Game 30 / Pirates @ Cubs (1 of 3)

Game Chat Ian Snell vs. Ted Lilly Lineups:
Duffy CF Soriano LF
Wilson SS Theriot 2B
Sanchez 2B Lee 1B
Bay LF Ramirez 3B
Nady RF Floyd RF
td>LaRoche 1B Barrett C Paulino C Jones CF Bautista 3B Izturis SS Snell P Lilly P



Okay, working.

What's wrong with DeRosa?

Yet another game for Pie to sit. Snell would be a good test for him. I know we're trying to win but what's the point of having him here if he gets an AB a night?

Get use to it until JJ gets dealt.

Yeah, I know. I'm not sure dealing JJ is such a great move either though. Arrgh. Maybe the ideal situation is if Floyd gets hurt?

that'll work too....


JJones is not going anywhere!

He has had some terrific AB's in the last 2 wks and is playing fine in CF.

Let your savior wait Andrew. He's 21 freaking years old and is overmatched in the batter's box. Do you think Lou is stupid? Do you think he was given the starter's job right away when there were as competent or more competent vets in front of him that were playing well?

Don't worry Andrew - he will be the D replacement. If - and a very big IF considering other than Cliff Floyd there is no other LH bat with power - JJones gets traded, Pie will get the playing time. OR thru an injury, imo.

my fantasy bench is having a great day...meh!!!

felipe lopez solo homer means the brewers are losing.....seems like the first time in weeks (not rickie)

He's not my savior, E-Man. Back off. I don't even really have a problem with him being in the bigs. He's a good guy in the clubhouse apparently (per the Barrett interview) and he's making Soriano happy. Fine.

It would be nice if he got a start every once in a while.

been a lot of days off, Lou said he'd start resting the regulars so I'm sure Pie will get some starts.

Two guys collide in the outfield on what should have been a sure out and that's called a hit?

Something tells me Pie would have had that ball in center.

How long is this "test" going to be for Izturis????

I think he has failed miserably, can we FINALLY move Theriot over to SS for good...PLEASE!!!

Prince Fielder HR #10...MIL up 4-1...UGH

Very poor situational hitting.


raise your hand if you think tonight's jacque jones is the real jacque jones...

Ron, I appreciate your dedication to JDRF, but there's no need to be giving shout-outs to people who help the cause with one out in the ninth in a one-run ballgame. Do it in the third inning for pete's sake.

good night for dempster to revert to form....

some insurance runs would have helped though...

Dumpster is baaaacccckkkkkkkk...

Woo Izzy!!! 0-4 and back under .200 leading off the 9th...UGH!!!

hi michael wuertz, i'm earth - welcome back

I'm sorry. The god awful eighth inning with DLEE @ 3rd and 0 outs was the game. Marte was lights out. I wish we had him instead of our lefties like Oh-Man! and Eyre.

Agreed, E-Man.

How the hell do you pop out with runners on 2nd & 3rd with no outs?!

Hmm, the Cubs have 11 hits tonight, but only one XBH...

Theriot is fucking money.

Wild Thing,
I think you talked a bit too soon. A stupid base running error by Theriot.

too many F-ing walks from this relief corps. waaaay too many for a supposedly elite club.

ANDREW: IMO, the guy that would get traded before JJones: Murton.

can soriano be RF yet?

maybe move murton-floyd back to LF?


Helluva way to start out a 13-consecutive-game stretch.

nice work, jonsey!

Michael Barrett caught stealing?

Thennnnn Izzy gets his hit.

Tough night for Murton -- gags in the 8th vs. a LH, can't throw out the tying run in the 9th, then crushes a line drive in the 10th that's caught and turned into a DP. Not his night.

It looks like April all over again.

Eyre is awesome.... We would be 30 - 0 if Ohman and Eyre pitched every inning.

if there was ever a close game they deserve to lose, it's this one.

Wow -- what the hell has happened to Scott Eyre?

