Back to .500!
With some help from John Patterson's early exit, Levale Speigner's inability to throw strikes, and a strong wind on Austin Kearns' 3rd inning near-grand-slam, the Cubs were able to get back to .500 (14-14) in today's 5-3 victory. Rich Hill (4-1)pitched well, getting out of a few jams. Rocky Cherry was a little rocky in his 5th appearance, getting charged with 2 runs in 2/3 IP.
Ryan Theriot was 0-1 with 3 walks, a sac bunt, and 1 RBI (one of three bases loaded walks in the 3rd inning).
Derrek Lee (1-4, 1 walk today) has reached base in all 28 games this season and is leading the majors in average, Aramis Ramirez hit his 6th homerun of the season (and didn't run over Mike Quade when rounding third), and Jacque Jones continued to square up the ball, going 2-3 with 1 RBI and 1 walk.
A lot of people say this honor validates my career, but I didn't work hard for validation. I didn't play the game right because I saw a reward at the end of the tunnel. I played it right because that's what you're supposed to do, play it right and with respect. If this validates anything, it's that learning how to bunt and hit and run and turning two is more important than knowing where to find the little red light at the dug out camera. - Ryne Sandberg