Cubs 5, Giants 2
WHAT WENT RIGHT
The Bullpen – Carlos Zambrano left the game after just one inning with back soreness. This coming in a series where the Cubs played a double header and in a situation where they do not have a day off again until the All Star break, and a game that went deep into extra innings. That’s a tough time to leave that early. Enter Marcos Mateo who not only came in and ate five innings, but did it without giving up a run. He was absolutely awesome considering the situation. He even chipped in with a sacrifice bunt. It’s been a pen that has ups and downs of late, but every reliever that pitched did the job they needed to do to keep the Cubs in a position to get this win.
Clutch Hitting – It was another game that pissed me off from an offensive standpoint until late. We couldn’t get runs on the board and I felt like it was going to be a loss due to lack of offense. Instead, another clutch hit for Aramis Ramirez, this time with a home run off of the bearded one to tie it in the 9th. We fell behind in the 13th only to see Darwin Barney knock in a run and then Geovany Soto make Lizzie all hot and bothered with a three run walk off home run to win it.
WHAT WENT WRONG
Zambrano – My biggest complaint about Zambrano is his propensity to leave starts in the middle on a consistent bases due to injury. Sometimes, I almost wonder if he’s faking it. I’m not sure why I wonder that, but I just feel like he’s not as much of a bulldog as people say he is. I wonder if there are days he just doesn’t feel like pitching if it doesn’t seem like it’s going to go his way. It’s almost like when I was in middle school. Every now and then I just didn’t feel like being there so I’d go down to the office, put on my palest face and say I didn’t feel good. I’d get to take a nap on one of the cots in the sick room for a little while and make the day go faster.
We’re heading into another series with the White Sox, this one on the weekend, like it should be. I’m not getting my hopes up, but it would be nice to win the series. Look for the Cubs to make at least one roster move today with Kerry Wood scheduled to come off the DL. My guess is they’ll bring in an additional arm as well.
Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)
1st Star – Matt Cain (.513 WPA)
2nd Star – Geovany Soto (.384 WPA)
3rd Star – Marcos Mateo (.378 WPA)
Cubs Hitting: -.026 WPA
Cubs Pitching: +.526 WPA