Harden Bests Former, Almost-Cub Peavy: Cubs 6, Padres 2
In the first inning, Harden gave up a leadoff double to Brian Giles and one out later, a two-run homer to Adrian Gonzalez. He limited the Pads to just two more hits and held them scoreless over the remainder of his six innings, at one point retiring 13 San Diego hitters consecutively.
Peavy was trying to become the first San Diego starting pitcher to win a game since April 17th. He was in a position to do so, clinging to a 2-1 lead, before Bradley stepped to the plate with Kosuke Fukdome on second base and launched his fourth homer of the year into the upper-section seats in straightaway center field.
Bobby Scales, pinch-hitting for Aaron Heilman to lead off the Cub 7th, hit his first career home run to extend the Cub lead. The home team tacked on two more insurance runs in the 8th.
Heilman, Carlos Marmol, and Kevin Gregg followed Harden to the mound and blanked the Padres over the final three innings to secure Harden's fourth straight win.
Hardlee productive: Derrek Lee returned to the lineup and fanned three times, including a fourth-inning at-bat when Fukudome was at third base with none out. Micah Hoffpauir did get into the game late, ripping a pinch-hit single that contributed to the two-run rally in the eighth.
Just in case you're keeping track:
Derrek Lee (in 94 AB's) .202/.280/.351/631 OPS
Micah Hoffpauir (in 62 AB's) .306/.353/.532/885 OPS
Lee has 3 HR / 1 per every 31.3 AB ; Hoffpauir has 3 HR / 1 per every 20.7 AB.
Lee has whiffed 23 times this year; once per every 4.1 AB; Hoffpauir has 11 K, that's once per every 5.6 AB.
Listening to Lou Piniella's pre-game radio show with Ron Santo, I was struck by the way Lou gushed over the fact that Lee would be able to start tonight. It was almost like he was trying to talk himself into being excited about the veteran's return.
Enemy update: the Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick had to be pulled from tonight's game with the Pirates after he strained a hamstring while running down a fly ball.
Not only did the Cardinals drop a 7-1 decision to the Pirates, but they
almost certainly have lost right fielder and cleanup man Ryan Ludwick
for a period of time, probably even the disabled list, because of a
right hamstring strain. He was hurt when giving futile chase to Nyjer
Morgan's fly ball, which went for a two-run triple in the second
Manager Tony La Russa was on the telephone to general manager John
Mozeliak, who was in Memphis, to report the dire news and perhaps seek
another outfielder for immediate use. Center fielder Rick Ankiel
already is on the DL with assorted bruises after banging into a wall
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012
the Rex brothers?
Yeah, the Rex brothers, Tyrannosaurus and Oedipus
When I first saw the Tweet, I thought there were two guys. Happy Thanksgiving gang! And TheoJed!
They can use another Brother
Cubs acquired Rex Brothers. Awesome fit for this team. Wander Cabrera going to COL.
"MLB announces #Cubs Minor League RHP Tanner Griggs receives 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for amphetamine"
2014 12th rounder...
it's hard to know who to blame...on one hand he's a baseball player, on the other he sells cars in the offseason...either job leads to amphetamine abuse. =p
Thanks PHIL! I thought only the Cubs had control until the last day of the MLB 2015 Season.
that's awesome...makes me look forward to hearing theo talk some more about how the team needs to be creative with finances because money is tight.
See What The Cubs Are Building This Off-Season For Wrigley Plaza, Clubhouse
CUBBIES-4-EVER: It's not unusual for a PTBNL to be chosen after the Rule 5 Draft from the list of Rule 5 eligible players who were not selected. That way, a club gets a player they like (perhaps somebody like OF Jeffrey Baez) without the cumbersome Rule 5 roster restrictions that go with a Rule 5 Draft pick.
Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season.
Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.