Breaks go Cubs' way for one night
CHICAGO – Without many breaks all season, the Cubs made up for it with what seemed to be a season’s worth in one night.
When David DeJesus delivered a two-run single in the third inning the Cubs put their runners on base with an Hudson error and an infield single from Tony Campana off the leg of pitcher Jake Peavy. Then there was the Peavy wild pitch to move runners into scoring position.
In the fifth inning there was Starlin Castro’s over-the-shoulder catch when the shortstop managed to have the ball bounce off the heel of his glove, only to rebound straight to his bare hand for the catch.
The breaks even extended to the bullpen as steady reliever James Russell walked to batters in the eighth inning, but Manny Corpas saved him by retiring Paul Konerko and Alex Rios. Konerko’s out came on a popup that Reed Johnson caught on the run. He had come in as a defensive replacement for Bryan LaHair.
“Going out on a limb, I don’t think LaHair would have got to it,” manager Dale Sveum said.
Going out on another limb, the Cubs haven’t seen very many of these breaks all season much less all of them in one game.
“Those are things that when things are going bad they’re against you but hopefully right now this is our time to get those breaks and we did something with them,” DeJesus said.
I left the Cubs one game away from their own road sweep in the cross-town series after the White Sox earned one in May at Wrigley Field.
“Sweeping any team is great,” DeJesus said. “When it’s the White Sox, that’s definitely big for the Cubs' fans. We’ll take a sweep whenever we can.”