Game 135 Thread / Phillies @ Cubs (2 of 4)

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SP Joe Blanton SP Rich Harden
(NL) 1-0, 4.03, 27 K, 15 BB, 38 IP (NL) 4-1, 1.47, 70 K, 14 BB, 49 IP
SS #Jimmy Rollins LF Alfonso Soriano
CF #Shane Victorino SS Ryan Theriot
2B *Chase Utley 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Ryan Howard 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Pat Burrell CF *Jim Edmonds
RF Jayson Werth 2B Mark DeRosa
3B *Greg Dobbs RF *Kosuke Fukudome
C Carlos Ruiz C Henry Blanco
P Joe Blanton P *Rich Harden


A few aftershocks from last night's game...the come from behind win was the 38th for the Cubs this season, second to the Yankees 39. It was their 19th win when trailing in the seventh inning or later, best in baseball ahead of their current foe - the Phightin Phils.

Today, ex-teammates do battle as Rich Harden and Joe Blanton take the mound. I'm sure a steak dinner at Morton's is on the table for the winner.


Some more game notes fun after the jump...


  •  Mark DeRosa has an extra base hit in eight straight games. He is only the second Cub to do that since 1956, the other was Derrek Lee last season, who went nine games from April 23-May 4th. He's also the second player in the majors to do it this year, the other being his second base counterpart on the Phillies, Chase Utley.
  • The Cubs own the best record in baseball and the best record in baseball since the All-Star break.
  • With three games still to play this month, the Cubs have already set their high mark for victories in a month with 19, surpassing their 18 wins in May.
  • The Cubs have a 6.5 game lead in the Central, their largest lead in the division since the end of the 1984 season.
  • I love this fucking team.





I love this fucking team.

Amen, brother.

In the word of the immortal REO Speedwagon-

"Keep on rolling"

That's for crunch

Our boys need to "Keep Pushin' On". I "Can't Fight This Feeling" that we're about to witness something really special.

As long as they "Don't Let Go" of the division lead, we should be in good shape going into the playoffs. "Only In My Dreams" could I believe this team would be so good.

Unfortunately, the September schedule is going to be "Tough Guys". After Philly, the Cubs go "Back On The Road Again", against above .500 competition.

"Time For Me To Fly." See you in Parachat.

You forgot that hopefully in this tough september that we will be "Riding the Storm Out" with a 7 game lead.

all 3 of you deserve a perm-ban.

the deborah gibson reference alone should merit two lifetime bans to be served consecutively.

Eh. I should've put the quote mark after the 'Only'. Oh well; that's what I get for commenting blogs at work. Guess I'd better "Take It On The Run."

Not sure what DLee was doing on that play. If he's the cutoff, then he should either be up the line or down the line a bit. Fukudome had no angle on that throw. He got charged with the error, but Lee really put him in a bad spot.

He wasn't cutoff when Fukudome made the throw, Howard walked in front of it. Any decent runner would have been on second base with a double on that hit.

Just a shit-luck play though... 

for not scoring on that wild pitch.

That was unbelievable. It's not like it barely got away. That pitch practically ended up in the Phillies' dugout. Derosa had to be waving him home on that one.

I don't think DeRosa was waving him, but can't say for sure. Brenly said the ball was behind the batter, catcher, and umpire from Theriot's view and he wouldn't have been able to tell how far it got away.

I watched the replay during the postgame show and DeRosa definitely was waving him. It looks like Theriot's intial reaction when the ball hit the dirt was to move back towards third base, then he tried to break toward home, then went back. Pretty retarded, but I guess it's better than getting picked off third or thrown out at home.

I don't know about DeRosa, but the ball scampered considerably to the catcher's right by the on-deck circle. There was no way the ump was blocking his view and I have serious doubts if anyone else was either. 

At that point yeah, no one was blocking his view. But you need to see the ball immediately. For the first 2 seconds it could be either rolling towards the wall or laying under the catcher's feet from that angle. Really doesn't matter though, they won.

I was there, bleachers, and from that vantage point it took me a couple seconds before I could tell the ball actually got away. I dunno, but maybe theriot had as hard a time as I did.

Theriot was about 300 feet closer..

and not drunk

what are you saying?

nice to get a call, but that ump is terrible

He's been calling stuff 2 inches lower all day on that pitch that Fuku walked on.

first base ump blew the call on Howard at first too, although it looked like they called Utley safe and he was out the play before.

Good to see Zeus get Shark Sandwich out of that jam. Let's see if he can close out the ninth now.

fun fact: Samardzija has gone 12 straight games without allowing a run and 14 straight innings. 

He didn't look too sharp today, but Marmol bailed him out.

Still, 0.96 ERA overall, 18.2 IP, 18 K, 7 BB's, 0 HR's  

The review of "Shark Sandwich": shit sandwich.

Smell the glove.

What's wrong with being sexy?

Gotta love letting the Brewers stare at that final for 2 hours before they start their game.

I'm sure the Brewers are more concerned with the wild card at this point.

This is getting ridiculous. I would be very happy if this team could play as well in October as they have in August.

Yes!! 7 in a row. Friday afternoon wins just make the start of a weekend that much sweeter!

A new hero every day, it seems. Quite remarkable, September should be very interesting.

I wonder if Soriano's HR is any indication that he might be heating up again. If he goes on one his tears, this streak could continue for quite a few games.

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  • j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er

    zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8

    heyward 0-4 :(

    crunch 10 hours 21 min ago view
  • Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says

    crunch 12 hours 58 min ago view
  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 13 hours 18 min ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 14 hours 1 min ago view
  • 1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
    2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
    3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.

    Charlie 15 hours 44 min ago view
  • Who's asking?

    jacos 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • #TeamEntropy

    CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.

    Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.

    Rob G. 15 hours 55 min ago view
  • I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.

    johann 16 hours 41 min ago view
  • any opponent preference for NLDS?

    Mets are down to 1 great pitcher instead of 4. Syndegaard may pitch Sunday which means if Mets win the WC game, he'd be set up for Game 1. There's a chance they clinch a spot by Sunday so he'd pitch the WC and then we'd probably get Colon for Game 1. They've certainly had the hottest bats over the last week and month out of the WC options.

    Rob G. 17 hours 3 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 22 hours 7 min ago view
  • Can't teach height and thinness

    jacos 1 day 2 min ago view
  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should something like it.

    crunch 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.


    Rob G. 1 day 9 hours ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 1 day 10 hours ago view