Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Game 3 Recap

All of you who watched the whole thing should be charged with being accessories to murder. Don't you hate the guy who lives and dies with each game? Thanks be to God that Deputy Jason wasn't live blogging this one, we would have sent someone to take his shoelaces.

You've seen the breakdown on Moehler, but let's do the short version (scroll down for the NC-17 version):

Brian Moehler:
1.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 1BB, 1HBP, 1K, 37p/24s (64.9%), 3gb/1fb/1k
14 batters faced / 5 outs (35.7%)

Russ Ortiz:
3IP, 4H, 3ER, 4BB, 6K, 1HR, 73p/41s (56.2%), 1gb/2fb/6K
17 batters faced / 9 outs (52.9%)
Probably not the regular-season debut we were expecting from SP5, but the Cubs were swinging at anything and everything, and connecting on most of that.

Chris Sampson:
1.1IP, 1H, 17p/12s (70.6%), 2gb/2fb
5bf/4o (80%)

Geoff Geary:
1IP, 1H, 1K, 24p/15s (62.5%), 2gb/1K
4bf/3o (75%)

Wesley Wright:
1IP, 1H, 1K, 11p/9s (81.8%), 2gb/1K
4bf/3o (75%)

Doug Brocail:
1IP, 1H, 1ER, 1BB, 1HR, 20p/11s (55%) 1gb/2fb
6bf/3o (50%)

It took Carlos Lee until the 5th inning of the third game to get his first hit of the season, but that was overshadowed by the back-to-back homers by Keppinger/Berkman in the 3rd, Matsui in the 5th and Pence in the 6th. Pudge must enjoy the 7-Spot, as he responded with two hits. And it's a good sign, I guess, that the Astros roughed Lilly up for four home runs - too bad this game was a bit out of hand by the time the Astros came up to bat in the first. I don't think they're going to lose too many games when they score 6 runs. But then again, they could very easily lose games scoring six runs. Let's put it this way, they're going to lose more games than they score six runs, I'll tell you that.

Man of the Match:
Let's say Pudge here. 2x4 with 2RBI in what I hope is a trend in batting him towards the bottom of the order.

Goat of the Game:
Really? With a game score of 11...Brian Moehler!


German said...

Aww, I watched the whole game.

cardsjason said...

I also watched/scored the whole game. Michael Bourn is heading in to St. Louis on a 3 game hitting streak with his opposite field single to left in the bottom of the ninth.

J-Kepp looking good still and I'm with you on the Pudge batting lower in the order.

Ortiz was decent, especially considering he hadn't pitched since 2007.

Pence looking good as well, 2 homers in as many games.

Ok, I know we got blown out tonight but still, I can't help but be happy about some of what went down tonight, no matter how ugly the game was.

Rob S said...

I really need to scroll down and read newer entries from the last time I looked before I respond.

I couldn't agree more with yours and cardsjason's assessment.

Pudge never had any business batting in the two. I still think Pence should be in that spot, Matsui if we had a real lead off hitter, or Bourn if he continues to improve. I must admit, I never thought of Kepp batting there and really thought that was smart. As a patient contact hitter, he's a perfect guy to have in there when he's playing.

I hope with his solid play right out of the gate will earn him more playing time. I am still really stoked about this guy, and loved his pregame interview yesterday. Humble, eager, and well spoken. Reminds me a bit of Ensberg whom I was fortunate to chat with when he was here.