Game 31 Recap: Cubs 3, Cardinals 5
1. Marquis = Hill?
Jason Marquis walked three in the first, but only gave up one run due to a terrific catch by Lee on a bases loaded, line-drive rocket off the bat of Duncan. He gave up five runs and five walks in five innings, with pretty weak command throughout the night.
2. Everyone = Hill? The only pitcher on either side to strike out more batters than he walked was Isringhausen, and his strikeout came on a "let's hurry up and get out of here" called strike three on Lee to end the game. Between the double switches and the walks and the Joe Morgan, it was a tough game to follow. Seriously, could Miller and Morgan stopped talking about Australian aboriginal farming techniques just long enough to call the game?
3. No Clutch Hitting
The box score shows 23 LOB for the Cubs. Among the more egregious innings were the first (two on, one out, no runs) the fourth (leadoff double doesn't score) and the seventh (bases loaded, one out, one run scores)
4. Soriano Looks Lost
Soriano started out his first ABs by going 0-2, 0-1, 0-2, 0-2, and 0-2. Besides two strikeouts, he did get a single and an RBI sac fly out of all that. But still...
- And we have our first discussion of the Cubs leadoff hitter situation as Soriano strikes out on three pitches.
- Theriot walks.
- Lee hits a sharp bouncer to the left of Izturis at SS, who bobbles, tries to flip to the 2Bman with his glove, but the flip is wide, and Kennedy can't handle it. Everybody safe.
- Fukudome pops to Izturis.
- Joe Morgan, trying to compare the Japanese majors to the American majors, unartfully winds up calling them minor-leaguers. We'll see how many "Japanese players are..." statements we get tonight...
- DeRosa K's on a checked swing strike 3. From two on and one out, to a pop fly and strike out end of the inning.
- Schumaker bounces up the middle to Theriot. Marquis does a nice job of forcing his arms to his sides, resisting the temptation to make a lunge for it. Easy out.
- Kennedy walks on 5 pitches, bringing up Pujols. This is not wise.
- That was wise. Pujols K's swinging at a slider/cutter a half foot outside.
- Ankiel walks. In spite of the Pujols K, Marquis doesn't seem to have any command yet tonight.
- 2-0 on Glaus, and Rothschild comes out for a chat.
- Glaus walks on four pitches. We'll see if Marquis gets demoted tomorrow.
- Ball one on Duncan.
- Duncan smokes a line drive maybe 4 feet off the ground and to Lee's right. Lee makes a great reaction to it, and snags it with a rolling dive for the finish. Hardest hit ball of the inning, maybe the game, and it ends the inning.
- Soto lines a double into the right field corner.
- Fontenot walks on four straight.
- 3-1 to Johnson, who lines a double inside the third base bag. Soto scores, 1-0 Cubs
- ESPN has decided they don't have enough visual clutter on the screen to complement the aural clutter of Joe Morgan, so they've added a little pop up bar above the main score bar at the top of the screen. It tells you what the given hitter does after a certain count, like 0-1 or 2-0.
- With runners at 2 and 3, Marquis swings away and fouls out to third.
- Miller exlaims "what a bad at bat that was!"
- Soriano drives one to the CF warning track, and Fontenot scores on the sacrifice fly. 2-0 Cubs
- Theriot bounces out to Izturis
- Molina swings at the first pitch, and bounces one to Theriot. Saying he "jogged" to first would be generous.
- Morgan explains to us that Pujols is a "great hitter."
- Wellemeyer singles inside the first base bag.
- Izturis lines one over Fontenot for a single. Runners at 1 and 2, one out.
- Schumaker singles to right-center, just out of Fontenot's diving reach. Runner scores, runners on 1 and 3, with a 2-1 score.
- and Kennedy pulls one through the right side hole, scoring a run, putting runners on 1 and 2 for Pujols. 2-2 game. Lee couldn't quite get to it, having to hold the runner on first
- First pitch swinging, Pujols hits one up the middle that Theriot makes a lunging grab for. Spinning around, he shovels to Fontenot, who fires to first, where Lee has to sprawl a bit for it. 6-4-3 GIDP off the bat of Pujols to end the inning. Bad start to the game for Prince Albert.
- Lee grounds to Izturis.
- Fukudome walks.
- Whatever's happening in this inning, it doesn't matter. What matters is babbling inanities about Japanese baseball.
- It's not so much that Joe Morgan sounds racist or anything when he talks about Japanese baseball, it's that he doesn't know how to discuss the matter thoughtfully or intelligently, and winds up just saying things that make you wince...
- Somewhere in that pointlessness, DeRosa flied to right. No one at ESPN noticed
- Soto bounces sharply to third. Glaus handles it, throws him out.
