Game 73 Recap: Cubs 3, Devil Rays 8

Schizo Game

W - Balfour (2-0), getting out of Tampa

L - Marmol (1-2), 7-run sevenths.

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Things to Take from This Game

1. Shields was fantastic

Shields pitched a fantastic six innings before giving up a run in the sixth on a Fontenot double, and leaving with runners on 2 and 3. The relievers allowed both inherited runners to score on a bloop by Fukudome and a seeing-eye bouncer by Theriot. Though he technically gave up 3, Shields was much more dominant than that for most of his outing.

2. Gallagher was terrific

Gallagher also pitched very well, with a particularly impressive live fastball. The Devil Rays successfully extended several at bats, with the same sort of grinding approach that we've enjoyed watching the Cubs employ for most of the year. Gallagher still managed to get through six, and worked out of a couple jams. A very encouraging outing by Gallagher, who only gave up one run, and that came on a double play that followed an error by Lee.

3. Marmol and Eyre were.... uh...

Marmol comes in to protext a 3-1 lead in the seventh, and goes walk, walk, hbp, hbp. Eyre comes in and goes Grand Slam to Crawford, triple, double, sac fly, double. Marmol was missing with his slider, both the HBP coming on sliders that got too far inside. Eyre was just bad.

The "we never again have to listen to pundits pointing out that the Cubs are the only team to not have a three-game losing streak this year, there, are you happy, Cubnut?" details, below. :)

Game Recap

Inning 1 - Top

  • Game begins with my FSN-Florida broadcaster pronouncing it "Fukudomo."
  • Foul and strike looking, 0-2 count to begin the game on "Fukudomo" again. How unprofessional.
  • Ok, at least the color commentator is getting the name right
  • 9 pitches and counting, Fukudome keeps fouling them off
  • Finally, a K swinging. Fukudome way, way out in front of a change up. It spun him right round. Round, round, baby.
  • Theriot pops to Iwamura at second.
  • Lee singles through the 4-3 hole.
  • Ramirez flies to the warning track in right.
  • God, I hate the wailing electric guitar sound that ends every half inning on a Fox Sports broadcast. Just shoot me.

Inning 1 - Bottom

  • Gallagher hits 94 on his second pitch, blows it past Iwamura, 1-1 count
  • Chop up the middle, Fontenot goes over for it. Nice, quick throw across his body for the out.
  • Crawford bloops one in front of Hoffpauir in left. Hoffpauir doesn't seem to have much range out there.
  • 94 again from Gallagher. And 95, moving Upton back off the plate.
  • Upton flies to the warning track in right. DeRosa catches this one.
  • First pitch to Hinske is a ball outside. Crawford is running, and Blanco throws him out with ease. Inning over
  • That Fox Sports ending of inning sound is the Devil's spawn.

Inning 2 - Top

  • Soto flies the first pitch out to center.
  • Hoffpauir swings at a pitch that is maybe six inches of the ground, and dumps it into center for a single.
  • DeRosa waves through a changeup for a strikeout.
  • Blanco hits one through the 4-3 hole. Slow and Slower at 1st and 2nd. Neither hit the ball very hard, but fended off tough pitches.
  • Broken bat grounder to third, 5-4 force.

Inning 2 - Bottom

  • 3-0 to Hinske. Walks.
  • Gallagher looks like he's got electric stuff tonight, but a bit of trouble harnessing it.
  • Longoria lines a 3-2 fastball into left. 1st and 2nd.
  • Floyd grounds one to Lee, who gets it ranging towards his right. He's going to throw to second but as he flips the ball from glove hand to throwing hand, he loses his grip on it and it pops away. Everyone safe. Bases loaded for aybar
  • Aybar immediately grounds to Lee, who turns the 3-6-1 DP. Run scores.
  • Navarro hits a sharp sinking liner into left-center, but Fukudome gets it for the last out.

