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The Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 last night in exciting fashion, coming back twice, weathering a blown save from Kerry Wood and nailing down that always elusive 10,000 victory in franchise history.
Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the ninth to take a 6-5 lead, a homer that cost Rockies closer Manny Corpas his job. Kerry Wood got two outs in the bottom of the inning before the Rockies struck to level the match. But have no fear, Ryan Theriot drove home pinch runner Mike Fontenot in the 10th and Carlos Marmol kept the lid on the thing for the save. It's the kind of thrilling Rocky Mountain high that takes the edge of those 70,000 losses.
Today Jason Marquis goes against Aaron Cook from the perpetually sunny Denver a place that boasts 300 days of sunshine a year and a place that currently is under the threat of thunderstorms. Let's hope the rain stays away.
And as I mentioned, I'll try not to steal any more bits from Chicago radio fixtures, like WXRT's Lin Brehmer.
Today's lineups and liftoff. Let's go.
Mike Fontenot leads off against righty sinker-baller Aaron Cook as the Cubs go for seven straight. Fontenot singles to center to break up Cook's perfect game. Theriot gounds up the middle. The previously slumping Tulowitzki makes a diving stop, flips to Clint Barmes, who bare-hands it and throws to first all in one motion to turn quite the nifty double play. Derrek Lee grounds back to the pitcher to end the top half of the first.
Yes, "My Friend is at the Game" (lucky friend) on the message board, it looks like the sun is threatening to make an appearance at Coors Field. White Sox hero Scott Podsednik, Scotty Pods, leads off for the Rockies and gets ahead 3-0. Podsednik singles to left on a 3-1 pitch. Glenallen Hill in the first base coaching box for the Rockies, or, as Harry Caray used to call him "Glenallen Allen." Barmes pops out to Lee in foul ground. Todd Helton takes a strike and Podsednik steals second. Len Kasper says Podsednik is a perfect 4-for-4 on the year in stolen-base attempts, to which Amanda Kaschube, sitting a few desks away, replies, "He is perfect. Good call." Helton bloops a single to right, driving home Podsednik with the game's first run. Matt Holliday takes a called third strike on the inside corner. He disagrees with the call from home-plate umpire Ed Hickcox but doesn't hang around to argue. Garrett Atkins rips a double to the left-field gap. Felix Pie cuts it off to keep Helton from scoring. Lou Piniella's a-stirring in the Cubs dugout and is now consulting a big loose-leaf notebook. Brad Hawpe flies out to center and the Cubs and Marquis escape any further damage.
Rockies 1, Cubs 0
Ramirez fouls a ball off his front shin and goes down. He's OK but then strikes out swinging and still looks to be in some pain as he walks back to the dugout. Kosuke Fukudome draws a walk. DeRosa walks, too. After two straight walks, Geovany Soto swings at the first two pitches and pops out to first. Pie jumps on the first pitch hits it sharply off the second-baseman's glove and into shallow center; Fukudome hustles home from second to tie the game. Marquis rolls out to first to end the top half, but the Cubs get their equalizer.
Cubs 1, Rockies 1
Tulowitzki pops out to Theriot behind second base. Catcher Chris Iannetta flies out to right. The pitcher Cook grounds a single up the middle. Podsednik bloops one to shallow left. Mark DeRosa makes a long run, lays out and nearly makes a great catch but the ground knocks the ball out of his glove and Podsednik ends up on second. Cook to third. Those guys will have to wait another day as Barmes flies out to right to end the second.
Cubs 1, Rockies 1
Fontenot fouls off two pitches and then takes a called third. Brenly thinks the pitch was high. Theriot grounds out to short. Lee bounces out to Helton and the Cubs go down quietly and quickly.
Oh, please -- the Cubs will be flying a flag at Wrigley for the next week to commemorate that 10,000 victory. Helton flies out to Pie. Holliday lines one to left but right at DeRosa. Two balls and two strikes to Atkins and he ... fouls it back. Atkins eventually pops out to Soto near the first-base dugout.
Cubs 1, Rockies 1
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Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Rockies game from a guy who'll try to go an entire day without ripping off Lin Brehmer.
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