August 9th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 1   6 12 2
Colorado 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0   2 7 1
W – J. Marquis (9-7)  L  - A. Cook (8-7) S – R. Dempster (18)
Homeruns: J. Jones (3); M. Murton (4)

Box Score

Sometimes a win is just that, a win. Nothing more and nothing less. Tonight was one of those nights. An exciting win for Cubs fans, but with 4 of the 8 runs scored tonight being unearned it wasn’t a game for the baseball purists. It was a little sloppy from both sides. Luckily more sloppy (at costlier moments) for them than us. It would have been a lot more of an exciting evening had the Brewers not pulled off the win in extras versus the Astros, but the Cubs held pace and did what they needed to do. Staying a half game back on the Brewers and 2 out of the wild card is still great considering the recent events and run of tough luck that the Cubs have had. With the first two in the bag from Coors, it makes for a chance at an exciting weekend. You have to like the chance for a series win and a sweep isn’t totally out of the question either.

There were definitely some positives and overall I thought that the Cubs looked good. They got the game off to a good start by getting hits in the first four innings and got the score in Jason Marquis’ favor quickly. The Rockies commentators were crying about the strike zone by the fourth inning it did seem a like it moved around a little, but it seemed consistently bad for both teams. Cook simply couldn’t get outs when he needed to and the Cubs made him work for everything. His pitch count was in the 70′s by the 4th inning.

I had stated earlier in the day that I didn’t have much “love” for Jacque Jones and he made me eat that tonight. Once again, I will stand behind my statement and say that I don’t feel comfortable relying on his resurgence, but I give credit where credit is due. Jacque Jones has been The Man with the bat, as of late. Now if he could figure out what the hell is going on while running the bases I would be ecstatic. Twice tonight, he looked a little confused.

Marquis was solid in earning his first road victory in 3 months. The Rockies announcers on XM mentioned that fact, and I had to look it up to believe it. It is true, so I say: “Good for you Jason Marquis”. He helped himself with a timely double and he got some tough outs when he needed to. I’m not sure if Marquis was as frazzled as Lou thought he was, after nailing Baker in the noggin, but it’s fair to assume that that Lou made the right /safe call there. Let’s all hope that Jeff Baker is okay. In the end Marmol continued to do what he does and came in to clean up the mess.

I have to admit that I did have a little bit of a deja vu there when the Rockies opened the 8th with some junk hits that chased Marmol and brought in Howry. Especially when Tulowtizki came to the plate with the bases juiced. I had visions of his 3-run jack in Chicago haunting me. Howry hung in though, and he got out of the inning without too much damage. All things considered, another quality outing by the bullpen. I found it especially nice to see a 1-2-3 (sorta) finish for Dempster. Tip of the cap to Ronnie C. for playing heads up at the end there. An out is an out, and a win is a win.

Some game notes:

  • Mattie Murton must like hitting in Denver. That home run he had tonight did not look like a ball headed to the seats.
  • Apparently Jason Kendall likes playing in Coors Field too. His career numbers at Colorado are outstanding and his career numbers against the Rockies are good period. His career batting average vs. the Rockies is .389 and his OBP and Slugging percentages are each right around .500. He should play every game this series unless he simply can not stand it.
  • Pie looked a little rough tonight. His approach at the plate seems impatient and results in him being behind early a lot. Then he is forced to battle with 2 strikes. Which seems to happen to him a lot. Six men LOB for him tonight.
  • I always try to throw in a little something positive about the other team. I remember seeing a Rockies game in spring training and liking Taveras. He fits well with the Rockies big outfield and I still like him. In my preseason guesses…err I mean highly scientific predictions, Tulowitzki was in my top three for NL rookie of the year candidates. I would love to say that I picked him, but I didn’t. I think I should have, he’s tough.
  • DeRo and Theriot have both been so good this year that I can hardly say a bad thing about them. All good players have an off night every now and again. Now that they have gotten theirs out of the way, I expect better tomorrow. ‘Nuff said.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Jason Marquis (23.1%)
  • Second Star – Jason Kendall (20.7%)
  • Third Star – Bob Howry (19.2%)
  • Turd of the Game – Aaron Cook (-21.%))

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