April 19th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 8 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
W -  R. Hill (3-0)   L - M. Redman (0-3)  S – R. Dempster (3)
Homeruns: M. Barrett (2) A. Ramirez (2)

Box Score


(AP Photo/John Amis)

I said the other day that I wasn’t going to read too much into a win until this team can show me that they can string a few of them together. This was the first in what needs to be a streak of wins, and it was everything a good baseball game should have. Why?

1. We got a tremendous pitching performance from Rich Hill.
When you think about what you want from your Ace, the idea scenario in my mind is 8 innings of work allowing 3 or less runs. Rich Hill gave us 8 innings and didn’t allow a single run. What more can you ask from a guy who was penciled in at the number 3 or 4 spot in the rotation. His ERA is now a ridiculous 0.41. Let that number sink into your mind for a second. That’s absurd after three starts. He has been our Ace so far this year.

2. Middle of the order produces majority of runs
Our 3,4,5 guys were responsible for driving in 67% of our runs scored, which is exactly where I would like to see it. Those are your big run producers. Granted, we only showed up with 3 runs, but it was all we needed.

3. Closer finishes what the starter began
People rant about Ryan Dempster and hate him as our closer. Just remember nights like this when Ryan needed just 9 pitches to retire the minimum number of batters needed and got a save. 7 of his 9 pitches were strikes.

We face off against the arch rivals this weekend. How nice would a sweep look after Sunday?

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail