Game 155 Recap: Cubs 9, Pirates 5
Big Day for the Big 3Game Recap Inning 1
- Whoops, thought the game began at 1:05 central, not 12:05. Nyger Morgan is on first, and Bautista walks. Sanchez then hits a sinking soft liner to right. Morgan badly misjudges it, taking off for third, while Murton catches it quite easily. Murton tries to hulk up a bit too much on the throw, and skips it in to Theriot who catches it on a very tough hop, to double off Morgan. Phelps then bounces out to Theriot, who catches a tough hop off the lip of the grass, to get the force at second.
- Cubs half of the inning, Morgan then badly misjudges a Derosa fly ball, has to hit the brakes and make a big leaping catch on what should have been a routine fly.
- Lee smokes one out to the left-field bleachers on an inside fastball. Crowd goes wild.
- Cubs dugout yelling at umpire Tom Hallion over balls and strikes calls.
- Ramirez and Murton single.
- Soto singles sharply off the side of the pitcher's mound. Sanchez at second has to redirect, barehands the ball, and rushes a sidearm throw to first, which gets away from Phelps. Ramirez scores, 2-0. Monroe K's to end it.
- Len informs us that the Reds' appeal of the game featuring the double-switch has been denied. We've officially won that game, for good. Suckers.
- Paulino and Pearce both single with one out, runners on 1 and 2 for Kata. Neither hit hard, Pearce's a badly broken bat
- and Kata with a jam-shot floater just over Lee's head, into fould territory - Murton with a nice play on the carom off the bullpen wall, but Paulino still scores. 2-1 on a series of cheap hits, runners at 2 and 3, Duke up.
- Duke singles down the third base line past the drawn in infield. Two runs score. 3-2 on a series of cheap hits.
- Morgan pops out to Lee, who makes a nice basket scoop catch by where the brick barrier to the new seats meets the Pirates' dugout. 2 outs
- Trachsel up in the bullpen. Len tells us he was scheduled to pitch a sim. game later today, if not needed in the real game.
- Nice called strike 3 on a curve to Bautista. Len and Bob laugh at Hallion's very exaggerated twisting-backwards left-hook on the call.
- Soriano hits a line drive that just gets out to right. 3-3 game.
- DeRosa hits one into the seats foul down the right-field line. Pearce made an awkward effort to jump for it, sort of jamming his foot into the foul wall padding. Seems to be ok. Nothing else interesting in the inning, Tied at 3 after two.
- Was making an omelette for most of the top of the third. Seems that not much happened. Hill K's Nady and Phelps swinging. For having an era of 9 so far in this game, Hill has looked quite in control for most of it.
- Lee rolls one into right for a single to lead off the third.
- Ramirez lines one out to left, just a few rows up. Awesome series for Ramirez so far. Soriano's gotten to 30 HR and Ramirez to 100 RBI on the year, today.
- Murton and Soto K, Monroe Walks and Theriot hits a ball that probably should be a 6-3 out by Kata, but the ball gets away from him, Theriot credited with a hit. 1 and 2 with 2 outs for Hill. Bounces back to Duke to end the inning.
- The Wash-Our-Hands-of-the-Kellie-Pickler-Incident Contest Winner gets announces. He's declared to be the "first fan" to get to sing the 7th. I guess Ronnie Woo-Woo and celebrities who are also genuine fans don't count?
- Soto with a nice catch of a popup at the screen behind home plate.
- Soriano with a leadoff walk in fourth. Derosa forces him, 5-4 for the first out. Lee singles to left.
- Ramirez hits one up the middle, and Sanchez ranges far to his right to grab the ball while sliding behind second base, gets Ramirez at first, but runners advance to 2 and 3. Murton up with 2 outs. Murton walks, bases loaded for Soto.
- Soto gets jammed, bounces out to Sanchez.
- With one out, Morgan walks, steals second. Bautista pops up, and Lee makes another nice catch in foul territory. Derosa with a nice play on a hard-hit ball by Sanchez to end the inning.
- Torres relieves Dukes, and Jones pinch-hits for Monroe. Strike 3 called, another wild twisting punch-out call by Hallion, much to Len and Bob's amusement.
- Theriot singles, and Floyd comes in to pinch-hit for Hill. Only 73 pitches in 5 basically good innings, and Hill comes down... That'll cause some chatter.
- Floyd called out on strikes, not to thrilled about the call on the inside fastball.
- Theriot steals second, just ahead of the tag. Nice foot-first slide. 2 outs, runner on 2nd for Soriano
- Soriano clobbers one to the back rows of the bleachers in left. Like Ramirez, Soriano with 3 HR in the last two days. 7-3, Soriano with a huge smile on his face as he goes back to the dugout. Gets the curtain call.
- Zeus in to relieve in the sixth. Walks Phelps.
- Nady pops one towards the foul line in left, Soriano can't find it. Theriot, Jones race to try to get there, but ball drops well into the stands. Phew. Nady eventually flies out to Soriano, with Jones again running over just to be safe.
- Paulino K's looking on a knee-buckling slider.
