Cubs 5, Dodgers 1
Today the Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-1 in a game that featured good starting pitching and three homeruns. Both teams dressed in 1944 throwback uniforms; the Dodgers wore their “thirds,” a baby blue uni with white trim and Brooklyn lettering. They wore Dodger blue caps with the classic B in white. The Cubs wore road grays with “Chicago” in blue which was underlined with a red streak. Their socks were dark blue with three red horizontal stripes and their caps were Cubbie blue with a Cleveland-style red “C.” Today’s paid attendance was 28,419, I found it ironic that the Dodgers wore the uniforms of another city given their current financial plight. More to say about that later.
What went right:
- A quality start, something the Cubs haven’t done much of this year. Carlos Zambrano pitched like a number one starter all day, he was cool and collected and the Dodgers’ weren’t able to do much with him.
- The top of the order continues to get on base and irritate opposing pitchers – Castro and Barney got three hits in eight at bats and scored two of the Cubs’ five runs. They are now batting .313 and .324 respectively.
- Power – if the 2010 version of the Cubs is to have any chance of winning the Central Division they will have to hit many more homeruns than last year. Today we saw a little of what could happen if the Cubs do just that.
- No errors or comical plays that were not called errors.
What went wrong:
- Miscalculations on the basepaths – Soriano committed the first by trying to advance from first to second on a deep fly ball. Later in the game Jeff Baker was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double and Darwin Barney was caught stealing.
- If you were a Dodger fan you had to be disappointed in seeing Teddy Baseball get lit up once again by the Cubs. Lilly gave up 8 hits in 6 innings pitched and allowed 5 earned runs. Compare and contrast that with Zambrano’s 8 innings pitched with 5 hits and only 1 earned run.
- The Cubs uniforms were putridly ugly (Note from Joe)
As I alluded to earlier, the Dodgers have real issues now with finances. Rotoworld reported that they may not be able to meet payroll later this month and that will necessitate MLB taking over the club and it’s payroll obligations. Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt places blame on the commissioner who he says is standing in the way of a long-term TV contract between the Dodgers and FOX. He says that the commissioner’s office refuses to talk with him and they have responded by saying that their refusal is because they don’t want anything they say to be used in a court of law. In any case it’s one big mess and it’s not going to help getting fans out to the ballpark. The Cubs will have an off day tomorrow and will start a home stand against my personal nemesis the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Friday will mark exactly one month since Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were sent to the DL, both are now in Arizona beginning their rehabs. The Cubs are also scheduled for another off day on Monday.
On this date in baseball history:
- On May 4th 1871 the Cleveland Forest Cities lost to the Fort Wayne Kekiongas 2-0 in the first-ever major league baseball game between two professionally-paid teams.
- 1939: Boston Red Sox rookie Ted Williams became the first player to ever hit a homerun that cleared the right field stands in Tiger Stadium. Also known as Navin Field and Briggs Stadium, this park was home field for the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999. The most memorable homerun I saw at this venue was the one Reggie Jackson hit in the 1971 All Star game – it would have left the park were it not for a light stanchion on the roof. It’s been estimated that the ball would have flown 532′ had it not been for the lighting apparatus.
- 1944: The St. Louis Cardinals allowed people of color to buy grandstand seats, the two St. Louis teams were the last in the league to do so.
- 1963: The Milwaukee Braves’ Bob Shaw became the first pitcher to commit five balks in a game. Billy Williams walked and then scored on three consecutive balks, hard to believe there were two more.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Carlos Zambrano (.326 WPA)
2nd Star – Geovany Soto (.157 WPA)
3rd Star– Marlon Byrd (.118 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Buddy 3-2 (.600)
Joe 7-6 (.538)
Mark 3-3 (.500)
Brandon 1-3 (.250)
Chet 0-2 (.000)