Game 61 Thread / Cubs @ Dodgers (1 of 4)

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SP Ryan Dempster SP Chad Billingsley
  7-2, 2.75, 63 K, 33 BB, 75.1 IP
4-6, 3.29, 71 K, 34 BB, 65.2 IP
LF Alfonso Soriano LF *Juan Pierre
SS Ryan Theriot CF Matt Kemp
1B Derrek Lee RF *Andre Ethier
3B Aramis Ramirez 2B Jeff Kent
RF *Kosuke Fukudome C Russell Martin
C Geovany Soto 1B *James Loney
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B *Blake DeWitt
2B Mark DeRosa SS Chin-Lung Hu
P Ryan Dempster P Chad Billingsley














And so, here we are:

The final, deciding game in the Cubs' and Dodgers' best-of-2,021 game series.

Who'd have thought it would come down to this?

I kid, but the 118-year, all-time series between two of baseball's grand franchises is, in fact, knotted at 1,010 victories per side, as the MLB-best 38-22 Cubs open a four-game set against the 28-31 Dodgers.

Dempster (7-2) comes off a 5-inning, 93-pitch victory against the Rockies on Saturday, Cubs manager Lou Piniella having decided before the game to limit Dempter's pitch count. (The veteran had averaged 115 pitches in his four previous starts.)

Tonight, there are presumably no such limits, and the veteran, who last started a game at Chavez Ravine as a Marlin seven years ago, can pitch himself silly.






just beat the Cardinals in the 10th after St.Louis had come all the way back from a 7-0 deficit, tied it in the ninth and took a 9-8 lead in the tenth. Go Cubs!

I've been waiting for Ryan Franklin's luck to run out. Time for a new shipment of 'roids.

Fukudome HR....woooooooooo!

When did we acquire him? :-P

P *Jeff Francis

<i>(Dempster) can pitch himself silly.</i> No need. He already is.

Ugh --Soto K's, now under .290. That was quick.

He's chasing breaking stuff that breaks sharply down the middle, even if it's the dirt, and, no stats to back this up, but he hasn't been as patient as he was earlier. I smell another streaky hitter.

most hitters are

A win is a win is a win.

- How does Saito throw Fukudome a breaking pitch in the 9th? Fuku was way behind on the first 2 fastballs and then barely got a piece of a couple more he fouled off. - Did the Dodgers not have anyone to pinch-hit for their shorstop, Hu? How do you let him hit in that situation in the 9th?

I was thinking the same thing that Hu shouldn't have hit..but apparantly Torre had more faith in Hu than Luis Maza, the only other position player left was the backup catcher. I think Kerry Wood was channeling Mitch Williams on that save.

how does dewitt not bunt the tying run to third with no outs.

1) The Dodgers broadcasters were saying that DeWitt is hitting .385 with runners in scoring position. (BTW, Juan Pierre is hitting .395 with runners in scoring position.) 2) Hu was on deck. He's bad, and Torre didn't trust him as much as he would trust DeWitt pulling a grounder to the right side (instead of bunting). Sometimes, grounders to the right side sneak through the hole for base hits. 3) Torre had used his two best lefthanded pinch-hitters earlier in the game (Sweeney and Delwyn Young). After DeWitt were Hu and the pitcher. He had to use Tiffee to pinch-hit for the pitcher, so Hu had to bat or himself. Obviously, Torre didn't trust Maza either.


How does Wood not throw 3 straight fast balls down the middle to Pierre? Brenly said it too, "let him hit a fly out to left." LOL Theriot had a nice game yesterday, hopefully he will sustain about a .300 average and a nice obp. That will be as big as Fuku and Soto being on the team this year.

I love Vin Scully, but he mispronounced "Quade," "Kosuke," "Aramis" and "Sinatro" all in the same half-inning. He also told the following stories about Cubs players that I don't believe any of the Cubs broadcasters have told: 1) Derrek Lee lived for about 10 years in Japan beginning when he was two years old. He attended Dusty Baker's baseball camp when he was 11. 2) Ryan Theriot helps out the underpriviliged in Baton Rouge. He also said that the Cubs hit .331 with RISP and less than two outs but only .202 with RISP and two outs. He also called Dempster a great bunter and wondered openly by pitchers who are good bunters don't try more often to bunt for hits.

That Scully must have quite the memory to know about Dempster's bunting skills. He has 3 career sacrifices against the Dodgers in 21 plate apperances.

Off topic, but I'm sure glad given the theatrics the last couple of nights that we did not get Coco Crisp when it was rumored. He seems like a complete D-bag.

Youklis and Manny got into a fight in the dugout too, last night.

I enjoyed watching Coco get his face pounded by Gomes.

Edmonds now hitting .279 as a Cub.

Youklis and Manny got into a fight in the dugout too, last night. =========== Does Manny have a Youkilis bobble head doll in his locker too?

Can someone tell me whats going on with DLee? He really seems to be struggling.

It's either mental, pharmaceutical or he needs to have his eyes checked. His swing looks normal enough. /PDOOMA

He's struggling.

Has he pitched since he went on the DL with a "back" problem?

I sure hope he's not pitching, but I wouldn't put it past the cubs to try to convert him:) I don't think it's his back. Ron was talking with him before a game not too long ago and Lee just sounded frustrated that he wasn't hitting. Didn't sound like a physical thing, but who knows?

a slump?

Isn't he more productive this year then last year at this time? I know the BA is down.

He's not having a bad year...but he is in a slump right now.

dlee's getting a LOT of sliders and doing nothing with them. its odd. he is just not seeing anyone's slider with consistency and i have no idea why, personally...maybe someone else has seen something.

Any updates on Hill?

Yeah. He's still bad, and a head case. 90% psychological. IF he is with the club at all this year, it will be surprising. Imo, Hendry has to be sniffing for trades for another starter.

rich hill was supposed to pitch last nite for iowa but game was rained out so probally tonite


9:40pm Central start tonight. Good thing it's Friday.

we'll see if my DSL cuts out in the bottom of the 9th inning again. THAT sucked. It was like the old days, flipping frantically between ESPN, ESPN2, and FSN tickers to figure out what was going on with the game. Meh.

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