Game One Hundred Forty-Six – Cubs 0 Dodgers 6
The Cubs were shutout for the 14th time this season….they pounded out 7 hits and did not walk a single time against Brad Penny. Penny gave up all 7 hits to the Cubs on the night but they were all singles and the only time they recorded hits in the same inning was in the 6th with 2 outs. Angel Guzman had another bad start and could not make it through the 5th inning….he left after facing 3 batters. The bullpen was solid and gave the Cubs a chance at another comeback but Penny was dominating and threw in the mid to upper 90′s all night….he struck out 6.
Rafael Furcal hit another home run in the 3rd, finished the night with 3 hits and 3 runs scored. Former Cub, Nomar Garciaparra had another good night at the plate, he doubled twice, scored a run and drove in 2. While the Dodgers needed the win with the Padres beating the Reds, it was a rather boring game….just ask Tommy Lasorda, he dozed off during the game. The game between the Cubs and the Dodgers was the 6th shutout in the Majors on Wednesday.
Glendon Rusch was hospitalized on Tuesday with a blood clot in his right lung and he will miss the rest of the season. Everyone here at the CCO wishes the best for Glendon and his family in hopes of a speedy recovery. Angel Guzman cannot find a rhythm on the mound and on Wednesday he continued to have trouble throwing strikes and locating any of his pitches on a consistent basis. Guzman walked 4, struck out 1, and gave up 8 hits….4 for extra bases. He threw 81 pitches, 42 for strikes. The opposition continues to hit Guzman hard and his performance has to be concerning for the Cubs. This site has stated that Guzman has performed better out of the pen and might be able to be effective at the Major League level in that role, it would be nice to see the Cubs allow him to finish the year out in that capacity. Rich Hill is the only starter at this point providing the Cubs with quality starts so Guzman should get plenty of opportunities. Les Walrond threw well in relief, gave up just a hit in 2 innings of work and pitched the first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the 6th. Jae Kuk Ryu looked very sharp in the 9th; he struck out 2 and made Nomar look very bad at the plate.
The Cubs offense could not string together hits against Brad Penny and they looked lost at the plate all night….at least they did not clog the bases with those pesky walks. John Mabry got the start at 1st base; he cannot figure to be in the Cubs plans for 2007 and should not play as much down the stretch. The Cubs have nothing to play for but the future and Scott Moore should get as many opportunities as possible to get experience at the big league level. If Aramis Ramirez does opt out of his contract, Moore is the only option for the Cubs at 3rd base in their farm system. The days the Cubs are planning to rest Lee, Moore should get the playing time….plain and simple.
Jose Reyes made his Major League debut, finished the night 0-2 with a strikeout. Henry Blanco threw out Marlon Anderson twice attempting to steal 2nd.
Wade Miller is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Thursday afternoon. A win would give the Cubs their first series win in a month.