Game 63 Recap: Cubs 8, Indiginous Persons 7
- Rain Delay. Game pushed back 85 minutes, to 2:45 start time.
- Game starts with Harden firing a strike to Jamey Carroll, fastball. Another, 89 mph, outside. Changeup over the corner, 1-2 count. Fourth pitch, Carroll hits an outside fastball to shallow center, and Johnson makes a nice diving catch on the sinking liner.
- DeRosa gets a stnading ovation from the Cubs fans. Very classy.
- DeRosa with a much easier fly-out to Johnson.
- Victor Martinez with a lazy fly out to Soriano. Easy inning.
- first pitch swinging, Soriano flies to just short of the warning track in Left.
- And we see video of the bleacher bumbs and babes cheering DeRosa as he takes left field.
- Full count to Theriot, he pulls off of a changeup on the outside corner, striking out.
- 2-2 count to Bradley, looks at a slider for strike three.
- 89 mph fastball, low, to start Choo. Comes back to 1-2 count, and K's choo on a check swing at a splitter.
- Peralta with a fly out to center, Johnson gets a bad jump, then takes a bad route, and it tips off the edge of his glove on the over-the-shoulder effort. They give Peralta a triple, not so sure about that.
- Fastball on the low outside corner to Shoppach on a 3-2 count, and Marsh calls it a ball.
- and on the next pitch, Luis Valbuena (who?!?!) hits a three-run homer. Ouch. First row in straight-away right.
- Francisco bounces to Fox, who handles the play at third. 0-3 Cleveland.
- And Lee grounds out to Blanco at second.
- 2-2 count to D. Lee, strikes out looking at a fastball on the outside corner. 3 Ks in a row for Cliff Lee.
- Pretty much the same thing to Soto. Called strike 3 to Soto, fastball down the middle. Not sure what Soto's doing taking that one.
- and Fox bounces out to third.
- Leadoff walk to Carroll. Missing with the fastball.
- DeRosa again gets a nice cheer.
- Fastball outside and it's a 3-0 count. A fastball high for ball four.
- 1-0 count to Victor Martinez, fastball down the middle and Martinez launches one deep to straight away right for a no-doubt 3-run homer. 0-6 Cleveland
- Choo with a solid single to right.
- David Patton warming up in the third: never a good sign.
- Peralta lines out to Soriano.
- Shoppach with a fly ball that drifted alarmingly close to the ivy in left. Soriano with the catch.
- Valbuena with a sharp liner down the first-base line, Lee makes a nice spinnig grab to snag it.
- Johnson K's looking
- Blanco, hitting right-handed, lines sharply out to Francisco in center.
- Len announces that Lee "has no-hit stuff today."
- Harden hits a little blooper towards the Cubs' bullpen, and DeRosa crashes into the edge of the padding where it means the bullpen phone box. Catches him in the left thigh. Painful.
- DeRosa stays in, and Harden breaks up the no hitter, taking a high fastball opposite field into left-center, dumping it in.
- Soriano rolls one into the left-side hole, Valbuena gets to it and makes a strong throw to easily get Soriano. Valbuena is ruling our world.
- Francisco singles to center
- Lee with a nice bunt towards third, Fox makes the play at first.
- Carroll flies to right, Francisco advances to third.
- 2-2 to DeRosa, inside-outs a single to right, scoring Francisco. 0-7 Cleveland
- Martinez flies out to left.
- Theriot flies out to right.
- Bradley grounds out to Carroll. Two first-pitch outs to start the inning.
- 1-2 to Lee, he drops one just fair by the left-field bullpen, for a double.
- 3-2 to Soto, fastball high and outside for the walk.
- Fox with a sharp bouncer up the middle, Carroll makes a fantastic stop directly behind the bag. Flips to Valbuena, who gets to the bag just before Soto. At first it looked like Soto was in there, but his feet-first slide seems to have seriously slowed him down. Inning over.
- Something of a high change-up, but it's a called strike three to Choo.
- Peralta sneaks a single between short and third.
- Shoppach bounces one at Harden, who misses it, perhaps on purpose, and it becomes an easy 4-6-3.
- Reed Johnson swings at a first-pitch fastball down the middle, and hits one to the top of the bleachers just left of center. 1-7 Cleveland
- Blanco bounces out to second.
- Hoffpauir in to hit for Harden. Bounces one wide of third, Peralta cuts it off and makes the play.
- Soriano walks.
- Theriot pops into shallow left, Valbuena makes a nice over-the-shoulder running catch.
- Patton in for Harden.
- Valbuena bounces out to Blanco.
- 3-1 fastball misses inside, and Francisco walks.
- Lee bunts right out in front of the plate. Soto might have gone to second, but doesn't pick the ball up cleanly. Instead goes to first for the out.
- Nice curve from Patton to K Carroll, swinging.
- Bradley hits a big chopper up the middle, and Carroll makes another nice play to get to it, get the big second-hop, turn and throw. Really nice game by Cleveland's middle-infield. Bradley running hard, fwiw.
