The Gist: Wha' Happen'd?

August 29, 2007 | Comments (0) | by The Hundley

Somewhere I can hear TMS's very own bartender, Rich screaming in frustration, "Why is Kendall catching Zambrano?!?!" Well Rich, I have no answers. I am dumbfounded. Just like I'm dumbfounded that the Cubs could play so flat in such a big game. No clutch hitting, shoddy defense, and lack of pitching in tough situations all added up to bite them right in the ass - to the tune of a 6 -1 loss.

Fresh off the DL, Brewer hurler, Ben Sheets looked like he never missed a beat, throwing six strong innings and allowing only one run on six hits. Big Z matched him for the most part until the 7th, when usually sure-handed Ryan Theriot botched a potential double play. Two batters later, Ryan Braun hit a bases loaded double to put the Brewers up by three, and this time it was the Brewers that hung a 4-spot in the 7th. Zambrano is now winless in his last six starts.

Only one more game against the Brewers this year. That ain't right. Hopefully The Machine Gun (13-7, 3.85 ERA) can turn things around in tomorrow night's game against rookie lefty Manny Parra (0-1, 3.09 ERA), who has only one career start under his belt. Perhaps a Thunder Matt start is in order to get us back on track?