These are the kind of games that are heartbreakers. Chris Carpenter vs. the Cubs. Definitely an easy game to get up for. And Chris pitched well. He gave up 3 runs in 6 innings. But it wasn’t enough against Big Z, who was only slightly better than Carp. Zambrano went 5 and 2/3 and gave up 2 runs. They both struck out 3.
Carpenter is a great pitcher and 9 times out of 10, you’re going to right taking your chances with him. He’s rarely going to get beat by giving up lots of hits and walks. But he was one glaring flaw. He tends to give up the long ball. And he did exactly that today…..TWICE. One by Aramis Ramirez and once by (of course) Derrek Lee. I mentioned yesterday that this is a guy who always brings his A game against the Cardinals. This is two games in a row that he has now gone deep against the Cardinal staff. He may not yet be the “Cardinal killer” that Carlos Beltran is, but I still don’t enjoy seeing our staff face the guy.
And the most disheartening part of the whole game? The 9th inning. As the home team, you figure surely you can scratch out a run and at least tie it up, if not go ahead. Especially after Aaron Miles led off with an infield single and scooted on to 2nd on a wild throw by Aramis Ramirez.
So essentially you have a runner on 2nd with nobody out. That HAS to be a run. No excuse. A couple of sac flies, a bunt and a sac fly, a base hit. There are so many options. But instead Brendan Ryan pops out foul to the catcher and Lopez pops up to the third baseman. So now there is 2 outs and Miles still hasn’t moved. All the more maddening was watching Allen Craig swing and miss 3 straight would-be balls to end the game, as Albert Pujols watched from the on deck circle. I really wish John Jay was still at that point in the game. He swings a hot bat and perhaps the outcome would have been different. Those pitches Craig swung at…..they were not even a little close. It makes me sad, but all I can hope for now is that the Reds will lose tonight.
Biggest Marlins fan ever,