Early deficit dooms Bush, Brewers
It's never a good sign when the opposing team's pitcher bats in the first inning. Brewers' starter Dave Bush started his 2007 campaign on the wrong foot, surrendering 6 runs in the first inning, digging himself and the Brewers an early hole, while Cubs' starter Rich Hill held the Brewers hitless through five, and only allowed 1 ER through 7 IP--a 6th inning solo shot by Corey Hart--en route to the Cubs' 9-3 pounding. Well, at least both teams now sport 2-2 records...both two up on the last place Astros. From the "it could be worse department"--the Crew's .257 BA is 16th in the majors...somehow, the Texas Rangers are bringing up the rear with a 18-for-121 start on the season, or .149 BA. Claudio Vargas also made a lackluster appearance, surrendering 3 ER in 2 IP of relief...the last possible relief work for him, as he's due to start Wednesday against the Marlins. One positive note--Carlos Villanueva came in to face the Cubs in the 9th, allowed no runs, to improve his ERA to 27.00.