Last night was quite a night for Chicago sports fans. The Chicago Bears came back on the Green Bay Packers to win 20-17, and the Chicago Cubs shocked the San Diego Padres 1-0. This was the first Chicago win over the Padres in five games.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Inspired by mom, Big Z stays hot, beats Padres.” As the title suggests, Carlos Zambrano’s mother was in the country from Venezuela to see her son pitch. This was the first time she had come to the country to see him. Asked if she was loud enough for him to hear her, Zambrano said she is the opposite of his father, who is loud; she is very quiet.
Zambrano, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol combined for a four-hit shutout of the Padres. Zambrano (10-6) is now 7-0 in his last nine starts with an ERA of 1.07, and he has had a couple of games like this. Tim Stauffer (5-5) took the loss in a great pitching effort.
Carlos Marmol got his 35th save, but it got a little ugly with a questionable hit batter and walk but all’s well that ends well.
The Cubs are now 20-11 under interim manager Mike Quade, who intimated he would like to see Zambrano get a couple of more wins in the remaining six games. The Cubs play three more with San Diego and then close out the season with the Houston Astros.
Zambrano was a little more verbal after this game, saying that he was inspired by his mother. It was interesting that he seemed to be peeved about the fact the term “former ace” had been used in reference to him. He suggested that the wins be counted for each pitcher, and then see if he was a “former ace.” That, in my opinion, is old Zambrano.
Quade continues, I think, to move toward getting the managerial job for next year.
Ryan Dempster goes for the Cubs this evening while going for the Padres will be Mat Latos. Who will win?
Oh, let’s go with the Cubs.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Inspired by mom, Big Z stays hot, beats Padres”