Theroit made the right decision on the game’s final play by coming home with the baseball. Problem is, he made a poor throw to Hill. Weeks scores, game over. A good toss from Ryan and Weeks goes from hero to goat.
Unfortunately, I thought Koyie Hill’s two-run shot was the break he needed to establish himself as one of the guys. I talked about the importance of that Wednesday.
Given Hill’s near-tragic hand accident and the fact he’ll always play under Soto’s shadow, I’ve been rooting for the guy to succeed.
In the post game Hill admitted he made the wrong pitch selection in the ninth with Duffy at the plate. He called for a 3-2 slider when he should have laid down the heat for Gregg. Duffy walks and eventually comes around to score the tying run.
Hill also apologized for his childish reaction on Weeks’ game-winning slide at the plate. The call was right, Koyie was wrong…and he admitted his mistake freely afterwards.
Although Hill’s go-ahead home run was nullified, his teammates will appreciate that he faced the music on two fronts after the game. That alone makes me root for Hill even more.
If Harden stays healthy and pitches this well he’ll be a 18-20 game winner, no question.
Let’s hope Bradley’s home run helps clear the mental hurdle of starting the season 0-for-10.
Two more hits for Fukudome.
Bullpen leading up to Gregg goes no hits, no runs…but allowed three walks vs. zero strikeouts.
Two tough losses in the season’s first four games: Houston in extras and today’s contest. They happen, it’s part of a marathon season. Of course, they sting worse coming against division rivals.
However, there’s a good chance Chicago takes the series with Zambrano tomorrow and Dempster Sunday. Either way, it’s up to the lineup to score some more runs.
- Notes: Cubs (2-2) Tied 2nd
- W: Villanueva L: Gregg (BS 1)
- Chicago plays Milwaukee 17 times this season, 10 games are before the All Star break.
- During the past three seasons Chicago is (14-8) at Miller Park.
- Last year the Cubs won the season series against Milwaukee (9-7)
- Since 2003 the Cubs are (6-2) playing in opponents home openers.
- In 45 career starts receiving four or more runs of support Harden is (34-0).
- Milton‘s HR marked the 400th RBI of his career.