Matt Garza's 9th inning hair

What a dominant performance by Matt Garza.
The Philadelphia Phillies get one eensy weensy perfectly placed bloop single from Jimmy Rollins to lead off the game.
Then it's just Garza magic for 7 innings - one walk, no runs, Cubs 3 Phils zeeero.
Rafael Dolis gets 3 straight in the 8th.
And then it's Carlos Marmol.

If an outfielder can record an assist, Marmol records inconsists.
He gets an out, walks two, gets another out, and Hunter Pence singles so now the bases are loaded.
Marmol then walks Ty Wigginton and a run in before Shane Victorino finally grounds out.

Victorino was the tying run.

Think that doesn't make Garza's hair go white?
It's such a nightmare.
It feels like Marmol's been pitching for hours, but you look at the clock and it's only taken him minutes to put the 7 gorgeous Garza innings on endangered species.
He's lost whatever mojo he used to have.
Remember Wild Thing Mitch Williams?
All over the place but still kinda fun.
Carlos' struggles are joyless to the average Cub Fan. 

Okay, on the other side.
Tony Campana.
2 for 4 and scores twice and his speed is Freddy Krueger scary to the Other Team.
He'll just run til he scores, which he did on Hunter Pence in the 3rd when Starlin Castro hit a shallow fly ball that nobody woulda run on.
Because for a shot putter, Pence throws pretty good. 
Campana slid right between the catcher's legs. 
Speed wins.

Now I'm not saying it will happen, but it's possible that the Cubs might just take 3 of 4 in Philadelphia.
And nowadays I absolutely love to say this:
The payroll for the Phils is the second-highest in baseball at $174,538,938.
The Cubs cost $88,197,033.
For yesterday at least, that's some serious entertainment value.


Campana is ridiculous.

we'll be saying the same thing when he's back to a .300 OBP, but it'll mean something completely different.

enjoy the ride, it sure is fun to watch when it's good.

He's faster than I ever thought he would be following him in the minors.

This is a good year for a Campana. Fun to watch and I don't care that much whether he's actually making the team better. Maybe he'll lead the league in steals and some GM will think he's that team's next leadoff guy.

He's a man of extremes... extremely small, extremely fast, extremely large glove.

I in general dislike stealing because most people who try it hurt the team more than it ends up helping. Smart base stealers though I'm all about. I have barely watched Campana but that run home though (though not a steal) was an example of a really smart slide between the catcher's legs. From people who've watched him more, does he generally make smart decisions like that or is he just fast?

Castro, for example, really needs to make smarter decisions.

I would ask...Castro is 10 of 13 stealing..which is pretty good? Has he been getting thrown out on the bases a lot?

One CS was when he overslid third. He was safe before that.

Yeah I've seen some silly base running from Castro. He's young of course but bad base running just tears my heart out every time I see it. I'm definitely a disciple of the "don't make outs" philosophy.

this morning

0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

GO, 2B, 2B, GO, 1B, HR, 1B (advances to 2B on error by Pin-Chieh Chen), Balk advances runner to 3B, HBP, BB

pitching change to Willengton Cruz

gives up a triple scoring all the inherited runs



He was under the impression that those earned runs would be redistributed across the pitching staff.

Is that a communist/socialist Cuban reference? Nice! :D

still trying to figure this signing out.

he's way too young to chalk up, but he showed nothing in Cuba...though pitching over his head.

this was/is theo-corp's 1st "pure scouting" sign...hope it's not wasted money/roster.

extremely fast
Campana's real competition... (recent blurb per rotoworld):

Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has tallied 29 stolen bases in 23 games this year at High-A Bakersfield.
Hamilton has also greatly improved his plate discipline from where it was last year, boasting 14 walks against 18 strikeouts and a stellar .398/.481/.591 slash line in 104 plate appearances. The 21-year-old shortstop might be the fastest player in baseball and should continue to rise steadily through the Reds' farm system.

it wouldn't be a competition

Hamilton is on another level.

I hear that all the time.

DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, DeWitt 2B, Soto C, Volstad P

Rollins 6, Polanco 5, Victorino 8, Pence 9, Wigginton 3, Nix 7, Ruiz 2, Orr 4, Worley 1

how much longer must campy hit 2nd?

asking him to hit for contact or move a runner is an adventure i'd rather not be on.

I would love to see them swap Campana and the Jesus. Even though Campana is a fairly poor hitter and isn't much for obp, he is so irritating for the opponent on the bases, that it doesn't really matter.

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  • May their next game go 26 innngs..and get suspended.

  • Hear Hear!

  • So many memories from this game -- Javy's HR, Grimm's Ks, Soler's throw, Schwarber's ridiculous bomb, Strop overcoming his demons, Lackey screaming at himself after giving up the hit to Hammel....just awesome stuff.

  • dodgers win...1 more game of pitcher use on the mets and dodgers (degrom + greenkey)

  • maddon is easily one of the best managers out there, that's why he's getting paid huge for someone that doesn't have to rent/own in NYC/LA.

    for the most part there's 2-3-5 of guys on that level, and 25-28 other teams trying to find a guy who's capable. they can also go out of favor rather quickly (m.sciossa recently). last year's NL MOY didn't make it a full year into 2015 before getting fired.

    no matter how one feels about how it could have been done cheaper with less commitment, we only know how this way is working out. it's been awesome so far.

  • Agree. It could not be more perfect that we beat the Cardinals in this ascendant season of all seasons, and in the first postseason series we ever saw them in.

  • I think all we can say is, "Okay, let's go on to the next series and see what happens." And how indescribably awesome is it to be able to say that on this date in this year.

  • Thanks, O&B. So funny about our age. Let's just say- I have always wondered why Durocher didn't give Hundley a few days off when he had Gene Oliver and John Boccabella on the bench.

  • Strop K'ing Peralta to start the 8th, given their history -- what a fantastic moment! And Javy bouncing back -- big time -- form yesterday's games.

    Contributions from literally everyone in this series -- Soler and Schwarber were off the charts -- Miggy's pick-off was awesome.

    This team is just so much damn fun.

  • Wish I knew how to post a pic. Both CUBSTER & I in attendance. I finally feel like some demons have been vanquished, and there is some magic here.

    Joe Maddon is far and away the best manager I have seen work for my team.

  • pretty much this. also, a magician.

  • Madden brought it in some lions and sharks to Wrigley Field and let them eat people

  • What did I miss?

  • I think Strop deserves a very special mention. He had so many struggles against the Cardinals but pitched two successful and very high pressure innings the last two games against them and looked nasty doing so.

  • How about this, the Cubs are 10-1 over the last 3 weeks.

  • I was thinking about it earlier that the Cubs are 101-66 and the Cards 101-65...but, does anyone outside of the two of us ever calculate records including post season? Don't think I've seen that ever before.