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. 

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

vs.

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.

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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
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/y...

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.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

I guess that requires a roster move tomorrow.

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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 17 hours 9 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 17 hours 14 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 17 hours 31 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 17 hours 42 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 18 hours 7 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 18 hours 47 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 12 sec ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 20 hours 17 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 20 hours 21 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 21 hours 5 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 4 hours ago view