Game 150 Recap: Cubs 2, Brewers 6

Wait 'Till... The Weekend

 

W - DiFelice (1-0)
L - Marquis (10-9), drinking champagne on a thursday afternoon

 

Things to Take from This Game

 

1.  Horrid first four for Marquis
Marquis loaded the bases with a single and two walks, and Fielder cleared them with a double.  After that, Marquis settled down well enough, but the Cubs never overcame the deficit

 

2.  Short-Sheeted
Ben Sheets left after two innings due to tightness in his right forearm.  The Brewers emptied the bullpen, and they pitched very well.  Six relievers in six innings, no runs added on to the solo homer Ramirez hit off of Sheets.  The Cubs manage one run off of Torres in the ninth, but there never really was a sense of an imminent comeback.  Before the ninth, the Cubs had eeked out just four hits on the game.

 

3.  Who Cares, Our Magic Number Still is 4.

 

The rather uninspired details, below...

 

Game Recap

Inning 1 - Top
  •  Hah.  Just as the game starts, my computer crashes.  Maybe it's an omen that tonight isn't the night for my return...
  • While it's rebooting, Cameron lines a 2-2 pitch into the left center gap.  Edmonds cuts it off, keeps him to a single
  • 2-0 on Durham, Soto goes out for a chat.
  • Cameron steals second.  Replay shows that Soto's absolutely perfect throw just did get Cameron at second, but he's called safe
  • and Durham walks.
  • as does Braun. This is not good.  Missing with the fastball.  The walk comes after a very, very generous strike call by Joe West on a 3-1 count.
  • Fielder then lines a double down the left field line, all three runs come around to score.  3-0 Brewers with no outs.
  • Hardy grounds out to third
  • and Hart K's swinging.  With that, I'm back up to speed.  phew.  stupid computer.
  • and Counsell K's swinging.  31 pitch first inning.  Yeah, I think it was an omen.
Inning 1 - Bottom
  •  Soriano bounces out to Counsell at third on the first pitch.
  • ESPN observes that Cameron has some sort of defensive positioning guide in his back pocket that he's consulting.  Their crew hasn't seen that before, neither have I.
  • Fontenot K's looking.
  • as does Lee.  easy first for Sheets, 14 pitches.
Inning 2 - Top
  •  Kendall grounds to Theriot.
  • As does Sheets.  trots down to first on what might have been a bit of a tough charging play for Theriot.
  • Cameron lines a fastball on the outside corner right to Fontenot.  Decent recovery inning for Marquis, only 11 pitches.

Inning 2 - Bottom
  •  Ramirez with a really funky home run.  Wails at the first pitch, an inside fastball that looks like it tied him up, and lines it on a frozen rope into the first couple rows of the bleachers, just to the right of the left-field well. Dave O'Brien is three types of astonished at how fast it left the park, says Braun didn't even get his head around before it was out of the park.  That's only a slight exaggeration.  3-1Brewers
  • DeRosa lines to Braun.
  • Sut thinks Soto is a top 10 MVP candidate
  • as Braun did, Soto begins trotting to first on ball four, only for Joe West to call it a strike
  • lines a drive to the right field warning track, Hart catches it.
Inning 3 - Top
  •  Durham taps one up the first base line.  Marquis fields, tags Durham out.
  • Braun fists one inside-out to the right-side hole.  Goes over Lee, but Fontenot makes a great diving catch on the shallow outfield grass
  • and wow, some no-name is warming up in the Brewers pen.  Must be something wrong with Sheets?
  • Fielder walks
  • Hardy lines one through Fielder's legs, as he leaps up to avoid it.  Single to right, Fielder to second.
  • Hart grounds into a 6-4 force.
  • Sheets appears to be leaving the game.
Inning 3 - Bottom
  • Mark DiFelice in to pitch. Sheet on the bench looking on.  
  • Theriot K's looking on what was also a check swing.  K-zone suggests, yet again, that Joe West missed the call.
  • Marquis lines a bouncer off Fielder's glove.  Recovers, takes it to the bag.
  • Soriano lines one to the warning track just left of center.  Cameron is there for the out.
Inning 4 - Top
  •  Report is tightness of right forearm for Sheets.
  • Counsell K's swinging
  • Kendall floats one to shallow right, Fontenot races out and to his left, makes a great diving effort, but it's just out of his reach.  A single.
  • DiFelice bunts Kendall over.
  • Cameron lines a sharp grounder to Fontenot's right, picks it easily, out at first.

