Derek Lee hits a run in. Micah hits a home run and a funky infield single makes it 4 – 0 going into the top of the ninth for the Cubs. But, it’s amazing how little time it takes to take a way a win from a pitcher who’s pitched two really good games, only to have the bull pen F*CK it up in the final inning or so.
Yeah, Kevin Gregg. You are a waste of talent that we traded away for because of Kerry Wood wasn’t resigned. They have to sit your *** because of your knee. They didn’t sign WOODY because they didn’t want a long deal. (Bet you’re re-thinking that decision—as I am by the way–Mr. Hendry.)
Lou didn’t managed this game for ****. The minute Gregg gave up the home run, you should have had someone tossing in the bullpen. That way if he gave up another hit or a home run you could have yanked Gregg’s butt and throw him into the dugout. And after that third hit, I definitely would have yanked him by the shirt collar.
Heilman came out and did what he had to do to keep it from going completely out of control. And if it wasn’t for a bad throw…
Well.. just be thankful that’s still only a 1/2 game and not a game like it could have been.
I’ve not blogged in a while due to school constraints. In case you’ve missed it, the Cleveland Indians signed Kerry Wood and the Cubs then dealt second baseman Mark DeRosa for three minor league pitchers in the month of December.
Now, reports out of Chicago are that the Cubs have signed Milton Bradley to a three-year, $30 millon deal pending a medical check up.
The Cubs website is also reporting that the deal to send to Jason Marquis to the Rockies for Luis Vizcaino will probably be finalized on Tuesday.
The Cubs improved to 43-16 at home with a 11-4 win over the Astros Wednesday. Cubs second baseman Mark Derosa connected for a grandslam in the bottom of the third and Alfonso Soriano followed with a three-run blast.
Jason Marquis scrapped by with the win after giving up four runs in the top of the third. Marquis is now 7-7 with a 4.73 ERA.
The Cubs are now 8-2 for the last ten games. The Cubs have an off day on Thursday before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for a weekend series. Lilly, Zambrano and Dempster will match up against Braden Looper, former Cub Todd Wellemeyer and the third pitcher will be announced later.
The Cubs are still atop the central division with a five game lead over the Brewers. They hold a 5.5 game lead over the Cardinals. The Cubs continue to hold the best record in the National League.
In other news, the team activated Kerry Wood on Tuesday. To make room for Wood the team designated relief pitcher Scott Eyre for assignment.
Some other stats:
Alfonso Soriano is hitting .395 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 17 hits over the last ten games.
Mark DeRosa had a five RBI day on Wednesday. He hit his fourth career grand slam in the bottom of the third to put the Cubs ahead for good.
Derek Lee is struggling batting .268 in the last ten games. He went 0-for-4 during Wednesday’s game.
Aramis Ramirez isn’t fairing much better than Lee. Ramirez is batting .306 in the last ten games with 4 RBIs.
Kosuke Fukudome continues to struggle. He’s batting .265 in the last ten games.
Ryan Theriot after having a productive first half, Theriot has begun a backward slide. He’s batting .270 for the last ten games. He is currently batting .200 for the month of August.
Geovanny Soto continues to come out of his July slump. He’s batting .333 for the last ten days. However, he’s batting .235 in the last 30 days. He didn’t start on Tuesday or Wednesday, giving Henry Blanco a chance to get some work in.
Jim Edmonds is earning his place on the team. If there was to be a reflection back on the season of who has contributed to the success of the 2008 Cubs, Edmonds will be at the top of the list.Edmonds is .321 for the last ten games is batting .286 for the last (near his career average) 30 days. Don’t let the numbers fool you… he’s on par to have an average year. And for a guy who didn’t have much of a spring training, that’s a good thing.
As usual, the media assembles to ask all the All Stars about being named to the respective All Star teams, playing in a historic field, Yankee Stadium and all that fine jazz. Kerry Wood came away with the blowout remark that pretty much says: some people shouldn’t be sports journalists.
When asked about playing at Yankee Stadium (all the mythology of it, etc) Wood responded to some wet behind the ears journalist: “I seem to recall that I play in one every day.”
TOUCHEE! And it’s older than Yankee Stadium too. There’s a lot of mythology at Wrigley. Including Babe’s famed “called shot.”
The Cubs exited their trip to St Louis the same way they went in: three and a half-games up. It could have been five and a half had it not been for Kerry Wood in the bottom of the ninth. That was a disappointing loss.
The Cubs have the day off today and will battle the Reds on Tuesday followed by the Giant for the weekened series before the Midsummer in Spankee (er Yankee… ah hell.. Spankee) Stadium.
Speaking of the All-Star Game, how about sending seven players to the classic? WOW! Sorioano and Fukudome covering the corners (note: Soriano is still a big IF for the game) and Soto behind the plate. Ramirez a reserve with Dempster, Wood and Zambrano rounding out. The most ever for the club. Congrats guys!
Now we move onto blogs… You know, I love the whole free blog thing and all. But I think if people are going to have a blog they should at least make an attempt to update it or at least post. Perhaps MLBLogs should do a purge of blogs that haven’t been activate or updated for a year.
That brings me to another issue—I miss the team blogs where you could look at all the blogs associated with a team. It was a nice thing to have. Oh well… Beggers can’t be choosers.
Felix Pie came through bigtime for the Cubs in the top of the 15th with a two-out, two-run game winning single.
Ryan Dempster pitched seven solid innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out five. What is more remarkable is that he allowed only one baserunner to get to the second and he retired 20 of the last 21 hitters he faced. He did not, get the win, however thanks to closer Kerry Wood’s failure to close the game out.
The Cubs are now 2-1 in extra inning games and have moved to 5-3 on the season.
The Cubs go for the sweep tonight at 7 E.T. Rich Hill faces off against Matt Morris.