Game 81 – Ole Fashioned Pitchers Duel
Cubs 2, Giants 1
WHAT WENT RIGHT
- Before the game, the Cubs announced that Darwin Barney had been activated. I knew that was coming so it wasn’t much of a surprise to see that pop up on my phone. The exciting part was when I actually opened the press release and saw that the corresponding move to go with it was the unconditional release of Doug Davis. He pitched really well in the Yankees series, but when you look at the whole, the guy just didn’t have anything left in the tank. Why he was still on the team, and making regular starts no less, is beyond me.
- Aramis Ramirez had the night off because he was due for some rest, but got a chance to pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th after Marmol allowed the tying run to score in the top half of the inning and hit a two out walk off single to win it.
- Ryan Dempster was absolutely fantastic. When I had looked to see the pitching match up and saw that it was Dempster and Lincecum, my first thought was “Nice, I don’t know that I’ve ever watched a game that Lincecum has pitched.” It turned into a straight pitchers duel with Demp being charged with a run in the 9th, but his eight innings leading up to it were marvelous. At one point he set down 20 in a row after a double in the 2nd inning. To cap it off, he threw just 83 pitches in the 8+ innings of work. It reminded me of a game Jon Leiber threw against the Reds in 2001. Here is the box score from that game.
- The game lasted just a scant 2 hours and 22 minutes.
WHAT WENT WRONG
- No offense. If the Cubs could have just mustered two runs, we get Dempster a win in this one. They had a chance in the 5th when Blake DeWitt doubled to lead off and then advanced to third on a wild pitch, but came up empty, and then had a runner in scoring position and one out in the 8th and came up empty. One of those situations works out and Dempster gets a much deserved win.
- Marmol blew the save. It’s a tough situation to come into the game with no outs and a man on second, but that’s what closers are paid to do. He gave up the single that allowed Pat Burrell to score. It didn’t help that Tony Campana’s throw to the plate looked like a throw a five year old would make. Go back and watch the condensed game. It was brutal.
- Marmol is credited with the win. There is something very wrong about being able to get the blow save and then get the win. That’s Demp’s win, not Marmol’s.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Ryan Dempster (.388 WPA)
2nd Star – Aramis Ramirez (.368 WPA)
3rd Star – Manny Burriss (.278 WPA)
Cubs Hitting: +.099 WPA
Cubs Pitching: +.401 WPA