Game One Hundred Fifty – Cubs 0 Giants 1
WP – Ramon Ramirez (1-3) LP – Andrew Cashner (2-6) Save – Brian Wilson (44)
Mike Quade and the Cubs six-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night following a one-hour and an 11-minute rain delay. The Cubs dropped their 82nd game of the year, officially making the 2010 campaign another losing season for the North Siders.
Quade ran out too many veterans against Matt Cain and the Giants bullpen. Quade’s offense managed only two hits in nine innings … and five total base runners. The Cubs “offense” did not manage a single hit or base runner after the sixth inning.
The Cubs pitching staff made only one mistake. Andrew Cashner served up a solo shot to Buster Posey in the eighth inning. The wind-blown homer ended up in the basket in dead center.
Carlos Zambrano struggled with his command … but came up with the big pitch when he needed it. Z threw from behind in the count most of the night. By the end of the fifth inning, the Giants had worked seven full counts and walked four times. Z got out of two bases loaded jams and was helped out by solid defensive plays by Starlin Castro and Xavier Nady.
Zambrano left after six innings and 116 pitches, 60 for strikes. The Giants ended up working eight full counts and Z put himself in ten two-ball no strike counts. Zambrano allowed only three hits, walked five, hit a batter and struck out eight. Z did his job and kept his team in the game with six shut out innings.
Starlin Castro and Xavier Nady put together a good game in the field. Castro saved a run behind Zambrano in the fifth. The 20-year old rookie made an excellent diving stop on a ball off Freddy Sanchez’s bat that appeared ticketed for centerfield. Castro also made a nice pick on a ball in the dirt to tag out Cody Ross in the seventh.
The Cubs lost their 31st game decided by one-run (20-31) and looked tired for the first time since Mike Quade took over as the Cubs’ skipper.
With the loss, the Cubs slipped to 17-8 under Mike Quade and to 68-82 for the season, 14 games under .500 with 12 remaining on the schedule … Mike Quade found out Tuesday night that playing veterans does not mean you are necessarily putting the best team on the field. Quade put too many automatic outs in his lineup … the Cubs looked lifeless and like they were just going through the motions.
Tuesday’s starting lineup has performed the way they did against the top pitchers in the league for the last three seasons … and the Cubs showed once again how poorly the 2010 roster was constructed.
After throwing a scoreless seventh, Andrew Cashner fell behind Buster Posey then paid for it. Posey got just enough of a 3-1 pitch to give his team a win.
The Giants pen retired all nine batters in relief of Matt Cain, who threw only 82 pitches (49 for strikes) in his six innings of work. Cain was not very sharp, just good enough against the Cubs “offense.”
Randy Wells will face Jonathan Sanchez in game two on Wednesday night.