Game Sixty-Six – Cubs 3 Tigers 5
When it was announced that the wind was blowing out to left everyone had to wonder how long Glendon Rusch would last in the game. Would it be 3 innings? What about 4? Well, Mr. Rusch could not make it through the 2nd inning, the Tigers had their way with him, scored 4 runs on 6 hits, 5 for extra bases that included three doubles, a triple and a home run….the Tigers hit the cycle against Rusch. He threw 54 pitches in just 1 2/3 innings, showed no command, went to 3-1 on Nate Robertson, the Tigers pitcher, before striking him out. The home run he allowed to Marcus Thames was the 17th long ball given up by Rusch in just 47 1/3 innings this season….when will the Cubs finally give up on him? He should be DFA’d as soon as possible.
Angel Guzman came in relief in the 2nd and arguably had his best outing at the Major League level. Guzman still showed he needs time but he kept the game close and if the offense could have gotten anything against Robertson he might have recorded his first Major League victory. Henry Blanco had a good day and drove in 2 of the 3 Cubs runs and with the news that Michael Barrett is out indefinitely after hurting his back on Thursday one must wonder where will the Cubs offense come from now? Glendon Rusch is just horrible and I will not spend anymore time on him….except he should be DFA’d tonight….sorry did I already mentioned that? Angel Guzman on the other hand showed a lot of promise on Friday. Although he threw 96 pitches in 5 1/3 innings of work, he was much more aggressive and struck out 8 while only walking 3. He threw 60 strikes, allowed 1 run on 3 hits and the run was in part to a balk he committed. Guzman and Blanco had some communication problems that led to a passed ball, that could have been ruled a wild pitch but all in all Guzman was much better than he previous stint at the Major League level. Guzman gave the Cubs a chance….one they were not able to take.
The Cubs recorded only 6 hits and 3 were from Henry Blanco. Blanco was 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s. The other Cubs’ run came off the bat of Aramis Ramirez in the 8th on a solo home run to left. Only five different Cubs reached base, Jacque Jones had a double and scored, Phil Nevin walked twice and Todd Walker singled.
The Cubs are now a season low 14 games under .500, they have dropped 4 in a row….all at home and if the Pirates beat the Twins tonight, they are in last place in the Central Division. Detroit has a very good team….too bad the Northside of Chicago does not.
The Cubs turn to rookie Carlos Marmol to end the 4-game losing streak on Saturday. Will Marmol be able to find lighting in a bottle again?