Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Game 2 of 4
Things seemed to be very, very lost through the first 5 innings as Rich Harden gave up 5 runs with the Cubs only scoring 2 against Graham Taylor. Derrek Lee , Reed Johnson, Mike Fontenot, and Geovany Soto served up stellar offensive performance, but the game, and the day, belonged to Ryan Theriot in a BIG way!
FLA 6 8 0
CHC 8 10 0
In the Cubs’ 6th inning, Hayden Penn took the mound for the Marlins. He led off by striking out Soto, then walked Aaron Miles. After Fontenot reached on a single, Penn was yanked in favor of Burke Badenhop (due to a twisted ankle) in one of the grandest ‘regret assignments’ I’ve seen all year. Badenhop gets Micah Hoffpauir to fly out to left; 2 outs. Badenhof walks Alfonso Soriano, the bases are now loaded. On the 0-1 pitch (called strike), Theriot blasts his very first career GRAND SALAMI into left field. Wrigley erupts, Badenhof fights off the urge to puke by striking out Milton Bradley to end the inning.
The Cubs drive in 2 more runs in the 7th, but Theriot’s historic feat really saved the game in enormous fashion.