Game 3 Recap: Cubs 11, Astros 6

W - Ted Lilly (1-0)
L - Brian Moehler (0-1)

Box Score

In the spirit of Passover, we begin tonight's recap by asking, why is this night different from all other nights?

The answer:

Tonight the Cubs sent nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings, building a lead so large, it allowed Ted Lilly to throw his own personal game of Home Run Derby and still win his first game of the season.

Details after the jump.

The Good:

  • The hits just kept on coming—Fukudome had four safeties (including a 2B and HR); Ramirez had four (including a 2B); and Soriano, Fontenot, and Theriot had two each
  • Did I mention that Kosuke "First Pitch" Fukudome had four hits? The first three all resulted from first-pitch swings, an interesting shift in approach from a guy who ranked second in the NL last season in pitches seen per plate appearance (4.29)
  • Anthony Michael Hall lookalike David Patton made his Major League debut and after serving up a home run ball to Hunter Pence, the 23-year-old Patton mowed down six Astros in a row, including Lance Berkman on a three-pitch strikeout that featured a 95 mph fastball, an 82-mph breaking ball, and an 85-mph curveball for the kill
  • Still looking for his first Cub hit, Milton Bradley nonetheless managed to reach base four times, via 3 walks and an HBP
  • Carlos Marmol and Angel Guzman each delivered another strong inning in relief

The Bad:

  • Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs
  • Derrek Lee went 1-for-6 with three strikeouts
  • Alfonso Soriano got thrown out at first on a play in which Miguel Tejada double-clutched not once, but twice (four clutches total); somebody's wheels just aren't what they used to be
  • The Cubs will not get to hit against Brian Moehler and Russ Ortiz every night for the rest of the season

Comments

Any chance anyone has decent tickets for the April 19th Sunday night game against the Cardinals? I am profoundly sorry if I am violating protocol, but I have come up with bupkus in all my other attempts to get tix.

It will be part of my Honeymoon, and I am hoping to secure some tickets before I get to Chicago.

Thanks for tolerating this post.

Don't have tix for you but others have posted requests before, so it shouldn't be any problem for you to ask.

Milton Bradley is going for the Guiness Book of World Records for most runs scored by a guy with a .000 batting average.

"Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs"

Did Houston move to Arizona and I missed it? :D

(He's talking about Spring Training games as well as last night's game in Houston.)

Anyone happen to hear Bruce Miles on The Score this morning? Wondered if he had any Soto update?

I did.

He had nothing except it might be a trip to the dl or day to day. He said the Cubs can survive Hill for awhile and it's still early.

Looking at the picture of Milo, I want to punch him in his face.

It is early and the division is weak and the Cubs have good offensive support around him, but hope we don't have to live with Hill for very long. I think by the end of the year, we will be hoping for the days of having a backup catcher as "good" as Paul Bako. I hope the Cubs are cautious with Soto and maybe sit him out the 3 games in MIL this weekend, but just don't make this a thing where he is out for a month due to pushing him.

hill will be lucky to get 200-250ab. if that hurts the team in any way hill would have to run into an unreal stretch of bad luck.

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

Doubtful...

Completely agree. I looked for a while and this was the most punchable shot I could come up with.

Man, as much of a cockgobbler as he is, I just can't even imagine myself punching a frail old man in the face. He looks like he would just shatter like he was frozen in liquid nitrogen or something.

Hawkeye:

I have 4 for 4/19, upper deck box. I'm going Saturday. Let me know!

I wish mlb.tv would get the kinks out. I only caught the last half of the game last night and wanted to catch the highlights from the first part, but the links to the archived game and the video highlights bring you to nothing. I opened gameday and tried to watch the video highlights in that and the only one they have is, get this, Pence's home run. Just dumb.

It's pretty tough to deliver archived games, condensed games, and highlights when whole innings are missing from the video streams. I wonder how much of these problems are due to lack of cooperation from Microsoft. MLB.com switched their media streaming contract from Silverlight to Flash and now I understand both sides are in court.

3 seasons in a row it has been that way. First 2 weeks or so they work the new stuff in, with all the new subscribers jamming the servers as well. I had a 85% good view last night. I figured the requirements would be higher so I bought a new computer to watch the games, and the picture quality is already 100% better/bigger than last year. But the jumping at times and freezing, just have to be patient while the nerd herd works on it since this is the first year almost everything is available high def. Len and Bob were good!

Normally I'm blacked out from all Astros games (doesn't bother me unless they play the Cubs) but for some reason they let me watch. Also surprised they didn't raise the price of MLB TV. All in all, a good deal since I get to watch our division opponents as well and "scout."

I am using a 6 yr old laptop, and was able to follow the Cards/Pirates game while in Parachat with no problems. Are those of you having trouble watching multiple games?

I have been completely fine in games so far. I have a fast internet connection and new laptop. I've also been able to select the away feed for games even though I haven't paid for premium. My only problems are the day after the games, I can't access any highlights or archived games on the website.

If I remember correctly, MLB.com is run by a former Golden Gopher...no BADgers are going to get a good mlb.tv experience (insert villainous laughter)

most cable/sat providers are running the free MLB package this week so if you can't get online to watch there you go.

Loved the pop off Aramis' bat. Loved seeing Fukudome being aggressive in his zone, patient outside it. Loved Bradley contributing despite not getting a hit.

Boy - lots of new faces coming here. Wondering if the rainbows and roses at Al's site is just too much to take? Oh, and the constant chatter of non-baseball-related crap.

Not sure if I'm among the perceived new faces, but I've been lurking these parts since before MVP, John Hill, Alec and the all-baseball days. Back when Ruz got excited about baseball again.

Anyway, I like to only chime in when I can improve on the current conversation. Though I'm not usually successful at that. : )

I think I'm just a little excited as I've started paying for my television service for the first time in many years. So I can actually see all the games now. Crazy. I'll miss the radio guys, but I can't deny my enthusiasm.

Sad news the Angels SP Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash hours after he pitched.

Nick Adenhart killed in car crash after game.

He was 22.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/04/09/angels-starting-pitc...

This is truly sad...

Utter fucking waste. What a downer.

There were two other people in the car with Adenhart that are also dead. I hope for the sake of the Angels it's no one else associated with the team.

Who else would he be hanging out with after a game, though? How many people can he know in Orange County in his very short time there?

Fingers crossed.

Very, very sad news for the Angels and the Adenhart family.

This article has a picture of the car, completely fucked up.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343

And not surprising, fucking drunk driver who was driving with a suspended license for driving drunk before.

what the hell...oh man.

dude was a 14th round pick who OMG'd his way up the system. this spring he showed enough command over his stuff to break with the team as a starter...the 2 injuries helped a bit, too.

just wow...

is harden actually starting tomorrow? I thought they were going to wait a while

On pace for...

Theriot - .615 BA
Bradley - 0 hits, 216 BB
Ramirez - 270 RBI
Soriano - 108 HR, 108 RBI
Lilly - 32 - 0, 9.00 ERA, 130 HR

GO RIOT! :)

It seemed to me that Moehler actually had decent stuff, at least in the first inning.

Silverlight is a hideous technology.

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  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 7 hours 49 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 8 hours 13 min ago view
  • Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.

    The E-Man 8 hours 22 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 9 hours 4 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 9 hours 35 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 9 hours 50 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 14 hours 6 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 14 hours 48 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 14 hours 52 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 16 hours 46 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 18 hours 34 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 19 hours 8 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 19 hours 22 min ago view