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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2004|01:52 am]

[mood |optimisticoptimistic]

Hey guys, I'm Rachel from a tiny little town in Vermont. My family is from Chicagoan burbs, though, and I've been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember. Our relocation to New England, however, has made it harder and harder to see Cubs games and I've developed quite an affinity for the Red Sox. I love the game, and I'm lucky to have been able to watch both teams play this summer at home. Well, just wanted to say hi :-D
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Petco [May. 16th, 2004|01:44 pm]

[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Today's MVP/LVP |Sammy Sosa- passed Mike Schmidt on all-time career home run]

SAN DIEGO -- Sergio Mitre had quite the homecoming Saturday while Sammy Sosa set yet another home run milestone.
Mitre (2-2), who was raised in South San Diego and is an offseason resident, pitched six innings to earn the victory, and Sosa slammed career home run No. 549 for ninth place on the career home-run list, as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 7-5, before 42,064 at PETCO Park.

Pitching in front of more than two dozen family and friends, Mitre escaped major jams in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The 6-foot-4 right-hander allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out three.

"It was very exciting -- hometown, new stadium," said Mitre, who was a Dodgers' fan growing up having been born in Los Angeles. "I took the same approach, the only difference was it was in front of my hometown."

Added Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "He did a great job. He kept us right in there."

Mitre, 23, was the Cubs' seventh-round selection in the 2001 draft out of San Diego City College, which is located within walking distance of PETCO Park. The 210-pound Mitre, a resident of San Ysidro near the Mexican border, was making his first ever Major League appearance against the team he grew up watching.

Sosa's two-run homer in the fifth inning was his second homer in as many nights. The right fielder crushed a 2-1 offering from Adam Eaton -- a 92 mph fastball that landed in the second deck of the historic Western Metal Supply Co. building bleachers in left field.

The distance of Sosa's home run was estimated at 434 feet, the longest in the short history of PETCO Park, which opened this season. It was also the 40th homer of Sosa's career against San Diego. During the historic home run battle in 1998 with Mark McGwire, Sosa belted No. 63 of that season in a Sept. 16 game at Qualcomm Stadium, the Padres' former home. The grand slam came off Brian Boehringer and was the 270th of Sosa's career.

"They (Padres) have been pitching me tough but they've made two mistakes," said Sosa, referring to the home runs. Sosa had struck out in his first two-at bats Saturday. "I am the type of the person that I don't give up."

Sosa wasn't the only Cub to contribute Saturday. Moises Alou and Todd Hollandsworth followed Sosa in the fifth with back-to-back singles off Eaton. The next batter, Aramis Ramirez, hit a three-run homer, sending Eaton to the showers and putting the Cubs up, 7-2.

Sosa, Alou, Hollandsworth and Ramirez drove in six of Chicago's seven runs. Alou went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double and a home run, just one night after batting 3-fot-4. Hollandsworth had a pair of singles.

Baker was especially pleased with the performance by the middle of the order, considering how pitcher-friendly PETCO Park has played since its opening. Eaton had been pitching fairly well after four innings but got into trouble in the fifth when Jose Macias singled with one out, and two batters later a Sosa popup in foul ground wasn't caught. On the next pitch, Sosa hit one into the record books.

"It was right on time because Eaton was throwing the ball good," Baker said. "That's what their in the middle (of the lineup for)."

Said Sosa: "We know we're going to hit. Sometimes we got through a little bad spot here, a little bad spot there, but Moises picks me up, Aramis picks me up. We're playing some good baseball."

Chicago registered 14 hits in all off San Diego, with seven of the nine starters getting at least one hit. Macias posted his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles.

Baker said he considered letting Mitre pitch the seventh but opted against the idea because he was up to 95 pitches. The right-hander posted only one 1-2-3 inning, and was visited by pitching coach Larry Rothschild on three separate occasions, including after Mitre was called for a balk in the third inning.

"There were a couple of times when I lost my concentration," Mitre explained. "He (Rothschild) told me, 'Just settle down and stay under control.'"

After Brian Giles tied the score at two, Mitre regained his composure to strike out Phil Nevin to end the inning. The Padres left two runners on base in both the fourth and fifth innings, as Mitre escaped without allowing a run in either frame. The right-hander got Ryan Klesko to ground out to end the fourth and retired his counterpart, Eaton, to close the fifth.

LaTroy Hawkins pitched the final inning and a third to record his third save on the season.
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wrap-up [May. 15th, 2004|01:28 am]

[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Today's MVP/LVP |Jose Macias - 2 triples]

SAN DIEGO -- Greg Maddux won his 292nd career game and passed Cy Young on the all-time strikeout list, Sammy Sosa belted career home run No. 548 and the Chicago Cubs christened PETCO Park with a victory Friday night, beating the San Diego Padres, 6-1.
Maddux (3-3) moved closer to the magic 300-win milestone, which has been accomplished by 21 pitchers in big league history. He held the Padres to five hits over eight innings, his longest outing of the season. It was a very efficient 88-pitch outing -- and very Maddux-like.

The right-hander fanned four and passed Cy Young to take over 15th place on the all-time strikeout list with 2,800 K's.

Maddux is vying to become the first National League pitcher to reach 300 wins since Steve Carlton did so in 1983.

