Surreal Sergio Strikes Again!
In his last two starts, Sergio “who needs the outfield” Mitre has been brilliant. If his outing against Toronto was miraculous then I don’t know how to describe tonight. Epic? Biblical? Anyway, he went the distance forcing 16 groundball outs and allowed only five hits. He only threw 99 on his way to his first complete game. His opponent, Josh Beckett, gave up four runs before pulling himself in the sixth. After giving up a line drive homer to D Lee and nearly shattering Burnitz’s right knee cap with a wild pitch, Beckett decided to tend to his blisters (not only did blisters take him out of this game, they’ve put him on the DL five times in the past few seasons, somebody needs to toughen this guy up) in the clubhouse.
Not only did Sergio hurl a great game but our bats were LITERALLY on fire. MV Lee singled, doubled twice and went deep once while Ramirez hit two out (how hot has this guy been lately?). Barrett added insult to injury with a three run dinger in the 8th. Burnitz, Walker and Hollandsworth also had multi-hit games. When it was all said and done, there were fourteen runs on the board coming from eighteen hits.
So our offense was great but how about the defense? Well, when the pitcher serves up 16 groundballs it’s a bound to be pretty easy night. Of course, Neifi! “so what if my ass is huge, that’s no reason to keep me out of the all-star game!” had a great game at short gobbling up several groundballs and assisting in two double plays. As for the Marlins, their defense only helped us put up fourteen runs. On multiple occasions, the outfield fumbled around with the ball at the wall before casually getting it back to the infield. I’m not sure how to describe their performance other than “drunk looking.”
So what’s there to complain about after a 14-0 blowout? How about Corey’s 0-4 performance? Other than that, I got nothin’.
In other Cub news, Kerry “mechanics mechanics mechanics” Wood’s rehab is going well. In his first of what looks to be three outings in Iowa, he threw 46 pitches and “felt good.” Prior’s also coming along and threw off the mound for the first time since his “incident.”
So tomorrow afternoon we’ve got Maddux (5-3, 4.11 ERA) up against Burnett 3-4, 3.09 ERA). My money is on Maddux especially if we get half as many hits as we did tonight.