Game 7 Recap - Baker's Big Day

Box Score | Highlights

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Cubs 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 1   7 12 0
Brewers 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0   4 8 2

The Gist: They took away streaming video or music from my day job which means these recaps are gonna be a lot shorter and lot less interesting. I think I got home just in time to see Kerry finish his inning and the Cubs finishing it off in the 9th. The big day obviously went to Jeff Baker who clubbed a two out, 3-run home run off Randy Wolf in the 4th off a cookie that Wolf left up in the zone. Unearned runs at that, as Rickie Weeks muffed a pop-up to start the inning. Baker then later tagged Wolf again in the 6th for the Cubs sixth run and scored the seventh run in the 9th when Byrd doubled. He ended up with 4 hits on the day, all off lefties. There's something reassuring when a platoon split works out like that.

On the pitching side, Z pitched. Not particularly well or poorly, but just good enough to get the win thanks to the generous Brewers defense and Cubs offense.  He did have a neat pick-off of Carlos Gomez off first base. The late-inning bullpen plan worked to perfection though. Marshall took the 7th and retired the top of the order with ease and some nifty glove work of his own. Wood took over in the 8th and retired his three batters with ease and has yet to give up a run this season. With a 3-run lead, Marmol decided that was too easy and  immediately let the first two runners reach to get the tying run up. He then got 2 K's in-between a flyout to end the game.

Brats and Beers for everyone!!! Garza vs. another lefty in Chris Narveson on Saturday.


Hitter Results for April 08
Name Level Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS
Michael Burgess A+ RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 0
Welington Castillo A+ DH 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Matthew Cerda A+ 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ryan Flaherty AA PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Reginald Golden                          
Brett Jackson AA CF 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
DJ LeMahieu AA 3B-2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Marquez Smith AAA DH 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matthew Szczur                          
Josh Vitters AA 1B-3B 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0

Pitcher Results for April 08
Name Level IP R ER H 2B 3B HR SO BB
Christopher Carpenter AAA 1.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Jay Jackson                    
Austin Kirk A 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Kenneth McNutt                    
Christopher Rusin                    
Hayden Simpson                    

Friday Night's Scores:


Baker is basically Rogers Hornsby against lefties: .350/.395/.550 last year. Nice to see Q has figured that out.

I try to watch a little at work using my iphone and the phone network -- instead of wifi, because my employer also blocks streaming video unless it's their own. I sort of set my phone up against the computer. So far this year, the MLB app has been a little buggy for me this year. It crashes a lot. And of course I'm usually too distracted to really see much. I usually just end up making a point of trying to watch Castro bat. One thing I could see with Wood, even on the iphone, is that he seems to have picked up some kind of cut fastball, a little slower and more movement on it? Hard to tell on that tiny screen and I'm no pitching expert anyway.

Mariano Rivera showed it to him last year on yanks

Woody was already throwing a cutter with the Cubs. He replaced his slider with the cutter when he was with the Indians. No doubt he learned something from Rivera but all this happened before he was a Yankee.

I've seen Woody interviewed a couple of times this spring/early season and he hasn't said Rivera taught him any pitch. He said Rivera is amazing, etc., but the last interview I saw, which was on the last home stand, he said that he was throwing that pitch long before he got to the Yankees, but started using it more with the Yankees (Probably after seeing Rivera clean up with it), and he's had more success using the cut fastball more often.

unfortunately I got in late, so I have the 2gb limit on my phone.

Does anyone know why Szczur is out of the lineup?

The organization was upset that he was looking at too many pitches. They want him to be more aggressive and swing harder at predetermined pitches in the count more often.

No worries about screwing him up however. His football background will assure him an MLB 25 man spot in 2 years regardless of actual offensive production.

Do you have a link for this?

probably nothing, played tonight and went 2/4 2 RBI, 2 R and a SB

Coleman v Gallardo tomorrow. Guess the Cubs better win today if they want the series.

Silva and Prior, sitting in a tree...

PWSullivan: Oh, Larry! RT @SI_JonHeyman the #yankees signed carlos silva


minor league deal


when you got "should be starting" b.colon in the pen it don't look too good for silva any time soon.

They keep talking about Phil Hughes losing velocity.

It's fascinating that both Boston and NY have $160-200 million payrolls and such mediocre starting pitching.

Neat photo from 1931-33, Babe Ruth being carried off the field at Fenway by his Yankees teammates after being injured...

Notice the "Monster" (pre-Green Monster) doesn't have a scoreboard and still has Duffy's Cliff (the big grass berm), which were added/removed for 1934.

Thanks for the tip.

It is remarkable for not only the content, but the amazing quality of the photo. It must be a silver print. The shades of B&W and the image produced by the lens is impressive.

What the hell was he doing in lf?

he played LF almost as much as RF...he's just better known for being a RF...and oddly a 1st baseman though he barely played there.

wow...he only played 32 games at 1st...thought it was a hundred+.

he played more games in CF (62).

I did some digging around and it appears that picture is from April 22nd, 1931...

"Colliding at Fenway Park with Boston catcher Charlie Berry, an ex-professional football player, Ruth is carried off the field and rushed to a hospital. He had attempted to score from third base on a sacrifice fly."

Ruth must have tried to go out and play the field before having to be removed. It's the only reference I can find of Ruth being carried off the field injured.

Another note from that same link:

Oct 1, 1933, 38 yr old Ruth pitches for only the 5th time in his 13 years as a Yankee and throws a complete game win over the Red Sox, adding a HR too.

nice, thnx.

Greatest player ever

After Jose Macias.

s.fuld with his 5th steal of the season (0cs). it's crazy how much he can distract the pitcher, too. he's put early fear into opponents.

what's crazy is the catch he made right before that in RF.

no doubt.

also, TB announce crew talks sam fuld up like he's pujols...they love him so far.

Its a long season. He made a helluva nice error in the OF too.

Let's see his batting line in 6weeks.

We can take a look at it now, despite the 5 SBs he is at: .222 / .333 / .278

That was Fuld's problem in his limited time with the Cubs, he's only been a singles hitter. He's a wonderful 5th OF if you don't need him to give you many ab's and can afford to use him as a PR and defensive replacement. I love the guy, but he has to do more to stay on most rosters.

How many sb's against Sox?

Baker, Castro, Byrd, Ramirez, Soto, Pena, Soriano, Johnson, Garza


Weeks, Morgan, Braun, Fielder, McGehee, Betancourt, Kotsay, Nieves, Narveson

game on MLB network tonight, 6 PM CST start

Bullets by Weeks, Braun and Fielder lead to a 2-0 lead for Brewers early.

I am overly critical of the Garza deal, but 15 hits so far in 8 innings not impressing me.

Chris Archer's first start in AA for TB was not so good

4IP 2ER 6H 3BB 3K and a wild pitch.

Make that 1 ER.

Baseball reference says 2. says 1. Who knows?

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  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.