The Cubs. So good. Can't write complete sentences. Gah!
It started out as a depressing night at Wrigley. Ryan Dempster was without his best stuff. He started the game by giving up a run and 2 hits in the 1st inning. The Cubs retaliated with a whole lot of nothing, getting a meager 2 hits in the first 4 innings of the game, before briefly tying it up with a Mark DeRosa RBI triple in the 5th. But then, in the 6th, Ryan Dempster appeared to surrender the game by letting the Phillies - who'd been trying to catch up to him all night long - score 3 runs on 3 hits. It was 4-1 Philadelphia and the Cubs looked dead-to-the-neck-up.
Then, in the 8th inning, the Cubs played as they have so often this year. They came from behind. Pinch hitting for Bob Howry - yep, Lou gave up on the game to the point of turning to Howry Doody - Mike Fontenot led off the inning by hitting his 9th homerun of the season, a solo shot. Alfonso Soriano then doubled, Theriot singled to right field, Derrek Lee craftily avoided the double play by drawing a walk, and then - and then! - Aramis Ramirez hit a grand slam to propel the Cubs ahead 6-4.
Kerry Wood closed out the game in the 9th after scaring us by allowing a leadoff single and then forcing the next 3 Philly hitters to harmlessly pop out to various parts of Wrigley Field.
Chicago would finish the game with 10 hits - including 1 from every regular - 2 walks, and sweet Aramis Ramirez goodness. They are now 34 games over .500, with 28 games left to play they are 1 game away from matching last season's NLCS pennant-capturing win total, and best of all, they've gained another half game on the slumbering Brewers.
The Cubs now need to go 16-12 the rest of the way in order to win 100 games this season. How many more games do they need to win before we change our take and pronounce that it's inevitable, rather then merely probable? And a more relevant question for you to discuss and debate: how many more games will these Cubs win before their next loss?