A friendly tale of woe. Giants 7 Cubs 5

A friendly tale of woe. Giants 7 Cubs 5

Baseball is fabulous at bonding people. I have made many friends through our mutual love for the game. One of my better friends, Julian, is an avid San Francisco Giants fan. For years I’ve watched him wear his SF hat (the real one, not this bi-colored schlock they’re wearing now.) into Shea Stadium and war with the asshattiest of Asshat Met fans. He’s old school. Because we know each other and our fandom so well, I know he will give me some space and not gloat over his Giant’s 7-5 win today after the Giants scored 2 runs in the ninth off a faulty Carlos Marmol. He knows better than to give me a silver lining like the Cubs scoring 5 runs off of Matt Cain, including a 3 run bomb by Alfonso Soriano to come back from a 3-1 deficit. And he simply knows better than to point out that a tired bullpen was no help in saving a fairly shaky Travis Wood. He knows me too well. Baseball is awesome that way. Let’s dissect the frog.




Travis Wood continues to water down the promise he showed us midway through the season. Wood is winless since July 6th, and while he has had some quality starts in these two months, he’s had several like the one he had today. Was he awful? No. But he there wasn’t a stretch where he was good. His 5 2/3 innings of 7 hits, 4 runs (2 earned.) 1 walk and 2 K performance didn’t have a stretch where you could say to yourself “ Alright, Travis has this, now let the offense do it’s job.” Travis is trending badly. And to me he enters 2013 the way he entered 2012- having to earn a rotation spot. Corpas wasn’t any good in holding the lead either. But he’s overworked. Russell and Camp were Russell and Camp. And Marmol had one of those “this is why you don’t bring a closer in a non close situation” type innings.




You don’t want to kill Brett Jackson, but he’s got to make a better throw than the one he made in letting the winning run score. The ball was hit hard, the runner had yet to reach third when he had the ball. His momentum was going forward. To throw a ball that fades off like a Phillip Glass tune. I suppose you can say the ball could have been cutoff and Rizzo should have been in better position. But I don’t. The entire play was in front of him. Should have nailed him. Instead, he went Juan Pierre on us.




Despite the 9th inning gaffe by BJax, it was a very good day for the Cubs defense, in particular the outfield defense. Jackson was on his horse for several plays, David Dejesus had a spectacular diving catch and Alfonso Soriano went into the wall to make a spectacular catch on Matt Cain. Yes, even the pitcher was driving balls to the wall. Throw in Luis Valbuena’s gem, and you can see why it’s OK to give the pitching staff grief today. They got second, third, fourth and fifth chances.



Julian went to an Ikea several years ago and got himself one of those trendy wife-and-two-kid sets and I’ve since moved back home to Chicago. We don’t talk as much these days. But we converse every Giants-Cubs series. And after he puts his awesome kids to bed tonight, I’m sure we’ll exchange some texts and e-mails. He’ll talk about defeating those odorous Dodgers and his team's chances this fall. Then he’ll chuckle as I explain the Cubs drive to not get 100 losses. And I will thank whoever’s in charge for having Baseball and baseball related friends. Because friends like those get me through games like today.

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  • Out west, I was listening to the Giants broadcast, and they were also commenting on Jackson's bad throw.

  • I still can't believe that our bullpen coaches can't observe Carlos Marmol warming up and tell whether he's got his good stuff or not ...

  • Well, I would have to think there's a difference between warming up in the pen and actually facing an opponent. Adrenaline levels I'm sure are in two totally different places.

    I didn't mind Marmol, but what's the need to get Manny Corpas, Manny Corpas into Every single game?

  • I know it wasn't really his fault that the Cubs lost today, but was there anybody that felt Mather might come through in the 9th? Didn't think so. Here's hoping we see much less of him and see Sappelt in those situations. Auditions for the fourth and fifth OF positions have begun, and we have already seen what Mather can/can't do.

  • In reply to TheSinisterUrge:

    Someone explain to me why Sveum thought his best choice for lead-off was the "not in our future plans" Mr. Joe Mather and his .211/.258/.322/.580 line?.....

