It will be a long time before I say anything bad about Mother Nature. She certainly has done her best to help us out these past few days, especially today. Rained very hard this morning with lots of ominous looking clouds, but she blew them all away in time for batting practice, of which only the Cardinals took part. Lots of South, Southwest winds all game long with only one brief bit of rain - more like sprinkles. Then about an hour after the game was over, it was back to lots of dark skies and gusting winds from the North. Heavy rain and lightning all night long.
So I'm very appreciative of ol' Mom creating that little 5 hour or so window of good weather for us to get in our daily fix of baseball. Unfortunately, even with the meteorological factors in our favor, the players did not oblige. Nothing in the streets. But quite the surprise inside the park as Glendon Rusch filled in for injured ace, Kerry Wood, and pitched a whale of a game to lead the Cubs to a 7-1 victory. I think the Cardinals are close to, if not leading the league in homers, so holding them to only one run with the wind blowing out is huge. Evens the series at one game each - bragging rights Sunday night, 7:05 pm, ESPN.
Saturday, May 22: BP-8 [W-8,S-0], Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-0
Season: BP-297,[W-193,S-104], Roof-12,[A-10, C-2], Foul-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-21 [W-19, S-2]