Cubs Claw Braves
I know this is hard to believe, but the "loveable losers" a.k.a. Chicago Cubs steal a victory from the Braves in Atlanta.
The Cubs, who have a record of 30-49 on the year, are simply playing for pride, and to showcase what little talent they have on their roster so they can trade off their good players and rebuild for next year.
But, in order to prevent themselves from being the worst team in Major League Baseball history, they have to win eventually, right?
A good example of that occured Monday night as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sent Tommy Hanson to the mound. Hanson came off a victory on June 27 at home against the Diamondbacks, where he pitched effectively. Monday, he was aiming for victory number 10!
Let's roll to the bottom of the 6th inning, where the Braves are trailing 1-0, after a Anthony Rizzo homer in the top of the 4th. Martin Prado sends a single into left field to plate Michael Bourn, tying the game at 1!
While it was the only run the Braves scored all night, the Cubs couldn't have said the same thing until the top of the 7th inning, when Luis Valbuena doubled to right field to send home Bryan LaHair, Steve Clevenger, and Darwin Barney. By the end of the inning, the Cubbies led the Braves 4-1.
No other runs would cross the plate for the rest of the night, Cubs pitching was able to shut down the Braves...technically, the same could be said for Braves pitching.
Hanson, who didn't pitch a bad game allowed 4 runs, 7 hits, but STRUCK OUT 8 Cubs hitters! Regardless, Hanson (9-5, 3.70 ERA) was credited with the loss, the victory goes to former Notre Dame quarterback, Jeff Samardzija (6-7, 4.77 ERA).
The Cubs and Braves do it all over again tomorrow night, game time at 6:10!