Saturday, April 9

4-9-05 -- Hypo's Take - Cubs 4, Brewers 0

Well the Cubs put together a good one today. It was exciting for them to snap the 3 game skid they were in the midst of, but the game ball has to go to Carlos Zambrano in this one. 4-0 seems a slightly dominating victory for a team, but without Carlos, it could have been only 2 runs offensively (he scored once -- after sliding head first into third coming from first -- and hit an RBI as well), and most likely the Brewers would have accrued a total hit count of something greater than one. Ok, there's a little sarcasm for that ass, of course they would have done better, Zambrano was completely dominating! Talk about one player taking over an entire ball game.

-- Highlight for me
Zambrano waving the trainer back into the dugout in the 8th, as the trainer approached to check on Z's elbow. He's got a big fastball, a large heart, but a gigantic competitive spirit. He should be (and should have been most of last year) the Cubs #1 starter, but we'll see.

-- Positives
LaTroy Hawkins gains some momentum (although no save), shutting the Brewers down in the 9th in a 'relieving' 1-2-3 inning.

The all around defense of the whole team, but namely Derrek Lee, who had a number of great plays, including his catch of a line drive that first was deflected into the air off of his glove.

-- Negatives
You could cite the slightly anemic offensive production today, but (going back to my "Top 5") the one time that they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with less than 2 outs, they managed to score them both on a double by Hot-Rod Todd Walker.


At 5:12 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Zambrano has fire in his belly. It's gotta catch on. The Brewers are a better quality team this year than they were last year. They should be able to play five hundred ball, and Ben Sheets is a top quality pitcher. This game says something about the Cubbies. Now the rest of the team has got to get that heat in their guts.

At 5:35 PM, Blogger JT said...

Jim, I completely agree. Leading up to the game, Hypo and I were worried about facing Sheets, although the Cubs announcers made a comment that put me at ease - after Sheets shut out the Cubs in his first start vs. them last season, the Cubs beat him 3 straight times last season in July and August.

This is a good sign for the Cubs - Maddux vs. Victor Santos tomorrow.


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