Monday, September 01, 2008
We're Off To See The Oswalt: Astros 3, Cubs 0
Speaking of the 'Stros' offense, the Cubs had a lot to do with helping them to their win. Left fielder (and converted second baseman) Alfonso Soriano took his sweet time collecting Miguel Tejada's leadoff hit in the corner, which led to Tejada easily taking third. On a Mike Scioscia-run team, he would have headed home and scored easily, so late was the throw; but I always expect that sort of thing and totally miss it when watching other teams. As it was, Houston not only cashed him in but Lance Berkman's ensuing walk to make it 2-0 in the fourth and seal Chicago's fate.
Houston got another run in the eighth on a couple of singles and a wild pitch off Jeff Samardzija, who pitched a clean seventh against the 9-1-2 batters, but got touched up for his first run since July 29. That brought in Michael Wuertz, who only pitched to one batter in the eight but made an out without retiring Brad Ausmus when Soto threw out Hunter Pence 2-4 on what must have been a busted hit-and-run; Pence was scarcely ten feet from the bag by the time Mark DeRosa caught the throw.
Luckily, the Cubs had little to worry about within their division, as a Carlos Delgado homer helped power the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Brewers, and the Cards found Arizona bats all but unstoppable, St. Louis falling 8-6 in the desert. Roy Oswalt out of the way, Carlos Zambrano rescheduled for September 2 (Al jokingly suggested, after Zambrano's recent bad Augusts, that the Cubs should tell him his start was on September 0), the Cubs still have a good shot at winning this series.
- Former Dodger prospect Koyie Hill got the callup today, which was something of a miracle in and of itself considering three of his right fingers and thumb were cut off in a freak accident last October.
"I've been lucky to be able to even play," said Hill, who was the Iowa team's starting catcher. "To be back here is a dream come true in itself. I never had a doubt I'd play again, but I didn't know what limitations I'd have with my hand and what I'd be allowed to do."Hill was one of four players called up by the Cubs today, making the total six with the activations of the injured Jon Lieber and Angel Guzman.
- Long after the game was over, we stopped off at a relatively lush Napersville eatery, and at the table across from us was reserve infielder Mike Fontenot. We left him and his party alone, as is the fashion back home, but it was fun people-watching.