September 2010 Archives for Agony & Ivy
Hero: Tom Gorzelanny finished his season by allowing just three hits over six innings while walking four and striking out three.
Hero: Rookie lefty Scott Maine continued the stellar work of the Cubs' bullpen by setting the Padres down in order in the eighth to lower his ERA in 12 appearances to 2.13. Relievers have posted a 1.38 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work over the Cubs' last 21 games.
Ryan Dempster's endorsement Tuesday of Mike Quade for the Cubs managerial job in 2011 is the final event in a long series of developments that has convinced me that Quade is the right man for the job.
Hero: Alfonso Soriano hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season to raise his batting average to .257 and his slugging percentage to .501.
Hero: Carlos Zambrano (10-6) earned his seventh road win of the season after allowing just three hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking four. Zambrano, who is 7-2 in 12 career starts against San Diego, is 7-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 starts since rejoining the starting rotation on Aug. 9. Big Z, who will make his final start of the season this weekend at Houston, has pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings.
It always amuses me when I hear modern players moan about how rough they have it. The complaints include constant travel, having to play day games on dates after night games, and having to play an occasional two-game series.
Heroes: Relievers Justin Berg, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, and Thomas Diamond combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Saturday's game between the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals did not have the playoff implications that I had hoped for when I purchased tickets in January, but regardless of the standings, I still very much was looking forward to it. My 2-year-old son, Will, was attending his first game at Wrigley Field since he was an infant.
Have you ever been at a boring game at Wrigley Field and found yourself wondering what it's like to watch a game from one of the rooftops on Waveland or Sheffield?
Hero: Casey Coleman (3-2) allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits over seven innings while striking out four and walking two. Coleman, who did not allow a hit after the third, retired the last nine and 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.