One Run Done Won

Denied the walk-off RBI by his once-burned, twice-shy skipper, Anthony Rizzo instead scampered across with the game's only tally in the bottom of the 9th tonight at Principal Park to give the I-Cubs a 1-0 win over New Orleans.

Luis Valbuena led off with a single before Rizzo doubled up the alley in left center. Dave Bialas rightly put the brakes on Valbuena with nobody out. Earlier he'd sent plodding catcher Juan Apodaca to the plate on another of Valbuena's three singles but he was apprehended by a strong throw from Zephyrs' left-fielder Chris Coghlan.

Following Rizzo's two-bagger Rob Delaney, who entered the game in the 8th unscored upon this year in 19 innings of work, intentionally passed Ty Wright. JV, elevated to #6 in the lineup due to recent roster attrition, grounded into a force at the plate before Delaney uncorked a wild one that plated Rizzo.

Besides the 9th inning double, the extension of Rizzo's hitting streak to 11 games also included a ringing single off of New Orleans LH Wade LeBlanc. Nice to see him work on his southpaw splits. Also, Rizzo is hitting just below a .300 clip with the bases empty but over .400 with runners in scoring position. Certain situations seem beneath him; others bring out his best.

Jackson didn't play tonight until pinch hitting and flying out in the 8th. Adrian Cardenas also sat out the opener of the home stand. Rodrigo Lopez worked three efficient innings in his first appearance since clearing waivers and joining the team. Frankie De La Cruz then threw up five zeroes before Blake Parker pitched the 9th and copped the win.

New Orleans might have won but for a botched squeeze play in the 8th on which the batter failed to offer so both teams had runners cut down at the plate before Rizzo finally crossed it safely.

On the drive home from the ballpark I heard the Iowa radio team say that the Cub organization has the worst collective record in baseball with no teams on the plus side of .500. Guess you gotta raze before you rebuild. 


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


Gordon SS Ellis 2B Kemp CF Ethier RF Abreu LF Hairston 3B Loney 1B Treanor C Capuano P

Was Barney safe on that take of second base yesterday off Kemp? I actually thought that was a heads up play as Kemp pulled a Soriano, but the ball clearly beat him. It did look like he slid his left hand in somehow before the tag, but then it looked like he slid off the bag for a second before his right hand grabbed it again.

Thoughts? Can't find a replay online.

It was a great slide, face first and just beat the tag. Throw did beat him but came in to his right. Good call in an otherwise mediocre day for the umps.

Soriano and Stewart quickly summarizing why, even in the best case scenario, this team is not good enough to win this year.

Per Rotoworld...

In case Garza can't go Sunday:

The Cubs have summoned Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa as a backup. Wood is 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA at Iowa. He has yet to appear in the majors this season.

So who would get bumped from the roster to make room for Travis Wood?

Lendy Castillo hasn't been used since April 20th. Time for him to go?

Sat, 05/05/2012 - 12:05pm — Cubster

Per Rotoworld...

In case Garza can't go Sunday:

The Cubs have summoned Travis Wood from Triple-A Iowa as a backup. Wood is 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA at Iowa. He has yet to appear in the majors this season.


CUBSTER: Among the changes in the new CBA is the creation of the Taxi Squad.

MLB clubs are now permitted to recall a player from the minors and place him on the Taxi Squad for 24 hours.

The Taxi Squad is designed primarily for a situation where a club is contemplating whether to place a player on the DL, but hasn't decided yet.

A player recalled and placed on the Taxi Squad does not count against the club's MLB 25-man roster, but he does accrue MLB Service Time (one day).

Also, the player does not count against the Active List of the minor league team from which he was summoned, which is why the Iowa Cubs did not have to make a roster move when Randy Wells and Scott Maine were sent down.

Chris Volstad is the 2012 version of Anthony Young circa 1993

I'd like a nickle for every time I hear Keirh Moreland say V's problem is just one bad inning a game.

...said Lendy Castillo had been out with the flu that's pushed Garza back...but Lendy's warming up in the bottom of the 5th

bb...wild pitch...ground out...popout...K

fun times with marmol in the top 8th.

also, PHI released luis montanez from AAA.

Brewers lose Alex Gonzales on an awkward slide into 2nd base on an attempted steal. The catchers throw went into CF.

Not sure but it looks like he hurt his ankle. Fox showed the injury but didn't say anything more than he had to leave the game. He was in obvious pain and jammed his right foot on the base and flipped up into the air.

oddly enough, Cesar Izturis is the backup SS for the Brewers. (particularly if they sign DLee to replace Matt Gamel).

Wasn't it Izturis that gave ARam the reverse chalupa celebration? Repeat?!

Yep, that wuz him alright...

...and supposedly in the post game, they announced that Travis Wood will pitch against the Dodgers on Sunday.

I guess that requires a roster move tomorrow.

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  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.