Game One Hundred Fifty-Two – Cubs 6 Cardinals 12
WP – Adam Wainwright (10-3) LP – Carlos Zambrano (14-6) Save – None
Carlos Zambrano followed up his no-hitter with one of the shortest outing of his career on Friday afternoon against the Cardinals. Big Z lasted only 1 2/3 innings and gave up 8 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and a strikeout on 45 pitches. Zambrano struggled with his command and his emotions, as it was revealed after the game that Zambrano’s grandmother passed away earlier in the week. Zambrano stated after the game his legs were tired from the travel and he did not feel right in warm-ups….but when asked, added his shoulder felt fine following his short outing.
The Cubs bullpen could not stop the Cardinals onslaught led by a career day by Adam Kennedy. After demanding to be traded prior to the game, the former Angel hit a grand slam in the 1st inning off of Zambrano that gave the Cardinals a 5-0 lead, just his second home run of the year, and drove in 5 runs with a 4-for-5 afternoon.
Sean Marshall allowed an inherited run to score in the 2nd that closed the book on Zambrano. Angel Guzman allowed 3 more runs to score and before the Cubs were able to plate a single run, Lou Piniella waived the white flag and emptied his bench. As Ron Santo so optimistically stated during the game, “The way I look at it, our extras are beating their extras.” The Cubs offense scored 6 runs after the game was already decided with Casey McGehee recording his first two RBI’s in the big leagues….without the benefit of a hit.
Lou Piniella said the game ended up resembling a Spring Training contest after he gave all of his starters, with the exception of Mike Fontenot, the day off after the third out of the 4th inning was recorded.
With the loss, the Cubs became the last team in the National League to post their 60th loss of the season. The Cubs still hold a commanding lead in the division with a lot of work still to be done as an agitated Piniella reminded the media in his post game press conference…. Carlos Zambrano did not have it on Friday and probably should have not been on the mound to begin with. Zambrano did commit a no-no on Friday. As his manager came out to remove him from the game, he left the mound early and had to be reminded by Piniella to return to the mound and wait for his skipper to take the ball.
Adam Wainwright picked up his first career victory against the Cubs in the lopsided loss.
Daryle Ward, Kosuke Fukudome, Casey McGehee and Felix Pie recorded the Cubs’ RBI’s on the afternoon.
The beauty of baseball is even a big one-sided loss to your archrival can be forgotten the next day with a win. The Cubs, like all teams, lost their 60th game of the season….and with the said, the other 32 have been very memorable. With at least 9 left on the schedule, what else does Lou Piniella’s crew have in store for the Faithful?
Ted Lilly is scheduled to face Joel Pineiro in game two Saturday afternoon on FOX.