Bottom of the 9th at Shea, the Cubs and Mets are tied at six. Bob Howry is pitching for the Cubs after Smard-zilla walked in the tying run in the 8th. Daniel Murphy leads off the inning with a triple to deep right. Howry then strikes out David Wright. So then Lou intentionally walks Carlos Delgado… and Carlos Beltran to load the bases. Ryan Church then hits a grounder to second where Ronnie Cedeno scoops it up and guns down Murphy at the plate. Ramon Castro steps into the box and quickly goes down swinging.
1 tripple, 2 walks, 0 runs.
Top of the 10th. Koyie Hill grounds out to first. Alfonso Soriano comes up next and promptly pops out to second. The Chicago Cubs…snatching defeat out of the jaws of victory. But then Ryan Theriot, who has been mired in a slump for weeks now, singles to center and steals second while Lee’s at the plate. Derek Lee, who has been getting pounded by the media and fantasy baseball players for his total absence of power this season, smokes a double to right bringing in Theriot! 7-6 Cubs. Then Aramis Ramirez slams a homer to left, putting the Cubs up three! 9-6. Kosuke Fukudome ends the inning on a grounder to second. He’s been brutal since the break.
Kerry Wood takes the mound in the bottom of the 10th looking to close it out. Luis Castillo leads off the inning for the Mets and hits a grounder to Cedeno at second for the first out. Ramon Martinez, who was at the plate in the 8th when Smard-zilla blew the lead, flies out to left this time. Two down. But Jose Reyes is stepping into the box, and he’s dangerous. Reyes fouls the first pitch off and takes the second for a ball outside. 1-1. He fouls the next two pitches off. Woody brings it down in low and inside for ball two. 2 balls, 2 strikes. Reyes strikes out on a the high heat! Cubs win 9-6! Cubs win! It feels like the playoffs.
And all that was just on ESPN Gamecast… I couldn’t even watch the game.