Game Recap: Cubs 11, Astros 7 - Ugly Game
Bob Howry has got to go. Not that it's entirely his fault - Rich Harden was cruising like a missile until the wheels came off after the 5th inning. Hey, it was bound to happen. But the problem remains in Bob Howry, whose presence on this team does not justify the promise of a sandwich draft pick next year. Screw the draft pick, either send him home with Mystery Fatigue or send him home with You Suck Too Much to Play Disease.
Thankfully, the Cubs offense was there to make it all moot. The team combined for 14 hits, 5 walks, and they scored 11 runs thanks in part to huge days by Alfonso Soriano (3 for 5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Derrek Lee (4 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 Runs) and Mark DeRosa (3 for 5, 2 2B, 3 RBI).
Back to Harden for a minute - so, he got chased 2 outs into the 6th. His only issue remains his recurring problem with surrendering the homerun, but I would like to point out some very happy statistics for you: tonight included, Harden has pitched 30 innings, of which he's struck out 47 while walking 12. In his last two outings, he's walked 1. No complaints there.
Speaking of complaints, Bob Howry continued the cycle of abuse - he pitched to Carlos Lee. Carlos Lee scores more often against Chicago than A-Rod does at the Penthouse Club. I swear to the lord, I don't care the scenario, in any close game from here on out, Carlos Lee Must Walk. It should be written into Piniella's book, it should be drilled into the brains of all hapless Cub pitchers everywhere, and, for God's sake, it should be tattooed on Bob Howry's pupils so he can't help but see it at all times.
The Cubs and Astros play the rubber game tomorrow. If it was anything like today, it will be a great game.