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Cubs vs. Cards Recap

Monday, May 3, 2004

The Cubs finished up their first series of the season against the Cardinals today. It was exciting, devastating, and occasionnaly encouraging. We split the series, losing the first and third games on late inning bullpen meltdowns. The offense took a long weekend off and finally made it back to the office on Monday. We scored seven runs in the first three games of the series, and then seven today.

Friday's matchup pitted Kerry Wood against Woody Williams. Kerry pitched eight innings, giving up three runs (two earned although the error was Kerry's). After being lifted for a pinch hitter in the eigth, Kyle Farnsworth, and Kent Mercker, both walked batters to lead off the ninth. LaTroy Hawkins came in, got the first batter out on a sacrifice, intentionally walked the second batter, got the third batter he faced to pop-up, and then threw ball four with a full count to walk in the winning run. Friday's game was especially frustrating because the Cards won that game without the benefit of a hit.

On Saturday, Matt Clement threw eight innings of one run ball to shut down the Cardinals. Although Borowski gave up a run and had two men on with a two run lead when he struck out Reggie Sanders... he got his sixth save in six chances. Borowski has been 'flawless' so far this year, despite a 6.30 ERA.

Sunday's game was one for the ages, if you were a Cardinals fan. Phil Roger's article in the Chicago Tribune about the game was titled, "An Outcome to forget, A classic to treasure." I haven't even bothered reading the article, because the headline says it all. Carlos Zambrano threw seven innings of three hit, shutout ball, and LaTroy Hawkins also threw two heart stopping but scoreless innings. On a typical day, nine innings of shutout equals one win, but not Sunday. Matt Morris threw a gem as well, lasting nine innings and not giving up any runs. So, Kyle Farnsworth comes on to pitch the tenth and manages to walk three batters before giving up a lazy pop-fly to Scott Rolen. However, with the outfield playing in to throw out Tony Womack at the play, Rolen's flyball lands for a run scoring, game winning single.

Today's game was a little different. The Cardinal's pitching finally gave way and the Cubs won 7-3. Greg Maddux pitched seven innings giving up only two runs, and Todd Walker, Derek Lee, and Sammy Sosa all hit two run homers. However, Francis Beltran gave up a run in two thirds of an inning, and Joe Borowski had a rocky ninth.

Series Wrap-Up:
  • Cubs offense: 14 runs
  • Cardinals offense: 10 runs
  • Cubs starters': 1.50 ERA - 2 Wins
  • Cardinals starters': 2.77 ERA - 2 Losses
  • Cubs Bullpen ERA: 6.00 ERA - 2.833 WHIP
    6 IP - 4 ER -11 BB - 6 hits - 2 Losses
  • Cards Bullpen ERA: 6.34 ERA - 2 Wins
  • Cubs (15 - 10) even with Houston for First Place.
  • Cardinals (13-13) fifth place in the Central, 2.5 games back.

Greg Maddux Bunt-watch: Greg Maddux successfully sacrificed Paul Bako from second to third in the seventh inning. Maddux also beat out an infield hit and stole a base today.

Posted by Byron at May 3, 2004 12:00 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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