June 23rd, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago (N) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   2 8 1
Chicago (A) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 6 0
W -  M. Wuertz (1-2)  L  - B. Jenks (2-3) S – B. Howry (1)
Homeruns: A. Soriano (14)

Box Score

When I woke up this morning to let the dog out, I really wondered if we were going to see a double header tomorrow. Overcast, and raining. As I stood in the rain waiting for the dog to finish up his work, I thought ahead to today’s game, and who would be the goat or the hero. It’s what keeps me pinned to the TV for this team.

Obviously, Ryan Theriot is going to get the headlines for today’s win. Mr. 0 for my last 16 came up big with a perfect squeeze bunt to score Pagan in the the 9th. Pagan was pinch running for Floyd. Kudos to Lou for the great moves in the 9th today. Once again Cliff Floyd showed up and hit a key hit to get the rally started. Which had me pondering earlier why the batting order was dominated by so many righties today. Floyd, Bowen and Cesar Izturis were the only left handed bats against Vazquez.

To me Cesar was the real key to the game. He gets bashed here quite often, but I still stand behind the man, and today he showed the many reasons why. Fundamental baseball folks. He called out to Soriano to throw to second as a infield captain should, and he made a great baserunning decision by getting back to second. That communication in gunning down Terrero, was the key to the game early on. A 3 for 3 day at the plate isn’t too shabby either. Rich Hill was in a mess, and heads up defensive play got him out of it. Speaking of which, Mr. Hill is getting a whopping 1.8 runs in run support when he starts. 2007′s version of Matt Clement. Today wasn’t much better. He looked great throughout his 5 and 2/3 innings. So much for him “tipping” his pitches.

Jenks got the “Turd of the Game” award today according to the WPA, but I think I’d have given it to Derrek Lee. He looked out matched today, on a steady diet of outside breaking balls, and high fast balls.

Great, albeit slightly unexciting, win today. I’ll be happy with two of three in this series. Which, by the way, is the first time the Cubs have ever won both series from the Men in Black.

Joe’s Notes

  • Alfonso Soriano’s homerun was yet another solo shot
  • The Cubs sent 35 men to the plate and 15 of them saw at bats of 5 pitches or more.
  • Rob Bowen appears to be the starting catcher with Koyie Hill relegated to backup duty. My guess is Hill will catch tomorrow after Bowen struck out twice today.
  • Is it just me or does Ozzie’s use of his bullpen annoy you? Just stick with someone for cryin’ out loud.
  • Mark DeRosa was a late scratch from the lineup and Ron Santo insists it was due to his vision migraines. Hopefully he gets better soon.
  • The Cubs will need to make a roster move after tomorrow’s game to get the bullpen up to the 12 pitchers that Lou likes. The big question will be who goes to make room? There is talk of a Jacque Jones trade, but I’m not sold on it. What happens on Sunday night / Monday morning will be very interesting.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Javier Vazquez (35.4%)
  • Second Star – Bob Howry (20.9%)
  • Third Star – Rich Hill (19.9%)
  • Turd of the Game – Bobby Jenks (-21.2%)

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    Been blogging on VFTB since 2006. It's been a long silly run thus far. I still play baseball in the Chicago North Men's Senior Baseball League.