Game 35 Recap: Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 1
W - Lilly (3-4), batter's interference calls
L- Haren (4-2), jerks who didn't start Lilly in their fantasy leagues
S - Wood (6)
Things to Take from This Game
1. Lilly Comes Through
Facing the best offense in baseball, one dominated by right-handed hitters, Lilly shut down the Diamondbacks to the tune of three hits, two walks, one earned run on a Chris Young Home Run, and ten strikeouts. He spotted the fastball well, with more velocity as the day went on, and had his harder curve and/or slider working for him. A really remarkable performance for Lilly.
2. Haren's good, not great
Haren also pitched very well. The key moment came in the fifth, when with a runner on second and two outs, he walked Johnson to get to Lilly. Lilly then singled through the middle for an RBI, and Soriano dropped a double in down the left field line. Lee added a home run off of Cruz in the eighth, completing the day's scoring
3. A Dominant Ninth for Wood
Wood threw nine strikes in the ninth, completely overpowering Young, Jackson and Upton. Easily the most dominant I've seen Wood, this year.
The this-is-what-I-get-for-not-being-a-fantasy-baseball-homer details, below.
- Pretty weak National Anthem. A voice that generously would be called smokey, but I'll call it raspy and sort of nasal. They also seem to not want to put the woman singing it on camera, at all costs.
Inning 1 - Top
- Byrnes, leading off for the fourth time this year, makes a really weak check-flail at a fastball that would have been called strike three, anyway. Nice start to Lilly
- He then puts Drew in a 0-2 hole.
- Drew with a soft roll-out to DeRosa.
- First pitch to Chris Young, and he hits it into the left-field well. We have seen this before. Fastball down the middle. 1-0
- Jackson pops to DeRosa
Inning 1 - Bottom
- Soriano works a 2-2 count, a minor victory. Bounces out to Reynolds at third
- I guess I haven't seen Haren pitch much, before. Really odd delivery, with a major hitch,or pause, in the leg kick
- Theriot smokes a fastball to left, but that all-mouth, no mind, surfing pretty-boy Byrnes makes a nice diving catch, and smiles and hugs Young in center, afterwards. Go away, pretty-boy surfer.
- Lee taps one out in front of the plate, easy play for Snyder
Inning 2- Top
- Upton K's swinging on a changeup
- Lilly K's Reynolds swinging at an inside fastball. Radar gun put the fastball at 86.
- Snyder hits a 66 MPH curveball into left field for a single.
- Burke pops a high fastball to Lee, in foul territory.
Inning 2 - Bottom
- Ramirez grounds to Drew
- Fukudome K's looking, pitch looked high.
- Soto rolls to Reynolds. Easy game so far, for Haren
Inning 3- Top
- Haren flies to right
- and Byrnes to Left.
- Drew hits a sinking liner to center, and Johnson makes a dive for it. It one-hops him, pretty badly, and the ball rolls straight behind him. Drew "triples."
- Young K's looking at a breaking pitch. Drew stranded
Inning 3 - Bottom
- DeRosa hits one that deflects off of Haren's glove. Harn runs after it, throws, DeRosa slides head first as the throw is offline, and is safe at first.
- Johnson with a long AB, gets to 3-2 count.
- DeRosa runs, and Johnson grounds out to Drew. Runner is able to advance to second.
- Lilly pulls a grounder to second, on a broken bat, advanced DeRosa to third. Two outs.
- Soriano grounds out to third, inning over. Mild grumbling from the fans
Inning 4 - Top
- Jackson walks
- and steals second without a throw. Huge jump on Lilly. Huge.
- Upton strikes out swinging, again. And I started him, not Lilly, in my keeper league.
- Lilly with nearly a wild throw on a pickoff attempt at second. Nice save by DeRosa.
- And Reynolds also K's swinging. This is what I get for not having faith in my Cubbies.
- Mark Grace is singing the Stretch. Who will he "root, root root" for - the Cubbies, the D-Backs, or some cop-out?
- Lilly K's the side, on a foul-tip by Snyder. Fantasy Baseball Zeus is punishing me for my lack of faith.
Inning 4 - Bottom
- Theriot K's swinging.
- Lee flies lazily to Right.
- Len and Bob comment on Snyder's all-black catching gear. heh. I think he's just Goth.
- Ramirez K's swinging. A beautifully pitched game, so far
Inning 5- Top
- Burke with a slow roller to straight away shortstop, Ramirez gets there to make the throw to first, just getting Burke.
- Haren fouls out.
- Byrnes rolls out to Ramirez
Inning 5 - Bottom
- Haren strikes out Fukudome for a second time, here on a breaking ball
- And Soto on a called strike three. Uff da.
- DeRosa doubles into the left field corner.
- Reed Johnson gets walked to face Lilly. Runners on 1 and 2, two outs for Lilly
- Lilly takes a fastball back up the middle for a base hit. Young's throw home is terrible, almost hitting Johnson as he's rounding second base. DeRosa scores without a play. 1-1
- And Soriano hits one down the left field line, scoring Johnson. Lilly to third, Soriano doubles. 2-1 Cubs
- Theriot grounds out to Drew.
Inning 6 - Top
- Drew lines one to the warning track in Right, Fuludome catches it without problem.
- Young K's swinging.
- Nice catch by a fan in the first row of the upper deck. Leans over, catches the foul ball with his bare hands. Spiffy jacket he's wearing, too. You go, fan.
- Jackson walks.
- Gun has Lilly in the low-90s for Upton's PA.
- Upton looks at a fastball on the outside corner, strike 3.
Inning 6 - Bottom
- Lee grounds out to Drew.
- Haren seems to have landed a bit funny on a pitch to Ramirez. Is slowing down his pace even more.
