Game 5 Recap: Cubs 9, Astros 7
W- Hart (1-0), the Lees, extra-base hits
Things to Take from This Game
1. No easy innings
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
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
4. Then, there's Soriano...
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
- Bourn singles up the middle. I'm trying to figure out why I
can't get the game on mlb.tv, 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
- 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..
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Marquis grounds to third, and Wigginton throws away an easy out. Marquis to second. Ball just sailed on Wigginton.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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,
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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....
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
The hot start was nice, but it won't always come easy. It's nice to see them have to work for it every once in a while.
Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?
Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.
Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!
I hope he continues improving.
And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.
They picked up 3 games this last week.
I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.
Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.
BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH.
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.
Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent
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.
chased a high fastball...
I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950
Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.
That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard
Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder
Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?
That was extremely disappointing.
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.
Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.