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The Nightly News: Cubs Beat Crew in ESPN Game

Highlights, lowlights and other observations from the Cubs' 8-5 win over the Brewers Sunday night in Milwaukee, a victory that leaves the Cubs at 4-2 as they return home for the Wrigley Field opener on Monday afternoon.

"We've Seen This Movie Before" Moment of the Night:
In his first at-bat since beating the Brewers with a dramatic, ninth-inning home run on Saturday, Alfonso Soriano crushed Jeff Suppan's first pitch of the game over the centerfield wall, his fourth HR in the young season.

Play of the Night:
Reed Johnson's leaping catch to rob Prince Fielder of what would have been a game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the fifth. Instead Fielder wound up with a sac fly and a reason to tip his helmet to Reed Johnson.

Incongruous Inning Total of the Night:
Four runs on one hit—what the Cubs compiled in the top of the fourth, when they combined a Ryan Theriot single with a hit by pitch and five walks to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead. All four of the runs scored on bases loaded walks.

Escape Artist of the Night:
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, who yielded six hits and three walks and threw 110 pitches over six innings, but still emerged as a winner.

Erroneous Former Cub Mention of the Night:
When Mike Fontenot batted for the first time, Jon Miller called him Ray Fontenot. When Fontenot next batted, Miller corrected himself, explaining that Ray was a southpaw who used to play for the Yankees. What Miller failed to acknowledge was the lefthander's one inglorious season for our very own Cubs.

Box score line of the night:
(Combined pitching line for Brewers pitchers Suppan, Julio, McClung, and Stetter.)

"Oh crap!" Moment of the Night
Milton Bradley appeared to pull up lame on his way into third base following what should have been a run-scoring single by Ryan Theriot in the top of the fourth. Five games and four innings into his Chicago Cub career, Bradley was lifted from the game with an apparent injury and was replaced by Johnson, which, all things considered (see "Play of the Night" above), worked out pretty well.

Update (from Paul Sullivan in the Tribune):

The Cubs said Bradley had strained his right groin, which he apparently aggravated while taking extra batting practice. Piniella said Bradley would miss Monday's home opener. His status is day-to-day.

Instant Redemption of the Night:
After taking too long to throw to first and allowing Fielder to reach base in the last of the third, Mike Fontenot made a diving stop of a scalding one-hopper by the very next hitter, J.J. Hardy, to get the Cubs out of the inning.

Announcer Exchange of the Night:
Steve Phillips offered a reasoned, frequently heard argument for moving Alfonso Soriano down in the Cub lineup. Joe Morgan's response, which he repeated about five times, was that it takes a certain mindset to hit in the RBI positions in the lineup and anyway, Lou Piniella had tried moving Soriano down in the lineup previously and the experiment simply didn't work. For the record, in his previous two seasons with the Cubs, Soriano has started a total of 230  games in the leadoff spot; 11 games in other spots in the order (just 2 last season). If this qualifies as trying Soriano elsewhere in the lineup, it does so just barely.

Joe Morgan Circular Logic Example of the Night:
After the announcing trio endorsed the value of OPS, Morgan explained that the reason we know OPS is a valid statistic is that the best player, Albert Pujols, had the highest OPS last year.

Mascot Close-Up of the Night:
ESPN cameras caught Bernie Brewer just as Reed Johnson robbed Fielder of what would have been his first career grand slam. Though Bernie's giant mascot face continued to flash that permanent grin, his body language and arm flailing screamed, "Goddamnit!" or whatever they say in Milwaukee these days when they're desperately disappointed.



Great game tonight. Like most of us, I'd like to see less use of Howlin' Howry Light in key situations. As Morgan said (or maybe it was Miller) Gregg doesn't have the stuff to strike guys out and thus will give up hits (or at least balls in play) and things like tonight and Friday will continue to happen.

"Piniella said Bradley would miss Monday's home opener. His status is day-to-day." Ha! Bradley's status is ALWAYS day-to-day. I made a quick check of DH DL Bradley's injury history and was amazed to find that he has never used a groin injury as the reason he's not on the field. Milton has been day-to-day because of a sore hamstring a sore forearm a sore quadriceps a sore abdomen a sore wrist a sore back a sore calf a sore rib a sore oblique a sore ankle a sore shoulder a sore leg a sore knee a sore "side" (no details on which side was sore) a sore thigh a sore eye a sore finger and just plain general "soreness" in just the last seven years. He's also sat out with the "flu" more than once and the same goes for that old "I've run completely out of ideas" standby "illness." But never before has Bradley missed a game with a sore groin.

