Game 5 Recap: Cubs 9, Astros 7

It's... It's.... It's.....
Cubs Game Recaps!

Hart (1-0), the Lees, extra-base hits
L- Oswalt (0-1), relief pitchers
S- Wood (2), hope for this homestand

Things to Take from This Game

1. No easy innings

Other than the sixth
and the half-inning ninth, no inning went without someone scoring a
run. Marquis struggled through five and a third, featuring
rolling sliders and fastballs that kept moving back over the plate, but
getting out of potentially disasterous innings with 3 GIDPs.
Oswalt gave up ten hits and a walk without striking anyone out in six
and two-thirds.

2. The Lees

and Carlos combined for seven hits, five runs, four rbis, three
doubles, two home runs, and awful defense. Derrek dropped a ball
at first that started a 2-run sixth inning for the Astros. Carlos
Lee wandered about aimlessly in left field, occasionally drawing stray
baseballs closer to him by virtue of his gravitational field.

3. More love for Fukudome

day featured a fine running catch, a bunt single that surprised the
whole ball-park, and the go-ahead, two-run double in the five-run
seventh inning.

4. Then, there's Soriano...

Whose 0-5 with 5 LOB day leaves him with a .045 average to start the year.

That je ne se qua of mine that you didn't know you missed until you saw it again, the dinge an sich goodness inherent in a recap, below


