Tentative rosters for the 2008 Arizona Fall League (AFL) were announced yesterday (they are incomplete and also subject to change), and six of the seven Cubs prospects who will be playing for the Mesa Solar Sox this fall have been named:
Quite a night for the Cubbies, who looked nothing like the team with the best record in baseball, other than the final result. Errors, defensive miscues, bad starting pitching, bad relief pitching and yet they overcame all that thanks to Craig Hansen's pitching and Geovany Soto's hitting. Soto had been on a steady decline since his monstrous April putting up OPS numbers of 1.048, .868, .747, .740 heading in August. But things have turned around for him and he's put up a 1.014 OPS with 20 RBI's matching his April RBI total with five games still to go this month. His seven RBI outburst yesterday tops his 6 RBI game in April versus the Brewers and is the second most RBI's for a Cubs catcher in a game trailing the likes of Barry Foote, George Mitterwald and Ed Bailey (since 1956).
If you happen to be wondering who had the most RBI's in a game for the Cubs since 1956 like I was, the answer is after the jump.
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||*Zach Duke|
|8-7, 4.76, 71 K, 52 BB, 134.1 IP||4-12, 5.29, 72 K, 42 BB, 151.1 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||RF||*Nyjer Morgan|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||Jack Wilson|
|1B||Derrek Lee||CF||*Nate McLouth|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Adam LaRoche|
|CF||Reed Johnson||LF||*Brandon Moss|
|RF||Mark DeRosa||2B||Freddy Sanchez|
|2B||Ronny Cedeno||3B||Andy LaRoche|
|C||Henry Blanco||C||Raul Chavez|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||*Zach Duke|
The Cubs go for the sweep, and once again I am reminded that I don't know how to add Rob's broom graphic to the game results box at the top of the right-hand column. I'll make you a deal, Jason Marquis: you win the game, and I'll work on the broom.
|SP||*Ted Lilly||SP||Jeff Karstens|
|12-7, 4.25, 148 K, 56 W, 161 IP||2-2, 2.25, 11 K, 8 W, 28 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Nate McLouth|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||Freddy Sanchez|
|1B||Derrek Lee||C||#Ryan Doumit|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Adam LaRoche|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||RF||Jason Michaels|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||LF||*Brandon Moss|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||3B||Andy LaRoche|
|C||Geovany Soto||SS||Jack Wilson|
|P||*Ted Lilly||P||Jeff Karstens|
The Cubs open a three-game set at PNC Park, concluding their 9-game stretch against the Reds, Nationals, and Pirates before they resume play against Major League opposition. (Yes, I'm tempting fate: Friday's smug game preview was just a preamble to an ugly 13-5 loss to the Nats, but 30 games over .500, I'm feeling smug all over again.)
Coming off a tough luck defeat in which he held the Reds hitless for the first 5 innings and wound up yielding just 2 hits in 7 IP, Lily has reduced his ERA to a season-low 4.25.The lefty has given the Cubs Quality Starts in 8 of his last 10 turns, and that defeat to Cincinnati was his first after five consecutive W's.
This will mark Lilly's fourth start of the year against the Bucs. He's 1-0, 5.63 in the three previous starts, with a butt-ugly 8.38 ERA in his two outings at PNC.
Years before most of the English-speaking world was convinced it could do a passable Harry Caray impression, Jim Volkman was a regular on Chicago radio and had established himself as the master Harry mimic.
Well, Harry (Jim) is back now, at 1908worldchampions.com, where he recently started a game-by-game commentary on the Cubs season, with assistance from two other great voices from the Cubs past, who, like Caray, happen to be dead: Jack Brickhouse and Lou Boudreau.
|SP||*John Lannan||SP||Jason Marquis|
|6-12, 3.81, 89 K, 54 W, 141.2 IP||8-7, 4.67, 68 K, 49 W, 129 IP|
|2B||#Emilio Bonificio||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|SS||#Cristian Guzman||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Ryan Zimmerman||1B||Derrek Lee|
|CF||Lastings Milledge||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||Ronnie Belliard||CF||Reed Johnson|
|RF||*Ryan Langerhans||C||Geovany Soto|
|LF||*Willie Harris||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|C||Wil Nieves||2B||Ronny Cedeno|
|P||*John Lannan||P||*Jason Marquis|
Weather note: As of 12:40, it's pouring in the western suburbs, with storms on their way to the city. Could be a rain delay in our future.
The Cubs advance to the next course in the all-meatball buffet, following their series against the Reds with three against the 45-83 Nationals starting today, before moving on to Pittsburgh.