6/17 Positive vibe

There was a positive vibe before Thursday’s game and definitely after Kosuke Fukudome delivered a game-winning RBI single.

“Guys are chomping at the bit to get victories and encouraging each other,” Ryan Theriot said. “It’s such a long season. You have so many at-bats, so many games and so many starts and you’re going to have ups and downs and peaks and valleys. If you stay consistent with your mental approach, it’ll even out.”

Thursday was the 25th Cubs game decided by one run, and the team now is 10-15. They won their first series since May 25-27 against the Dodgers, and have won back to back games for the first time since May 22-25.

“Nothing’s been easy,” Xavier Nady said. “Our work has been cut out for us. You can pinpoint it on offensive production. Hopefully we can make it less stressful and have big innings and bigger hits. There have been a lot of close games.”

— Carrie Muskat

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