The Cubs let this one slip away. Not enough hitting and another poor bullpen outing trashed what should have been an undefeated homestand.
However, despite the rough fourth inning, Harden pitched well enough for the win. Yet, for whatever reasons, Rich isn’t throwing well at Wrigley. At home he’s (2-2) with a plus-six ERA. Why so bad???
Ascanio hits two batters–both come around to score the eventual game-winning runs. Cotts walks yet another batter. What’s his purpose in the pen if he can’t throw strikes?
And, what’s happened to Mike Fontenot lately?
The little man is hitless in his last five games. He went 0-for-12 on the homestand. In his last nine games he’s 1-for-29.
But, Fontenot gets overlooked with the big boys struggling.
Speaking of which, it’s been awhile since D-Lee was the Cubs’ player of the game. Yes, I’m thrilled he put together a four hit day. But, this is what you expect from the cleanup hitter.
Cubs fans have been wondering if Theriot’s power surge would be short lived. It hasn’t been. Ten of his last 14 hits have been for extra bases. That’s huge! As I’ve pointed out before, The Riot is hitting with purpose!!!
We don’t talk about it, but Fukudome is quietly hitting .333. He’s also collected at least two hits in five of his past seven games. And, he’s reached base safely in 10 straight. He’s the best hitter in the lineup right now!
You put this game into perspective by looking at the big picture. It’s a (4-1) homestand. The starting pitching has been terrific. Milton is back in the lineup. D-Lee says his timing is back at the dish. And, the Cubs climbed from fourth to second place within the Central.
I’ll gladly sign up for another four wins on the road trip through St. Louis and San Diego.
- Notes: Cubs (21-15) are in second place.
- W: Moehler (1-2) L: Harden (4-2) S: Sampson (1)
- Cubs are (3-5) in one-run games.
- They’re (2-10) when committing an error–Scales, fielding (1).
- Chicago is (8-2) in its last 10 home games.
- Last year the club managed 55 wins at Wrigley.