Carlos Zambrano is the man.
Sore shoulder and all, back from a little time off, Zambrano returned triumphantly to the Cubs rotation by shutting down and shutting out the red-hot Houston Astros. It was the first Cubs no-hitter in over 36 years and it comes at a great time for the Cubs.
It extends the Cubs lead in the Central to 7.5 games over Milwaukee and the beauty of this beast of a performance also exists in the location it took place in…Milwaukee. Mind if we borrow your stadium quick to play a game against the Astros? It won’t take long…only one over the minimum batters required to get the ‘W’, thanks. One walk away from the perfect game along with 10 strikeouts along the way. Cooled off the Astros and pushed back the Brew Crew in their own stadium. Good times.
Alfonso Soriano kicked things off with his 49th career leadoff home run and it was all Zambrano needed. A huge statement was made for sure. I panicked a little bit as to how Ike was going to affect our pitchers and the performance/mindset/quality of play of each and every Cub. Apparently, that was unnecessary. So far so good. Big thanks from Big Z to Derosa and Lee for their spectacular D in the field, I’m sure. Congrats on a great game Z…Astros up again tomorrow. Your turn Lilly. GO CUBS GO!!!