Game 150 Recap: Cubs 2, Brewers 6
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gagne relieves Stetter
- DeRosa flies out to Braun.
- Soto looks at a curveball on the outside corner, strike three
- Theriot grounds to short
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- How do we know it's really me?
- Mockery ensues.
- Mockery ensues
- How do we know it's really Carlos?
- Mockery fails to ensue. What gives?
- The Z/Fontenot routine.
- How's the economy treating you?
- 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.
- RBI opportunity stats
- Fontenot's nice catch.
- I am introduced to cakefarts. No good comes of it.
- Crunch helps the terrorists.
- Conspiracies of cartographers.
- Brewers future
- Super-sized Romo's relations with Jessica Simpson
- With my cooking skills, someone will be lucky to have me for a wife. - Brick
- Trans in love.
- "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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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...
The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.
If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.
The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:
It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.
The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.
Wait...you're flip-flopping again?!
Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?
I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.
Happ signs w Jays
Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay
needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch
As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing
+ Bankruptcy Court
2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...
A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.
...the wrong half.
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.
They are trying to bring the facility to the 20th century.
I think they know what they are doing.
With the Cubs adding Pierce Johnson to their roster and not exposing/losing him to the Rule 5 Draft keeps the trade ancestry tree alive that started in 1999 with Tom Gordon and undrafted Adam Morrissey and includes 17 players, the trade tree progressed to involve the Hee Sop Choi for Derrek Lee deal and the famous Aramis Ramirez/Kenny Lofton deal..Pierce Johnson is the compensation pick for Aramis Ramirez in 2012