Marlins Wrap Up

Marshallmarlins Well, the Cubs just dropped the finally, but took 2 of 3 from the Fish.  A win is win, but it was the Marlins.  There are some concerns that Cubs fans should take away from these games, especiallly the Cubs top three hitters.  Milwaukee was picked by many to take the division.  They have proven streaky this season, but they look like they are on a hot streak coming into Wrigley.  This will prove to be a much more difficult match up than the lowly Marlins.

Cubs_marlins_42506_001 Tuesday night I made sure to wear long underwear as it gpt mighty cold down in Chicago.  I was a little nervous about the game, what with the amazing comeback the night before and the D-Train going against a rookie.  My co-pilot on this crazy tour is a guy who goes by the name Featherly.  We missed the train so had to go to Durty Nellie’s in Palatine for a few pregame beverages.  We met a bartender named Josh who told us we went to the game on Monday night and sat next to the Marlins owner.  Apparently he was even talking about Willis or Cabrera coming to the Cubs.  On the train, Featherly tried to scam a free ticket, but the train conductor was having none of it.  The ride down was fun and we me some cool Cubs_marlins_42506_004 Cubs fans, including Big Tim and his friend Arrien.  We all pregamed at Bernie’s and hung out with James the penut vendor and the Miller Light Girls.  Finally, Featherly and I went into the game.

Sean Marshall was fantastic.  His curveball was kneebuckling, he threw the fastball in the perfect location, and he kept hitters off balance.  He had a no hitter going into the fifth.  He ended up piching seven innings, the longest he has ever gone in the bigs, giving up only two hits and two walks with seven strike outs.  Willis was equally as impressive, and the Cubs played some small ball to get some runs.  Murton was big in this game.  In the fourth, Ramirez led off with a walk.  Barrett layed down a sac bunt to advance him to second.  Murton Ramirezmarlins brought him home with a single, with Ramirez sliding head first, avoiding Olivo’s tag.  Then in the seventh,  Barrett and Murton hit back to back doubles to make it 2-0. Murton moved to second on Jacque Jones’ sacrifice, and then scored on Jerry Hairston Jr.’s bunt single.  Those insurance runs proved valuable.  Bob Howry came in to relieve Marshal to start the seventh, but struggled to get out of the inning.  He gave up three hts and one run, but got Cabrera to line out.  Dempster did the job and finished up the game.

I’ll write about today’s loss tomorrow.  Check out the gallery from last nights game!

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