Game Recap

Inning 1 - Top
  • Bourn singles up the middle. I'm trying to figure out why I
    can't get the game on, and don't see it. Ah, it's because
    I have the game on the local fox sportsnet station
  • Bourn steals second, easily. Soto with a bad one-hopper
  • Pence dribbles one up the third base line. Marquis tries to
    make an athletic bare-hand grab and submarine throw to first, it's a
    horrible throw. Bourn should have gone for home, but instead
    stays at 3rd. Runners at 1 and 3, no outs, Berkman up.
  • Berkman taps back to Marquis. Starts the 1-6-3 DP, although he nearly threw it away to the 6. Bourn scores.
  • Foul-tip strikeout of Carlos Lee, on a slider I think, ends the inning. 1-0 Astros
Inning 1 - Bottom
  • Soriano with an easy 5-3 groundout.
  • Johnson with a ground ball single back up the middle.
  • And Lee with an opposite field single. 1 and 2, 1 out with
    Aramis up. Astros broadcasters suggest Oswalt has more comfort
    early on with the slider than with the Curve, and indeed, next pitch is
    a slider that Aramis waves at, for an 0-2 count.
  • Aramis grounds into fielder choice (I missed it), Johnson advances to third, Aramis at first
  • And met with a huge ovation from the fans, Fukudome chops an easy
    bouncer to second, ending the inning. Can't convert the two
    runers into a run..
Inning 2 - Top
  • Marquis goes to full count on Tejada, then a leadoff walk. Yeargh.
  • Wiggington with a sharply lined single to center. Tejada can only advance to second. Shakey start to the inning.
  • And with Tejada running on the pitch, Loretta with a sharp liner
    into the left-center gap. Tejada scores easily, runners hold at
    1st and 2nd. Looked like a fastball that tailed back over the
    plate from the outside corner.
  • Marquis struggling to find the outside corner, 3-1 count to Brad Ausmus
  • Again, a come-backer to Marquis leading to a 1-6-3 DP. Runner at 3rd, two outs, Oswalt up.
  • Another fastball aimed at the outside corner that sails right
    over the plate, but Oswalt rolls out to third. Inning over, 2-0
Inning 2 - Bottom
  • DeRosa with an easy grounder to third
  • Soto hits one high off the brown ivy vines in straight-away
    left. Lee sort of half-flails at it, not really making an effort
    as it flies behind his head, then bouncing off of Lee and rolling
    around the warning track. Soto "runs" all the way to third for a
    triple. That was one ugly triple, all the way around.
  • Theriot with a soft fly to shallow center. Soto starts,
    stops. Throw is way up the line, fans boo that Soto wasn't going
    for home. But it really was a shallow fly....
  • Marquis drops a single down the right-field line. 2-1 Astros.
  • Tejada makes a nice play on a well hit Soriano grounder into the
    hole. A slide-stop, spin and throw to get him at first, inning ends.
Inning 3 - Top
  • Bourn golfs a fly ball to shallow center, Johnson takes charge and calls off DeRosa
  • Good God, Hunter Pence is still really ugly....
  • Pence swings at a slider outside and in the dirt for strike three, throw down to first to complete it.
  • Berkman's not much better. This ugly Astro grounds out to DeRosa, 4-3. A much-needed 1-2-3 inning for Marquis
Inning 3 - Bottom
  • This Astros broadcast isn't bad, just horribly boring. I
    get to hear what Ty Wigginton did in his off-season. One
    guess: spent time outdoors doing outdoorsy things.
    Yep: spent it on a boat on a lake. Whoopie.
  • Reed Johnson flies out to right.
  • 3-1 fastball, outer third of the plate, and Lee drives it to
    right, two rows or so up into the bleachers for a solo HR. Tie
    game 2-2!
  • Ramirez with a soft fly out to center.
  • And Fukudome with another, to left. Lee gets a bad break on
    it, then over runs it, then does a Soriano hop as he catches it.
    Ugly. Inning over, 2-2
Inning 4 - Top
  • Lee crushes one out to left. Maybe ten rows up.
    Another fastball that tailed from the outside back over the
    middle. 3-2 Astros
  • Tejada grounds out sharply to second.
  • Wigginton rolls one down the 3rd base line, hits the bag, fouls up Ramirez's effort. Would have been safe, anyway.
  • Yet another GIDP, Loretta hits the 4-6-3. Inning over, 3-2 Astros
Inning 4 - Bottom
  • Erstad in at 1st for Berkman. Early report from the
    Astros booth is neck spasms. I'll take switching Berkman out for
    Erstad. Astros announcers talk up how much depth Erstad adds to
    the bench. It'd be funny if they were making a fat joke, but I
    think they were being serious....
  • DeRosa singles to right.
  • Soto rolls one to Loretta at second, who tags DeRosa and throws to first for the 4-3 DP.
  • And Theriot grounds back to the pitcher. Easy inning.
Inning 5 - Top
  • Ausmus lines out to Fukudome on about the 50th fastball that tailed back over the plate.
  • Oswalt grounds out to Theriot
  • Bourn rolls out to DeRosa. 1-2-3 inning, and egads, just
    noticed that this game is moving along quickly, barely an hour old.
Inning 5 - Bottom.
  • Marquis grounds to third, and Wigginton throws away an easy out. Marquis to second. Ball just sailed on Wigginton.
  • Soriano
    flies to medium depth center, and Marquis tags up and runs for
    third. Nice throw by Bourn, a one-hopper right at the bag, and
