May 22nd, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 8 0
San Diego 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 X   5 6 1
W -  J. Peavy (6-1)   L  - R. Hill (4-4)  S – T. Hoffman
Homeruns: M. Cameron (2 & 3) A. Gonzalez (11) K. Kouzmanoff (2)

Box Score

Tonight Rich Hill gave up four solo homeruns and the Cubs stranded a plethora of baserunners as Jake Peavy and the Padres downed the Cubs 5-1. Hill looked shaky again – he doesn’t seem to be showing the same degree of control over his pitches as he did earlier in the year. There is also some speculation that he may be telegraphing his pitches.

The Cubs had ample chances to score – the biggest disappointment was in the seventh when they loaded up the bases after two outs, only to suffer a groundout by Theriot. In the following inning the Cubs also had an excellent chance, only to have Jones leave men on first and third. In all, the Cubs left runners in scoring position six times when they had two outs. That’s just not getting ‘er done.

I can’t say that I am real disappointed about this loss – the Cubs generally have done well this year at getting runs home and our starting pitching has not been the problem. I’m more disappointed by the fact that Piniella can’t make his mind up about his lineup card and what he wants to do about the bullpen. I awaited today with baited breath because of his pronouncement that major changes in the bullpen were to be made, only to find out that it was “plenty ado about nothing.”

The Cubs hope to tie up the series tomorrow; Sean Marshall will get the start against David Wells so look for Angel Pagan in center and Murton in right. Wade Miller is reportedly “with the team” in San Diego but no roster move has been announced.

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