Game 32 Thread - Garza vs. Wolf

Cubs go with the right-heavy lineup against struggling southpaw Randy Wolf.

Brewers Cubs
*Morgan, CF
Johnson, CF
Weeks, 2B
Baker, RF
Braun, LF
Castro, SS
Ramirez, 3B
*LaHair, 1B
Hart, RF
Soriano, LF
*Kottaras, C
Mather, 3B
*Green, 1B
Castillo, C
#Izturis, SS
Barney, 2B
*Wolf, P
Garza, P

Which will happen first? free polls 

Let the battle for last place begin! Have a good weekend.


Smokies facing off versus Danny Hultzen, 0 H through 3 but walks to J. Lake and L. Watkins. Lake caught stealing though.

Scoreless through 3, Brooks Raley going for Smokies.

No hits through 4 for Hultzen.

Raley with 6 K's through 5, but gave up 2 runs.

N. Samson breaks up no-hitter after 4.1 ip

Bases loaded, 0 outs for Aramis

5-4-3 DP started by Mather. Nice.

why in the hell wasn't garza bunting on the 1st pitch with a man on 1st, 0 out, and down by 1...especially if they wanted him to finish the ab bunting...i hope someone missed a sign and it wasn't just creative managing. some of this aggressiveness is odd.


and of course johnson follows with a double leaving barney at 3rd...


and runners stranded, 3 outs, cubbery

my god.

matt garza just cannot throw the ball to 1st after fielding.

i cannot believe we're in year 2 of's mindblowing.

...he wasn't this bad when he played on turf in the AL East

Next time Kerry Wood gets mad I wish he would throw Jeff Baker into the stands.

Wellington Castillo looking like a moran behind the plate not framing pitches, BB is all over him,

Stepped away to take care of crying newborn, so missed the last two innings. Did Garza get hurt? Or did they take him out for being at 93 pitches?

took him out, castillo was not helping him

if everything we've seen so far is an indication we're going to see a lot of mid-90 to 110 pitch starts. there's only 2 110+ pitch starts this year out of all the starters.

he probably could have gone more, but his control/stuff wasn't all that today anyway (and welly didn't help much as noted elsewhere in this thread).

Nobody f*cks with DeJesus


scrubbies up 4-1.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, fucks with the DeJesus!!!

Grand Slam!!!

Ruh-roh, marmol...3 balls to start the inning.

Deja-Cincy-Vu all over again?

Nobody f*cks with DeJesus in RF either!

and marmol out of the game after lightly rolling his ankle (legit excuse to leave, but he doesn't look like he'll miss much time, if any).

Trainer visiting marmol, caught his cleat or something, but he's coming out. Bowden in.

marmol catches clete on mound, out with hurt leg

ARam just misses a HR, as his double hits the yellow line in CF and bounces back in...but drives in Braun after a walk.

Marmol tweaks his ankle or knee when his landing foot catches a clete on the mound. Throws a few practice pitches and gets taken out of the game.

Michael Bowden in.

Anyone know what happened to marmol? :)

TCR is the new parachat

well, this game just became a gigantic bag of dicks.

4-5, brews.

Michael Bolton gives up double clears bases- 5-4 brewers

Why should I change my name? He's the one that sucks.

Castro should have made the play in the hole to end the inning.

nice bunt, game of thrones.

Len said Marmol's injury diagnosed as a right hamstring strain.

well that's a lot worse than lightly rolling his

wait, i can't tell if this is good or bad.

The Phillies purchased the contract of INF Mike Fontenot from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

CUBS TIE!!!!!!



Has anyone mentioned that nobody fucks with DeJesus?!!!

Wow. Helluva game for Dejesus here.

Edit. That was also an incredibly awful at bat by Castro there.

not bad for a guy that came into the game in the 7th...HR, triple, 5rbi, 2r

...and that catch in RF at the wall.

J. Hamilton in the Barry Bonds home run zone. 2 more so far tonight.


6-5 CUBS! 2 outs, top 9. unf.

also, lol K'ing on a wild pitch...dude, wtf?

Not just that pitch but the whole at bat was terrible. I think Castro made the decision to swing at that first pitch on the way to the batters box from the on deck circle.

josh hamilton does that a lot...castro's not josh hamilton, though.

The rare run scoring strikeout to take the lead

'Bout time that mother-scratcher Axford blew a save opp against the Cubs ... staff...players in the dugout...anyone?


dollis hurt...hello.

this is getting really weird to watch.

he's obviously hurt/sore out there.

It's certainly puzzling.

even if he's fine...go check...or something. *shrug*

That was weird. What are coaches for, again?

HR brewers...tied @7. neat.

Oh yeah, Dolis is much better at this closing thing

are you watching this, btw, or following online?

he's obviously not 100% in his shoulder/back. it's odd he's still out there, imo.

Everyone can see he's hurt, but the pitching coach is busy shoveling sunflower seeds into his mouth.

Looks like a lower back thing to me with how stiff he looked but I'm no doctor.

Pitching with minor injuries is often how more significant injuries happen. Gotta bend that back for the good of the shoulder and elbow.

Was sort of watching, heard Bob comment about it. He was still throwing 96 so it couldn't have been too bad

his followthroughs were awful.

he's also about to pitch another inning.

WTF... why is he still in? He doesn't look right at all... after every pitch you can tell he's sore.

2nd walk to Izturis (leadoff!) ... this does not bode well

Bob sez...that was a bonehead play by Izturis, running right into Stewart's tag on a grounder to third.

Cubbery from ex-Cubs too.

ruh, roh...

KWood warming up for the bottom of the 11th.

he should see if he can find juan cruz's old smurf-blue glove in the clubhouse somewhere.

This just shows what kind of bullpen depth we've got...and why an injured Dolis is our best option.

kerry wood is showing how true that might be.

almost hbp for 3-0 count...nice.

...and a leadoff walk

"Ok, Dolis is hurt, we should take him out."
"Fine, then we'll have to bring in Wood."
"Alright, just leave in Dolis."

And Wood nearly plunks Bugeyes.

I LOVE Wood...but seriously.

i really wanna see him get out of this just to get his head straight...try again another night.

back to back suckage

where is David Patton when we need him?

Kerry's got it tonight.

/sarcasm font

At least he's consistent.

9 balls in a row to start the inning...and pitches out of it.

brewery. that don't work too well.

Lendy time?

Castillo-Castillo battery.

When isn't it?

Was Is Greinke pitching for was he pinch hitting?

Three hits for Wellington...does that cancel out all of the strikes he cost his pitchers with his shitty framing?

Is this game really still happening?

woo...carry woods!

it should be lendy time soon.

That dude is lucky awesome!

DeJesus is channeling Matt Garza with his bunting skills.

...and lendy gives up a leadoff HBP.

this game is weird.

and follows it up with a HBP.


Setting up the triple play.

And now Bugeyes.

I do like to see Braun hit, though.

for the love of god would someone please let b.lahair pitch?

and the cubs end it with mickey mouse highschool defense blowing up in their face.

awesome...cubs lose.

odd/good game.

A brilliant defensive alignment.

Let's put our 2B at short...I can't envision that going wrong in any way.

Glad I turned off after 8th.

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • 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

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    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

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

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