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!

Pete Harvey

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