Game 38 Recap: Cubs 12, Padres 3


W -
Zambrano (6-1), singling up the middle

L -
Wolf (2-3), the pitiable foes who resist us

Box Score
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Things to Take from This Game

1. Crooked Numbers

The Cubs put up six in the fifth and five in the sixth. For the life of me, I am not sure I've ever seen as many singles up the middle as I saw in this game. The big innings featured a home run, two doubles, five walks and six singles, five of them back up the middle. Len tells us that the Cubs lead the world in innings scoring 5 or more runs, with 13 so far this year.

2. (Sort of) Efficient Z

Zambrano cruised through the first and second innings on 9 pitches each. Even after laboring through the third, he needed just 95 pitches to go seven, before letting the bullpen protect a 9 run lead

3. Soriano heats up.

Soriano followed up yesterday's big game with another. A home run, a double, two RBI and two Runs scored. Welcome back.

4. Kouzmanoff's error

With the bases loaded, two outs and a full count in the sixth, DeRosa grounded one to Kouzmanoff, playing deep at third. Perhaps forgetting that the runners were all moving, he went to step on third for the inning-end force. Ramirez, however, just beat him to the bag. Kouzmanoff then threw wildly to first, and all three runners scored, blowing the game open at 11-2. How many consecutive games can Ramirez influence (for the better) with his feet?


If the recap seems a bit flat, it's because the feed wasn't great. It's also because my mind got the cyber-equivalent of being dropped in a blender with some mango and vanilla soy milk and served as a smoothy, due to reading and recapping nine full innings of parachat. The offensive-juggernaut game details, and a parachat recap that, even after careful editing, might be in violation of the Geneva Conventions, follows....

Game Recap

Inning 1 - Top

  • Massively choppy feed. But to try to summarize, Z gets quick ground outs to first, shortstop and second. The two pitches I actually saw on my feed were fastballs strike 1 and 2 to start off Gerut. Super-easy half-inning

Inning 1 - Bottom

  • Brian Giles with a nice sliding catch, coming in to rob Soriano.
  • Theriot singles to right.
  • Lee slices one inside the RF line, it rolls around the side wall and Theriot scores, standing. Double for Lee, 1-0 Cubs
  • Ramirez flies to right.
  • Fukudome with a long 3-2 battle against Wolf
  • and finally walks.
  • Lee steals third. Good jump, and a very high and wide throw = easy success. Fukudome stays at first
  • Fastball inside, Soto walks. Bases full for DeRosa
  • DeRosa breaks his bat, flies to just in front of the warning track in the left field well. Inning over.

Inning 2 - Top

  • Gonzalez lines to Lee
  • Kouzmanoff flies to center
  • Green looks foolish as he K's swinging. VERY efficient work by Z so far, 9 pitches in each of the first two innings

Inning 2 - Bottom

  • Johnson flies to.... wow, yeah, that really is Gerut in CF.
  • Z grounds to second
  • and Soriano flies to.... ~cackle~ Gerut.

Inning 3 - Top

  • Scott Hairston singles up through the middle. So much for the perfect game
  • Bard lines to right
  • Wolfs pops a bunt down the third base line. Hairston has to hold at first out of fear it'll be caught. Ramirez catches it on the hop, makes an unnecessarily off-balance throw that one-hops Theriot. Theriot picks it, Hairston out at second. Wolf at first
  • Gerut walks on four pitches. So much for the Z of the first two innings
  • Z gets the attn. of the trainer and pitching coach. Seems to be ok. Ohhhh boy.
  • A near strike-three call, but then Iguchi goes and hits an opposite field single to right. Wolf scores. Garut to third 1-1 game.
  • Giles grounds to lee.

Inning 3 - Bottom

  • Theriot lines one between Wolf's legs for a single.
  • Lee grounds to third, Kouzmanoff starts the 5-4-3 DP. Nice turn by Iguchi.
  • Ramirez.... does something. Inning over (Turns out it was a strike out, swinging)

Inning 4 - Top

  • Gonzalez singles to right.
  • Ramirez snags a bouncer to his right from Kouzmanoff, again makes a low throw to second, but Theriot picks it for the force out. No play at first.
  • Green K's looking at what I think was a slider. BJB calls it a backdoor sinker.
  • Hairston K's swinging at a slider.

