Carlos Zambrano and Matt Cain lived up to the hype in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win by the Giants at Wrigley Field. Each Pitcher tossed 6 scoreless innings and left with the game tied at 0. The lone run came through on 23-year old Buster Posey’s solo home run in the 8th inning.
Carlos Zambrano looked good again although his control was a bit of an issue. He needed 116 pitches to get through the 6 innings because he walked 5 batters. In contrast, Cain needed just 82 pitches (2 hits and 1 walk). Zambrano only gave up 3 hits and he lowered his ERA to 3.56. He has now made 9 straight starts without a loss since rejoining the starting rotation in early August and he is slowly proving that he can pitch consistently at the major league level once again.
Andrew Cashner had put together a nice little stretch of 6 straight appearances without giving up a run, but he served up Posey’s game winning shot in the 8th inning last night. In the process, he suffered his 6th loss of the season. Cashner still has a bloated WHIP and ERA, but he has pretty good stuff. The just-turned 24-year old is getting some amazing experience this season, so look for him to improve in 2011 as he learns and develops this off-season.
Blake DeWitt and Kosuke Fukudome got the only 2 Cubs hits in the 1-0 loss. Starlin Castro reached base twice – a a walk and a hit by pitch. The Giants bullpen was downright nasty after Cain left. 3 relievers set down the final 9 Cubs hitters in a row with 2 K’s. Not good. DeWitt’s batting average has plummeted to .257; Castro’s to .305 and Marlon Byrd’s to .294. Speaking of Byrd, how cool was it when he signed autographs on top of the Cubs dugout during the rain delay before the game started – check out the photo below?!
By the way, Posey is a total stud for the Giants. Since being called up on May 29th, Posey has hit .324 (with a .373 on-base percentage with 26 walks and 53 strikeouts), with 15 HR’s, 62 RBI’s and 52 runs scored. On a team that lacks any offensive prowess, Posey fits in perfectly as the club’s clean-up hitter.
Game 2 of the series features Randy Wells against Jonathan Sanchez.