Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
The Cubs were doing well holding their own with DL troubles early in the season; when this game began, they were enjoying a 5-game winning streak, and were going for a 5-0 homestand. The Cubs made a bold statement early in the game, breaking the scoreless game with 2 runs in the 3rd, but the Astros’ offensive response in the following frame spelled defeat from that point forward. The Cubs offered a valiant rally in the 9th, but fell just short of the W.
ASTROS 6 7 0
CUBS 5 11 1
Ivan Rodriguez’ 300th career HR during the Astros’ explosive 4th inning was majestically thrown back out on the field by a serious Cub fan in the bleachers. Ron Santo sang the 7th inning stretch.
BLS = Broken Louisville Slugger (aka Broken Bat). There were 3 in the game, Alfonso Soriano (CHC LF), Kosuke Fukudome (CHC CF) and Lance Berkman (HOU 1B).
(I scored this game 8/7/09)