Monday, May 17, 2010

Bad Wrigley Field Memory

May 30th, 2008

Remember that day? (Boxscore)

Aaron Cook takes the mound against Ted Lilly and the Chicago Cubs.

Rockies score four in the first behind a Helton 3-run HR and a Chris Iannetta RBI double. Three more in the third thanks to an Iannetta 2-run and an Omar Quintanilla RBI single.

Take a 9-1 leads into the 6th. It seems like a lock they will climb to 13 games under .500.

And then Cook loses it... quickly.

Bottom 6th: Fukudome hits a 2-run HR. Jim Edmonds follows that up with a solo HR. Suddenly it's 9-4.

Bottom 7th: Henry freaking Blanco hits a 2-run HR off Cook. Finally after Micah Hoffpauir singles (what the hell ever happened to him -- he could hit), Clint Hurdle figures out Cook is gassed. In comes bad 2008 Manny Corpas.

Fukudome singles. Edmonds with a 2-run double this time. 4 RBI for him on that day. And finally, the coup de grace, Mark DeRosa 2-run HR gives the Cubs a 10-9 lead.

Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood would come in to close that game out for the Cubbies. Scott Eyre, who faced and retired only one batter, was awarded the victory.

I was so mad that day. I knew the Rockies were bad that year and had already completely accepted that fact. I also knew the Cubs were really good, but to have a 9-1 lead and blow it to those guys was painful. And believe me, I heard about it.

Very bad memory. I'm sure it's one you've long forgotten, but it all came flooding back when I was studying the pitching matchup.

One interesting sidenote: I can see why the Cubs became so interested in Jeff Baker. That's the day he went 4-for-4 with 4 doubles.

And another interesting sidenote: The game was played in 2 hours, 30 minutes. Could you imagine a Yankees/Red Sox 10-9 game ending that quickly? No chance in hell. Try five hours.