Cubs Lose Thursday's "Other" Game: Fish 8, Cubs 2
The Bulls game was great.
The Blackhawks game became compelling.
And the Cubs game...made me glad the Bulls and Blackhawks games were on.
Why the Cubs lost: The Cubs unraveled in the Marlins' half of the 10th inning, allowing six runs to cross the plate, with an error by shortstop Ryan Theriot, who simply missed a toss from Derrek Lee, in the middle of it all. After Theriot's misplay allowed the lead and eventual winning run to score, Jorge Cantu put the game out of reach with a bases-clearing double against Aaron Heilman, who pitched to six batters without retiring a one and saw his ERA jump from 0.82 to 4.91 in taking his first loss as a Cub.
But there was plenty of badness before the 10th inning. Carlos Marmol came on in relief of starter Sean Marshall, who allowed just 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks in 7 IP, to start the eighth. He walked the first two hitters he faced, then made an errant throw on an attempted sacrifice bunt which allowed the tying run to score and deprive Marshall of a victory.
From Paul Sullivan's game story in the Tribune:
Marmol now has walked six batters and allowed five runs in his last two
innings of work since returning from a knee sprain. Piniella didn't
think the knee was affecting him and theorized it was because of four
days of not pitching while letting the knee heal.
feel very good," Marmol said. "I don't know what happened to me. I have
to get back to throwing strikes. My knee feels good. There's no problem
And then there's the Cub offense, which is currently just a rumor. Back-to-back home runs by Milton Bradley and Mike Fontenot in the fifth inning accounted for all of the Cub scoring and two of the Cubs' paltry five hits. (Ryan Theriot had two hits and Carlos Zambrano, who pinch-hit for Marmol in the eighth, had the other hit, a sharp ground ball single.)
Derrek Lee, who went 0-for-4 and struck out with the potential winning run at second base in the bottom of the ninth, looks especially feeble. He is now hitting .189.
Per Sullivan's game story, Lee blamed the loss on his inability to drive in any runs. It's good that Lee knows how bad he has been, but Thursday night, he had a lot of company in the failure department.
Double-take Moment: If you were hopscotching between the various games Thursday night and thought you saw Koyie Hill playing third base for the Cubs, you did. Hill started the game behind the plate but moved to third base as part of a double switch after the eighth inning. It was the first time in Hill's 105-game Major League career he has played the infield, though he did play one inning in the outfield in a one-sided loss to the Cardinals in '07.
An even more marvelous Marshall: This seemed like it had to be one of Marshall's best starts ever, but with just a couple mouse clicks, I found a better one. Ironically, this one, also in Wrigley Field, also in late April, in another game the Cubs only had five hits, was also against the Marlins.The difference is, the Cubs won that game.
New York Mets @Mets
Dee Gordon lead-off home run. #AintEvenMad #BiggerThanBaseball 1-0 Miami.
7:25 PM - 26 Sep 2016
Amazing effort by Gordon -- truly remarkable.
Cubs get 100, KB gets 100, Hendricks gets below 2.00, Cards get absolutely destroyed by the Reds -- all good, other than some Rondon concern. Hopefully, he can get a few outings in this week and find his groove. Also, I guess Soler is still struggling with his right side. Hmmmm. Too bad Joe didn't let Addy bat with the bases loaded in the 7th -- great RBI opportunity.
I assume all the relievers are on a set schedule this week, but it seems strange Chapman pitched back-to-back.
Barry Rozner article interviewing Greg Maddux (with comments on Kyle Hendricks).
"I like watching him pitch," Maddux said of Hendricks. "I like guys that rely on movement and location. I can relate to him. That's what I had to do. "I'd rather watch him pitch than some lefty throwing 95 mph."
cubs win #100. neat.
Chapman in to stop the bleeding.
they're falling apart late in WAS...damn.
Wilson Ramos may be hurt badly. Carried off the field. Looks like the knee.
Hendricks 6 shutout innings, ends night with an ERA of 1.99
in case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Twins are hiring Indians 32-year old Derick Falvey from the Cleveland Native Americans organization.
Suppose McLeod could still be asked by another organization but likely staying put.
Well put, both your remark, and Crunch's.
I saw the Gordon HR. It was like a funeral where the mourners were made to play baseball. So sad...
i wanted to watch more of it, but it started to feel like i was going beyond witnessing a human experience that isn't often seen into an uncomfortable voyeurism. these guys are in pain.
wow I am glad I missed the start of the MIA game. I would have been sobbing.
baez grand slam!