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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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 19 hours 3 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 19 hours 8 min ago view

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 19 hours 13 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 19 hours 25 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 20 hours 1 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 20 hours 42 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 54 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 22 hours 11 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 22 hours 15 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 23 hours 7 sec ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 6 hours ago view