Gameday Open Thread / White Sox @ Cubs

The Cubs return to Mesa to take on their city rivals. Ted Lilly goes for the Cubs versus Javier Vazquez.

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Godenot
Soriano
DLee
Ramirez
Fukudome
DeRosa
Soto
Pie
Lilly

jeff davanon cut...i'm a fan...

his sapped power (what little he had) is suffering, though.

pat and ron are in midseason form...chuckling and confusion about anything game related...the score, who's playing, and what girls in the stands look like ladybugs...

you can't even script this crap...

after talking about girls like some 14 year olds for 1/2 the inning pat proclaims it looks like vazquez will pitch the 7th inning because there's no one in the pen (nevermind it was the top 6th).

they cant get the score right, the players right, and now the inning...

leaving the mic on during the radio break showing why ron's loved...signing autos on request, saying 'you're welcome' to the thanks...no speeches, no bullcrap...just being one of the faces of the cubs in a proper way.

...comes back into the booth area asking "who's pitching?" to pat...

howry in top 8...and pat/ron are 1/2 assed funny playing the "attendance game" which im sure they'll talk about for the next 5-10 minutes.

4-3 wsox/cubs..bottom 6...soto lifts a high one short hopping the wall in CF. all 3 runs in the 6th.

tie game via pie on a low breaker single to RF...vasquez done...

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wood out to start top 7th -and- is supposed to pitch tommorow...looks like he's definitely got the inside track on the closer job if he can stay healthy/not-sore.

wood 1-2-3 inning, 2Ks and a popout to fuku.

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pie ends the bottom 8th swinging, missing for strike 3, and sending his bat flying outta his hand to the backstop on his follow through with 2 out and 2 on

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doh...hart gives up a 2 out opposite field homer off j.uribe (solo) in top 9th...5-4 wsox, top 9

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soriano...with the infield back, men on the corners, and no outs...well, he sure isn't showing bunt on any pitch and i hope its just a "spring mentality"...he gets his sacfly at the RF warning track...tie game (cedeno from 3rd), murton holding at 1st.

dlee walks moving murton to 2nd with 1 out...the hoff hits into a DP...9th over...they're gonna play into the 10th today

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eyre pitches the cubs out of a tie...wsox take a 6-5 lead off of an 1-out back-to-back double and single...following it up with a walk...piggy up in the pen, rothschild visiting eyre...a fan screaming "see you in iowa"...fun stuff, but he was left in only to give up an immediate ground rule double off of a kid for a 7-5 lead.

a K to fields and a p.ozuna getting a WEAK infield single on a 3-2 count for a 8-5 lead. i would say it was a tough break for eyre if not for 2 balls in the ozuna AB being wild out of the zone (one in the dirt and one high)...tapping comebacker to the mound finishes off the 10th...8-5 cws/chc

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fukudome leadoff basehit (though it might have been an out with a better 3rd baseman) on an under-the-glove smack...epat walks on 4 straight...blanco gets a basehit after dye loses the ball in the sun (that's a possible 2 outs and a man on 1st turned into 0 outs with the bases loaded).

pie gets a chance to play hero...infield ground out, force at home, 1 out

cedeno gets a chance to play hero...works a 3-2 count into a walk...run forced home...8-6 cws/chc, 1 out

murton gets a chance to play hero...dye loses ANOTHER ball in the sun (aka, out 3) and the cubs tie with 1 out and cedeno on 3rd/murton on 2nd.

mcgeehehehehehehehe gets a chance to play hero...and he Ks for out 2

fuld gets a chance to play hero...ground out to SS...and that's the game.

according to the AP...soriano back hitting 2nd, fuku 5th...

"I thought about it last night," Piniella said before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. "I think right now with the way we're situated, Fukudome offers the best protection for Ramirez."

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7943810/Lou-Pin...'-opening-lineup,-Kosuke-Fukudome-stays-in-fifth-spot

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  • probably saturday depending on what they do with hammel (assuming friday for ham).

    crunch 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.

    Charlie 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.

    The E-Man 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • First Cub victory at home this year for me!
    1-3
    Saw all four starters this year

    jacos 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.

    billybucks 13 hours 42 min ago view
  • Cubs finish 33 over at home. I was, personally, one game over at 3-2, which was one of my better years in a while.

    I do hope that's the last time we see the Cardinals this year. A lot of power, which is dangerous, particularly in a short series, and they have really shut down KB all year.

    Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!

    billybucks 13 hours 54 min ago view
  • Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.

    billybucks 14 hours 50 min ago view
  • lester puts 2 on and is taken out at 96 pitches. oh well.

    edwards in.

    crunch 15 hours 34 min ago view
  • 2 out in the 7th, lester at 84 pitches, ross taken out for the standing O.

    it's possible contreras will catch lester for another inning+.

    crunch 15 hours 40 min ago view
  • What a weird day.  Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer, but then Scully and, on a much more modest level, Ross....

    Transmission 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • d.ross gets his 2nd standing O on the night (last home game of the season)...hits HR #10...curtain call. baseball.

    crunch 16 hours 16 min ago view
  • as a fan, he only "owes" us the game on the field and not getting in the way of others on his team being ready to play (imo).

    it's exponentially worse to his family and friends, but this dude most likely had 15+ years of play left and even though he just turned 24 a couple months ago he had already established himself as a top guy in the game.

    crunch 19 hours 38 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]

    Updated #Cubs probs vs Pirates: Mon, Hendricks vs Kuhl; Tue, Lackey vs Vogelsong; Wed, Arrieta vs Taillon; Thu, Zastryzny vs Nova

    crunch 20 hours 1 min ago view
  • I know what you're trying to say, Charlie, that none of us feels what his loved ones must be feeling.

    On the other hand, what makes a death like this tragic is precisely the loss, based on Fernandez's youth and brilliance, to the baseball world.

    So, for example, we can say that Princess Diana's death meant more, in aggregate, to millions of admirers who didn't know her personally than to her loved ones.

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 2 min ago view
  • boston pitching snags a couple of mlb team records...

    "Over nine innings of play, Boston's staff struck out 11 straight Tampa Bay Rays hitters Sunday, breaking the major-league record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game.

    The previous record was held by former New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver, who struck out 10 straight hitters in 1970.

    Not only that, but with a strikeout to end the ninth, sending the game into extras, Boston's staff also struck out an MLB-record 21 batters over nine innings."

    crunch 20 hours 26 min ago view