Game 150 Recap: Cubs 2, Brewers 6
- Hah. Just as the game starts, my computer crashes. Maybe it's an omen that tonight isn't the night for my return...
- While it's rebooting, Cameron lines a 2-2 pitch into the left center gap. Edmonds cuts it off, keeps him to a single
- 2-0 on Durham, Soto goes out for a chat.
- Cameron steals second. Replay shows that Soto's absolutely perfect throw just did get Cameron at second, but he's called safe
- and Durham walks.
- as does Braun. This is not good. Missing with the fastball. The walk comes after a very, very generous strike call by Joe West on a 3-1 count.
- Fielder then lines a double down the left field line, all three runs come around to score. 3-0 Brewers with no outs.
- Hardy grounds out to third
- and Hart K's swinging. With that, I'm back up to speed. phew. stupid computer.
- and Counsell K's swinging. 31 pitch first inning. Yeah, I think it was an omen.
- Soriano bounces out to Counsell at third on the first pitch.
- ESPN observes that Cameron has some sort of defensive positioning guide in his back pocket that he's consulting. Their crew hasn't seen that before, neither have I.
- Fontenot K's looking.
- as does Lee. easy first for Sheets, 14 pitches.
- Kendall grounds to Theriot.
- As does Sheets. trots down to first on what might have been a bit of a tough charging play for Theriot.
- Cameron lines a fastball on the outside corner right to Fontenot. Decent recovery inning for Marquis, only 11 pitches.
- Ramirez with a really funky home run. Wails at the first pitch, an inside fastball that looks like it tied him up, and lines it on a frozen rope into the first couple rows of the bleachers, just to the right of the left-field well. Dave O'Brien is three types of astonished at how fast it left the park, says Braun didn't even get his head around before it was out of the park. That's only a slight exaggeration. 3-1Brewers
- DeRosa lines to Braun.
- Sut thinks Soto is a top 10 MVP candidate
- as Braun did, Soto begins trotting to first on ball four, only for Joe West to call it a strike
- lines a drive to the right field warning track, Hart catches it.
- Durham taps one up the first base line. Marquis fields, tags Durham out.
- Braun fists one inside-out to the right-side hole. Goes over Lee, but Fontenot makes a great diving catch on the shallow outfield grass
- and wow, some no-name is warming up in the Brewers pen. Must be something wrong with Sheets?
- Fielder walks
- Hardy lines one through Fielder's legs, as he leaps up to avoid it. Single to right, Fielder to second.
- Hart grounds into a 6-4 force.
- Sheets appears to be leaving the game.
- Mark DiFelice in to pitch. Sheet on the bench looking on.
- Theriot K's looking on what was also a check swing. K-zone suggests, yet again, that Joe West missed the call.
- Marquis lines a bouncer off Fielder's glove. Recovers, takes it to the bag.
- Soriano lines one to the warning track just left of center. Cameron is there for the out.
- Report is tightness of right forearm for Sheets.
- Counsell K's swinging
- Kendall floats one to shallow right, Fontenot races out and to his left, makes a great diving effort, but it's just out of his reach. A single.
- DiFelice bunts Kendall over.
- Cameron lines a sharp grounder to Fontenot's right, picks it easily, out at first.
- Fontenot bounces out to Durham.
- Lee K's on a low and away slider
- Ramirez walks
- Edmonds had been 0-21 against Sheets, now lines one up the middle
for a single. Ramirez to third. Durham had shaded him way around
towards first to pull.
- DeRosa rolls into a 6-4 force out
- Durham flies out to the wall, just short of the ivy in right.
- Braun also flies to DeRosa.
- Fielder smokes one off the top of the ivy just right of center. Hit very hard, Edmonds might have a shot at getting Fielder at second. Makes a slight bobble in glove-to-hand, Fielder makes it in easily.
- Hardy with a sharp liner into right, Fielder has to hold as DeRosa charges it well.
- Hart with a lazy fly to right, Marquis escapes with no damage
- Todd Coffee in.
- Full count, Soto walks.
- Theriot with a shallow chop to third. Counsell goes to second, can't get much on the throw, Theriot safe at first.
- Sutcliffe mentions Z left the game today due to some concern with a grandparent. Best wishes, Z.
- Marquis with a nice bunt to third, Theriot to second.
- Called strike to Soriano, who becomes the latest to lok back at Joe West's call.
- swinging at a slider in the dirt, 0-2
- and K's swinging at another bouncing slider. Boo.
- Counsell with a sharp grounder to Lee's right. Nice pick, throws to Marquis for the out, nicely executed.
- Kendall walks. Gyeh.
- Joe Nelson in to pinch hit for Coffee, 2-0 count to start him out.
- Kendall runs, Marquis with a wild pitch, and Kendall to third. Infield comes in, 2-2 count on Nelson
- and Nelson walks. End of the game for Marquis, Angel Guzman in.
- Sutcliffe compares Guzman to Mariano Rivera.
- Cameron K's swinging at a high 96 mph fastball.
