I was partially right in my prediction of tonight’s Cubs game: It was a low-scoring game. The Cubs reversed the situation from last night when they lost 1-0 by beating the San Francisco Giants. Tonight they won behind the sparkling pitching of Randy Wells 2-0. I had predicted just the opposite.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Cubs’ website titled “Wells shines in shutting down Giants.” Muskat, per usual, correctly assessed the game as a pitcher’s duel.
Randy Wells (8-13) pitched seven and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. In his last game, he pitched a one-run game through eight innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. Then Carlos Marmol got his 34th save.
Jonathan Sanchez (11-9), pitching for the Giants, pitched well but gave up a home run to Kosuke Fukudome to lead off the third inning, and that really was all the Cubs needed to take the game. Sanchez had been on fire.
This puts the Cubs back in “rare air.” That statement made me think of Michael Jordan. Oh yeah, I remember now, “Air Jordan.”
I was pretty sure the Giants were going to continue beating the Cubs, but now it seems as though the Cubs are determined to finish strong.
They currently are 18-8 since Mike Quade took over, and are 13-5 for the month of September. I have to believe that Quade is in line for next year’s managerial opening.
According to Muskat’s report, Quade has the team aimed at the remaining 11 games. As he says, not only are the 22-year-olds excited about doing well the end of the season, but “so are the 30-year-olds.” This was the first time where I’ve read that he has actually taken credit for the way the team is playing.
The Cubs have four of those games remaining at home. Then they have seven games on the road. In my opinion, things could go either way. It must be remembered that teams like St. Louis who have been the beneficiaries of being knocked out of playoff contention now will turn around and want their own revenge.
Who will win the rubber game between the Giants and the Cubs? I will say the Cubs.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Wells shines in shutting down Giants”