Game 125 Thread / Reds @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Johnny Cueto SP Rich Harden
8-11, 4.90, 136 K, 53 BB, 145 IP (NL) 2-1, 1.80, 49 K, 14 BB, 35 IP
LF *Chris Dickerson LF Alfonso Soriano
SS Jeff Keppinger SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Jay Bruce 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B *Joey Votto CF *Jim Edmonds
3B Edwin Encarnacion C Geovany Soto
CF *Corey Patterson RF *Kosuke Fukudome
C *Paul Bako 2B Mark DeRosa 
P Johnny Cueto P *Rich Harden

 That sure seemed like the longest one day break from baseball for some reason. Back to the Friendly Confines, where the Cubs have already surpassed their 44-win total from last year with a 45-17 record. The Reds limp into town, depleted and desperate enough to start Corey Patterson. And in honor of Dusty's return, let's discuss the Cubs leading the majors in walks with 501 and on pace for 655 which would break the club mark of 650 set in 1970. Of course, those walks don't mean much if you're not driving them in. The Cubs compliment those walks with an NL leading .284 batting average and .834 OPS with runners in scoring position. That's base-clogging done right.


Looks like you might need some help Chad. Better get over there and vote!

That tournament is some funny shit...Some of the write-ups are laugh out loud funny.

Well some people are highly offended by it, which makes it even funnier. Too bad you couldn't make it past the first round Manny. I did all I could.

some people are too busy pretending they're running the show to realize they've been trolled...adding unintentional humor for those separated from the whole thing.

whole thing seems to have run its course by round 1.

You can tell Rich Harden is pitching, his opponent looks like Cy Young, not some rookie with a 4.80 ERA on a last place team.

C'mon Cubs

A good night -- Harden brilliant again, Marmol still groovin', Fukky gets a big (although kinda cheap) hit, and the Brewers (Sheets) and Cards both lose!

FWIW -- Tyler Colvin hit his league-leading 10th triple tonight.

what are the odds barrett makes that baserunning play soto did?


Random observations:

Marmol hasn't given up a run in 38 days.

How demoralizing is it to be a Brewer these days? After the traumatizing 4 game sweep by the Cubs, the Brewers put together a nice 12-6 run -- and lost a game in the standings over that span.

Even worse for them, If the Cubs play just about .500 baseball (19-18) from this point on, the Brewers would have to go 25-10 to win the division.

Harden's line with the Cubs: 42 IP, 14 BB, 59 K, 7ER.

The Cubs are on pace to win 100 games. 23-14 gets them there.

Don't tell anyone, but Theriot is 5th in the NL with a .316 BA.

Soriano has 61 RBI's in 76 games -- that's a pace of 130 RBI's in a 162 game season. So much for not getting enough RBI opportunities at the top of the order.

Wood has 25 appearances since Memorial Day and has only given up runs in three of those games.

Good times.

who would have thunk that on August 20th...

the two teams with the best records in baseball @ 77-48

would be the Tampa Rays and us.

Hope I can say something similar on Oct 1st.

...also the play that Soto scored from 3rd on the bunt by Harden is my nominee for most intelligent play of the year. I can't believe that Encarnacion couldn't hear those lumbering footsteps behind him.

Traveling in China for work so no replay, BBTN, or streaming mediacenter...can someone describe the Soto play?

Oh, and the Cardinals lost to the Pirates. Heh. That's gotta hurt.

runners on first and third with one out...Harden bunted down the third base line.

Encarnacion fielded it and Soto basically went down the line just behind him and took off as soon as he threw it to first.

great cubs win took advantage of what was given
but corey patterson should have caught that ball.

oh well

i think the cubs should be able to set there playoff
rotation however they want.
do we think zambrano is still gonna pitch game one.
steve stone thinks if we play arizona we should
pitch dempster,zambrano,harden

what do we think?

great cubs win took advantage of what was given
but corey patterson should have caught that ball.

oh well

i think the cubs should be able to set there playoff
rotation however they want.
do we think zambrano is still gonna pitch game one.
steve stone thinks if we play arizona we should
pitch dempster,zambrano,harden

what do we think?

Memories.... It seems like only yesterday we were agonizing like this:

Safety squeeze bunt play lifts Chicago past Cueto, Cincinnati
By Hal McCoy

Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CHICAGO — When spring training begins next February, manager Dusty Baker needs to start from scratch, as in holding up a round white thing and saying, "This is a baseball."

