August 27, 2008
W: Arroyo (12-10)
L: Geary (2-3)
It took 132 games, but the Reds finally have a pitcher with a complete game. You can tell this team is no Milwaukee. You could also guess from that stat that Aaron Harang hasn’t been healthy this year. Of course, with a team record of 58-74, you could guess a lot of things, primarily that Dusty Baker is the “manager.”
Bronson Arroyo was the winner of the dubious honor of first complete game for 2008. It came against the Astros in a rather meaningless little game. Arroyo pitched well, better than he has all year, allowing 1 run over 9 innings.
Houston’s back at .500, but will be expecting to change that once notorious Reds-killer Roy Oswalt starts their next game.
August 27, 2008
W: Marshall (3-3)
L: Hansen (1-5)
The Cubs allowed 9 runs and committed 3 errors, but still managed to win. Strangely, it’s what’s becoming expected of this aberrational 2008 Chicago team. Of course, it doesn’t hurt when your playing any version of the Pirates for the last 17 years.
Carlos Zambrano started and sucked. Obviously, his head wasn’t in it, as he gave up 6 runs in 4 1/3 innings. His opponent, Ian Snell, wasn’t any better, lasting only 4 innings and giving up 5 runs.
There was plenty of offense in the game, but the star is Geovanny Soto, who drove in 7 runs while going 3 for 5 with a homer. Just think, though, if his team hadn’t scored at least 3 more runs, his offensive explosion would have been for naught. Isn’t he lucky he plays for the 2008 Cubs?
Chicago’s on a roll again, having won their 4th straight and increased their record to 32 games over .500. The Pirates fell to last place again, thanks to an unexpected win from Cincinnati.