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...


  •  Mark DeRosa has an extra base hit in eight straight games. He is only the second Cub to do that since 1956, the other was Derrek Lee last season, who went nine games from April 23-May 4th. He's also the second player in the majors to do it this year, the other being his second base counterpart on the Phillies, Chase Utley.
  • The Cubs own the best record in baseball and the best record in baseball since the All-Star break.
  • With three games still to play this month, the Cubs have already set their high mark for victories in a month with 19, surpassing their 18 wins in May.
  • The Cubs have a 6.5 game lead in the Central, their largest lead in the division since the end of the 1984 season.
  • I love this fucking team.





I love this fucking team.

Amen, brother.

In the word of the immortal REO Speedwagon-

"Keep on rolling"

That's for crunch

Our boys need to "Keep Pushin' On". I "Can't Fight This Feeling" that we're about to witness something really special.

As long as they "Don't Let Go" of the division lead, we should be in good shape going into the playoffs. "Only In My Dreams" could I believe this team would be so good.

Unfortunately, the September schedule is going to be "Tough Guys". After Philly, the Cubs go "Back On The Road Again", against above .500 competition.

"Time For Me To Fly." See you in Parachat.

You forgot that hopefully in this tough september that we will be "Riding the Storm Out" with a 7 game lead.

all 3 of you deserve a perm-ban.

the deborah gibson reference alone should merit two lifetime bans to be served consecutively.

Eh. I should've put the quote mark after the 'Only'. Oh well; that's what I get for commenting blogs at work. Guess I'd better "Take It On The Run."

Not sure what DLee was doing on that play. If he's the cutoff, then he should either be up the line or down the line a bit. Fukudome had no angle on that throw. He got charged with the error, but Lee really put him in a bad spot.

He wasn't cutoff when Fukudome made the throw, Howard walked in front of it. Any decent runner would have been on second base with a double on that hit.

Just a shit-luck play though... 

for not scoring on that wild pitch.

That was unbelievable. It's not like it barely got away. That pitch practically ended up in the Phillies' dugout. Derosa had to be waving him home on that one.

I don't think DeRosa was waving him, but can't say for sure. Brenly said the ball was behind the batter, catcher, and umpire from Theriot's view and he wouldn't have been able to tell how far it got away.

I watched the replay during the postgame show and DeRosa definitely was waving him. It looks like Theriot's intial reaction when the ball hit the dirt was to move back towards third base, then he tried to break toward home, then went back. Pretty retarded, but I guess it's better than getting picked off third or thrown out at home.

I don't know about DeRosa, but the ball scampered considerably to the catcher's right by the on-deck circle. There was no way the ump was blocking his view and I have serious doubts if anyone else was either. 

At that point yeah, no one was blocking his view. But you need to see the ball immediately. For the first 2 seconds it could be either rolling towards the wall or laying under the catcher's feet from that angle. Really doesn't matter though, they won.

I was there, bleachers, and from that vantage point it took me a couple seconds before I could tell the ball actually got away. I dunno, but maybe theriot had as hard a time as I did.

Theriot was about 300 feet closer..

and not drunk

what are you saying?

nice to get a call, but that ump is terrible

He's been calling stuff 2 inches lower all day on that pitch that Fuku walked on.

first base ump blew the call on Howard at first too, although it looked like they called Utley safe and he was out the play before.

Good to see Zeus get Shark Sandwich out of that jam. Let's see if he can close out the ninth now.

fun fact: Samardzija has gone 12 straight games without allowing a run and 14 straight innings. 

He didn't look too sharp today, but Marmol bailed him out.

Still, 0.96 ERA overall, 18.2 IP, 18 K, 7 BB's, 0 HR's  

The review of "Shark Sandwich": shit sandwich.

Smell the glove.

What's wrong with being sexy?

Gotta love letting the Brewers stare at that final for 2 hours before they start their game.

I'm sure the Brewers are more concerned with the wild card at this point.

This is getting ridiculous. I would be very happy if this team could play as well in October as they have in August.

Yes!! 7 in a row. Friday afternoon wins just make the start of a weekend that much sweeter!

A new hero every day, it seems. Quite remarkable, September should be very interesting.

I wonder if Soriano's HR is any indication that he might be heating up again. If he goes on one his tears, this streak could continue for quite a few games.

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  • Torres a late scratch from the Pelicans game and no word of injury or signs of foul play with the unis. May be a trade a brewing after all?

    Edit: now word he was a late scratch due to a "headache". Hmmm

    Eric S 5 min 53 sec ago view
  • Hopefully Zobrist is regaining his stroke and KB can move back down to third or fourth in the order. Did not realize the zero rbi's in over a week - glad Rizzo and Russell picking up the slack

    Eric S 11 min 6 sec ago view
  • Just had to ask, I guess.

    Haven't had a big comeback win in a long time (at least it seems like a long time). Great feeling!

    Rizzo should hold clinics on 2-strike hitting. Awesome.

    billybucks 1 hour 42 min ago view
  • cubs!!!!!

    cubs lead in the top 7th!

    crunch 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • so nastay...

    triple, walk, domination

    crunch 3 hours 14 min ago view
  • And he gets out of it by K-ing Braun, Lucroy and Carter!

    Let's get some runs!

    billybucks 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • welcome to the cubs j.nathan.

    2 pitches into the inning and there's a guy on 3rd with 0 outs (triple).

    his velocity is hanging around 91/92mph.

    crunch 3 hours 34 min ago view
  • Always a good idea to bring in Richard against a LH batter.

    billybucks 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • Russell left game with left heel contusion from foul ball on Saturday. Started to bother him during the Sunday game.

    Cubster 4 hours 12 min ago view
  • a.russell out and down into the one knows why.

    it's very hot on the field, so it might be heat related.

    crunch 4 hours 32 min ago view
  • I blame the All-Star game again, or else Michael Barrett.

    Cubster 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • Miller park roof is closing. Hmmm, might play differently now?

    Lester at 72 pitches through 3. Roof closing might get him through 6.

    Middlebrows pulls a calf or hamstring. Len says he blew a tire rounding 1st. Nieuwenhuis enters game.

    Now roof opening. Dizziness. No AC in the ballpark wrt the field.

    Cubster 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • just to lighten the mood:
    Shark's day: 5.2 IP 5 Runs (all earned), 8 Hits, 2 HR. Left the game down 5-0 to Yankees.

    Anyone expecting game 4 NLCS Shark vs Hammel or Lackey?

    Cubster 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • First inning: two on, no out, Rizz and Zobrist due up. Don't score.
    Third inning: two on, one out, KB and Rizz due up. Don't score.

    This is getting' old, fellahs.

    billybucks 4 hours 55 min ago view
  • KB still with ZERO RBI since the A/S break. Ouch.

    billybucks 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • 62 through 2ip...yow.

    it's an off day for d.ross, too. the wild pitch + passed ball in 2 separate strike 3 calls allowing the runner to reach 1st and the 5sb through 2ip makes for a bad game so far. ross cant shoulder any blame for some of those SBs, especially that villar steal of 3rd while lester watched him.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view