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Patience Pays Off, as Cubs Walk Off

There was a few best’s at Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon, when it was all said and done the Cubs had won their third game in a row, a season best, and a big reason for that was their best effort yet in the patience department.  All year-long we as fans have been hearing about this new “Cubs Way” but we really haven’t seen much of it, until today.  The Cubs saw 180 pitches today, for comparison this same Cubs team saw 93 pitches in a game against the White Sox earlier this year, it was a loss, not a coincidence.  Patience is so important, the longer the pitcher has to work on you the more likely they are to make a mistake and that’s exactly what happened in the bottom of the ninth.  Darwin Barney got a hanging curve ball with two strikes from Kenny Powers, I mean Dale Thayer, and deposited it in the left field bleachers for an 8-6 win.  Ryan Dempster was not at his best this afternoon but he battled through four and a-third and got some help from his offense, finally, to get off the hook and finish with a no decision after giving up six earned runs.  Darwin Barney was the hero today, not just for his ninth inning efforts, he had a great day start to finish.  Barney was 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, three RBI’s, TWO WALKS, and three runs scored, now that’s more like it.  Steve Clevenger returned to action behind the plate and was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI’s in the win.  The Cubs take their three game winning streak across the Country to San Francisco where they kick off a four game set against the Giants on Friday.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Never Say Die Cubs Take Series from Dodgers

The Cubs continue to show a fight that seems to have been missing for years.  Trailing 3-2 for most of the day, and into the ninth, the Cubs finally broke through.  With runners at 1st and 2nd and one out, Tony Campana roped a double to right center field to tie the game at three.  For a moment it looked like Campana’s double would also be a game winner, but two perfect throws from the Dodgers resulted in DeJesus being cut down at the plate.  If a 2 hour and 41 minute rain delay wasn’t long enough, the Cubs and Dodgers were headed into extra innings.  Darwin Barney led the 11th off with what looked like a ground out, but Adam Kennedy played it into a lead off double.  Two batters later, with the bases loaded and nobody out, David DeJesus walked off, literally, drawing a free pass to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory.  Travis Wood, pitching in place of a sick Matt Garza, turned in a tremendous effort going six innings and only allowing three runs in a no decision.  The Cubs bullpen continued their stellar work going 5 scoreless innings.  At the plate Bryan LaHair continued his unreal start to the season going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .390.  Full recap and highlights after the jump.

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Garza Nearly Perfect in Cubs Win

The Cubs are positioned to win their second series in a row after beating the Phillies this afternoon 5-1 behind a dominant Matt Garza.  Garza was nasty, going 7 innings, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 10.  Garza, the victim of some poor run support and tough luck finally got some help to record the victory.  Tony Campana was once again the spark plug for the Cubs offense, this time leading off, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another stolen base.  Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also had productive days at the plate.  LaHair went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Joe Mather chipped in with a solo home run which is the only home run hit by a Cubs outfielder on the season, yikes.  Full box score, and highlights after the jump.

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