...and by "everyone" I mean whatever percentage of the country is getting this game on Fox instead of Mets-Marlins or Dodgers-Nats.
It seems like the Cubs are finding new, creative ways to lose just about every day. How will it go down this afternoon? Here are a few possibilities:
* Sean Marshall duels with Horacio Ramirez
for 9 hitless innings. In the top of the tenth, the Braves score on a walk, a stolen base, a balk, and a sacrifice bunt. Ramirez strikes out pinch-hitters Freddy Bynum, Neifi Perez
, and Tony Womack
in the bottom of the 10th. Braves win 1-0.
* With the wind screaming out to left field at 30 mph, neither starting pitcher makes it out of the first inning, though Horacio Ramirez does hit a home run in the Braves' seven-run first. After one inning, the score is 7-6, but the Braves add ten more runs by the fourth inning. The Cubs battle back to tie the game 22-22 in the 8th behind three home runs by Aramis Ramirez. In the 10th inning, pinch-hitter Tim Hudson
hits the 12th home run of the day. Braves win 23-22.
* Sean Marshall walks five Braves in four innings, all of whom eventually score. In the 9th inning, down three with none out, two on and the tying run at the plate, pinch-hitter Neifi Perez bunts into a triple play to end the game. Braves win, 5-2.
* Tony Womack comes in as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of a tie game. Chipper Jones
hits a ground ball to him, but as Womack goes to throw the ball to first, a meteorite lands on him, knocking him unconscious. As Ronny Cedeno descends into the crater to look for the ball, Jones circles the bases. Braves win, 3-2.
* Nothing really spectacular happens -- the Cubs get a bunch of guys on base but can't bring them in, draw no walks, and bunt a lot. The Braves take a number of walks, capitalize on scoring opportunities, and score a few runs. Braves win 4-1.
GAME FORTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
ATLANTA BRAVES (25-23, 2nd, 3.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (18-29, 5th, 12.5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 12:20 PM CDT
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy, Wind from right to left @ 10 mph
WGN, XM 189
|Sean Marshall, LHP
3-2, 5.29 ERA, 47.2 IP
36 K, 24 BB, 4 HR
||Horacio Ramirez, LHP
0-0, 15.00 ERA, 3 IP
3 K, 1 BB, 0 HR
| Marcus Giles, 2B
Edgar Renteria, SS
#Chipper Jones, 3B
Andruw Jones, CF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Matt Diaz, LF
Brian Jordan, 1B
#Brayan Pena, C
*Horacio Ramirez, P||*Juan Pierre, CF
Jerry Hairston, 2B
*Todd Walker, 1B
Michael Barrett, C
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Matt Murton, LF
*Jacque Jones, RF
Ronny Cedeno, SS
*Sean Marshall, P|
|Cubs vs. Ramirez:
Juan Pierre: 7-22, 318/348/318, 3 K
Michael Barrett: 2-15, 133/188/133, 1 BB, 4 K|