Game 122 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (1 of 3)

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Josh Johnson

12-5, 3.22, 101 K, 48 BB, 151 IP
3-0, 3.19, 28 K, 14 BB, 36.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano SS Hanley Ramirez
SS Ryan Theriot RF *Jeremy Hermida
1B Derrek Lee 3B Jorge Cantu
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *Mike Jacobs
C Geovany Soto 2B Dan Uggla
3B Mark DeRosa LF Josh Willingham
2B *Mike Fontenot CF Cody Ross
RF Reed Johnson C *John Baker
P #Carlos Zambrano P *Josh Johnson 

The Cubs attempt to extend their 8-game road winning streak with Carlos Zambrano trying to recover from a 4-inning+ outing against the Cards last Saturday in which he seemed to be channeling Bob Howry, i.e., allowing a whole big bunch of hits (10), homers (4), and runs (9).

Josh Johnson makes his second start this season against the Cubs. He served up solo home run balls to Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson but little else, a in an ND start on July 25th at Wrigley. (That was the game the Marlins won on a ninth-inning homer by Jeremy Hermida against you-know-who.)

Speaking of that four-game series, which the teams split, that's also the last series the Cubs played and didn't win.

Friday's Game Notes highlight:

The Cubs' seventh and eighth place batters are hitting a combined .301 this season, which is best in MLB. In the series at Turner Field, the #7 and #8 guys went 11-for-25 (.440) with 9 RBI.

And to think—we've expended all that energy this year debating who should hit leadoff.

By the way, no matter what happens the rest of the way, I think the Cubs should definitely go after Michael Phelps as a free agent.

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http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

will miss at least 2 starts now....

Phelps could bring it and would look good in a Cubs pinstripe speedo. Ladies attendance would increase exponentially.

Bob Howry = Voldemort??

I think Phelps really should have to play for the Fish...

I'm going to get those Chinese gymnastic girls for my nephews little league team.

via Rotoworld..

Jarrod Washburn said he was upset at not being traded to the Twins.

Washburn has a home in Minnesota and the Twins are a contender, so it's easy to understand why he wanted to leave. The Twins reportedly offered Boof Bonser for him. "If that was the case, how much more do you think you're going to get? A young guy with a great arm who's cheap," Washburn said.

What's the updated word on Ramirez? I haven't been able to find much. Just sitting as precaution, or is he going to be out a few days?

In othernews: Soto for MVP
http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID...

Just a bruise on his thigh. He could have started today, but they thought they'd rest it. Lou says he is available to pinch hit today if needed. Technically he is listed as day-to-day.

Heard Lou on the pre-game. Its a bruise as we've been told. In necessity he could be used as a PH tonight. Will not play til Sunday.

Z isn't right. Hopefully he can figure it out in the next couple of starts.

He looks like a Red Bull junky out there tonight. Never seen him spit so much. Somebody get a straight-jacket. We need an intervention.

WARD!!!!!!!!!

D WARD! D Ward was beyond due...and we were due to finally hit Gregg.

"I was born to hit a fastball"

--D. Ward (in the postgame comcast interview with Len)

First time in a goddamn month I had an opportunity to get into parachat and so I worked in my garage and lost track of time and missed the end of the game by a few minutes. Damnit!

Anyway, go Cubs and go D Ward. Hot to trot. Strawberries, yeah, strawberries ... not the cheese.

No doubt about that shillelagh - crushed.

No fun for MKE, seeing the Cubs W on the board tonight.

also the win means an 9 game road win streak and a 30-30 record on the road.

the road winning streak in July-Aug 1945 was 12 games.

not sure if everyone can see this link but it's the mlb press pass for tonight's game...more stats than you can shake a stick at (all nine pages)

http://presspass.mlb.com/pp_viewer.asp?d=41797&p=1

Also: suck it, cheeseheads.

That was a Helms-of-a-play in the top of the ninth on the Fontenaught's liner. Had I not known the final score by them I would have been really pissed.

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  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • I don't think the error call was completely out of the blue but the ball took a very bad hop and would have taken a very good play to get it. Same with one of the Stella throws where I think it could have easily been ruled a hit. Neither were cut and dry calls though imo.

    johann 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • chased a high fastball...

    I think his BABIP during his run has been around .950

    Rob G. 3 hours 50 min ago view
  • Great stuff CubbyBlue!!! I think it inspired today's six spot as well.

    Eric S 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • That's all fine and good, but I think it's short-changing the Arrieta-like affect of his beard

    Eric S 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • Was the error scored on Zobrist's third ab ruled correctly? Ron was saying that it was a pretty tough chance for the fielder

    Eric S 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • Did anybody see that Zobrist strikeout?

    That was extremely disappointing.

    Old and Blue 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.

    billybucks 6 hours 18 min ago view
  • Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.

    Eric S 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 7 hours 21 min ago view