Looks like the Cubs blew too many chances to win this -- the 8th was particularly brutal, although not surprising.


what a break cause I think Castillo was safe at 1st.

This game is hard to judge...

on one hand it can be argued that pinella was way too aggressive tonight (e.g. using pie as a pure defensive replacement and then replacing him for murton... now, in the 12th inning we could use his bat)

Then on the other hand it could be argued that pinella's aggressiveness set the Cubs up to win and they blew their chance several times...!?!?

Though, with that said... the Cubs D has bailed them out tonight



I was just thinking that Tracy has got to be going on wild in the clubhouse... Pirates deff. aren't getting in favors tonight by the first base ump

are the cubs allowed to hit HRs anymore?

DLee sure isn't looking like a .400 hitter tonight.

Eyre has to have the record tonight for the highest WHIP in a game without giving up a run.

That Barrett throw might have been worse than the Rollins rundown in 05.

pls explain for those on gamecast only

chifan... what are you talking about?

the runner was stealing, and barrett was throwing to izzy who was covering 3b - a-ram shouldn't have tried to field the ball

Runners were on 1st and 2nd and Duke was on to pinch hit to move them over. Ramirez was in to field the bunt. The runner on 2nd goes to steal 3rd and Barrett throws over to Izturis who is covering on 3rd on the play. Barrett throws and it hits rameriez's glove.

either way - that's a well-earned loss. plenty of blame to go around....and yet another strong start from Lilly wasted.

What a kick in the pants.

Completely and utterly inept at the plate. Got nothing done after a 3-2 lead.

It's a head-scratcher that this team can go almost 8 innings without scoring a single run against the PIRATES BULLPEN.

that's a well-earned loss. plenty of blame to go around....and yet another strong start from Lilly wasted.

MLB.COM says Lilly has made 7 starts on the season, 7 of which have been 'quality starts'.

2 wins to show for it.

Hit and run was awful. Managers should just resist the urge to interfere.

The Cubs have hit like 4 HRs all season. What the heck is going on here.

Overall, sure there is a lot of blame to go around but once again, Lou Pinella should be called Lou Pinheada. I am counting down the days til he's fired. (don't wrorry, I'm realistic, it's probably @1300)

Nice use of Felix Pie. Comes in as a 'defensive replacement' in the 8th inning of a 1 run game. You just have to get Floyd out of that game right there, right? NO! It was a move that didn't need to be made at all. Complete over-managing.

Nice job with the failed hit and run to fuck up the 12th. Afraid of a double play? I wonder why? Cause Jacque Jones BLOWS!

FU Lou!

And GODDAMMIT! Sometimes a team needs to pick each other up. And if you're not going to score runs then the DAMNED CLOSER NEEDS TO COME THROUGH. This bullpen if F*#!ED. Sure overall the numbers look good but just as I was saying in the chat room, numbers can lie!!!!! THEY CAN FUCKING LIE!!!! And 1 win from the bullpen is pathetic.

This was a disgusting loss. The entire Cub team should be ashamed of themselves.


My first impression of the play is that Barrett hit Ramirez more than Ramriez trying to catch it.


I know you like your managers to eat fruit and not do anything, but every employed manager in MLB makes the Pie for Floyd move and use all their guys to win a game like on Sunday.

chifan, not a fucking chance in hell. I looked it up, and in the last week only one time did a manager use that many players in a 10 inning game. The next highest number was 17 or 18. And no one makes that Pie for Floyd move with Floyd due up in the bottom of the inning. One run lead in the 8th is not enough of a pad to make a defensive move. You do that in the ninth.

MLB.COM says Lilly has made 7 starts on the season, 7 of which have been ‘quality starts’.

I think is wrong...

he threw 5.1 IP and gave up 4 ER in his previous start @ Pitt.

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  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 8 hours 43 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 8 hours 54 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 14 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 9 hours 28 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 9 hours 57 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 10 hours 17 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 10 hours 21 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 10 hours 30 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 6 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 12 hours 41 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 12 hours 57 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 13 hours 44 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 13 hours 44 min ago view