Game 147 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (kinda), (1 of 2)

[Updated 10:40 by ruz]: Whoooooooo!!!!!!! 

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP *Randy Wolf
13-5, 3.58, 117 K, 64 BB, 173.1 IP
10-11, 4.45, 146 K, 67 BB, 174 IP
LF Alfonso Soriano LF *Darin Erstad
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Michael Bourn
1B Derrek Lee SS Miguel Tejada
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B #Lance Berkman
C Geovany Soto 3B #Geoff Blum
RF Mark DeRosa RF Hunter Pence
CF Reed Johnson 2B *David Newhan
2B Ronny Cedeno C Humberto Quintero
P #Carlos Zambrano P *Randy Wolf


About 72 hours and one hurricane ago, the Cubs held on to beat the Cardinals, 3-2, and extend their NL Central lead over the Brewers to 5 1/2 games. As the Cubs and Astros take the field tonight at Miller Park, where they have been driven by Hurricane Ike, the Cubs' lead is 6 1/2, and the Brewers are desperately trying to hold off the Phillies and Astros for the Wild Card lead.

The Astros, who must surely have many other things on their minds right now besides baseball, have won six in a row and 14 of their last 15 to claw back into post-season contention. (They were 11 games behind the Brewers as recently as 8/27.) One of the highlights of the hot streak, and one of the lowlights of the Cubs season, was the three-game sweep the Astros pulled off at Wrigley, beginning on Labor Day. Randy Wolf, tonight's Houston starter, was the winning pitcher in the series finale, throwing a complete game shutout in one of the better efforts of his career.

Carlos Zambrano returns to action tonight, having been sent to the sidelines 12 days ago with shoulder tendinitis. Z's last start, against this same Houston club in that same nasty series at Wrigley Field, only lasted five innings before he asked to come out.

Funny pre-game note via Gordon Wittenmyer's Twitter feed:

Astros sticking it to Cubs by every means possible -- including forcing the less familiar, bigger, nicer home clubhouse on them. 

Rob G. Update: Apologies for the server crash or whatever it was this afternoon...should be fixed now.


this game certified untelevised?

Team schedule is showing the game will be on WGN.

the team seems to have taken up acting on the bob newhart show instead of playing the game on wgn.

lou looks like he's lost weight and is a lot funnier, though.

Hi, I'm Larry the pitching coach. This is my brother Darryl, the hitting coach. And this is my other brother Darryl, the bench coach.

Will be Day 1 of 16 straight days of games, at least. If the Cubs drew Game 1 of the NLDS on Tuesday, it could conceivably be up to 18. Let's wrap this bitch up as soon as possible.

playoffs don't start until Wed, October 1st

both NL series start on Wednesday and one AL series, the AL series between division champ and WC team will start Thursday.

Can anyone explain why it would be a nationwide blackout, for

From everything I've picked up online today:

(1) ESPN has exclusive rights to the Sunday Night timeslot.
(2) Because of this, the game cannot be aired on EI or .tv or any nationwide broadcast
(3) The end result is that it is on WGN, but on the Chicago local feed.

Weird. They un-blacked it out. Now it's up.

It's not on my feed. >:(

down 1-0 early in the 2nd, lost the first game already.

Somehow the game is on channel 676 on DirecTV.

holy shit

yay!!!!!! No Hitter . . .


espn had the last 3 outs

Fucking Awesome!

Fuck, I'm glad they unblocked this game. Hells yeah! Go Z!!

It's so great to see a performance like that. We really needed a good outing from Z, but a historic outing is even cooler. Many props to the PChat crew. Tonight was as good as it gets.

Wow! Z with the no-no, speechless..Brewers lose 2 so the magic number goes down by 3 tonight. Am I correct the magic number is 7 now?


I'm 38 and Ive witnessed my first Cub no -hitter and I had my two sons watch with me.


Please keep the magic going.

GO CUBS!!!!!!



Well if I wasn't kicking myself for not making the trip to milwaukee before, I sure am now.

