Soto and Lee clutch, Brewers done

With 2 outs and down by 4 in the bottom of the ninth yesterday, the Cubs rallied to tie and eventually won the game in the 12th.  Further evidence this is not your father’s Chicago Cubs ‘lovable losers’ team. 

2008 NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto cracked a 3 run bomb to send the game to extras and Derrek Lee came through with a clutch single to center to drive home the winning run in an improbable victory. This one really drove a nail into the Brewers playoff aspirations knocking another 2 games off the Cubs Magic Number and giving them another loss to land them a game and a half back in the NL Wild Card race.

A critical development here is Derrek Lee’s clutch hit.  His numbers have been good this year but he has not stepped up as the offensive leader we all expect him to be. D-Lee has really struggled to drive the ball, and clutch hits have been few and far between. Maybe this game will get him going a bit.  Its better to peak going into the playoffs than not so let’s hope this is the catalyst for him. So far this team really hasn’t needed him – or any single player – to win games.  But in the playoffs where the game often hangs in the balance on every pitch, we need our big guys to produce. Let’s hope Lee can finish strong.

Geovany Soto, April 2008   Derrek Lee

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    September 19, 2008   Posted in: players, playoffs, rivalries, standings

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