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Mark Prior (3-1, 2.77) VS. Josh Fogg (3-2, 3.96)
PREVIEW: You cannot beat wasting 3 more hours on the 2005 Cubs. But that's what we'll do tonite. Prior will have to pitch good to keep the weak hitting, poor fielding Bruins in this game. Pittsburgh is a game ahead of the Cubulas in the standings.
3:55 NEW CUB: Al Yellon at Bleed Cubbie Blue is reporting Enrique Wilson is the mystery infielder the Cubs have added! Hurray! I smell a turn in the Cubs luck! Oh wait that was a natural gas leak.
6:00 It’s 62 degrees at Gametime according to Pat Hughes.
6:06 Fogg gets ahead of Hairston 1 & 2. Jerry grounds to Wilson and we are off and running.
6:07 Neifi Perez is 7 for his last 50, OUCH. He rolls out 4-3 on a 1-1 pitch. He rolls out on a 1-1 pitch to second.
6:08 Lee hits a double over the head of Jason Bay. That’s his 13th two bagger this year.
6:09 Dusty has Burnitz hitting cleanup tonite. Tapper to Cub Killer Mackowiak at third. He bare hands and makes a nice play, but Burnitz beats it out. You couldn’t place a ball in a better spot.
6:10 The Cubs have runners on first and third with two outs. Aramis, first pitch swinging, flies to center.
6:14 Lawton works the count full and k’s
6:16 Wilson grounds to Hairston
6:18 With two out Jason Bay walks
6:21 Ward drounds to Hairston. That was a 25 pitch first inning for Prior.
END OF 1st
6:24 Patterson lines to Bay
6:25 Dubois groundsout 6-3. That’s a quick two outs.
6:26 Barrett K’s and Fogg is rolling early.
6:29 Mackowiak whiffs on a bender from Prior.
6:30 Castillo grounds out 4-3
6:31 Tike Redman hits a ball down the thirdbase line. Aramis makes a nice play to save a double, but he can’t throw out Tike. There goes the No-Hitter.
6:32 Redman runs and Cota hits one into the LF corner. Redman will score, Cota to second. Pirates lead 1-0. A double for the damn eighth place hitter. Jeez.
6:33 Fogg hits one to Lee. Lee saves another double with a diving play. He feeds Prior and the inning is over. Two out damage for the Bucs who lead 1-0
END OF 2nd
Bucs 1- Bruins 0
6:36 Prior grounds back to Fogg
6:37 Hairston swings at the first pitch and pops to first. (Show some patience somebody!)
6:38 Neifi pops a bunt past Fogg. It’s in no man’s land! Neifi has a bunt single.
6:40 DLee singles to left. Two on two out for Burnie.
6:42 Burnitz lines to left. He hit it hard and the Cubs still can’t get a two out hit.
6:44 Lawton flies to DuBois
6:45 Hairston makes a nice defensive play on Wilson, take that “Hard Bake”
6:46 Bay flies to Burnitz. Three up three down for Prior.
END OF 3rd
Bucs 1 – Cubs 0
6:51 Ramirez and Korey with back-to-back singles.
6:52 DuBois grounds into what should be a 3-6-1 Twin killing. The ump calls DuBois safe at first. Looks like a break for the Cubs. Korey’s out at second, but the Cubs have men on the corners with only one gone.
6:53 Barrett bounces into a DP. THESE GUYS SUCK!
6:56 Ward flies to Korey
6:58 MackCubKiller singles. DuBois bobbles the ball on the pickup. He throws MackCubKiller out trying to stretch the single into a double.
7:00 Castillo singles
7:01 Redman lines to Burnie.
END OF 4th
Pirates 1 – Baby Bruins ZIPPO
7:04 Prior works the count full and whiffs.
7:05 Hairston singles to CF. That’s the Cubs seventh hit.
7:06 Hairston stealing, Neifi singles to center, Jerry to third. The Cubs best hitter coming up!
