Cubs 1-3, 6th (2.0 GB)
Astros 2-3, 5th (1.5 GB)
POTG: C Soto (H, 2 RBI)
Runner Up: RF Fukudome (2 H, R), 2B/3B Mark DeRosa (HR, 2H, really bad E), SP Rich Hill (6IP, 4H, 2ER, 3BB, 4K, QS ), RP Wuertz (IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R)
I thought about this game, though about how I didn’t have much to say, and thought about waiting until tomorrow to write about it. And then I realized I wasn’t going to actually have the time to do such a thing, so I’m running blank here.
It does not help that MLB’s Gameday Audio was broken for the entirity of the game, so I had to follow thru text updates for most of the game. I caught the video of the bigger players later on MLB.com’s highlight package.
From what I saw, Soriano just took a really odd route to the ball. The only thing I can figure is he thought the ball was going to get trapped along the wall and was headed towards the gutter, because there was plenty of time for him to adjust his path and he was still way off when the ball got to him.
The hitting still isn’t there. Last year’s team scored 4.64 runs per game, and this is supposed to be an improvement over that perfomance (and I’d hope for it to end up in the 4.85->4.90 range). The Cubs have only reached 4 runs once so far.
Hill got himself into trouble and out of it early on (the second probably should’ve been really bad), but he pitched good enough to win. Wuertz looked fine. Lieber would’ve been fine with some better defensive support.* If the Cubs can use him in good spots, to take up two innings instead of two or more pitchers doing the same, they can get some decent mileage out of him as a long reliever.
* MLB’s scoring listings him as giving up zero earned runs, but does not give Soriano credit for an error – so wouldn’t Tejada’s run have to be an earned one? Missing something…
The Cubs late double switch was a bit odd, but I guess it would’ve worked out pretty well if they could’ve gotten one more guy on and given another AB to Ward. The really questionable move of the afternoon was Cecil Cooper countering Ronny Cedeno with a righty with Ward still waiting on the bench. It was not a great outcome for Darryl, but I’d pick him taking a shot over Cedeno every single day and I think most people would agree. Probably even Cooper, so I’m wondering if he’s not yet worked out “thinking one move ahead.”
The Cubs really shouldn’t win a matchup of Jason Marquis vs Roy Oswalt, but sometimes you win games you’re not supposed and maybe this will be it.