- Marquis K's Ankiel on, um, something low and inside...
- Glaus lines one to Soriano, who misjudges the spin and has to make a lunging backhand for it. Hangs on for the out.
- Duncan walks.
- Molina bounces to third, easy throw to first. Inning over
- And we have our CD promo to start the fourth. And an excuse for mindless banter with Gammons.
- Fontenot shoots a double down the left field line. Duncan chases his tail around in the corner for awhile, before retrieving the ball in his mouth, and jogging it back in to the infield. Good Duncan.
- Johnson flies lazily to right, runner has to hold at second. Took a lot of pitches to fail, at least.
- Marquis bounces sharply to Wellemeyer, who throws to first. Fontenot still stuck at second.
- Soriano K's swinging on a three pitch at bat. Again. Leadoff double stranded at second.
- LouPa on Soriano: "I like him in the one-hole, he feels comfortable there."
- Wellemeyer grounds back to Marquis
- Izturis lines a single to left center. 2-2 for Izturis, yeesh.
- Hit and run, Schumaker bounces out to Lee. Izturis to second, two outs.
- Morgan and Miller seem to be talking about Chess metaphors. Parachat thinks they're stoned. It would explain a lot of things....
- Kennedy walks, Pujols up with runners at 1 and 2, two outs.
- Pujols rips one inside the third base bag, on a rolling slider. Both runners score on the double. 4-2 Cards
- Ankiel pops to DeRosa, ending the inning.
- Theriot walks.
- Lee K's swinging at a slider low and outside.
- Theriot runs on a pitch that Molina has to reach down and across his body for. From his knees, Molia throws a one-hopper down to second, almost beaning Wellemeyer on the throw. It gets Theriot in plenty of time, for the caught stealing. Sort of unbelievable. Molina gets a standing O.
- and Fukudome flies out. That was quick.
- Glaus K's swinging.
- as does Duncan.
- Molina bounces easily to Theriot. No one "jogs" more slowly to first than Molina. Easy inning
- DeRosa with a broken bat ground out to SS.
- Wellemeyer taken down for Kyle McClellan. (Who??) Ludwick in for Duncan on a double switch.
- Soto looks at a nice curve ball on the outside corner for a called strike 3.
- Fontenot walks.
- Johnson grounds to Glaus, easy inning
- Ludwick grounds one just past DeRosa into left field for a single.
- Izturis grounds out to Lee, Schumaker advances
- Marquis taken down for Marshall.
- Sean saws off Schumaker, who rolls one up the first base line. Marshall gloves it and tags him out. An odd looking little out. Schumaker to third.
- Kennedy floats one in to left center, out of Soriano's reach. Ludwick scores. 5-2.
- 3-0 to Pujols, with a lefty Ankiel up next. Marshall throws one as far outside as he can without it being an intentional ball, and Pujols walks. Runners on 1 and 2, two outs, for Ankiel.
- Ankiel swings at the first pitch, gets jammed, and pops out to Soto.
- Cedeno pinch hits for Marshall, gets HBP (didn't see it happen, unfortunately.)
- Guess what? Soriano's down 0-2.
- But comes back to line one up the middle, to the left of the SS, for a single. Cedeno to second, no outs.
- Theriot rolls one through the left side hole, Cedeno holds at third. Bases loaded, no outs for Lee.
- Morgan is surprised the held Cedeno at third. Morgan sholdn't be.
- Lee flies softly to RF. Runners hold.
- Randy Flores in to face Fukudome
- Fukudome flies to straight away center, sacrifice fly, Cedeno scores. Soriano holds at second, in spite of the bad throw going through to home
- Appeal to third that Cedeno left to soon. Nope. Replay shows it was darn close, but a correct call.
- Pitching change without going to commercial, gives ESPN a chance to explain what a prince among men, scholar, and humanitarian LaRussa is.
- Ryan Franklin in to pitch, and Aaron Miles in at second on the double switch. LaRussa games are real challenges for the live-blogging recaps. Somebody donate something to me.
- DeRosa lines out to center. Bases loaded, one out, just one run scores in the inning
- Sean Gallagher in, DeRosa out with Cedeno to play third in the double switch.
- Glaus grounds out to third
- Miles dumps one into CF for a single
- Molina waves through a hit and run, and Soto throws out Miles by two steps at second. Great throw on the bag.
- Molina breaks his bat grounding back to Gallagher
- Soto works a full count, walks on a pitch just off the outside corner
- Fontenot works a full count. Morgan is discussing some Japanese manager who punched people in faces.
- Meanwhile, Fontenot pops out to Izturis.
