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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  • You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

    Jackstraw 41 min 33 sec ago view
  • Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.

    The E-Man 58 min 52 sec ago view
  • Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.

    New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.

    billybucks 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.

    billybucks 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.

    The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.

    Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.

    billybucks 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • 6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.

    And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.

    billybucks 3 hours 29 min ago view
  • What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?

    The E-Man 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...

    The E-Man 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."

    The E-Man 5 hours 45 min ago view
  • OK, boys -- find a way to win today.

    billybucks 6 hours 38 min ago view
  • There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:

    -6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100

    cubbies.4ever 8 hours 29 min ago view
  • per Muscat...
    Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel

    Cubster 8 hours 38 min ago view
  • Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.

    billybucks 8 hours 38 min ago view
  • Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.

    For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 18 min ago view
  • draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/index.php

    filter by team.

    crunch 19 hours 5 min ago view