Cubs Third Inning Rout Paves The Way To Series Win.

August 6, 2008

The Cubs really flexed their muscles today at the plate with a offensive show,and a offensive explosion in the third inning scoring 8 runs.

Mark Derosa got the scoring going early who doubled in the second inning scoring Jim Edmonds,Im sure at the time Derosa didn’t know what was about to happen in the next inning.

Ryan Theriot singled,Aramis Ramirez and Jim Edmonds both walked to juice the bases for Mark Derosa in the third who launched a grand slam followed by Kosuke Fukudome who doubled,Then Geovany Soto was intentionally walked ,Next up was starting pitcher Jason Marquis who doubled to deep right field scoring Fukudome.

Then in steps Soriano who was the hero yesterday and didnt wait long to send the Cub fans into a frenzy again launching a three run shot,All though it was Derosa today that got the curtain-call,All eight runs came with two outs making the score 9-4 Cubs.

Then the Cubs didnt wait long to tack on two more runs,the very next inning Fukudome singled in D.Lee followed by Soto who hit a sacrafice fly scoring Ramirez.

This one was essentially over after three, with Mark DeRosa slugging a grand slam and Alfonso Soriano socking a three-run shot in the inning to back starter Jason Marquis, who tossed 6 1/3 solid frames to win for the first time since June 21.

Nobody in today’s Cub lineup had more then 2 hits,by looking at the score you would think just the opposite same could be said for hits,Looking at the score would lead you to believe the cubs banged out 15 to 20 hits,But they had as many hits as they did runs which was 11,Today was a case of Timely hitting and clutch hitting with the majority of runs being scored with two outs.

All though Mark Derosa was the man of the day today going 2-3 with a double and a grand slam along with 5 R.B.I.’s,Soriano continues to stay red hot as he went 2-5 with a 3 run homer giving him 3 R.B.I’s on the day.

The Cubs took the series with today’s 11-4 win over the Astros putting the Cubs at 69-46 and pushing the Astros back to 54-59,The Cubs stay 5 games ahead of the brewers as the brew crew defeated the Reds today 6-3.Tomorrow is a off day and a well- deserved one for this Cub team who has now won 9 out of their last 11 games.

After tomorrows off-day The St.Louis Cardinals come in for a big three game weekend series at Wrigley field.We will have a series preview posted sometime tomorrow.

One quick note: Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot is day-to-day after bruising his left foot on a foul ball which caused him to leave today’s game in the fifth inning.

Advertisements

Astros @ Cubs Game Three Preview.

August 6, 2008

The Cubs should be riding high after yesterday’s thrilling come from behind win,They have won eight out of their last ten games and in all those games almost all cub hitters contributed with the occasional hero from time to time like yesterday with soriano but mainly its been a real team effort for the most part to get where the cubs are today.Where are they today?Well currently they are the hottest team in baseball once again,this has been said many times this year and by the stats,all the all-stars and their record among other stuff its hard to argue to say this team has not played hot for many periods of time this year.

The Cubs enter today’s game 68-46,that is the best record in the national league,not only do they have the best record in the league they are also currently tied with the Tamba Bay Rays for the best record in the bigs,Now that we got Soriano,Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood back from injuries in the last week along with pinch-hit specialist Daryl Ward the Cubs are all healthy so for me to say this team could start to run away with this division wouldn’t be way off base,i know there is still two months of baseball left and as us cub fans know ANYTHING can happen!

Looking ahead to today’s match ups:

Jason Marquis

  • #21 RHP
  • (6-7) 4.68 ERA 64 SO

Cubs: Marquis took the loss in his last outing, against the Pirates. The right-hander gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings and struck out two, but he didn’t get any run support, as the Cubs were shut out at home for the first time this season. Marquis did post his ninth quality start, but he has lost his past four decisions. The Cubs have scored one run or fewer when he’s on the mound in five of his past six starts.

Jason Marquis vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for HOU
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Michael Bourn         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Carlos Lee            3     3   2  1  0  1   2   0   1  .667  .667 2.000 2.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Hunter Pence          3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Miguel Tejada         3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Brad Ausmus           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Lance Berkman         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Mark Loretta          2     2   1  0  0  0   1   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   1
 Roy Oswalt            2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ty Wigginton          2     2   2  0  0  0   0   0   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Darin Erstad          1     1   1  1  0  0   1   0   0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Geoff Blum, Kazuo Matsui, David Newhan, and Humberto Quintero & Has not faced pitchers: Brandon Backe, Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, LaTroy Hawkins, Brian Moehler, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, Randy Wolf, and Wesley Wright

Well most cub fans would agree that Marquis is the weakest link in the starting rotation,He is just one of those pitchers that you don’t know what he is gonna bring on any given day,He also has showed over the years he either pitches a very solid game or a very awful game,Lets hope for the best.

Brandon Backe

  • #41 RHP
  • (6-10) 4.72 ERA 100 SO

Astros: Backe took a no-decision in his last outing but pitched well enough to win, allowing three runs over six-plus innings to the Mets in a game later won on Mark Loretta’s pinch-hit homer. Backe last faced the Cubs on June 20 at Minute Maid Park and yielded four runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Backe is 3-6 with a 4.50 ERA over 13 games on the road this year. He has allowed 35 runs over 70 innings.

Brandon Backe vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Ryan Theriot          7     7   2  0  0  0   1   0   1  .286  .286  .286  .572   0   0   0   0   0
 Mark DeRosa           6     6   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .167  .167  .167  .334   0   0   0   0   0
 Jim Edmonds           6     5   2  0  0  0   1   1   1  .400  .500  .400  .900   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       6     5   1  1  0  0   0   1   2  .200  .333  .400  .733   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            6     5   2  2  0  0   1   1   2  .400  .500  .800 1.300   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        6     5   2  0  0  0   0   1   1  .400  .500  .400  .900   0   0   0   0   0
 Alfonso Soriano       4     4   1  0  0  1   1   0   1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250   0   0   0   0   0
 Henry Blanco          3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Dempster         3     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   1   0   0   0   0
 Mike Fontenot         3     3   2  0  0  1   1   0   0  .667  .667 1.667 2.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Reed Johnson          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Carlos Zambrano       3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Ronny Cedeno and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Kerry Wood

Few Notes and things to look for in today’s game:

D.Lee is eight hits and three games away from 1,500 for his career in both categories,so he has a good chance to reach this milestone today.

Aramis Ramirez is one double and one home run shy of becoming the first Cubs player since Hack Wilson to tally 20 homers and 30 doubles in five straight seasons.Another player to watch for today to reach a great accomplishment.

With the 20th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley on Friday, one might expect that game to be played under the lights, but like Wednesday’s finale, it will be held in daylight hours.