Inning 4 - Bottom

  • Fukudome flies to Hairston
  • Soto K's swinging
  • DeRosa walks.
  • Johnson grounds into the 6-4 force

Inning 5 - Top

  • Bard hits one to the left-center warning track, where Johnson catches it without incident.
  • Wolf K's swinging
  • Jody Gerut lines one out for a HR, over the RF well and on to Sheffield. Looked like an inner-half fastball.
  • Yes, Jody Gerut.
  • LOL, his first career HR at Wrigley.
  • Iguchi K's looking.

Inning 5 - Bottom

  • Z lines one off the base of the ivy, just right of dead center. Double.
  • Soriano hits one just out, into the basket just left of center. 2-run HR, 3-2 Cubs.
  • Theriot walks.
  • Lee singles. Theriot to 2nd
  • Ramirez lines one over Iguchi. Theriot scores, Lee to third, Cubs up 4-2.
  • Fukudome with another nice AB, before walking. Bases loaded.
  • Soto singles back up the middle. Lee and Ramirez score. 6-2
  • Sean Henn relieves Randy Wolf. Puns follow.
  • DeRosa lines one off the glove of a diving Kouzmanoff. Fukudome scores from second. 7-2.
  • Johnson grounds one up the middle, deflecting off Henn to Iguchi, standing near second base to start the DP.
  • Zambrano K's swinging.

Inning 6 - Top

  • Giles flies to Soriano
  • Gonzalez grounds to Ramirez
  • Kouzmanoff flies to right. Easy inning

Inning 6 - Bottom

  • Soriano reaches for one, manages to pull it over Kouzmanoff for a double into the left-field corner.
  • Theriot walks.
  • Lee K's swinging
  • Ramirez walks, loading bases.
  • Hairston falls over the bullpen mound chasing a foul by Fukudome. Seems to be ok
  • Another long battle for Fukudome, who eventually walks, bringing in a run. 8-2
  • Soto flies to center.
  • DeRosa bounces to Kouzmanoff, who tries to beat Ramirez to third for the force, but with the runners in motion, Ramirez is safe. his throw to first then gets away, and all three runners wind up scoring on the play. Bizarre, ugly. 11-2 Cubs.
  • Edgar Gonzalez, brother of Adrian, makes his MLB Debut at 3rd. Justin Germano in to pitch. Presumably a double switch
  • Wild Pitch, DeRosa goes to third
  • and Johnson singles back up the middle, 12-2.
  • Zambrano also goes back up the middle, Johnson to third. Seems like there's been a ton of balls hit back through the middle today.
  • Soriano flies to Gerut

Inning 7 - Top

  • Pie in center, Johnson to left, Soriano out. Cedeno at 2B, DeRosa to 3B, Ramirez out.
  • Green grounds a single into the hole. Theriot able to smother it, but no play.
  • Hairston 6-4 FC.
  • Gard grounds out to LEe, Hairston to 2nd
  • Gonzalez singles through the middle, driving in 12-3
  • Gerut walks. Gonzalez to second
  • Iguchi grounds out to Theriot.

Inning 7 - Bottom

  • Paul McAnulty in right, Giles out
  • and Theriot flies out to him.
  • Ward hits for Lee, walks.
  • and Cedeno grounds into the 6-4-3.

Inning 8 - Top

  • Blanco in for Soto, Eyre in for Z.
  • McAnulty cues one down to third. It takes a weird hop so that DeRosa winds up over-running it, and he sort of swipes his glove hand behind him. Grabs it, throws him out at first.
  • Adrian Gonzalez grounds to Ward.
  • Germano, hitting for himself, splits a wide open gap in left-center for a double.
  • Eyre out, Howry in.
  • Green flies toPie. Quick work for Howry.

Inning 8 - Bottom

  • Fukudome slices one away from Gerut, who makes a nice running catch. Jody Gerut for ASG?
  • Blanco K's looking
  • Edgar Gonzalez makes a nice play on a slow roller hit by DeRosa. inning over

Inning 9 - Top

  • Hairston sneaks one just between a diving DeRosa and Theriot.
  • Ruling it an error on DeRosa, guess it slipped under his glove. Couldn't see it on my feed
  • and Bard singles to left
  • Long battle between Howry and Edgar Gonzalez, before Edgar K's swinging. Fastball, outside corner.
  • Gerut slaps one through the left side hole. Runner holds at third, bases loaded
  • Mercifully, the game ends with a 6-4-3 DP from Iguchi.

