Game 151 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||David Bush||SP||Rich Harden|
|9-10, 4.24, 103 K, 42 BB, 172 IP||(NL)
||5-1, 1.65, 78 K, 19 BB, 60 IP|
|CF||Mike Cameron||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|2B||#Ray Durham||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Ryan Braun||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Prince Fielder||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|SS||J.J Hardy||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|RF||Corey Hart||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|3B||*Craig Counsell||C||Geovany Soto|
|C||Jason Kendall||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|P||David Bush||P||*Rich Harden|
I sat through last night's loss at Wrigley, which I could have done without. On the other hand, I may have the distinction of having seen Ben Sheets's last-ever appearance for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Today's starters, Bush and Harden, matched up during that fateful series in Milwaukee at the end of July. The Cubs won that game, 11-4, and Bush (1-7, 5.16 lifetime against the Cubs) allowed seven runs in 6 1/3 innings. Harden fanned nine and allowed just one run in his only career appearance against the Brewers. Overall, the Cubs have won 8 of the 10 games he has started since coming over from Oakland.
On the subject of magic numbers and division-clinching, Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald points out that if the Cubs clinch the NL Central on Friday, the clinching wouldn''t be official until the Brewers play at night in Cincinnati, long after the Cubs/Cardinals matinee is over. Same thing could happen on Saturday. In other words, there might be no in-Wrigley celebration for the players or the Cub faithful this weekend.
A few players we talked to Wednesday came up with some other ideas.
First of all, they're certain the team leaders, Ryan
Dempster and Kerry Wood, will organize a group outing to a restaurant
or bar where the club can watch in private, and, if necessary, douse
each other with cheap, sticky, smelly beverages that never fully leave
I wish Rozner's sources had been a little more specific about the possible site of this player party. I'm thinking I'll just camp out at the TGI Friday's I know of in Oak Brook and cross my fingers.