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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  • 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!

    Eric S 9 hours 3 min ago view
  • 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.

    billybucks 9 hours 19 min ago view
  • 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?

    billybucks 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • 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.

    billybucks 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 9 hours 49 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 9 hours 54 min ago view
  • THAT WAS TURRIBLE.

    crunch 9 hours 56 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 12 hours 41 min ago view
  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 13 hours 24 min ago view