The Chicago Cubs won the final game of their last road trip of the 2012 season, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Sunday, September 30. The Cubs are 60-99 and will now have a chance to sweep the Houston Astros at home to avoid a 100-loss season. The Cubs have dropped 11 of their last 13 games, including five of the six games on the last road trip. However, a series win over Houston can give the club a bit of momentum heading into the offseason.
Starting pitcher Chris Rusin earned his second win of his career against Arizona on Sunday and dropped his ERA almost a full point to 6.37. Rusin allowed one earned run and struck out four hitters through five innings. The bullpen followed with four shutout innings to secure the win.
Meanwhile the Cubs' offense took advantage of Diamondbacks mistakes, scoring four unearned runs and a total of seven in the game, the team's highest run total in two weeks. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and David DeJesus had multi-hit games, while Bryan LaHair drove in a couple of runs on a pinch-hit single. With 11 total hits in the game, Sunday's performance is the kind of outing that gives fans hope for next season. We knew this would be a rebuilding season, but next year should bring more games where the offense hits and the pitching limits the opposition.
Now the team will try for a sweep over the Astros to close out the season. Although the idea of this Cubs team sweeping anyone may be a stretch, the Cubs have had recent success against Houston. In the nine meetings between the teams since June, the Cubs are 7-2 and have outscored Houston 34-17. The Astros are the only team in the league with a worse record than the Cubs, sitting seven games behind them in the standings with 106 losses.
As a Cubs fan, I am hoping to see the Cubs go out on a good note this year and at least take two games against the Astros.
Mike Patton is a sports fan who grew up in New Orleans cheering for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs, and LSU Tigers. As a kid in 1987, he made his first trip to Wrigley Field and also slept outside of the Louisiana Superdome to purchase playoff tickets for the Saints' first postseason appearance. Follow Mike on twitter @MikePattonGBS.
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