Game 4 Quick Recap - Wells Runs Dry for DBacks Offense
The Gist: Wells didn't quite pitch as well as he did all spring and was uncharacterstically wild, but held the DBacks to just 6 hits, and only one of the extra base variety, that being a leadoff home run to Willie Bloomquist of all people. Geovany Soto showed off his healthy shoulder gunning down Justin Upton on a steal attempt and Miguel Montero on a wild pitch that didn't bounce very far away. The bullpen locked down the last 3 innings, even with Q-Ball and Kirk Gibson battling for over-Manager of the Year honors. First, the Cubs bring in Sean Marshall who is perfectly awesome versus lefties and righties to face Geraldo Parra. After getting him out, Gibson went to the righty Xavier Nady and Q-Ball countered for no good reason with Marcus Mateo and Gibson countered with lefty Juan Miranda who did single. Mateo retired the next batter and Q-Ball went to the pen again and John Grabow to get Kelly Johnson.
Soriano proved he can still hit a hanging breaking ball, breaking the 1-1 tie with his second home run in as many days. Starlin Castro showed that he can still make bad throws, by putting Kerry Wood in a jam in the 8th that Wood escaped after loadiing the bases with 1 out. Marmol shut the door in the 9th and the bullpen has thrown 10.1 IP so far, giving up 2 runs (both by Marmol yesterday), on 7 BB and 9 K's. Marmol and Wood both pitched their third straight games, so it'll be interesting to see if Q-Ball will push either of them for a fourth if the need arises Tuesday. And with Andrew Cashner on the mound, that could mean having to get through 4-5 innings with Grabow, Marshall, Samardzija, Mateo and Russell with Q-Ball iikely saving Marshall for the 9th.
Pena hurt this thumb in the 8th and is considered day to day...like the rest of us.
So far the team is exactly what we expected out of them, solid starting pitching, good bullpen, crappy defense especially on the infield and a mediocre at best offense. Project .500 remains on target...