- Johnson flies out to the warning track down the left field line. Close, but definitely didn't get all of it. Two outs.
- Cedeno battles, but winds up striking out swinging at a low slider. No good comes of the inning.
- Ludwick pops to Fontenot
- Izturis lines out to Theriot. Two very quick outs, after the Cubs hitters all battled last inning
- Good Grief, how many cut aways to Morgan interviewing Pujols can we take?
- Schumaker grounds out to Theriot.
- Isringhausen in for Franklin
- Soriano grounds weakly to Glaus
- Theriot pops out to Pujols.
- Lee takes a low called strike three. Game over.
- Freezing me out of the conversation. Thanks, Crunch.
- ESPN Bingo: Mark your card with things like Big Red Machine, Importance of Leadoff Hitter, Billy Goats, Bartman, Popular Music Tie-in, etc. etc., and wait for the Sunday Night Baseball crew to discuss or demonstrate it. Fun for everyone!
- Crappy computer construction.
- Investing in HDTV or not?
- Oh dear god.
- Mocking ESPN and our leadoff hitters.
- One out in the first and we're already sick of ______
- Fukudome's acne scars in HD. Wow, tough crowd, tonight.
- What are we TIVOing?
- What is Joe Morgan giving you?
- How many times do you have to shake off a Sinker call, to throw a Sinker?
- Ankiel is ugly.
- Reacting to Marquis' bad start.
- and to Lee's excellent play
- Mom jokes.
- Screwing up the "telephone game" Purple monkey dishwashing jerks.
- Child-molesting broadcasters.
- Should Johnson have taken third on Soriano's sac fly?
- Should Soriano feel proud for hitting one to the warning track?
- We still don't like the broadcasters.
- Driving balls into gaps.
- Take one guess what parachat's opinion of the broadcasters is?
- Drunken boating. Not a good idea.
- Do we still dislike the ESPN announcers? Yes.
- Bad movies.
- Canoeing the Mighty Mississippi naked with John Madden.
- Not happy with Morgan comparing Fukudome to only two other players, both of them Japanese.
- Wincing at Joe Morgan's explanation of the state of international baseball.
- If Joe Morgan were a tree in the forrest and he fell....
- Are you smarter than a Denny's menu crossword puzzle?
- An encore performance of Pickle Surprise
- George Bush vs ______
- Chad wants to know how gay he is...
- Bowl Scrapers/Stainers is so 2007. 2008 is all about Chad.
- Are Miller and Morgan stoned? Smart money says yes.
- Gay Leprechaun Doll for kids: potential names?
- I get rick roll'd.
- Punk music youtube links.
- Who is hiding in the bushes watching me? Carlos and CT Steve, at least
- Groups we hate.
- Morgan's man-love for Pujols.
- What is TCR asking you to do?
- This room is bloodier than...
- (oh, dear god.....)
- Jacos writes parachat porn.
- Euthanizing Soriano.
- Pledging a buck to TCR for every Theriot CS. Who wants to join?
- Marveling at Molina
- Pulled when sucking.
- Are we more worried about Soriano or the rotation?
- The Molinas.
- The Soriano contract
- How Jim Hendry's record is like a toupee.
- OF trade options.
- Lyrics to the Sanford and Son theme song?
- Great Bears' drafts of yesteryear.
- Weird dream outfields.
- Fantacizing about the checkout lady at piggly wiggly.
- Plucking Bungle's twanger. oh. dear. god.
- Bilingual mullets. Don't ask.
- rally caps.
- Why didn't Soriano take third?
- Ankiel's pin-point control of needles.
- Ciallis, Finally Fast and Fast.com
- Where'd Gallagher's weight go?
- How we prove we're gay.
- Where Johann and Carlos's moms belong on the field.
- 21st century electronic mullets.
- HIV muffins.
- Japanese skin care.
- Hit it harder than ________
- Major RALLY CAPS effort comes up short
- Which one of us is really JAG?
- What's Rob doing with our Money?
- What are your children doing?
- I'm informed I've been fired. The rest of this recap will be done by a trained golden retriever.
- Woof woof woof Sprouting Okra pant pant.
- Pant pant pant Al Yellon pee pant pant.
- Bow wow wow jokes about baseball and race pant pant slobber.
- Is that my tail?
- Oh, is that my tail?
- Hey, it's my tail!
- Where'd my tail go?
- Help! It's the vacuum cleaner!
- Isringhausen's leg looks like a good hump.
- I wonder if the remote control would be fun to eat.
- Yelp! Trans' recap record, 3-1. Whimper.
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.
Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.
New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.
Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.
I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.
The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.
Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.
6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.
And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.
What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?
Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...
I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."
OK, boys -- find a way to win today.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.
He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.