WOW – what a great way to kick of the weekend in the Cubs-Sox south side series. Carlos Zambrano blowing a gasket, getting in Derrek Lee’s face. D-Lee not backing down. Manager Lou Pinella and coaches Larry Rothschild and Alan Trammell having to get in the middle of the near-brawl. It was classic WWE Raw Madness – all right in your face in a baseball park on a beautiful Friday afternoon. You couldn’t have asked for anything more.
As for the game, it was a typical Cubs loss – 6-0. Bad pitching. Even worse hitting – just 3 hits off of Jake Peavy and another number in the “L” column. Yippee! Let the sell-off begin…
The Cubs kept up their losing ways on Saturday – 3-2. Carlos Silva pitched well — 2 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk. But the Cubs bats didn’t get it done. They only scored 2 runs off of Fast Freddy Garcia (a Derrek Lee single and an Aramis Ramirez opposite field home run that tied the game at 2 – did you even realize that those 2 guys were still in the Cubs lineup?!). And Paul Konerko’s solo home run off of Andrew Cashner (who had been pitching so well) proved to be the game-winner in the 8th inning.
The Cubs managed to avoid the sweep with an 8-6 win on Sunday. Ryan Dempster picked up the win – 3 ER on 9 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings. Tyler Colvin batted lead-off for the 1st time in his major league career and he came through with 3 hits, 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored, including a 3-run bomb that gave the Cubs the lead for good at 3-2 in the 3rd inning. Derrek Lee also had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Geovany Soto had 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Alfonso Soriano clubbed his 11th homer of the season. And Starlin Castro got back on track with 2 hits and 2 runs scored.