Monday, September 15, 2008

Zambrano dazzles and delivers, no-hits Astros!

Zambrano dazzles and delivers, no-hits Astros!

Unbelievable! That's the word which pops into my mind after finding out about and MISSING the historic game Sunday. First of all, I thought the game was postponed without knowledge that the venue was moved to Miller Park in Milwaukee. What a comeback performance from Carlos Zambrano, baby! He records the first Cubs' no-hitter in 36 years (Milt Pappas in 1972 at Wrigley Field). Who said Big Z has a dead arm? Oh, please! The Z man was only saving his energy for such a sterling occassion when the Cubs had a chance to pull ahead and inch closer to a division title. The Cubs ace managed to walk one batter and hit a batter while serving up 10 strikeouts. Way to Go Zambrano! Adding to the Sunday delight was Alfonso Soriano who launched his 28th homerun as Derek Lee hit a double and drove in 2 runs.

With Hurricane Ike hitting the Houston area this weekend everything worked out fine for the Cubs. Game 1 and 2 got postponed. They got out of the city at a good time, unfortunately others didn't being left to contend with the havoc from the winds and rains. It's also a shame Houston didn't get to be apart of the piece of history tossed yesterday. What a bummer for the many Cubs fans who didn't get to see this one since WGN didn't broadcast the game (or at least not in my area). An extra lead over the Brewers is what is in order to maintain sole possession of first place. At the moment the Cubs are up 7.5 games.

The rest of the series with Houston is going to be made up this week at the designated neutral location. Since Milwaukee is close to Wrigley Field the Astros are complaining that this is an unfair advantage for the Cubs. Commissioner Selig decided to move the series at the site with the idea I suppose since no other options nearby were available and to not have further delays or inteferences from the weather. The 2 games would have been moved elsewhere if the Brewers weren't scheduled to play on the road. With the arguments surrounding the change in venue, one thing can't be denied: the no-hitter stands. Nothing can be taken away from Carlos Zambrano's performance. After finishing up with the Astros the Cubs head back home to face the Brewers for 3 games then the Cardinals. These series may lead to the Cubs clinching the division. Congrads to Big Z on capturing his 1st career no-hitter! Wooooooooooo, go Cubs!

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The Big Z Gets the Big No

The Big Z Gets the Big No

We know Carlos Zambrano loves baseball. He must've been chomping at the bit over the past two days with the unknown nature of when/where his next start would take place. His energy level must've been off the chart. Thankfully, he was able to control that energy tonight. And he did it in a big way.

9 innings pitched, zero runs, zero hits. That's right, I said zero hits. A no-hitter for the Big Z. He survived the game without yielding a hit despite being upset with himself for striking out in the seventh. But as the bat went parallel to the ground and his knee raised, he controlled himself and decided against breaking another bat over his knee.

This is the first Cubs No-No since 1972. Z did it in an almost un-Z-like 110 pitches. Not bad, considering Lou wanted to limit him to 100. But with the 100th pitch being thrown in the bottom of the 9th inning, Lou may not have made it back to the dugout if he had tried to take Z out of the game. Z may have also been helped before the ninth began, as he was scheduled to bat fourth in the inning. He didn't get a chance, as the Cubs went 1-2-3, but the fact that he had to mentall prep (and we know Z takes every AB importantly) may have allowed him to ignore the fact that he was heading into the ninth without a hit.

A great performance. Congrats, Z.

noreply@blogger.com (Lionel) Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:49:00 -0500

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Carlos Zambrano Tosses No Hitter.

Carlos Zambrano Tosses No Hitter.

Big Z, baby. He's back. Carlos Zambrano throws the Cubs' first no-no since 1972. Check out the video here.

Oh...and in other news. The Brewers lost another 2 to the Phillies today while Z was dominating in their home ballpark. The Cubs now lead the division by 7.5 games. The Cubs magic number folks? Down to 7!

noreply@blogger.com (jumbo) Sun, 14 Sep 2008 21:48:00 -0500

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Talkin' Cubs Live - Cubs vs. Astros - 09/14/08

Talkin' Cubs Live - Cubs vs. Astros - 09/14/08

Game One Hundred Forty-Seven: Cubs (88-58) vs. Astros (80-67)
Game Time - 7:05pm C.T.
Coverage - TV: WGN (Chicago Area Only) - Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 186
Location - Miller Park, Milwaukee

Carlos Zambrano (13-5, 3.58/1.31) vs. Randy Wolf (10-11, 4.45/1.39)

After receiving a day off on Friday and spending Saturday on call with the MLB front offices, Lou Piniella's crew will return to work tonight against the hottest team in all of baseball....the Houston Astros. The unfortunate circumstances in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike has moved two of the three games to Miller Park in Milwaukee and the third game will be played on September 29th after the conclusion of the regular season if the game is needed to decide either the NL Wild Card or the Central Division Champion.

