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Cubs Live Game Thread


(Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune / April 17, 2010)



I hope no one took the dangerous step of leaving a vigil candle burning overnight for the health of Tom Gorzelanny's arm. As it turns out, he's fine and his removal from yesterday's game was merely precautionary.

For an instant Saturday when Tom Gorzelanny crumbled on the mound after being hit by a bullet line drive by the Houston Astros' Pedro Feliz in the third inning, the Cubs' pitching quandary took on a frightening new dimension.

The best news came moments later when Gorzelanny got up, tossed several practice pitches, then finished the inning by retiring Carlos Lee on a fly ball. Gorzelanny was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the third despite his protests to manager Lou Piniella and trainer Mark O'Neal.

''It was the right decision,'' said Gorzelanny, whose bruised upper left arm was a reminder afterward. ''It felt like someone slapped me. It's not anything severe at all. I tried to do whatever I could to stay in. I didn't think I needed to come out. At that point, it didn't feel bad at all. But Lou wasn't having any of it. Now that you look at it, it was definitely the right decision.''


Even though he left the tying run on eighth in yesterday's game, Mike Fontenot has had a bit of a resurgence so far this year. He's crediting the turnaround to Rudy Jaramillo.

The Cubs' second baseman leads the team in hitting with a .333 average after hitting a solid .355 in spring training -- all after making adjustments suggested by Jaramillo.

''I came to camp about a week early, and after a couple days we started working on some things,'' Fontenot said. ''I got a little taller [standing] in the box. I used to not really stride in my swing. We closed up [the stance] a little and worked on rhythm and timing. It's felt good.''

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''One of the things we talked about is [that the stance is] supposed to help with the power, but the thing I'm supposed to do is get on base,'' he said. ''If I'm getting base hits, I'm happy.

''It's helped with my bat angle, timing -- but also confidence. Confidence has a lot to do with it. It's a little bit of everything.''

Alfonso Soriano's also been looking better at the plate, though he made another error in the field on Saturday. You can't blame it on the hop, though:

"I just try to more relax and concentrate and catch the ball and not hop because sometimes when I hop I just move my head," Soriano said. "On routine flyballs, I've got to make those plays."

Soriano did not use the hop step on the ball he dropped for an error because he was charging in to make the play. However, the hop step was also absent on a routine flyball in the eighth inning off the bat of Carlos Lee.


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JulieDiCaro said:

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10-run 1st for the Brewers. Marquis pulled before an out was even recorded. His line today: 0.0IP 4H 6ER 1BB 2HBP.

Bwaahahahahahaha!

secdelahc said:

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Hahahahaha!!!!!!

JulieDiCaro said:

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This was my reaction as well. I still hate Jason Marquis.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Cubs game on WGN now!!!

Today's lineup:

Theriot
Byrd
Lee
Ramirez
Nady
Soriano
Baker
Soto
Dempster.

Let's go Cubs!

secdelahc said:

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It's great to be able to watch a game on TV, instead of having to follow the Gameday cartoons!

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm trying to watch the game AND convert a bedroom into an office. Not fun.

secdelahc said:

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I'm trying to watch the game and write a 15-page paper. Also not fun.

secdelahc said:

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I'm pleasantly surprised that Dempster is still pitching in the 8th inning. Of course, he probably doesn't want the pigpen to ruin things for him.

secdelahc said:

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Sadly, this was an oddly prophetic statement. Boo.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dempster makes it 7 2/3. Nice job, Ryan!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Caryn and I are podcasting "Throwing Like a Girl" today at 5:30 CT/6:30 ET. Don't forget to tune in OR listen later on iTunes or BlogTalkRadio!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/throwing-like-a-girl/2010/04/18/4182010-throwing-like-a-girl-featuring-emma-span

JulieDiCaro said:

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Can't score 2 runs and expect the bullpen to hold 'em.

secdelahc said:

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Bonus baseball!

secdelahc said:

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I can find two good things about today's game: Dempster pitched really well and I am getting on the Marlon Byrd bandwagon. That's about it, though.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Well, that sucked.

We dropped 2-3 to the Astros, who were 1-8 coming into this series.

#$@#$*@#%$@!@$@#$!#!

LostinFla said:

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Wow. To lose 2 games against the lowly Astros. That is one of the weakest starting lineups you'll ever see. But when you can't score more than 2 runs, you're going to lose games like this. A lot.

Props to Dempster for doing what he had to do, and nice piece of hitting by Byrd in the 10th. Otherwise, Marmol and Marshall turn in disappointing outings. Where is the offense going to come from on this team?

gravedigger said:

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This year seriously is just a continuation of last year. Same god damn shit.

millertime said:

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Lets focus on the good things!

Soriano didn't get a hit today, so on Monday everyone gets to bitch and whine about him some more. And if we're lucky, Fontenot will stop being the best hitter on the team, so we can complain about why Lou keeps putting him in the lineup and how much we need a real 2B. Also, Zambrano is pitching next. Another short outing by him, mixed with 2-3 innings of Spellcheck, should provide days and days of ALL CAPS RANTING.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hmmmmm. . . these ARE good things. They ought to get me through until at least Wednesday evening.

Edelweiss said:

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Poor Julie will have nothing to bitch about for the next few days. The Mets are using all left handed pitchers, so Weaselnuts will be at second. He is ,according to Twa, the only Cub who would be safe if he didn't wear a cup. Baker is unique in another way too. I can understand little guys claiming to be taller, and acting big, but why in the world does Baker, who is 6'3" not only claim to be only 6'2", but also tries to make himself look smaller?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Let's go Hawks!!!!!!

Dammit--I can't take two Cubs losses and two Hawks losses in one weekend.

JulieDiCaro said:

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The latest podcast is up: instant replay, the merits of cyborg umpires, and Emma Span's new book!

http://tinyurl.com/y6on8bm

JulieDiCaro said:

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Huzzah . . . the pigpen is back. OINK!

millertime said:

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Hawks Win in a Shutout!

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