Game Thirteen – Cubs 1 Dodgers 2
It was a quiet Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium….well at least for the bats and not even Hef and all his pretty ladies could get the bats in action. It was a pitchers duel between Derek Lowe and Carlos Zambrano, through seven innings and sinker ball pitchers can make for a long night with a lot of ground balls. Zambrano pitched well but has yet to get his first victory of this young season. That is three no decisions in four starts and unfortunately the Cubbies couldn’t pull it out and the Dodgers capitalized on a ninth inning walk to Kenny Lofton to win the game 2-1.
Los Angeles struck first in the bottom of the 5th when Furcal reached first on a bad bunt single. The hit and run was put on and Lofton grounded out to first, by the time Lee stepped on the 1st base bag Furcal was already on 2nd. With two outs JD Drew hit a double to left and Furcal scored easily. Dodgers 1 Cubs 0. That was the 1st earned run Z had given up at Dodger Stadium in his career. Jeff Kent struck out to end the 5th.
It almost looked like the Cubs were not over Easter and were about to lay an egg, but in the top of the 7th Jacque Jones singled to right to start the inning and Dusty pinch ran with Freddie Bynum. Bynum showed the Faithful his speed on a hit and run with Matt Murton. Murton singled to right and Bynum took off and made it to third….I hope we didn’t just get him for his wheels, because I think he left his bat in Oakland. Good ol Nefi stepped to plate, and had a quality at bat. Neifi actually took some pitches. (On his previous two at bats Neifi totaled 3 pitches and 2 outs) Neifi grounded into a fielders choice, Bynum scored as Murton was out at second. Dodgers 1 Cubs 1. Mabry came in the game to bat for Z and swung at three bad pitches in the dirt. He did not look comfortable at the plate and may need some more RR after that collision with Sean Casey….you could see he was in a lot of pain when he walked back to the dugout.
The Cubs bullpen came in and looked great, Eyre pitched 1-2-3 seventh and Howry got into some trouble in the 8th but came out with a scoreless inning. But it was the Dodger pen or should I say “a” Dodger reliever had the Cubs’ number on Tuesday night. Takashi Saito took over for Lowe in the 8th, did not allow a base runner and struck out four….in two innings of work.
Ohman took over in the bottom of the ninth, got a quick two outs but battled Lofton and eventually walked him with a slider outside….after starting 0-2. Lofton promtly stole second (his first of the season) and Drew drove him home with a liner to right. Dodgers 2 Cubs 1….ballgame.
The Cubs may have lost this game, but Z pitched great. There were many times throughout the game he could have turned into the craZy that we all want to go away….forever. But he didn’t, he maintained his composure and battled back. Z had some control problems and took many batters deep into the count. Z left the game in the 7th with 112 pitches. Our bats did not come up to play on Tuesday night and Z took the no decision with class, something he has yet to do this year. Tomorrow same bat time, same bat channel…..but this time, bring the bats.
Until next time, but always….GO CUBBIES.