Inning 4 - Bottom
  •  Fontenot bounces out to Durham.
  • Lee K's on a low and away slider
  • Ramirez walks
  • Edmonds had been 0-21 against Sheets, now lines one up the middle
    for a single.  Ramirez to third.  Durham had shaded him way around
    towards first to pull.
  • DeRosa rolls into a 6-4 force out
Inning 5 - Top
  • Durham flies out to the wall, just short of the ivy in right.
  •  Braun also flies to DeRosa.
  • Fielder smokes one off the top of the ivy just right of center.  Hit very hard, Edmonds might have a shot at getting Fielder at second.  Makes a slight bobble in glove-to-hand, Fielder makes it in easily.
  • Hardy with a sharp liner into right, Fielder has to hold as DeRosa charges it well.
  • Hart with a lazy fly to right, Marquis escapes with no damage
Inning 5 - Bottom
  •  Todd Coffee in.
  • Full count, Soto walks.
  • Theriot with a shallow chop to third.  Counsell goes to second, can't get much on the throw, Theriot safe at first.
  • Sutcliffe mentions Z left the game today due to some concern with a grandparent.  Best wishes, Z.
  • Marquis with a nice bunt to third, Theriot to second.
  • Called strike to Soriano, who becomes the latest to lok back at Joe West's call.
  • swinging at a slider in the dirt, 0-2
  • and K's swinging at another bouncing slider.  Boo.
Inning 6 - Top
  •  Counsell with a sharp grounder to Lee's right.  Nice pick, throws to Marquis for the out, nicely executed.
  • Kendall walks.  Gyeh.
  • Joe Nelson in to pinch hit for Coffee, 2-0 count to start him out.
  • Kendall runs, Marquis with a wild pitch, and Kendall to third.  Infield comes in, 2-2 count on Nelson
  • and Nelson walks.  End of the game for Marquis, Angel Guzman in.
  • Sutcliffe compares Guzman to Mariano Rivera.
  • Cameron K's swinging at a high 96 mph fastball. 
  • Durham pops out just behind home place.  Another threat avoided.  Cubs really ought to pull this one out.

Inning 6 - Bottom
  •  Carlos Villanueva in to pitch.
  • Fontenot K's looking, insider fastball.  
  • Annnnnnnnnnnd we have our first Bartman reference of the night.  Everyone take a drink.
  • Cameron makes a nice running, shoe-string catch on a sinking line-drive by Lee.
  • Ramirez rips one past Counsell for a single.
  • Mitch Stetter in, a lefty to fast edmonds
  • Correction, a side-arming lefty.
  • Edmonds rolls out to second, inning over.
Inning 7 - Top
  •  Guzman hits Braun with a fastball, looks like it caught a forearm.
  • Fielder lines one into center, Braun to third.  Runners at corners, no outs.
  • Hardy hits one into the right field gap, Braun scores, Fielder to third, double for Hardy.  4-1 Brewers, nuts.
  • Kevin Hart warming up.  A sign LouPa is willing to treat this one as kind of over?
  • It might be. Corey Hart lines a single to left, Fielder and Hardy in, 6-1
  • Kevin Hart in.
  • Corey Hart runs, Counsell is HBP, but it sure doesn't look like it on the replay.
  • Kendal drops down a bunt, runners to 2 and 3.
  • Lamb hits for Mitch Stetter
  • Lamb flies to shallow-mid left, Soriano throws, Hart is called out. It's just another in a long line of calls that Joe West missed tonight.
  • Wow, was Hart safe.
Inning 7 - Bottom
  • Gagne relieves Stetter
  • DeRosa flies out to Braun.
  •  Soto looks at a curveball on the outside corner, strike three
  • Theriot grounds to short
Inning 8 - Top
  • Sean Marshall in.
  • Cameron with a sharp liner to Edmonds 
  • Durham hits a sharp one hopper at Ramirez that eats him up.  Generously ruled a base hit, although it was a tough play
  • Braun lines out to third
  • Fielder pops foul to third

Inning 8 - Bottom
  •  Mota in for Gagne, Hoffpauir hits for Marshall
  • and K's swinging
  • Soriano walks.
  • Fontenot flies to Braun
  • Lee with a nice single, Soriano to second.
  • and on the first pitch, Ramirez rolls right to hardy, 6-4

