Game One Hundred Thirteen – Cubs 3 Brewers 6
For the first time this year Carlos Zambrano lost a road game….not too bad for a guy that did not get a win in the month of April. After going 9-0 in June and July, Z has lost his last two starts. Zambrano was 10-0 in his last 15 road starts dating back to August 7, 2005. The most reliable pitcher on a staff full of precious moments that should sleep in a china cabinet lost on the road for the first time in a year. Hey Z, I am speaking for the Cubs Faithful when I say, “We ain’t mad atcha, nothin but love for you.” Since Z has been rolling right along as of late many of us forgot emotions can take over the big fellan but tonight we were all reminded….unfortunately. On to the game…. The Milwaukee Brewers were riding a three game losing streak going into Wednesday’s game and Dave Bush was asked to snap the skid against a team that had won their last four at Miller Park. Bush did just that, and took a no hitter into the 6th inning. If it not for the speedy Juan Pierre….I might be talking about the first no hitter in the bigs this year. JP hit a harder grounder to Bill Hall in the hole at short; Hall made a great play and probably would have thrown out 92% of the Cubs. But the always (please offer him a contract) hustlin’ Pierre was safe at first. In my opinion JP and Pagan are the only two that could beat out that play, you do the math. The next batter Izturis struck out, Barrett was hit by a pitch and Aramis homered off the left field foul pole and recorded his 26th big fly of the year. Do you guys think he is going to try and skip town next year? In my opinion he is going to force the Cubs to renegotiate his contract, I think it is going to take a couple more mil a year to make Aramis happy. The first legitimate 3rd baseman since Ronny, draw up the paper work, I’m sold.
Back to the emotional big fella Zambrano. With the game tied up at 0 in the bottom of the 3rd, Zambrano struck out Bush, but he reached on a passed ball. Barrett has been hitting the cover off the ball so he should have an eye for the ball….right? Barrett is leading the NL with nine passed balls. This one proved to be costly, when you give any team four outs they will usually capitalize. With Z visibly upset, snatching the ball out of air with disgust….On a full count, Brady Clark hit his 1st homerun since the beginning of June. The Brew Crew had the lead and Z against the ropes. New addition, not the band but Tony Graffanino filed out to Cedeno to end the inning. In the bottom of the 4th with Z still upset at the world, he walked the first two batters of the inning, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Zambrano struck out Bill Hall (50% of his name are L’s) on a full count. Geoff Jenkins got an infield single on an odd play that included the ball being basically thrown around the horn with everybody safe. Bases juiced, David Bell singled, two scored. Z now has fire, actual fire coming out of ears. Damien Miller struck out and Bush grounded into a fielder’s choice. Inning over, Brewers 4 Cubs 0. Z gave up two more in the 5th before getting pulled. Z let his emotions, which I personally love, get the best of him tonight. The Cubs scored 3 in the 6th, as I mentioned earlier, but that would be all the Cubs could manage as they lose a snoozer in the land of the best beer on the planet.
High fives go out to the bullpen for holding the Brewers at six runs. And to JJ and Barrett for the error turned fantastic play at the plate. In the 8th Brady Clark hit and infield single to Aramis, he tossed the ball off balance to Nevin the ball got past Nevin, David Bell tried to score on the play, JJ backed up the dumpy Nevin shot a rocket out of his wrist to Barrett, Barrett got ran over held onto the rock, inning over. It was a pretty exciting play considering the horribly boring contest. Hey the way we have been playing lately a loss is somewhat of a shock. Nice run Z.
Until next time, But always….GO CUBBIES!!!!