4/15 Big Z's pitch count
Carlos Zambrano was pulled after throwing 121 pitches in five innings on Thursday. That’s his highest pitch count since he threw 130 on May 28, 2008, over eight innings against the Dodgers. That year, Zambrano topped 100 pitches in 18 games and also threw 125 over seven innings on July 24 against the Marlins.
The Cubs’ athletic trainers checked on Zambrano twice in the fifth inning during Jeff Suppan’s at-bat, and when pulled they made Big Z drink a lot of Gatorade in the dugout.
– Carrie Muskat