Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Zambrano's No Hitter

Ron Santo 'Pretty Sure' Zambrano Is the Chevy Player of the Game

After throwing a no-hitter against the Houston Astros, the first by a Cub since 1972, Carlos Zambrano has earned the designation of the Chevrolet Player of the Game, Ron Santo hinted Sunday.

"Yeah," Santo said. "I'm pretty sure it's gonna be him."

As the Cubs radio color commentator, Santo is charged with selecting the top performer in each game. Shortly after the command performance, play-by-play man Pat Hughes asked Santo if he was ready to make his Chevy Player of the Game pick.

"Yeah, Patrick," he replied. "I think you gotta go with, ah, Zambrano tonight, Patrick."

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Zambrano to Pitch on 12 Days Rest for Rest of Season, Playoffs

Coming off his no hitter on Sunday, the Cubs announced Carlos Zambrano will remain on 12 days rest for as long as the Cubs are alive this season.

Zambrano had last pitched on Sept. 2, where he lasted only five innings after several subpar starts led to a 7.43 ERA for August. After being inactive due to shoulder stiffness, then Hurricane Ike-related postponements, he did not pitch again until Sept. 14 against the Astros in Milwaukee.

"It's not ideal, obviously, cause now we gotta find extra pitchers for those other days," said manager Lou Piniella. "But with 'Z' pitching like that, we'll do it."

Zambrano's next start would have been Sept. 19 vs. the Cardinals at Wrigley. Under the new rotation, he'll pitch Sept. 26--back at Miller Park against the Brewers. His next start would be in the National League Championship Series, assuming the Cubs make it that far.

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