- Durham pops out just behind home place. Another threat avoided. Cubs really ought to pull this one out.
- Carlos Villanueva in to pitch.
- Fontenot K's looking, insider fastball.
- Annnnnnnnnnnd we have our first Bartman reference of the night. Everyone take a drink.
- Cameron makes a nice running, shoe-string catch on a sinking line-drive by Lee.
- Ramirez rips one past Counsell for a single.
- Mitch Stetter in, a lefty to fast edmonds
- Correction, a side-arming lefty.
- Edmonds rolls out to second, inning over.
- Guzman hits Braun with a fastball, looks like it caught a forearm.
- Fielder lines one into center, Braun to third. Runners at corners, no outs.
- Hardy hits one into the right field gap, Braun scores, Fielder to third, double for Hardy. 4-1 Brewers, nuts.
- Kevin Hart warming up. A sign LouPa is willing to treat this one as kind of over?
- It might be. Corey Hart lines a single to left, Fielder and Hardy in, 6-1
- Kevin Hart in.
- Corey Hart runs, Counsell is HBP, but it sure doesn't look like it on the replay.
- Kendal drops down a bunt, runners to 2 and 3.
- Lamb hits for Mitch Stetter
- Lamb flies to shallow-mid left, Soriano throws, Hart is called out. It's just another in a long line of calls that Joe West missed tonight.
- Wow, was Hart safe.
- Gagne relieves Stetter
- DeRosa flies out to Braun.
- Soto looks at a curveball on the outside corner, strike three
- Theriot grounds to short
- Sean Marshall in.
- Cameron with a sharp liner to Edmonds
- Durham hits a sharp one hopper at Ramirez that eats him up. Generously ruled a base hit, although it was a tough play
- Braun lines out to third
- Fielder pops foul to third
- Mota in for Gagne, Hoffpauir hits for Marshall
- and K's swinging
- Soriano walks.
- Fontenot flies to Braun
- Lee with a nice single, Soriano to second.
- and on the first pitch, Ramirez rolls right to hardy, 6-4
- Randy Wells in.
- Hardy K's swinging, Hart grounds to Theriot
- Pujols tells us that we're getting bored with Pujols. Speak for yourself.
- Counsell grounds to Fontenot, very quick inning.
- Salomon Torres in, seventh reliever in seventh inning for the Brewers.
- Edmonds rolls out to second
- DeRosa singles sharply right up the middle.
- Soto rolls one up the middle, first and third.
- Theriot rolls into an easy 6-4-3, but Fielder drops the ball at first - it was a low throw, but didn't bounce, just sort of missed it off the tip of the glove. Run scores, 6-2 game.
- Ward hits for Wells
- and weakly bounces out to Weeks. Game over.
- How do we know it's really me?
- Mockery ensues.
- Mockery ensues
- How do we know it's really Carlos?
- Mockery fails to ensue. What gives?
- The Z/Fontenot routine.
- How's the economy treating you?
- That last pitch Wood threw to Fielder last night
- The home run.
- Proper uses of ~thunder~
- Carlos claims to have seen a black neo-nazi.
- RBI opportunity stats
- Fontenot's nice catch.
- I am introduced to cakefarts. No good comes of it.
- Crunch helps the terrorists.
- Conspiracies of cartographers.
- Brewers future
- Super-sized Romo's relations with Jessica Simpson
- With my cooking skills, someone will be lucky to have me for a wife. - Brick
- Trans in love.
- "Wrigley rotated a bit when Fielder put on the brakes." - brick.
- Bad moments to be caught putting in your contacts in a restroom.
- Likelihood of a Soriano homer.
- Faux Cubs Pessimism from Whip.
- Rediscovering Angel Guzman
- Does Marquis make the post-season roster? (no.)
- Parachat makes fun of my antiquated vocabulary.
- The American League is the league of cutters. They need help. Brick is on fire, tonight.
- Bonnie Tyler
- Bonnie Rait
- Steven Tyler
- 80s female pop singers
- Whip explains to us, once more, what good music is. :)
- Air Supply, evidently.
- Domo Aryagato, Mr. Fontenot. And Aramis Morisette.
- Yoko Ono
- Seth McClung
- Oddest Parachat pairing ever: Ono and McClung?
- Rob's fantasy league.
- Porno Dave compliments me, and Rob shoots me down. Now I'm sad.
- how dumb was it to send the runner on Lamb's fly ball?
- I fight Whip.
- Things that have happened since I last did anything at TCR
- oh god, not this cakefarts thing, again
- The Mike C of Music?!?!! ROFL. God, the things I missed.
- Trying to persuade me not to post this recap.
- Who should rule TCR?
- My Future.
- Reality TV
- Carlos is a dirty terrorist with an ape's penis.
Cubs record in games recapped falls to 11-6 on the season. How pathetic, I've only done 17...
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).
TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.
TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.
Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.
Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.
Think Baby Maddux.
Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.
Kyle is on the far left.
I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.
Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.
That was good!
Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.
My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.
Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.
Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.
How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?
Call me lost.
Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.