May 26th, 2007
| W – C. Zambrano (5-4) L – M. Hendrickson (2-2) S – R. Dempster (11)
Homeruns: A. Ramirez (12) M. DeRosa (5) W. Betemit (5)
Obviously, the story for today was Carlos Zambrano. Carlos went a strong 7.2 innings, striking out eight, walking one, and giving up two runs. Today was the Carlos of old, which probably means Carlos of 2007 will rear his head during his next start. His control was spot on, with a wicked slider. FOX had him top out at 93 mph for his fastball which ranged anywhere between 89-93 all game, nowhere near his velocity of last year. His arm slot is definitely lower as well. His high mark was 94, on the pitch immediately after giving up the home run to Wilson Betemit.
The key of the game came with “The large mammal” beating out a check swing bunt for a basehit in the fourth inning, which eventually led to two runs, as the offense went stagnant after Mark Hendrickson left the game.
Today also saw that Lou is terrified of using his bullpen. He kept Big Z in as long as he could, and only had Dempster warming up for most of the eighth. I thought he almost brought in Ohman with his eyes closed and begging for the gods to get him through one hitter. It paid off.
Dempster was shaky after an impressive strikeout. Two back-to-back singles made it interesting once again. Thank goodness for the double play.