In the words of Harry Doyle: That’s all we got, one goddamn hit?
Yep. That’s all the Cubs could mustard through six innings against Chien-Ming Wang Tuesday night.
And if it wasn’t for Campana’s pinch-hit infield single, who knows how long Wang would have no-hit the Cubs?
Despite the fact Wang has struggled, as expected, in his two year return from shoulder surgery, let us not forget this guy was a two-time 19-game winner for the Yankees.
And the 31-year-old had his old form working during his first ever start at Wrigley Field.
In fact, Wang appeared just as strong as his only start against the Cubs coming six years earlier–8.0 innings of five hit, 1-R baseball in an 8-1 win for New York.
True to form, Wang was aggressive Tuesday night throwing strikes and his patented sinker…a pitch that’s produced a 2.72 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio for Wang–2nd highest in the bigs among active pitchers.
The Cubs obliged by pounding 11 ground balls into the dirt vs. four fly balls. Six innings, 81 pitches–Game. Over.
I have no problem tipping my cap to Wang. But let’s hope the Cubs lineup isn’t as accommodating Wednesday night to Ross Detwiler (1-1) 2.66 ERA, who’s still in search of his first career road win in nine starts.