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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  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 27 min 54 sec ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 42 min 44 sec ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 5 hours 44 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 7 hours 38 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 9 hours 26 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 10 hours 1 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 10 hours 14 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 11 hours 38 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 39 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 52 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 3 min ago view