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In reply to by Jim Hickmans Bat John Smoltz burned his chest while ironing a shirt that he was wearing. Wade Boggs hurt his back when he lost his balance while trying to put on cowboy boots. Odiebe McDowell cut his finger buttering a roll at the Texas Ranger's welcome home luncheon. Ricky Bones hurt his lower back getting out of a chair while watching TV in the clubhouse. Kevin Mitchell strained a muscle while vomiting. George Brett hit his foot on a chair and broke his toe while running from the kitchen to the TV to see Bill Buckner hit. Rick Honeycutt injured his wrist while flicking sunflower seeds in the dugout. Chris Brown injured his eye by sleeping on his eye wrong. Phil Niekro injured his hand shaking hands too hard. Nolan Ryan was bitten by a coyote.

That ESPN crew is just terrible. I feel stupider for just listening. But OK we are all used to all sorts of stupid that Joe Morgan, Steve Phillips, etc. will bring but after Reed's catch last night that was a new low. After an extremely electrifying catch (I don't care what center fielder makes a play like that, the bases were juiced, Prince Fielder hits a monster shot, the home fans are holding their breath, and . . . and . . . metaphorical crickets). I don't like a lot of hyperbole but they should have gone a little nuts. Morgan started talking about the great base-running of the Brewers for staying put and tagging up (which is true but completely wrong immediately after the catch). I will never listen to those idiots again. Ever.

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In reply to by Steve Christmas

Miller in my mind is fine. I hate how he adds 8 syllabus to names like "Aramis" but other than that he seems to do an ok job of play-by-play and his voice isn't super annoying. But Morgan should have been gone years ago, he adds nothing to the commentary. It's like dude, we get it, you were good when you played. You don't need to remind us every game that you played with Rose and Bench and new Aaron, etc. We get it. And why they thought adding Philips and his inane dribble to this tandem would improve things is beyond me. Sutt, Hershiser, basically any of the other guys ESPN has are better than these two.

Last night reminded me again of how much I miss the "Fire Joe Morgan" site - they had that guy pegged from the get - go, and their presence this season is already sorely missed. Regarding strange baseball injuries/excuses - I believe that Jose' Cardenal missed a ST game when he woke up with his eyes glued shut. Another game he missed entirely because a cricket was chirping all night in his hotel room.

Bradley begins his quest tonight for playing in the least amount of games and still get his 3rd year option. What a joke of a player. He probably is tired and wanted to take a week off.

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In reply to by The Real Neal

Bradley has already admitted he took games off down the stretch in Texas to preserve his stats. When his team needed him the most, he didn't give two shits about his team. He wanted to get paid and now his only concern is making sure he gets his 3rd year option. I said when we signed him he is either the toughest SOB in baseball or the biggest fucking pussy. Looking at his injury history, i lean heavily to biggest pussy in basebeall. He is a master of the day to day injury and will use it so he can take days off when he isn't even injured. I knew that then and I know it now. I don't really care if he is faking or not now. He isn't a player you can ever depend on for anything. He is either faking an illness to preserve his stats or he is as fragile as glass, either way he is fucking waste of a player that no team can ever count on or know when he is going to play or not play. I will give him credit, i thought he wouldn't survive Spring Training without getting injured. Now he might not survive the first week.

ESPN 1k is reporting that Aram has back stiffness and is not in the line-up. Given that the pitching matchup is Ubaldo Jimenez (really hard on RHB, career 1.26 WHIP and .229 BA vs. RHB) vs. Ted Lilly (Fly ball pitcher, meaning Lou could want to use Gathright over Hoffpauir) and given that three of our five best run producers arent playing I could see this craptastic line-up possiblities being empolyed by Lou: CF Gathright 3B Miles/SS Theriot/RF Fukudome 1B Lee LF Soriano RF Fukudome/2B Fontenot 2B Fontenot/RF Fukudome SS Theriot/C Hill/3B Miles C Hill/3B Miles

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  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Most of you have probably seen the game, but for anyone who might have missed it here are the Cubs pitcher reports from Friday's Cubs - White Sox game at Sloan Park... 

