Game 41 Recap: Cubs 11, White Sox 6
W - Howry (1-3), Drama.
L - Aardsma (2-1), MLB.TV, FOX, and everyone else who conspired to keep me from viewing this game.
Things to take from today's game
1. Blowing in the wind
The fifth inning saw a series of home runs, including a particularly wind-aided one from Barrett, and another from Marquis.
2. Derrek Lee nearly killed Santo
Lee hit a pinch-hit grand slam, his first at bat in a week, in the bottom of the 8th, breaking the game open 11-6. The Cubs had already come back to take the lead in the inning, on a triple by Theriot, single by Soriano, and triple by Ramirez.
3. Rockin' Wrigley
Limited to the audio feed, it was impressive to hear the chorus of boos that preceded each A.J. at bat, the chants of "Let's Go Cubbies," and especially, the sing-along at the end of the game. It sounded as if 40,000 were joining in on "Go Cubs, Go."
Due to only having the audio cast, I don't have many observations about the game. Help me fill them in, on the message board. Parachat review, below.
- I'd like to take this moment to express my blinding-white hatred of MLB.TV, FOX, WGN, and my local cable provider right now. For what I'm paying for mlb.tv and regular cable, you'd think ONE of them would let me view the Cubs/Sox game. Nope. Will have limited commentary here, due to my inability to watch the #@%@@# game.
Who should go to the bullpen? Who is getting this game on TV, and who isn't? The distance between a person's eyes. Are Theriot's eyes "bovinesque?" Artist wives. Made up quotations. People who generalize, and people who don't.
Leadoff walks, Marquis' start to the season, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater athletics department. What's up with AJ's hair? Why AJ and Ozzie make the Sox-rivalry an easy one to get worked up about. Small televisions.
The smell of thunder. How many obvious middle-school quality double entendres can we make with Rocky Cherry? Living in a broken time machine. Parachat/MLB Audio/TV delays. Waiting for Ward. The Nerf Turbo as a pickup line. Is there an uglier team, playing in an uglier city, than the Milwaukee Brewers? Why Houston ain't much better. Why Kelly Clarkson ain't much better. Unusual and long city names. Spaniards. Really unusual and really long city names. Finger-lickin' good. Why Mousis Alou shouldn't eat at KFC.
Remembering Ricky. Remembering Prior. Angel Pagan's valley-girl interview style. Why we dislike A.J. Soriano's fielding troubles. Why doesn't Dye run on Jones' arm? When will Barrett punch someone and make this game fun again? Marmolade.
Random baseball talk, not taking walks. Roger Clemens, Santo's orgasmic Home Run "call." Colonoscopies, noses, and Katie Couric.
FOX broadcast, Joe Mauer's pepsi commercial, Cable news, dumb conversations in the Sox dugout. Creative similies to describe bad swings of the bat.
Correcting each other's grammar. Cialis and vision loss: a worthy trade-off? Pagan. People named Skippy. Lack of perspective.
Icebergs. Cowering before God. Blame. Kenny G. Theriot man-crushes. Eckstein/Theriot comparisons. Cheering on the Cubs. LOLing at Ron Santo's call, and the IBB to Ward. FOX goes black. (will it go back?) How does Lee look, now that he's had his head amputated? Ecstacy. (the emotion, no the drug) (well, maybe that, too.)
the University of Chicago. The fastball is Marmolade's bread and butter pitch (from Johann). Celebration.
Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
Tony Four Sacks # 27
Hammel has k'd Votto twice. /baseball
Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.
Maybe he got injured diving for the ball in LF? I really hope it's not code for a "strained oblique"....