Cubs Recap for April 17, 2012

The Cubs fall to 3-8 and only Peoria manages a win in the organization.

@Marlins 5 - Cubs 2; It appears the Cubs have a script they can follow for the rest of the season, solid starting pitching effort, a pathetic offense, give up some outs on defense and the basepaths, and then watch the bullpen implode and lose the game. Dempster goes 6 innings with 8 K's against just 2 BB's and 2 unearned runs, although it was own error that was the culprit. He gave way to Dolis in the 7th after 100 pitches and Dolis got through that inning with the tie intact. Dolis came back out for the 8th though and induced his specialty, a ground ball by Reyes to start the inning that Barney butchered. This was followed by a passed ball by Clevenger, then a walk to Bonifacio and the final nail, a 3-run bomb by Hanley to win the game. Some other memorable moments of awesome: DeJesus with a leadoff walk in the 6th, only to get thrown out at second base when a ball in the dirt didn't get nearly as far from John Buck as DeJesus was expecting. DeJesus with a weak throw to try and nail Josh Johnson at the plate. LaHair nearly getting picked off first base after bringing in the tying run with a single and then leaving too early, where Johnson just had to step off the mound to nab him at second base himself.

@Albuquerque 13 - Iowa 6; Rusin gets the start and gives up 6 runs in an inning of work, but just 2 earned thanks to Rizzo dropping a throw by Valbuena that would have ended the inning. N. Robertson got torched for 6 runs himself (5 earned) in 3 innings of work. There was also a passed ball by Lalli and errors by Cardenas and Vitters. On offense, Valbuena, Rizzo and Cardenas each had 2 hits.

Tennessee was rained out.

@Dunedin 8 - Dayton 7; H. Simpson gets lit up for 6 ER in 2.2 IP on 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K and 1 HR. On offense, G. Rohan was the star going 2/3 with 2 BB's including a 2-run shot in the 9th to bring them within one. Eleiser Bonne hit one out as well. Andreoli, Silva, C. Noble and R. Jones all get on-base multiple times.

@Peoria 7 - Cedar Rapids 6;  Not much on the pitching side as Francescon (3.2 IP/2 ER), Bryce Shafer(1.1 IP/3 ER) and Scott Weismann(2 IP/1 ER) all give up runs. Yao-Lin Wang goes 2 scoreless innings and gets the win when the Chiefs score on a leadoff bunt by Olver Zapata who advances to third on 2 balks and scores on an error. Zapata went 3/4 on the night, B. Zapenas 2/3 with a walk and Pin-Chieh Chen 2/3 with a walk, a double and a triple.

 

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  • "never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations." Tie game at home in the ninth, there can never be a save situation. So you're saying, don't use your best reliever today.
  • Sorry if this was covered in a different thread, but while I overall like this new design, the white type on the dark background is a killer. I may be in the minority on that. But again, nice job.
  • It was almost like Javy was saying, "see, O&B, same old Javy here." Guy's gotta learn you don't need to swing hard to knock a Chapman ball out of the park. Choke up, dude, follow Rizzo's lead.
  • The magic number is now 24.
  • Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
  • Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
  • JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
  • I personally don't think managers use closers enough in tie games in the 9th. The mindset and adrenaline should be just like a save situation. You get the outs, you have a great chance of winning. You don't your team is screwed.
  • Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
  • Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
  • No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
  • solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
  • Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.