Ump show blues - Brewers 4, Cubs 3

Cubs starter Cole Hamels had a decent start on Monday, but the Cubs were not able to get the W in a frustrating loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs got on the board first with Javier Báez scoring from first with some magnificent baserunning on a single from Anthony Rizzo off of Brewers starter Zach Davies. The Brewers answered in the bottom half of the first with a double from Jesús Aguilar. Aguilar crushed the ball to center and thought he had a home run, but the ball hit just at the yellow line bordering the outfield wall, with Ian Happ unable to make the catch. Aguilar was just barely safe at second. The Brewers were not able to bring in a run and the inning ended with the Cubs ahead 1-0.

Hamels gave up a one out walk in the second to Jonathan Schoop, but it didn’t end up hurting the Cubs. Erik Kratz hit a hard lineout to Kris Bryant in right, followed by a groundout by Orlando Arcia to end the inning.

Happ drew a leadoff walk in the third, followed by a pop out to second from Daniel Murphy and a swinging strikeout from Báez. Rizzo singled to left, but he and Happ were stranded on a groundout from Bryant for the third out.

Hamels worked his first 1-2-3 inning in the third with a strikeout from Davies, a lineout from Cain, and another strikeout from Christian Yelich.

The Brewers tied it up 1-1 in the fifth with an RBI single from Cain, scoring Arcia, who had advanced to second with a stolen base that was then changed to an error on Murphy in the seventh inning, and changed again to a balk in the eighth. Cain stole third and was prevented from scoring by another phenomenal grab by Báez, with Yelich at bat. Yelich singled on a grounder to center, scoring Cain. The third out was recorded on a throw from Happ to Russell to nab Yelich at second. The inning ended with the Brewers up 2-1.

Josh Hader replaced Davies in the sixth. Rizzo hit a soft liner to short, followed by a flyout to left from Bryant. Albert Almora, Jr pinch hit for Schwarber and grounded out to third. Almora stayed in defensively at center field and Happ shifted to left.

Hamels’s day was done after six innings, with Ben Zobrist pinch hitting for him in the seventh. He came up with two outs in inning and hit a hard line out to right for the final out.

Randy Rosario took the mound to replace Hamels in the bottom of the seventh and made quick work of the opposition. Zobrist stayed in at right field, moving Bryant to third, Báez to shortstop, and Russell out of the game. Schoop went down on a swinging strikeout for the first out, Kratz flied out to center, and Arcia struck out swinging.

Hamels ended his day with two runs in six innings, with five hits, one walk, five strikeouts, and 95 total pitches.

Happ drew his second leadoff walk to start the eighth and stole second with two outs after strikeouts from Murphy and Báez, his seventh stolen base of the season. Rizzo followed with a 395 foot two-run home run, his 24th of the season, knocking Hader out of the game and bringing the score to 3-2. It was the first home run from a lefthanded hitter off of Hader all season. Corey Knebel replaced Hader and faced Bryant, who flew out to right to end the inning.

Carl Edwards, Jr entered the game in home half of the inning. Curtis Granderson led off with a single, followed by another from Cain. Edwards was able to strike Yelich out swinging on a beautiful curveball for the first out. Aguilar went around on another curveball for the second out. Ryan Braun then walked to load the bases on a questionable ball four, and Mike Moustakas came in to hit for Perez. After another questionable ball call, Joe Maddon was tossed by home plate ump Gabe Morales. The Brewers tied it at 3-3 when Edwards walked Moustakas, bringing in the tying run.

Steve Cishek replaced Edwards to get the final out in the eighth and faced Travis Shaw, in for Schoop. He got out of the inning with a soft groundout from Shaw to first.

Jeremy Jeffress pitched for the Brewers in the ninth. Almora led off and grounded out to short. David Bote entered the game in the eighth to play second and struck out for the second out. Caratini followed with a single to left, and new acquisition Terrance Gore came in to pinch run. He quickly stole second with Zobrist at bat. Unfortunately, the Cubs were not able to capitalize on the steal, with Zobrist flying out to center for the final out.

Willson Contreras came in to catch in place of Caratini in the ninth. Kratz led off with a four pitch walk and Keon Broxton replaced him to pinch run. Arcia then reached after being hit by a pitch in a bunt attempt. Runners advanced to second and third on a passed ball by Contreras. The first out came on a big swinging strikeout from Granderson. The bases were then loaded on another hit by pitch to Cain.

Jesse Chavez replaced Cishek with bases loaded and one out. Yelich ended the game with a walk off single, and although Bryant made a diving stop for one out at third, he threw to first and the Cubs were unable to record the final out. The Brewers won this battle 4-3.

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  • Cubs did everything they possibly could to give this game to Milwaukee. Mental errors, physical errors, walking in runs.

    Watching Edwards pitch is painful.

