Game 22 Thread / Cubs @ Rockies (2 of 2)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||Aaron Cook|
|1-0, 3.86, 11K, 7 BB||2-1, 3.12, 12 K, 8 BB|
|2B||*Mike Fontenot||CF||*Scott Podsednik|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||Clint Barmes|
|1B||Derrek Lee||1B||*Todd Helton|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||LF||Matt Holliday|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||3B||Garrett Atkins|
|LF||Mark DeRosa||RF||*Brad Hawpe|
|C||Geovany Soto||SS||Troy Tulowitzki|
|CF||*Felix Pie||C||Chris Iannetta|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Aaron Cook|
Pinch-hitting/pinch-running specialist Jason Marquis gets to try his hand at pitching this afternoon at Coors Field as the Cubs play the Rockies and seek their seventh consecutive win, which would match their longest streak of a year ago.
MLB Press Pass Game Note of the Day: At 15-6, the Cubs are nine games over .500, something they didn't accomplish last season until September 22nd, when they beat the Pirates to rise to 82-73.
In Marquis's one start at Coors in '07, last August, he had one of his best outings as a Cub (6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB). In fact, throughout his career, Marquis has been outstanding in this park (3-0, 2.49 over 21 2/3 IP with just one homer allowed).
The home team has lost four games in a row, and in each of them, the Rockies had a lead heading into the eighth inning. The last time they won was last Saturday, at Houston in a game started by Aaron Cook, who allowed the Astros just four hits over seven innings.
Cook is an impressive 2-1. 2.14 over 21 innings lifetime against the Cubs, and our non-pitchers are a cumulative 9-for-42 against him.
My favorite moment from Wednesday night's Cub win:
Not the Ramirez homer.
Not the Theriot go-ahead single in the tenth.
But the double steal in the seventh inning.
The Cubs had already scored once to draw within a run, they had two men on base and nobody out, and Aramis Ramirez was at the plate--a pretty good position to be in. But the double steal put the Cubs in a great position to tie the game and/or take the lead. The fact that Ramirez subsequently struck out and DeRosa lined into an inning-ending double play didn't even matter. It was a bold act of confidence, perfectly executed ("obviously the result of advance scouting," said Bob Brenly on the telecast), and it is great to see that the Cubs have a manager with the inclination and playing talent to go for his opponent's jugular.
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