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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  • so...what's chan-yong lim up to these days?


    crunch 39 min 41 sec ago view
  • yes, those hamilton WAR numbers are very reasonable. i'm on your side now based on that biting commentary and reasoning of why he's a 3.5-ish WAR player over a 600 PA season.

    those numbers are obviously well deserved and worthy of no scrutiny...none at all. no issue.

    CF D is rarer than a jon lester pickoff at 2nd...totally way in hell there's good D, low/no-hitting CF's in anyone's system that could do what hamilton is doing. guys like this don't get like, 2-3 at any given time in history.

    crunch 59 min 25 sec ago view
  • Please do not discuss War here. I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.

    But yes, whether you support War or Peace...Mike Trout is ridiculously consistent and good.

    blockhead25 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • ^^^#WARTruther

    Rob G. 3 hours 29 min ago view
  • "According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow's baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from "roughly half" of the 30 major league teams."

    "One scout told last week that Tebow's swing is so long it might "take out the front row." That's not a good thing."

    crunch 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • MyrtleBeachPelicans [email protected]

    The #MBpelicans and @Cubs have extended their PDC through 2020!
    Carolina League getting 2 new teams too.

    QuietMan 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • CF WAR is ridiculous...billy hamilton is pulling a 3.0 WAR somehow...and managed a 2.0 WAR last year (even though he missed a month of the season)...and a 3.7 WAR in 2014.

    yeah, a lot depends on how one is doing relative to others at a given position, but WAR is common used (right or wrong) as a blanket comparing all kinds of players.

    trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo.

    crunch 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • Rob G. 6 hours 58 min ago view
  • Don't know if Cubs will recover from "spanking" Gordo

    jacos 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 21 hours 58 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 23 hours 13 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 23 hours 57 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 23 hours 58 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 23 hours 59 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 1 day 2 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 1 day 3 min ago view