The LaTroy Hawkins Experience

The Cubs come back in dramatic fashion with four runs in the eighth with the entire rally starting with two outs - taking a second straight from the Brewers. I don't know what the joke is, but the punch line was once again LaTroy Hawkins.

The Good: Oh...so much. Randy Wells struck out the side to start the game and then struck out Weeks, Hart and Braun again the second time he faced them. He ended up with 7 K's on the day against just one walk, although he did give up 10 hits (just 2 for extra bases). Geovany Soto only manages a hit, but it's a home run along with 2 walks. Ryan Theriot has to be your player of the game....4/5 with the clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single in the 8th and then steals second base to set-up Fukudome's heroics. He also nailed Fielder at the plate in the second inning with the infield drawn in. Speaking of that 8th, the entire rally started with 2 outs. Byrd grounds out against Hawkins, then Chad Tracy K's. Jeff Baker singles though, Soto and Colvin work walks, the Theriot single, a clutch SB and then Mr. April with the single for the win. Marmol mows down the middle of the Brewers order with a 1-run lead...nailing down the 'tough' save.

The Bad: Jeff Gray gives up back-to-back triples in his first outing and two runs. He does end up with the vulture win. The Parachat crowd suggested there was some bad luck/sloppy defense involved though. Soriano makes another error and doesn't play a ball off the wall properly. Wells walked the pitcher with two outs in the 5th and then gave up his first two runs of the season when Weeks doubled in his third at-bat (and took third on Soriano's error).

Dare I Question Lou?: After the Brewers make it 4-2, Lou goes to Justin Berg to face Ryan Braun and he gets a ground-out, moving Corey Hart to third base. With first base open and Prince Fielder due up and righty Casey McGehee on-deck, I expected an intentional walk to Fielder. Lou went to James Russell instead, who dismissed Fielder easily on Monday and went after Fielder again. It worked, but how often can you play chicken with a 300-lb vegetarian and expect to win?

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how often can you play chicken with a 300-lb vegetarian and expect to win?

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Is that a rhetorical question? If not, my guess is three times. Are we going to keep track of the answers? Will there be a prize?

A vegetarian won't play chicken with you, especially if he's a vegan. It's against their beliefs.
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Rob G., that line of yours should go into The Cub Reporter's Hall of Fame. Classic.

"Wells walked the pitcher with two outs in the 5th and then gave up his first two runs of the season when Weeks doubled in his third at-bat (and took third on Soriano's error)."

This I thought was going to lose the game for Wells. He had Bush with a 1-2 count and couldn't even throw the ball down the middle.

Regarding Fielder, how come Forrest Whittaker lost tons of weight as a vegitarian, and Fielder put it on?

being in a college area i can tell you f'sure that a lot of vegetarians tend to crutch on junkfood and crap rather than making good decisions.

a bag of chips and a cheese sandwich you can only do so much without it coming back to haunt you.

Yeah, I am sure. I have a teen daughter who does that too with her "vegetarian diet".

Also, booze and/or soda. You can drink down some calories too.

ow come Forrest Whittaker lost...
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not enough Tofu?

forgot to mention the awesome throw by Byrd to nail Gomez at 3b, looked safe at first but replay looked like he got the leg just before the hand got in...

Marty McFly, meet Doc Brown...

"The guys who are making money are making that money because they've had really nice careers and have been successful," Piniella said. "I don't like living in the past, and I don't like living in the future. I like living in the present."

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...

"I like living in the present." Yup, Rip, and 20 years later you wake up and notice Soriano is still in the lineup and Tyler Colvin, the hottest hitter of Spring Training has had a HOF career for the Oakland A's.

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    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

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    crunch 2 hours 29 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 2 hours 52 min ago view
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    The E-Man 3 hours 1 min ago view
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    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 3 hours 44 min ago view
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    Eric S 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 4 hours 30 min ago view
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    crunch 8 hours 46 min ago view
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    billybucks 9 hours 27 min ago view
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    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 9 hours 31 min ago view
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    videographer 11 hours 26 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 13 hours 14 min ago view
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    Charlie 13 hours 48 min ago view
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