Game 11 Thread - Dempster vs. Johnson

After a day off, the Cubs head to Miami for their first series in their new ballpark and the return of Ozzie Guillen after a 5-game suspension, which should bring a healthy dose of national attention to the game.

Marlins Cubs
#Reyes, SS
*Dejesus, RF
#Bonifacio, CF
Barney, 2B
Ramirez, 3B
Castro, SS
*Morrison, LF
Soriano, LF
Infante, 2B
*Stewart, 3B
Stanton, RF
*Clevenger, C
Sanchez, 1B
*LaHair, 1B
Buck, C Byrd, CF
*Johnson, P
Dempster, P

 

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Always wise to bat three lefties in a row for the later innings. ~shrug~

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Interesting that he has LaHair batting 7th. I wonder if Sveum feels like LaHair is the second coming of Dave Kingman.

great article.

it's a bit sweeping, though not much. there is a scrutiny of the pen that's missing in some respects. to keep it recent...brian wilson. sergio romo, by virtue of numbers and effectiveness, should be the 100% no-doubt defacto closer, but the guy's arm is a lot more fragile that people might suspect. him going 2-3 in a row too often is something SF is looking to avoid because they think his arm would fall off. it's kinda similar to how k.wood wasn't being considered to full-time close when there was a c.marmol scare in spring.

overall it's right on...imo, people should be looking for the $5-$7m type closers rather than the $10m+ ones...even if you're a big spending team. there's plenty of guys who can fill that role effectively while $10m contracts are still being shelled out.

flies home for a cortisone injection in shoulder, said to be available by Friday.

ruh-roh

Rusin starting for Iowa

Beeler starting for Tennessee

Hi- A Daytona: Szczur 8, Alcantara 6, Andreoli 7, Rohan 3, Jones 0, Bonne 9, Silva 4, Noble 2, Harrington 5, Simpson pitching

Peoria: DeVoss 4, Darvill 6, Lopez 2, Cuneo 3, Easterling 9, Zapata 7, Hernandez DH, Zapenas 5, Chen 8, Francescon 1 #fb

Tennessee rained out.

Simpson rocked for 6 ER in 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.

Dayton down 6-5 though, C. Noble 2/2, Andreoli with a 2B and Elieser Bonne with a HR.

Iowa puts up a 3 spot to start, with a lineup of: Campana 7, Jackson 8, Valbuena 6, Rizzo 3, Cardenas 4, Lalli 2, Sappelt 9, Vitters 5, Rusin 1.

Rusin already has given 2 back and the first isn't over vs. Albuquerque

Daytona down 7-5 in 7th vs. Dunedin, nothing new to report.

Peoria down 5-2 in 5th to Cedar Rapids, Francescon goes 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Pin-Chieh Chen with a triple.

1: vs. Colts
2: @ Packers (Thurs)
3: vs. Rams
4: @Cowboys (Mon)
5: @Jaguars
6: Bye
7: vs. Lions (Mon)
8: vs. Panthers
9: @Titans
10: vs. Texans (Sunday night)
11: @49ers (Mon)
12: vs. Vikings
13: vs. Seahawks
14: @Vikings
15: vs. Packers
16: @Cardinals
17: @Lions

Games in order of toughest test: Packers(2) , 49ers, Texans, Lions(2), then a tie between Dallas, Titans. This could have been much worse.

if they can pull off an upset over Packers in Week 2, they can be 5-0 heading into the bye...or 2-3...or somewhere in-between.

@Packers in Week 2 and @49ers in Week 11 are the only games at this moment that look like should-be losses.

they will beat the 49ers, if healthy

this FLA feed is killing me (HD feed on EI)...it's been a 1 hour commercial inviting people to come out to the ballpark fighting with a 1 hour hour commercial for Fox Sports personalities + social media.

in between it all they're occasionally talking about the game.

Yeah it's just awful. Just constant chatter about nothing. Though it fits Florida perfectly.

this is getting really silly.

there's entire ABs not being called while they're talking about other stuff or doing interviews or reading twitters about guests...etc etc...

who is it?

FS Marlins annouce crew. you can tell this program direction is coming from "someone" in the booth guiding the direction.

they're doing tons of social media stuff, pimping the park, interviews with workers, interviews with their own FS staff, reading tweets about fluff...they've missed a few ABs while "reporters" were doing stories on things like the Fox Sports Girls at the park and the team shop.

the "guest" is the vice president of something or other from the team who was one of the people who helped design the stadium (not kidding). supposedly a fan wanted more info on this important cog of the 2012 marlins.

