Game 10 Recap - Another One Run Game
The Gist: The first three times through the order, the Cubs one through three hitters went 7/8 with a walk and the Cubs first stolen base on the season(overall 7/13 with 2 BB's). The 4-9 hitters went 1/21 with 4 BB's for the night. The lesson learned? Try to bunch your hot/good hitters together if possible. It's insightful anaylsis like this that keeps you folks coming back for more. Castro, Barney (with a sweet hit'n run triple) and Byrd did the most damage with an assist by Soriano on a clutch 2-out double in the first (that being the 1 of the 1/21 from above). In all seriousness though, managers do tend to worry about protection and putting guys in front of other hitters to see good pitches. It does seem - and I'm sure there have been studies on this - that just putting your 3-4 best hitters next to each other is the better plan.
Dempster pitched another great first four innings. He did it against the Pirates in his first start and then gave up the Neil Walker grand slam in the 5th and the 2-run HR in the 7th. Against the DBacks, he gave up two runs in the third (one being the unearned missed dive by Byrd and subsequent fumble by Soriano) and then 3 more in the 5th. Today it was scoreless through the 4th, a run in the 5th, lots of trouble in the 6th but bailed out when Joe Inglett swung at the first pitch and grounded out after Dempster walked the previous two batters to load the bases and then was getting shelled in the 7th before Q-Ball woke up from his mid-game nap. Q-Ball seems to be deferring to Dempster on when to take him out, which is perfectly reasonable considered the honored and storied career of one Ryan Dempster.
Dempster's ERA from inning 1-4 now stands at 0.75. Dempster's ERA for innings 5-7 is 14.63 with a 24 ERA for inning #5. I'm sure it's just one of those things, but I hope it's not some early warning sign of a fatigue injury ready to rear its ugly head.
Q-Ball went to the lefty Grabow to try and get righties Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee and they both promptly reached base. Grabow got out of it by getting the lefty Brett Wallace and then the righty Chris Johnson. Grabow is suppose to have a good change to get righties and his career splits bear that out, but tonight was not that night. Sean Marshall got himself in trouble in the 8th although he got a big Michael Bourne strikeout with a man on third and one out. Q-Ball did show some life by going to Marmol for the 4-out save and he eventually came through.
James Russell on a 45-50 pitch count tomorrow vs. Brett Myers.
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