    Marquis is out. Aggressive running play by Marquis, debatable
    decision. The old 8-5 DP.
  • Wigginton with a better play on a slow roller to get Reed Johnson
    at first. Still 3-2 after the leadoff 2-base error. Nuts.
Inning 6 - Top
  • Pence with a roller up third, Soto takes it, throws, Lee drops the throw, error on Lee.
  • And instead of Berkman, we get Erstad.
  • Pence steals second, Soto's throw quite short and even wider left.
  • Long AB by Erstad, between pickoff throws and SB and whatnot. 3-2 count as a fastball just misses inside.
  • Erstad takes some sort of breaking pitch and pulls it into the
    right-center gap. Johnson was playing him way around to
    left. Pence scores, Erstad doubles. Fans boo a bit.
    4-2 Astros.
  • Next pitch, and Lee launches one into the right-center gap, as
    well. Again, a long way for Johnson to run, back-to-back
    doubles. 5-2. Fans boo a bit more. Rolling slider
    from Marquis.
  • What should be the third straight double to the right-center gap
    turns into a nice running, stretching catch by Fukudome. Lee tags
    and goes to third. Cubs appeal that he left 2nd early, but no
  • Marquis leaves, to boos. Kevin Hart in.
  • Hart K's Wigginton on a nice slider.
  • And another K of Loretta on a fastball inside. Nice work by hard, but it's 5-2 Astros.
Inning 6 - Bottom
  • Lee lofts one into the right field corner. Stays at
    second, although the throw back in towards second scoots away.
    Nice start to the inning.
  • Ramirez with a lazy fly to shallow center.
  • Fukudome with a beautiful bunt between the pitcher and
    third. No one in the ballpark anticipated it. Cubs fans'
    infatuation with Fukudome goes up by 5 whole Fuku-points. Lee on
    third, Fukudome on first.
  • Oswalt might have tweaked something in the elbow?
  • Next pitch (to DeRosa) just totally gets away from Ausmus, passed ball, Lee scores, Fukudome to 2nd.
  • Slow roller to third, Wigginton lets another throw sail, leading
    to a near-collision between Erstad and DeRosa. DeRosa out, no
    collision. Fukudome to second. 2 outs.
  • Oswalt a bit frustrated with the strike zone
  • Soto rolls one up the middle. Tejada barely gets there, slides spins and throws Soto out, inning over. 5-3 Astros
Inning 7 - Top
  • Ausmus flies to Fukudome.
  • A bit surprised, Oswalt stays in to hit for himself.
  • Oswalt rolls one up the middle, DeRosa with a nice play to get the slow-running Oswalt
  • Astros announcers observe that the infield grass is playing much more fast than the old Wrigley infield...
  • With Johnson again playing shallow and swung towards left, Bourn
    smarshes an inside fastball, one-hopping the CF wall. News
    flash: Bourn is very, very fast. Makes third base easily.
  • Pence flies out to Fukudome, inning over
Inning 7 - Bottom
  • Oh dear lord, John Rhadigan on my Astros Gamebreak. Who is this ghoulish man? Somebody hold me.
  • Wigginton leaves the game, having been spiked sometime earlier in
    the game, I missed it. Thomas Perez (he's not dead?) in at second,
    Loretta over to third.
  • 3-0 count to Theriot. Oswalt entered the inning with only 74 pitches thrown, although he seemd to be tiring last inning.
  • Ball four. Theriot walks.
  • Fontenot in to hit for Hart.
  • With
    Tejada playing towards second, Fontenot rolls one to Tejada's
    right. Nice sliding stop, throws from his butt to second, but
    everyone safe. 2 on, no out, for Soriano.
  • Soriano with a slow roller to Loretta's left, he gets Soriano at
    first. Runners advance to 2 and 3, one out for Reed Johnson
  • Some of parachat wants to pull Johnson for Ward, here.
  • Wow, did I just write that last line? I swear the double entendre was unintentional
  • Johnson with a slow chopper towards short. Tejada comes in,
    just gets Johnson at first. Run scores, Fontenot advances to
    third. 5-4, runner on third, two outs, Lee up
  • Lee singles past a diving Loretta, 5-5 game. Lee with four hits today, five straight in the series.
  • Oswalt leaves having given up ten hits and a walk, no strikeouts.
  • Oscar Villarreal in.
  • and promptly walks Ramirez. 1st and 2nd, two outs for Fukudome
  • Oscar Villarrreal out.
  • Wesley Wright (who?!??!?) in.
  • For a 23 year old rookie, Wright looks all right. The lefty
    falls behind Fukudome 3-1 on some very close calls. Fun battle to
    watch. The same pitch called ball 3 now gets called strike 2,
    full count.
  • Foo Koo Doh May chant starts
  • Two full-count foul balls. Great at bat.
  • Fukudome hits a sinking liner to left. Lee flails at this
    one, too, sort of half-diving, half-stumbling for it. It drops
    for a hit, gets past Lee and skips fifteen feet away. Lee and
    Ramirez score, it's ruled a double, as opposed to a single and an error.
  • Fans' adoration of Fukudome goes up another eleven Fuku-points.
  • Geoff Geary in. Fourth Astros pitcher this inning, in what had been a very quickly played game
  • And
    before throwing a pitch, he balks Fukudome over to third, when the ball
    falls out of his hand while standing on the rubber. Probably a
    silly rule, but we'll take it.
  • DeRosa lofts a rolling slider to right-center. Carries well
