Game 24 Thread / Cubs @ Nationals (2 of 3)

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP *Matt Chico
  3-1, 2.67, 27 K, 5 BB
0-4, 6.04, 17 K, 10 BB
       
CF Reed Johnson 2B #Felipe Lopez
SS Ryan Theriot SS #Cristian Guzman
1B Derrek Lee 3B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Nick Johnson
RF *Kosuke Fukudome CF Lastings Milledge
LF Mark DeRosa RF Austin Kearns
C Geovany Soto C #Johnny Estrada
2B Ronny Cedeno LF Wily Mo Peña
P #Carlos Zambrano P *Matt Chico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so it falls to Cub ace Carlos Zambrano on this, Hack Wilson's 108th birthday, to reverse the curse:

The Chicago Cubs have never won a game in Washington's Natonals Park. For the love of God, they've never even held a lead!!!

The Chicago offense went hitless in seven AB's with men in scoring position in Friday night's 5-3 defeat. Ryan Theriot, however, was able to extend his National League lead in Caught Stealing.

Like last night's Nats starter, Odalis Perez, and Sunday's starter, John Lannan, Chico throws with the wrong hand. So be it--Cubs enter the game 6-2 vs. left-handed starters this year after going 19-23 against southpaws in '07. (Chico did stifle the Cubs with seven shutout innings in the only Washington victory over Piniella's crew last season.)

Zambrano is coming off a 7-inning, 1-run effort on Monday against the Mets, a game the Cubs captured, 7-1. He walked two men in that game. Two--that's his high for the season.

How nice is it to be able to say that?


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Dear Ryan Theriot,

Please don't attempt any more stolen bases.

Thank you,
Ryan McAtee

Soto has been struggling at the plate lately. Struck out 3 times yesterday, and now again his first time up today. Seems he can't hit anything but a fastball.

And down on strikes again his 2nd time up.....

Up 5-0 in the second, Lee tries to steal third base with one out. Really, why?

You misspelled **Lou**

The 10,001st victory is always the toughest.

Not just Wilson's birthday.

It's also Fukudome's 31st.

How long has it been since Soto has put a ball in play?

Soto's last hit was in the 2nd Rockies game on Thursday, but he struck out 5 times tonight, and 3 times yesterday, with no hits in either game. That's downright terrible.

Hope he gets things together soon, because I do like him.

Same here. It's strange to see a player fall off so hard, so fast. Hopefully it's just a fluke.

Soto will get all breaking stuff until he shows he can hit it. They know he is a fast ball hitter. Part of the problem could be his protection too.

wtf just happened in LA?

ambulance on the field for an ump but the announcers seem to be content calling it "the incident" and not showing footage or talking about it.

Penny hit Kerwin Danley in the chin with 96 and knocked him out cold in the 4th.

Russell Martin just didn't catch it, apparently.

Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Mark Redman gave up 10 runs and Clint Hurdle left him in. I cannot possibly begin to understand that. Haven't been following Colorado very closely, but I don't believe that the Rockies bullpen is so burned that he's got to leave Redman out there to go down with the ship.

Wes:
Meanwhile, in the bottom of the first, Mark Redman gave up 10 runs and Clint Hurdle left him in. I cannot possibly begin to understand that.

I agree, that's almost hostile, unless the guy REALLY wants to mop up his own game, getting lit in the process.

crunch:
ambulance on the field for an ump but the announcers seem to be content calling it "the incident" and not showing footage or talking about it.

Probably because if the dude died or something, it would be bad form to keep showing replays.

yeah, was just wondering what exactly happened.

espn and COL's announce team both shared footage (at nearly the same time) when the medical report was released. im sure it was showed after it happened until they realized the severity of the situation to find out what happened. i just stumbled into the aftermath of realization.

all i knew when i tuned in was an ambulance was there, they were talking about an ump being taken away, and how other umps were consoling martin/penny and martin was shaken up.

thnx guys.

didn't LaRussa do the same thing to Marquis a couple years back?

Yes he did, but in that particular situation, his bullpen was so burned up late in the season that he almost didn't have a choice. Marquis had to give him 4 or 5 innings even if he gave up 20 runs, which he almost did.

The difference is that this is April, and I don't think that Colorado's bullpen is toast right now. They did get a short start from Jiminez on Friday, but they got 8 strong from Cook against us on Thursday and 6 from Morales on Wednesday. I understand not wanting to throw your pen 8+ on Saturday after they threw 6+ on Friday, but it's April. Can't leave your #4 out there to give up a 10 spot.

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