Game #132: Cubs Demolish Pirates Pen

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Carlos Zambrano | Box
It is tough to win any game win you surrender nine walks, which is what the Pirates did. Don’t know where to start with this one. Ian Snell was staked to a 3-0 lead, but couldn’t hold it. The Cubs wrestled away the lead in the fourth when Geovany Soto hit a bases loaded double that scored all three runners.
The Pirates actually came back for a change and took the lead on a two run triple from Doug Mientkiewicz. But Craig Hansen was unable to retire a single hitter in the seventh inning. He walked in the tying and go ahead runs and Soto added another three run double later in the inning as the Cubs busted the game wide open.
Neither Snell nor Zambrano was around long enough to get the decision. Sean Marshall tossed a scoreless seventh for the win. Hansen took the loss.
On the side of good news: Freddy Sanchez drew a walk for the first time since June. He actually collected a pair of walks for the first time since last September. Matt Capps pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two in his second appearance since coming off the DL.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Ultra-stud Carlos Zambrano has had a rough August. In four starts he is 1-1 with a 6.45 ERA. In three starts against Pittsburgh in 2008, he is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA. His last start against the Pirates was August 3.
Z is 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA against the Pirates lifetime. He is 6-1 at PNC with a 3.77 ERA in 12 outings. Without Jason Bay this current batch of Bucs is hitting just .207 against Zambrano. Brandon Moss has the only homer. Nate McLouth has four hits and four RBI.
It’ll be interesting to see how Ian Snell fares the rest of the way. He goes tonight against the division leader after notching his second win since June in his last start. He allowed four hits and no runs in seven innings. In a pair of 2008 starts, Snell is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA. His last start versus the North Siders was against Zambrano on August 3.
Snell is a meager 1-5 with a 5.53 ERA for his career against the Cubbies. That lone win came in 2006. The Cubs are hitting a robust .366 against him for his career. Alfonso Soriano is 7-15 with three homers.

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