April 28th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 8 11 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
W -  C. Zambrano (2-2)   L - A. Wainwright (1-2)  S – None
Homeruns: A. Pujols (6)

Box Score


(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Well it appears that this team is beginning to click. I won’t go as far as to say that all the issues are solved, because they’re not. We still have too many rightfielders and haven’t figured out what to do at short. Regardless, things are starting to turn toward the bright side for the Cubs as they have a chance to sweep the Cards in their own park tomorrow. The Cubs haven’t played well through the years at Busch Stadium, so to come out of this series with two wins and a chance for three is more than acceptable.

Carlos Zambrano
Finally we see the Zambrano we’re used to seeing. He got out of the 5th inning unscathed and only gave up one run overall in seven innings of work. Coming into the game today, Carlos had a 5th inning ERA of 22.50, which is a big explanation of his lack of success. He’s pitched fairly well early, but just seems to fall apart before it’s time to pick up a win. Hopefully now that the calender is about to change, so will the luck of Carlos Zambrano. We need him badly if we’re going to begin to climb the standing toward the top. Today was a step in the right direction, but even late in the game with a 7-0 lead he was nibbling around the plate. With a lead like that, he has to be aggressive and go right at hitters.

Jacque Jones
Jones just missed the cycle today. He had two deep extra base hits and a single, but just couldn’t score that homerun in his final at bat. It would have been nice to see him get the cycle, but even without it, he had a good day and made a case for playing centerfield with a nice catch in the first on a rocket hit by Albert Pujols. He went back nicely on the ball and leaped to keep it from going over his head. Maybe that will help the people who are anti-Jones to relax a little. He’s the left-handed bat we need in this lineup.

I don’t have much else today because of the fact that I wasn’t able to watch the game live. I had to watch it archived on the computer and my attention isn’t as good when I watch that way. Stupid national blackout rules.

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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