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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.