The Gist: Game #28

Been a while since we had a Gist. To say we're inconsistent would be an understatement.

Ted Lilly wasn't exactly lights-out tonight, but he put in a yeoman's effort, allowing two runs in six innings. His command was spotty early on, and Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez's performance enhancing brother-in-arms, light Lilly up with a two-run homer and a sharp double. But hey, at least he wasn't Russ Ortiz. Remember this guy? The ace of the Giants staff during their World Series run in 2002? Not so effective, pitching only two and a third innings. Needless to say it was a long night for the Houston bullpen.

Soriano jacked two home runs, one of which came in their four-run eighth inning. At the time, those insurance runs made it an 8-2 Cubs advantage. Chad Fox and his bionic arm entered to shut things down in the bottom of the ninth. Things did not go smoothly, as he allowed three runs in only one-third of an inning. Kevin Gregg came in to preserve the game, causing Cub fans across the nation to sweat. Fortunately he was able to seal the deal, capping off the game with a strikeout of Lance Berkman, who chalked up the elusive Golden Sombrero.

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