POTG: SP Jason Marquis (7 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K, QS)
Runner Up: LF Soriano (2 H, 3B), 3B A Ram (2 H, 2B, R), C Michael Barrett (2B, IH, RBI)
Kinda had to figure they were getting the extra run in the 9th; it’s not as though they could win a 1 run game, has to be 2.
This was quite similar to the Wednesday game, with the pitchers completely overmatching the hitters in a quite fast game. This time, the Cubs were able to get to the bullpen. They almost got the Linebrink and even Hoffman in that game, and they did manage to get to Meredith here. It made sense in the situation for the Padres to pinch hit for Chris Young, but he probably could’ve sailed thru another couple of innings if they left him in. In a weird way, walking Sledge to bring the 9 spot up might have been one of Marquis’ bigger plays.
Jason, on the other hand, looked pretty done at the end of the game. The announcers noted Marquis seeming to have some sort of back injury at the end of the game, but none of the game stories picked up on any news at that point. Maybe because it was a late game? It’s something working checking for tonight/tomorrow morning. Hopefully it’s a non issue.
That top of the 6th – Soriano tripling, DeRosa, Lee and Ram all striking out swinging – was horrifically bad. I’d like to chalk it up to Young, especially because the team won anyway.
I think Marcus Giles made the right move, going for home to try and preserve the tie. I understand you’d want to not open the door to the door to a big inning, but if you’re done in the 9th inning, you’re in trouble regardless of how many you’re down by. Lee just took a good path to the plate.
This is not a win Howry particularly should get credit for, but he did look as good as he’s looked lately. He’s been good one game, poor the next, so hopefully they don’t pitch him again until it’s a blowout.
thru 45 games:
It helps to keep in perspective.
I’m so glad tonight’s the last night game for a while, though it’s going to be super fun to watch a game starting at 9:40, and then wake up tomorrow at 7 to help move someone from apartment to apartment. (So, either this gets done right after the game tonight, or much after the game tomorrow.)