August 20, 2008
W: Moehler (9-4)
L: Sheets (11-7)
S: Valverde (32)
Ben Sheets started for the Brewers, but he did not have a good outing. It seems like he’s not been as dominant as usual since C. C. Sabathia came over. Is it possible that one team simply cannot contain two pitchers of such awesome abilities? Or is Sheets just tired? I’m definitely leaning towards the former.
In 6 innings, Sheets allowed 5 runs. He was bested by Brian Moehler, of all people, who allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 1/3 innings.
The loss drops the Milwaukee back another game, thanks to the Cubs win, and they now sit in 2nd place, 6 games back. The Astros improved their record to 2 games over .500, but sit a whopping 13.5 games back.
August 20, 2008
W: Harden (8-2)
L: Cueto (8-12)
Dusty Baker returned to the world-class city that gave him the platform to display his vast managing incompetence to everyone not named Bob Castellini. And guess what? Baker’s still got it. He showed he hasn’t forgotten a thing about losing at Wrigley.
Johnny Cueto was good for the Reds, striking out 6 and allowing only 1 run in 7 innings. And that one run wasn’t exactly earned. Edwin Encarnación failed to look back a runner at third before throwing to first. Looks like EdE’s trying to work his way out of the infield.
As for the Cubs, Rich Harden started and was even better than Cueto. Of course, the Reds follow Baker’s “Swing First, Ask Where the Ball Was Later” approach that the Cubs have finally gotten rid of, so it really wasn’t that much work for Harden.