Game 111 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (2 of 3)

Game Chat | Press Pass | BR Preview

SP *Ted Lilly SP *Paul Maholm

10-6, 4.49, 124 K, 47 BB, 134.1 IP
7-6, 3.79, 96 K, 36 BB, 140 IP

LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Luis Rivas
SS Ryan Theriot SS Jack Wilson
1B Derrek Lee CF *Nate McLouth
3B Aramis Ramirez C #Ryan Doumit
CF Reed Johnson 3B Andy LaRoche
RF Mark DeRosa RF Stephen Pearce
C Geovany Soto LF *Brandon Moss
2B Ronny Cedeno 1B Chris Gomez
P *Ted Lilly P *Paul Maholm


this lineup sucks -- I hope I'm not too late

Go Cubs Go!!! I hope I'm not too early (it is the Pirates, you know).

Following the game thru gameday. Nice job by Cedeno to get two runners home from the 8 spot in the lineup - with Lilly hitting behind him, definitely take the gidp to get that 2nd runner in. Not sure why the bucs didn't walk him in the 2nd inning with 2 outs ...

22 gidp's for Lee on the season now ... LouPa will need to get serious in starting either Fonzie or The Riot when they got on in front of him. Previous career high for gidp for Lee was 18 in 2001. Will he end up having more HR's than GDPs this year?

1) Biggest play was Cedeno's RBI single in the second inning. Russell gambled with first base open and two outs that Maholm could get Cedeno, and the gamble failed.

2) The Pirates had the leadoff man on in the sixth, seventh and eighth and didn't score in any of those innings.

3) Marmol's fastball the past two days was timed at 96 mph, as hard as he's thrown in weeks.

Why no love for Johnson? Another find offensive outing for the sometime CF - man comes to play, could become even more important depending on Edmonds knee instability. And Marmol's definitely dialed in again - yay.

Johnson's trash in 75% of the games. The ones where the pitchers don't throw from the wrong side.

Well, don't know if you've noticed or anything, but that's kinda why you platoon him with a guy who has an 841 OPS against "the pitchers who don't throw from the wrong side".

Nailed it, Wes.

I think "Rekes" point of contention is that Reed could be the savior if Edmonds is hurt. Because I think we saw what happens when he gets regular PT vs righties.

That's fine.

264/314/393 isn't exactly great, which is Reed v. RHP in '08, but I'd take it if my choices were him, any of the likely candidates to be put on the waiver wire, or Pie. His numbers against right aren't even as good as Reed's are. 242/304/371.

I know we're splitting hairs about defining "trash", but I think Reed's righty numbers are fine for a 8th place hitter if he's going to play good defense.

All that is assuming you don't put Fukudome in center, play DeRosa in right, and put Fontenot at 2B. But, that's another discussion.

Griffey, Jr out with leg cramps. Allegedly he played a fantastic CF today.

I saw one diving catch on the highlights. I just assume it's a ball that anyone under 30 makes routinely out there.


Prince Fielder is under 30.

Under 30 and under 300

Cardinals losing heading into the 9th, 2-1.

Another arm for Sept? Angel Guzman has 2 inning start tonight @ Daytona

according to chicago mark cuban
is the first round leader with a bid
of 1.3 billion and with the support
of red sox ownership and nba commisioner

Prince Fielder is under 30.
just not his waistline

Guzman looked sharp, allowing just one earned run in two innings pitched, contributing to an 13-5 Cubs win... Guzman pitched much better in the second inning, striking out catcher Christian Lopez and then getting two ground outs.

Nolasco with 13K's in 8 innings last night.

so many day games.

only 1 night/evening game this week. bleh.

I love day games... gives me something to look forward to at work.

work \'wurk\ n.: a social construct in which Cub fans isolate themselves in an 8x8 room with a computer, performing menial tasks in exchange for local currency while waiting for Parachat gatherings.

Day games are vastly preferred. I can watch those live.

I prefer west coast night games. :-)

Here's a note from America's favorite journalist, Paul Sullivan, this morning. This is being filed under "crunch is muttering to himself while he responds in anger":

Cubs record when the wind blows in:
2007 & 2008 (Under Lou): 48-23 .676
2003-2006 (Under Dusty): 83-91 .477


I am no fan of Dusty, and would like to forget most of his time here, but given the overall better play, isn't it a given that the Cubs will have a better record under Lou than Dusty in any category?

Unfortunately, Sully can't put 2 and 2 together there.

So now we are just going to absolve Michael Barrett of all blame? I'm not sure if I can live with that.

well look at the facts.

it obviously is his fault.

i dont know why they bother spending all this loot on players when they can just go out and get injured.

i've always said what the cubs need is a 50-70 year old fat man to point and yell at people/places/things.

The seven keys to translating for Fukudome:

This whole not scoring any runs against Brian Moehler thing is really getting old.

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Hopefully Peralta's time on the Cubs roster will be shorter than R. Soriano's.

    Cubster 4 min 16 sec ago view
  • it took 9 pitches for peralta to give up his 1st cubs homer. neat.

    crunch 8 min 51 sec ago view
  • damn...totally missed that ruben quevedo died on june 7th. he was only 37...heart attack.

    he threw some really horrible games for the cubs in 2000 and followed it up by doing the same for 3 season for the brewers.

    crunch 16 min 11 sec ago view
  • Holy Kris Bryant what?!

    Ryno 17 min 36 sec ago view
  • Hitting 3 HR, 2 doubles in a game. Never been done in mlb history per Len/Bob.

    Cubster 29 min 24 sec ago view
  • walks? this is baseball, not a nature hike. he needs to get his head in the game.

    in my opinion, he would have been better off hitting 2 homers rather than walking twice. /moneyballs

    crunch 32 min 28 sec ago view
  • Rizzo: 2-3, homer, double, 2 walks - meh

    Eric S 35 min 8 sec ago view
  • in other news, the site seems to be eating about 50% of my comments...which is probably a good thing in hindsight.

    Rob G. 36 min 50 sec ago view
  • The Tucker Barnhart reactions after each Kris Bryant HR are kind of priceless.

    Rob G. 40 min 19 sec ago view
  • ...but, he's also good at home runs, too.

    also, rizzo.

    crunch 44 min 20 sec ago view
  • technically a wp...that said, a good catcher can turn a good amount of wp into blocked balls that don't show up on the stats.

    schwarber, for instance, was really bad at stopping wild pitches because of how stiff he was behind the plate.

    crunch 45 min 27 sec ago view
  • Was that a wp or pb really? Unbelievable turn-around with this club. 8 runs will not be enough to win this game.

    The E-Man 49 min 1 sec ago view
  • The Rich Harden Experience 2.0

    Rob G. 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • 35sb, 2cs...3pb...playing in his 36th start (39th total)...

    miggy is not having a good time behind the plate this season.

    crunch 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • He hasn't been able to consistently throw his off speed for strikes since the beginning of the season and batters are starting to wait him out. He said this week on the radio that he hasn't had a feel for the off speed stuff all season but he was the same way last season and was better the second part so...hopefully? I'm a bit worried.

    Also I seem to be a bad jinx lately where when I start watching the Cubs start losing and once I stop watching they score runs. So I am sorry everyone.

    johann 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • fair point.

    Rob G. 1 hour 22 min ago view