Game Recaps for April 9

A quick look back at what happened yesterday…

So far so good for the “new and improved” version of Jake Westbrook we’ve been reading about.  7 innings, 1 unearned run on 3 hits and 4 walks.  The Card bats spotted Westbrook a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning on homers by Matt Holliday, David Freese, and Yadier Molina.  To his credit, Reds’ starter Homer Bailey settled down after that, going into the 6th inning without allowing another run.

The Brew Crew got back to .500 with a 7-5 win that ended up closer than it probably should have.  The Cubs fought back from a 1.8% win expectancy last night and got as high as 27.9% as they chipped away at the Brewers’ bullpen before John Axford retired Starlin Castro on three pitches, the last of which was a heater right down the chute.
By the way, the boos predicted for Aramis Ramirez’s first plate appearance last night?  As predicted, they never happened.  I read an article last night that said he was greeted by a “mixture of cheers and boos”.  I turned up the TV pretty loudly and re-watched it on the DVR 3 times and even enlisted my wife for her unbiased opinion.  All we heard was a mixture of cheers and mehs, but no boos.

I don’t know if I’m more surprised at the ‘stros being 3-1 or the Bravos starting off 0-4.  Either way, it’s a little crazy.


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