Daily Archives: August 21, 2008

August 21, 2008

Reds 2, Cubs 1: Despite Cordero Pitching, I Thought the Cubs Were Ahead

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W: Arroyo (11-10) L: Lilly (12-7) S: Cordero (24)


Imagine my surprise when I realized that Reds closer Francisco Cordero was not merely getting his work in. No, he was working for a bonafide save.

Now, I did see the Reds score both runs, thanks to “small ball,” the favorite scoring strategy of bad announcers everywhere. Yet when the 9th came, I glanced at the score, saw the 2 and the 1, and assumed the Cubs were winning. That’s what it’s come to after 9 years straight of following a sucky, losing team, I guess. I assume they’re losing, even when I saw them take the lead. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Bronson Arroyo was actually good, going 7 innings and allowing just the 1 run. Not sure how that happened. He also picked up his 11th win to move his personal record above .500.

August 21, 2008

Astros 2, Brewers 5: Too Much Manny for the Astros

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Brewers (73-55)20100020-541
W: Parra (10-6) L: Rodriguez (7-6) S: Torres (24)


It wasn’t that Manny Parra turned in an outstanding, dominant performance against the Astros, but it was good enough for a win, which is something he’ll take given his hard-luck performances of late.

Parra pitched 5 innings, allowing only 2 runs for his 10th win. But the Brewers offense was too much for the Astros to overcome, thanks to the middle of the Milwaukee lineup.

The Brewers gained a game on the Cubs, who surprisingly lost a game at Wrigley to the Reds, of all teams.