I just finished watching the Cubs beat the Astros, and I have a few thoughts on this game. Is Phil Garner a bigger idiot than Dustbag. It is pretty bad when you get out managed by Dusty, but Garner certainly did in this game. Especially in the critical and deciding 8th inning...
The Cubs replaced Weurtz (who had pitched 2 shut out innings) with Williamson. It was clear early on Williamson didn't have his good stuff giving up an early hit. Then with a runner on first and after the batters two attempt to sacrifice the runner to second failed Williamson helps the Astros cause by throwing a wild pitch allowing the runner to advance to second anyway. Although whether or not it was a wild pitch or a pass ball is debatable. After another infield single leaving runners on the corners with no outs, Garner apparently has a brain cramp. He dicides to sacrifice the runner at first over to second. Not a squeeze, just a straight sacrifice. I don't understand why a team that has as much trouble scoring as the 'stros, why you give up an out. Especially trailing late in the game, and with a runner already in scoring position.
The sacrifice works and leaves 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Garner pinch hits Bagwell, and after Williamson nibbles the corners trying to get Bagwell to get himself out, he figures screw it and just drills him, loading the bases with 1 out.
A fielders choice to Lee, who forces the runner at third out at the plate, and a strike out left the 'stros without the tying run, after all that.
Then Garner pinch hits Lamb in the 9th with the tying run on. So he sends up Bagwell, a possible hall of famer, to hit knowing that he is likely to get walked, and blows his best bat off the bench. To have Lamb up with a chance to tie the game in the 9th. Way to go Garner.
I can hear my fellow posters saying "who gives a crap", well frankly I give a crap. As a Cardinals fans I would love to see the 'stros win the wildcard setting up our first round series with the Padres. With a 2 game lead in the wild card, Garner blows a game against the Cubs. Very frustrating.
I wonder who is winning the season series between the Cubs/Astros. I suppose double d will be on here running off at the mouth if the Cubs win the season series. Maybe the Cubs should get rings for winning the series against the Cards and Astros.