Game Ten – Cubs 1 Pirates 2
Update on Angel Pagan – Pagan is Expected to be placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday
Jerome Williams did his part on Saturday night, but the inconsistent bats and lackluster play was the demise of our beloved Cubbies. Williams went six innings giviing up 2 runs, only one was earned. He only gave up four hits, walked four and struck out three. The Cubs lost 2-1 on Jason Bay Bobblehead night at Pittsburgh’s PNC park. The Series is now tied 1-1 with Glendon Rusch on the mound tomorrow. (Jason give your doll “Glooroo” a good talking to tonight, we need a “W” on Sunday.
Now back to the the game….. The Pirates pitcher Zach Duke brought his “A” game on Saturday night, after starting the season with different results. The ace of the Pirates very young staff gave up one run on six hits while striking out 6 and walking one. He had the Cubs number on Saturday and after two very strong outings last year against the Cubs….is now 3-0 lifetime against the Cubs.
The Pirates struck first in the bottom of the 2nd after a throwing error by Ronny Cedeno. Cedeno had a masterful defensive game on Friday last night and looked less than stellar tonight. Humberto Cota hit a routine ground ball to Cedeno that creeped up on him on the last second and alltered his toss to Lee. Craig Wilson scored on the play. Wilson who was once on the trading block will be the everyday 1st baseman for the Pirates after Sean Casey went on the DL following the collision with Mabry on Friday night.
Angel Pagan got the start again today in right for the injured Jacque Jones, and was making his presence felt once again with a single in the 2nd. Pagan did get picked off trying to steal 2nd on a great throw by Cota….Pagan has some wheels, he stole 62 bases in the minors last year. Even with a decent throw from Cota, Pagan would of been toast….he got a really bad jump. But in the 5th Pagan came up lame about two thirds down the 1st base line trying to reach on grounder to short….he was hustling the entire way. It appeared to be his his knee or hamstring….whichever the case….it did not look good as he had to be carried to the clubhouse. Update on Pagan: According to a report out of Chicago, the Cubs are expected to put Pagan on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury, the Cubs “expect him to be out a while”.
Freddie Bynum replaced Pagan in right and in the bottom of the 6th Wilson crossed the plate again after leading the inning off with a triple. Speaking of the triple, Bynum played the ball off the wall and was basically jogging to get the ball into 3rd. I find that pretty wierd since he is defenitly battling for some on a deep Cubs bench. Bynum’s lack of hustle is a cause for concern. Bynum is out of options and the Cubs gave up a lot for him. (John Koronka and a player to be named later) Bynum has to start showing why the Cubs wanted him so badly, right now Bynum is 0 for 2006.
The Cubs tried making a comeback in the top of the 7th….with what Aramis thought was a home run. As he flipped his bat in the air and admired his ball fly through the night sky he finally decided to run and realized that it was not a home run after all and managed a double….barely. Murton drove in Aramis with a single to left and that would be the only time the Cubs would plate a run on Saturday.
The Cubs had runners in scoring position in the 8th, Todd Walker was the pinch hitter and almost made it to first on a dribbler in the infield grass….Wilson ruined the rally on a nice play to end the inning. The Cubs made three outs in the top of the ninth on four pitches to end the game. Thats right four pitches. Not much else, bad game for the Cubs even worse to watch.
The Cubs left 7 runners on base and had two errors. They could not make anything work at the plate tonight. They played a very poor game, and ruined a nice start by Williams. If the Cubs want a shot at this division, games like this need to be won. The Cubbies have Glendon Rusch on the hill tomorrow to close out the series and hopefully it will be flashback Sunday for Mr. Rusch.
The Cubs need to put together a win on Sunday. The Cubs were going into this 3-game set with the three pitchers in the rotation with question marks surrounding them. Sean Marshall and Jerome Williams both pitched well and the Cubs should have one both of these games. Glendon Rusch is pitching for a job and his team needs a great start from the veteran left-hander.
Unitl next time….but always GO CUBBIES!!!