September 14th, 2007
| W – C. Zambrano (16-12) L – A. Wainwright (13-11) S – B. Howry (8)
Homeruns: C. Floyd (8) A. Pujols (31) J. Edmonds (12) R. Ludwick (13)
Sorry for the terrible Spanish, but it was all I could come up with for a title. Len Kasper summed this game up best after the final out. “Ahhhhhhhh.” I couldn’t agree more Len, this is getting to be too much for one digestive tract to take. No wonder some of us here have been discussing being Cubs exhausted. There’s been more up and downs in the past week, than I can remember for most seasons.
Tonight was complete madness. First I get stuck in traffic for an hour and a half attempting to get to my own league’s game, which I won’t discuss, because I have no business even being allowed to look at a bat right now. Then I miss the first inning, ride home listening to Pat and Ron, and come home just in time to watch Mark DeRosa’s RBI single to score Jason Kendall. Who knew what laid before me, as I quickly made dinner so as not to miss any more of the game.
Carlos Zambrano has obviously tightened up the screws that were loose in his head. He looked sharp, and made only one mistake, a belt high fastball to Albert Pujols, for a solo shot. If your gonna give up a dinger to the man, make it a solo shot. He’s now tied his career high in wins for a season at 16. I still think he’ll hit 18, especially if he continues to throw like he has in his last two outings.
Humorously, the real story was the ninth inning, and the man that’s gotten a ton of heat this week Ryan Dempster. I have vehemently defended him all week, and I still will, as the numbers show he’s a fine closer. Not a scare the bejesus out of you closer, but one that gets the job done. Demp just did not have good stuff tonight. Everything was right down the heart of the plate, which ended up in the outfield seats. For those of you that argue for Howry as the closer, tonight also proved that he can struggle too. He gave up two singles to load the bases, before getting a squirelly ground ball up the middle for a ground out. Both of them had pitched over the past series (I believe three days in a row), and they both looked gased.
We have to remember the key the rest of the way, is wins. Not how ugly or if they were blow outs, but wins. When the Cubs win, their destiny is in their hands. Not that of the Brewers, who were losing at the time I wrote this. We should have a one and a half game lead, and the Cardinals have fallen six back. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Reds overtake them for third place in the division. I predict a split tomorrow, and a win on Sunday. Which should all but eliminate the Cards, and make this a two team race.
Now if I could just remember where I put the Maalox from the other night….