Derek Lowe’s winless streak hit the one-month mark, but he showed significant signs of improvement in a 2-0 loss to the Cardinals. He allowed five hits over seven innings, stung by a two-run homer from Ryan Ludwick, but otherwise effectively implemented a slower delivery that ensured a better arm angle and release point and kept his sinker sinking.
- Is among the best in MLB at getting hitters to beat the ball into the ground and rarely over the fence, thanks to one of the top sinkers in the game.
- Has a lot of trouble keeping runners honest and is a little weaker from the stretch position. Hitters can pound his first pitch.
- A strong mid-rotation starter.
- 0-4, 7.62 in last 28.1IP
Carlos Zambrano set a career high with four hits in his last start — that’s four by himself. He already had a three-hit game this season, and is batting .343. But let’s talk about his pitching. Big Z held the Pirates to two runs on six hits over seven innings and struck out six. He’s off to the best start in his career and has reduced the number of walks issued. As Lou Piniella said, when Zambrano has confidence in his pitches and is aggressive, he’s effective.
News & Notes
- Sean Gallagher only allowed one run in 7.0 innings pitched
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Memphis (10-8)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Won vs. Carolina (8-7)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – No Game
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – No Game
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
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