Sosa had a milestone night of his own when he launched the first pitch he saw from Ismael Valdez leading off the fourth inning to move into a tie with Mike Schmidt for ninth on the all-time list. Sosa's blast, his ninth of the season, landed in the left-field seats. Next up on the all-time list is Reggie Jackson at 563.

Jose Macias hit a pair of triples, including one with the bases loaded in the ninth, as the Cubs spoiled the Padres' celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1984 team. That's an era the Cubs would rather forget. The Padres rallied to beat Chicago and win the National League pennant that year. There were plenty of transplanted Chicagoans in the crowd of 41,938.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the second. Phil Nevin and Ryan Klesko each singled to begin the inning, and one out later, Miguel Ojeda slapped a single to score Nevin.

The Cubs tied the game in the third on Corey Patterson's fourth home run, which cleared the center-field fence. Sosa's blast in the fourth made it 2-1.

Macias tripled to lead off the Cubs' eighth and chase Valdez (3-2). Ramon Martinez greeted Scott Linebrink with a single to drive in Macias and go ahead, 3-1.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth on infield singles by Derrek Lee and Patterson and an error on third baseman Sean Burroughs who missed stepping on third on Maddux's bunt. Macias then tripled into the left-field corner to give the Cubs a 6-1 lead.
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Dodgers.. [May. 13th, 2004|11:39 pm]

[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Today's MVP/LVP |Moises Alou - hit a crucial double to blow the game open]

after dropping two games to the red-hot dodgers, Z-man finally turned it around for us. He struck out 11 and pitched beautifully to nail down the win. The 6-run second inning didn't hurt anything either... Sosa and Patterson took the day off, which sosa is going to start doing more.

Kerry Wood will only miss one start supposedly, Glendon Rusch will take his place.

Borowski allowed 2 runs, but nailed it down anyway, no save though..
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wrap-up [May. 10th, 2004|12:12 am]

[Today's MVP/LVP |Corey Patterson- Game Winning Single]

Thriller today... the cubs played thirteen long innings against the rockies, that featured three rain delays. In the end though, corey patterson was the man.

Derrek Lee singled to start the 13th and was bunted over by Michael Barrett. Rockies reliever Jeff Fassero intentionally walked Ramon Martinez and pitcher Glendon Rusch bunted them over. Fassero then intentionally walked Damian Jackson to bring up Patterson, who promptly smacked a hit into the gap in right-center field.

Rusch (1-0) got the win, pitching two innings with a walk. Fassero (0-2) took the loss.

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a two-out, solo homer off Rockies closer Shawn Chacon in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the game, 4-4, after a 19-minute rain delay in between half-innings.

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton hit a home run to deep center field in the 10th inning on closer Joe Borowski's first pitch of the game to give his team a 4-3 lead.

The three delays totaled 44 minutes. The game was halted for 14 minutes in the bottom of the sixth inning and 11 minutes in the top of the ninth.

Martinez had a good start at short, and Damian Jackson started at second and led-off. On a 3-2 count he hit a home-run for his first cubs major league at-bat.
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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2004|03:19 am]

[Today's MVP/LVP |Curt Schilling - Complete Games are always good.]

Great day for the BoSox.

Pokey Reese went 2-4, the 2 hits being homeruns, one inside the park, and one outside. He drove in 3 of the 9 runs.

Curt Schilling also went all the way, allowing one run, and five hits with 8 Ks.

Derek Lowe is pitching next game.

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w00t* [May. 8th, 2004|01:04 am]

[Today's MVP/LVP |Carlos Zambrano - 5 k's, 2 hits, no runs, Complete game]

today was a good day. The Cubbies dominated their old pitcher, Shawn Estes, for 9 runs in 3 innings. Ha. That's for sucking last year Estes. Zambrano threw a complete game shut-out, allowing only two hits. Baker called him "Masterful". Corey had a big 3 run double in the third to blow the game open. By the time the 7th inning stretch was going on we had an 11-0 lead...
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WHOOOOOOOOOO [May. 7th, 2004|09:19 pm]
[mood |artistic]

11-0!!! WHOOOO!!!!!!!!!! do we do better when its a day game, or it it just me....
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A series split is better than a sweep. [May. 6th, 2004|11:32 pm]

[Today's MVP/LVP |Pedro Martinez- 7in 4h 2r 8k]

So the sox took game 4 of the series from the Indians.


Manny Ramirez hit his 7th homerun of the season, and Johnny Damon stole his 5th base.

Pedro gets the win to advance to 4-2. Foulke got the save.
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yummmm [May. 6th, 2004|09:55 pm]

[Today's MVP/LVP |Derrek Lee, 5 for 5]

yeah today was good.

Derrek Lee, 5 for 5, went yard, and had 5 rbi's...

Clement? 5-1 record at home.

Cubs hitters? finally hitting.

On a bad note, Alex Gonzalez broke his hand... he'll be out for a while... We'll probably have Ramon Martinez play short, and then maybe make a move for a shortstop, or most likely put Grudzie at shortstop when he gets back. That gives us two good lead-off guys... Yumm... no sweep for the D-backs, Zambrano's on the mound tommorow.
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