Inning 3 - Top

  • Fukudome walks.
  • First pitch, Fukudome is trying to steal. Pitch out. Navarro runs right at him, eventually starting a run-down. Nice try by Fukudome, but he's out.
  • Theriot rolls out to Longoria at short.
  • Lee singles to right.
  • Ramirez K's looking at what I think was a high change up

Inning 3 - Bottom

  • Gross grounds to Fontenot
  • Gallagher consistently at 94-95 on Iwamura. 0-2 count, Iwamura spoiling pitches
  • Rays really making Gallagher roll up the pitch count tonight. Can't quite put the hitters away.
  • Iwamura finaly K's swinging on a fastball
  • Crawford with a weak tap out to Lee.

Inning 4 - Top

  • Soto K's on three pitches, third one another fine change-up.
  • Strike 3 looking on Hoffpauir. Fastball inside corner.
  • and DeRosa K's swinging at a low and outside changeup.

Inning 4 - Bottom

  • The Rays annoncer claims that Antonio Alfonseca should be 50% better than Mordecai Brown. This guy clearly flunked 8th grade.
  • Upton grounds to Theriot.
  • Hinske swings over a curve, strikes out
  • Longoria grounds to Ramirez

Inning 5 - Top

  • 0-2 count, Blanco flies to Upton
  • Fontenot K's swinging at an absolutely wicked changeup
  • Fukudome shows bunt on a pitch way inside. Nice idea, consider the groove Shields is in
  • Fukudome K's on a cut fastball. 8 Ks through 5.

Inning 5 - Bottom

  • Floyd with a big swing, K's
  • 3-2 count, Aybar singles past Lee as he dives to his right.
  • Go away, Mr. Florida Lottery Representative.
  • Navarro singles to center, Aybar to third. Long AB due to a bunch of throws over to first.
  • 3-2 count on Gross. Devil Rays are really drawing out the ABs tonight, much like we've enjoyed watching the Cubs do to opposing pitchers for so much of the year.
  • Gross finally pops foul to Ramirez. 2 outs for Iwamura
  • 2-2 count to Iwamura, who looks at a fastball outside for a ball. Rothschild not happy with the call.
  • Walks on the next pitch. Gallagher isn't going to see the sixth, with a pitch count already at 94...
  • Crawford with a sharp grounder, but right at Fontenot. Inning over. Nice job working out of trouble by Gallagher

