4-11-05 -- Thoughts from JT - Cubs 0, Padres 1
Yesterday's Hero, Today's Villain
Burnitz's sixth-inning error, failing to catch a low-line drive from Brian Giles, led to the only run scored in this swift defeat at the hands of the San Diego Padres. His error, followed by Klesko's double off the right-field wall and Hernandez's fielder's choice RBI single, was the difference between two well-matched teams and even-tempered pitching performances.
One big play decides the game, and this one goes the way of the Padres.
Tomorrow Prior will take the mound against Jake Peavy, who, if you weren't already aware, led the National League last season in best ERA (15-6, 2.27 ERA in 166 1/3 IP). It will be an acid test for the Cubs, who need to see that Prior is fit and ready to contribute in 2005.
With Walker confirmed out of action for at least 4-to-6 weeks ("the best case scenario"), the pitching staff needs to be the glue holding their record together.