12-3 game, 4-0 start to the homestand


Parachat Recap

Inning 1

  • Taking/avoiding responsibility for starting/playing "beat up the douchebag."
  • Style points.
  • Traversing the hermeneutical circle of internet communication.
  • Crusades.
  • Reds fans' opinions on Dusty.
  • Bees
  • Carlos
  • Squirt soda.

Inning 2

  • Super hardcore gangster credential check. Yep, still there.
  • Marquis vs. Estes promotional ideas - from chifan.
  • BEES!!!!
  • Is the horse dead?
  • Yes, so go ahead and beat it.
  • Referencing yesterday's parachat, which sadly wasn't recapped: Reading Chomsky vs. Fucking Chomsky...
  • Barbaro
  • A similar debate, about Barbaro
  • Your mom is an academic. (Ouch.)
  • "What I'm holding in my left hand would get me arrested in Utah" = Bizmarquis
  • What is Biz holding in his left hand?
    • Bees
    • Barbaro
    • Beer
    • Joseph Smith (way to break the alliteration, Carlos)
  • Dusty has jumped the shark.

Inning 3

  • Opinions about Jim Edmonds.
  • And Dusty.
  • Edmunds rumors. Expected reactions from Cardinal bloggers.
  • The woman that Little Nate Lewis saw at wal-mart with a picture of the Unabomber on the back of her sweatshirt.
  • Does Rob have Jinx Powers? And what do we do to him, if he does?
  • Well, I'm envious of Clint Hurdle.
  • Is Hurdle hot, or the woman?
  • Somewhere, John Hill is......
  • llllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnng.
  • Chances of Theriot staying above .300 for the year?
  • Banging one through Wolf's legs.
  • The Plebes.
  • What's a wrap-around series?

Inning 4

  • Speedy Gonzalez or Slowpoke Rodriguez? (Speedy.)
  • Can Ramirez win a gold glove? (No.)
  • Athletes the media love.
  • The Hanley Ramirez contract.
  • Is your 8 year old a better ballplayer than Craig Biggio? (Most likely.)
  • Who blows whom?
  • Fantasy updates.
  • Howie Kendrick, "the Mark Prior of Hitting" - cubs.
  • Swinging with the towel.
  • The worst locker room rat-tail accident you can think of.

Inning 5

  • Would we rather face the Rays or Yanks in interleague? (Sorry, bandwagon jumpers, it's still the Rays)
  • Crunch's locker room stories. ~shudder~
  • Is this the gayest parachat ever? (Not even close. This parachat has been good, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.)
  • Moaning about Gerut's HR.
  • Is Gerut really Reese Witherspoon?
  • Cubs players from good universities. (Well, if you really count Stanford as good. Eh.)
  • Owings vs. Z? (As a hitter? You kidding? Clearly, someone isn't reading the charts from Ruz's article.)
  • Who's refusing to go to rehab?
  • Who is more high: Slowpoke Rodriguez or Amy Winehouse?
  • Making fun of people with life-threatening addictions. It's all Crunch's fault.
  • Addicted to junk.
  • Mom jokes
  • ATM acronyms. Oh dear lord..... I'll never make a deposit or withdrawl again.
  • Doing you guys justice
  • We've just received word that this parachat has been banned in Singapore. They'll only allow me into the country for a caning.
    • I'm not that lonely.
    • Yet.
  • The bases are Winehouse. - jacos
  • Making up fetishes for TCR writers. (Rob - don't fire the messenger, fire the readers.)
  • Jacos watches Babel 500 times, gets banned from Panda Express. I have no idea why everyone is laughing hysterically, and don't want to. Ignorance is bliss.

Inning 6

  • Anne Heche and the powerful moral lessons learned from Volcano
  • Howard the Duck.
  • Costner Movies
  • Other bad movies.
  • Good Movies
  • Just how gay is Top Gun?
  • Barbarella
  • Duran Duran

No good came of anything else discussed for the next ten minutes. I suggest you go read a good book, contemplate the divine perfection of the universe, and generally do something to restore a sense of decency, order and harmony to your world. Follow the Tao.