Inning 6 - Top

  • I'm bored, lets try using right-margin alignment
  • Theriot K's swinging on a fastball.
  • Lee turns on one, lining it to left.
  • Ramirez fists a fly into left center, Crawford closes easily to catch it.
  • Soto swings at the first pitch, flies to straight-away right.
  • 3 hits for Lee.
Inning 6 - Bottom
  • Gallagher still in.
  • Upton flies to Fukudome in center
  • Hinske hits a one-hopper to Fontenot.
  • Nice 3-2 curve to Longoria, grounds it to Ramirez's right. He boots its. A shame, Gallagher was about to get out of the sixth inning, when for awhile it looked like he wouldn't get to the sixth.
  • Lou comes out.
  • Lou stays with Gallagher to face Floyd, even though Eyre is ready for the lefty-lefty matchup.
  • 108 pitches so far for Gallagher
  • Floyd grounds out to Fontenot. 112 pitches on the night, very nice work.
Inning 7 - Top
  • Hoffpauir hits a changeup, up a bit, to left center for a double
  • DeRosa walks. First real struggle of any sort for Shields
  • Blanco chops a bunt foul of third. strike one.
  • Blanco continuing to try to bunt, 2-1 count.
  • Blanco pops the bunt up, Shields runs in to catch it in the air. Runners get back to their bases. No Good Came Of asking Blanco to bunt.
  • Fontenot hits a deep fly to left-center. Lands on the warning track, hopes over the wall. Ground-rule double scores one, runners at 2-3. Tie game.
  • Shields out, Trever Miller in. Lefty-Lefty against Fukudome. Miller with a real side-winding motion
  • Full count.
  • With a real defensive swing, Fukudome serves a blooper into shallow left near the line. Run scores, runners at 1 and 3, 2-1 game.
  • Miller out, Grant Balfour in
  • and in the switch, Phil Hughes informs me that all his games are live on heh.
  • Pitchout on Theriot, looking for some sort of squeeze or double-steal.
  • 2-2 count
  • Fontenot chops one up the middle that just does get past Iwamura. Run scores. Ball then gets away from Upton, allowing Fukudome to go to third, Theriot to second. 3-1 Cubs. Both of the runners Shields left on for the relievers have scored.
  • Lee K's on a wicked slider
  • and Ramirez flies to Right
Inning 7 - Bottom
  • Marmol in.
  • 3-0 to Aybar
  • And he walks on a 3-2 slider
  • 3-1 to Navarro, now.
  • another walk. Missing with both fastball and breaking stuff, and velocity looks like it's 89-92. Hoo boy.
  • Lou tells Rothschild to go say something to Marmol.
  • 1-2 count to Gross, a very generous called strike on a low slider
  • and Marmol hits him right on the hip. Bases loaded. Slider got away from him
  • LouPa is Not Pleased. Eyre warming up.
  • Marmol now tuning up the fastball for strikes, 94 mph.
  • And Marmol hits Iwamura on the foot with a slider. Was ahead in the count. Run scores.
  • Marmol out and Eyre in.
  • 1-0 pitch to Crawford, he turns on an inside pitch for a grandslam, a few rows up in straight-away right. 6-3 Devil Rays.
  • I am sad.
  • Upton shoots one into the right-center gap for a triple.
  • Hinske lines a double down the right field corner. 7-3 Eyre has pitched the three most difficult parts of the cycle to the first three hitters he's faced.
  • Hinske steals third. Huge jump off of Eyre. Tropicana is rocking, again.
  • Longoria smashes a liner to left. Hoffpauir catches it, sac fly. 8-3. We've seen virutally every successful offensive play this inning other than the single.
  • Floyd lines an opposite-field double off the left-field wall. Eyre is just brutal tonight. Leaves and it's 8-3
  • Lieber in, Aybar grounds to Lee, unassisted, on the first pitch
  • and Navarro lines out to Hoffpauir. Inning over. finally.
Inning 8 - Top
  • Soto flies to right.
  • Hoffpauir K's swinging at a high, 95 mph fastball. Balfour will be injured within a month, but for now he looks really impressive.
  • Full count, DeRosa K's looking.
Inning 8 - Bottom
  • Gross chops to Fontenot
  • Iwamura singles to center
  • Crawford loops a hit in to left. 1st and 2nd.
  • Upton loops one in to right, DeRosa makes a nice head-first diving catch on it. 2 out.
  • Hinske fists a popup out to Theriot. Inning over
Inning 9 - Top
  • Gary Glover in to pitch
  • Blanco K's, chasing a fastball
  • Fontenot flies to Upton in left-center.
  • Gross runs in to catch a liner from Fukudome, game over. gyeh.

Parachat Recap

Inning 1

  • Making fun of my lag.
  • Making fun of announcers.
  • Longoria's D at short.
  • Those dumb geico commercials with the race-car kid.
  • What is Dandy House?
  • Day Spas

Inning 2

  • Blanco seems Ancient.
  • Businesses Blanco should own.
  • Hinske in the Cubs' minors
  • Who will take Z's start?
  • Close Cubs games.

Inning 3

  • Z's 136 pitch outing.
  • Z's pending MRI
  • Are bullet points 1 and 2 related? (Not touching that one with a ten-foot cyber-pole)
  • Are we worried about the Brewers? (No.)
  • Crunch explains why TCR posters are the worst anywhere on the internet, except for all those other cites that are even worse. (Love ya, Crunch.)
  • Elijah Dukes
  • Tommy John Bobble-Arms
  • Bad Dave Dravecky jokes.

Inning 4

  • Talking to Sox fans.
  • F'ing Nolan Ryan
  • Special guest appearance in parachat by said Nolan Ryan
  • and Wilford Brimley.
  • Three Finger Browned

Inning 5

  • Onion headlines
  • Dire Cubs Predictions
  • Now that's just mean. But true
  • The Lottery
  • Sex Offenders winning the Lottery
  • We're Bored.
  • Sports and franchises no one cares about.