"vice president of ballpark development"

...and now they have a mic on him in the booth.

3-2 count on lahair...his name hasn't been mentioned or any of the pitches called.

Though let's be honest. Looking at that empty ballpark after spending so much money they probably need to do all they can to get people.

needs more ozzie kicking soto's mask...and soto pointing and laughing about it.

Haha and they basically have pole dancers doing awful dances. W. T. F.

Lol. Mlb.tv is nice sometimes. Good to be able to hear Len and Bob.

Does Marlon Byrd look a lot smaller this year? I know he was really into body building...I wonder if he's had to cut back on his "body building" which might have something to do with this awful hitting?

I think he switched to taebo, so now he's lean amd mean

I think they said he was down 40 lbs. from last season. Food allergies to gluten and milk products were discovered in the offseason. So he changed his diet in addition to the taebo or whatever it was. No mention of Victor Conte.

Thanks, didn't hear that. Every time I see him, I forget who he is...

I'd like to forget I ever saw him.

kind of like the bs that swirls around the stretch singers @ wrigley for a half inning each on radio & tv...

pretty much.

bounces into a productive out...seemed more luck than purposeful.

2nd/3rd with 0 outs and bounces a 3-2 pitch to the second baseman to score a run and advance Castro to 3rd.

cubs pitchers are the most awesome defenders in the game.

4 hours of pitcher's infield practice for everyone the next month!

paid off today...

Dempster throws away one for the marlins first run, Josh Johnson running.

1-1 in the 5th

DeJesus shows off his arm with a weak ass throw that can't nail the pitcher trying to score from 2nd. Do get Bonifacio in a rundown to end inning though.

2-1 Marlins after 5.

can't run tonight, either.

DeJesus then gets thrown out at 2b trying to advance on a wild pitch that didn't bounce away from Buck.

Ugh to me the steal (or the aggressive base running) is one of the most overrated aspects of the game. Seems like for the majority of players who try it it ends up backfiring more than it ends up helping. We'd have bases loaded or a score at this point if he hadn't tried running.

And Soriano coming back down to being him:-(

if you told me when he signed that soriano would be hitting cleanup for the cubs in 2012 i'd be thrilled at how awesome that contract actually turned out.

this is like some twilight zone twist...

gonna be a long season...

Well, to be fair, that was just bad luck. The ball hit the dirt and kicked away and you are taught to take off on those. The chances of the catcher recovering and throwing you out, especially if you go right away when you see the pitch headed for the dirt are very low. 19 times out of 20 Dejesus is safe. This one hit someones foot or something and bounced straight up the in air and Buck caught it standing up all ready to throw. Lucky bounce is all.

At this rate, Dempster is going to be a 0-11 All-Star starter.

Clevenger continues to double, 1 out in the the 7th.

Let's see the Cubs not score this run.

ooooooooooo safe!

and wtf is lahair still doing at 1st?

LaHair singles Clevenger home, looks like he just beat tag. Nice throw by Bonifacio.

wtf?

i mean, there's being aggressive and there's being stupid.

wow. lahair fail sb.

it's like a team of Ryan Theriot's.

LaHair almost picked off, then tries to steal before Johnson even lifts his leg and he just steps off and throws him out.

Have I mentioned how much I hate stealing?

ah, great news, the Cubs go to their strength, the bullpen!

Dolis in for the 7th.

lol

Dolis survives the 7th.

2-2 to the 8th, XM radio for me the rest of the way.

know it's a night game but is marlyn wearing his shades @ the plate? he should change his name to ray Charles or Stevie wonder... 059 ain't bad for a blind man!

That's marlyn bord in your program...

Barney boots a routine grounder. Clevenger passed ball, then a walk.

8th inning going well so far.

Hanley goes boom. 5-2 marlins.

Ugh stupid error. I guess though as bad as this is to watch I never had great expectations for this season and support the rebuild so I've been able to find more positives than some people. We got some very good starting pitching, good hitting at spots and what looks like some good hitting coming up to take over spots where we need help. Bullpen help can be found, imo, easier than a lot of other stuff so as bad as it is for us it doesn't seem like a long time worry if we do well at other places.

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