Game 47 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (3 of 3)

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SP Sean Gallagher SP Shawn Chacon
  1-0, 4.40, 10 K, 7 BB, 14.1 IP
0-0, 4.14, 35 K, 27 BB, 54.1 IP
       
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Michael Bourn
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B #Kaz Matsui
1B Derrek Lee SS Miguel Tejada
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B #Lance Berkman
LF *Micah Hoffpauir LF Carlos Lee
C Geovany Soto 3B #Geoff Blum
CF *Jim Edmonds RF Hunter Pence
2B Mark DeRosa C J.R. Towles
P Sean Gallagher P Shawn Chacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After going five consecutive series without a series win, the Cubs will snag their fourth series in a row if they can upend the Houstons.

Lineup changes galore this evening--Theriot hits leadoff, Fukudome moves up to second, and Hoffpauir gets his first MLB start (in left, not as a replacement for Lee at first, as we expected).

In putting together this post, I did a double-take when I saw that the veteran Chacon had started 9 games, pitched 54 1/3 innings and somehow had no decisions, but Baseball-Reference.com doesn't lie. Turns out Chacon has set a Major League record for starting pitchers by recording nine consecutive no-decisions to start a season. Why, he's the Switzerland of Major League starting pitchers!

Continuing on this international theme, if I could quickly think of a country that's been overrun numerous times in wars, I would say that's who Chacon is, vis a vis Aramis Ramirez, who is 10-for-17 lifetime against him with 5 HR, 13 RBI and a 2306 OPS. Ramirez, who was all but silent this past weekend against Pittsburgh, has been the biggest bat since the Cubs landed in Houston, raising his average 16 points with five hits, including a pair of longballs.

Young Gallagher beat the Pirates last time out for his first Major League win, allowing just 1 ER over 6 innings.

For Gallagher, that's two starts, one decision.

Shawn Chacon, take note.

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fuku!

france

poland?

almost forgot about them.

After tonight, the comparison is less apt. Figures he would get his first win against us.

I hate losing to Houston. 

c.young (SD) just caught a pujols comebacker to the face.

it's not pretty.

wtf...

pujols just took out bard. it looks REALLY bad. clean slide/clean play...ankle crushed.

Padres are boned if this thing goes about 28 innings. Pujols is executing two members of their team once every three innings.

You're next, Kouzmanoff.

Unrelated side note, Ray King is making his ESPN debut this evening, I believe. Spending some quality time on ESPNews with Linda Cohn.

it's weird...1 inning...about 10 minutes apart...pujols, without fault or malice, puts 2 guys on the DL.

these are pretty much no-doubt DL injuries and one potential season ender (bard).

Weak. Gameday has video of scoring plays but none of the gory dudes getting maimed plays. What the hell?

The Bard play was there earlier..it was one of the scoring plays. I think Glaus hitting a single.

ESPN knows what the fans like. If you check out the video attached to their website's game recap, the only 2 replays shown in the highlights are the Young comebacker and the Bard anklebreaker.

Too bad the Padres dont play the Cards tomorrow, as they might take out Pujols for us. Well maybe they play them before we do so we can get a Pujols-free Cards team.

How the hell can we score a total of 5 runs in 2 games in that joke of ballpark against total crap starting pitchers??

One hit after the 2nd inning -- aaaauuuuggghhh!

I hope this "win at home but not on the road" thing doesn't take on a life of its own.

Crap. Crapcrapcrapcrapcrap. Crap.

so it definately looks like padres are sellers anyone we want

to bad the pads dont get one back

Michael Barrett?

we can send them k. hill and j. dubois for someone

Edmonds, Pie and Fuld are collectively hitting about .100 in the new roles.

Forget Right Field and Left Field --- Center Field sucks!!

Sometime bewteen Flag Day (June 15) and the ASG, With a Hoffpauir/Johnson platoon in RF.

IF and when that happens we probably get Murt back.

Can we just do it now already? As Matt Murton's agent, it is really tough to commission his Minor League split.

I think Lou likes Hoffpauir alot more than he does Murton.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/96432...

Re: Fuku batting 2nd last night
''I wouldn't get too excited about this right now; this is just today,'' said Piniella, who has called Fukudome a more classic No. 2 hitter than No. 5 but believes he fits the Cubs' lineup best behind Aramis Ramirez.

Re: Soriano's day off
Leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano, who's 0-for-8 since being named NL player of the week, got the day off, in part to rest a left calf problem that has been heating up the last several games.

Re: Z's neck stiffness
More irritated by the suggestion that he might be hurt than by anything in his neck or right shoulder, Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano said Wednesday he's healthy and strong -- then flexed and smacked his, uh, forearm as proof.

''My shoulder's fine,'' Zambrano said. ''I'll show you Friday.''

Apparently anatomy is not his strong suit--but he wouldn't be so boastful if he couldn't follow it up with something, would he?

If the epicenter of cable sports news was Chicago, this would just be described as Carlos Being Carlos.

maybe he was just trying to find a vein to shoot up.

God, I hate off days after a loss. Well, off days period, but especially after a loss.

Gagne shut down due to shoulder:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3407632

Gagne has been shut down due to shoulder inflammation and tightness... It just keeps getting better for the Brewers...

Sounds like a classic case of Strugglingitis to me.

I'd also have an inflammed shoulder if I had a 6.98 ERA and had already blown 5 saves 6 weeks in.

My favorite one of those was a guy named Neil Allen who pitched for the Mets. Got lit up repeatedly, then didn't show up for a game, saying that he was an alcoholic and had a drinking problem. Tom Seaver publically called him on it, and questioned his manhood. Allen admitted he made the whole thing up.

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