Game 122 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (1 of 3)
|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.
On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!
KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.
Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?
Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.
Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.
So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?
Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.
Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.
Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?
Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?
Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.
Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?
THAT WAS TURRIBLE.
Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?
Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.
...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.
bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.
chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.
i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.
the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.