It’s A Great Day To Be Alive. Remember that, today, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how the bullpen performs. And how the regular starters hit. And, hopefully, nobody slips on the Miller Park turf.
It’s 3 up and 3 down in the Cubs 1st.
And Angel Guzman does, in fact, take the mound. He’s throwing heat at 95 mph. Guzman strikes out the side in the Brewers’ 1st, after giving up a lead off single.
Aramis Ramirez breaks up CC’s no hitter with a single to left. Micah drives the ball through the legs of the Brewers’ “Plus Size” 1st baseman, putting runners on the corners. Cedeno hits a double play ball, but he’s safe at 1st (and he gets an RBI) because “a tie goes to the runner”. Aramis scores on the play. Cubs lead 1-0. And so the 2nd inning ends.
Angel Guzman returns to the mound in the Brewers’ 2nd, and takes them 3 up and 3 down.
Carlos Zambrano leads off the Cubs 3rd, batting for Guzman, and goes down swinging. Alfonso draws a walk, but Theriot hits into a 4-3 double play.
Chad Gaudin is pitching for the Cubs in the Brewers’ 3rd. The Brewers go 3 up and 3 down on 3 infield ground balls.
Sabathia takes the Cubs 3 up and 3 down, with 2 Ks, in the 4th.
Neal Cotts is on the mound in the Brewers’ 4th. After a K and a 7, Prince Fielder goes down swinging. The Cubs’ Bullpen Committee had a one hitter going.
Micah looks at strike 3. If the Fox radar gun is to be believed, that was a 105 mph toss.
And the Cubs go 3 up and 3 down in the 5th. Mr. Sabathia has a 1 hitter going.
Kevin Hart is pitching and Koyie Hill is catching in the Brewers’ 5th. 3 up and 3 down.
Koyie Hill looks at a called 3rd strike, Alfonso flies out, and Theriot gets the Cubs’ 2nd hit of the day, a single to center. Dee Lee pops to Ray Durham on the outfield grass.
In the 6th the Brewers go three up and 3 down. Score remains 1-0 Cubs.
Aramis opens the 7th with his 2nd single of the day, and the Cubs 3rd hit of the game. But a double play takes him off the bases. Micah flies out to center. Three up and three down for the Cubbies in the 7th.
Ray Durham leads off the Brewers’ 7th with a double, the Brewers’ 2nd hit of the day, against the new Cubs’ pitcher Sean Marshall. He takes third on a grounder to third. One out. The Brewers’ Buffmobile 1st baseman takes a semi- intentional BB, and that’s all for Sean Marshall.
Michael Wuertz walks JJ Hardy on 4 pitches to load the bases with one out. Corey Hart fans on 3 pitches. 2 outs. Craig Counsell walks on 5 pitches, forcing in the tying run. Jason Kendall hits into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Brewers tie the score 1-1.
The Cubs go 3 up and 3 down in the 8th. CC Sabathia looks good, today.
Bob Howry is on the mound for the Cubs in the 8th, with the score tied 1-1. Howry gives up a single to Mike Cameron and a 2 run homer to Ryan Braun. Brewers lead 3-1 with 2 out. Jabba the Hutt goes down swinging to end the inning. Brewers lead 3-1.
The top of the order will bat for the Cubs in the top of the 9th. OK, guys, let’s see what you got. Alfonso Soriano flies out. Ryan Theriot singles to center. Dee Lee hits into a game ending double play.
CC Sabathia pitched his 3rd consecutive game on 3 days rest today, a complete game. CC gave up 1 run on 4 hits and he was definitely in control of the game.
Bob Howry takes a well earned and well deserved loss today. It was he who gave up a single and a 2 run homer in the 8th.
The Cubs’ Bullpen Pitching Committee did a pretty good job of pitching today. Maybe Lou should start “The Committee” every once in a while, just to rest the starters and just for the fun of it. Only thing is, apparently, Lou would have to bring in one of the starters to relieve the relievers in the 7th inning or so.
Both the Brewers and the Cubs had 4 hits today. I had no high expectations for the Cubs Bullpen Pitching Committee, so I’m not too worked up about the pitching, except to note that, overall, they did a great job.
But the lack of offense by the Cubs “A Team” championship batting lineup is, to me, cause for concern. That lack of run production cost them a game today and it will cost them games in the playoffs. Then again, this was a meaningless game so I probably shouldn’t try to extrapolate any meaning from it. Never mind…
**CUBBIE DUDE CUBBIE BLUE COLLAR CORNER**
- Carlos Zambrano did get into the game today.
- Angel Guzman faced 7, got 6 outs with 1 hit, 4 Ks and no runs.
- CC Sabathian recorded his 1st K of the game against Carlos Zambrano (pinch hitting).
- Chad Gaudin faced 3, got 3 outs, all infield grounders.
- Neal Cotts faced 3, got 3 outs including two Ks.
- Kevin Hart faced 6, got 6 outs.
- Sean Marshall faced 3, gave up a double and a walk.
- Michael Wuertz faced 4, walked 2 (one of which forced in a run).
- Bob Howry faced 5, struck out 2, but also gave up a single and a 2 run game winning home run.
- CC Sabathia pitched a 1 run, 4 hit complete game on 3 days rest. He won’t be getting much rest this week, either.
- This has been an unbelievable regular season for the Chicago Cubs. I have truly enjoyed it. Now lets git ‘er done in the playoffs!Dodsworth release