Cubs 4, Reds 7
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- The Cubs made Homer Bailey work in the first inning. Bailey labored through 33 pitches, walking the bases loaded. Unfortunately, he also struck out the side.
- Carlos Pena led off the fifth inning with a lucky check-swing infield hit. Koyie Hill came through with a hit-and-run single to right. Zambrano grounded to third, but Pena scored on a bad throw to the plate. Darwin Barney cashed in the Cubs second run with a one-out single the other way.
- Marlon Byrd drilled a single to right with one away in the sixth. Pena followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0 Cubs.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- The Cubs let Bailey off the hook in the second inning, going out in order on only nine pitches.
- Starlin Castro grounded into a double play to wipe out a third-inning rally.
- After five solid innings, Zambrano fell apart in the sixth. The Reds roughed up Big Z for six runs, and just like that the lead was gone.
- Marcos Mateo came in and almost killed Jonny Gomes with a pitch near his head. It sailed to the backstop and allowed another run to come home. Gomes dusted himself off and swatted the next pitch out of the ballpark. The Reds never looked back.
ANOTHER BATCH OF RANDOM THOUGHTS
My wife thinks that I’ve been pretty negative lately. I can’t imagine why. The Cubs are under .500, gas is $4 a gallon, and it rains almost every day. Anyway, I’m determined to change my bad behavior. In the spirit of positivity, here are a few things I’m thankful for in 2011:
- Starlin Castro! ‘Nuff said!
- Kosuke Fukudome is flourishing in the lead-off spot.
- Matt Garza seems to be on the right track.
- Randy Wells will be back in the rotation soon.
- Sean Marshall is still cleaning up in the pen.
- Carlos Silva no longer calls Wrigley Field home.
- The White Sox are crappier than the Cubs.
- The Yankees are falling apart.
- The Lakers are watching the playoffs on TV.
- The Bulls destroyed the Heat on Sunday night.
- Chad Johnson made a fool of himself on national television (if you haven’t seen the footage of his lame bull-riding attempt, check it out on YouTube).
- Donald Trump isn’t running for President.
- I didn’t get crushed by a meteor today. The streak continues!
How’s that for the power of positive thinking?
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star– Jay Bruce (.247 WPA)
2nd Star – Darwin Barney (.171 WPA)
3rd Star– Scott Rolen (.132 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Buddy 3-3 (.500)
Mark 3-3 (.500)
Joe 8-9 (.471)
Brandon 1-4 (.200)
Chet 0-2 (.000)