Game 3 Recap: Cubs 11, Astros 6

W - Ted Lilly (1-0)
L - Brian Moehler (0-1)

Box Score

In the spirit of Passover, we begin tonight's recap by asking, why is this night different from all other nights?

The answer:

Tonight the Cubs sent nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings, building a lead so large, it allowed Ted Lilly to throw his own personal game of Home Run Derby and still win his first game of the season.

Details after the jump.

The Good:

  • The hits just kept on coming—Fukudome had four safeties (including a 2B and HR); Ramirez had four (including a 2B); and Soriano, Fontenot, and Theriot had two each
  • Did I mention that Kosuke "First Pitch" Fukudome had four hits? The first three all resulted from first-pitch swings, an interesting shift in approach from a guy who ranked second in the NL last season in pitches seen per plate appearance (4.29)
  • Anthony Michael Hall lookalike David Patton made his Major League debut and after serving up a home run ball to Hunter Pence, the 23-year-old Patton mowed down six Astros in a row, including Lance Berkman on a three-pitch strikeout that featured a 95 mph fastball, an 82-mph breaking ball, and an 85-mph curveball for the kill
  • Still looking for his first Cub hit, Milton Bradley nonetheless managed to reach base four times, via 3 walks and an HBP
  • Carlos Marmol and Angel Guzman each delivered another strong inning in relief

The Bad:

  • Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs
  • Derrek Lee went 1-for-6 with three strikeouts
  • Alfonso Soriano got thrown out at first on a play in which Miguel Tejada double-clutched not once, but twice (four clutches total); somebody's wheels just aren't what they used to be
  • The Cubs will not get to hit against Brian Moehler and Russ Ortiz every night for the rest of the season

Comments

Any chance anyone has decent tickets for the April 19th Sunday night game against the Cardinals? I am profoundly sorry if I am violating protocol, but I have come up with bupkus in all my other attempts to get tix.

It will be part of my Honeymoon, and I am hoping to secure some tickets before I get to Chicago.

Thanks for tolerating this post.

Don't have tix for you but others have posted requests before, so it shouldn't be any problem for you to ask.

Milton Bradley is going for the Guiness Book of World Records for most runs scored by a guy with a .000 batting average.

"Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs"

Did Houston move to Arizona and I missed it? :D

(He's talking about Spring Training games as well as last night's game in Houston.)

Anyone happen to hear Bruce Miles on The Score this morning? Wondered if he had any Soto update?

I did.

He had nothing except it might be a trip to the dl or day to day. He said the Cubs can survive Hill for awhile and it's still early.

Looking at the picture of Milo, I want to punch him in his face.

It is early and the division is weak and the Cubs have good offensive support around him, but hope we don't have to live with Hill for very long. I think by the end of the year, we will be hoping for the days of having a backup catcher as "good" as Paul Bako. I hope the Cubs are cautious with Soto and maybe sit him out the 3 games in MIL this weekend, but just don't make this a thing where he is out for a month due to pushing him.

hill will be lucky to get 200-250ab. if that hurts the team in any way hill would have to run into an unreal stretch of bad luck.

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

and what can bako do that hill cant...maybe hit a couple more homers or a few more doubles?

Doubtful...

Completely agree. I looked for a while and this was the most punchable shot I could come up with.

Man, as much of a cockgobbler as he is, I just can't even imagine myself punching a frail old man in the face. He looks like he would just shatter like he was frozen in liquid nitrogen or something.

Hawkeye:

I have 4 for 4/19, upper deck box. I'm going Saturday. Let me know!

I wish mlb.tv would get the kinks out. I only caught the last half of the game last night and wanted to catch the highlights from the first part, but the links to the archived game and the video highlights bring you to nothing. I opened gameday and tried to watch the video highlights in that and the only one they have is, get this, Pence's home run. Just dumb.

It's pretty tough to deliver archived games, condensed games, and highlights when whole innings are missing from the video streams. I wonder how much of these problems are due to lack of cooperation from Microsoft. MLB.com switched their media streaming contract from Silverlight to Flash and now I understand both sides are in court.

