WEBB, DREW DOMINATE CUBS
Game 1 thoughts and observations…
How about that Alfonso Soriano? Let’s break down his game, shall we? Remember folks, it’s not just going 0-5. That happens to everyone. But how you do it? Therein lies the story.
AB1- Soriano hits first pitch of the game, a weak ground out to Mark Reynolds.
AB2- 3rd inning, Webb fools Soriano terribly. Soriano whiffs but has company–Webb struck out the side.
AB3- 5th inning, man on 2nd, 1 out. Soriano gets to 2-0 but swings at the next pitch and flies to center. The pitch was easily ball 3.
AB4- Soriano grounds it right back to the mound.
AB5- Ward on first, 2 outs. Soriano hits an easy grounder for a fielder’s choice. Ballgame. 0-5, not a quality at bat the entire evening. Soriano lowered his career postseason average to .225.
What did you folks think of Stockton and Darling? 3 words–Better Than Fox. I did think it was funny that there were a few typos including “Ted Lily”. Stockton and Darling had plenty of general sore-thumbiness and some awkward moments, but overall it was decent. Other goodies:
- Stockton calling Aramis Ramirez “Rodrigo Ramirez”.
- Darling calling Augie Ojeda a “winning-type player”. Did he mean AAA?
- Darling on the D’Backs offense: “They just literally come through in the clutch every time.” Yes, the D’Backs are hitting 1.000 with RISP. Huh?
Mark Reynolds had an error for Arizona but also hit a big homer off Marmol. But the best thing about him is that he strolls to the plate with the PA blaring Iron Maiden. If memory serves it was “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner”.
Kudos to Big Z. He pitched an awesome game. It could have got ugly early in the 1st. He went to 3-0 with Byrnes and induced a ground out. He went to 3-0 with Clark and then K’d him. Then in the 2nd he walked some cat named Salazar. Who the heck is that? But then he got the double play to get out of it.
Webb put on a clinic and Drew had a great game defensively, which was perhaps overshadowed by his homerun and 2 total hits. Webb was changing speeds beautifully and I swear the way that ball was moving for him I thought maybe that stain on the top of the bill of his cap was vaseline.