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:

Comments

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

lulz

minor league deal

whattajerk

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...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_li...

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."

http://tinyurl.com/43l7kgr

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

vs.

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. Milb.com says 1. Who knows?

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  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 32 min 56 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 3 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 4 hours 5 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 4 hours 15 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 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 43 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 44 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 19 hours 25 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 22 hours 23 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 22 hours 36 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 22 hours 44 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 22 hours 50 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 23 hours 8 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 23 hours 44 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 day 2 min ago view