Zambrano Sub-par Again; Cubs Lose to Brewers 8-6

Posted on 15 April 2010 by Lou

Carlos Zambrano had another sub-par outing as the Cubs couldn’t complete the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon.  Zambrano needed 123 pitches as he struggled mightily to make it through 5 innings – ouch!  He gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7.  The Cubs bats helped him by tying the game up in the bottom of the 4th inning on Marlon Byrd’s 2-run shot to deep center field.  Byrd’s 3rd home run of the season has him tied with Aramis Ramirez for the club lead.  Tyler Colvin started in place of Alfonso Soriano and had 2 hits for the Cubs.

The Cubs bullpen was not very good. Jeff Samardzija took the loss giving up 2 ER on 2 hits and 2 walks in 2 innings of work.  Sean Marshall also gave up his 1st ER on the season in his 1 inning of work.  And John Grabow also allowed a run – unearned – in an inning of work.  Big Z’s ERA now sits at 9.45, Samardzija at 16.20 and Grabow at 9.82.  Something’s gotta give.

The 1-win Houston Astros come into town for the weekend on Friday.  Tom Gorzelanny takes the hill in search of his 1st win of the season.  Felipe Paulino will pitch for the Astros – he gave up 4 ER on 4 hits and 4 walks in just 5 innings pitched in his only other start this year.  Look for the Cubs bats to keep up the hot hitting against Paulino at Wrigley Field…

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