- Lee hits a line drive that just does get into the bleachers right of center-field. Cliff Lee seems amused that the ball got out, thanks to the wind blowing straight out. 2-7 Cleveland
- 3-2 to Soto, and ball 4 is a fastball high and outside
- and 2-0 to Fox. Pops up a 2-1 to Valbuena.
- Johnson rolls into a 6-4 force.
- DeRosa ahead 3-1, Patton comes back to K him on a sharp breaking pitch out of the zone.
- Martinez K's on three straight, looking at a nice curve for strike three. Patton pitching quite well.
- Choo bounces to Blanco
- Matt Forte, Bears running back, does the stretch. Mlb.tv is kind enough to let me watch it. Tone-deaf, but a workmanline effort.
- Blanco with a nice inside-out line-drive single to right field.
- Miles up to hit for Patton. Flies out to center
- Slider, I think, in the dirt, Shoppach with a weak effort at blocking it, and Blanco goes to second.
- Soriano pops one into shallow right, and eventually it's the right-fielder, Choo, who makes the sliding catch.
- Theriot lines out to Valbuena.
- Heilman in to pitch.
- Peralta with an easy grounder to Theriot.
- Shoppach grounds an inside fastball to third, Fox makes a solid play to his left. Hasn't realy been challeneged at third, but has made all the plays.
- The first 10,000 men 14 years and older get free golf club covers at some upcoming game. Because women and kids don't golf.
- Valbuena flies out to Soriano.
- Lee starts the inning at 107 pitches thrown. Bradley takes a 1-0 fastball and bounces it up the middle for a hit.
- and that brings in Joe Smith (seriously?!?!) to relieve Lee.
- Lee K's on three straight, struggling with these sidearm stuff.
- Soto lines one just out of the reach of DeRosa, getting to the left-center wall. Bradley to third on Soto's double. Two walks against Lee, now a double against a side-arming righty, good signs for Soto.
- Fox chases one and K's. Smith looks like he could be a decent ROOGY.
- Johnson walks, bases loaded for Blanco, some confusion on the Cubs side about who is going to take this at bat. Looks like it will in fact be Blanco hitting from the left side against Smith.
- Smith taking his sweet time with Blanco, gets a very, very generous strike-2 call on a slider outside. 0-2 count. Blanco fouls one off, then a pitch sails way wide of the right-handed batters box. another wide, and it's 2-2. Fastball inside, Blanco breaks his bat and drops a single down the right field line. Two runs score, Johnson to Third, and it's 4-7 Cleveland
- Fontenot in to hit for Heilman, and Rafael Perez in to counter.
- and Hill in for Fontenot.
- Fastball, strike one to Hill. Pitch in the dirt, inside, Shoppach with a nice save. Weak chopper foul, 1-2 count, and another weak foul chop.
- Hill hits a hard liner right at Peralta at third, short-hopping him. It bounces off Peralta to Valbuena, who throws to first, but Hill beats it. Error on Peralta, run scores, runners at 1 and 2, 5-7 Cleveland.
- 2-0 on Soriano, a broken-bat hit to left-center, and it's 6-7 Cleveland.
- Herges in to pitch to Theriot. 2-0 on Theriot. Looks at a sinker for the strike. Chopper to third, just foul, 2-2. Theriot reaches to protect, and hits a fly to center, ending the inning.
- Marmol in for Heilman.
- 1-2 count, Francisco pops to Lee.
- Hafner pinch-hits for Herges, swings at a slider that hits him in the shin. Moves to a full-count, and he walks on a slider that doesn't break. Josh Barfield (he's still in the majors?) runs for Hafner.
- 0-2 to Carroll. K's swinging on a 2-2 fastball, low and outside corner.
- 3-0 to DeRosa, Sean Marshall warming up. 3-1, and a walk to put a RISP for Victor Martinez.
- 2-0 on Martinez. Comes back to 2-2 with a nice called slider. K's Martinez on a check-swing, may ahve foul-tipped.
- Trever Crowe to center, Ben Francisco to left, DeRosa out, and Kerry Wood in to a modest cheer, given that he's protecting a one-run lead for Cleveland.
- Fastball in to Milton, he takes a big rip and fouls it off. three straight balls, 3-1 count. Another big swing at an inside fastball, fouling it off. Kerry hitting 96 mph.
- Wood challenges him with another fastball, and it's popped to Peralta, who makes a nice catch going into the outfield. Bradley running hard, again, as it looks like it might drop.
- 1-0 count, inside fastball to Lee, and he squeaks a home run just inside the left-field line, a few rows into the bleachers. Very quick swing on a fastball for the line-drive home run, and the Cubs come all the way back, 7-7 tie game.
- Soto with a well-hit ball into the right-center gap, Choo makes a fine sliding catch.
- We see Wood's reaction to the HR, he's pretty ticked.
- From 0-2 to a full count on Fox, Fox walks on an outside slider.
- Johnson misses getting hit by a soft curve, should have leaned in to it. Instead, pops out to center.
- Gregg in. Fukudome to center for Johnson on a double-switch
- I miss it, but Choo singles to center.