Inning 9 - Top
  • Randy Wells in.
  • Hardy K's swinging, Hart grounds to Theriot
  • Pujols tells us that we're getting bored with Pujols.  Speak for yourself.
  • Counsell grounds to Fontenot, very quick inning.
Inning 9 - Bottom
  •  Salomon Torres in, seventh reliever in seventh inning for the Brewers.
  • Edmonds rolls out to second
  • DeRosa singles sharply right up the middle.
  • Soto rolls one up the middle, first and third.
  • Theriot rolls into an easy 6-4-3, but Fielder drops the ball at first - it was a low throw, but didn't bounce, just sort of missed it off the tip of the glove.  Run scores, 6-2 game.
  • Ward hits for Wells
  • and weakly bounces out to Weeks.  Game over.

 

Parachat Recap
Inning 1
  • How do we know it's really me?
    • Mockery ensues.
  • Palin
    • Mockery ensues
  • How do we know it's really Carlos?
    • Mockery fails to ensue.  What gives?
  • The Z/Fontenot routine.
  • huh?

Inning 2
  •  How's the economy treating you?
    • poorly.
  • That last pitch Wood threw to Fielder last night
  • The home run.
  • Proper uses of ~thunder~
  • Carlos claims to have seen a black neo-nazi.
Inning 3
  • RBI opportunity stats
  •  Fontenot's nice catch.
  • I am introduced to cakefarts.  No good comes of it.
  • Crunch helps the terrorists.
  • Conspiracies of cartographers.
Inning 4
  •  Brewers future
  • Super-sized Romo's relations with Jessica Simpson
  • Beer
  • Cheese.
  • With my cooking skills, someone will be lucky to have me for a wife. - Brick
Inning 5
  • Trans in love.
  •  WOMD.
  • Punctuality.
  • "Wrigley rotated a bit when Fielder put on the brakes." - brick.
  • Bad moments to be caught putting in your contacts in a restroom.
  • Likelihood of a Soriano homer.

Inning 6
  • Faux Cubs Pessimism from Whip.
  •  Rediscovering Angel Guzman
  • Does Marquis make the post-season roster?  (no.)
  • Parachat makes fun of my antiquated vocabulary.
  • The American League is the league of cutters.  They need help.  Brick is on fire, tonight.
  • Bonnie Tyler
  • Bonnie Rait
  • Steven Tyler
  • 80s female pop singers
  • Whip explains to us, once more, what good music is. :)
    • Air Supply, evidently.
  • Domo Aryagato, Mr. Fontenot.  And Aramis Morisette.
  • Yoko Ono
  • Seth McClung
    • Oddest Parachat pairing ever: Ono and McClung?
Inning 7
  • Rob's fantasy league.
  •  Porno Dave compliments me, and Rob shoots me down. Now I'm sad.
  • how dumb was it to send the runner on Lamb's fly ball?

Inning 8
  •  I fight Whip.
  • Things that have happened since I last did anything at TCR
  • oh god, not this cakefarts thing, again
  • The Mike C of Music?!?!!  ROFL.  God, the things I missed.
  • Trying to persuade me not to post this recap.
  • Who should rule TCR?

Inning 9
  • My Future. 
    • Reality TV
  • Carlos is a dirty terrorist with an ape's penis.

Cubs record in games recapped falls to 11-6 on the season.  How pathetic, I've only done 17...

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Comments

Thank God you are back!

God had nothing to do with it. Satan put me on furlough. :)

But glad I could show up. By next Monday, I'll disappear under a mountain of work again.

Oh Sheet(s)!

Oh Sheet(s), I probably cost myself $5 million with that injury last night!

"Inning 1

huh?"

That's how I imagine Z with Fontenot.

WHO RUNS BARTERTOWN!?!?!

"Inning 1

huh?"

That's how I imagine Z with Fontenot.

WHO RUNS BARTERTOWN!?!?!

Crappy game. Below average parachat. Let's do better today.

Behold the power of Bristol Palin!

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb...

Sounds like this is something that may not go away for awhile...

Ever since Trans came back, I was inspired to make a comeback too...

Well NO. Actually it was Big Z who inspired it:

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=14vsh0o&s=4

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  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 19 min 57 sec ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 3 hours 57 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 4 hours 40 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 5 hours 4 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 5 hours 12 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 6 hours 30 min ago view