Game Recap: Cubs 1, Braves 2 -- Outdueled.
Yesterday, there was a bit of an issue with the timing of the Cubs' scoring. Sure they scored four runs, but they all came far too early, and the team was shut out in the last seven innings of the game.
My argument with why that wasn't a big deal (aside from the whole "winning the game" concept) was because of the way I understand a major league offense to work.
Step 1: Hitters in the first two spots get on base.
Step 2: Hitters 3-6 hit doubles and homers to drive in the guys in front.
Step 3: Sprinkle in some other stuff throughout the game.
Yesterday, Kosuke found a way on base in the first and second innings, and the Cubs scored in both those innings. Coincidence? Almost definitely. Even so, there's something to be said for having the table set for your RBI guys during the course of a game.
Guess who scored the runs for Atlanta tonight? I'll tell you, because I am nice! In fact, it was the 1 and 2 hitters, who got on in front of Brian McCann in the clean-up spot, who drove them both in.
Tonight, neither Fukudome nor Theriot could get on against Javy Vasquez. Theriot did manage to double in the eighth against Mike Gonzalez, but with two outs having already been recorded, the small ball option was gone, and D-Lee couldn't convert.
Interpret as you will; of course it'd be silly to suggest that teams only score when the top two guys get on. But let's see how the top two guys fare tomorrow, and their impact on the final score.