    in the wind, Bourn can't quite get to it, might have slowed up as
    approaching the bricks. Double, 8-5 Cubs.
  • Soto K's swinging to end the inning. Finally.
Inning 8 - Top
  • Howry and Blanco both in, presumably on a double switch.
  • Erstad lines a single to right, is now 2 for 2. Cubbery.
  • Lee smokes a double down the left field line, Erstad to third. A very good day for the Lees
  • Marmol warming up, Tejada hitting.
  • Howry gets Tejada to bounce out to DeRosa, run scores
  • Thomas Perez taken down for Geoff Blum. What sort of crazy-ass team carries two different players named "Geoff?"
  • Blum ropes a low fastball into center. Lee scores.
  • Marmol in, Howry leaves to a few boos, but more cheers for
    Marmol. Looks like DeRosa is also coming out. Why?
    The double-switch already happened with Blanco, right?
  • Evidently, it must not have been a double-switch when Howry and
    Blanco both came in, as the assumption was Howry would pitch an inning
    and be taken down for a pinch-hitter. But you know what happens
    when you assume... So now DeRosa leaves for Cedeno. Great.
    We've replaced Soto and DeRosa for Blanco and Cedeno.
  • Marmol throws his first pitch about three feet outside
  • Loretta lines out to Fukudome
  • Ausmus taps weakly to Ramirez, ends the inning. Cubs escape with an 8-7 lead
Inning 8 - Bottom
  • Doug Brocail in. Loretta goes back to second as Blum takes over at third.
  • Theriot K's swinging.
  • Cedeno with a lined single to right-center. Astros
    announcer gets all excited about Bourn maybe making a great
    catch. The ball lands five feet away from Bourn. Jerk.
  • Blum with a nice play on a slow roller, gets Soriano at first. A few boos for Soriano. Cedeno advances.
  • Reed Johnson with a big RBI single through the SS hole. 9-7 Cubs.
  • With the 4-4 Lee up and a chance to go for the cycle as well, Johnson gets caught stealing second. Inning over.
Inning 9 - Top
  • Cruz Jr. (He's not dead, either?) in to hit, Wood to pitch.
  • Full count, Cruz flies lazily to Fukudome.
  • Bourn grounds sharply to Cedeno at 2nd. Two outs.
  • "Kerry" chants start.
  • Pence rolls to Theriot, 6-3, Cubs win!
Parachat Recap
Inning 1
  • What payment do I need to do recaps? (Just the love of my readers and fellow parachatters is all)
  • The old roses on piano, tulips on organ joke.
  • Who should hit 2nd?
  • Will Theriot have a good year?
Inning 2
  • Theriot discussion continues
  • and continues.
  • and continues....
  • Back the the important stuff, me: why isn't my parachat name highlighted in green, like Rob's? Why? WHY? (beats me.)
  • The Soto triple
  • Expectations for Cubs rookies
Inning 3
  • The rooftop screens issue.
  • Different rooftop deals and experiences
  • Review and analysis of the Cubs/Rooftop owners negotiations. 18% cut sound ok?
  • Wes says Bill James says the Twins world championship teams were on the juice - Gaetti and Puckett.
Inning 4
  • Opinions about Bill James
  • Ah, and the relevant Twins Steroids accusation link. Seems flimsy.
  • Steroids, Baldness and Acne means..... time for a Johann's Mom reference.
Inning 5
  • The One-Legged Pitcher, Bert Shepard
  • Paul Noce with the observation of parachat so far: Marquis looks like he belongs in a ba 1970s Cop movie
  • Is Lowitzki with comcast, or in the Matrix?
  • Ways that comcast sucks.
  • The Marquis baserunning play
  • If Moises Alou were our third-base coach....
Inning 6
  • Dave Duncan and St. Louis Sports Radio.
  • Bizarro Barrett.
  • Lance Johnson would have caught it. So would Walter Johnson. Lady Bird?
  • Griping about the D. Lee error to start the inning.
  • Those 1961 Mets we all remember....
  • The Giants' "offense"
  • I complain about the recap fodder being offered by Parachat, and
    get Dick Pole and Dick Trickle jokes. How 2007 of parachat..
  • Should Lee have gone for the triple?
  • Only the second Johann's Mom joke of the day...
  • Some Barry Zito fantasy trade....
  • Admiration of Fukudome
  • Impressed by Soto
Inning 7
  • Decapitation for cheaters?
  • What can we blame on Hendry?
  • Who we hate.
  • Flip-down sunglasses
  • Is Reed Johnson playing too shallow? (yes, but it wouldn't have mattered on any of these extra-base hits, imho)
  • Used-car salesmen.
  • Who should get to sing the 7th Inning Stretch this year?
  • Pinch hit Ward here?
  • Cheering a tie game.
  • We Love Corey Patterson.
  • Lets vs. Let's.
  • Fantasy baseball Qs
  • Dontrelle vs. the White Sox.
  • Proper lineup order for Fukudome, Lee, and Ramirez?
  • More debate about our middle infield. Somebody lobotomize me with a crusty spork.
  • Laughing at Lee's fielding, cheering Fukudome.
  • Future TCR features
  • Wes threatens to fly to LA and kick Rob in the "nutsack."
  • Bagging on a certain Cubs blog
  • Don't like fucking Will Carroll? Then stop fucking him, duh.
Inning 8
  • Putting down the kids to come to parachat.
  • Large TVs
  • Small TVs
  • TVs won for perfect attendance at school.
  • Worried about Howry
  • Trying to find Soriano's batting average
  • Griping about Johnsons' stolen base attempt
Inning 9
  • Bad memories of Bad Closers past..... Wow, think positive, parachat.
  • Cheering an easy 1-2-3 inning.
  • Cubs' 2008 record in games I recap: 1-0


