The Cubs just keep on winning. The Astros were the victims for the second night in a row and the Cubs are now in a position to sweep them today in the last game of the season.
Carrie Muskat posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Ramirez’s slam helps Big Z finish strong.” When Muskat says “slam” she’s not talking about a strong hit or homer; she is talking about a grand slam.
Aramis Ramirez hit his ninth career grand slam and Marlon Byrd also drove in three runs to support Carlos Zambrano in his eighth win in the 11 starts he’s had since coming back from the restricted list.
You know though I still don’t like the way Zanbrano acts. I know I wouldn’t want him for a teammate. He pitched great through six innings then he started to struggle. He was unnerved a bit by an error by Bobby Scales who I thought did a nice job recovering to at least get one out. But as is often the case with Zambrano if someone else errors he can’t pick them up and he immediately gave up a two-run double.
The score was then 8-3 and frankly Zambrano hadn’t looked good before the error so he was lifted by interim manager Mike Quade whose policy is usually sooner than later as far as saying goodbye to a pitcher. Zambrano pouting face and huffy exit let the stadium know he wasn’t happy.
Still Zambrano pitched well overall and got the win. To show the difference in the mission and attitude of the two clubs Houston pitcher J.A. Happ, (6-4), was allowed to remain in until he gave up eight runs and of course he took the loss.
The Cubs are now 24-12 under Mike Quade and further under him have a sterling road record of 17-4.
As each win has occurred Mike Quade’s future as the Cubs manager for next year seems more assured.
It is hard to believe that General Manager Jim Hendry would not give a guy who has compiled a .666 winning percentage a chance to continue his work.
Perhaps using a manager from the minors is what the doctor ordered to get the Cubs their first World Series in a long, long time.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Ramirez’s slam helps Big Z finish strong”