Inning 6

  • Thoughts on Theriot
  • Shields is tough.
  • Why a night game on get-away day?
  • Cubs vs. Sox offense in the last series.
  • Bored in a 1-0 Game

Inning 7

  • Firefox, gyeh.
  • Asking Blanco to bunt is Not A Good Idea.
  • Fielder's inside-the-park HR
  • Cheering.
  • Who's calling for the squeeze?
  • TB managers
  • What's wrong with Marmol?
  • Beating of breasts and gnashing of teeth.

Inning 8

  • Who can we blame?
  • The Sox series matchups.
  • Fantasy highs and lows.

Inning 9

  • making fun of my lag.
  • hoping we don't have to re-match with the Rays in the world series

Cubs record in games recapped dives to 9-5



DLee with 3 bases-empty hits; whiffs with men on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out.

What a series. Yuck.

easily the ugliest game of the year for the Cubs. well let's go home and regain some momentum, boys.

Lou needs to get over his manlove for Fontenot. Let Murton play for Chrissakes. Proven vets and lefthandedness is Dusty Baker-esque. Let the 820 ops play the OF and the 790 ops guy stay at 2nd and stop complicating matters.

as Epat can do all things on a baseball field that he can do plus run and play the OF. After a harsh trip to St. Pete it will be nice to have a nine game homestand. Yes I count the 3 games in the cell as home games because the team will be able to stay on a normal routine for a home game and there will likely be Cubs fans at the Cell.

Why have we chosen this game to rip on Fontenot? He was one of the few guys who actually came through last night. Also, 13 RBI and 8 doubles in 97 at-bats, many of which are pinch-hit at-bats, is not too bad at all. And his .990 fielding percentage is something that E-Pat can't do if we've ready anything Arizona Phil has told us about his defense over the years.

That has been my opinion of Fontenot for awhile, he is a good player and could start for anywhere from 7 to MLB teams but as a matter of fact he is not a good fit for a NL bench as he only plays on postion, has average speed, and isnt a great power bat. Out of the 30 teams he would as a starter for:

AL Central:

NL East:

NL Central:
Pirates (with Sanchez moving to 3rd)

NL West:

You could also make an arguement for him being the starter in Houston or for that red-hair step child in town based on your opinion for 2b situation. ( HOU I would say yes, the Sux no)

I count the 3 games in the cell as home games

my expectations for today are that the white sox will feel exactly the same. they played in chicago on thursday afternoon, while the cubs played in florida on thursday night, then travelled home. fie on the schedulers for this one.

seems like the perfect set-up for the cubs to get flattened today. then the 5 remaining games with the sox to be very competitive, and completely enjoyable. if the cubs could trade one drubbing today for 4 or 5 victories to come...

of the first game with both teams being in 1st that has ever mattered, so the lack of rest will most likely be less of concern as if they were playing the Pirates. Also trends would say that every time the SUX put on an offensive performance that reminds some of their South Side Hitmen teams they tend to follow it up by one that reminds people of their hitless wonders team.

Sean Marshall 8 IP, 1R, 4K, 1 BB, 1 HR...expect him to start Tues vs Orioles

Sun-Tines/Wittenmeyer gives medical updates on Johnson (backache with previous lumbar disc surgery), Edmonds (plantar fascitis), Soriano (4th metacarpal fx) and Kevin Hart (concussion).

now all we need to hear about is Z.

Az Phil's last post updated us on Ward (lumbar disc herniation):

Also, Daryle Ward continued his rehab at Fitch Park, with an extended pre-game BP session in which he clubbed bomb after bomb over the RF fence. He also shagged some fly balls in RF.

Ward will be staying one more day in Mesa, and then will leave on Saturday for a three or four game minor league rehab assignment (either at AA or AAA, still TBD) before rejoining the Cubs next week in Chicago.

3-finger: 8 fingers total. El Pulpo: 12 fingers. That's 50% more.

Trying to find a little consolation in a 2-4 road trip.

Nope, none.

here...have some hoffpauir.

6/16..3 doubles in 6 games...we'll just scrape that 6Ks and 0bb's off to the side for the moment.

