Game 26 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Ben Sheets SP Jason Marquis
  3-0, 0.96, 24 K, 4 BB
1-0, 3.47, 15 K, 9 BB
2B Rickie Weeks LF Reed Johnson
CF Mike Cameron SS Ryan Theriot
LF Ryan Braun 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Prince Fielder 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Bill Hall 2B Mark DeRosa
SS JJ Hardy C Geovany Soto
P Ben Sheets CF *Felix Pie
C Jason Kendall P *Jason Marquis












No, you're not imagining things--this is the Brewers' second visit to Wrigley Field in the season's first month while the Cubs have yet to visit Milwaukee and won't do so until after the All-Star break.

While the Cubs (16-9) were losing two of three on the road to the Nationals and scoring 10 runs this past weekend, the Brewers (14-11) were dropping two of three at home to the Marlins and scoring six runs. The Brewers, who led the NL in batting with RISP (.303) going into the series, went just 1-for-26 against the Marlins in those same situations.

The Milwaukees expect a boost tonight (no drug reference intended) from centerfielder Mike Cameron, who will be making his '08 debut after serving a 25-game suspension for taking a banned amphetamine. Cameron, you may recall, played for Lou Piniella with the Mariners from 2000 through 2002, and the two were involved in the M's Divisional Series sweep over the White Sox in 2000, in which this semi-famous play occurred:

Cameron was on first base, and Piniella (came out of the dugout and) went to the bag to talk to him.
White Sox closer Keith Foulke seemed to get rattled, and Edgar Martinez
hit a go-ahead homer to lead the Mariners to a three-game sweep.
Piniella later said he told Cameron to buy Cisco stock.

Sheets, meanwhile, is making his first appearance in 11 days, since departing a start against the Reds mid-game because of "tightness in his right triceps muscle." Big Ben leads NL pitchers with a ridiculous 0.64 WHIP and a batting average against of .146. Back on Opening Day, Sheets held the Cubs scoreless over 6 1/3 IP, allowing but two hits.

He also needs just 10 strikeouts to pass Teddy Higuera and become the Brewers' all-time strikeout leader, which should sure make for some compelling television.

In 48 career at-bats against the Milwaukee ace, Derrek Lee has 5 HR and a .681 slugging percentage, which makes a nice counter-balance to Aramis Ramirez's .192 batting average and 1 career HR in 58 at-bats against Sheets.

Jason Marquis is coming off his second Quality Start in a row, a 7-inning ND last Thursday at Colorado (8 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB).

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Crap. We really needed a good start from Marquis with their ace on the mound. Is this inning ever going to end?

Can we add Corey Hart to the Cub-killer list?

Seriously. I hate that guy.

What an embarassment -

Marquis, Hart, Marshall and Weurtz -- the Not Ready For Prime Time Pitchers.

Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season.

"Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season."

Absolutely. Anyone denouncing Lou for overworking Marmol needs only to look to the performances of Weurtz and Howry. They've left him no choice.

What happened to the team from a week ago? i want them back.

Nothing burns my ass more than a 3 hour, 48 minute loss.

Was at the game. I wouldn't have mind my ass burning as it might have defrosted after nearly 4 hours in the freaking frigid night.

I gotta say, the replacement ump was very inconsistent with his calls.

This Scherzer guy is pretty good. 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO.

From the replays, his fastball looks like the best in the game. Doesn't even dial it up to the high nineties but still gets the Astros' top hitters to be 1/2 a second late on their swings. Amazing; he's going to be a star.

Man, another game lost because of crappy cubs pitching........

Was at the game tonight until I froze my ass off in the 7th, and couldn't feel my toes anymore.

Sheets could have been had tonight. Still, he managed to get through unscathed and we avoided the big two out hit for another game. Marquis was terrible with two outs, or two strikes his whole start. This is the crap-ass pitcher that LaRussa left off the Playoff squad (and Lou as well). When I looked at the line - it was our #5 against their ace. I wasn't expecting much. Shit Cub pitching all told today. Lou's press conference afterwards - he was pissed about Hart, Worst, Marshall...would not agree that a change is in order.

The BREW is gonna be in this. And Fielder truly is a Fat Ass up close.

The QUESTION - in the 5th just before lucky Bill Hall's broken bat RBI single, I was shielded from the play where the runner (Hardy?) doubled. I thought he was out by several feet. We were right behind home for this particular game, and the "ump" (using the term loosely), called him safe @ 2nd. What did the replay show?

I stayed through the whole thing. I'm still frozen solid.

Fielder looks like he ate Rick Reuschel. I was thinking we could have our own sausage race when we play the Brewers and D. Ward could race Fielder. Winner gets 10 veggie burgers and a two liter bottle of coke.

Speaking of Ward 1-for-16.

Any time, now, Daryl. We're waiting.

0-11 PH too.

Replay showed it could've gone either way. Very close play. Len & bob weren't really sure one way or the other.

Yeah, looked like he might have snuck his hand in, but fielders usually get the call when the ball beats the runner and you put the glove down quick and come right back up with it.

Sheets was not his usual self either. I hate that guy, he is good.

At least he won't be a Brewer next year. He is my top entry in the "Most likely to get a monster contract offer from the NY Yankees pool".

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  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

  • I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.

  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.

  • Wrigley was electric tonite
    Not many card fans
    Video board was great, they played "there goes my hero" by foos over ryno highlights before he came out. Spectacular

    Good times hopefully they win tomorrow but think Lester will beat poopy pants on Wednesday.

    Happy 4th anniversary of Theo's signing

    Go Cubs !

  • Yeah. "Goodbye!" is a lame HR call.

    I miss Len and JD -- although, driving home from a friend's, WBBM played all 6 HR calls in a row -- and Len got to call the Bryant/Rizzo back-to-back. Very fun.

  • Lackey has been a beast against us. His stats on 3 days rest, however, not as nice. There is plenty of hope.

  • And, no dreadlocks grown yet.

  • Captain Obvious Strikes Again!!!

  • Amen, brother.