Giants 39-53, 13.5/12.5
Cubs 49-44, 3.5/3
POTG: C Koyie Hill (5 RBI, 2 2B, BB)
Runner up: SS Ryan Theriot (2 R, 2 BB), 1B Daryl Ward (H, BB, R), RF Cliff Floyd (2 B, 2 H, 2 R, RBI), 3B Mark DeRosa (2 H, R, BB, RBI, CS), 2B MIke Fontenot (2 R, H, RBI, 2 BB, SF), CF Jacque Jones (H, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB), SP Z! (5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K, W [12/76]), RP Sean Gallagher (4 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, Save [1/1])
(so, yes, everyone who started but Soriano – and it’s not like he was awful)
This was quite the ridiclous game. Not that I have a problem with that. Ten walks, a four inning save (~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~), and Koyie Hill getting 5 RBIs. I have a rule that anytime Koyie Hill gets 5 RBIs, and raises his batting average allllllll the way up to 179, he’s player of the game. It’s my rule, I’ve got to live by it.
Jacque Jones clutch hit was totally not a hit – Klesko booted it – and should not count against my theory of “Jacque Jones, anti-clutch hero.” It was nice to see him get on base anyway. It was nice to see this whole lineup get on base and do something. Considering no Lee, no Ram, and Soriano only adding a walk, 12 runs from this crew is implausible. Not impossible, that’s for sure.
2 or 3 more innings of shut out ball would’ve been nice for Z. It wouldn’t have been too hard, because the Giants had long since put this game in an envelope, licked it shut, put a stamp on it and slid it the mailbox. Despite the stat help it could’ve been, I think pulling him, and that early, was the very smart thing to do. The game was won, and the Cubs will need those extra innings later on in the year. If you can save Z on a hot muggy day (and he’s got 12 wins and his ERA is under 4 and falling), might as well.
After the thunderstoms that roared thru here last night, I can’t believe the conditions are going to be good enough for a game today, but it seems that way. They’ve been pretty lucky to avoid the raindrops all weekend.
I know Jake Fox has games at many different positions not because of versatility, but because of lack of skill at any particular one of them, but it’s so perfect for this season for the Cubs to call up another guy 1) plays everywhere and 2) is a catcher. If Fox doesn’t get double switched behind the plate while he’s up, I’ll be vastly disappionted.
Also, it must suck to be Cedeno/Murton, though I’d assume Ronny gets called back up when Lee’s suspension is over. Roster roulette is so fun.