Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Game Recap: Cubs 6, Nationals 5 -- Exciting Game

In a word: wow!

The Cubs looked as if they were going to get hammered in last night's game with the Nationals -- Randy Wells gave up 4 runs in the first 2 innings, and just like any federal government, we all know how rarely the Chicago offense can be relied on to overcome deficits. 

But thanks to a Theriot triple and unlikely homeruns from perpetually-slumping Cub players (Soriano and Fontenot) the Cubs were able to overcome their early deficit and turn Wells into the winning pitcher.

More exciting than the come-from-behind, though, was the bullpen.  The combined efforts of Guzman, Marshall, Marmol, Heilman, and Gregg managed to hold the Nationals to 1 run over the last 4 innings, despite 3 hits and 5 walks.  The defining moment came in the 8th, when Aaron Heilman made an out before he loaded the bases, resulting in Lou calling on his closer.  Goggle-Man Gregg stepped in, surrendered a sac fly that was put on Heilman's tab before walking Adam Dunn.  Then with two outs, the bases loaded, and a full count Gregg was able to induce an inning-ending ground-out.  Woof.

Gregg then returned for the 9th and ended it with 3 easy outs.  Hopefully today's game won't be so close, as he threw 29 pitches and probably won't be available to aid the Cubs as they play for a rare 4-game, road trip sweep (even if it's only the Nationals).

As for Wells, yes, today was a cheap win for him.  He didn't exactly pitch in a way that earned it.  Then again, how many great games did he pitch in which he either received the L or a no-decision?

Oh, and for whatever it's worth, Chicago is now only 2 games out of first place.  I'm sure it means nothing.

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