Game 59 Thread / Cubs @ Padres (2 of 3)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||*Wil Ledezma|
|2-3, 4.98, 32 K, 22 BB, 56 IP||0-2, 4.50, 31 K, 21 BB, 26 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Jody Gerut|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||Tadahito Iguchi|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||*Brian Giles|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Adrian Gonzalez|
|C||Geovany Soto||3B||Kevin Kouzmanoff|
|CF||Reed Johnson||LF||*Paul McAnulty|
|RF||Mark DeRosa||C||Michael Barrett|
|2B||Ronny Cedeño||SS||Khalil Greene|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||*Wil Ledezma|
The Cubs seek consecutive win number nine tonight versus the generally punchless Padres. While the Giants offense gets mocked for their futility, it's the Padres(3.66 R/G) and Nationals(3.74 R/G) currently battling for the bottom rung of the NL offensive ladder.
For the Cubs, not only does a win tonight extend their winning streak, it would also secure their first road series win since they swept the Pirates...their first road series of the year back in early April. And while their 11-13 road record is certainly unspectacular, there's only 3 NL teams with a .500 or better mark on the road (Marlins, Phillies and Cardinals). Another series sweep and the Cubs will join that group...
Marquis vs Ledezma tonight...I imagine good seat are still available.
Update: Reader Little Nate Lewis flagged this official Cubs press release announcing the demotion of Micah Hoffpauir, who went 8-for-19, .421 in 11 games, and the promotion of pitcher Kevin Hart from Iowa. Hart appeared in six games for the I-Cubs, all as a starter, going 1-1, 3.81, 33 K, 9 BB.
In 18 appearances with the Cubs dating back to last September, all in relief, Hart is 2-1, 3.33 .
TBS' K Zone seems to be more harsh than the others.
I wonder if MLB will ask the networks to stop using them. They just make the umps, and the game, look bad, and it only pisses off the fans.
"Strop vs. Cardinals." Seen the movie. Hated it.
Not all that disappointed -- I didn't think they would beat Lackey in Game 1. Need to get the bats going against the guys with less experience -- and they hit Wacha pretty good.
Rizzo has been slumping the last couple weeks of the season. Very disappointed it has continued during his penultimate moment of his career to date.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester pulled and Strop pulled in. Should of left Lester in. oy.
Sweet merciful fuck, I hate the Cardinals.
Really doesn't matter, but I was surprised to see Lester out for the 8th. Down 1-0, at 100 pitches, seemed better to give a very fresh bullpen a little work.
Oh well...Throw away game, although in a 5 game series there is no luxury afforded to do that.
This game is not on Lester - he did his job
Had a lot of hope hanging on that deep Fowler fly in the sixth.
Really despise the Cards
aside from one swing, this 1-0 game feels like a blow out. Still nice to know one swing can change everything.
We need Rizzo and Bryant to show up.
schwarb leadoff bunt single...lulz.
thanks. it was odd. supposedly the dodgers had him signed earlier in the year, then a lot of nothing, then the giants thing a few days ago, then the cubs get him for a bargain. i'll take it.
Umps strikezone is awful. Giving Lackey a good 6 inches off the plate.
Apparently it was greedy agents who kept pushing the envelope and teams backed away. He then fired his agents and by that time the landscape had changed. The July push had passed and teams were willing to be patient.
As far as what happened to the Giants' deal, I don't know. But perhaps he looked at the two rosters and realized the Cubs had the better chance of winning going forward. Maybe the Cubs swooped in and gave him $500,000 more and he bit. I don't know. What I do know is he signed the day after the Cubs won the wildcard game rather impressively...
That's great to hear AZ Phil. If anyone should know, it'd be you. You've witnessed the transformation first-hand on a daily basis!! Thanks for passing that along and confirming what has seemed quite evident from afar!