  • Resuming..
  • BEES!
  • Men at Work

Inning 7

  • Who is the most indie artist? (Isn't this like arguing who is most underrated, and whoever you name subsequently can not be the correct answer?)
  • Long, tendentious debate about hip, indie, alternative, i-don't-even-know-the-proper-"in"-phrase-to-describe-the-relevant-musical-genre music. Did any good come of it?
  • Best live performance you've seen. Name-dropping in 3....2....1...

Inning 8

  • Oh my god, how long can you twits talk about bands that I've never heard of, or have heard of but know of only slightly? Yes, we get it, you had very cool musical tastes in 1989. (Love ya, guys.)
  • Multiple fuck-fests in parachat tonight.
  • Who should pitch the ninth?
  • If Ward pitched, would he throw a Lard Ball? (Yes.)
  • If Ward through Marquis across home plate, while Marquis was holding the baseball, would it be a strike? (Yes.)

Inning 9

  • Lens Flare
  • Len's Flair
  • Ric Flair
  • Rectal Punch - not just a great pro wrestling move, but also a delicious drink.

Cubs record in games recapped moves to 5-2.

I'm sorry, Grandma.





and my god...that is epic.

OMG can this be a sub-banner for the web-page?

that game was ok
damn were playing good at home

i was suprised to see fukudomes splits
home and away what a difference


-- yes? --

I love you, and you all should forgive me for being the enfant terrible of Parachat because I have deep, friendly and fraternal feelings for you. Yes, you too, Trans.

*watches Top Gun DVD*

Thanks, Trans.
I am bummed I missed it. On another trip to Nome, Alaska, and just can't seem to get back to town early enough to catch the games. Sounds like I missed a winner of a chat session... Great to see the Cubs have turned it around after last week. Is Barrett even still playing for the Padres?

Speaking of Tim Wilken, Colvin busted out last night. Four for four, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 5 RBI.

"Oh my god, how long can you twits talk about bands that I've never heard of, or have heard of but know of only slightly? Yes, we get it, you had very cool musical tastes in 1989"

Now you've gone and made my indie rock 7" collection cry. There, there, it's OK, the bad man's going to go away now.

But hey, I can hold my head up. I may be a pasty, pretentious, affected, backpack-wearin', namedroppin', goat-cheese-eatin', Zizek-discussin'-but-not-readin', other-interests-not-havin', sociopolitically-obvious-viewpoint-endlessly-blatherin', self-appointed indie-rock has-been, but at least I didn't take part in the 10 Minutes That Shall Not Be Recapped. (That I can recall.)

In all seriousness, that recap-rant about indie music really was done with good intentions.  I like learning about all these weird musical tastes, it's just not a conversation I can add  much to.  And I'm nothing if not a conversation hog. :)  Give my regards to your record collection.

Hendry looking at

or Edmonds.brokendownballplayer

Any situation that invokes the name of Ed Lynch can't be good.

Yeesh. Not a pretty picture at all. File Edmonds under Hendry's "Lightning in a Bottle Projects"


Zell rejects Illinois Sports authority package because the wanted to do a variation on the NFL PSL thing.

But sources said Zell has rejected the state's proposed terms because it relies on a novel and untested financing plan: the sale of individual seats at Wrigley as if they were condominiums. The idea is called equity seat rights and has been advanced by Chicago area business executive Lou Weisbach, who has applied for patent rights on it.

Zell, Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney and their advisers have concluded that the equity plan and its tax ramifications would violate both the Internal Revenue Service code and the rules of Major League Baseball, the sources said

Check out the band Menomena. Great album. My favorite of last year. Listened to it a ton. Also listened to The Apples in Stereo quite a lot.

I think we should post play lists of perhaps 12-14 songs with artist and title and album title that are available on iTunes for downloading.

The Menomena album is totally worth downloading in its entirety.

And the new Death Cab For Cutie album comes out today! Yay!

I'd be interested in reading other peoples' recommendations.  We've had threads that go that direction before - I've always found them more or less interesting and fun.... 


Jace - Nome?

I say why not give Edmonds a try. It could be just like Gary Geatti 10 years ago. You never know what a guy might do put into the right situation, and if he sucks they can just get rid of him again.

I agree. What's the downside of an Edmonds/Johnson platoon in Center? If Edmonds is done, send him on his way.

