Game 2 Recap: Astros 3, Cubs 2 in 10 Innings
Update--more on Soto...
From Wittenmyer's game story in the Sun-Times:
Soto, who said he felt ''discomfort'' on an awkward throw to second...is to be re-examined [Wednesday]. Manager Lou Piniella
suggested a possible return during the next series, which opens Friday
in Milwaukee. It wasn't considered serious enough to schedule an MRI.
injury. He said he has had similar discomfort before, as recently as
W - Doug Brocail (1-0)
L - Neil Cotts (0-1)
In the early innings of Tuesday night's game, Pat Hughes and Ron Santo discussed the fact that the Cubs have not started a season 2-0 since Pat and Ron began working together in the WGN radio booth in 1996. Naturally, this had the effect of jinxing the team and thus, the outcome was inevitable.
Cub bats: There was very little thunder from the Cub offense Tuesday night. Derrek Lee had an RBI single and Alfonso Soriano, who whiffed in his first three at-bats against Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez, clubbed a titanic, game-tying, solo home run in the 8th inning against our old friend, LaTroy Hawkins. Problem was, Soriano's homer was one of only two hits the Cubs had in four innings against the Houston bullpen. Milton Bradley, still looking for his first Cub hit, rapped sharply into a double play when he batted with runners at first and second and none out in the sixth.
Cub pitching: Ryan Dempster left the game after the sixth inning, trailing 2-1. He fanned five, while giving up 6 hits and 3 walks. Angel Guzman pitched a terrific inning of relief. Neil Cotts bailed Aaron Heilman out of a ninth inning jam, but then allowed the first two men to reach base in the 10th and ultimately took the loss when Kevin Gregg gave up the game-winning hit to Jeff Keppinger with the bases loaded.
Noteworthy: Maybe even extremely noteworthy--Geo Soto left the game after the sixth inning because of "soreness in his right shoulder."
One other thing: Santo to Hughes, after Hughes offered an on-air plug for Cubs sponsor, Dairy Queen...
Whenever you say Dairy Queen, I think of that soft ice cream.
Not watching -- how did Fowler not score from 2nd on a double?
Well I assume Ross is going to catch Lester in the playoffs, and it looks like Contreras is going to catch everyone else. I could see the Cubs keeping three catchers on the playoff roster as it would give them flexibility and Montero would have a left handed bat with some pop (at least historically) off the bench.
Aren't Montero and Ross already in a tie for third catcher?
Higher than Chris Perez's mailbox.
Contreras starting at catcher for a day game after he caught the night before. What do people think the odds are that Montero is left off the post-season roster, or is at best the third catcher?
Does he project as a starter, a relief pitcher, or is it too soon to tell?
Rizzo getting a well deserved breather today with Bryant at 1B. Soler back in lineup batting cleanup and playing LF, otherwise all of the all-stars batting 1-5 again (what a luxury)
in his last 11 innings, he has 21K, 6BB, 4 hits and one ER. Nice!
5 HR in his last 5 games (3, 1 run...1, 2 run)
sure, 3 HR were in colorado, but 2 were in night games in SD. that evens out somehow.
My guy Addy
oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.
Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph