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...



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


That's how I imagine Z with Fontenot.


"Inning 1


That's how I imagine Z with Fontenot.


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

Behold the power of Bristol Palin!

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:

Recent comments

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  • Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.

  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent.

    Richard came into the 2015 season with 5+070 days of MLB Service Time, so he only needed to accrue 102 days of MLB Service Time during the 2015 MLB regular season to qualify as an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2015.  However,  he spent the first three months of the season at AAA Indianapolis (the Pirates AAA affiliate) and so he did not accrue any MLB Service Time during that period of time. 

  • Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)