Take that, CC! Z got his no-no in *your* house. Left the seat up, even.

Way cool, Z. Way cool.

I would just like to say a few words...

First Cubs no-hitter in my life and I don't get to see it except for last three outs. Oh well at least they didn't jinx it like every other time I've been watching ESPN and they cut to someones no-no bid.

It wasn't WGN's fault.

Hey, at least you had power. My power went Sunday 2 p.m. e.s.t and is still out and could be out for days. If anybody taped or DVR'rd the game, I would love to get a copy. I only heard about the no-no because I was able to get 720 on am radio. Can only use a computer at work ;) Well done Carlos.
He did reinforce Ozzie's statement about Wrigley's shortcomings :cramped clubhouse, iffy infield & pitcher's mound, etc.,

Also... Z posted a Game Score of 96, best in the bigs this year.

That. Was. Awesome.

(but Orton still sucks)

Some random thoughts and sights

I was wondering if one of the Cubs would sneek into Brewers clubhouse and take a dump in Fielder's locker. I'm sick I know.

When bullpen ran into celebrate one of the rookie pitchers had the pink back pack with the gum and seeds with him and brought to the mound. LOL

Z postgame interview with WGN-
-he knew Milt Pappas was last Cub pitcher to throw no hitter, said Pappas tells him at every Cub convention that he would be the next one to do it

-Len then gave Z the stage and Z said " I want to thank the Lord," and then Z stared into the camera " and the next stage is to win the World Series."


Holy shit!

Looks like Z appreciates 12 days rest. Awesome performance.

ex-cub reliever update:

Winning pitcher in the phils game one, Scott Eyre. Scotty was our secret weapon.

Kyle Farnsworth blows up, gives up a grand slam to DeWayne Wise after the Tigers staged a comeback with a GS by Marcus Thames. Farnsy, still pulling the same shit.

I'm still getting over the Bears meltdown.

Did they ever decide what to do about the Cubs-Astros series?

i think this weekend means we should clinch at home
vs st louis probally
also means we would have a week to set every thing up
for playoffs.

Cubs win next 4 they clinch against Milwaukee on Thursday, because I have tix for the game.


Greatest Cubs game in my lifetime.

Let's give Zambrano plenty of rest until the playoffs start.

Any word on when a replay will be on TV so it can be recorded for posterity?

If this game had been played in Houston, yeah, maybe the same result, but the coolest thing is that it was played in Milwaukee. Since I live in Texas, for some stupid reason known only to Selig, all Astros games - home and away - are blacked out by for my zip code. I live in Rangers territory. BUT since it was in Milwaukee, for some reason they allowed me to watch it. Now I have seen the last 2 no-hitters in Cubs History, this one from my comfy 'puter' (as Bozo would have said) chair, and Milt Pappas' in person with my now deceased Dad in '72! Go CUBS!!! Way to go Z!!

So anyone still worried about how Z would bounce back or the Cubs chances to win the division? Anyone? Anyone at all?

He did have a sore shoulder and threw 110 pitches...I keed I keed....

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  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 sec ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 min 19 sec ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 52 min 2 sec ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 5 hours 16 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 10 hours 8 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • jacos 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.

    That is sick.

    But, I have been an addict for a long time.

    A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.

    Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!

    The E-Man 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • So, the Mesa Cubs should be solid this summer in the AZL Rookie League?

    And, I like the, "But did you know" lead in there. Something a little different.

    I can tell really like this group of hitters in AZ right now.

    What pitchers out there, other than Cease, should we be excited about?

    Thanks as always for the info.

    Childersb3 11 hours 31 min ago view
  • back on the Run Differential hunt... (aka The Hunt for Blue October)

    Cubster 12 hours 5 sec ago view
  • These are the 2016 Cubs I know and love. Also digging that Cardinals OF (lack of) defense.

    Charlie 12 hours 16 min ago view
  • Another day, another eight runs

    jacos 12 hours 32 min ago view