These games are starting to blend into one, and, I suppose, will continue to do so until I get to Arizona next week (the first game I'm attending will be Thursday 3/13 vs. the Padres at Mesa).
And so, I don't have a cute or clever title, and you'll have to make do with just a few notes (and links) for today's 10-6 Cub loss to the Brewers in 10 innings, dropping the ballclub's record to 2-4. They rather pointlessly tied the game up on an error in the last of the 9th, then Jose Ascanio coughed up four runs in the 10th. Just under 10,000 attended today (9,997).
- Ryan Dempster is a great guy. "Gets it". Does funny impressions. But he really isn't suited to be a major league starting pitcher. The game line doesn't look too bad -- one run in three innings -- but there were also a couple of walks, and all in all, if he's in the rotation and does this all year, we are NOT going to be happy.
- Sean Gallagher had a really bad day -- gave up two HR, one to Tony Gwynn Jr., the other to Mike Cameron. Someone hinted at this in the game thread, but just let me agree that I hope the Oriole scouts were watching and that this outing will put him on the "let's not trade for him" list.
- Chad Fox didn't help his cause, allowing two runs in his inning of work. Kerry Wood DID help his cause, posting a scoreless inning, although with no strikeouts (that doesn't really matter, I just found it unusual).
- Kosuke Fukudome had a big day, slapping two singles and slamming his first home run in a Cub uniform over the right-field wall. Geovany Soto drew two walks and had a two-RBI double. Derrek Lee also walked twice.
- Carmen Pignatiello worked a scoreless inning and each time I see him put up zeroes, I think he might just force his way onto the 25-man roster. Same for Kevin Hart (although I think Hart's probably going to make it anyway, and he struck out the side in his inning today).
- Scott Eyre owns an RV which he, along with Gallagher and minor leaguer Nate Spears, drove from Florida to Arizona for spring training. Interesting stories.
- My dad sent me this interesting take on the steroid issue.
- The scoreboard at the new Nationals Park in Washington is going to be a high-definition technical marvel. Almost makes me want one for us. (I said almost.)