    BTW.... it took Detwiler all of 3 pitches to strike him out to begin the game. Big surprise, I know.

  • You're absolutely right TSU. Mather's 15 minutes are up. Coming out of camp I was really hoping he could be a diamond in the rough. And he sort of has.... You know... Just no diamond.... Just a lot of rough.

    Here's to more Dave Sappelt.

  • Actually, Soriano appeared to have a bead on the ball, but just mis-judged it and that's what allowed them to tie the game @ 5.

    But Yeah, B-Jax's throw tailed off like a dying quail. We gotta have that one....

    So is Sveum going to audition anyone else for the 2013 bullpen, or are we just going to ride Corpas, Russell, & Camp from here on out?....

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    I was listening to BJAX's ab in the bottom of the 9th, it sounds like the wind knocked it down at the wall....I'm done with Marmol, he was so worried about the baserunner instead of the batters...Jackson's throw did suck but the hop it took did more damage than the throw itself..

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    Before people get too down about today's game, Baez hit 2 home runs for Dayton and Soler added one for Peoria. As bad as this year has been, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And next year we'll hopefully have a college pitcher to throw into the mix.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Soler's HR was crushed. Completely cleared the Budweiser sign in LF. Ridiculous power. Rivals Baez's shot earlier in the year.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    He put on quite a show tonight, didn't he? Soler was lining shots all over the field, and laying off sliders in the dirt. That home run not only cleared the budweiser sign, it cleared the whole like restaurant area there in the outfield easilly and in fact was completely out of the ballpark, past the fences below the field. I was out in left field and had a bird's eye view of it. He also ripped a hard shot right where I was sitting in the left field foul area in the lawn, and I was just barely beat out for wrestling that ball away from some other dude who's b-day it was! Oh well, happy birthday to him I guess!

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Nice! I didn't see it land from where I was but it didn't look like it was on it's way down yet when it left the park.

    I was impressed with the plate discipline too. He's still tempted by those sliders low and away but he does lay off most of them.

  • do you guys think barney is here for the future? and what would the chances be of frandy de la rosa being an mlb player upside?

  • In reply to kingpro98:

    Really too early to evaluate De La Rosa. He's just 16. Should wait at least until he gets to Boise.

  • I think Barney's here for....let's least three years. There's no other player pushing him, and he's playing well enough that there's not a "need" to fill that space.

    Arguello will be around later to give an opinion on Frandy De la rosa..

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    Just saw on twitter Soler hit a towering shot

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    Have a video too, can't figure out how to upload! That was an absolute bomb.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Here's the Twitter link:

    Really easy to root for this guy.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Thanks! That was a better angle than mine. We were behind home plate and my wife took the video but she was unable to track it with the camera. As you can see from the video, you lose sight of it on video. I can tell you I saw it live and it was well over 400 feet and easily cleared the Budweiser sign and disappeared in the dark woods.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Yeah I would guess about 450 John.

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    Great meeting you Gary!

    I'll buy 450,. that was right up there with Baez's shot and those were around the 450 mark.

    Just posted my recap and a grainy video we took of the Soler AB, including the HR.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Wow that was ridiculous absolute shot..

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    Heard one of Baez's shots was 420 plus..

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    It make take 2 more years but I got a feeling that once the Cubs get good, they're gonna be really good!!!!

  • John, I feel like Daytona is kinda isolated from the rest. Not many local fans, and can never find video on them. Kind of frustrating when we have the luxury for all other teams Lol

  • In reply to GoFreakingCubs:

    True. We do have some readers/contributors out there. Maybe someone has a video of the HR Baez crushed.

    I just posted my own video. Not that great, but you get the idea. The swing is explosive and the reaction from the crowd is great (including me).

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I live in Jax, FL 2/3's of the year. I always go to the TN @ Jax games and make 1-2 trips to Daytona (1.5hrs away). I'll try to get video to share of our budding stars next season....

  • thatd be so great!

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