Game 121 Thread / Cubs @ Braves (3 of 3)

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SP *Ted Lilly SP *Tom Glavine

11-16, 4.26, 133 K, 52 BB, 148 IP
2-3, 4.85, 34 K, 33 BB, 59.1 IP
LF Alfonso Soriano SS Yunel Escobar
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B Martin Prado
1B Derrek Lee 3B #Chipper Jones
3B Aramis Ramirez LF Omar Infante
CF Reed Johnson 1B *Casey Kotchmann
C Geovany Soto RF Jeff Francoeur
2B Mark DeRosa CF *Mark Kotsay
SS Ryan Theriot C Clint Sammons
P *Ted Lilly P *Tom Glavine

The Cubs go for the sweep and hopefully gain some ground on the Brewers, who are losing 3-2 in the ninth in San Diego as I write this. The Cubs doubleheader sweep last night was their first since 2003 over the Pirates (I'm sure you remember the day) and first road sweep since 1992 over the Cardinals.

It'll be Lilly for the Cubs, the proud owner of a 2.53 ERA on the road this season. For the Braves, it's the return of Tom Glavine off the disabled list, his first start since facing the Cubs in early June.


and the Brewers do lose...woot.

Brewers lose 3-2 to Padres. Wow.

Brewers lose to Jake Peavy and co. Not that big of a surprise. Now they've got to face the Dodgers, including Kershaw with no Sheets and Sabathia.

fwiw, weekend matchups

Parra vs Billingsley, Bush vs Lowe, Suppan vs. Kershaw

Z vs. Josh Johnson, Dempster vs. Sanchez, Marshall vs. Volstad

I guess Yost scrapped the 5th starter platoon he was going to do with McClung and Bush. 


Finally - let's hope Glavin still has a few more starts to go before he's back in form.

38, hoping for 37...


Aramis day-to-day with hip contusion....

Home run Howry strikes again!

That was a steely-eyed Lou who took out Howry tonight.

No pat on the shoulder, no pat on the butt,
no eye contact. No nothin'.


Well, we can only hope.

Mark Cotsay player of the game on Cubs broadcast.

~tip cap~

WGN... Aramis Ramirez player of the game

So, we swept the Braves 6-0 this year.

Hope Aramis isn't too seriously hurt.

Howry just bought a St. Bernard


His only problem in Chicago was getting in Lou's doghouse. And when you get in that doghouse, you don't get out. It's a very deep doghouse. It's kind of a Saint Bernard

--One scout on Scott Eyre's relationship with Lou Piniella

Maybe he can keep a small barrell around his neck with H2O to keep Z hydrated.

just watched the video of Lilly's hbp against Escobar. Awesome timing. Top of 7th, no outs 11-4 lead. Last game vs Braves this year and the multi-year vendetta gets the last word in (until next year)

...of course that lead to our St Bernard coming into the there's always consequences, but all's well that ends well.

Maybe Ted can get one of his Toronto buddies to buzz Renteria when they play the Tigers...or at least leave a horse'shead in his bed. Now we know his second middle name. Theodore Roosevelt Corleone Lilly.

back up with the A's replacing Ryan Sweeney, out with a bumb thumb.

Murton's actually looked better than EPatt lately but who cares? right?

EPatt and Murton are dead to us.

Marshall moved up to pitch in the saturday game

Cuban does Kilo Kai, LOVES CHICAGO!

Hey... we may have our nemesis, the Fish, tonight, but at least MKE has some competition for a change -- they're in LA.

"You gonna get ManRammed!"

You have to admit, this gimmick for getting people to pay attention to their blog is working. I'll probably forget all about it after this contest is over, but they'll get their 15-minutes.


You have got to give them credit. Their writeups have shown that they have put a fair amount of thought into this.

I'm not sure, but I think your matchup is scheduled for Monday.

told you last time.

all 2 dozen of you care a lot.

i'm not in that 2 dozen.

end o' story.

Gammons tries to make the case...all kinds of Soto love from his pitchers.

Little off-topic, but of all the sports broadcasters, I vote for Gammons as "most likely to be a coke addict". Just IMO... FWIW.

From the Gammons article:

Earlier this season, Soto struck out eight straight times in Washington, but on the bus to the airport he was joking around when a teammate reminded him of his strikeouts.

"Hey, we won the series, the pitchers were great, and today we had a shutout," Soto shot back. "What's better than that?"

"That," says Ryan Dempster, "was not lost on the pitchers."

It was always a good story, but it has improved with time. I'm pretty sure we lost two out of three to the Nats, including the game right before the busride.

The Cubs did lose two of three, but they won the third game 7-0.

No, actually they lost the first game on April 25th 5-3, won the 2nd game 7-0, but lost the series finale on April 27th 2-0.

Ah... you are right. I just glanced at Soto's game log. Soto didn't play in game three, which made it look like the series ended with the shutout.

glavine back to the DL after a little elbow soreness from airing out all those 82-84mph fastballs and low/mid 70s junkballs.

carpenter (STL) back to the DL, too.

And at least one Cards blog is mailing it in.

pretty realistic view of the situation.

amazing enough they're competing, but what's new for them. almost yearly the ownership/gm/whatever shortchange the team...they scrap together some sprare parts...and along with a weird pipeline of rookies that can hit homers no one saw coming they manage to win a lot more than expected.

they still got a pretty legit shot at the WC even if it seems like MIL/CHC don't want to go into a death spiral right now.

cubs/mil had that weird week where the cubs/mil were tied for 1st with STL a few games back...a week later they're 5 games leading with mil/stl tied for 2nd.

VA Phil was singing this guy's praises the other day, and now has a write up on him. Sounds like he's got a pretty good head on his shoulders:

Aaaannndd.... the reason why I don't really care too much about instant replay. The umps suck now days. Fuck them.

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 5 hours 11 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 8 hours 13 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here:

    QuietMan 10 hours 2 min ago view