- Peralta smashes one to Blanco's right, he makes a fine diving, spinning catch, gets the force at 2nd, but Theriot can't turn the DP in time. Nice snag by Blanco
- Shoppach pops foul, near the visitor's dugout, but Lee thinks Soto might be going to take it, and when Soto doesn't, Lee misses the basket catch. Shoppach given another gift, as he hits a sinking liner just in front of Soriano. It bounces out of the heel of Soriano's glove, and Shoppach reaches, thanks to two errors.
- Full count to Valbuena, Gregg blows a fastball by him, swinging strike out.
- 2-2 to Francisco, and a fastball gets away, getting him on the elbow. Bases loaded
- Garko to hit for Wood.
- Nasty slider, Garko tries to check his swing, but it's strike 2, 1-2 count. Another slider outside in the dirt, solid block by Soto, 2-2.
- It's getting very dark, stormy looking at Wrigley
- Garko hits a liner into center, Fukudome overruns it, has to make an awkward adjustment to catch it, saving what would have been a catastrophe. Inning over, no harm done.
- Luis Vizcaino in to pitch.
- Blanco tries to bunt toward second base for a it, but it's not far enough to Vizcaino's left, easy out.
- Fukudome hits a fastball towards left, and Francisco makes a fine leaping catch as he crashes into the vines.
- Soriano's showing some patience today, and takes the walk.
- Soriano gets a two-step running start on Vizcaino and steals second easily. 2-1 count to Theriot.
- Generous strike 2 call on an outside fastball. Nuts. A foul, a slider outside, and it's 3-2.
- Theriot inside-outs a sharp grounder right at Martinez at first. It bounces off of him and scampers into shallow right field. Soriano comes around and easily beats the throw home. The game ends, 8-7 Cubs, and everyone piles out of the dugout.
- Parachat consoles and advises me as I experience my first glitch on the new computer: firefox won't establish a connection to to today's game on mlb.tv. Thanks, Parachat, for the support.
- Waiting. and Waiting....
- Operating Systems.
- And it looks like I'm watching Len and Bob via Safari, while everything else is in firefox, including a Pat and Ron mlb audio broadcast. We'll see how this goes.
- Rob thinks he saw some fans (guys) flash their chests at DeRosa.
- Fantasy trade offers
- Fox would've caught it.
- How wasn't that a strike to Shoppach?
- The Joe needs to exfoliate.
- How often is Carlos having birthdays?
- Did the homer clear the fence, or did Bradley throw it over? - CT Steve
- Rob quits.
- Whip greets us, we greet Whip.
- Whip uses an emoticon.
- Me and the spy. Accusations of whom I might resmeble.
- A love-fest breaks out between Whip, Carlos and Me. Those jackasses.
- The Daily Show's reports from Iran.
- A very, very good day for hot-babe shots at Wrigley.
- Sascha Baron Cohen
- Do born-again Christians get to celebrate two birthdays?
- Birthday suits.
- Where Are They Now? TCR Edition.
- Female Versions of Me
- Sadly, there are none.
- Soto's approach last year compared to this.
- BJB tells us that the Cubs have "no straight right-handed hitters" on the bench. Oh my.
- What's YOUR sorry excuse for not being in parachat yesterday?
- hitting back-to-back three-run homers.
- Jesus Gotter Did.
- I hear my first Johann's Mom joke since my return. It's a pretty good one. And it won't be reprinted, here.
- 5, 6, Bobos and Bees
- Sickness, health and prayer.
- Gardner Jesus.
- Get well, you jackass.
- Pauline theology and tattoos.
- and Baconaise
- and shellfish and homosexuality
- and gay mollusks
- and Witch Christians.
- and Gay Witch Christian Mollusks.
- and Witch Christians.
- and gay mollusks
- Oral Torah
- Gay pig-fucking.
- That, right there, is why I still insist on using a pseudonym at TCR.
- More theological discourse at a level beyond my ability to recap. Midrash and Tanakh and Bees, Oh My.
- Other rashes.
- Pshat, remez, drash, or sod. This wins for both the most profane and profound inning of parachatter in quite awhile.
- People who need to pee, but don't want to miss a rally.
- The Joe prays to Jesus that Whip won't wet himself. Whip doesn't. Jesus, power of prayer, proven to be real.
- Jokes about the second coming of Jesus.
- and further demonstration of why I keep my pseudonym.
- Cheering on the rally.
- I say very mean things to Whip. Lova ya, Whip. You jerk.
- Where's Wood?
- More on Tattoos, and a bizarrely thoughtful conversation on this.
- Cheering for a rally. Observing Wood's cheers compared to DeRosa's.
- Going nuts for the Lee HR. Mocking my mlb.tv lag.
- Trade Wood.
- How Hot is Lee?
- The Cubs' sad D.
- I get caught up.
- Things dramatic and complex.
- Sexual Identity
- Women problems.
- Cub player most likely to listen to Moby?
- Carlos tries to feed me recap lines.
- Hollywood Rob knows all the big stars.
- Big Birds
- Gassy the Clown vs. The Day the Clown Cried.
- Bad called strikes.
- Wild celebration.
Cubs' record in games recapped since Rob G let me out of re-education camp moves to 2-1.
The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...