August 21st, 2007


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5   5 7 0
San Francisco 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 3 0
W – S. Eyre (1-1)  L  – T. Lincecum (7-4) S – None
Homeruns: None

Box Score

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Derrek Lee slide across for another run in the 9th!!!

I can’t tell you how frustrated I’ve been over the last few days. Between rain delays and bad internet connections, it seems like I haven’t put anything of substance together on here in weeks. I don’t know how good the connection will be this morning so I’m making this short.

I’ve been doing some thinking about this team and this division of late and I still can’t seem to get my head around what is happening and going to happen. Part of me believes in my heart that it will turn into a one or two team race, but with all three teams playing so poorly, it just seems like it will come down to who wants to win a game on the last day. The Brewers have had their chance to run away and sputtered. We’ve had many opportunities to not only overtake, but begin to separate from the pack and haven’t taken advantage. Even the Cardinals surged themselves back into the mix with the additions of Rick Ankiel and Joel Pineiro only to fall back a few steps when they came to Chicago. It’s really a weird year for this Central division and I don’t know how it’s going to end.

As far as last night goes, can we all agree that Tim Lincecum is really good? Remember, he’s a rookie and just 23 years old. He flat out dominated the Cubs last night for 8 innings and should have left the game at that point with a one run lead. None of our guys could hit him and no one was working the count. He had pitch counts under 10 four or five different innings and had only thrown 72 pitches through seven. That’s filthy good. I really debated just turning the game off after the 8th, but decided to hang in there. I’m glad I did.

This is a series I’d like to see us sweep. We’ve got Rich Hill going today, and he “returned” in my eyes after his last start, facing Barry Zito who has struggled this season to live up to the hype. We close it out with Carlos Zambrano who hasn’t gotten his chance to stick a boot up someone’s butt yet since his contract facing Matt Cain. Cain is one of those hard luck starters similar to Rich Hill. He’s had 18 starts where the Giants have scored 3 or less for him. Only three times have they scored five or more for the poor kid. If we can get a sweep in this series, it gives us a little slack to play with against a better Arizona team. 4-2 road trip is what I’ll settle for at this point. 5-1 would have me ecstatic.

Finally, it was so good to see Koyie Hill finally released. He was worthless and taking up a roster spot. Henry Blanco makes a return that I didn’t think would happen this year. It’s always good to see feel good things like that. Let’s go get em’ tonight. Be sure to check back around lunch for Tony’s latest edition of Through the Rear View.

STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Jason Marquis (23.3%) Way to go Jason!!!!
  • Second Star – Jason Kendall (12.2%)
  • Third Star – Ryan Theriot (11.4%)
  • Turd of the Game – Brad Hennessey (-25.4%)

    Graph courtesy of Fan Graphs

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail