It must have seemed like a strange dream to Carlos Zambrano as he entered the game at Miller Park tonight. Not only did he see runners on 1st and 3rd, a situation he hadn’t created himself, but he was also wearing the Cubs grey road jersey for the first time since 2002 instead of his customary blue. That uniform decision was made by the starting pitcher, as is customary in MLB, Ted Lilly who also just happened to be the man who replaced him in the starting rotation.
But eventually, he rubbed his eyes and realized it was all really happening to him. Zambrano came in with two outs in the seventh and promptly got Ricky Weeks (Pete’s favorite player ever) to ground out on his second pitch, stifling the potentially game-changing Brewers’ rally.
He didn’t have much time to contemplate his accomplishment as he was soon called on to hit and came through with a sacrifice fly in the Cubs’ three-run eighth. He somehow lost a shoe in the process proving, yet again, that it’s always an adventure with Z, no matter what situation he finds himself in.
Even though he promptly gave up a run in the bottom of the inning, let’s just call it a push and a successful debut as Zambrano 2.0. Oh yeah, and the Cubs won another one at Wrigley Field North, 5-1, their third win in four games since Lou made his brilliant announcement.