If you were watching another team, you probably wouldn’t believe it.

Should I just copy and paste the preamble from Thursday’s game? Starting pitching good, just enough offense, and then Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol combine to blow the game.

The Cubs slapped Gio Gonzalez around early, and knocked him out before the end of the fourth inning. But then the Cubs’ bats went lifeless, thanks in large part to the best reliever in baseball, Craig Kimbrel. What’s that you say? Craig Stammen? Who the hell is that?

Matt Garza had an overall solid outing today. The only runs he gave up came when Garza allowed a two-run homer to Adam LaRoche (on a decent pitch), after which Garza went absolutely nuts in the dugout, stomping around, screaming in the general direction of the field. That was the kind of thing we heard about before Garza came to Chicago, but didn’t see much of last year. But, within seconds, he was sitting calmly on the bench looking downward, regrouping. So, it wasn’t really a big deal.

It didn’t much matter, because the bullpen did to him today what it did to him all of last year.


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