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.
SPLAT!
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.
Why?

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

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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 up...it'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.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking...

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."

gamer.

milton bradley is available

Colvin is 1/11 so far with 1 walk.
113/191/258

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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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 16 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 18 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 28 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 9 hours 11 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 13 hours 57 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 23 hours 39 min ago view
  • 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 day 2 hours 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 day 2 hours 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 day 2 hours 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 1 day 3 hours ago view