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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  • crunch 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 9 hours 27 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 10 hours 33 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 11 hours 41 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 14 hours 24 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 14 hours 34 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 14 hours 40 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 14 hours 53 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness... can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 15 hours 2 sec ago view