Sunday, April 20, 2008

Game 17: Cubs 13 Pirates 1

Again, forgive me for the lack of writing this weekend, but my parents are in town and spending the weekend with my nose buried in my computer isn't exactly courteous. They'll be leaving this afternoon, at which point I can finally get caught up with everything.

Is there anyone out there that doesn't think Gorzo is hurt right now? He got shelled again yesterday, throwing 47 of 80 pitches for strikes in 2 and 2/3 innings, walking four hitters in that span and giving up 7 earned runs. That set the tone for Tyler Yates to show us why he was the trading block this spring, as his command suddenly deserted him and he walked four batters in less than an inning. That set the stage for the ubiquitous Evan Meek appearance. As suggested in the comments by Tommy, Meek is quickly becoming White Flag part deux. He's appeared in six games this year and we've lost all six of them, five of them in games that he only got to play in because we were getting absolutely killed.

The offense was just as bad as the pitching yesterday, though that's not really surprising. But Jason Marquis went 6 innings, struck out 7, and only walked one, and that's a pretty pathetic statement on the Pirates' offense, I think. Nate McLouth managed to keep his hitting streak alive, but it seems silly to be celebrating that with the team getting the crap kicked out of it on a nightly basis. It is something though.