Cubs 5 – Rockies 9

Box Score / Video Highlights

Tonight the Cubs gave it their all and fought back from a 4-1 deficit, only to give up the game in the eighth. It’s never fun to go to Coors in my estimation and the North Siders lost the series 2-1 after barely holding on last night.

What went right:

  • The Cubs played very scrappy baseball; after falling behind by three runs in the first they came back. So far this team shows a propensity to give their best even when they are behind, they don’t give up easily.
  • Both Castro and Barney continue to scald the ball at the top of the order, I think we’re on to something here. Continued strong play from these guys means that we could free up a roster spot currently owned by Baker or DeWitt and possibly get a righthanded 1B/OF backup to come off the bench.
  • Ramirez continues to impress me with his early season hitting, he looks like a totally different hitter this year. He’s hitting the ball where it’s pitched, laying off pitches he doesn’t like and hitting line drives to all fields.  A resurgent Ramirez and Soriano could put the Cubs into playoff contention this year.

What went wrong:

  • Another shaky outing by Dempster, he kept himself in the game but he’s been leaving too many balls out over the plate and that is never a real good idea in Coors, even during the “humidor era.” His problem today seemed to be hitting his spots and getting behind in counts.
  • Pena continues to have trouble with making contact. From what I’m seeing he’s flying open and not keeping his head down and right shoulder square. He’s also trying to pull everything and makes some judgement errors on what he swings at. Will Jaramillo make an impact with Carlos? I don’t think he will, he’s pretty set in his ways just like Corey Patterson was. He is what he is and that’s what you get.
  • Mateo blew up in the 8th giving up the winning run plus three more in the 8th.

So, the Cubs fall back to one game below .500 and come home to face the Padres, Dodgers and Rockies in a nine game homestand, tomorrow night’s game being televised on WCIU. Both Cashner and Wells are going to be examined tomorrow and this team is in need of some good news.

On this date in baseball history:

  • In 1869 the Cincinnati Red Stockings beat a group of Cincinnati amateurs 24-5, it was the first ever fielding of a professional sports team. Later in the year the Red Stockings beat the Mansfield Independents 48-14, which was the first-ever baseball game between two professional teams.
  • Red Barber called his first game in Crosley Field in 1934.
  • In 1951 Mickey Mantle had his first major league at bat. Two years later on the very same date he hit what many consider to be the longest-ever homerun in baseball history, a 565 foot shot that left Griffith Stadium.
  • On this date in 1976 Mike Schmidt hit four consecutive homeruns, powering the Phils to an 18-16 win over the Cubs. Sadly I remember this game as well as another Phils win over the Cubs that had an even larger score. These factoids courtesy of as well as a couple of other sites.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Seth Smith (.225 WPA)

2nd Star – Dexter Fowler (.222 WPA)

3rd Star– Jeff Samardzija (.176 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Buddy 2-0 (1.00)

Joe 4-3 (.571)

Mark 1-2 (.333)

Chet 0-1 (.000)

Brandon 0-2 (.000)

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