Game 6 Thread / Astros @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Brandon Backe||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|(2008)||0-1, 3.60, 3 K, 3 BB||(2008)||0-0, 0.00, 5 K, 1 BB|
|CF||*Michael Bourn||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||Hunter Pence||CF||Reed Johnson|
|1B||*Darin Erstad||1B||Derrek Lee|
|LF||Carlos Lee||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|SS||Miguel Tejada||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|3B||#Geoff Blum||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|2B||#Tomas Perez||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|C||JR Towles||C||Henry Blanco|
||Brandon Backe||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
So it took 4 games to bench Felix Pie who was struggling just as much as any of the other hitters? Meh. I can understand sitting him against Oswalt and giving Reed Johnson some at-bats, but with Tom Gorzelanny set to go to tomorrow, that'll be at least four days in a row he'll sit...how Dusty-ish.
The Astros made me feel better though by batting Darin Erstad third.
Zambrano heads back to the mound after yet another episode with dehydration and forearm cramps. Hopefully Lou called in his partnership with Aquafina and has a case waiting for Z on the bench today. Cubnut tells me that he heard part of a radio interview with Jim Hendry, in which Hendry offered assurances that the Cubs training staff will get to the bottom of Zambrano's recurrent cramping problem. Hendry also said "...and the Gatorade people are all over it."
We think it's fair to predict that their solution will involve Zambrano drinking lots of Gatorade.