- Pearce K's looking as Zeus hurls a mighty thunderbolt past himl. Zeus finishes the inning looking strong.
- Van Benschoten in to relieve, McClouth in, Nady over to Right, Pearce out of game on what must be a double switch. I spelled Benschoten correctly, without looking? Sweet.
- Lee lines one back through the middle where Van B's head had just been, for a 4-4 day so far.
- Ramirez pops up to Sanchez, who struggles to look for it in the sun. Lee is lured off of first base, and when Sanchez catches it (quite easily, suggesting perhaps a great Deke), Lee is doubled off of first. Murton flies out to end it.
- Sam Fuld in for Murton, and Eyre in for Marmol, on the double-switch? Len doesn't think so, which is a bit odd.
- Eyre's new glove gives his name as Stevey Ire.
- One out, McLouth walks on a full count.
- Morgan hits a deep drive to right-center, Fuld makes a spectacular leaping catch into the ivy. (Upon further review, he hit the ivy very hard, jumping into it with no chance to brace himself.) A strong throw back to Lee gets McLouth, for the fan-frenzying double play going into the Stretch. A very fortuitous defensive placement by LouPa, right there.
- As much as I think the idea wound up being a sham, Props to the guy who sung the seventh inning, Dustin Eglsedar or something like that. He did a nice job, sounds like a very decent and devoted Cubs fan.
- I'm actually rather surprised that only 2700 people applied for the competition.
- Soto K's, Jones bounces sharply through the left-side hole. Theriot then drops one in to right field.
- WGN shows the replay of Eyre giving Fuld a big hug and kiss on the cheek in the dugout, laughing.
- Ward K's looking, pinch-hitting for either Eyre.
- Soriano hooks a double into the left-field corner. Jones and Theriot score, 5 RBI for Soriano today. 9-3 Cubs
- Derosa ends the inning, he's now 0-5.
- Howry in. Eglsedar still in the booth.
- Bautista clobbers one to dead center, it lands in the vines on the fly, and disappears. Ground rule double.
- Sanchez doubles inside the first base line, 9-4 game. Fuld boots it a bit (we'll forgive you, this time) and Sanchez takes third.
- Howry K's Phelps, gets Nady on a come-backer, Sanchez still at third.
- Paulino flies to shallow center to end the threat.
- Lee strikes out looking on a low pitch, Lee is quite unhappy and throws his bat down. It was most certainly low, costing Lee a 5-5 day.
- Ramirez looks really bad waving at a few sliders from Benschoten.
- Fuld gets a standing ovation when he comes up to bat. Very cool of the Cubs fans.
- Fuld comes back from 1-2 to walk. Fans go wild.
- Soto flies out to Morgan, who struggles with what must be a very tough sun, today.
- Dempster in. Castillo pinch hits for Pearce, K's swinging. Again, sort of interesting to see the Big Three Relievers in for such a large lead.
- Kata flies to Soriano. Fans on their feet
- McLouth up, golfs one out down the right field line, to the back of the luxury bleachers. 9-5.
- Morgan up, lines to Lee, who tosses to Dempster covering to finish the game.
Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.
barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.
Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?
"An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."
rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.
Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.
In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)
Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.
Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.
Ramos torn ACL
Sure, its not about his record.
Do you start him Sunday or not?
@jonmorosi Pitchers w/ sub-2.00 ERA in year of 185+ IP this century: Pedro ’00, Clemens ’05, Kershaw ’13/’14, Arrieta ’15, Greinke ’15, Hendricks ’16.
Yeah -- that would be rough for him. But, Monty is getting people out, he's a lefty and he has experience working out of the bullpen. Hammel? None of the above.
even if he's not starting, abandoning hammel would be a bit of a 'screw you.' i think it might be -monty +hammel, but it's speculation.
either way, someone's gonna be disappointed.
Joe said he is leaning towards 11 pitchers and 14 position players.
- 4 starters, Chapman, Rondon, Strop, CJ, Wood, Grimm, Monty. No dice for Cahill or Smith.
- 3 catchers, Rizz, Zo, Addy, KB, Javy, Heyward, Fowler, Soler, Coghlan, TLS and then Sczcur over Almora?
Cubs 3B Jason Vosler made two really bad throws on consecutive AB in the 8th. Fortunately the game was no longer in doubt at the time
The first one was a one-hop lob that allowed the batter to reach base on an infield single, and the second was air-mailed so far over the first-baseman's head that it went over the fence and landed in Field #4.
E-MAN: Despite the HR, Donnie Dewees is really more of a slash hitter (the HR was an opposite-field line-drive) who can accumulate lots of doubles & triples. He's also a good bunter and can get on base that way, too. Although he was thrown out trying to steal in the game, he's actually a good base-stealer and baserunner.
Defensively he has plus-range and tracks fly balls OK, so he can play CF, but he has a rag arm that requires the middle infielders to go out further into CF to make relays.
I don't know how many of you remember Bobby Knoop, who played 2B for the Angels, White Sox, and Royals back in the day, but he is a coach-emeritus for the Angels, and works with the infielders at Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and Instructs. He's pretty spry for a 77-year old, and he really knows his shit.