Gameday Open Thread / White Sox @ Cubs

The Cubs return to Mesa to take on their city rivals. Ted Lilly goes for the Cubs versus Javier Vazquez.

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Godenot Soriano DLee Ramirez Fukudome DeRosa Soto Pie Lilly

jeff davanon cut...i'm a fan... his sapped power (what little he had) is suffering, though.

pat and ron are in midseason form...chuckling and confusion about anything game related...the score, who's playing, and what girls in the stands look like ladybugs...

you can't even script this crap... after talking about girls like some 14 year olds for 1/2 the inning pat proclaims it looks like vazquez will pitch the 7th inning because there's no one in the pen (nevermind it was the top 6th). they cant get the score right, the players right, and now the inning...

leaving the mic on during the radio break showing why ron's loved...signing autos on request, saying 'you're welcome' to the thanks...no speeches, no bullcrap...just being one of the faces of the cubs in a proper way. ...comes back into the booth area asking "who's pitching?" to pat... howry in top 8...and pat/ron are 1/2 assed funny playing the "attendance game" which im sure they'll talk about for the next 5-10 minutes.

4-3 wsox/cubs..bottom 6...soto lifts a high one short hopping the wall in CF. all 3 runs in the 6th. tie game via pie on a low breaker single to RF...vasquez done... -edit- wood out to start top 7th -and- is supposed to pitch tommorow...looks like he's definitely got the inside track on the closer job if he can stay healthy/not-sore. wood 1-2-3 inning, 2Ks and a popout to fuku. -edit- pie ends the bottom 8th swinging, missing for strike 3, and sending his bat flying outta his hand to the backstop on his follow through with 2 out and 2 on -edit- doh...hart gives up a 2 out opposite field homer off j.uribe (solo) in top 9th...5-4 wsox, top 9 -edit- soriano...with the infield back, men on the corners, and no outs...well, he sure isn't showing bunt on any pitch and i hope its just a "spring mentality"...he gets his sacfly at the RF warning track...tie game (cedeno from 3rd), murton holding at 1st. dlee walks moving murton to 2nd with 1 out...the hoff hits into a DP...9th over...they're gonna play into the 10th today -edit- eyre pitches the cubs out of a tie...wsox take a 6-5 lead off of an 1-out back-to-back double and single...following it up with a walk...piggy up in the pen, rothschild visiting eyre...a fan screaming "see you in iowa"...fun stuff, but he was left in only to give up an immediate ground rule double off of a kid for a 7-5 lead. a K to fields and a p.ozuna getting a WEAK infield single on a 3-2 count for a 8-5 lead. i would say it was a tough break for eyre if not for 2 balls in the ozuna AB being wild out of the zone (one in the dirt and one high)...tapping comebacker to the mound finishes off the 10th...8-5 cws/chc -edit- fukudome leadoff basehit (though it might have been an out with a better 3rd baseman) on an under-the-glove smack...epat walks on 4 straight...blanco gets a basehit after dye loses the ball in the sun (that's a possible 2 outs and a man on 1st turned into 0 outs with the bases loaded). pie gets a chance to play hero...infield ground out, force at home, 1 out cedeno gets a chance to play hero...works a 3-2 count into a walk...run forced home...8-6 cws/chc, 1 out murton gets a chance to play hero...dye loses ANOTHER ball in the sun (aka, out 3) and the cubs tie with 1 out and cedeno on 3rd/murton on 2nd. mcgeehehehehehehehe gets a chance to play hero...and he Ks for out 2 fuld gets a chance to play hero...ground out to SS...and that's the game.

according to the AP...soriano back hitting 2nd, fuku 5th... "I thought about it last night," Piniella said before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. "I think right now with the way we're situated, Fukudome offers the best protection for Ramirez." http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7943810/Lo...'-opening-lineup,-Kosuke-Fukudome-stays-in-fifth-spot

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  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 10 min ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 

     

  • Mike Wellman 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 23 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!

     

  • Mornington Crescent 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.

     

  • crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 19 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.

     

  • crunch 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.

     

  • Mike Wellman 3 days 21 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?

     

  • Craig A. 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.

     

  • Hagsag 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.

     

  • CubbyBlue 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    SERIOUSLY!

     

  • CTSteve 4 days 22 min ago (view)

    It was time. 

     

  • Hagsag 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Love it Jackstraw.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 14 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed OF Cameron Maybin to a 2021 minor league contract.

    Because he was an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2020, he gets the automatic $100K retention bonus and June 1st player opt-out if he is not released or added to the MLB 40-man roster by MLB Opening Day.