Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Walk-Off Win

Hey a win is a win, even if it's not pretty. The Cubs beat the Brewers 3-2 with a walk-off HR by Micah Hoffpauir in front of 8,140 fans out at Hohokam Stadium today.

While the walk-off HR was nice to see, the 4 errors committed by the Cubs were quite unsightly. This is exactly the kind of sloppy play Manager Lou Piniella has been harping about recently, albeit 2 of the errors came by way of minor league prospect Eric Patterson. It wasn't all bad as Jason Marquis turned in a nice performance going 3 innings, allowing one hit, a walk, no runs, while striking out 2. Jacque Jones had a nice 2-out hit to drive in the Cubs first two runs. D-Lee had 2 hits, while Ryan Dempster pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit while striking out 2. Eric Patterson who started at second base today showed signs he may be close to ready at the plate going 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base but also had the 2 fielding errors.

Speaking of fielding errors Alfonso Soriano dropped what I would describe as a routine pop-up, I don't know if he had an issue with the sun or not but it should have been caught. Right now Soriano just doesn't seem comfortable out in center field, this has been evident in practice as well. From the way Piniella was talking earlier in camp, Soriano better get comfortable in the next week and a half or we may see Jacque Jones moving over from right field. We shall see soon enough, but my guess is that unless we see major improvement out of Soriano, Jones will be the Cubs opening day center fielder. Piniella has said he feels left and right field are pretty much interchangeable positions, so Soriano who played left field last year could be in right at Wrigley.

Some familiar faces at today's game, Rick Sutcliffe who is a guest coach this week and Lee Smith who was here helping to raise money for the Fergie Jenkins foundation. The infamous Ronnie Woo-Woo was also out in full lungs today. Tomorrow the Cubs will host the Oakland A's at Hohokam.

Rick Sutcliffe at Hohokam today


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