rick Ankiel, who's almost as tall as Manute Bol now, hears some boos as he steps to the plate. Lilly's 1-2 pitch is in the dirt. Jason Kendall bobbles it a bit. Pujols holds up and then takes off for third and makes it safely. That's a passed ball on Kendall. Ankiel swings through a high fastball for the third out.
Soriano one-hops the first pitch right to David Eckstein at short. Eckstein bobbles the ball, but stays with it and throws out Soriano. Ryan Theriot looks at a strike, fouls one off and then swings and misses at strike three. Derrek Lee slices a double into the right-field corner sending Ankiel a-runnin'. Batting clean up today: Cliff Floyd. Aramis Ramirez bounced down to the fifth spot. Floyd's broken-bat bloop to left-center scores Lee. Ramirez batting fifth for just the second time all year, flies out to Ankiel.
Cubs 1, Cardinals 0
And, yes, Josh Wolff was totally dragged down from behind. Yadier Molina pops out to shallow center. Jones takes it. Jim Edmonds ties the game with a solo homer to left. Aaron Miles hits a sinking liner to right. Floyd charges, stops, charges, dives and the ball goes off his glove. But Mark DeRosa hustles out and throws out Miles at second. Lilly strikes out Joelle to end the inning.
Cubs 1, Cardinals 1
DeRosa flies out to Ankiel in right. Jacque Jones strikes out swinging and Jason Kendall flies out to center. Sorry for the slow update there. Internet Explorer crashed on me. Not the first time and certainly won't be the last.
And the last word on this from me: Josh Wolff is about as American as it comes. However good showing yesterday by the boys but Brazil is Brazil. Britney Spears is rather frightening but the Kid Rock-Tommy Lee fight has the makings of becoming something fantastic along the lines of Tyson-Holyfield. Eckstein breaks his bat grounding out to Ramirez. Ryan does nearly the exact same thing. Bat shards are everywhere. Taguchi lines out to Soriano.
Lilly strikes out to open up the third. Soriano flies out to Taguchi in left. "What should I stop doing?" do you even need an answer to that. Clearly it's choice No. 3. And sorry, former Sen. Craig, despite making everyone in here laugh, that post won't get through. Theriot flies out.
Cubs 1, Cardinals 1
From the Cubicle
Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Cardinals game from a guy who just fumbled the ball
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