Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
I thought, instead of writing the recap to the Cubs' 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Brewers, I'd let the Bard himself -- William Shakespeare -- write it.
In the first inning, Alfonso Soriano made a nice running catch.
"And so I shall catch the fly." - Henry V
Matt Garza gets his first career extra-base hit, a double!
"A hit, a very palpable hit!" - Hamlet
And then we all said:
"Hence! home … get you home …" – Julius Caesar
But it didn't happen. The game continued...
"I’ll catch it ere it come to ground." – Macbeth
Alas, it could not be caught; it was a home run and the Brewers led 1-0.
"And when he caught it, he let it go again." – Coriolanus
"O hateful error" - Julius Caesar
"That one error fills him with faults." – The Two Gentlemen of Verona
"He’s safe." – Measure for Measure
Soriano was up with two outs and two strikes in the sixth inning. Result?
"Strike!" - Richard III
"And what a pitch … !" – Henry VI, Part I
"And watched him how he singled ..." - Henry VI, Part III
Result, for Hart?
"Look to the plate." - Romeo and Juliet
"I am safe." - Antony and Cleopatra
"What wretched errors ... !" - Sonnets
Koyie Hill followed a double play with an RBI double down the RF line, his first RBI of the season!
"Foul ...?" - The Tempest
"O, tis fair ..." - Troilus and Cressida
"That ... pitch will be defiled." - Much Ado About Nothing
"Run, run, O run!" - King Lear
"He comes the third time home ..." - Coriolanus
Ian Stewart, though, went 0-for-4, dropping his BA to .194:
“O my offense is rank, it smells to heaven.” – Hamlet
For a time, the Cubs' bullpen did a good job:
"For this relief much thanks."- Hamlet
But it was not to be. No Shakespearean tragedy could capture Aoki's second home run of the day, off Casey Coleman, that won the game for Milwaukee in a walk-off.
On to Minnesota, interleague play, and hopefully, no more tragic endings.