Game Recap: Cubs 9, Nationals 2; Sweet Revenge
After yesterday's depressing collapse, the Cubs apparently decided to get serious about beating the Nationals today. Impressively, they did it by the same margin of yesterday's defeat - 7 runs - thanks to the bat of Aramis Ramirez and the pitching arm of Ryan Dempster, both of whom had very good days.
A-Ram hit 2 3-run homeruns, giving him 22 and 90 on the season. I can't help but think of where the Cubs would be without him - fourth place and out of the playoff hunt. For those of you who recently went back and re-familiarized yourselves with the Aramis Cock Fighting Controversy, while this is day 115 of the PETA protest of Wrigley Field, I am happy to report that most of the picket line breaks up at game time as the protestors sneak off to fill their seats. Also, like the rest of you, I am shocked - shocked, I say - that Aramis has continued to dodge the bullets of angry cock-loving pitchers*, who continue to throw at him but somehow keep missing. And for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, trust me, you're better off not getting the jokes.
(*Sorry. Really couldn't help myself.)
Oh, Mark DeRosa hit his second homerun in as many days, giving him a career high 17. I can't get over how great an acquisition he's been for the Cubs. Along with about 20 other guys on the team, the Cubs wouldn't be where they are right now without him.
Dempster, meanwhile, pitched into the 8th inning, exiting after giving up a single and beaning Lastings Milledge. Carlos Marmol relieved him and did what Carlos Marmol does best - glare the opposition back onto the bench. All told, it was a very fulfilling day for the Cubs, and with Rich Harden pitching tomorrow, they have a great chance of taking the series against the Nationals before moving on to more easy prey - the Pirates. It should be fun to watch.