Cubs-Cardinals Recap Lite

In beating the Cardinals 3-2 in the sunshine half of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader, the Cubs:
  • Overcame a rocky first inning that put them in an early hole
  • Won despite a dominant starting pitching performance by the opposition
  • Got the game-winning hit and a nice ninth-inning catch from the same, very important leftfielder
  • Saw their closer pitch like Friday night never happened
ul> And we did it all in the blistering heat of a pennant race and at the expense of the Saint...Louis...Cardinals. Game two can’t begin soon enough.

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Go Reds, go.

I was so happy to see Dempster, I fell asleep.

Viva Soriano.

that was amazing.....talk about ripping their heart out.

you get ramirez and floyd and kendall back for game two.....let's take a big lead into the last two weeks.

Makes me happy in pants!!!!

It was Wood's first "W" since May 29, 2006.

STL is 7 games back. RIP 2007 Cardinals.

Dempster after last night's game.

"You get in games when you're blowing somebody out or have a lead, and you don't want to walk anybody," Dempster said on Saturday. "Sometimes, you might pitch somebody a little differently than you would in a one-run game, somebody who maybe wouldn't see a fastball down the middle in a 3-2 count.

"You don't want to walk them, because everybody yells at you when you walk them with a four-run lead," Dempster said. "Then you give up a home run, and they're like, 'What are you doing?' It's a catch-22."

pretty much echoing what Wes said in a previous thread. He did say that it's still no excuse for the way he pitched yesterday.

Cards have a better shot at 5th place right now than 1st or 2nd.

What's going on? I'm not near a TV but I see the 2nd game hasn't started yet.

Its a day/night dh. The Nightcap is at 7.

O thanks bro.

Go Cubbies!

Today Dempster did a good job mixing a 93 mph fastball with his offspeed pitch(es). He got Branyan on three sliders(/splitters?).

Then he threw three fastballs and five offspeed to Schumaker, retiring him on a 3-2 fastball.

He threw five pitches to Duncan. #3 was a fastball high and tight that Duncan swung and missed at. #4 was a fastball high and tight for ball 2.

Right before the last pitch, a swinging strike-three slider(/splitter?), the Cardinal play-by-play guy said, "This is what makes Dempster so nasty: a mid-90 fastball followed by that splitter."

My sentiments exactly.

Today is the perfect example of why fans are fans and players are players. Half this board is ready to throw Dempster under the bus every time he gives up a run or ‘blows’ ……what is it?…..yeah, 3 saves blown all year. Who knows what happens in Game 2 if Dempster is needed or over the next 2 weeks. But for 148 games, you know what? Dempster has done the job he’s paid to do as well as almost any closer in the show. And I’m not an officer in the Ryan Dempster fan club. Next year is next year and Lou can figure that out during the off-season.

Now, now. I curse Dempster win or lose.

Great to see Marmol shut down the heart of the order in the 8th and Dempster finish up the rest. And any time we win a game without ARam or DLee in the line-up, I consider it an extra bonus.

I have not watched the Cardinals much lately, but they seem listless. I wonder if the Encarnacion injury--which is really bad and career-threatening--has gotten to them. (And not simply because it makes So Taguchi an everyday player.)

That goes against anything you've ever said, VA Phil. Welcome to the dark side.

Cubs win a one-run game in September in St. Louis -- Dempster is dominant in a 1-2-3 ninth -- and the Brewers take the field at 6pm looking up at a Cub "W" already in the scoreboard.

THIS is the good stuff.

There's a Ryan Dempster Fan Club?

Yep, dave and I are in it, as well as the Jacque Jones and Matt Murton fan clubs. Feel free to join one of them, we have free punch. Not the Zambrano kind though.

Are there dues or will my old Mitch Williams Fan Club card still be valid, Johann? I bought the Mitch Williams life membership upgrade but the Rod Beck's America Club guys didn't accept it.

More people might join if they think we have punch and pie.

Feel free to join one of them, we have free punch.

Sometimes the punch is even spiked!!

And no Pie... we don't want people to think we are in the Felix Fan Club.

As for the Mitch Williams Club card? We will consider it, as long as you are willing to sign a loyalty oath to Dempster rather than The Wild Thing.

Darnit, I just read the back of my Mitch Williams Fan card, it says that my lifetime closer upgrade eligibility expires, "In the event of a blown save in the World Series or an All-Star Game "that counts" by the Party of the First Part." Huh.

I predict the Cards will show their frustration tonight by throwing at Soriano...

Was thinking that very same thing, carmen. LaRussa's going to be pissed about that strut. No doubt about it.

Soriano 7
Jones 8
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
Floyd 9
DeRosa 4
Kendall 2
Riot 6
Marshall 1

Taguchi 7
Ryan 6
Pujols 3
Ludwick 9
Edmonds 8
Molina 2
Spiezio 5
Pineiro 1
Cairo 4

If the Cardinals do throw at Soriano...I want to see Piniero tossed....just like Lilly was in Atlanta earlier this year.

Mitch WIllimams? Who is that? I only started following the Cubs in September of 2003.

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  • 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 5 hours 10 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 5 hours 38 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 5 hours 48 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 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 6 hours 22 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 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

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

    Rob G. 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 7 hours 11 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 7 hours 15 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 7 hours 24 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 49 sec 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 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 9 hours 51 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 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 10 hours 39 min ago view