Cubs 1, Brewers 0
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Ryan Dempster pitched around some two-out trouble to escape the 1st inning. He picked up steam as the night rolled along and finished with a solid line: 7 IP, 4 hits, 1 BB, 7 SO
- After a Darwin Barney single in the 8th, Carlos Pena smacked a pinch-hit double to put two runners in scoring position. Aramis Ramirez grounded to 2B, but Barney beat a close play at the plate. That was the only run of the night. Thanks to Dempster, it was enough.
- Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless 9th to record his 13th save.
- Starlin Castro started the series off right with two hits and a stolen base.
- The Cubs sniffed out a squeeze in the 5th. They made the play interesting with a sloppy rundown, but still recorded the out to keep the game scoreless.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- Brewers’ starter Randy Wolf had very little trouble with Mike Quade’s B-team lineup. For a minute I thought I was watching the Iowa Cubs.
- The Cubs wasted a lead-off double in the bottom of the 1st and stranded Castro.
- Ramirez just missed home runs in the 4th and 6th innings.
- The impatient Cubs didn’t draw even one walk.
NOT EXACTLY THE 1927 YANKEES
Tonight’s Cub lineup was less than inspiring. In case you missed it…
I know that Quade isn’t blessed with many options at this point, but that’s a bad starting nine by any definition. To almost nobody’s surprise, Randy Wolf carved up the Cubs.
At the plate, Darwin Barney continues to look like a Ryan Theriot clone. Lou Montanez wouldn’t take a walk if his life depended on it. Tony Campana is certainly fast, but that’s about the only thing he contributes offensively. I’m honestly not sure what to make of D.J. LeMahieu. His name sounds like a character on “All My Children.”
I talk to a lot of Cub fans, and many of them say “play the youngsters” (even though Montanez will be 30 years old this year). Others can’t wait for Marlon Byrd, Reed Johnson, and Alfonso Soriano to return. So I ask you VFTB nation, what do you want to see the rest of the way?
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Randy Wolf & Ryan Dempster (.458 WPA)
2nd Star – Carlos Marmol (.172 WPA)
3rd Star – Carlos Pena (.166 WPA)
Cubs Hitting: -.241 WPA
Cubs Pitching: +.741 WPA