Cubs 9, Red Sox 3

Box Score / Video Highlights / Condensed Game

A thrilling end of the game to say the least.  After some concerning injury setbacks the Cubs rallied in the eighth to pull off a victory and stop Boston’s win streak at eight.  The Cubs go into tomorrow night’s rubber game with questions insofar as the starting pitcher and center fielder as it was announced that Matt Garza is suffering from elbow tightness and Marlon Byrd was beaned early in the game.  Some highlights from tonight’s game:

What went right:

  • Zambrano pitched a quality game and hung in there – we needed a good start as the Cubs are now down three starters.
  • The Cubs hung in there and didn’t give up – they fought and scratched and kept the game close until the bats woke up in the eighth.
  • Timely hitting and pinch-hitting in the eighth – the Cubs scored 8 runs in the 8th to put the game away.  Barney and Castro did what they did best by setting the table, Ramirez got picky at the plate and coerced a walk out of Albers to load the bases.  Pena did the same and Albers walked the second Cubs run in – Johnson lined the game-winning hit off the scoreboard scoring the tying and winning runs.
  • Keystone Red Sox defense, they looked pretty bad.
  • Kerry Wood rebounded and pitched a strong eighth inning.

What went wrong:

  • Prior to the game the Cubs learned that Matt Garza would not be able to pitch on Sunday, this totally disrupts what was at best an uncertain rotation.  Rumor is that the Cubs will have a Bullpen Day on Sunday – I’d rather see them bring up the best Double A or Triple A option and give Garza two starts off.
  • Byrd got hit in the face and was immediately removed from the game.  It looked pretty bad but Marlon did not lose consciousness and appeared to be cut slightly under the left eye.

Tomorrow the Cubs will go for the series win with Tim Wakefield as the announced starter for Boston, hopefully the wind will be blowing in for the knuckleballer.  The Cubs could use some breaks after losing the opener and tying Game 2.

On this date in baseball history:

  • 1919:  The New York Giants traded Jim Thorpe to the Boston Braves for Pat Ragan.  Thorpe was a better footballer than he was a baseball player, as were a few that came after him.
  • 1952:  The Dodgers scored 15 runs in the first on the way to a 19-1 victory over the Reds.  It was a Major League record.
  • 2005:  Korean Dae-Sung-koo lines a double off Randy Johnson, causing Mike Piazza to lose a million dollar pledge.  Piazza told teammate David Wright that he would donate a million dollars to charity if the Korean got a hit.  I’m unsure as to whether or not Piazza delivered as promised.

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

1st Star– Casey Coleman (.273 WPA)

2nd Star –Marlon Byrd (.122 WPA)

3rd Star– John Buck (.115 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Mark 5-3 (.625)

Buddy 3-3 (.500)

Joe 9-10 (.474)

Brandon 1-4 (.200)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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