Could you ask for anything cooler than a 6-4 Cub victory over CC Sabathia?
Alfonso Soriano is on, and right at the right time.
On the 2nd pitch of the game, he hit one about 4 feet short of a homer.
That swing did a couple things.
Took the breath out of the Brewer fans before they finished their first brat.
Took the currently building myth of Sabathia and busted it.
And took second base barely, trotting around first thinking he'd hit it out.
You can argue all you want about where he should bat in the line-up, but when he starts off a game like that he really can open the door for the rest of the team.
D. Lee knocked him in.
The next time Alfonso came up, he took it out of the park.
There were tons of amazing contributions last tonight.
Ted Lilly absolutely SHUT THEM DOWN for 5 innings.
With the bases full, D. Lee hit what could have been a double play but Reed Johnson decided to play football, barreling in to Ricky Weeks and forcing him to throw the ball past Prince Fielder.
That little play scored 2 runs.
Derrek Lee with his 3 RBIs and 3 hits including a double in the 7th with Reed and Alfonso on base, scoring both.
Mark DeRosa went 2 for 4 with the insurance RBI, maybe breaking out of his funk a little.
He also started in right field, moved to 2nd base, and then back to right as Lou made substitutions (there is simply nobody like him playing the game at the level he does at all the positions he plays).
Chad Gaudin struck out 3 in the 8th, and Carlos Marmol looked more like himself in the 9th, striking out 2 and getting the win on (I think) a 1-2 pitch that some guy I never heard of hit to Alfonso.
With the lead switching back and forth, this game was as exciting as it was important.
Honestly, I figured no way they win that one.
But now this series is changed, and the Cubs have grabbed the momentum.
Don't miss tonight, because I think Alfonso goes deep again.
Oh, and it's Big Z against Big Ben.
What a season.