Game 66 Thread/Padres @ Cubs (#1 of 3)

Game Chat Ted Lilly (4-4, 3.96) v. David Wells (3-3, 4.76) After taking the Mariners two out of three, the Cubs have climbed to within five games of .500. It’s hardly the sort of accomplishment Cub fans dreamed of this past off-season, but still, it’s the first time the team has been this close to breakeven since May 28th. This will be Lilly's first start since umpire Jim Wolf read his mind, saw dark intentions and tossed him, just two outs into the bottom of the first inning in Atlanta. The Padres, who ended a season-high, four-game losing streak on Wednesday, lead the season series 3-2. The teams split a pair at Wrigley back in mid-April. On a personal note, I will attending today’s game in lower deck seats along the third-base line. I’ll be the middle-aged white guy seated with three other middle-aged white guys. See if you can spot me.

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Hey..there he is!!!! Right next to the drunk guy in the "Cuck the Fardinals" shirt.

You will stick out like a sore thumb.

Could be a long day if Lilly keeps this up.

I blame Michael Barret for leaving the bases loaded.

Koyie Hill would have hit a bases clearing double

I do blame Barrett for swinging at the first pitch.

Did Barrett get doubled off?

Game day showing Soriano flied out to center.

"I do blame Barrett for swinging at the first pitch."

Agreed.

This is what happens when I make fun of Hiram Boccachica.

Sorry, guys. My bad.

Boccachica? Make mine a grande, non-fat.

was lee's ball a homer? what happened?

were there two different bleacher interference's today??

HOLY STEVE BARTMAN, im so glad they got throw out of the park the POS

two bleacher interferences both hurting the cubs...

I swear Len and Bob must be wondering what is it with the Cubs... because it's always something. We must have more interesting things happen than any other team in the major leagues.

What happened, for those of us stuck in our cubicles?

Didn't somebody tell Fontenot about the new steroids policy?

One guy looked to deflect a possible home run from Lee giving him only a double

the 2nd reached over the fence and prevented Floyd from catching the ball and letting the runner at 2nd from scoring. Floyd very easily couldve caught the ball

A statue is not enough-

Wrigley PA announcer-

"Welcome your 2007 Fontenot Cubs!!"

and a non-interference event (finally) letting the Fontenot HR land in the basket...and a nice one hop glove catch by the bleacherite.

The problem is the other two boobs couldn't catch.

Soriano's had no chance for the fans to screw it up.

They reached over the basket??

What were the fans 8 feet tall?

Accoring to GameDay, Soriano's HR must have crashed clear through one building across Waveland and in through a window of the next building...

the first was near the indent of the wall and its pretty easy to reach there

he got up on top of the bench and reached over for the floyd screw up

the DLee double had the fan reach quite a long way as the ball was right at the spot where the basket curves into the well area. One replay clearly showed his glove reaching over the basket when the ball made contact so it would have been a double...but it he had caught the ball it might have looked like a HR.

the Floyd/A. Gonzalez play was more like the Bartman interference as the ball wasn't a HR but might have hit high off the wall if the fan didn't reach over the basket and deflect it. It was hard to see what the deflection did to the balls real course and quite possibly Floyd might have caught it. Fortunately, Gonzalez didn't score from 3rd. Still I think it might have been considered fan interference...interestingly that it looked like the security person took the fan away. He's probably been taken to the storage area from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Packed in Box 422346.

Thanks Kevin.

Fontenot is French for "Thunder in the Stick"

if he had caught the ball...

thanks cubster.

"Theriot to Fontenot to Lee"... not quite as catchy as "Tinkers to Evers to Chance", but I'm enjoying it.

Re: Marcus Giles, from Yahoo! Box Score notes:

SAN DIEGO SECOND BASEMAN MARCUS GILES WAS SCRATCHED FROM TODAY'S LINEUP WITH FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS.

Flu-like symptoms? I'm sure his brother is tending to him.

Oh god... come on CT, this isn't parachat. :)

Oh, Cub's win, btw. Yay. Fontenot with 3 RBIs. OPS well over 1.000. Amazing.

On The Score the other day they kept callin Theriot and Fontenot "The French Connection"

A gem from the well-rested Mr. Lilly.

Still pissed Lilly didn't go the distance.

can we call them the "Cajun Connection" instead?

No, French connection. My brothers Marseilles are driving Les Bleus to victory!

I like Cajun Combo, but it sounds like a meal at Popeyes Chicken.

Fontenot = Jr. Chase

LOL on the Cajun Combo comment!!!

the Floyd/A. Gonzalez play was more like the Bartman interference as the ball wasn’t a HR but might have hit high off the wall if the fan didn’t reach over the basket and deflect it.

Bartman didn't interfere.

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  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 11 min 41 sec ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 25 min 8 sec ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • QuietMan 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • O/B interesting you should mention that. Google ESPN Science Aroldis Chapman and you'll be treated to how his mechanics and delivery are possibly historic. It's the 120% of his body stretch plus the torque. They compare him to the Unit and NRyan.

    The E-Man 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • Amazing how much lower the production gets when Bryant runs into a mini-cold streak. He doesn't stay cold for long. If just one of Zobrist or, gulp, Heyward, gets hot, they oughta have one more really nice winning streak in them. Having a closer that you have absolute confidence in can't hurt.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • I hope they hold onto Jimenez. Outfield depth is questionable, especially with McKinney, who struggled this year but still, gone.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • You don't think he's improved? He looks completely different out there than he did when he first came up. The last I checked his K rate was in the low 20% range - 22-23 or so. When he came up it was 40%+.

    To me, what is scary about him if I'm the other guy is that he IS learning the strike zone. This guy could easily be the MVP someday.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 21 min ago view