May 29th, 2007
| W - D. Willis (7-3) L - J. Marquis (5-2) S – K. Gregg (6)
Homeruns: J. Hermida (3) D. Lee (4) R. Theriot (1)
I really thought we were going to get a win against Dontrelle. The thing that scared me and kept coming to mind though was how much run support he has been getting. That continued in this start.
Marquis has been pitching very well this year, but tonight was just not his night. He had trouble keeping his pitch count down and was very close to being pulled after four innings due to a high count. He got himself into way too many jams. He was able to get out of the first one in the 2nd inning very nicely, but after that, the Marlins began to break through. The encouraging thing to me is that despite the poor start, his ERA is still under 3.00. Who would’ve thought that would be the case this late in the year?
I love the fact that before the game, Lou emphasized how important baserunning is and how the Cubs needed to get better at it. How did they respond? Mark DeRosa runs into an out at third on a play that was right in front of him. I have no idea what he was thinking. My only guess was maybe he wasn’t paying attention and thought it was a force place. Why else would he run on that play? Just a few plays later, Michael Barrett got picked off second on a snap throw from Miguel Olivo. It’s baserunning like this that is killing this team. We really need to fix this stuff and I’m not sure it’s a management issue. It has been going on for as long as I’ve been a Cub fan.
STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA
In the fourth inning, you can see that 75% of the time, a team should win when they’re at that point. It all went down hill from there.