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

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

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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.

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

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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 this...it'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

UNF!

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 ankle...boo.

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!!!!!!

sigh...

heh.

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.

STRIKE OUT, WILD PITCH, RUNNER SCORE, CASTRO SAFE AT 1st

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 ...

ummm...manager...training staff...players in the dugout...anyone?

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.

awesome.

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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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 57 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 43 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 25 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 20 hours 23 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 20 hours 35 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 20 hours 44 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 20 hours 49 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 21 hours 8 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 21 hours 44 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 22 hours 1 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 22 hours 3 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 22 hours 21 min ago view