Game 9 Recap - Casey with the Bat

Box Score | Highlights

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cubs 2 1
0 0
0 0
11 0
Brewers 2
0 0 2
0   6

The Gist: I didn't watch anything of the game, so not much to add. It's disappointing the Cubs couldn't get the win after getting to Yovani Gallardo, but disappointment and the Cubs go together like fire and gasoline. The bullpen blew it's second lead of the season, this time Kerry Wood being the culprit, leaving a fastball over the plate with Soto set up low and inside. Aramis and Byrd had the big days with the bat. Fukudome left after a few innings with a mild hamstring strain and is listed day to day. The Mendoza Line has been activated for Carlos Pena.  I think I've found my new nickname for him.


Hitter Results for April 10
Name Level Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS
Michael Burgess                          
Welington Castillo A+ DH 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Matthew Cerda A+ 3B 5 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Ryan Flaherty AA LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Reginald Golden                          
Brett Jackson AA CF 4 2 2 0 0 1 4 2 1 0 0
DJ LeMahieu AA 2B-3B 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marquez Smith AAA 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Matthew Szczur                          
Josh Vitters AA 3B-1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0



Pitcher Results for April 10
Name Level IP R ER H 2B 3B HR SO BB
Christopher Carpenter                    
Jay Jackson                    
Austin Kirk                    
Kenneth McNutt AA 2.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Christopher Rusin                    
Hayden Simpson                    

McNutt left his game early with a blister problem. Brett Jackson seems eager to be in the majors.



Byrd and Ramirez had good days at the plate, but Byrd's CS in the 9th hurt. And Ramirez still can't seem to throw the ball. He was saved by Pena at least once and cost the team a DP in the 1st - Fielder should have never even come up that inning.

as I said, didn't watch the game. I assume that's Q-Ball's fault, can't imagine Byrd has a full-time green light. Why would you ever run in front of a power hitter that's already 3/4 on the day? That's absurdity wrapped in over-managing.

Byrd and Q's post game comments seem to back up that it was Byrd who decided to run. Byrd snapped at reporters while Q said he didn't order Byrd to run, unless somehow Q made a mistake (according to Q).

It was stupid.

I posted in the previous thread that the Cubs signed P Ramon Ortiz and he will start at Iowa on Monday night.

apologies to the Q-Ball family then....

I shall forever refer to him as Byrd Brain now.

From the Tribune, maybe Byrd is claiming he got the sign to run:

"Marlon Byrd cut short an interview after being asked about trying to steal second base in the ninth inning with no one out and the Cubs trailing by a run..Quade labeled the decision "miscommunication" without specifying what happened, though he conceded he didn't want Byrd to run.

"We have to deal with that (Monday)," he said. "Make sure that I didn't screw the damn thing up … and I might have. But I didn't care for that situation to be running."

Byrd was reluctant to discuss the attempt, though he denied there was any miscommunication.

"I look at the third base coach," he said, referring to Ivan DeJesus.

So was he given the steal sign?

"Did I go?" he said. "OK. End of question."

After repeating himself several times, Byrd cut off the questioning.

"Done," he said. "Beat it. I respect you guys all the time, and we lose a close game like that and that's the question you ask? Forget it. Beat it."

Cubbery then

Byrd certainly seems a little miffed. Maybe he feels blamed--but maybe he should be thankful he's got a manager who is willingly to say that it might have been his fault and not Byrd's. It's also possible DeJesus messed up. Overall, I'd be much happier if Byrd just missed a sign than if Quade really thought that was a good time to run.

Okay, I understand that; it was probably a miscommunication... or something. But seriously, who says "beat it" anymore? I haven't heard anyone use that phrase for at least 10 years.

"But seriously, who says "beat it" anymore?"

Guys with biceps bigger than my thighs.

Guys with biceps bigger than my thighs.

So basically you are saying that pretty much every one says, "beat it" these days?


Oh, now I'm sad.

I see Welington hit a hr tonight, hopefully his thumb is healing.

I need to pay closer attention. Is Reggie Golden staying at Fitch Park or is he injured?

Does 32% body fat count as an injury? If so, he's hurt.

I have a question for our top talent evaluator Az. Phil, can you give me a scouting report on Frank Batista? He seems to be off to a good start at Peoria.

found this on Christian's personal blog

"After the third such incident, Duquette ventured down into the locker room. “I said, ‘Manny, let me ask you something. I was just wondering why you get back in the batter’s box after ball four.’ He said, ‘I don’t keep track of the balls.’ He said, ‘I don’t keep track of the strikes, either, until I got two.’ Then he said, ‘Duke, I’m up there looking for a pitch I can hit. If I don’t get it, I wait for the umpire to tell me to go to first. Isn’t that what you’re paying me to do?’ "

That's from a 2007 New Yorker article. And they make it sound like Manny was high all the time, which would account for most of his behavior.

Manny Ramirez named both of his first two sons Manny Jr.

That's in the article linked above.

manny was one of those rare few who could roll out of bed and play pro baseball.

roids aside, he coasted a long time in the game on being able to perform awesome while his idea of training was not to become a fatass and to take his work in the batting cage.

it's not that i think people were jealous of the guy, but his attitude and his lack of working on being even better sure did rile some. it's hard for some people to watch a guy who's one of the best in the game coast along on those skills when he could actually be so much better if he applied himself.

pedro martinez showed you can be a happy-go-lucky guy and apply/work to be better than the already great talent you can coast on.

