View From The Bleachers

May 29, 2010

Game 50: Seventh Heaven for Silva, Cubs

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 8:34 pm

First Star : Carlos Silva  (WPA .343)

Second Star: Mike Fontenot  (WPA .151)

Third Star: Marlon Byrd (WPA .137)

The Cubs defeated the Cardinals today by a score of 5-0. I could stop there and most of our readers would smile, walk away, and spend the rest of their night happy, but that would be doing this game a deep injustice. There were quite a few highlights from todays game at sun splashed Wrigley and very few them involved the Cardinals in a positive light. We got to see a Cubs squad hit with runners in scoring position, a few web gems for the Cubs defense, a sensational performance by Carlos Silva, and all of this happened on a Fox Game of the Week Broadcast. We never seem to play well when Fox is here! Without further ado, here is The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly……

The Good:

  • Carlos Silva became the first Cubs pitcher to go 7-0 since Ken Holtzmen achieved the feat in 1967. He went 7 innings and gave up 2 hits while striking out 11. By the way, thats a career high in K’s  for Carlos. He had steady command of his pitches and mixed speeds all day. The sinker and off-speed stuff was far too much to handle for the Cards hitters. This is almost making up for the fact the we signed Milton Bradley in the first place….almost.
  • With the wind blowing in for most of today’s game the Cubs did not hit one homerun, which means they manufactured all 5 of their runs. Not bad for a team that seemed to be living and dying by the homer.
  • Mike Fontenot, filling in for Razmirez at third, had two Triples today in the right center gap….the second one drove in Byrd from second base. Aramis who?
  • Marlon Byrd made a diving catch in the second inning with a man on base and one out and Starlin Castro made a highlight reel play on a short hop linedrive smoked by Albert Pujols in the fourth. To watch Castro snare that ball was a glimpse at the defensive prowess he brings.
  • As if the defense wasn’t enough Byrd and Castro both went 2-4 at the plate and each batted in a run.

The Bad:

  • The Cardinals defense. They had two errors and a host of other sloppy plays in the field. Both of the errors helped add to the Cub run total.
  • Derrek Lee managed to kill yet another inning in the fifth with a double play. The leadoff man gets on and lee hits into a DP. He has looked better lately but it kills me how I can predict when he will hit into a double play!
  • Adam Ottavino made his first career start in the majors and registered 6 walks. The perplexing thing was that the Fox announcers seem to think he pitched well. I think the Cubs poor offense in the first three innings helped the kid look good.
  • Marshall had a rare bad appearance giving up two hits in the eighth. He got pulled for Zambrano who cleaned up his mess with a quick double play ball.

The Ugly:

  • The end of Adam Ottavino’s Major League debut came when he walked Carlos Silva on four straight pitches. The worst part, he managed to load the bases. The second worst part, there were two outs. The ugly part……Mitch Boggs came on in relief of Ottavino and walked the first batter he faced (Fukudome) creating the Cubs fourth run!
  • Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. These guys are so bias to the Cardinals it sours my view of these Fox broadcasts. McCarver also couldn’t figure out the difference between the Hancock and the Sears (Willis) tower.

Well, thats about it for this fairytale ending. Dempster will try to lock down the series for us in the rubber match tomorrow. Something tells me the Cards wont be such a pushover in game three. What do you guys think?

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19

  • Sinnycal

    I think Marshall excels in pressure situations. I was wondering why they’d use him with a four run lead, anyway, with Z already warmed up. That’s all we need, really. Marshall pitches today and then Grabow has to pitch tomorrow in a tied game because Marshall isn’t available.

  • Mastrick

    I enjoyed this one Chet. Bradley for Silva might very well save Hendry’s neck and the Cubs did a great job of battling a Central Division opponent. Now let’s take tomorrow’s game and I’ll be happy, where (if anywhere) will Colvin start Lou? Fontenot at third easily makes up for Ramirez’ lack of production too.

  • lizzie

    Really great game. I heart Carlos Silva! I agree, Chet, I really think both teams will come ready to play tomorrow in the rubber game. Aside from the notable announcer bias you mentioned, I get a kick out of the way foreign announcers pronounce some of the Cubs’ names. And by foreign I simply mean non-WGN. :-)

    Beat the Streak – well, for the first time this season I decided to pick Fontenot. Really not sure why I picked him today OR why I haven’t picked him all year but so be it, he came through for me. And for youngkaren, who also picked him. And we also happened to be the only two who got a point today! Yay us! Must say I give an evil little laugh when those of you who pick non-Cubs (and there are only 2.5 of you who ever do it) get your streak knocked back. No offense, I just think it borders on the sacrilegious since the Cubs are supposed to be your team. So it gives me a little giggle to reset you to zero. Three such resets today! Here’s where we stand:
    3 – dat_cubfan_daver
    2 – Brian Leach
    2 – Lizzie
    2 – Sean
    2 – youngkaren
    1 – Andrew Oden
    1 – Brian Moline
    1 – Doug Bagley
    1 – Jim Foley
    1 – MGAD
    Everyone else = 0. Good luck tomorrow!!!

  • Big Bob

    Great Memorial Day Weekend win. What a fantastic play by Castro, and equally super scoop by Lee at first base…Keep it up Carlos Silva…Yes, Buck and McCarver are very bias. You have to remember that Joe Buck’s father Jack was the announcer for the Cardinals for years after taking over for Harry Carey. McCarver was also the Cardinal catcher for years. It is unfortunate that they carry their bias with them when they should be completely neutral…By the way, agree that Double Play Lee’s DP’s are predictable…I hope the “Dumpster” is on his game tomorrow; he’d better be because Wainwright seems to always be on his game…I still think the Cincinnati Reds might be for real as I questioned a couple of days ago.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    I nominate Hasbro for Silva for steal of the year

  • dprob

    I dont get why Chicago fans think that every national announce team is biased. Is this just a Chicago thing? People said it when Marv Albert announced NBA championship games. They said it about whoever is announcing Bears games. And now Joe Buck and Tim McCarver baseball. I really don’t get it.

  • mrbaseball2usa

    @dprob Dude, you have got to be kidding. The reason they don’t ever show McCarver in the booth…. He’s wearing a Cards jersey w/ matching panties. I know better than to feed the trolls, but c’mon!

    This was a big game. We take 2 of 3 on these guys and it goes a long way to .500 (and yes, I know just how impotent that last statement sounded).

  • Doc Raker

    Bring back Tony Kubek and Joe Gargiola.
    Keep winnig series and good things will happen.
    We so lucked out trading Hasbro for Silva. At least we have one ace named Carlos.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    Tim McCarver and Joe Buck need to be punched in the face. Lizzie – Are we going to get an update on batting averages soon in BTS?

  • Lizzie

    TP2: Yep, June 1st evening I’ll be giving the May and YTD stats.

  • Doug S.

    Nice win yesterday.
    Really need today to go 4-2 this homestand, then a little Pirate pay back to claw above .500.

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    Every time Silva takes the mound I wonder, “is this the one where he turns back into Carlos Silva?” Every time I’m wrong. I’m going to keep thinking that, thus ensuring that Silva becomes the greatest pitcher in Cubs history.

  • Chet

    David, I couldn’t agree with you more……I was thinking the same thing yesterday. My line of thinking is that he will implode and when he does it is all downhill from there.

  • Walt

    Think Fontenot wants to kep his job?

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