Weekend Recap: Cubs Take 2 out of 3

Monday, May 19, 2008

Weekend Recap: Cubs Take 2 out of 3

. Monday, May 19, 2008

W.A.I.W. offers official apology to Soriano. Sorry for being a douche.

Cubs finished off an amazing homestand by taking 2 of 3 from the "surging" Pirates. While we definitely had a chance to take all three, I'm not going to spend time complaining about an 8-2 stand, even if both the losses were winnable.

Game 1: Gallagher pitched a decent enough game to get the win, throwing 6 innings while only giving up 1 run. The real star of the game (series?! homestand?!) was Soriano, knocking out 2 homers to bring his tally up to 8. It wasn't even a month ago I was searching my dim-witted skull for possible trade opportunities. While I hate the "what have you done for me lately" attitude of fans, with Soriano's questionable fielding, if you don't have a bat you aren't contributing anything to the team. If he continues to hit like this, I will even let the fairy jump slide.

Per Dominican Custom: 1 tear every Home Run

Game 2: We should've taken this one, after Soriano - in another 2 home run game - tied the game up with a solo shot in the 7th. Unfortunately, Marmol gave up a two-run shot and picked up the loss. He was obviously upset with himself, and I don't expect this to be a normal occurrence (See Game 3, the Beast re-emerges). We managed to threaten in the 9th, but it was not enough and we lost a game that could've been won.

Jason Marquis: 1 win per month

Game 3: Marquis pitched a manageable game, where he didn't look flashy, but didn't look bad after he gave up the 2 run homer in the first inning. After that, he settled down, to end with 3 earned runs in 6 innings pitched. What was even better was seeing Marmol throw a filthy 8th inning to set up the save for Wood in the 9th. Wood and Marmol combined for 5 stike-outs on 7 batters faced. It was a good win to end a good homestand.

We now head off for a surprisingly meaningful series against the Astros, who are 2.5 games back and could have take over first with a good series against the Cubs.