We won't have to watch a game from Tropicana Field again for another ten years?

or until october, whichever comes first.

How about this...

The Cubs have lost three in a row, and four of their last six, yet still have the best record in baseball.

Also -- I just saved a bundle on my car insurance.

and the results were:

1. Jeter
2. Zito
3. Arod and Drew
4. Youk and Wright

Personally my top 5 would be:

1. Varitek (Only thing he does well is manage a pitching staff. He is bad defensevely and only average with the bat, yet the media compares him and Posdada to the new Fisk-Munson combo, when he cant even touch the other 3 in terms of talent)
2.Jeter ( its more about the media fanfare he gets then his playing ability, he is a top 30 player, but the media makes him to be top 5)
3. Howard (doesnt do much but hit Homers and if he did not play in Citizen's Bank Park he would not do it as much as he does now)
4. Hunter ( Because of his glove, people think of him as a top 5 CF today and his bat minus last year isnt that great.)
5. Crawford (doesn't do much but steal bases and hit for average. Tended to be overhyped because he was the only good player on TB)

From the same article: "Ironically, when SI asked MLB players in a separate survey last week, "Whom would you pick to build a team around?", A-Rod ranked first and Jeter second, perhaps offering a slight contradiction."

Good list Chifan,
If the list expanded out a little I would add

Travis Hafner
Hideki Matsui

Nomar? Is it 1999 or something? Does he even still play in the big leagues?

3. Arod and Drew
4. Youk and Wright,

I have no idea how ARod can be overrated, and have very little idea how Wright could be overrated.

3. Howard (doesnt do much but hit Homers and if he did not play in Citizen's Bank Park he would not do it as much as he does now)

Hmm... really?

Howard - home: .276/.388/.591 OPS: .979
Howard - away: .284/.381/.589 OPS: .970
Howard - overall: .280/.385/.590 OPS: .975 OPS+: 143

I have no idea how an OPS+ of 143 (which is park adjusted) can be overrated.

Mariotti and "good column" should not go together. He's been railing on Williams and Guillen for years, this is nothing new.

Suntimes Injury Update - Johnson likely back today, Edmonds tomorrow, Hart only out 5 days or so with concussion, and Soriano wants to take BP already on Monday but will get an X-Ray today that will reveal more.

Prince Fielder owes Uncle Sam some dough

With Schilling potentially out for the year w/injury, the potential trading partners are going to be more than ever in the catbird seats. I cannot fathom Hendry outmanuevering the Red Sox, Yankees, et. al. to negotiate for another starter. JMO.

I doubt Theo was depending on Schilling for anything this year and its not exactly like they are hurting for options. I would like to have a depth chart of:

1. Beckett
2. Dice-K
3. Lester
4. Wakefield
5. Masterson
6. Colon
7. Bucholtz
8. Michael Bowden

Given how much Boston values their farm system, I doubt Theo makes a major push to add a major arm. They really need a 8th inning guy, I imagine his deadline deal will be for that and a guy who can be an innings eater in the rotation.

You would think that if Cleveland does wind up trading CS, then those clubs will be able to offer better overall prospects in return. For some reason I turned on the local sports radio outlets here last night, and the discussion was typically moronic and defeatest - they all agreed that if Z is out for an extended length of time, the season's over. Really? Granted, it won't look good at first, but I don't see any other team in the division running away with it if that unfortunate reality happens.

lol... what?

Oh yeah, imo, I don't think the Cub's should even play the rest of the season out. Just try again next year.

In the radio station's defense... has any team ever been swept by the DRays and made it to the playoffs?

Hello suckers!

I'm in London right now and if all goes right, i'll even make it to parachat.

According to WSCR Cubs got in at 2:00 am last night.

Would Red Bull be considered a PED?

This don't look so good 20 min before gametime:

A rainout might not be a bad idea after getting in at 2:00 am. Would suck for the fans, but might benefit the team.

Just for the record. Lilly didn't get in at 2 AM. He was already home.

