Game One Hundred Seventeen – Cubs 3 Cardinals 12
WP – Todd Wellemeyer (9-4) LP – Carlos Zambrano (12-5) Save – None
They say turnabout is fair play, well a day after a former Cardinal provided most of the Cubs offense, a former Cub held his one time organization in check and allowed his offense to have a big day against one of the best pitchers in the game. To say Carlos Zambrano did not have it, would be an understatement. Zambrano surrendered a career-high 4 home runs and allowed a season high 9 earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Zambrano struggled with his command for the short amount of time he was on the mound and not even his 3rd home run and 15th of his career could turn around his outing.
Troy Glaus hit two of the four long balls against Zambrano and ended his 0-for-30 start this year against Cubs pitching in a big way. Glaus’ first hit was a 2-run shot in the 4th inning that all but ended the game. Lou Piniella left Zambrano in a batter too long and Glaus’ second of the afternoon let the Cubs know, without a reason of a doubt, that the Cardinals would be around for the remainder of the season. Most pointed to this weekend as a way for the Cubs to create a little separation with the Cardinals in the standings, and while the Cubs won a thrilling extra inning game on Friday….the Cardinals made a statement on Saturday.
The Cubs offense, while the game was still in question, came from two swings of the bat. Mark DeRosa tied the game with his 13th home run of the season in the 2nd inning. DeRosa tied a career high with his booming shot just to the left of straight away center. Carlos Zambrano cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2 in the 3rd but with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out, Aramis Ramirez grounded into a 5-4-3 double play….and the Cubs would not get any closer.
Saturday’s loss was the most runs allowed by Cubs’ pitching at home this season and tied a season-high 12 runs they surrendered in a 12-7 loss in Cincinnati back on July 10th.
Carlos Zambrano had a bad day, the Cubs offense was silenced by Todd Wellemeyer and both of these things can happen in a 162-game schedule….regardless of the final score, it is just one loss for Lou Piniella’s crew..
Saturday’s defeat was only the 17th of the year at Wrigley and the first at home for Carlos Zambrano….
After retiring the Cardinals in order in the 2nd, Skip Schumaker hit his 7th home run of the year with 1-out in the 3rd. Schumaker’s home run gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead and would be the eventual game winning RBI. Albert Pujols followed a batter later with his 24th long ball of the season….a no doubter into the bleachers in left.
Felipe Lopez, the former Red, singled to left to start the 4th and was onboard for Troy Glaus’ first hit of the season against the Cubs….a 2-run home run to left gave the Cardinals a 5-2 lead.
Albert Pujols worked a 1-out walk in the 5th and advanced to 2nd on a single to left by Ryan Ludwick. Felipe Lopez checked his swing and blooped a single into right, Pujols scored the Cardinals’ 6th run….it was that kind of day for Zambrano. Piniella left his ace in to face Troy Glaus and he put the game out of reach with an opposite field home run….his 3-run shot gave the Cardinals a commanding lead and chased Zambrano from the game.
Sean Marshall threw 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball and the other 3 runs were given up by Chad Gaudin in the 9th….he tossed a scoreless inning in the 8th and then took one for his new team in the 9th.
Saturday was just one of those days….
Ryan Dempster will try to win the series for his team on Sunday night against Chris Carpenter.