Game 66 Thread/Padres @ Cubs (#1 of 3)

Game Chat Ted Lilly (4-4, 3.96) v. David Wells (3-3, 4.76) After taking the Mariners two out of three, the Cubs have climbed to within five games of .500. It’s hardly the sort of accomplishment Cub fans dreamed of this past off-season, but still, it’s the first time the team has been this close to breakeven since May 28th. This will be Lilly's first start since umpire Jim Wolf read his mind, saw dark intentions and tossed him, just two outs into the bottom of the first inning in Atlanta. The Padres, who ended a season-high, four-game losing streak on Wednesday, lead the season series 3-2. The teams split a pair at Wrigley back in mid-April. On a personal note, I will attending today’s game in lower deck seats along the third-base line. I’ll be the middle-aged white guy seated with three other middle-aged white guys. See if you can spot me.

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Hey..there he is!!!! Right next to the drunk guy in the "Cuck the Fardinals" shirt.

You will stick out like a sore thumb.

Could be a long day if Lilly keeps this up.

I blame Michael Barret for leaving the bases loaded.

Koyie Hill would have hit a bases clearing double

I do blame Barrett for swinging at the first pitch.

Did Barrett get doubled off?

Game day showing Soriano flied out to center.

"I do blame Barrett for swinging at the first pitch."

Agreed.

This is what happens when I make fun of Hiram Boccachica.

Sorry, guys. My bad.

Boccachica? Make mine a grande, non-fat.

was lee's ball a homer? what happened?

were there two different bleacher interference's today??

HOLY STEVE BARTMAN, im so glad they got throw out of the park the POS

two bleacher interferences both hurting the cubs...

I swear Len and Bob must be wondering what is it with the Cubs... because it's always something. We must have more interesting things happen than any other team in the major leagues.

What happened, for those of us stuck in our cubicles?

Didn't somebody tell Fontenot about the new steroids policy?

One guy looked to deflect a possible home run from Lee giving him only a double

the 2nd reached over the fence and prevented Floyd from catching the ball and letting the runner at 2nd from scoring. Floyd very easily couldve caught the ball

A statue is not enough-

Wrigley PA announcer-

"Welcome your 2007 Fontenot Cubs!!"

and a non-interference event (finally) letting the Fontenot HR land in the basket...and a nice one hop glove catch by the bleacherite.

The problem is the other two boobs couldn't catch.

Soriano's had no chance for the fans to screw it up.

They reached over the basket??

What were the fans 8 feet tall?

Accoring to GameDay, Soriano's HR must have crashed clear through one building across Waveland and in through a window of the next building...

the first was near the indent of the wall and its pretty easy to reach there

he got up on top of the bench and reached over for the floyd screw up

the DLee double had the fan reach quite a long way as the ball was right at the spot where the basket curves into the well area. One replay clearly showed his glove reaching over the basket when the ball made contact so it would have been a double...but it he had caught the ball it might have looked like a HR.

the Floyd/A. Gonzalez play was more like the Bartman interference as the ball wasn't a HR but might have hit high off the wall if the fan didn't reach over the basket and deflect it. It was hard to see what the deflection did to the balls real course and quite possibly Floyd might have caught it. Fortunately, Gonzalez didn't score from 3rd. Still I think it might have been considered fan interference...interestingly that it looked like the security person took the fan away. He's probably been taken to the storage area from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Packed in Box 422346.

Thanks Kevin.

Fontenot is French for "Thunder in the Stick"

if he had caught the ball...

thanks cubster.

"Theriot to Fontenot to Lee"... not quite as catchy as "Tinkers to Evers to Chance", but I'm enjoying it.

Re: Marcus Giles, from Yahoo! Box Score notes:

SAN DIEGO SECOND BASEMAN MARCUS GILES WAS SCRATCHED FROM TODAY'S LINEUP WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.

Flu-like symptoms? I'm sure his brother is tending to him.

Oh god... come on CT, this isn't parachat. :)

Oh, Cub's win, btw. Yay. Fontenot with 3 RBIs. OPS well over 1.000. Amazing.

On The Score the other day they kept callin Theriot and Fontenot "The French Connection"

A gem from the well-rested Mr. Lilly.

Still pissed Lilly didn't go the distance.

can we call them the "Cajun Connection" instead?

No, French connection. My brothers Marseilles are driving Les Bleus to victory!

I like Cajun Combo, but it sounds like a meal at Popeyes Chicken.

Fontenot = Jr. Chase

LOL on the Cajun Combo comment!!!

the Floyd/A. Gonzalez play was more like the Bartman interference as the ball wasn’t a HR but might have hit high off the wall if the fan didn’t reach over the basket and deflect it.

Bartman didn't interfere.

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  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 47 min 47 sec ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 48 min 37 sec ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 55 min 18 sec ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 2 hours 54 sec ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • "Crunch's cousin"

    Butterfinger or Baby Ruth?

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • I saw the first three innings and the last three, so I didn't see Arrieta get hit. His stuff looked nasty at first...what happened? Any insight from anyone who watched?

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 3 hours 47 min ago view
  • That question came from CRUNCH's cousin.

    The E-Man 3 hours 50 min ago view