What a crazy game. Too bad it didn't end up being the good crazy.
Jason Marquis (12-8, 3.65) walked as many batters as he did in the entire month of July, including walking in a run...with the pitcher up. Omar Quintanilla got his first hit (he had two) since June 22 and got his first RBI since last August (he had two). Still, Jim Tracy pulled a double switch in the seventh, putting the struggling Clint Barmes in a double switch, who promptly got his third HR in 47 ABs, the only hits he's accrued in that span. Weird.
Then there's the fourth. After Marquis' meltdown (or Angel Campos' amoeba strike zone), the Rockies trailed 2-0 with the aid of four walks and one hit. After a couple singles by Seth Smith and Carlos Gonzalez, the Cubs butchered three double play balls, one scored a hit, one an error and one a fielder's choice. Three of the four runs were unearned in the inning for Ryan Dempster (6-5, 4.04), who also gave up Barmes' HR in the 7th for his last batter.
Marquis gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in six innings, the first time he has failed to achieve a quality start in seven games. No 13th win...I guess I jinxed him.
The Rockies lost for the first time in 16 games against an NL Central team. I guess I jinxed them.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched two strong innings, striking out his first four outs and getting two weak ground balls. He did, however, serve up a solo home run to Kosuke Fukudome, which turned out to be the winning run, ending the bullpen's scoreless streak at 14.2 IP. I guess I jinxed them. The two hits the bullpen gave up tonight matched the two they allowed the previous 14.
The Rockies outhit Chicago 11 to 10, and every slot in the order got a hit save Chris Iannetta and Troy Tulowitzki. However, 16 Rockies were left on base.
WC GB: 1.0
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Comment of the Night
This is what I think...by theshiva on Aug 8, 2009 9:00 PM MDT
Omar Quintanilla (.179) - 2-for-3, 2 RBI
Brad Hawpe (.092) - 2-for-4, RBI, 2 K
Jason Marquis (-.364) - 6.0 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 5 BB, 4 K. 0-for-2
Chris Iannetta (-.226) - 0-for-4, K
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