7:08 Lee hits a sac fly to RF. RBi #34 for DLEE. That leads the NL. More importantly the Cubs have tied the Battling Bucs 1-1.
7:09 Burnitz with two outs and Perez at first. He singles to left, Neifi to second.
7:12 C’mon Aramis. He works to count to 3-1. This is when you gotta nail Fogg. He walks.
7:14 Bases drunk for Korey. We need a big hit from Patterson. Forget that. Korey strikes out looking. This guy is BAD!
7:18 Cota whiffs
7:20 Fogg 6-3
7:21 Lawton 6-3
End of 5th
Cubs 1 – Pirates 1
7:25 DuBois hits a tapper in front of the plate. Cota grabs it and throws him out.
7:26 MBarrett flies to Bay
7:27 Prior lines softly to Jack Wilson
7:29 Wilson pops to Jerry
7:30 BAY HOMERS TO RF. 2-1 BUCCOS
7:32 Ward K’s looking
7:33 MACKCUBKILLER LIVES UP TO THE BILLING WITH A HOMER TO RF. 3-1 BUCS.
7:35 Castillo singles. Larry to the hill. (Prior’s at 87 pitches)
7:37 Grounder to Hairston who flips to Neifi. That’s the inning. The DAMAGE IS DONE.
End of 6th
Pirates 3 – Cubs 1
7:41 Hairston flies to Lawton
7:43 Neifi pops to third
7:45 DLEE HOMERS TO LEFT. #11. PIRATES 3 – CUBS 2
--Pitching Change Mike Gonzalez is in. Bobby Hill to third. MackCubKiller to CF.
7:49 Jer0my walks. Wow two Cubs walks today.
7:50 Aramis flies to Lawton in RF. First fucking pitch after a walk to the tying run. What the hell is going on? I thought the Cubs weren’t gonna do this stuff this year.
7:53 Cota whiffs.
7:56 Bobby Hill k’s looking
7:58 Lawton flies to DuBois
End of 7th
Pirates 3 – Baby Bruins 2
7:59 Corey swings at a ball over his fuckin’ head. Next pitch he takes one right down the middle. Who is pitching Sandy Koufax? If Patterson has an approach he may want to change it. He strikesout on a high fastball that was in on him. He looks really bad up at the plate. He needs a week or three on the bench.
8:02 DuBois grounds to Hill
8:04 Barrett (another 0 for 3 so far) Macias is on deck to hit for Prior. Mark deserved better than this. Barrett with a two out single.
8:05 Macias will hit. Spin Williams to the mound to talk with Gonzalez. He gives him this scouting report on Macias
“throw it right down the middle, he sucks.”Gonzalez listens and Macias grounds to Jack Wilson.
8:11 LaTroy Hawkins is in. Jack Wilson grounds to second.
8:13 Bay walks. (Dusty to the hill. Will Ohman coming in)
8:16 Ohman gets the 4-6-3 twin killing. Onto the ninth and Jose Mesa….
End of 8th
Pirates 3 – Baby Bruins 2
8:19 Mesa’s in. Hairston doubles to LF. A leadoff double!
8:21 Neifi with a sac bunt, Hairston to third.
8:22 DLEE HITS A TWO RUN JACK TO LEFT CENTER OFF OF MESA. CUBS LEAD 4-3. LET’S SAY DLEE 4 – PIRATES 3!!!!!
8:23 Burnie grounds to Castillo. That was Mesa’s first blown save in 23 chances. Why did they pitch to Lee?)
8:25 Ramirez pops to Castillo. 3 outs to go! Who will close?
8:28 Dempster is in. MackCubKiller is up. A nice play by a drawn in Ramirez he throws to Lee. One away!
8:31 Castillo fans on a splitfinger fastball that was way outside. Two in the wagon, one still draggin’.
8:32 Pinch hitter Freddy Sanchez taps to Ramirez. He throws to Lee. Three up three down for Dempster.
CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
END OF GAME
DLEE & CUBS 4 – Pirates 3