Cubs Say No to Winning Record

I think that was the first game I got to watch in its near entirety in about 2 weeks. My apologies for the outcome.

The Good: After Gorzelanny finished his warm-ups, he mowed the Nationals down through 7 innings. The problem was it took him 3 batters into the game to finish loosening up. Geovany Soto went 2/4 and Kosuke Fukudome reached base 3 times, twice on walks to set-up getting stranded by Lee, Byrd and Ramirez. Soto also gunned down two very capable baserunners in Wily Taveras and Justin Maxwell.

The Bad:  Gorz is now 0-3 despite a 2.45 ERA and as mentioned, took 3 batters to get going. Those 3 batters included a stand-up triple by Nyjer Morgan to leadoff the game that he hit to left center. I didn't even know that was possible. Then Ian Desmond singled Morgan in, and stole off the lefty Gorz. Christian Guzman launched a ball into centerfield into the teeth of the wind that Marlon Byrd completely lost track of leading to the second triple of the inning. Gorz settled in and stranded Guzman and didn't run into much trouble the rest of the night. The bullpen gave up another run in the 8th, with Grab-Ass being the culprit thanks to his own throwing error. The 3 through 6 hitters went a combined 2/16 including Lee, Byrd and Ramirez all getting a crack with 2 runners on in the bottom of the 8th. Matt 'Could've Been a Cub' Capps nailed down his 9th save in 9 opportunities.

The Minors: Iowa picked up the 4-3 win in a shortened double-header in the first game.. Thomas Diamond throws 5 scoreless with 5 K's and Jeff Samardzija got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings and no walks with a K. Brad Snyder went 2/4 and Sam Fuld got on-base twice out of the leadoff spot. They won 4-2 in the 2nd game with Casey Coleman throwing 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. Mitch Atkins picked up the save in the 7th in that one.  The white hot Smokies take a rare loss but Starlin Castro went 3/5 with a double. Ryan Flaherty, who is off to a poor start, did go 1/2 with 2 walks. Daytona won 3-1 with Alberto Cabrera throwing 5.2 scoreless innings with 6 K's. Aaron Shafer extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings in relief. Matt Spencer and Rebel Ridling homered, but B. Jackson, Vitters, LeMahieu and Burke were a combined 0/12. Peoria won 5-4 with Trey McNutt going 5 innings, giving up a run and striking out 5. Larry Suarez threw 2 scoreless innings. Greg Rohan homered and Hak-Ju Lee went 1/4 with a run scored and a double out of the leadoff spot.

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I fully approve of the Cougar Life dating service now advertising here.

Oh yeah, beat the Nationals!

Castro ends his slump by going 3/5, bumps his line back up to 377/417/610/1017

"Greg Rohan homered"

Rut-roh!

Rob, not to be nitpicky, but the I-Cubs played a double header yesterday, which is why the game only went 7 innings. They won the second game also, Casey Coleman pitched six innings to pick up the win, while giving up 2 earnies over six innings. Marquez Smith, Wellington Castillo, and Brian LeHair all went 2-3 on the day. Mitch Atkins came on in the 7th and notched the save.

my bad...thanks.

The Cardinals signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract.

I thought we were done with him.

I'll say it one more time:

Was Aaron Miles ever NOT playing for the Cardinals?

Good point.

samardzija brought in w/ bases loaded, one out jam & worked out of it w/ team trailing; got the win after a walk-off rally...

I went last night. It was very cold, although the wind was not bad.

Some random impressions:

Lee and Ramirez each hit the ball hard into long outs.

The Nationals ran aggressively (and successfully) against Grabow. Don't know if the scouting report is that he's easy to run against. He also was a little slow off the mound on Morgan and rushed the throw.

Liked Soriano's opposite field single with 2 strikes. Did not like his other ABs. Liked his first to third advance on the single to center. Did not even draw a throw.

Yeah, Soriano looked good there - that even looked like a slider he hit.

It's a bad time of year to try to hit HR's - Soto got the Memo but Ramirez and Lee not so much.

Resist the urge for Todd Coffey. The Reds fans would LOVE for us to get him. I saw a lot of epic fails on his part as a Reds reliever.

The pen and the offense were red flags before the end of last season and should have been addressed.

What about Juan Cruz?

Is he worth picking up?

Bruce Miles from his blog:

"You never say never, but the Cubs don't have much interest. They don't like him as an eighth-inning guy, and they feel they have better than Cruz to get to Z and Marmol with. I don't see it unless something changes."

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/3940#comments

riot, fuke, dlee, rami, colv (7), byrd, font, hill, demp.

MLB cracking down on MLB.com writers and players using twitter for non-baseball related entries...

http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2010/04/why_a_r...

what...they're not going to drag this out for 3-5 years?

they must not be using Twitter to discuss PEDs or something.

http://twitter.com/TroyRenck/status/13015851956

Miguel Olivo passed 2 kidney stones on Monday, and played that night.

couple of passed balls? ouch...

win.

but Colvin has been a beast so far this season. It's nice to see a young player have a good month, even if that's all it is.

Think Cubs could flip gorzy for wood come June?

depends on what the Cubs are willing to pay of Wood's contract

nice catch byrd. next time follow it up with a sac fly.

And Fontenot, if you're down 1 run and you come up to bat with the bases loaded and work a 3-1 count... let's not swing unless it's meatball right down the middle.

Yeah, right. Fontenot is THE problem.
Not the black hole named Lee/Ramirez

I'm sorry, I shall never complain about the great Fontenot or anything he does ever again.

I know I'm in the minority, here, but I think Fontenot sucks balls.

He is usually the closest to them.....

~rimshot!~

Or does he just buy into defined roles and handedness matchups this much? Regardless of what Tracy does here, how do you not use Soto when you are going to pinch hit for Hill? He's arguably the best hitter on the team right now.

And now Nady in to hit for Dempster, even though Soto will have to come in to play defense for Hill! Nady and Tracy have been ice cold! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I'm gonna go shout at my toaster.

that sure was a head-shaker

Lou not happy in post game interview

Asks reporter for baseball cred "What kind of baseball did you play?"

Asked about the hitters not hitting-"ask the players"

"ask the players"

...yeah, that worked for milton.

managers manage. it's not a 3-4 hour day then you clock out. how about protecting players, calling out players, or otherwise giving the reporters some sound bites to get them off the clubhouse?

can we quit having 3+m dollar managers and pretending like they're football coaches who create massive playbook strategies for a once-a-week throwdown?

thanks yanks for paying joe torre 5-8m all these years creating the "elite" manager class when so few have so little differences.

I hope I get a job someday where I'm aloud to throw a public hissy fit and still earn millions of dollars without having any identifiable skills while making some decisions even more poorly than individuals with less expertise would.

At least you got the skills part covered.

True. That.

Nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills. Chicks must love you.

I'm training to be a cage fighter.

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    Arizona Phil 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 42 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 16 hours 24 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 19 hours 22 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 19 hours 35 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 19 hours 43 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 19 hours 49 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 20 hours 7 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 20 hours 43 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 21 hours 1 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 21 hours 3 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 21 hours 21 min ago view