Game 8 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (2 of 3)
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||*Zach Duke|
|1-0, 1.50, 5 K, 2 BB||0-0, 3.18, 1 K, 1 BB|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Nate McLouth|
|CF||Reed Johnson||2B||Freddy Sanchez|
|1B||Derrek Lee||LF||Jason Bay|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Adam LaRoche|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||RF||Xavier Nady|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||#Ryan Doumit|
|C||Geovany Soto||3B||Jose Bautista|
|SS||Ronny Cedeno||SS||Brian Bixler|
||Ryan Dempster||P||*Zach Duke|
It's true--the Cubs are unbeaten this season in games started by Ryan Dempster and Jason Marquis. (I know, we're talking about two games, but still, I'm pleasantly surprised.)
Soriano (13 PA's, 1.056 OPS), Lee (20 PA, 1.050), Ramirez (22 PA, 1.031), and even little Ronny Cedeno (16 PA, .876) have all had success against Duke in the past. Still, the Pittsburgh lefty is 4-2, 2.10 in eight lifetime starts against the Cubs. Maybe Lou can just go with a four-man batting order.
Dempster returns after a strong outing against the Brewers (1 ER in 6 IP) and his first victory as a starter since April 16, 2005, when he beat the Pirates, 4-3. In that game, Neifi Perez (two hits) and LaTroy Hawkins (save) played key roles.
We've come a long way, baby.
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JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
"woo." - pedro strop
Well Ross is out, so they had to bring in Rodney
these ties and leads being immediately pissed away is getting old
btw, Madbum vs Groin-key tonight