Well….not much to say. What is there to say? Zambrano pitched a great game, with the exception of the Russell Martin double and Manny Ramirez homer. He was visibly upset in the dugout and clubhouse (Steve Green photo).
“I’m not surprised we made four errors, I’m shocked,” Zambrano said. “We play good defense, I don’t know how to explain it. All we can do is come back and play harder.”
The four errors the Cubs committed tonight set a NLDS record and sent the team down 2 games to 0.
“It’s difficult. It’s a bad spot to be in [down 2-0]. We haven’t even given ourselves a chance,” said first baseman Derrek Lee. “We didn’t even give Zambrano time to pitch, we were booting the ball all over the place. It’s unfortunate. We work so hard to get here only to put ourselves in a hole.”
Usually the calm, mild-mannered Lee doesn’t snap, but after a game tonight, it’s understandable. “I’m not even thinking about last year. There’s no comparison.”
Outfielder Jim Edmonds tried to put it in perspective.
“I’ve been on teams that have been on both ends of a series like this. But it’s just a game, in the end,” he said. “After we’re done, we go home, back to our families.”
Where do we go from here, Jim?
Notes: Seen around the ballpark was former Cub Ron Coomer, who owns a baseball facility on the far south side called CF Swingtown. It is where current Detroit Tigers centerfielder and TBS commentator Curtis Granderson learned how to hit. The former UIC Flame credits CF Swington for developing his prodigious hitting skills.