THE CUBBIES PREVAIL OVER THE EXPOS AT CHRISTIE PITS
Beneath a sheath of warm and humid summer skies, the Cubs edged the Expos 10-9 in four innings of Peewee Division action this evening at Christie Pits Diamond 2.
Here is a Cubs recap of the proceedings courtesy of Kevin Lawrie:
- In a barnburner, the Cubs dealt the Expos their first loss of the Peewee Division regular season (after accruing 5-0-1 record).
- The game was deadlocked 4-4 after the first inning with Expos scoring their runs on hits and the Cubs scoring their runs on walks.
- Cubs reliever Jashan (4) held the Expos to only one run in the second inning…helped out by a double play started at second base by Raffi (11).
- However, the Expos blanked the Cubs in the bottom half of the second to cling to a slender 5-4 lead.
- After the Expos broke free for four runs in the top of the third, the Cubs could only manage one in the bottom of the frame to trim the margin to 9-5.
- With the Cubs prepared to end the game after the third [due to not having anyone else on the roster who would catch – other than Charlie (7) – a season-long ongoing problem for the Cubs organization], the Expos coach suggested that Charlie catch the fourth inning anyway. A tired Charlie agreed reluctantly, knowing that this solution would unfortunately mean he yet again did not get an opportunity to pitch.
- With no other Cubs willing to pitch either, Jashan was pressed into duty in the top of the fourth to pitch another inning (his second) and he held the Expos off the scoring ledger.
- A controversial run was taken back as an Expos runner trotted home on a passed ball. Even though there was no play at the plate, the home plate umpire ruled the Expos base runner out for not sliding.
- The Cubs scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth off Expos closer Jamie (15) on the strength of five walks, a groundout, and a walk-off hit by pitch to end the game.