As explained in previous posts, the Chicago Cubs are my National League team thanks to My Wife. Through the magic of WGN, they're also on TV in Vermont far more often than the Orioles. They had a great night tonight, having tagged Phillies ace Roy Halladay for six runs, five of them earned. Final score: 11-6, Chicago wins.
It's been a rough year for the Cubs. They began the day 10 games out of first in their division. They've come out of the All-Star break strongly, though, having now won three out of four in their series with the Phillies. Just as was the case last year, speed on the base paths is a weakness. Finding a strong and consistent leadoff hitter would help their cause a great deal. Left fielder Tyler Colvin did a respectable job in the role this evening: 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored.