The Cubs may have gotten beat on Friday, but they still reduced the number by one. If the Cubs win today, they’ve locked up the Central Division for the second year in the row.
Carlos Zambrano didn’t last past the second inning after giving up five runs in two-innings of work. I’m giving Big Z the benefit of the doubt as his grandmother had passed away earlier in the week and he didn’t get back into town until late Thursday night.
Whether or not he should have pitched in Friday’s game is between the coaching staff and him. I think he shouldn’t have gotten the start, but Big Z is also a tough competitor.
Ryan Dempster got his sixteenth win after a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. C.C. Sabathia got his lost as a Brewer (15-9 on the season). The Brewers have lost five in a row. The Cubs magic number now stands at 4.
|HBP: DeRosa (by Villanueva).
Pitches-strikes: Sabathia 99-70, Villanueva 20-12, Shouse 5-3, Dempster 114-79, Howry 5-1, Cotts 5-3, Marmol 17-13, Wood 26-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sabathia 12-4, Villanueva 1-0, Shouse 1-0, Dempster 5-4, Howry 0-1, Cotts 0-1, Marmol 0-2, Wood 0-1.
Batters faced: Sabathia 30, Villanueva 4, Shouse 2, Dempster 26, Howry 2, Cotts 1, Marmol 5, Wood 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Shouse 2-1, Cotts 1-0, Marmol 1-0.
EjectionsMilwaukee Brewers First Base Coach Ed Sedar ejected by 1B umpire Joe West. (6th).
Umpires: HP: CB Bucknor. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Ed Hickox.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to CF.
September 16, 2008
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