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Monday, April 3, 2017

'Spos take 2 of 3 from Cubbies thanks to "Marshall Tito" !

6 for 6 to boost avg to .420
The series opener was one of the wildest games ever.  The lead changed hands 9 times.  Chicago headed into the bottom of the 9th up by 1 with Willie Hernandez on the mound looking for the save.  Cromartie led off with a cheap flyout to right.  Speier and PH Jerry White singled putting runners on 1st and 2nd.  Raines grounded back to the box for out number 2.  Up stepped Terry Francona, who was a perfect 5 for 5 (all singles) on the day.  With a 2-0 count "Tito" lined a single to center to score Speier and White for the walk off 11-10 Montreal win.

Game 2 saw the Cubbies exact some revenge via some late inning heroics.  Tied 2-2 and heading to extras the Cubs were riding the hot hand of Randy Martz, who finished 9, but was looking at a no-decision after Bob Molinaro was summoned to pinch hit for him in the top of the 10th.  Montreal had Ray Burris, who threw 2 scoreless innings to this point, on the hill.  Burris quickly got Bowa to ground out to 2nd and the aforementioned Molinaro to fly out to the Hawk in deep center.  That's when Chicago's fireworks began to go off.  Wills beat out a slow roller and Ryno singled to put runners on the corners.  Billy Buck worked out a walk to load the bases and Leon "the Bull" Durham launched a tape measure grand slam.  Bill Campbell came on board to set the 'Spos down in the bottom of the 10th for the save.  Martz, appropriately, got the "W".

The finale was over before it really got underway.  Montreal dropped a 5 spot on Tom Filer in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  The Cubbies managed to score 4 runs off of Steve Rogers in the 6th, but were still doubled up 8-4 as Rogers went the distnace to bump his record to 8-3 (2.31).

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