Carlos Zambrano finally broke is his opening day winless streak when the Cubs beat the Houston Astros Monday night 4-2. Zambrano went six plus innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six.
Milton Bradley, Kosuke Fukodome and Derek Lee went 0-for-4. Alfonso Soriano connected lead-off home run number 50. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot. One of the not-so-big surprises was Mike Fontenot who went 3 for 4 and scoring twice.
New closer Kevin Gregg got the save after giving up a run in the bottom of the nineth.
The Cubs dropped the home opener 4-3 in ten innings on Monday, but welcome to Chicago Kosuke Fukudome! I’m betting that today, he’s going to get a standing ovation in right field.
Carlos Zambrano continues his streak of not getting a decision (or a win) on opening day. He went out with cramps. He appears to be okay, just needs to drink more water. But he did look good, which is better than he has in his previous opening starts which at the time was over 18.00 ERA.
Kerry Wood celebrates his tenth year as a Cub (he is the longest serving current Cub). Wood didn’t pitch worth a **** in the ninth. But it doesn’t matter, Howry gets the loss in the end. The bullpen screwed it up once again.
But then again, you can’t soley blame the pitching. The Cubs did only scrape together five hits, three of which went to Fukudome.
Cubs play again today with Lilly taking the mound against Jeff Suppan.
The Chicago Cubs drop it’s opener for the 2007 season 5-1 against the Cincinnati Reds. Carlos Zambrano threw 92 pitches over 5 innings.
Zambrano led the National League in walks, walked lead off batter Ryan Free on four straight pitches. Next, Adam Dunne connected for the first of two home runs. The sole Cubs run was scored by Matt Murton on an overthrow to third base in the fifth.
The Cubs take on Cincinnati again Wednesday at 7:10 pm (EST). Ted Lilly takes the mound against Bronson Arryo, who last year was a Cub killer on both offense and defense.
The Cubs home opener is Monday, April 9 at 2:20 pm (EST) against the Houston Astros.
I thought long and hard about this (white sitting in an online room on Friday to score 1 ticket to game in May).
My projected line-up for Opening Day is:
The Cubs first spring training game is March 1st at 3:05 (Eastern). It can be heard on WGN Radio 720 with the ever loveable Ron Santo and Pat Hughes.
Also this week it will be announced if the Veteran’s Committee voted any one into the Hall of Fame. If they’re smart, they vote in Ron.
I’m going to have two galleries up from two games i went to in 2005 later this week. Stay tuned.