|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...
Through last night's play, here is what Harden and Sabathia have done for their NL Central teams, alongside the contribution of another mid-season acquisition, who, once upon a time, made a huge impact when he joined the Cubs from the American League:
|Rick Sutcliffe (thru 8/19/84)||13||1||94||87||93||32||3.26||11||1|
(Note: Sabathia's first start for the Brewers was on July 8, Harden's Cub debut was on July 12, and Sutcliffe's first game for the Cubs was on June 19, 1984.
Thoughts after the jump...
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||Charlie Morton|
|7-7, 4.73, 67 K, 47 BB, 123.2 IP||3-5, 5.70, 32 K, 22 BB, 53.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||RF||*Gregor Blanco|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||SS||Yunel Escobar|
|1B||Derrek Lee||3B||#Chipper Jones|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||C||#Brian McCann|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||1B||*Casey Kotchmann|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||LF||Omar Infante|
|C||Geovany Soto||CF||*Mark Kotsay|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||*Kelly Johnson|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Charlie Morton|
UPDATED UPDATE: Marquis will start the first game in today's day/night doubleheader with our man Harden going in the nightcap. Otherwise the lineup remains unchanged from last evening.
UPDATE: Nevermind, the game has been called.
The Cubs try to stay North of the standings as they head South to play the Braves and Marlins on a six game road trip. Fresh off a 6-3 homestand, where they managed to lose a game and a half in the standings, the Cubs will look for their sixth straight road win tonight.
|SP||Rich Harden||SP||Dave Bush|
|(NL)||0-1, 1.04, 30 K, 8 BB, 17.1 IP||5-8, 4.51, 71 K, 26 BB, 111.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||2B||Rickie Weeks|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||3B||*Craig Counsell|
|1B||Derrek Lee||LF||J.J. Hardy|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Prince Fielder|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||LF||Ryan Braun|
|RF||Mark DeRosa||RF||Gabe Kapler|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||CF||Mike Cameron|
|C||Geovany Soto||C||Jason Kendall|
|P||Rich Harden||P||Dave Bush|
Two Cubs trade rumors from this morning - the first comes from CBS Sportsline:
The Chicago Cubs, who already made a big splash with pitcher Rich Harden, are exploring deals to add a lefty-hitting right fielder. The Cubs have inquired about Seattle's Raul Ibanez, San Diego's Brian Giles and Kansas City's David DeJesus, according to sources.
I think pretty much any left-handed hitting outfielder is going to be associated with the Cubs over the next few hours. Lo and behold, we have some rumblings from the cubs.com board that Jim has asked the Rangers about Milton Bradley.
As Robert Ripley would say - Believe it or Not!
Game 106 Thread / Cubs @ Brewers (1 of 4)...how's that for a good bluff, Rob?
John Winger (Bill Murray): C'mon, it's Czechoslovakia. We zip in, we pick 'em up, we zip right out again. We're not going to Moscow. It's Czechoslovakia. It's like going into Wisconsin.
Russell Ziskey (Harold Ramis): Well I got the shit kicked out of me in Wisconsin once.
After a glorious 6-4 win in the opening game of this key Milwaukee series, I wanted to take a minor detour and reflect on my recent travails, aka, life following the Cubs in central Europe including the Czech Republic.