    FB: 91-93 
    CT: 88-90 
    SL: 80-81 
    CH: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Threw 1.2 IP (40 pitches - 23 strikes - six swing & miss) and mixed-up his pitches well... FB velo went down a tick in his second inning of work... looked a bit fatigued in second inning... allowed two hits and no walks and struck out one... gave up an oppo-field line drive solo HR to a AA RH hitter on a 92 MPH FB... should have easily finished off second inning but made careless error on weak tap in front of mound on his 24th pitch of the inning with catcher running and then made another error trying to grip the ball to make a throw to 1st (only one error was charged of course)... he just looked gassed as he walked off the field...  

    FB: 95-98 
    CH: 87-88 
    SL: 81 
    COMMENT: Faced one batter (strikeout looking) to finish second inning... 8 pitches (5 strikes - no swing & miss)... showed high velo FB but couldn't command secondaries... has had shoulder issues off & on in minors... throws with infielder-type short-arm motion "out of his ear" (he was a two-way player -- 3B/RHP -- in college)...
    FB: 96-99
    CH: 84-86
    SL: 81-82 
    COMMENT: Threw two very efficient innings... dominant outing... needed only 24 pitches (16 strikes - six swing & miss)... 6 up / 6 down (K-swing on 98 FB, 4-3 GO on 98 FB, 5-3 GO on SL, 6-3 GO on 97 FB,  K-swing on 99 FB, and F-8 on SL)... held high FB velo in both innings (he was consistently sitting on 98 in both innings and he hit 99 once in each inning) and looked like he could have gone longer...  

    FB: 89-92
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Your run of the mill generic FB/SL lefty reliever... had an easy 13-pitch (8 strikes) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both swinging) on low 90's FB and a weak pop fly to CF...  

    FB: 92-94 
    SL: 81-83 
    COMMENT: Threw a scoreless inning (20 pitches - 15 strikes - four swing & miss, two on FB and two on SL)... although he did strike out two -- both swinging -- and threw 75% strikes, he had some difficulty putting hitters away (eight foul balls among his 20 pitches)... allowed an infield single that probably would have been a 6-3 GO if an MLB player was playing SS (Jefferson Rojas did not play the ball aggressively and he was a half-step too late with his "casual" throw to 1st base)... 

    FB: 84-85 
    CH: 82 
    CV: 70-73 
    COMMENT: Soft-tossing lefty who throws a LOT of mid-80's cutters and a very slow CV... 13-pitch (10 strike) 1-2-3 inning with one K (looking) on a cutter... got three swing & miss, all on cutters...  

    FB: 92-95 
    SL: 85 
    CV: 78-79 
    COMMENT: Threw an 11-pitch (8 strikes - two swing & miss) 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts (both looking)... broke three bats and induced some weak contact foul balls and a pathetic "mushy" pop fly(?) infield out that wasn't exactly a line drive and wasn't exactly a pop up either...    

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 90-92 
    SL: 82-85 
    COMMENT: Threw a 21-pitch scoreless inning to finish off the game... surrendered a walk and a single but also induced a game-ending 6-4-3 DP... one strikeout (swinging) and that was his only swing & miss... he looked a bit uncomfortable on the mound (he seemed kind of hyper while warming up in the pen, too) and had major command issues with FB (threw only 8 strikes out of his 17 FB and went to ball three count on three of the four hitters he faced)... he would appear to be nowhere near ready for MLB and maybe not ready for AAA (yet) either...  

  • crunch (view)

    "is there anything new on cody bellinger since we started the interview?" - boog

    "sorry, i think we're going into a (commercial) break." - carter hawkins

    ...and laughs

  • crunch (view)

    only 2 "pitchcom broke, yo" delays in the game so far...

  • crunch (view)

    kilian out here throwing 98mph in february.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    While we're all speaking about Morel's 3B defense being good enough, his swing has gotten better.

    You could see it a little last fall. He didn't drop his hands behind his body as much (barred arm). But in videos from his Winter ball and this Feb in AZ you can tell he's keeping his hands tighter to his body. He's just stronger and able to have a tighter swing now. He'll be even quicker to the ball this way.

    Fun times.  

  • Cubster (view)

    Cubs vs Sox.

    Dodgers hold my beer. 6 run first including Morel 2 run HR.

  • crunch (view)

    PCA has blue hair...with a buzz cut...odd combo.  he's 2 dozen face tattoos away from being a mumble rapper.

  • crunch (view)

    these uniforms are hot garbage.  everything Fanatics touches turns to...well, hot garbage.

  • crunch (view)

    ...and then a homer.

  • JoePepitone (view)

    And right away, the first ball put in play goes to Morel at 3rd, who fields the grounder to his left and pegs out the runner on a good throw to first.