Bad Cold War cartoon: Castro, Kennedy fire missiles at each other.

 

After finishing this drawing yesterday, I realized that the historical significance of this matchup might not only be lost on some of you, but not interesting and perhaps in bad taste to most of you as well.
So, uh, lets just talk about the fabulous entertainment our favorite team gave us last night.

Featuring a monster homer, a frightened DBack 3rd baseman, a stupid DBack pitcher, clutch hitting, clutch walking, an ejection, and the first win for Cub Matt Garza, this game had it all.

First, the top of the 2nd.
Alfonso Soriano got ahold of one. There's a giant green wall under and around the scoreboard at Chase Field, and even on hi-def the light was so flat (with no shadow) I couldn't tell where it hit. But this ball was so crushed...I wish they'd keep the radar on balls that get hit. 
I read a Paul Sullivan re-tweet that said: "Richie Sexson in 2004 is the only other hitter to hit scoreboard before Soriano tonight." 

Then, the 4th.
Starlin Castro did indeed hit a missile (grounder) past overmatched DBack 3rd baseman Melvin Mora, who deftly moved his feet as if to appear ready to field a ball that clearly gave him the fear, and then like a matador watched it go by for a double.
Not to be outdone, pitcher Ian Kennedy idiotically decides to pitch to Freaky Hot Alfonso Soriano with Castro on 3rd, 1st and 2nd open, and 2 outs.
Soriano drills it.
Cubs 2 DBacks 1.

5th.
With Darwin Barney on 1st, Aramis Ramirez hits a pitch that's about 10 feet inside. It goes deep into the LF corner and Barney, a hustling machine, scores standing up.

Top of the 9th. 
With Byrd on 1st, Soto crappily bunts right back to closer J.J. Putz, who wheels and throws it to where SS Stephen Drew was before he ran over to cover second. Stretching like a 1st baseman, Drew barely keeps a toe on the bag before falling. Byrd's out and...hey wait just a darn second here. 
Mike Quade is either really really angry or just doing his part to fire up the team with some awesome acting, because he's got his arms behind his back (to keep from punching anybody?) and...yelling at the ump, pointing to where Drew was, running around, getting in the ump's face...and tossed!
I immediately put him in the 5% Cooler Club as he stalks off the field. 
And now it's Tyler Colvin.
He goes 0-2 and I'm waiting for the strike out...but hey wait just a darn 9 more pitches here.
He walks, brilliantly.
With guys on 1st and 2nd and now 2 outs, 2 balls, and 2 strikes, Darwin Barney clutchly hits one right at and past Putz, who is still sitting on his ass when Soto crosses the plate.
Loud non-words from my mouth, beer spills on coffee table, and I'm told to stop scaring the dogs as Starlin knocks in the last run and Len reminds us that all the Cub runs tonight came with 2 outs.

Wow.

And it also means that Matt Garza, who set a Cub strikeout record for April, gets the W.

For a couple 4th place teams, this was just a wonderful game.

Lastly, I didn't mention that Other Freaky Hot Hitter Jeff Baker did something bad to himself while at bat, and since he was already playing for trainwreck Carlos Pena, I'm hoping Mr. Quade sees fit to put Tyler Colvin at first today.

 Go Cubs.

 

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My bad, I know Kennedy's a righty.
Too late to change it.

Sori bats 5th...

lenandbob: #Cubs lineup on @WGNTV today at 3: Kosuke9/Barney4/Castro6/ARam5/Soriano7/Byrd8/Pena3/Geo2/Coleman1

leadoff doubles are a good start...go fuku.

getting your 2nd xbase hit of the season in may...sigh fuku.

...and no run scores...super.

leadoff doubles in the 2nd is a good start...go sori

Who is this soriano guy?

coleman is literally shaking on the mound, especially his glove hand...yet he flies through the 1st 1/2/3.

jeff baker, d2d, sore left shoulder

Which is slower Sori running to third or pena's bat speed?

The story is last year Lou ordered pre printed batting order sheets with Soto's name in 8 th spot.

