Cubs 3, Astros 7

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What went right:

  • The Cubs were “game” tonight, down 1-0 in the eighth they came back and took a 3-1 lead. Soto doubled and was replaced by Brad Snyder who scored when Houston pitcher Brad Lyles threw a ball away on a sac bunt by Colvin and Snyder scored. Colvin then advanced to second on the FC/E1. Barney then nailed a double off the wall which scored Colvin which made it a 2-1 game. Pena was then walked intentionally and Ramirez doubled him home making it 3-1. Things were looking pretty good.
  • I continue to be impressed by Tony Campana, although he doesn’t project to be a fixture in center field. He laid down a nice sac bunt tonight and came close to beating it out. He also helps out defensively when DeWitt is in left. This guy is fun to watch and he is rapidly becoming a fan favorite – he gives you everything he’s got.
  • The Cubs managed to put some guys in scoring position (although the weren’t able to get all of them home.)
  • As a general rule I like the effort that the young players are putting in – losing guys like Soriano, Byrd, etc. doesn’t bother me too much because we get to see our future.

What went wrong:

  • Men left in scoring position – this is what has really defined many of the Cubs losses this year. They get guys on but they don’t get ‘em home.
  • Marmol was a little more than pathetic – six runs in the 9th? Come on Carlos! Worst I’ve ever seen him, he can plan his off time in July because he sure isn’t going to the All Star game.
  • Errors by Castro – the scoop to his left got him again for an error, he has to square his body up on those short hops or get used to 20 error seasons. He also made a mental error arguing with an umpire on a dropped third strike. Starlin needs to learn that he will not win those arguments but he may very well win a base if he runs these dropped third strikes out.

Tomorrow the Cubs will try to avoid a sweep against the lowly Astros. The game begins at 1:20pm and it will be telecast on WGN.

On this date in baseball history:

  • 1869: Baseball had it’s first rain out as the Cincinnati Red Stockings were unable to play against the Antioch Nine.
  • 1937: Carl Hubbell lost his consecutive game winning streak at 24 games. Hubbell was known for his screwball and it was said that his hand faced out when he walked after retiring.
  • 1938: Lou Gehrig played in his 2000th consecutive game.
  • 1964: Baseball had it’s longest game, a 7 hour 23 minute 22 inning affair between the Giants and the Mets. The Giants won it when Gaylord Perry threw ten innings of relief and got the win 8-6. Ironically it was the second game of a doubleheader.
  • 1966: Ron Santo appeared in his 364th consecutive game at third base, a National League record.
  • 1976: The Braves lose to the Padres 10-7. New Atlanta owner Ted Turner invites the 2994 fans who showed up for the game to the next game as his guests.
  • 2009: Carlos Pena is the first player to hit a ball into the A ring, the highest catwalk at Tropicana Field. The ball bounces off the roof scaffolding in play and is caught by the Twins’ Jose Mijares for an out.

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

1st Star – Carlos Zambrano (.325 WPA)

2nd Star – Matt Downs (.302 WPA)

3rd Star – Tyler Colvin (.251 WPA)

Turd of the Game – Carlos Marmol (-.901 WPA)

Official Recap Standings

Mark 6-4 (.600)

Joe 11-10 (.524)

Buddy 3-4 (.429)

Brandon 1-5 (.167)

Chet 0-2 (.000)

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