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Apr
22
2008

Cubs Kids Come Through in the Clutch

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (3) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Cubs | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
piehomers.jpgJust when it looked like the Cubs were on their way to squandering a game by making two quick outs after loading the bases in the eighth inning.....the Cubs Kids Corps came through. It started with a Ronny Cedeno two-strike single that drove in two runs to drive the score up to 4-1 and then Felix Pie put the nail in the coffin with a three-run blast to put an end to any anxiety as the Cubs won 7-1. This is obviously a different kind of Cubs team than we are used to seeing.

Even though it was the Kids Corps that sealed the deal for the Cubs in the eighth, it was the veterans Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez leading the way through the first seven innings. Zambrano pitched like an ace once again as he went seven strong innings giving up only one run on five hits while walking to. He only threw 101 pitches as he pounded the strike zone all night long and moved his record to 3-0 on the season. If he didn't look like a guy you would throw out on the mound in the first game of a playoff series then I don't know what that guy would look like.

Ramirez continued his mini-tear with a two-run homer in the 4th that gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish. Ramirez had been a slow starter every season except for 2007 so it looks like he's just about ready to bust out and become the consistent contributor the Cubs are used to seeing during the Summer months. With the frequency that Cubs hitters are getting on base and the ability of Ramirez to drive in runs he could be well on his way to a 120 RBI season. You think I'm kidding but I'm not.

After Zambrano ended his night the Cubs brought in Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood to pitch the final two innings to move the Cubs record to 13-6 and increase their winning streak to four games while winning seven out of their last eight. Wood had his sixth straight scoreless appearance and Marmol was as nasty as ever. It will be nice once Bob Howry and Michael Wuertz settle down because he can give Marmol a little bit of a break.

I'm sure I wasn't the only Cubs fan who thought the Cubs were on their way to wasting another golden opportunity when Cedeno picked up his second strike in the eighth. Cedeno was an emergency starter for Ryan Theriot, who was out with back spasms, and he just never seemed to be a player that we could count on. Things are different this year and as Cedeno came through with that big base hit, I think all Cubs fans breathed a huge sigh of relief knowing that we can count on these kids to come through in the clutch. The Pie homer was just icing on the cake, the perfect topper to another great night at Wrigley.

The Cubs go for the sweep this afternoon as Ted Lilly looks to get his first victory on the mound for the Cubs. Look for Geovony Soto to get the day off and for a possible Pie sighting in center field.

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3 Comments
Hoosiernation said

Are you liking the Reed Johnson situation any better? I have to give him some credit. Even though I was all for Pie playing CF, Johnson has filled in very nicely. I like him at leadoff much better than Soriano but I like just about anybody on the team at leadoff more than Soriano.

I still don't like Johnson's defense in CF but I'm all for his offense. I think he's best suited to play LF and if Pie was hitting then Johnson would probably be in LF full-time while Soriano is out.

This is the stuff you need to happen though to be a very good club. You need guys to step up and play well and surprise you. I'm happy with Johnson for the time being.

holy crap, pie is in the 2-hole today and cedeno is making another start.


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