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.
I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.
Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.
I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.
Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.
Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.
South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.
Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.
Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.
The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.
Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.
HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.
However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.
E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader.
PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?
Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.
Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.
Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.
so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.
paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.
Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!
Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.