Pretty cool game last night.
Johan Santana vs Travis Wood in New York with the Mets in 2nd behind Washington in the East and the Cubs sort of a related development.
But whatever, Reed Johnson led off with a homer, got 4 hits and scored 3 times.
Jeff Baker hit one out, Alfonso Soriano went 2 for 4 and knocked one in (he's now 26 RBIs from 1000).
Geovany Soto got 2 hits to raise his average to .175!
But the star of last night's game was young stud pup Anthony Rizzo.
4 for 5 including a 3 run homer in the 5th off Santana and breaking the Mets' back.
Cubs up 8-4 and man are things ever comfy here in the 9th.
But then in comes Carlos Marmol.
Who throws for like another hour.
He gave up a couple hits including a homer, walks 3 in a row, and 3 runs.
When David Wright came up as the tying run I was...well I was with some friends sitting at the bar of a nice Italian place called Mia Figlia over on Devon.
Behind me is a roomful of respectable people - the kind who make an effort to dress nicely even though it's one hundred and three degrees outside.
They're all enjoying their excellent Italian meals and I thought man, if Carlos Marmol makes me hurl right now I'll ruin everyone's dinner.
He walks Wright, which was better than the homer I thought was about to happen, and it was then that I heard a familiar voice.
"Carlos Marmol is my favorite pitcher!" said Nausea.
It's never good to hear from that guy.
Finally, by the grace of the Baseball Gods some Met hit an easy liner to Marmol who tosses to first for a DP that ends the game.
Young Travis Wood gets to keep his W, and we all go home happy.
Saturday Funnies: Carlos Marmol is Nausea's favorite pitcher.
Pretty cool game last night.
He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.
In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.
Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
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.
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).
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.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
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.
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.