Among 16 National League teams, the Cincinnati Reds are 14th in hitting, 14th in defense and 13th in pitching. There are no tangible statistics for measuring fundamentals, but the naked eye says the Reds are 16th.

Dead last, which is why they are dead last in the National League Central standings.

More about tonight's game from an OHIO perspective here (including Dusty claiming he told his infield to watch for the safety squeeze and KPatt blaming Wrigley Field itself for his muffed catch)

Classic. The 2008 Reds are a pretty good imitation of the 2006 Cubs.

Love Dusty's defense: "I yelled 'watch the safety squeeze' to the infield". If that's the case, why wasn't the shortstop covering third on the obvious bunt situation, so as to keep Soto close to the bag? Doesn't the manager set the defense?

I think Dusty meant:

"The pitcher might bunt, and, if it's a good bunt, the guy on third might ty to score when we throw to first. A good return throw to the plate will get the runner. Don't make a crappy throw. So, head's up!" Clap hands twice.

Didn't see Dusty's post-game -- did he bring Darren?

i cannot blame encarnacion for that play....what else is he going to do? not make the throw to first? to get to soriano with the bases loaded? that seems like a pretty bad option.

he basically did the right thing, you can't look the runner back to third bc he knows there's no one behind him....once that bunt is down the only thing you can do is take the easy out at first and then try to turn two.

Most times a bunt is the catcher's call. i don't know where the call was or if encarnacion even heard, but the catcher has to see soto to far from the bag and let his guy know.

"Most times a bunt is the catcher's call. i don't know where the call was or if encarnacion even heard, but the catcher has to see soto to far from the bag and let his guy know."

While Cueto was pointing toward Soto at third, Bako was pointing toward first.

And Baker was pointing at Krivsky.

*golf clap*

I was thinking the same thing.

Well played Andy

as Chad noted, it's the catcher's call there, but if Encarnacion at least gives Soto a look back that's probably enough to give him a pause and keep him from scoring. The play would have been damn close if Votto didn't make such a bad throw as well. I do wonder if Soto or the Cubs noticed on the first pitch to Harden that the shortstop was covering second on that play and Soto could go up the line as far as the third basemen went.

Great baserunning to make up for the piss-poor DeRosa play and Soriano pickoff from two innings earlier...

31 for the division...28 for a playoff spot.

Good write-up by McCoy of Lou's Cincy Days....

Lots of nice base clogging last night - but Fuku may need to sit down.

After last night?

He was 1 for 3, with 1 BB and 2 RBI.

If he wasn't benched before last night, he isn't going to be benched after it.

True, but something needs to be done. This guy has been horrible the last past 2 months.

Since June 28:
.209/.293/.301/.594 2 HR, 14 RBI
Since May 3:
.245/.344/.362/.706 7 HR, 37 RBI

Nobody's defense is good enough to make those numbers up.

Especially not a right fielder's. If Dusty were still here he'd replace him in right with Cedeno.

No Neal, Dusty would just try and make him a leadoff hitter...

At the game last night. Weather was almost California-like (and particularly nice for Chicago in August). Stadium was packed (announced attendance in excess of 41,000) and the crowd was into it. All three pitchers for the Cubs looked dominant. Cueto certainly has a live arm, and he was sort of "effectively wild". He had two HBP and came really close to hitting someone at least two other times. When he got ahead, he threw a few real nice changeups.

Good weather, a great crowd and a Cubs win. A great night at the ballpark and, for me, a great example of why I like going to Wrigley so much.

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  • in his last 11 innings, he has 21K, 6BB, 4 hits and one ER. Nice!

    billybucks 1 min 17 sec ago view
  • Yes!!!

    Thanks crunch!!

    It's mesmerizing

    jacos 4 hours 36 min ago view
  • 5 HR in his last 5 games (3, 1 run...1, 2 run)

    sure, 3 HR were in colorado, but 2 were in night games in SD. that evens out somehow.

    crunch 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • Good work!

    John Beasley 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • crunch 13 hours 35 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 13 hours 50 min ago view
  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 14 hours 33 min ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 14 hours 45 min ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 19 hours 41 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 19 hours 44 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 20 hours 49 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 21 hours 58 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 1 day 38 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 1 day 41 min ago view