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Game 135 Thread / Phillies @ Cubs (2 of 4)

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SP Joe Blanton SP Rich Harden
(NL) 1-0, 4.03, 27 K, 15 BB, 38 IP
(NL) 4-1, 1.47, 70 K, 14 BB, 49 IP
       
SS #Jimmy Rollins LF
Alfonso Soriano
CF #Shane Victorino
SS
Ryan Theriot
2B *Chase Utley 1B
Derrek Lee
1B *Ryan Howard
3B
Aramis Ramirez
LF Pat Burrell CF
*Jim Edmonds
RF
Jayson Werth 2B Mark DeRosa
3B
*Greg Dobbs RF
*Kosuke Fukudome
C
Carlos Ruiz C Henry Blanco
P Joe Blanton P *Rich Harden

 

A few aftershocks from last night's game...the come from behind win was the 38th for the Cubs this season, second to the Yankees 39. It was their 19th win when trailing in the seventh inning or later, best in baseball ahead of their current foe - the Phightin Phils.

Today, ex-teammates do battle as Rich Harden and Joe Blanton take the mound. I'm sure a steak dinner at Morton's is on the table for the winner.

 

Some more game notes fun after the jump...

Game 134 Thread / Phillies @ Cubs (1 of 4)

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SP *Cole Hamels
SP Ryan Dempster
  11-8, 3.20, 162 K, 43 BB, 188.2 IP

15-5, 2.85, 153 K, 65 BB, 170.2 IP
       
SS #Jimmy Rollins LF
Alfonso Soriano
2B *Chase Utley SS
Ryan Theriot
LF Pat Burrell 1B
Derrek Lee
1B *Ryan Howard
3B
Aramis Ramirez
CF #Shane Victorino C
Geovany Soto
RF
Jayson Werth CF Reed Johnson
3B
Pedro Feliz RF
*Kosuke Fukudome
C
Carlos Ruiz  2B Mark DeRosa
P *Cole Hamels
P Ryan Dempster

 

The Cubs and Phillies play the first game in Major League history in which the umpires—or at least the crew chief—will have the option to summon an instant replay to assist a call. (The Rangers/Angels and Twins/A's games starting later Thursday will also be replay-enabled; umpires at all games will be onboard starting Friday.) The reviewable plays will be limited to potential home runs, i.e., fair or foul, over the fence or in play, fan interference or not.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella thinks it's all just a grand idea:

"This is not going to work. I shouldn't say it's not going to work, but this could turn into a little bit of a fiasco initially."

Anyhow, having beaten our boys twice (and nearly three times) in a three-game series in Philadelphia back in April, the Philles begin this four-game set as the only NL team with a lead in their season series against the Cubs.

Game 131 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (1 of 3)

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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.

Game 128 Thread / Nationals @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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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.

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Javier Assad 
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Codi Heuer 
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Ryan Jensen
Caleb Kilian 
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Ethan Roberts 
Manuel Rodriguez
Michael Rucker
Adrian Sampson
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Marcus Stroman
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen 
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CATCHERS: 3 
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INFIELDERS: 8
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* Zach McKinstry
Christopher Morel
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OUTFIELDERS: 6
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Alexander Canario
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
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