I am having formatting issues that are making me cry.  I'm leaving them as they are, and going outside for a walk.


Go Cubs! much depth Erstad adds to the bench. IT'd be funny if they were making a fat joke, but I think they were being serious....
with Blanco getting the start tomorrow, Soto will be on the bench, adding significant depth to it. (maybe we can send the A material in for Len and Bob)

Some of parachat wants to pull Johnson...
now that's funny stuff, pulling Johnson in parachat?

Wow. Two name drops in the same recap. Career day in parachat for me. That, and I was the one who hates fucking Will Carroll.

What can I say, you had a career-day sort of performance.

bragging about getting name-dropped in recap is a sure-fire way to not
get further name-drops.  tsk, tsk, you should know the unwritten
rules of game recap name-drops.  :)


Ok, I think my formatting issues are resolved.  Will stop crying. 

In the fifth, Dontrelle Willis is no-hitting the White Sox.


He also has seven walks and no strike outs. 

Corrrection, in the sixth.

Replying to yourself is a surefire way to get mocked by Mister Whipple. You should know that.

I agree.

and I was the one who hates fucking Will Carroll
I second that emotion.

was he that bad in bed?

I was there today -- fantastic weather, great result, good energy at the park. I just have to say that Fukudome is terrific, almost mesmerizing to watch in person. It's as if he's playing a different level -- or even type -- of baseball than everyone else.

That bunt was perfect and absurd, but the thing about it was that he just took the bunt single because it was there, and the execution of it was almost an afterthought. Most guys see an opportunity like that and try their gosh-darnedest to drop a bunt down, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Fuku's bunt was something different -- the opportunity was there, so he simply and effortlessly put the ball in the dead spot up the line. It felt like he was taking an intentional walk or something. This guy is good.

classic example of how they stress fundamentals in japan. it's a skill that can be learned by any ballplayer here if they want to.

Sigh. I was too hungover to watch the game.

Glad you had fun, though!

Johann's mom says hi.

parachat recaps?


Imagine what this team could do if they didn't give up.

I log on after watching the game on DVR, and there's a Transmission recap! Awesome work as usual, Trans.

So, this Fukudome guy is pretty horrible... too bad we didn't spend that money on Jacque Jones instead! (Can you smell the burning sarcasm?)

if Japanese players need an adjustment period, I can not wait for July. They flashed an NL stats during the game with NL leaders in OBP. This was early, maybe the 3rd and Fuku was 2nd behind pujols. I am guessing he is the leader now.

on the flipside, they may find the hole in his swing (if there is one) by July. Hopefully by then Fonzie won't look like a lost boyscout in the woods.

I haven't seen enough of fuku to say...


he doesnt seem like he has a hole in his swing or dependent upon certain areas of the plate to gain his good swings. it is WAY early to make this call, though, as anything near a fact.

he seems to just swing. he's obviously got an eye for what to not swing at, but he's not got the stroke/eye to hit everything solidly he knows he want to swing at. that should get him in that 100+K/100-ish walk territory, imo. that's based on his japan ball as well as his american ball, btw. expecting "mark grace in prime" type numbers (with more Ks)...40+ doubles, .350+ob%, 15+ homers...

I'll take that line. In fact, I'd call it a solid investment.