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    It’s amazing how people hate on such good players. Two excellent relievers had a bad day. It sucks, but it happens. I’ll take these guys on my team every day, and there are 29 other teams that agree with me. People need to take a step back and appreciate how good we have it.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    You're a homer who only contributions to this blog are passive aggressive complaints about others opinions. Fans complain when players don't perform.Edwards and chisek didn't get the job done today period.This whole I'll take this guy on my team no matter how awful he plays Schick is corny.

  • In reply to bolla:

    A little harsh my friend. I love being around positive people. John Winter is right. There are very few Cubs fans who would not take CJ and Chisek on the team any day of the week. They had a bad game. Chisek might be in a little stretch that all relief pitchers not names Mariano Rivera get in during the course of the year.

    BTW.......Javy's all around numbers are just astounding. I think he will get pinged by the national media because he doesn't walk and some perceived biases. I just saw that Matt Carpenter has not hit into a double play all year. That's hard to believe. Also, with Harper having an off or bad year is still #11 in the NL in OPS.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    I haven't seen one cub fans say they didn't want edwards or chisek on the team.Not one, what I see is fans comment how edwards pitched today. Or saying edwards didn't have it and should of been pulled earlier which we all saw, or saying edwards can be tough to watch at times which is true.The kid is great but he also has multiple appearances when he struggles with control then goes 3-0 to the first two hitters or walks a guy or 2 as a result. There's nothing wrong with saying that and there's no reason for someone to passive aggressively comment about others criticisms of cub players.It gets annoying,we're allowed to have opinions

    I agree baez lack of getting on base will hurt him in the mvp discussion.He's slugged his way into the conversation, add in the fact he at one point was carrying the cubs offense without their best hitter and his defense + base running he's the nl mvp for 2018 imo.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Precisely not every criticism is a generalization that this and this guy sucks or that the team is screwed. I think it's perfectly fair to be skeptical about how our short handed pen will hold up in the playoffs that's the single biggest question mark that this team has moving forward assuming no injuries

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Criticism is okay. I said they were bad today. It’s mockery that I think is unnecessary.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I agree with your points overall its ok to criticize but it's a peeve of mine too when people generalize about players over a one game, a bad month or a slump baseball is a game of roller coasters and if anything our pen has been more consistent than our starters in many ways this year they've done as well as can be expected given the circumstances. For me though despite those facts I've always had more confidence in our starting come playoff time over our bullpen. I just trust the talent and track records of Hendricks Q and hamels over our high leverage relievers despite the ups and downs those 3 starters have had this season. Just more talented pitchers when they're locked in and given some of our bullpen struggles in previous postseasons

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Are you saying short handed only due to Morrow being out?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    In large part yes we lack that closer level pitcher not saying it's a perfect bullpen either way but they're definitely short a closer right now at least amonst title contenders

  • In reply to bolla:

    Now, bolla, that comment reads (to me) an awful lot like the personal criticism you said you were working on. Every Cubs fan is frustrated after watching the team pretty much hand a victory to the Brew Crew, but we can still keep it civil.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Ehh I don't agree I think it was civil I pointed out something I notice about that guy he consistently generalizes and goes to extremes over simple criticisms. I've seen fans habitually complain about several cubs from lester to edwards to baez to maddons managing. It's part of being a fan

    Yea it's a tough loss and it especially hurts with the cardinals losing.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I liked your reply to TexasCubsFan a lot better. You offer some great insight.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    I agree, Bolla contributes a lot. I thought your comments after tha game were good, Bolla. I apologize if my comments upset you, but as others mentioned I would appreciate a more civil response.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    It's cool , I was mad because of the loss and how they loss. I'll keep uncivil comments to myself.That game pissed me off , didn't mean to offend

  • In reply to bolla:

    *how they lost

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    In reply to bolla:

    I’ll do the same : )

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    In reply to bolla:

    Get a life Bolla

  • In reply to Scott Buchanan:

    lol

  • In reply to John Winter:

    By no means have strop or any of those guys been bad No ones saying the sky is falling and think they've done great considering the circumstances but I do think it's fair to question whether these guys can be relied on in the playoffs against elite lineups given our past playoff reliance on ace relievers like chapman and Davis we don't have a true go to reliever in my view. This group has been reliable for us this year but they've had some struggles in the past not only in previous postseasons but against better lineups in general. It's one loss it's alright were in a good spot but I don't feel as good about how our pen matches up against elite teams as opposed to our lineup and resurgent starting rotation

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Instead of questioning if they can be relied on in the playoffs, the question should be 'Can the umpiring be relied on in the playoffs?'
    I know this topic has been talked about alot, but when you have both teams calling out the umps for horrible calls, MLB(Manfred) needs to make some changes or atleast acknowledge it. Yes, the umps have their union, but what can they actually do facing a multi billion dollar industry? Go on strike? It just pisses me off because with technology, it brings change. And they refuse to change, when it's quite obvious there needs to be.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    The Cubs did not lose due to the umpire

  • In reply to John Winter:

    And I am happy those guys are on my team just wish they were in set up roles that suit their overall ability levels better. Remember were trying to compete for titles and the beet teams typically need that go to reliever I think strop Edwards and cishek are much better employed as your set up men rather than your go to relievers in huge spots. Today would've been a nice day to ask for more than 3 outs if we had an ace reliever

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Edwards pitched the 8th with a lead. That’s the definition of a set up man.

