Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Feel the power! (Game Recap: Cubs 12, Phillies 6)

Every non-pitcher in last night's game for the Cubs had either a run or a run batted in. Six Cubs had multiple hits (three had three), a trio of Cubs hit homers, and one even stole home.

I suppose when you have a lot of 30-year-old veteran ball players on your roster, your team might perform better when it only has to play a few times a week instead of six out of seven days. Or maybe Jamie Moyer, who started for the Phillies, is really bad, although it's probably a combination of the two.

Regardless, Aramis Ramirez continued his hot streak last night, driving in four runs with two doubles. And Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano each had three hits, while Lee and Geovany Soto each contributed a two-run home run.

And then there was Starlin Castro, who once again was one at-bat away from hitting for the cycle last night. Castro tripled, singled, and doubled -- or rather, I should really say he tripled AND STOLE HOME, singled, and doubled.

The steal was really more of a Phillie battery mistake than it was a great play by Castro, although the kid is certainly fast. Ryan Dempster whiffed on the squeeze attempt, but Phillie C Carlos Ruiz couldn't handle the breaking ball delivered by Moyer, and the run scored.

Speaking of Ryan Dempster: Clownsevelt went 6.2 innings, giving up two earned runs (both on an early home run allowed to Ryan Howard), allowing six hits and three walks, and striking out nine. A fine line, indeed. Certainly one you can win with on most nights.

And let's be sure to end on a low note, courtesy of Bob Howry's pitching line: 0.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 HR, 0 K, 0 BB.

So, bravo, Cubs. Enjoy the win -- just PLEASE don't immediately start getting delusional on me. Please?

Not delusional, but...

I recognize that the cubs' chances of making the playoffs are slim to none. However, I would posit that they are more slim than none. www.coolstandings.com gives us a 0.6% chance of making the playoffs -- that's 6 out of 1000.

But greater odds have been overcome, most notably the 1914 Boston Braves, who on July 7 had a chance of less than 1 in 2000 of making the playoffs -- they were 28-40, 8th out of 8 in the National League, 13.5 games back, with no other team more than 9.5 games back -- and came back to win the pennant by 10.5 games and *SWEEP* the World Series.

Am I saying that's going to happen? Of course not. But I'm not writing this team off -- not just yet, and certainly not after a start to the second half like we had last night.


At 8-7, Dempster has shown one thing. His outings lead to a decision.

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