Cubs 5 Pirates 2
Neifi Perez continues to astound us all by hitting the hell out of the ball. Neifi's current line stands at .396/.420/.563 and he doubled, homered and singled today. He also continues to have good AB's, especially late in the game when he shortened up his swing to drive in Corey Patterson with a single for an insurance run.
Jeromy Burnitz slapped out of a mini-slump by clubbing a 3 run homer that proved to be the difference.
The bullpen: Chad Fox came in to pitch the ninth and managed to get the save without giving me a heart attack. Michael Wuertz also pitched another solid inning.
Wood walked the leadoff man in at least 3 innings. He also went only 5 innings, although it's still unknown if that was precautionary or reactionary.
Michael Barrett continues to look lost at the plate, with another 0-fer. Barrett does his best when he works the count, and hits the ball where it's pitched. Right now it appears he's trying to pull everything, and he's jumping on the first pitch way too much.
The Cubs outfield defense was not good today. Jason DuBois looked extremely slow in leftfield, Jeromy Burnitz does not yet have a feel for playing Wrigley's right field when the wind is blowing, and the less said about Jerry Hairston in center, the better.
Not too much to complaining about, a win and no major injuries as good as it's gotten lately.