Game 155 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (2 of 3)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Zach Duke vs. Rich HillLineups:
Morgan CF Soriano LF
Bautista 3B DeRosa 2B
Sanchez 2B Lee 1B
Phelps 1B Ramirez 3B
Nady LF Murton RF
/tr> Paulino C Soto C Pearce RF Monroe CF Kata SS Theriot SS Duke P Hill P The magic number is 8, just like every other division leader in the NL - spooky. Happy to see Lou take my advice and keep the same lineup versus a lefty.


That, right there, is a lineup that should be able to mash lefties.


Is that three in a row for Soto?

Ronny Cedeno is four for ten since being recalled at the beginning of the month.

His only XBH was a seventh-inning double that ruined Gorzelanny's bid for a shutout on September 7th (Pirates 6, Cubs 1).

The double was down the line in right. Cedeno hasn't shown any pop yet, but it's in there somewhere (six HRs in one week at Iowa).

Cedeno is demonstrating an improved ability to lay off pitches that are just outside with two strikes--a big deal for him.

Monroe in CF scares me. Hopefully he'll mash a little cause I don't see him getting it down in the field.

A-Ram!!! Again!

The Pirates are not very good.




With Sam Fuld making that catch to end the top of the seventh, they should have let AZ Phil sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

He's going to be Slammin' Sammy Fuld pretty soon. That's twice in a week he's slammed into a wall.

You gotta read this quote that Hendry said:

"In September 2007, the Chicago Cubs called up Fuld to the major league team.[8] "Fuld is a great baserunner, excellent defender, a tough kid," Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry said at the time of Fuld's call-up. "He's a run-through-the-wall-for-you guy."[9]"

Listening to the radio broadcast online, and looking forward to seeing these highlights later. Sounds like Fuld's play was something else.

It definitely was Rich.

Fkn Dempster.

Btw, Fuld, sir, that's brick underneath the ivy.


Fuld's catch gave me goosebumps...seriously.


MIL game on Fox? Sweet.

I am a diehard Cubs fan from Illinois here at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and I absolutely love rubbing it in the Brewer fan's faces!

Fox is showing Mets/Marlins where I'm at. Ugh.

Make that magic number 6 :)

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  • And, so, Jason Hammel decides to test my new resolution right away. Sheesh.

    No Wright, no Duda, no Granderson -- no problem for NY. Ugh.

    billybucks 4 min 19 sec ago view
  • game restarting...degrom on the mound, hammel taking his AB.

    crunch 25 min 20 sec ago view
  • rain delay...bah.

    crunch 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • Indians extend their streak.

    Darwin Barney gets tagged with the loss.

    Mornington Crescent 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • delayed until 7:20 -EST- (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far. 1ip 2h 1bb 0k, 0 r/er (bb was ibb). he threw a fastball/change mix. crowd loved it. d.ross is not impressed.

    d.barney strands j.lake at 2nd in the bottom 18 for the cubs the 19th!

    -cubs game has begun-

    crunch 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base). When calculating GO/AO, double plays and triple plays count as only one out. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    Rob Richardson 9 hours 35 sec ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 9 hours 15 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 9 hours 28 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 12 hours 36 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 53 min ago view