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...
Cubster 37 sec ago (view)
The opening two series for the Cubs will be in Houston. If they get farther next would in Arlington Including the WS.
Jackstraw 3 hours 46 min ago (view)
Thanks, AZ Phil
Craig A. 8 hours 30 min ago (view)
If the cardinals loose and the giants win, the cardinals will have to play and win on Monday to make the playoffs.
crunch 10 hours 58 min ago (view)
...and dodger stadium loses power.
Charlie 12 hours 6 min ago (view)
Game 2 somewhat less fun than game 1.
crunch 13 hours 16 min ago (view)
lester goes out with a whimper...7 runs given up in his last start
5.16era/1.33whip on the year.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)
JACKSTRAW: The Cardinals & Tigers will only play the first game of Monday's doubleheader (and it will be a seven-inning game) if what needs to be determined is determined by the result of the first game (the second game will be canceled), but they won't play the games at all (and the Cardinals won't go to Detroit) if everything that is affected by the two missing STL games is settled and resolved by end of MLB play on Sunday.
crunch 14 hours 39 min ago (view)
crunch 16 hours 32 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras / heyward / bryant / schwarber / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)
bryant's back, and at 3rd. neat.
Jackstraw 18 hours 18 min ago (view)
I don't know if the math works out but (at least to me) it raises the possibility that they would play one game on Monday and if that decided what was left that they'd skip game 2.
Arizona Phil 22 hours 46 min ago (view)
The Cardinals have to play the doubleheader on Monday at Detroit if either the games impact who or who does not get into the playoffs, or if the games will determine whether the Cards or Cubs finish 1st in the division and get home field advantage in the Wild Card series.
Charlie 23 hours 58 min ago (view)
Maybe he should stick with it for a while.
Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)
Cardinals have two games left with Detroit, not the Cubs.
blockhead25 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs. If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it. Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games? Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
yeah, it may be another team. i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.
blockhead25 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
Cubs? We played the cards the full 10 slate?
if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.