Carlos Zambrano improved his record to 9-3 today and stole his first base in the process. This pitcher is nothing short of amazing; he came back five days after a shot to his elbow by Joey Cora and struck out seven in six innings pitched. Quite often preference is given to pitchers who are on contending teams when it comes to the Cy Young but Zambrano has accomplished his results for a team that is twenty games below .500. In my book he is running away with that award.
Today was a great day for Cubs’ role players. Ryan Theriot (pictured as a member of the Diamond Jaxx) came up and showed what he can do – he and Matt Murton were the sparkplugs in today’s attack. Theriot had a double and a triple with two runs scored and Murton got two key hits, scored two and batted two in. Neifi had two hits spelling the slumping Ronny Cedeno and had two RBIs as well. Hank White doubled home two runs in the blowout sixth inning that put the game away. Eyre, Howry and Dempster pitched effectively to finish things up, it was the kind of game that we Cubs fans dream about.
Tomorrow’s game is a rare 5:05 PM Central start, it will be carried in some markets by ESPN.