Z's Fireworks, Johnson's Tater Push Cubs Past Bucs

I love Carlos Zambrano. I enjoy watching people who are passionate about their work. Unfortunately, that passion went a bit overboard in the 7th. With Nyjer Morgan on courtesy of a single and a two base error, Z uncorked a pitch in the dirt. Morgan broke for home. Close play and…. Safe. Off went Carlos Zambrano. He was ejected after making contact with home plate umpire Mark Carlson. His fit continued in a ball tossing, glove tossing incident. Chances are he will miss a start due to a suspension.

However, if anything, Z’s tantrum might’ve sparked the Cubs. With the game knotted up at two, Reed Johnson hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th and the Cubs pushed two more across against Jesse Chavez and Sean Burnett to win the game.

Zach Duke gave up two first inning runs, but settled in after that. He went seven and gave up eight hits and two walks. Carlos Marmol was the winner in relief of Zambrano

The Good

Duke continues to pitch effectively. Wish that’d been the case over the past couple of seasons.

Ramon Vazquez had three hits while starting at SS.

 

The Bad

Feast or famine for the offense. Just two runs and one RBI on eight singles.

The Rest

Chavez is now 0-3 for his career.

This was Vazquez’ first three hit game since he had four hits on 7/29/09.

Ryan Theriot had three hits today, giving him seven hits for the series, just like Freddy Sanchez, who got the day off.

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