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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  • Friday's games will be in Washington, Chicago, Arlington, and Cleveland or Boston. Someone's game is starting laaaaaaaate - 50-50 chance it's the CDT Cubs.

    John Beasley 23 min 36 sec ago view
  • Meh, I messed that up. Mets are in. 

    Cards and Giants can still tie though.

    Rob G. 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • Kershaw gets hurt by his defense and gave up 2 more runs. Blach has 8 shutout innings.

    Mets already won as did Cards.

    tomorrow is gonna be helluva fun if Giants hold on. We're all rooting for a 3-way tie I presume.

    Rob G. 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • good news is now 5 K's for Lester through 4 (in a quest for 200 for season). Bad news is he's already at 86 pitches.

    Rob G. 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • be curious how long Maddon sticks with Lester to try and let offense get back into it and get him the win (4-2 as I type, was 4-0)

    Fwiw, he needed 2.1 IP to cross 200 for season so he got that at least. He also needs 9 K's for 200K's on season and he has 4 through 3.

    Rob G. 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • cubs score 2 runs thanks to predictable reds pitching and horrible CIN defense...cubs only down by 1 now. heyward even got a gift 2rbi double out of an easy popout. neat.

    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • something named Ty Blach has outpitched Clayton Kershaw through 6 innings (1-0 Giants).

    #fuckingbaseball

    Rob G. 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • not that finishing 2nd place will matter much nor did this game, but have to think if Hendricks pitches well tomorrow, he could leapfrog Lester in Cy Young voting. Don't see anyway Scherzer doesn't win it regardless and it doesnt' look like Lester has any incentive clauses that matter. Also might give Cueto some votes.

    Rather remarkable how many teams have really good 1-2 options this year.

    Nats: Scherzer and Roark (and Strasburg was great before injuries)

    Cubs: Lester and Hendricks (and Arrietta is still damn good just not as consistently lately)

    Rob G. 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • pretty much what I'm gathering from this thread is that it doesn't matter who you play in  5-game series, but no one wants to have to deal with Cardinal fans if we end up losing.

    I can respect that.

    Rob G. 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • first game for lester giving up more than 2 runs since july 24th. hell of a run.

    crunch 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • doh, yes...dunno what happened there. jake arrieta is all "bro wut?"

    crunch 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • lester going for #20...cubs haven't had a LH (thanks jpep for the correction) 20 game winner since d.ellsworth in 1963.

    crunch 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • fwiw, all the games are free on mlb.tv

    crunch 3 hours 41 min ago view
  • Short rest for MadBum would be 2 days. WC game is Wed., Games 1 & 2 are Friday/Saturday.

    billybucks 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • A left-handed one...

    JoePepitone 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • J-Hey not finishing with an offensive onslaught.

    If Geoff Blum could be a Playoff hero, there is hope still...

    The E-Man 9 hours 40 min ago view