Tonight the Cubs did almost everything right, defeating their northern rivals from Milwaukee by the score of 14-6. Sean Marshall was somewhat effective in six innings of work; his control was rather spotty and some of is pitches caught too much of the plate. He gave up three earned runs including one homerun and was lucky to escape with the line that he earned. My impression is that Marshall needs more seasoning at the minor league level – he’s still a solid prospect but he needs to learn more respect for the strike zone before being penciled into the starting rotation.
Henry Blanco started things off with a very timely two-out hit that drove in two; all told, Hank White finished with four hits and four RBIs. After that it was an onslaught; Dusty Baker proved most of us naysayers wrong with is decision to bat .205 hitting John Mabry fifth – Mabry responded by hitting a three run dinger. Murton also made solid contact with three hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Jacque Jones increased his value to the Cubs, hitting his 27th homerun and missing the cycle by a triple. Finally, the top of the order delivered as The Riot scored three runs and Juan Pierre provided two hits. I was surprised when Dusty Baker and the Cubs bench said nothing about Prince Fielder’s tendency to stand fifteen feet from the plate instead of staying in the on deck circle – Tony Larussa noticed this and did not hesitate to voice his objection. Dusty didn’t seem to mind Fielder timing his pitcher, I would have had speaks with the home plate umpire about that.
The Dusty-o-Meter now stands at four games. In other news, Juan Pierre was quoted today as saying that he wouldn’t mind playing for Ozzie Guillen and the ChiSox; Ozzie’s White Sox have just finished a disappointing season and one can rest assured that major changes will be made. One of them is likely to be center field – I can see Kenny Williams going after Pierre but my sense is that Sarge Junior would be a better fit. Now would not be a fun time to be one of the guys on the bench that Ozzie (pictured) is looking at, because heads are going to roll. Unlike the Cubs, those guys don’t play around.