I think he may do better than the .350 OBP, and may not make it to 100 K's. But, even if it pans out as you predict, I'd say he's still worth the money.

crunch, that's probably a fair assessment although I would quibble with the .350 OBP. At this stage it wouldn't be a shock to see the guy hit .285, and with his walk ratio he'd be more like a .380 OBP. But we need to keep in mind that he's making Aaron Rowand money, so the return on investment for his salary would be fine in this market.

agreed...i was just going with ".350+%" to be generic. i wouldn't be surprised if he hit .380 or .350.

So I don't get my ass kicked by an angry college instructor, I'll not just mock. Thanks for the recap Trans. I appreciate it!

Well, we can cross "Geoff" off the list of potential real first names of Trans. I'm going out on a limb and guessing it's not "Alfonso", either.

Welcome back, game recap!

With a win tomorrow, I'll feel like we started the season off as shitty as possible and still managed to play .500 baseball.

That is encouraging....

At least it's not '97.

"3. More love for Fukudome"

Hearing forty thousand people do the chant--"FOO-KOO-DOUGH-MAY!"--was awesome, before and after he got the big double. Listening to the radio call, I think Santo would adopt him. What a treat to watch him work a count, then pound the pitch he was waiting for.
As always, stellar recap, Trans.

at least fuko will be worth his money
soriano should be emberresed to get his
check on the 15th isnt he like
1 for 22

Since game recaps are like an open thread ....

Before the season started I came up with my perfect lineup: Fukudome, DeRosa, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Soto, Pie, Theriot.

When I put a lineup together I find my #3 hitter first. I want OBP, SLG and baserunning. Lee and Fukudome are the only options.

Now a couple days into the season I like this lineup: Fukudome, Theriot, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, DeRosa, Soto, Pie.

I moved Theriot up because the OBP of Fukudome and Lee makes the #2 hitter's OPB less important. It also makes it possible to put a known patient OBP guy behind Soriano making him a run producer with the opportunity to run.

I'm also intrigued by: Soriano, DeRosa, Fukudome, Ramirez, Lee, Soto, Pie, Theriot.

3. More love for Fukudome


4. Then, there's Soriano...

is it worth asking the question, "are these two things connected?"?
granting that only 5 games have been played, could soriano now be in a funk/pout because he was the new wunderkind in town for 2007, but now all the love is pointed towards right field instead of left?

sorry i do not know soriano's history. perhaps he starts slow out of the gate every year, like our 3bman, but then gets cooking as the spring turns to summer. or maybe it was lee's turn to spring into action on saturday, and now sunday will be alf's turn?

here's hoping. for a breakout, that is.

"could soriano now be in a funk/pout because he was the new wunderkind in town for 2007, but now all the love is pointed towards right field instead of left?"

I don't know Soriano personally, but after watching him play up close a few times over the last few years, he doesn't strike me as the type that would "pout" because someone else is garnering more attention.

Personally, I just think he is a streaky player, and while this cold streak is worse than normal, he's bound to come out of it pretty soon.

Looking at Soriano's Gamelogs, here is how he started seasons during his career, first 5 games.

2001: 4-23, 2 R, 0 RBI, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 SB, 0 BB, 5 K (1st HR game 9)

2002: 3-19, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 SB, 2 BB, 4 K (1st HR game 7)

2003: 13-30, 7 R, 12 RBI, 4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 0 SB, 2 BB, 6 K (1st HR game 1)

2004: 6-20, 2 R, 0 RBI, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 SB, 2 BB, 2 K (1st HR game 9)

2005: 6-25, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 0 SB, 1 BB, 7 K (1st HR game 2)

2006: 6-18, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 1 SB, 1 BB, 4 K (1st HR game 5)

2007: 5-23, 1 R, 0 RBI, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 SB, 1 BB, 5 K (1st HR game 25, 19th game played)

2008: 1-17, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 SB, 1 BB, 2 K (1st HR ???)

So basically other than 2003 where he started out with a moster first week, he typically struggles early on, although not usually quite this bad.

I'm afraid to ask, but is Milo ("Right in his wheelhouse!)" Hamilton still doing the Astros games? Worst...Cub...Announcer...Ever.

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    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 45 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 11 hours 59 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 12 hours 28 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 12 hours 48 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 13 hours 54 sec ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 14 hours 37 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 15 hours 12 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 15 hours 28 min ago view