Astros 8 - Cubs 4: The Wonders of DVR

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Astros 8 - Cubs 4: The Wonders of DVR

. Tuesday, May 22, 2012

He was so shaken up afterward that he could only hit a solo homer.

I was all set to go last night - catch up on a couple more episodes of Breaking Bad, then reap the benefits of having recorded the first hour and a half of the game on DVR. No commercials! No replays, except those I choose! No ... real reason to watch after a third inning. Hell.

I learned from groggily watching the news this morning that the Cubs have not led a baseball game in 50 innings. All four of our runs came in garbage time in the 9th, when a series of three relievers gave up five hits. You know who used to go up big and then let bad relievers run around a bit? The Cubs. When they played the Astros. We are certainly in a different era.

At the beginning of the broadcast, Len and Bob were talking about the potential danger of the Astros bunting at Garza, what with his Harlem Globetrotter-esque bounce passes to first base in those situations.Turns out, it was the opposite that killed him. That marks three starts that Garza hasn't looked very comfortable since the flu took him out of those two games. Hopefully he's not firing curveballs like pellets out of a 12-gauge the next time we see him toe the rubber. He should, at the very least, be well-rested, having thrown only 72 last night. Randy Wells ended up throwing what was essentially a spot start - 5 innings of 3 hit, 1 run ball over 78 pitches. At least they preserved the bullpen for tonight.

But let's not absolve the offense just yet. Light hitting Tony Campana did literally everything but steal home to try and build momentum in the first, and had a first-hand seat to the continued struggles of LaHair Fever, who combined with Starlin Castro to go 0-6 with runners in scoring position. You can't tell me Bud Norris is that dominant. In comparison, Blake Lalli and Reed Johnson went 2-2 in garbage time. Maybe we shuffle that lineup a little sooner? Until we start scoring meaningful runs, the Minnesota series and Rizzo can't get here quickly enough.