Sunday Game Thread: Giants (8-4) v. Cubs (4-7)

Injury update: Steve Clevenger, who was going to get another start at 3B today, is instead on the sidelines with a strained oblique, suffered on the final, ugly swing in Saturday's loss. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The Cubs will go shorthanded today, then fill Clevenger's roster spot Tuesday, when Darwin Barney returns from his brief rehab stay in Iowa. (Barney went 1-for-4 in the I-Cubs' win Saturday.)

As for this afternoon's game at Wrigley, the Cubs go for the split in the series finale against the World Champs. Lineups after the jump.

Giants' Posey-less lineup v. Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73; coming off L in home opener to the Brewers, in which he got torched early): Pagan 8, Scutaro 4, Sandoval 5, Pence 9, Belt 3, Glanco 7, Sanchez 2, Crawford 6, Lincecum 1

Small Sample Terror Alert: Pablo Sandoval is 5-for-8 lifetime v. Edwin Jackson, including a double, HR and 5 RBI.

Cubs lineup v. Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91; just 1-3, 4.45 in his last 5 outings against the Cubs): DeJesus 8, Castro 6, Rizzo 3, Soriano 7, Schierholtz 9, Navarro 2, Valbuena 5, Gonzalez 4, EJax 1



Cubs have signed Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal. Yes. They have.

odd it took so long for someone to sign him...spring training is "only spring training" but he had an awesome spring.

11ip 3h 0bb 5k 1er

I don't like when my jokes come true.

If Darwin is healthy enough to play in Iowa today, how is he not healthy enough to be available off the bench at Wrigley?

Is he eligible to come off the DL yet? Injury happened late in spring training. Gonzalez made a helluva nice defensive play in the game, about as much as you'd get from Barney.

Because Darwin Barney was injured in an MLB Spring Training game on Saturday 3/30, he could not be placed on the DL until Sun 3/31 (the assignment could not be backdated), so he won;t be eligible to be reactivated from the DL until tomorrow (Monday).

Jackson will give up his expected 3-4 runs, which should be more than enough to beat the Cubs.

"BruceMiles2112 #Cubs claim RHP Kameron Loe off waivers from Seattle"


i mean, seriously...

well, i guess if he snags onto the big club he can lead the team in homers...the wrong kind of homers.

i hope the cubs didn't take on his $1m price tag...he's not even worth MLB minimum wage.

Another diamond in the rough!!!!

CRUNCH: When a player is claimed off waivers, the claiming club MUST assume 100% of the player's contract & remaining salary.

lulz...side-by-side photos of lincecum with long hair + mitch from "dazed and confused"

not lulz...cubs down by 1 after 1/2 inning.

castro 2r HR...cubs lead by outs, bottom 1st. unf.

nate shureholds 2r HR...cubs lead by 3. unf x2.

1 out...lincecum has exchanged pitching wild and outside the zone with throwing meatballs into the strike zone. he's struggling to hit 90/91mph and there's not much movement on his fastball.

so much for that cubs lead...1 passed ball, 2 wild pitches (both in the 6th), and walks killed e.jackson

...more wild pitches, these for bowden...2 in the inning for him...navvarro isn't blocking any of this stuff. it's like watching todd hundley catch...

holy crap! another wild pitch as i type this...also not blocked.

5 wild pitches in this inning.

buchholz (BOS) no-hitter through 7...99 pitches, though.

no-hitter over...1st batter of the 8th.


so much for the cubs not inviting casual/fair-weather/out-of-place singers for the 7th.

sure, julia sweeney lives in CHI...but it's been less than 4 years and you can tell she's never been to wrigley or seen many, if any, games.

"alright cubs fans, let's hear you! ...and giants fans, we want to hear you, too!"



...and the cubs lead on a sac fly...woo.'s 87mph fastball in for the save chance.

...and we're tied with a 2out solo HR...sigh...

...and the giants have a 2 run lead in the top 10th.


...make that a 3 run lead on a double.

it took 3 singles a balk (not in that order) to even get someone up in the pen.

camp finally out of the game.

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  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.