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Cubs Not Hitting In Clutch

By bullpenbrian at 04.17.2009 Leave a comment.

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Marshall was way too predictable…breaking ball, breaking ball, breaking ball. And worse, his breaking pitches consistently put him behind in the count. Cards then sat on his fastball and made him pay for throwing it.

I said if Marshall went five allowing three runs or less I’d be happy: he went five and allowed three runs. My reasoning was that would be enough for the Cubs to win it against the Cards’ pen.

Problem is, the Cubs couldn’t convert on multiply opportunities to drive in runs. And the Cardinals’ bullpen line is three innings of no-run, no-hit baseball…but the Cubs had their chances earlier against Wainwright.

St. Louis commits three fielding errors; Cubs do nothing to take advantage.

No sense making a big deal about Bradley’s ejection. He had every reason to argue his case…it was a huge turning point in the game. Besides, Lou wants his players to get emotional if they feel cheated at the plate!

Fukudome has two more hits, his OBP is above .500!!! Why not move Kosuke to the three and Lee to the five???

Right-hander P.J. Walters makes his MLB debut in game two, and that’s usually in the pitcher’s favor. Zambrano can be the Cubs’ saving grace…not only on the mound but at the plate too!

Before I took off for the game I forgot to grab my camera…I wanted to snap a few shots of the new Captain Morgan Club…I’ll be at the game Sunday and plan to get some shots then.

Marty Havlat nets the game-winner against Calgary 12 seconds in to OT…what a shot, what a game!!!

  • Notes: Cubs (5-4) 2nd
  • W: Wainwright (2-0) L: Patton (0-1) S: Franklin (2)
  • Cubs went (9-6) against St. Louis last year.
  • Chicago has won the past four season series against the Cardinals.
  • From 1902-13 Chicago won 12 straight season series against St. Louis.
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