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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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 8 hours 52 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 9 hours 46 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 9 hours 56 min ago view
  • new one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 10 hours 7 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 10 hours 28 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 15 hours 53 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 16 hours 25 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 18 hours 24 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 20 hours 44 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 21 hours 39 min ago view