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
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.


Go Reds, go.

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

Viva Soriano.

that was 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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  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!

  • The only issue with this dead horse is that there's no evidence that his performance during those games is solely due to playing the OF. I would tend to agree that I'd rather see him play 3B, though.

  • What do you mean by new format in this instance? The second wildcard team with a one-game playoff has been around since 2012.

  • Doubled over with anxiety today. GO CUBS.

  • Illuminati.

  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.