I am surprised it has taken this long for him to get another gig. I mean he has 2 World Series titles on his resume, while guys like Dusty, Art Howe and Jim Tracy get another spin on the managerial Ferris Wheel. I wonder what this does to the Burnett talk, my guess is it causes to heat up as Ricchardi needs a good trade or 2 to buy him some time.

I'm very surprised that it's taken this long to get Cito back into the dugout. Unlike most of the retreads who keep getting hired, he's actually won it all.

And son of a BITCH, Hawk is calling the game. I'm not sure I want to watch now...

Before there is any advantage one way or the other to this interleague series, I just want to say ahead of time that I really dislike the Cubs-Sox games every year. They just seem to bring out the worst in the fans on both sides of the spectrum. Maybe it's just me but I never see so many people being assholes as during this time of year.

Edit - Am I nuts or does anyone else feel the same way?

It's pretty intense, I agree.

Fully agree -- fans attacking each other. The good-natured aspect of it is gone.

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  • been like that everytime I've been there too including Jack Murphy/Qualcomm Stadium. Cubs travel well. It was pretty loud for Angels/Cubs this year and decent for Dodgers/Cubs but Dodger fans definitely turn out better than the Padre fans.

    Rob G. 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • When I went in the 2007-2008 range, it was at least 75% Cubs fans.

    blockhead25 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • Jeff Sullivan on Kris Bryant's lack of clutch hitting in 2016. Very good stuff, unsatisfying conclusion (it's probably random).

    John Beasley 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • I was at Tuesday's game in San Diego. It looked like half of Chicago was at Petco. We were much louder than Padres fans.

    BobbyD 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • We may have a chance to catch one in October. Although hell, I couldn't deal with my co-workers if we lose to them.

    blockhead25 2 hours 18 min ago view
  • think I have to miss this series too (also was at the Arrieta game last year). But in my case, just had a busy weekend with work and kids have a bunch of activities and we made it to Opening Day in Anaheim and a couple of games in Wrigley this year which we normally don't get not feeling like I'm missing out this year.

    Rob G. 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • they're awful

    Rob G. 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • I hope the Cubs play three good teams.

    Jackstraw 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • First year I'm not going to a Cubs/Dodgers game in a long time. 4 month old baby kinda changes plans around. But the no-hitter I was at last year can last in the memory banks for awhile.

    I think Dodger Dogs are awful. I love hot dogs, but those are crap.

    blockhead25 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • ayyyy...get a doyer dog, then.

    crunch 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • I'm going to be at this one! Am told a Dodger Dog is just a long hot dog. Disappointing.

    Charlie 3 hours 32 min ago view
  • If my math is correct, if the Cubs play .500 baseball for the rest of the season, they will finish with 99 wins. I only just confirmed through Baseball Reference that 97 wins last year (and 2008) were the most Cubs wins in my lifetime. I think that last year while Arrieta was pitching better than Cy F. Young I didn't really get or appreciate what he was doing. I'm trying to try to grasp in the moment just how fucking remarkable this season is.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • This is awesome.

    (CSN Chicago will air Vin Scully's call of the Sunday Cubs vs. Dodgers game...well for an inning at least)


    Rob G. 5 hours 24 min ago view
  • I figured this was going to be the most meaningless regular season in Cubs history...and it is pretty much on point, although I certainly didn't think we'd have close to a 14 game lead.

    But, one bad hop in game 1 in October could change absolutely everything we will remember about this year.

    blockhead25 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • oh he's great, there's like 10 great pitchers in the NL right now that can flat out dominate though. Picking #2 (behind Kershaw) doesn't matter much to me right now. Much like whom the Cubs will play in the playoffs won't matter much, they're gonna be good teams.

    Rob G. 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • The Cubs great pitching has a lot more to do with their great defense this year and plenty of good luck  (#1 in ERA, #4 in FIP behind Nats, Mets and Dodgers with a rather ridiculous .258 BABIP against Cubs' pitchers).

    Cubs pitchers do strike out more hitters than Giants pitchers and do walk more hitters than Giants pitchers so that's a few more balls in play. Cubs' pitchers actually have a higher groundball rate though. Crawford is just really good and baseball happens.

    Rob G. 6 hours 16 min ago view