Dempster did it yet again tonight. Crushed the Sox pushing his record to 9-2, a perfect 9-0 at home. Lou gave him the chance to go the full nine innings but after a couple got on, including a weak infield single off the third base bag, Howry came in in relief (perhaps a bit of Marmol-aid might be called for after all…what is wrong with Carlos lately? Even with a great Cubs win and sweep of the weekend series I can’t help but continue to wonder) and put the final few outs away in front of the greatest fans in Chicago, in the greatest ballpark in Chicago, for what is clearly the better team in Chicago.
Every time a Cub came to the plate you expected something exciting to happen after Friday night’s walk-off result. And of course, it was Ramirez who authored that piece of drama and excitement who was center stage throughout Saturday’s and tonight’s wins against the Sox. Ramirez went yard yet again this evening wrapping up a killer series this weekend against the crosstown rival Sox giving him a BA of .500 for the weekend series. One of the best third basemen in the game came through again this evening and it must-see TV every time I knew he’d be up in the next inning.
Patterson had a great weekend as well and capped off his emergence into the Cubbie Collection of Contributors for this season in meaningful games and situations where key talent has gone down with injuries by stepping up and filling in for Soriano tonight in left and hitting his first major league home run. The seven runs the Cubs put on the board along with a dominant Dempster made this game especially fun to watch.
When Dempster was left in by Lou to try and get the complete game, I knew he’d be on a short leash and he was. But I gain more and more respect for Lou as a manager as the season goes on for moments like this. The guy simply knows how to manage and get the most out of what he’s given. As a result, the Cubs sit atop the Central by 4.5 games (Cards lost to the RED Sox earlier this afternoon) and own the best home start at Wrigley that any of us have every seen, including a fourteen game streak of hanging the W flag! And as if that wasn’t enough…Dempster…14 in a row at home…32-8 to start the season at Wrigley…as if that weren’t enough…next up: the Orioles. Can’t wait to see what Derosa does against the O’s considering he was rumored to be headed there all winter. I’d love to see Brian Roberts lay a giant Oriole egg in this upcoming series while Derosa buckles down and tears it up. Marshall up first Tuesday night looking to fill some giant Zambrano sized cleats.
Do I hear 15 in a row?
Way to go Cubs! SWEEP! SWEEP! SWEEP!!!
Go Cubs Go!