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Chicago Cubs Headlines for Thursday


MLB: APR 06 Cubs at Astros
Carlos gets the team off to a great start, even if the offense didn't follow his lead
Zambrano, who threw 104 pitches, allowed leadoff singles in each of the first two innings, then retired 14 in a row until Michael Bourn walked with two out in the sixth. A leadoff walk in the seventh inning to Pence proved costly. He took third on Lee's single and scored two batters later on a Blum groundout to second. "I did my job," said Zambrano, who has allowed 2 earned runs in 21 innings over his last 3 starts. "There's nothing else I could do.

And a little lesson in how to win a baseball game from Lou
''We've just got to score runs. What can I say?'' manager Lou Piniella said, exasperated again by lack of hitting after a 2-1 loss in Houston on Wednesday night. ''In this business you don't score runs, you don't win.''


There is one question we all want to know, right Paul Sullivan
Could Zambrano have gone one more inning?

So whats the answer?
"If I go another inning and give up two runs, [people would say] it's Lou's fault and [ask] 'Why did he let him go nine?' " Zambrano said. "It was a good [decision] -- 104 pitches, eight innings. Let the bullpen do their job, and I did my job." Piniella said lifting Zambrano was an easy call. "He did his job, pitched eight real nice innings of baseball," Piniella said. "You can't pitch any better than Carlos did. You just have to score runs. What can I say?"

On the upside, Soto hit a home run! Is this an indication of better things to come? We can only hope. And Zambrano managed to not cause and big disruptions, before, during or after the game.

Oh, and remember last year when the National League All-Star team was basically the Cubs? Yeah Thats not going to happen again So who do you send? Ted Lilly! at least according to Lou
His first choice is Ted Lilly, who was Toronto's sole representative at the 2004 game in Houston. Lilly is tied for fifth in NL victories and ranks fifth in opponents' batting average (.218). "He has pitched well -- seven wins," Piniella said.

Other names? Soriano (currently in 4th place in fan voting), Fukudome, and ...Theriot?

Early game today peeps. So at least we don't have to dwell on last night.

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Max Power said:

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I love the "you might be interested in this" at the bottom. Evidently, reading news updates on the Cubs is similar to funerals for slain police officers. I learned a new thing.

gravedigger said:

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i don't get that, i only get a list of our own blog posts

flyball said:

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it changes, don't worry, you'll get the depressing stories eventually

flyball said:

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it wasn't that bad of a night people!

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