- Ramirez pops to Drew
- Fukudome works a walk. Nice AB.
- Wrigley's pretty quiet, so you can hear a couple leather-lunged guys yelling GEE-OH SOH-TOH
- Soto Lines out to Young.
Inning 7 - Top
- Reynolds pops to second
- Some morbidly obese guy is out in the little park area next to my window. He's smoking and starting up the grill. No good can come from any of this.
- Snyder K's on a 3-2 breaking ball at the bottom of the zone. Snyder not happy about it. 10 Ks for Lilly.
- Burke lines out to Johnson
Inning 7 - Bottom
- Mark Grace sings the stretch.
- "It's always great to come back home."
- Good for Mark Grace. He says "it's root root root for the CUBBIES. If they don't win it's a SHAME." Quite emphatically
- "I love you guys."
- M.O. guy is just staring at the grill as it heats up. Go away, M.O. guy.
- DeRosa grounds out to Drew.
- Johnson singles to center.
- Oh my god, M.O. Redneck guy has been joined by some cute little puppy. HE'S GOING TO GRILL THE PUPPY!!!
- Fontenot in to hit for Lilly.
- Fontenot flies to Young in left-center
- Grace needs to be informed about how the Cubs are doing this year.
- Grace bagging on the competition in the NL West. Heh.
- Soriano rolls to Drew for a 6-4 force.
Inning 8 - Top
- Augie Ojeda in to hit for Haren, Marmol in for Lilly
- Ojeda vs. Marmol, and guess who wins the battle: Ojeda dumps a single into right. (Actually, just as I'm about to type it, Len also points out how Ojeda has had a nice renaissance in his career)
- Hit and run, and Byrnes' dramatic "flying nun" helicopter backswing catches Soto on both the backswing and then the recoil from it. The home plate ump calls interference, so it winds up being a weird strike-him-out, caught-stealing double play, scored "two, unassisted". Otherwise, Ojeda would have stolen the bag easily.
- Drew flies to shallow right, inning over
Inning 8 - Bottom
- Juan Cruz in. With his cap off, it appears that Juan Cruz is quite bald. As in shaved head, but revealing stubble that suggests he's already lost most of the hair on the top of his head.
- Cruz K's Theriot looking at a fastball on the outside corner.
- Cruz doesn't get much attention, but he's turned into one heck of a middle reliever in the last two or three years.
- And of course, Lee then homers just left of the center field camera.
- Cruz walks Ramirez. While I don't have Lilly starting today, I do have Cruz active as a reliever. God, I suck.
- and Fukudome singles through the right-side hole. Ramirez to second.
- Soto K's looking at the fastball
- The Dog isn't outside any more, and the M.O. guy is eating something. This Can't Possibly Be Good.
- DeRosa walks on four pitches. Bases Loaded.
- Besides being bald, Cruz also has huge wrinkle lines. I wonder if he's secretly 45.
- 3-2 on Reed Johnson. Crowd on its feet.
- Johnson K's swinging at a 95 MPH fastball on the outside corner.
Inning 9 - Top
- Wood in for Marmol, Pie in for Johnson
- Wood blows Young away on three pitches. Not even close.
- Five pitches, five strikes so far for Wood, as Jackson's down 0-2.
- Jackson bounces to Theriot, two out.
- And it's 0-2 on Upton. Wood looks like this is the easiest thing on earth
- Upton gronds into the hole. Theriot gets him at first by half a step. Pretty amazed that Theriot's arm beats Upton's legs. Game over.
- Why no Pie?
- What's the dumbest question Rob's been asked? (Besides that one.)
- Why throw Chris Young a fastball?
- Haren's funky windup.
- No one likes Byrnes.
- Sexson going crazy last night
- Lilly should grow a Fu Manchu.
- Is Cedeno for real? (yes.)
- Round 9,132 of who should start at M.I.
- Johnson's missed catch.
- Some people just can't let go of those Middle Infield debates. Addiction is a painful thing to watch consume your loved ones and friends....
- And it continues. I look for a butter knife with which to give myself a lobotomize
- That didn't work so well. And now I've got a butter knife lodged in the side of my head that I can't get out. It seems to be stuck on something a couple inches in...
- Changing subjects, are Yost and the Brewers finished?
- Fielder's veganism.
- What's in your grocery cart?
- What will Grace "root, root root" for?
- Different fantasy baseball constructions.
- Haren is amazing. As in "unhittable," or as "dreamy"?
- Benson or the Cops?
- Best Hair in the Majors: Haren? Soto? Nomar? Utley?
- Offensive fantasy trade offers
- More fantasy formats
- Cheering runs.
- Cribs in Lake Michigan vs. Cribs on Lake Michigan
- Drowning Babies: your opinion?
- Laughing at those morons who didn't start Lilly in their fantasy leagues today. You know who you are. Morons.
- Would you trade for Harden?
- Can the bullpen keep the lead?
- Is The Heckler funny?
- If the Devil Rays are now the Rays, will the Diamondbacks become the Backs?
- Mark Grace, on his time living near Wrigley.
- Is a pederast a bicycling rastafarian? Evidently not.
- Then who is a pederast?
- Oh dear god.
- Classic poems about man-breasts
- Michaelweaselo asks "Which Cub would you fight and why?" Hilarity ensues.
- On to which president you'd buy a beer. Correct answer, Andy Jackson.
- How many dead guys are in your fraternity?
- The catcher's interference play.
- The Volquez/Hamilton trade
- More on Texas's mismanagement.
- Which outfielders are finished?
- Will Randy Johnson get 300 wins?
- Sexson's suspended, Mariners rejoice.
- Good Pizza Toppings.
- Cheering on Wood
Cubs record in games recapped moves to 4-2.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
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.
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.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.
First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.
Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.
Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.
"Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."
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