Cubs 4 Reds 3
The Cubs finally beat the Reds tonight in the bottom of the 10th
inning. Tonight’s come from behind win ends a 6 game losing streak against the boys from Cincinnati. Matt Murton led off the bottom of the 10th with a single and scored on a Todd Walker single to end the game. This was not a pretty
win…but a win is a win. Zambrano pitched a good game.
Big Z went 6 innings only giving up 3 runs on 3 hits and striking out 9. Carlos has become a real stopper for the Cubs when they need it..and the bullpen came up big tonight. Williamson, Ohman, Novoa and Dempster all did their jobs and held the Reds scoreless. Micheal Wuertz pitched the 10th for the win. It was not a pretty performance from the bullpen, but remember a win is a win.
Derrek Lee had another good night going 2 for 4 with a home run and a RBI. But it was Matt Murton that had the BIG night. Murton ended up going 3 for 5 with a RBI and 2 runs scored. He also hit his 2nd triple of his career and hustled all night long. Murton was responsible for 3 of the 4 Cubs’ runs tonight.
The past 2 nights there have been 2 Cub veterans that have not run out balls hit in the infield and both times it cost the Cubs. Last night the lack of hustle from Todd Walker cost the Cubs the game and tonight it almost happened again. Then there is Matt Murton…he is running out every play, every ground ball and doing everything he can to help the team win. He is a rookie and knows how-to-play-baseball better than some of the vets. Dusty has to let Murton play out the season in left field. He is going to make mistakes, but the good of Matt Murton out weighs the bad.
With tonight’s win the Cubs pull back to within 1 game of .500.
Wednesday – Jerome Williams(5-8/4.52) vs. Randy Keisler(2-0/6.69)
Wednesday the Cubs go for the series win. Jerome Williams will go for the Cubs and his starts this year at Wrigley have been very inconsistant. Williams is 1-5/5.73 at Wrigley this year and is 4-1/2.93 on the road. Dusty needs to put him in a hotel tonight…. Williams has to pitch well for the Cubs to win tomorrow. If Williams has a rough start look for Rich Hill to make an appearance. Hill has not been used since his callup and should have a fresh arm. Randy Keisler will make his first start of the season tomorrow and if the Cubs can be patient they should be able to win. Nomar needs to get hot again tomorrow and help put the Reds away early. Tomorrow is the last game of the season vs. the Reds (thank goodness) and a win would be great. Wouldn’t it be nice to be .500 again?
Be patient, get on ‘em early…and just win!!