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"Lou is not talking about mechanics when he goes out to the mound,"
~Chicago Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mark DeRosa Day

Mark DeRosa took to the two spot really well today. But, then again, who wouldn't like the luxury of batting between Alfonso Soriano and Derrek Lee? Mark went 3 for 5, including a solo shot (line shot to left in the top of the first) and a RBI single. Those two RBI's put him only eight back of Aramis Ramirez, who had a RBI double today in the two run top of the fifth. He also scored two of the runs in the 3-1 defeat of the Dodgers by the Cubs to avoid the sweep and to avoid their first three game losing streak of the season.

The even more amazing part was the 6.1 IP, 3 H, ZERO ER, 1 BB outing from Jason Marquis. It does make this his fifth consecutive start giving up three ER or less. Nice to see when Jason gets strike one across the plate early, that he can hold a team to one (unearned, Soto throwing error in the first) and last well into the game. Yep, he made it to the seventh. Whoa.

Carlos Marmol looked a little shaky for a sec, but he reeled it in just in time for Kerry Wood to come in for a no hit, two strikeout bottom of the ninth. Nice. Woody leads the NL with 18 saves.

Brad Penny looked pretty good, but the Cubbies got to him for 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 H (one HR) over 6.0 IP. Park and Saito only gave up a hit a piece, with Saito striking out three of the four he faced.

So, back home again on the Northside. Ahhh... Let's hope it translates into some W's, cause the road games this month are interesting (3 @ Toronto, 3 @ Tampa, 3 on the Southside), and the Cubs could use all the room from those boys down I-55 they can get.

But first, it's three in Chicago with Hotlanta. Let's do it. First game, 7:05p CDT on 'GN, Tuesday Night. Tommy Glavine (2-2, 4.47 ERA, 1.17 K/BB) up against the Tedster (5-5, 5.23 ERA, 3.0 K/BB).

Go Cubs!!

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