August 22nd, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 1
San Francisco 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
W – C. Marmol (3-1)  L  - P. Misch (0-3) S – R. Dempster (20)
Homeruns: None

Box Score

  • I came into this game really believing that Rich Hill had returned to form after his last start. I left the game tonight with mixed feelings. If you look at the box score and see two runs and 10 strikeouts through seven innings of work, you think that he must have been dealing all night. That’s true, if you take away the first couple innings of work when the Giants hit him awfully hard. It seemed like every hitter put the ball in play strongly. Thankfully, Hill settled down and was actually quite good the rest of the way. I’m still pretty confident that he can get the job done for us, and it’s important to remember that he should be able to get better the more outings he has. Keep in mind that this is his first full year in the big leagues.
  • Barry Zito hasn’t been very good this year, especially when you factor in the amount of money he was paid by the Giants in the off-season. However, both times we’ve face him, he’s been great. If you only saw those two starts from him, you would think his year is going quite well. Thankfully, we’re done seeing Mr. Zito for the rest of the season.
  • Early in the game, the Cubs walked Barry Bonds intentionally and I wasn’t sure why. Sure, he’s the all time homerun leader, but he’s not as good as he was in the past. Late in the game, I can understand not wanting to pitch to him, but with the score at 0-0 in the early innings, there is no reason to no pitch to Bonds. Have some onions and throw to him. If he beats you, he beats you.
  • This was a game we could have won in regulation innings had we taken care of business in the 8th inning. After bunting the leadoff man to second, the Cubs had two hitters come to the plate needing just one single. Take care of business so we don’t have to go to extras, where we are 2-7 on the year.
  • I loved the idea of the squeeze bunt in the 10th after we had already scored the go ahead run. It’s worth taking a chance on in an effort to extend the lead and give Dempster a cushion in the 10th.
  • Jake Fox’s play in RF trying to pick up the ball and throw home was just embarrassing.
  • Cliff Floyd has been money in this series with two big hits. He’s had the two run single in game one and now the leadoff double in the 10th to spark the win. It’s good to have him back. Hopefully this helps ease the pain of his loss and helps him keep his mind off it.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Barry Zito (33.9%)
  • Second Star – Carlos Marmol (25.3%)
  • Third Star – Rich Hill (23.0%)
  • Turd of the Game – Pat Misch (40.3%)

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. 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. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail