2017 Cubs – The Tenth 10 Games

Well, all good things have to come to an end, and so do the dumber things.

What I’m trying to say is that the 2017 season has been over for a while now and clearly time is an issue for me again, so there’s no need to draw this series out to the end.  The only reason this post is happening is because I already got all the scans ready to go, which takes more time than it should.

So, for this last installment, we’re celebrating 8 wins, which helped us stay confident that a winning record was assured, and we didn’t look back on the way to the playoffs.  It was an okay run.  Hopefully 2018 will be even better.

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Strikeout #54
May 27, 1992 – San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs

We start with the last strikeout of May.  Maddux entered the seventh with a tie, but an unearned run scored and even this 6th strikeout against Mike Felder to end the inning wasn’t enough to avoid the loss.

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Strikeout #74
June 20, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies

In the fourth inning, the Cubs were already down by 4.  This was a much needed 1-2-3 inning, containing the 4th strikeout of the game against a looking Mickey Morandini to get the second out.

I think you see where this is going

Strikeout #82
June 25, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Maddux managed two doubles in this winning effort where he struck out 7 batters.  The 5th of which was in the bottom of the 4th with the Cubs up 9-0.  Bobby Bonilla would watch the ball go by with a runner on first.

captions for these are way too annoying

Strikeout #87
June 30, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Complete game time.  Ten strikeout time.  He didn’t grab the 3rd strikeout until the top of the 5th. Daryl Boston swung with no success for the first out.

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Strikeout #88
June 30, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Keeping with the same game, the very next punchout was two batters later.  Willie Randolph doubled, but he would stay there as Howard Johnson swung at a ball in the dirt.

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Strikeout #90
June 30, 1992 – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Maddux kept it going the next inning by picking up two more strikeouts.  The 6th of the game ended the frame as Todd Hundley missed the fifth pitch of the at bat, keeping the game tied at one.

big jump in numbers

Strikeout #191
September 30, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

In the last game of the season, we were treated to another complete game. This one was a shutout, but it took 121 pitches, so not technically a “Maddux.”  This card is for the first of the game (out of 9), which came against the last batter in the 3rd.  Alex Cole was no match for the eventual Cy Young winner.

ebay 199/199

Strikeout #199
September 30, 1992 – Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

And to end this series, I give you the last strikeout of 1992.  199 of 199.  From that same game, which marked his 20th win of the season, pinch hitter Gary Varsho was the lucky recipient of a swing and a miss. That recorded the second out of the 9th inning, with the Pirates down 6-0.  Cecil Espy flied out next to end the season.

I don’t know if I’ll do this again next year.  If I do, I probably won’t use these M&M cards as much, but we’ll see.  I’m itching to see some baseball games again, though.  Thanks for reading along, if you did.

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