With attendance down, Ricketts won't order new ones until the other ones are used up.

nice

lol.

Gregg in to blow it fir O's

Ump bails out Gregg

balking the runner in...classic cubbery...and it even gives up the lead.

4-3 ..STOOPID loss of the year. Q-Ball totally out-managed today as he is almost every day.

Didn't see the game, only read ESPN update...would love to hear how Q was outmanaged (I am not the biggest Quade fan by any stretch).

Certainly wasn't fully evident from summary, but I don't doubt it happened.

My first thought would be that Quade put Jeff Baker in, probably under the reasoning that he has been "hot" so far this year, while ignoring that almost all of his success is against lefties and that he appears virtually useless against righties.

He has been a bit better this year against righties. However, since both Fuke and Pena were in the game, guess which lefty was left on the bench?

Of the two, I'd rather have Baker by a longshot.

I would rather have johnson and DeWitt hitting over an injured Baker.

Actually, I forgot about DeWitt.

Baker is 8 for 30 (.267) off righties this year. The other options were Dewitt, Johnson, or Hill. Johnson is 7 for 15 off righties this year, and would have been my choice. Especially given Baker's sore shoulder. He is also a veteran who likely wouldn't ground into a DP on the VERY FIRST pitch.

Baker is a vet, just a bad one.

Soto also took 4 straight balls b4 Baker's at bat.

Can't wait to see where he bats tomorrow, I know where soto will be batting.

I saw that Iowa Cubs released Jake Muyco.

I guess we can put one failure in the column for converted catchers to pitchers to go with the positives (Marmol and Wells).

Because we all know that the Cubs need more bullpen arms and are in no need of starting pitching
"The Smokies rotation took a hit this week when Rafael Dolis, their most consistent starter to this point, was moved to the bullpen at the behest of the Chicago Cubs. Dolis, who is on the Cubs' 40-man roster, had a rough outing in his first relief appearance Saturday night, giving up four unearned runs in what eventually was a 7-6 Smokies loss."
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/01/smok...

Also in that article:

"Sunday the Smokies got a tremendous start from No. 2 Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Trey McNutt. McNutt, a right-hander, had a shutout going into the seventh inning when a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand forced a wild pitch that allowed Carolina's Mike Costanzo to cross the plate. McNutt was immediately taken out of the game. This is the second time this season that McNutt has missed time with a blister on his finger."

Who is #1 pitching prospect if McNutt is #2?

Russell?

zing

Chris Archer of course.

boo

ha@!

I suspect that was supposed to say "#2 prospect, pitcher Trey McNutt" or something to that effect.

that must be it

I've got blisters on mah fingers
---
John Lennon had the same problem, Imagine that.

That was Ringo who said that.

/it don't come easy

Nice catch there, jacos!

d-backs score 3 w/ a single & we have 3 innings w/ man on 2nd & no outs that end up goose eggs...but hey,in the silver lining dept., pena almost hit a homerun which would have broken the tie between hill & the power combo of pena & ramirez!

Oh, yes. I forgot to add that it is plainly obvious that the Cubs play 10x better in warmer weather.

With rain in the forecast all weekend against the Reds, look for a Redlegs sweep.

" I was in Chicago for roughly four years and I had three different ownership groups," Piniella said Monday on "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670. "That's not the easiest thing in the world, either."

Yeah that really tied your hands behind your back, Lou.

via rotoworld

Carlos Pena (thumb) will continue to play through his recent slump.
His thumb isn't yet 100 percent, but Pena and Cubs manager Mike Quade have apparently come to an agreement. Pena, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract over the winter, is batting just .167 with 23 strikeouts over his first 66 at-bats. It's tough to recommend him in fantasy right now, especially if Jeff Baker continues to see at-bats against left-handers and some right-handers, as well

they had a closed-door meeting...was wondering what came out of it.

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  • 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 2 hours 51 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 3 hours 3 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 3 hours 12 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 3 hours 17 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 3 hours 36 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 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 29 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 4 hours 31 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 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 4 hours 56 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 7 hours 24 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 8 hours 3 min ago view