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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  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 1 min 53 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 37 min 12 sec ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 58 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 18 hours 26 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 18 hours 56 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 19 hours 18 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 19 hours 51 min ago view

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