Cubs Steal 3 of 4 From (previously) Hot Padres
Another Cubs victory today will lead to the Northsiders heading back to Chicago tomorrow after a very successful 6-1 west coast road trip. Peavy was unable to start for the Padres today as his start was pushed back to Wednesday due to a upper respiratory infection which apparently started spreading around the Padres team. Woody Williams got the start instead, fresh off the 15-day DL, and the Cubs took advantage.
They strung together 11 hits for 4 runs in this one, in 4 separate 1-run innings. The scoring was pretty spread out through the lineup. Check it:
Neifi Perez - 3/5 2 runs
Derrek Lee - 3/5 1 run, 1 RBI
Jeromy Burnitz - 2/3 1 run, 1 RBI
Aramis Ramirez - 1/4 1 RBI
Corey Patterson - 1/4 1 RBI
Other Cubs had hits too, I just included the Cubs who had a part in the scoring there.
The Big Burly Cub of the day had to be the great Zambino today, though. He pitched through 7.0 innings and gave up a big fat zero runs. His performance took some pressure off of the bullpen, where Ohman pitched the 8th and Dempster finished the game off for the V. I didn't get to watch the game, but I saw that Zambrano got himself out of a good number of jams, so kudos to Z and all the Cubs pitchers in this series in holding the second-leading-scoring Padres to a fairly low run count in almost all of the games we played against them.
Let's hope we can keep the bats hot and pitching smooth in the upcoming home series against the Blue Jays as interleague play continues, starting tomorrow.
Again, if you got to watch the game, post your comments on what struck you as exciting!