If I had to make a living picking game winners I would probably starve. So it is with today’s game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and the Cardinals. The Cubs won the second game of the teams’ final three-game series, 7-3. Rookie Casey Coleman, (3-2), pitched perhaps his best game of the season. His growth has been obvious to anyone who has watched him pitch more than one time
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ Website titled “Coleman solid as Cubs top Cards.”
Cubs’ General Manager Jim Hendry had comments on the game saying that he was proud of the young pitching rotation. He made another interesting comment. The Cubs had the largest payroll going into the season. They have dropped some high salaries and Hendry doesn’t think there will have to be revamping for the Cubs to be contenders. Does this include interim manager Mike Quade?
I had predicted that the Cubs would lose to the Cardinals. The Cardinals started that direction by taking a three-run lead. They scored one run in the second inning and two in the third. That would be it.
The Cubs came back in the bottom of the third with four runs of their own. With interspersed hits the Cards donated a wild pitch and errant throw on a rundown to help the Cubs score.
Chris Carpenter, (15-9), who has been struggling, took the loss.
The Cubs are now 19-10 under Mike Quade. I think Quade is getting closer and closer to getting the manager’s job for next year. Hendry noted that guys are playing hard for Quade, rookies and vets alike.
Players that Hendry is impressed with include Casey Coleman, Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin and James Russell to name just a few.
A terrifying moment came when Carpenter had been pulled and Blake Hawksworth was hit in the face with a screamer hit by Sam Fuld. The way Hawksworth fell to the ground everyone expected the worst but he got up and left under his own power. I’ve linked to the video.
This loss puts the Cardinals magic number at two for elimination. The Cubs’ could cut their chances in half tomorrow.
Chicago Cubs Website, Carrie Muskat, “Coleman solid as Cubs top Cards”