The downside is the distinct possibility that LouPa fails to recognize that he's done, and keeps him around to waste ABs and a roster position....

If it was Dusty, or Don Baylor/Delino DeShields I would share the same fear. However Lou has shown a quick hook for the most part. I'm talking about a platoon. Edmonds has still shown a good ability agains RHP over the last 3 years

And as much as Lou loves R/L matchups. Edmonds should be a prime candidate to be used correctly.

There was a parachat without me? You bastards!


Should do a comparsion of parachats this May compared to May 2005.

I spend the better part of an entire day a couple of years ago downloading every Cubs song and wav file I could find using Limewire. Everything from Hey Hey Holy Mackerel to Go Cubs Go to the Lee Elia rant to all sorts of bizarre and obscure recordings. I also included a few other baseball related songs in the playlist. Ill have to cut and paste it later today.

you guys have to sign this:

please speak your opinion that the Cubs should not get Edmonds!

Jim Edmonds. What a waste of $280,000. He sucked last year, he sucked this year. He's 36, has lost at least a step in the field.

Un-effing real that the Cub management "braintrust" thinks that this is a good idea.


Well... first of all, I am not sure where you get that the Cubs management things this is a "good idea." You might want to wait until they actually sign the guy before you criticize them for thinking it is a good idea.

Second, the Cubs should be looking at the possibility of signing Edmonds, for a couple of reasons. One, CF is a big issue for the Cubs right now. Two, the Cubs would be irresponsible if they did not take a serious look at whether they thought Edmonds still had the ability to play competitive baseball.

With that said, I want nothing to do with Edmonds. But I think it would be silly for the Cubs to not even think about it.

I don't understand Hendry's thinking on this move at all - what does Edmonds give us that we don't already have at this point? I've never liked LaRussa, but he doesn't often make poor judgements on when to let players go - there was a good reason why they said goodbye and thanks for the memories.

Why not bat Pie at 6th or 7th for a week and go from there?

He's not getting anything to hit with Lilly and Dempster batting behind him.

I might even...~shudder~ try that batting Pie 9th bs, before getting Edmonds

God, I hate Edmonds. To have to root for him to do well....ugh.

Prior did have an MRI and now is going to Birmingham, AL to see Dr. Andrews.

any nice golf courses in Birmingham?

I think Lou has a good track record here about playing the right player in the right position -- moving Theriot from 2B to SS so they could dump Izturis being a good example. Moving Soriano back to LF from CF because "comfort zone" seems to really impact his play.

I would expect him to do the same if they get Edmonds -- given Pie's struggles and Johnson's return to reality, CF is currently the biggest everyday problem. If Edmonds bombs, bring Pie back up after he tears up AAA for a while.

The younger players -- Theriot, Soto, Cedeno, Marmol, Hill, etc. have all had to "earn" their playing time. Pie hasn't earned anything.

I CANT FUCKING STAND JIM EDMONDS. The ONLY way we should sign him is if BIG Z gets to throw at him in BP.

Edmonds coming to the Cubs, is kinda like when the Bulls had John Starks for about a month.

He didn't like us, and we sure as hell didn't like him, that grocery bagging m'fer.

Don't forget about the infamous Starks leg kick - out while going up for a shot; never failed to fool the refs in giving him a foul.

I love Jim Edmonds and he's on my all-Chadball team. (that is a team of my favorite players that i got to watch play).

Wow...of course, Theriot actually got to play to "earn" his spot in the lineup. It's hard for Pie to earn any time getting 4 at bats every 4 days...

Jim Edmonds is getting released by a team that is just playing lousy baseball. 4 years ago, Why bother?
If the Cubs were going to sign a stopgap veteran CF, why not Kenny Lofton?

Couldn't we have just kept Jody Gerut?

While I hate Edmonds, I have to admit that he's been an amazing CF. Love his highlight reel (and I don't mean the highlights in his hair). He's still a douchebag, Chadball or not.

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  • 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.

    johann 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • 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.

    The E-Man 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • 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.

    The E-Man 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • 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...

    crunch 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 3 hours 15 min ago view
  • 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.

    The E-Man 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • 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 he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 3 hours 35 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 3 hours 42 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 4 hours 56 min ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 5 hours 50 sec ago view
  • 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.

    The E-Man 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • 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."

    In the comments here:

    QuietMan 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 6 hours 50 min ago view