At the beginning of play on Sunday, the Cubs lead in the central is 6 games over the Brewers (7 in the loss column) and 8 1/2 over the Astros (9 in the loss column). The Brewers have a day-night doubleheader in Philadelphia and own a 2 game lead over the Phillies and a 2 1/2 game advantage over the red-hot Astros.

The Astros have won 14 of their last 15 and have many comparing their patented last season surge to the impressive run the Colorado Rockies made a year ago. Roy Oswalt and Randy Wolf are a combined 17-2 since July 27th and Geoff Blum and Ty Wigginton have led the offense. Randy Wolf told Holden Kushner on XM Radio Saturday that the team is playing relaxed, loose and with a lot of confidence. The Astros wanted these games played in Houston, and rightfully so, but with all of the damage in the Houston area, they chose for the right reasons to allow two of the three games to be moved to Miller Park....despite the fact the Brewers' home field is known as 'Wrigley Field North'.

For only the third time since 1961 weather has forced Major League Baseball to relocate games to a new location. Hurricane Ivan forced the Marlins to play the Montreal Expos at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago (September 13 - September 14) in 2004 and last season snow in Cleveland forced the Indians to open their home schedule at Miller Park against the Angels (April 10 - April 12). The last time the Cubs were involved in games being postponed due to a hurricane was in 2004.

Jason Marquis and Jack Cassel were originally scheduled to pitch in the opener on Friday night. Marquis will face Brian Moehler on Monday afternoon instead and hopefully the Cubs will not have to make a trip to Houston at the end of the season to play a meaningful game. The Cubs have 16 games left on the schedule and 15 games in 15 days before the last day of the season on September 28th....two weeks from today.

Carlos Zambrano will make his first start since facing these Astros on September 2nd at Wrigley. Zambrano will not face Carlos Lee but a very dangerous and confident lineup that includes Hunter Pence (19-for-59 in 15 games against the Cubs this season with a home run, 6 doubles and a triple - .322/.355/.508/.863) and Miguel Tejada (18-for-57 in 14 games against Cubs' pitching this year with a home run, 5 doubles and 2 triples - .316/.339/.526/.865).

Maybe the down time gave the Cubs offense a chance to get a breathier, especially Derrek Lee. The Cubs need one of their leaders to step up and start producing or it might be time for Lou Piniella to move him down in the lineup....

neil@chicagocubsonline.com (Chicago Cubs Online) Sun, 14 Sep 2008 15:30:00 -0500

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Brenly Signs Extension

Brenly Signs Extension

On the same day a part of the Cubs past inked a 6-year deal to remain on the South Side, a part of the organization's present signed a 4-year extension to stay in the Cubs' broadcasting booth along side of Len Kasper. According to a report in the Daily Herald by Barry Rozner, Bob Brenly signed a 4-year contract extension with the Cubs on Saturday reported to be worth in the "neighborhood of $3.5 million."

Rumors suggested Steve Stone might return to the Cubs booth if Brenly did not re-up with Cubs.

neil@chicagocubsonline.com (Chicago Cubs Online) Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:20:08 -0500

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Update: Cubs @ Astros in Milwaukee Sunday And Monday

Update: Cubs @ Astros in Milwaukee Sunday And Monday

UPDATE FROM AL -- Added to the front page so everyone will see this. Thanks for posting it!

Update: Ticket Info here! (Thanks to Neifi Puppy for providing the link!)

 

cst_cubs cst_cubs Finally. Cubs and Stros to play in Milw, 7:05 sunday, 1:05 monday. Will play 3rd game 9/29 if needed. from txt

 

Gordo hasn't added ticket info yet, but I will update as soon as it comes across the wire, or at least as soon as Twitter updates.

And heres hoping the 3rd game is of NO importance... I really don't want to make it up that late!!

 

Update: Looks like McLane finally came around to make this happen:

Minute Maid Park in Houston avoided serious damage and has been deemed playable, but not even Astros officials suggest any longer that games should be played amid the hardships area residents are enduring in the aftermath of Ike.

``We’d hate to play our game in Houston if there’s still lots of suffering in the city,’’ McLane told the Houston Chronicle. ``We could get out and play somewhere else.

``We don’t want to play a game if folks are stressing with their homes. The safety of our fans is most important.’

halfblindcubbiegirl Sun, 14 Sep 2008 01:59:58 -0000

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The Sunday Funnies

The Sunday Funnies

For your amusement, while we wait for tonight's game...

The end of the saga. Or is it?

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Al Sun, 14 Sep 2008 11:00:07 -0000

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