Credit Randy Wells for helping Chicago avoid its first 0-3 start to a season since 1997…when the Cubs rattled off 14-straight losses!
Pitching duel through-&-through between the starters…which you expect from two guys who finished in the top six of the NL Rookie of the Year voting last season.
Tommy Hanson, who finished third in the voting, probably wins the award had the Braves not opted to keep Tom Glavine in the rotation early on in 2009. Hanson didn’t enter the rotation until June…and finished 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA.
Cubs go hitless again with RISP…0-for-5…but turn three double plays in the field. Failing to turn any one of them probably cost Chicago the game. DEFENSE MATTERS!
Any coincidence the Cubs win with Soriano, Soto and Fontenot riding the pine? Is Theriot next…he’s 0-for-11 leading off?
Tyler Colvin led the majors with 36 hits and 58 total bases this spring. Scouting reports say he hits the ball well up & away in the strike zone.
Hanson follows the report and throws him low and inside…Colvin promptly crushes his first career home run. Lou’s got to find a place for this kid in the lineup more than once per week!
Pretty sure Larry Rothschild was telling Marmol during his visit to the mound in the eighth to THROW STRIKES!
I’ve said it for a long time…Marmol as the closer makes me nervous…too many walks…too wild. But he’s 13-for-13 in saves chances dating back to last season. The numbers are on his side…my confidence, however, is still wavering.