3 seasons in a row it has been that way. First 2 weeks or so they work the new stuff in, with all the new subscribers jamming the servers as well. I had a 85% good view last night. I figured the requirements would be higher so I bought a new computer to watch the games, and the picture quality is already 100% better/bigger than last year. But the jumping at times and freezing, just have to be patient while the nerd herd works on it since this is the first year almost everything is available high def. Len and Bob were good!

Normally I'm blacked out from all Astros games (doesn't bother me unless they play the Cubs) but for some reason they let me watch. Also surprised they didn't raise the price of MLB TV. All in all, a good deal since I get to watch our division opponents as well and "scout."

I am using a 6 yr old laptop, and was able to follow the Cards/Pirates game while in Parachat with no problems. Are those of you having trouble watching multiple games?

I have been completely fine in games so far. I have a fast internet connection and new laptop. I've also been able to select the away feed for games even though I haven't paid for premium. My only problems are the day after the games, I can't access any highlights or archived games on the website.

If I remember correctly, MLB.com is run by a former Golden Gopher...no BADgers are going to get a good mlb.tv experience (insert villainous laughter)

most cable/sat providers are running the free MLB package this week so if you can't get online to watch there you go.

Loved the pop off Aramis' bat. Loved seeing Fukudome being aggressive in his zone, patient outside it. Loved Bradley contributing despite not getting a hit.

Boy - lots of new faces coming here. Wondering if the rainbows and roses at Al's site is just too much to take? Oh, and the constant chatter of non-baseball-related crap.

Not sure if I'm among the perceived new faces, but I've been lurking these parts since before MVP, John Hill, Alec and the all-baseball days. Back when Ruz got excited about baseball again.

Anyway, I like to only chime in when I can improve on the current conversation. Though I'm not usually successful at that. : )

I think I'm just a little excited as I've started paying for my television service for the first time in many years. So I can actually see all the games now. Crazy. I'll miss the radio guys, but I can't deny my enthusiasm.

Sad news the Angels SP Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash hours after he pitched.

Nick Adenhart killed in car crash after game.

He was 22.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/04/09/angels-starting-pitc...

This is truly sad...

Utter fucking waste. What a downer.

There were two other people in the car with Adenhart that are also dead. I hope for the sake of the Angels it's no one else associated with the team.

Who else would he be hanging out with after a game, though? How many people can he know in Orange County in his very short time there?

Fingers crossed.

Very, very sad news for the Angels and the Adenhart family.

This article has a picture of the car, completely fucked up.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343

And not surprising, fucking drunk driver who was driving with a suspended license for driving drunk before.

what the hell...oh man.

dude was a 14th round pick who OMG'd his way up the system. this spring he showed enough command over his stuff to break with the team as a starter...the 2 injuries helped a bit, too.

just wow...

is harden actually starting tomorrow? I thought they were going to wait a while

On pace for...

Theriot - .615 BA
Bradley - 0 hits, 216 BB
Ramirez - 270 RBI
Soriano - 108 HR, 108 RBI
Lilly - 32 - 0, 9.00 ERA, 130 HR

GO RIOT! :)

It seemed to me that Moehler actually had decent stuff, at least in the first inning.

Silverlight is a hideous technology.

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  • 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 12 min 24 sec 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 13 min 2 sec 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 19 min 29 sec 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 23 min 1 sec ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 26 min 37 sec 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 35 min 33 sec 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 37 min 25 sec ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 43 min 11 sec ago view
  • QuietMan 51 min 9 sec ago view
  • I for one hope that Sosa comes back soon.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 10 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 1 hour 48 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 2 hours 32 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 2 hours 43 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 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • So, playing .500 for the rest of the year puts them at 91 wins. You would think there is enough talent to do a little better than that, right?

    The E-Man 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • First team to 60 wins! Onward to 70, 80, 90 and 100!

    billybucks 11 hours 33 min ago view