I didn’t make a pick in yesterday’s Cubs’/Brewers’ game but by not making a pick I made a pick, the Brewers. Once again my incompetence as a prognosticator came through as the Cubs won big, 4-0, on Carlos Zambrano’s brilliant 3-hit shutout of the Brewers.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article on the Chicago Cubs’ website titled “Vintage Zambrano brilliant in three-hit effort.”
The bottom line of the game is that Zambrano pitched 8 2/3 innings and only gave up three hits of which one occurred in the ninth inning. He also gave up a hit in the third and the fourth.
There have been rumors that the Cubs’ front office has been looking to trade Zambrano. He was placed on the restricted list on June 25th after getting in a verbal fight with the recently departed Derrek Lee. However since returning Zambrano has won five straight games in seven starts with no losses. And, he has done this while worrying about a nephew who was critically ill.
Zambrano is now 8-6 and has an ERA of 3.88 and the losing pitcher who really didn’t pitch that bad was Dave Bush whose record is now 7-12 with an ERA of 4.59.
The Cubs will play their second game of the series this evening. They are now 10-6 under new inter manager Mike Quade,
Starlin Castro was questionable because of a bruised hip but played while Aramis Ramirez was kept on the sidelines again because of a sore right quad.
With respect to the Cubs’ scoring Zambrano was involved in that as well. He had three hits. He had a single in the third and scored a run. In the sixth inning he hit an RBI single and in the eighth Zambrano had his third single of the game.
Losing pitcher Bush said he had to pitch carefully to him and he still got hits.
One interesting comment made by the Brewers’ players was that Zambrano wasn’t throwing that hard but rather had better control of his pitches. Zambrano concurred with that assessment saying all of his off-speed stuff was working.
Who will win tonight? I say the Cubs.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Vintage Zambrano brilliant in three-hit effort”