Cubs 4, Astros 2

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • Carlos Zambrano – My first thought when I turned on the game, seeing that I don’t live in Chicago, is that I hoped it wasn’t hot during the game. I had talked with my brother the other day and he told me about how hot it had been this week so I immediately feared dehydration for Zambrano, which would lead to an early exit due to cramps. Instead, we got an ugly looking quality start that was just enough to net the Cubs a win. He flirted with danger in the early innings on a regular basis and usually you get burned when you flirt with the whore that is walks and wildness. He got out of it each time and when the dust settled, exited with a two run lead, only surrendering two runs. He also contributed at the plate, as is usually the case, with a nice bunt that he beat out at first base.
  • Bud Norris Baserunning Brain Fart – Not that it would have made a difference in the final result, but in the 3rd inning, Bud Norris should have scored from third base on a line drive out by Hunter Pence. With one out, Pence ripped a line drive that had the looks of a hard hit single that was going to drop in front of Soriano. Instead, because of how hard it was hit, it hung up for Soriano to catch waste high. It’s hard to hard on a guy that doesn’t get on base on a regular basis, but you can blame the third base coach for not informing him what to do. He was positive that ball was going to fall so he started for home only to see it be caught. The better plan of action would have been to hold your ground at third, watch it drop and then sprint home, or see it get caught and be ready to tag. Either way you’re scoring.
  • Soriano Power – Coming into the game, Soriano was hitting .048 since the All Star break. With his name littered all over the trade rumors these days, it’s imperative for him to show some power and so some presence at the plate. Please Sori, hit your way out of town. Today he did his job with a double and a home run.
  • Bullpen Effectiveness – I’ll be honest with you. The bullpen these days scares the ever lovin’ crap out of me. Thankfully it was a blemish free bullpen day.

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • Geovany Soto was hitless in four at bats with a pair of strikeouts. On a positive note, he looked dreamy doing it, right Liz?
  • It took five pitchers to get through three innings at the end of the game. This drives me batty and I think it borderlines on over thinking the concept of being a manager.
  • I try not to pay attention to the guest in the booth with Len and Bob in the bottom half of the 7th, but Jeff Garland just annoyed the piss out of me. He was too loud, talked too much, and wasn’t very funny. Ironically, he made the comment that he gets a kick out of it when Len and Bob give the guest the early hook before the inning ends and I kept hoping today would be the day that happened, with two pitching changes in the inning. No such luck.

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

1st Star – Aramis Ramirez (.289 WPA)

2nd Star – Michael Bourn (.204 WPA)

3rd Star – Alfonso Soriano (.180 WPA)

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail