Cubs 7, Astros 12
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- After spotting the Astros two runs in the first, Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro came through to cut the lead in half. Carlos Pena followed with a two-out, two-run homer.
- The Astros gave the Cubs their fourth run with a throwing error in the second inning.
- Blake DeWitt just missed a home run, driving in the Cubs fifth tally with a triple off the wall.
- The generous bunch from Houston handed the Cubs another run with a botched fly ball in right field by Hunter Pence.
- The Cubs stole five bases (not a typo) in one game. Apparently hell has frozen over.
- It didn’t rain. Maybe I can cancel my ark-building plans.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- To almost nobody’s surprise, Rodrigo Lopez looked shaky on the mound, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings. For the record, Lopez is the ninth starting pitcher the Cubs have used this season. With Lopez and Doug Davis on the roster, the Cubs seem committed to the “washed-up-starter” plan. Can Steve Trachsel be far behind?
- The bullpen wasn’t much better, giving up six more runs after Lopez was knocked out.
- The Cubs defense kicked the ball around again, committing three errors.
- Jeff Baker went to the DL, which obviously hurts the lineup vs. LHP.
- Alfonso Soriano left the game with a leg injury.
- Soto was hit on the hand in his first game back. Does that mean more Koyie Hill? Will this madness ever end?
- After scoring six runs against Houston starter Aneury Rodriguez, the Cubs were shut down by the Astros bullpen.
It’s hard to stay positive about the 2011 Cubs. A rash of injuries and a mediocre offense point to big trouble for Quade’s crew. Somewhere Ryne Sandberg is thanking his lucky stars that he didn’t get the manager’s job in Chicago.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star– Hunter Pence (.311 WPA)
2nd Star –Blake Dewitt (.157 WPA)
3rd Star–Enerui Del Rosario (.150 WPA)
Official Recap Standings
Mark 6-3 (.667)
Joe 11-10 (.524)
Buddy 3-4 (.429)
Brandon 1-5 (.167)
Chet 0-2 (.000)