April 19, 2009

Cubs got more clutch

For the second game in a row, the Chicago Cubs have doused the St. Louis Cardinals hopes of forging their way through the Windy City with some wins and first place firmly in hand.

Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Aramis Ramirez became the Cub's Hero of the day (Friday it was Alfonso Soriano), hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to secure the Cubs' second win in their four-game set with the Cards. The Cubs now lead 2-1 with a Sunday yet to play.

The Ramirez shot came with two outs and Fukudome on base. Cards' lefty reliever Dennys Reyes gave up the game winner.

The Cubs have come up with timely clutch hitting two games in a row now. Earlier in the game, with the Cubs trailing by two, in the fifth, former-Cardinal Aaron Miles grounded home Ryan Theriot to keep the Cubs in the game. Teammate Derrik Lee then doubled home Soriano and Fukudome to tie the game at 4-each.

An inning later, Miles haunted his former teammates once more, singling home Geovany Soto to put the Cubs up by a run at 5-4.

The Cards managed to tie the game in the eighth when Chris Duncan scored off of a Yadier Molina double.

But with the game on the line, the Cubs proved they were "more clutch" than the Cards, the Ramirez two-run shot presenting some perfect nationally televised heroics with his walk-off homer to win the game.