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Sunday, June 27, 2004

After the game finished today, Kenny Williams sent Miguel Olivio to Seattle for Freddy Garcia. The newsies are reporting that Garcia will make a good South Side team a lot better, as their starting pitching depth has been one of their primary weaknesses. Since I don't know too much about the junior circuit, other than what I see on Baseball Tonight and Sportscenter, I'll take ESPN at its word. However, some of the quotes in the paper seem to have indicated that the trade might negatively affect the Sox' clubhouse chemistry. Garcia was quoted saying he loved playing in Seattle, Olivio was too upset to comment, and Jose Valentin said he knew they were trying to acquire a new pitcher, but didn't think Miguel (Olivio) would be the one to leave. It might just have been the choice of quotes, but I didn't read anyone saying that they were thrilled to have Garcia coming aboard etc.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

Sunday's game was another difficult game to watch, mainly because the Sox broadcasting crew was calling the game, but also because the Cubs played poorly, losing 9-4. Maddux pitched 4 innings, allowed 11 hits, 2 walks, 9 runs (7 earned), and couldn't seem to spot his pitches. He went deep in most counts, and gave up a lot of flyballs, including home runs to Miguel Olivio, and Timo Perez.

The Cubs offense wasn't really up to the challenge, scoring 4 runs. Sammy Sosa was largely responsible for 3 of them, as he hit a solo home run in the 2nd and a 2 run shot in the 3rd. The other run scored in the second inning when Paul Bako nearly grounded into a double play with the bases loaded, but Ramon Martinez went into second hard, which allowed Ramirez to score and Bako to reach first.

One of the few bright spots in today's game was three innings of no-hit (but 2 walk) pitching from the bullpen. Of course, the news was tempered when I learned that Remlinger is back on the DL due to tendinitis. Also, Todd Hollandsworth fouled a ball off his shin that will probably cause him a few days of pain, and maybe a trip to the DL.

Corey Patterson had a very bad day on the basepaths. He was caught stealing ahead of Sammy's second home run in the third inning, and then got thrown out at first in the seventh inning. He was attempting to steal second when Alou flew out to Timo Perez in right field. Jose Valentin faked turning a double play, and Corey never picked up the fly ball until Perez caught it. Patterson was easily picked off first, which ended a possible run scoring opportunity for the Cubs.

Trust me, losing isn't lovable

Saturday's game was a difficult loss as well. The final score was 6-3, but it seemed like a blow out. Carlos Zambrano pitched well, except for the third inning. He walked two batters, ahead of a Paul Konerko home run, and then allowed a single before giving up another shot to Joe Crede. The Cubs batters were a bit flat and only managed three runs, thanks mostly to a Corey Patterson home run, and a double, as well as some assorted singles by the rest of the lineup.

If I had decided to spend my Saturday evening blogging, I would have written something to the effect that Sammy was starting to swing the bat really well, and I expect him to have a very hot week or two as June turned into July. Sort of wish I had said so last night, cause then I would have looked really good today. Sammy hit two home runs on Sunday, and is about to go on a tear... you heard it here last!

Posted by Byron at June 27, 2004 9:26 PM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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