The Cubs kicked off the series on the right note with an extra innings win and Doug Davis was thisclose to getting his first win as a Cub, but considering he’s 0-5, I’m sure he doesn’t mind the no-decision. The big let down this series was pitching with the starters struggling (Matt Garza had the only quality start of the bunch, though Davis turned in one of his better performances so far), Sean Marshall being unlike his reliable self, and Casey Coleman forgetting how to be good outside of Iowa.
Our only hope is that this doesn’t turn into another prolonged losing skid.
At least we still managed to have some fun.
-Tyler Colvin finally broke his oh-fer with a home run turned double and ended up scoring the run he was denied on an error. That run gave us the win in extras and it was pretty sweet.
-The first game was delayed by…wind. Well, at first. Then the rain came in gushes. But it was fun to watch the Phillies grounds crew battle a thunderstoms inflow. Kudos to the guy who parked the first tractor on the tarp.
-Ramirez’s two-run shot. He’s a little behind in the home run department. We’ll cheer every one he hits (provided he doesn’t forget how to hit anything else).
-The Philly Phanatic getting the 2nd base ump to belly dance with him. That ump had some previous experience. Just saying.
-Five run 8th. Sure, it wasn’t enough, but it was still nice to see.
-Soto tying the first game with a home run. He hasn’t exactly swinging a hot bat since coming back. It was nice to see him get something going.
-Davis throwing from his butt. We love good defensive plays from pitchers. On our team.
-The babies (Castro and Barney) putting two and two together to create some offense.
-Pena’s fantastic stop. People complaining that he’s not hitting worth his contract should acknowledge that he is fielding worth it.