I forgot the Red Sox put Ramirez on waivers in 2003 and nobody claimed him.

Castro the youngest MLB player (and already a year under his belt, crazy).

Vitters 10th youngest in Southern League (total bust though, just cut him now, there's no hope here)

Jae-Hoon Ha 10th youngest in FSL

He's being pushed through the system far faster than his skills development merits. And while that's nothing new for a Hendry organization it reeks of desperation--also not new for the Cubs.

78 games at Daytona, a .257 batting average and an OPS around .700 got Vitters a promotion to AA where he hit .223 .292 .383 .676


yup, cut his ass, he's crap

if we only had Matt Wieters

Just to put the facts into proper perspective, Vitters was hitting .291 at Daytona last year following a year in which he was named a A - star and named to the AFL All-Prospect team.

Had he stayed at Florida all year he would be in... AA Tenessee this year.

Well put Neal...I hope they let Vitters have a full season in AA.

I am OK with them moving him up - but not after just one or two hot weeks like the case with his previous two promotions.

If he is hitting HR's and not K'ing a lot, they can move him up, though Smith probably blocks him moreseo than anyone has previously.

Yep. We could have had who you and MIKE C had been pining for, Matt Wieters.

He is below the Mendoza line so far this year after shitting his pants last year too. .192BA and OBP of .276. This from a player who one would think got the benefit from college - when Vitters did not.

I am still glad Tim Wilken is making the decisions on bringing in youngsters rather than you.

Jim Hendry, however, that's another matter...

wieters not finding his power stroke is weirding people out. last year it became concerning and this year it seems baseball pundits have finally soured on his power actually showing up.

people expected at least 20+hr out of the guy and he's looking like a low-average 10-15HR guy.

He's still only 25, though.

I wonder if it's time for him to dump switch hitting. He really stunk as a RH hitter last year, and switch hitting and major league catching has got to be a lot on one guy's plate. Sure, if he was a natural like Koyie Hill he could do it, but he's just not that kind of ballplayer.

the thing is he got a "pass" for getting on-top of too much stuff and pounding it into the ground for a little too long (even during his minors stint). he has a great swing, yet he's horrible at getting the fat of the bat on the ball.

his minor league power is a bit deceptive considering even there he was pounding too much stuff into the ground.

people assumed he'd hit for decent average and have some power to add to it. at this point the power is looking unlikely without his eyes/body coming around to what's pitched to him and the hitting-for-average thing was/is less of a slam dunk than anticipated by many.

Trevor Cahill and C. Bucholz sign deals.

Castro SS, Barney 2B, Byrd CF, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Dempster P

I've reread it like 8 times and it keeps showing Soto batting 8th.

Bourn CF, Sanchez SS, Pence RF, Lee LF, Wallace 1B, Johnson 3B, Inglett 2B, Quintero C, Figueroa P

Barney sporting the rare lower OBP then BA at this point.

Byrd had a helluva weekend, up to 342/375/474

Yes, he managed to get walks and XBH's in the same series - he's moving up. Maybe he'll get hit by 20 pitches again this year.

speaking of failed prospects

Brandon Wood everybody


Indeed it is. It seems the player's approach at the plate, mental preparation, and swing mechanics might have more to do with translating minor league success to major league success than statistics alone.

Yes, and Rick Ankiel is going to win several Cy Youngs before his career is done. The guy is a head case, end of story.

That was hilarious.

Maybe that anger problem is one of the reasons he's never actually managed in the majors.

believe it's a joke of some kind, fwiw.

Yeah, it is a joke. Justin Kaufmann is the interviewer -- he does segments for a program on WBEZ (Chicago NPR station) that includes spoof interviews.

speaking of Bez and jokes...don't do drugs, guys. NSFW, language.

Hahah... what a peach.

Smokies go up 2-0 early after a Brett Jackson double and Flaherty HR.

Vitters grounds out though in first AB.

3rd HR for Michael Burgess

4th HR for Burgess in the 7th - Earl Weaver style. Daytona cubbies retake lead 6-4 going into the 8th inning.

and Vitters homers in his 2nd AB

Vitters for the HOF!

Vitters grounds out though in first AB.

What a bust!

Sam Fuld HR alert

dice-K out alert. that only took 6 runs til the 1st out.

not true, he got 3 outs the first inning :)


Sam Fuld single away from the cycle...

blister as mentioned, looked particularly bad at first but hopefully now expecting just to miss one start

I finally noticed that Gameday 2011 uses graphics from the home team's park.

With all of the bells and whistles for a subscriber ($25/mo., cancelible) it is pretty nice indeed if you've a speedy connection.

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  • Yes!!!

    Thanks crunch!!

    It's mesmerizing

    jacos 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • 5 HR in his last 5 games (3, 1 run...1, 2 run)

    sure, 3 HR were in colorado, but 2 were in night games in SD. that evens out somehow.

    crunch 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • Good work!

    John Beasley 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • crunch 10 hours 50 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 11 hours 5 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 11 hours 24 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 11 hours 47 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 12 hours 1 sec ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 16 hours 56 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. 16 hours 58 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 18 hours 4 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 19 hours 12 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 21 hours 52 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 21 hours 56 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 22 hours 5 min ago view