Cubs v Red Sox: Clown Baseball continues


It is SO nice to do something clownish about the other team for a change, and it happened to the almost first-place Boston Red Sox.

Last night completely turned the tables on the "The Cubs will find a way to lose this one" thought which we've become accustomed to this season.
First we all had to grit our teeth thru the 7th as Rich Hill came in and struck out left fielder (what?) Blake DeWitt and Kosuke Fukudome. 
But then the 8th...
In came Boston reliever Matt Albers.
Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro each single, Aramis Ramirez has about a 10 pitch walk and now the bases are loaded.
Carlos Pena walks. Run scores. Bases still loaded. Reed Johnson smacks a double, Cubs take the lead.

That was actual baseball with actual hits by...Cubs.

Then Boston's clown car pulled up.

Soriano hits a pop up to Lowrie, and it goes off his glove.
Pie in the face.
Cubs up by 2.

Now it's Franklin Morales pitching.
Jeff Baker absolutely mashes a double off the wall.
Cubs up by 3 and Soriano on 3rd.
Koyie Hill strikes out (SHOCKING!).
Fukudome walks and then Barney flies out to right and the camera cuts to home for the play at the plate because for sure Soriano's gonna tag up and...wait! 
Soriano's not even in the picture! 
He didn't run, and now he's caught in a rundown?
Before I can even comprehend the rundown is happening because Baker's on 3rd, Jason Varitek throws to Kevin Youkilis who puts up his glove and BLOOEY! A pie in the face for Youkilis as the ball goes off his glove and into left.
Soriano scores and WHIPBLATT! 
Another pie in the face when Crawford's throw gets by Varitek and Baker scores!
Castro hits another double and now it's Cubs 9 Sox 3.

So...lets not even bring up the disaster that should have happened with Soriano, okay?

But lets do bring up Blake DeWitt in left field while Tyler Colvin, the guy with actual power who should be out there, is in Iowa. 
Why is he in Iowa?
To get some regular playing time, which he would be getting with Soriano DHing had they not sent him down.
No he wasn't swinging real well, but given the choice between him and DeWitt...

And Koyie Hill.

Oh well, pretty great Saturday night clown entertainment except for the horrible beaning of Marlon Byrd.
Fingers crossed that he's okay.


Justin Berg at the park, Muskat doesn't know yet if they're putting Byrd on the DL to make room or sending a pitcher down.

Tonight's lineup:

Fuku - RF
Barney - 2B
Castro - SS
ARam - 3B
Pena - 1B
Baker - LF
Sori - DH
Castillo - C
Johnson - CF

byrd allegedly has multiple facial fractures...out of hospital...15 day DL...berg'll probably take more than 15 days if he does have fractures.

colvin should be up pretty soon after tonight's game i'd imagine.

That blows. I hope Byrd's vision isn't permanently affected.

"Byrd is expected to be at the park later today, but the Cubs had no information on the extent of his injury."


milton bradley is available

Colvin is 1/11 so far with 1 walk.

Maybe they'll just play Campana at CF and let Baker be the 4th OF?

I guess he went 3/4 today - great timing on my part. I'll happily make that mistake again

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  • Pitcher batting 9th. Bryant in left, Schwarber in right.

  • i'm not ready for it to end.

    i'm not ready for "well, they weren't supposed to make it this year..."

    i'm not ready to talk about the off-season yet.

  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.