Cubs 3 @ Diamondbacks 8
The resurgent Soriano walked not once, not twice, but three times against Arizona on Friday night. THRICE! Just how rare is that for Soriano? He’s done it only 4 other times in his career – but two of those four times, he received intentional passes to record two of his three walks. Tonight, no intentional passes, just superhuman plate discipline.
Carrie MuskRat had the remarkable stupidity to celebrate Darwin Barney’s errorless streak in this column on Friday. Barney entered the day tied with Placido Polanco for consecutive errorless games in a season at 141. So naturally Barney committed a throwing error on Friday night. It came on a very difficult play with Justin Upton running. The only way Barney gets an out is by throwing the ball off balance as he did, but that made it hard for Rizzo to handle and it skipped past him. Tough break for Barney…and in the 8th inning no less.
The current pitching staff is deplorable. Of the guys we regularly use, only Camp, Marmol, and Russell have sub-4.00 ERA. Three of our current starters have horrible 6.00+ ERAs. One of the best pitchers currently being trotted out was Friday’s starter, Travis Wood. He got shelled, by a very pedestrian .500 team. I’m not sure the Yankees’ infamous Murderer’s Row could win games with this crappy staff.