The guy sitting next to me said “we suck so bad we can’t even beat LaTroy Hawkins…”
He was right.
Greg Maddux beat Roger Clemens tonight, which thrilled the probably like 6000 Cub fans in the crowd of 41,000 something.
We broke the team 21 scoreless inning streak in the first – Taveras singled, then damn near got CS on a hitandrun with the 3rd pitch (oooooh Phil is getting tricky) but fortunately for him, Barrett threw high. Baggy walked, then Lamb doubled to right, Taveras scored, then Baggy was caught in a rundown between third and home. Neither Lane or Ensberg managed to get Lamb home. In fact, Lane’s bat grew cold on April 20, the last time he had an RBI.
Roger started off sharp, but in the second, first he couldn’t get his FB to catch the corners and he walked Derrek Lee, then Aramis Ramirez singled, then Burnitz his a first pitch changeup scoring Lee, then Hollandsworth doubled down the left field line – Lamb, for some reason out there instead of Chris Burke or Luke Scott (it had better be because of flu, otherwise there is no justification) don’t run real too fast, and Ramirez scored. So with 2 on, Clemens gritted his teeth and got out Barrett, Maddux and Hairston.
So then it was Cubs 2 Astros 1 and although Baggy tied it up with an el-cheapo HR into the Crawford Boxes in the 3rd, we just didn’t knock in any more runners. As usual. Roger cruised until the 7th – then he threw a splitter that didn’t split and it sailed 407′ just barely fair of the right field fair pole. Roger struggled through the rest of the inning and was saved from 2 more ER by an incredible diving catch by Jason Lane, his second outstanding catch of the night – he had made another GREAT running catch in the 6th.
Russ Springer was rather Rusty in the 8th – Derrek Lee doubled, then Aramis Ramirez hit a single to shallow center – Lee tried to score (a good idea, BTW, seeing that Taveras doesn’t seem to have a strong arm and his previous throws had been waaaaaaaaaay off line, but this time, his throw was right on the money and just in time to tag Lee out.
Brad Lidge, John Franco and Adam Everett are so sick with the “flu” that they didn’t even come to the ballpark tonight. Adam ain’t zackly Pujols with the bat, but he’s sure nuff better than Bruntlett.
We had 7 H and 4 BB and we left 7 MOB. I guess we should be happy that SOMEONE getting on base…