July 25th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 1 0   7 14 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   1 8 0
W – T. Lilly (11-4)  L  - A. Wainwright (9-8) S – None
Homeruns: None

Box Score

It looked like tonight was going to be a pitchers duel between Ted Lilly and Adam Wainwright. Unfortunately, for Mr. Wainwright and the joy of Cubs fans, the bottom fell out. The fourth inning saw timely hitting by a plethora of Cubbies. The hit parade continued for Jacque Jones, Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Aramis Ramirez. Cliff Floyd also looks like he’s found his swing with some scalded balls, and hello, what do we have here, Alfonso Soriano showed up.

The middle infield was spectacular with four double plays. You just can’t find much to complain about tonight. It was a good old fashion beat down. One of the keys has been the Cubs approach against Albert Pujols. He looks completely flummoxed, yes I used the word flummoxed, against Cubs pitching. Kudos to Lou’s staff for figuring out whatever it is that has Fat Albert completely off balance.

We’ve taken two, let’s get the third, and end St. Louis’ misery tomorrow. The Brewers are literally within a fingers grasp. And a half game out from the Wild Card.

The big story, the Reds helped us out, and beat the Brewers. Two games back, and Milwaukee’s front office made a move to strengthen their bullpen. Perhaps the feel of hot Cub breath on their necks is making them a tad bit nervous?

Matt’s Notes: Bob Brenly (with an LY), made me laugh when he noted Adam Wainwright’s curveball broke like Mark Prior’s. “When Mark Prior is healthy.”

My wife and I like to pronounce So Taguchi’s name as, “Soooooo Tah Guchi!” I don’t know why. It just makes us giggle.

Matt’s Rant – Take it or Leave it: I’m getting a little tired of hearing about Josh Hancock’s death as being described as “tragic.” It was hardly tragic. He was intoxicated, decided to drive, and while impaired was talking on his cell phone and driving. I’d hardly call that tragic. What’s tragic is that he couldn’t control himself. Let’s close the book, and move on.

The above was edited by Matt, as it was worded poorly. He is also seeking sensitivity training.


STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Ted Lilly (18.6%)
  • Second Star – Mike Fontenot (14.2%)
  • Third Star – Cliff Floyd (12.9%)
  • Turd of the Game – Adam Wainwright (-31.3%)

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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.