Cubs v Red Sox: Clown Baseball continues


It is SO nice to do something clownish about the other team for a change, and it happened to the almost first-place Boston Red Sox.

Last night completely turned the tables on the "The Cubs will find a way to lose this one" thought which we've become accustomed to this season.
First we all had to grit our teeth thru the 7th as Rich Hill came in and struck out left fielder (what?) Blake DeWitt and Kosuke Fukudome. 
But then the 8th...
In came Boston reliever Matt Albers.
Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each single, Aramis Ramirez has about a 10 pitch walk and now the bases are loaded.
Carlos Pena walks. Run scores. Bases still loaded. Reed Johnson smacks a double, Cubs take the lead.

That was actual baseball with actual hits by...Cubs.

Then Boston's clown car pulled up.

Soriano hits a pop up to Lowrie, and it goes off his glove.
Pie in the face.
Cubs up by 2.

Now it's Franklin Morales pitching.
Jeff Baker absolutely mashes a double off the wall.
Cubs up by 3 and Soriano on 3rd.
Koyie Hill strikes out (SHOCKING!).
Fukudome walks and then Barney flies out to right and the camera cuts to home for the play at the plate because for sure Soriano's gonna tag up and...wait! 
Soriano's not even in the picture! 
He didn't run, and now he's caught in a rundown?
Before I can even comprehend the rundown is happening because Baker's on 3rd, Jason Varitek throws to Kevin Youkilis who puts up his glove and BLOOEY! A pie in the face for Youkilis as the ball goes off his glove and into left.
Soriano scores and WHIPBLATT! 
Another pie in the face when Crawford's throw gets by Varitek and Baker scores!
Castro hits another double and now it's Cubs 9 Sox 3.

So...lets not even bring up the disaster that should have happened with Soriano, okay?

But lets do bring up Blake DeWitt in left field while Tyler Colvin, the guy with actual power who should be out there, is in Iowa. 
Why is he in Iowa?
To get some regular playing time, which he would be getting with Soriano DHing had they not sent him down.
No he wasn't swinging real well, but given the choice between him and DeWitt...

And Koyie Hill.

Oh well, pretty great Saturday night clown entertainment except for the horrible beaning of Marlon Byrd.
Fingers crossed that he's okay.


Justin Berg at the park, Muskat doesn't know yet if they're putting Byrd on the DL to make room or sending a pitcher down.

Tonight's lineup:

Fuku - RF
Barney - 2B
Castro - SS
ARam - 3B
Pena - 1B
Baker - LF
Sori - DH
Castillo - C
Johnson - CF

byrd allegedly has multiple facial fractures...out of hospital...15 day DL...berg'll probably take more than 15 days if he does have fractures.

colvin should be up pretty soon after tonight's game i'd imagine.

That blows. I hope Byrd's vision isn't permanently affected.

"Byrd is expected to be at the park later today, but the Cubs had no information on the extent of his injury."


milton bradley is available

Colvin is 1/11 so far with 1 walk.

Maybe they'll just play Campana at CF and let Baker be the 4th OF?

I guess he went 3/4 today - great timing on my part. I'll happily make that mistake again

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  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.