Team Japan

Cubs Clutch Hitting Gets Lost in the Translation

Prepping for the first game of 2nd Round WBC play in San Diego on Sunday, Team Japan edged the Chicago Cubs 3-2 at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park on a cool & breezy Thursday afternoon in Mesa, AZ. 

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  • I guess he's better than what they've had. He started out like the Babe there.

    The E-Man 1 min 54 sec ago view
  • Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.

    Rob Richardson 22 min 20 sec ago view
  • I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."

    JoePepitone 24 min 39 sec ago view
  • As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.

    His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.

    So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.

    The E-Man 28 min 14 sec ago view
  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 30 min 19 sec ago view
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 37 min 13 sec ago view
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 47 min 46 sec ago view
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 47 min 58 sec ago view
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 50 min 22 sec ago view
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 54 min 2 sec ago view
  • Looks like the Cubs got short end of the Castro Warren deal so far. He is atrocious. Even in games with huge leads he sucks ass.

    Wonder what they saw in him? Maybe he is a better starter? Ugh!

    The E-Man 56 min 49 sec ago view
  • Bucknor tried to turn a 4-pitch walk to LaStella into an interesting AB, but LaStella prevailed.

    Rob G. 57 min 13 sec ago view
  • ~shrug~ he's CB Bucknor, he's usually awful.

    But today he called 2 pitches balls that really looked like strikes, one looked particularly obvious. Even Arrieta jawed at him and that's rare for Arrieta. He also didn't bother to ask anyone or notice Molina clearly reaching his arm out to get hit intentionally.

    Rob G. 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Lastella not having much of one either (diving stop notwithstanding but should have been unnecessary if he made earlier play).

    Rob G. 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • What's wrong with his strike zone? Just inconsistent?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • CB Bucknor not having a good day....

    also this...

    Jesse Rogers [email protected]  Yeah, there was plenty of chatter before the game about home plate ump today. Knew he would be a factor.

    #conspiracytheory

    Rob G. 1 hour 27 min ago view