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    In reply to John Winter:

    Sorry, didn’t mean to sound snarky. You raised good points.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    True but if we have a closer in place say wade Davis or morrow then is Edwards kept in that long? Would strop be used instead or as a replacement that 8th inning or would joe maybe have asked his closer to get more than 3 outs assuming we had that closer. Edwards seems to struggle more when he allows traffic on the base paths and him being allowed to stay in that long to me was a direct by product of having limited options. This is the exact type of loss that I worry may become a recurring issue come playoff time I feel like we don't have that ace reliever that can not only get swings and misses but be relied on to throw strikes in big spots. I like strop and Edwards but they clearly haven't had maddons trust in playoff games they just hurt themselves too much with walks in high pressure spots

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    Usually agree with Joe but he keft Edards in too long. Once a pitcher has control problems lousy umps shrink the strike zone. Didn’t see the play did Bryant have ant play at home?

  • I thought Bryant should have gone home and said (I mean, yelled) it when he moved to step on 3rd. In honesty, the TV shot was in on Bryant and I couldn't see the runner heading for home. I'd still bet KB would like a do-over.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I agree that Bryant should have gone home. He took a step or two sideways to get to third, which gave the runner to first 2-3 steps. Couldn't tell if he would have had an out at home, but to me, that was the only play. In my fevered imagination, he throws home for the first out, and Willson's arm completes the second.

  • I thought that Hickey would make a mound visit much sooner.

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    You are correct, but why should any manager have to pull a reliever early because the lousy umpires can't keep a consistent zone? It's like punishing your kid for getting better or doing something good. Doesn't make sense.

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    In reply to Wrigley0923:

    But you are correct about Maddon putting in Edward's or pulling him sooner to begin with. Especially when you know the ump has been inconsistent the whole game. Then add in Edwards known inconsistency and you have an implosion.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    The ump made the right calls - Maddon did Edwards no favor coming out to complain on a 2 - 0 count.

  • Bryant should have gone home. He fell to the ground snagging the ball off Yellich's bat. At that point, you're not turning 2 with Yellich's speed. Have to get the lead runner. It would have been better going to 2B for a 5-4-3. After he stepped on the bag, Cain was nowhere near touching 2B so he could have gone 5-4 for the double play, although that's really unorthodox and you aren't thinking of going that route as a player. Basically anything other than what he did would have been better.

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    This hurts, but probably not as much as being beaten by someone I just let go (hello StL.)
    I’ll take our record since Aug 1 over anyone’s. Hamel’s pitched great, Rizzo put us up and we found out how fast Gore is. KB made one wrong decision and we lost. That’s all and we’re still up by 4. That’s all.

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    I have never liked CJ he seems to always be 1 bad call, at most one baserunner away from a complete meltdown. When hes good He's very good but you can never really trust him. There are times he just looks afraid to throw a strike or purely cannot throw one. Should he ever be put in a game where the ump has a moving strikezone?

  • Everybody that I drink and watch cubs games with knows that Edwards either has it or he doesn’t. Except Maddon. He left him way to long like he always does. Cishek has been over pitched all year. That’s what happens when you sign a closer that is injury prone.

  • In reply to TheSarge#36:

    I could not agree more. Maddon gets caught watching the game instead of pulling the pitcher.
    KB would probably like do over. A split second decision and the wrong choice was made. He's only human.

  • With the Cubs loss to MIL and the StL loss to WSH, MIL now becomes our closest pursuer for Countdown purposes.

    Alas, there is also no change in the Magic Number, which remains at 21.

  • Do like Edwards but he’s been in the show long enough now to not be doing the tantrum stuff. We have the benefit of the doubt by watching the plays on tv and also having replay but KB should have gone home, easy for us to say too when it isn’t us having to do it. He had the out at second too but never saw where Cain was. Let’s get the series....

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    In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yes that is right but they make the big money to make the right plays. They didn’t in this game probably will the next game. I hope

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    This would have been a heart breaking loss for the Brewers today. Hader giving up a HR to a LH hitter for the 1st time in his CAREER.

    I think this could have set the stage for a sweep and potentially end their season. Now they have the momentum, and we have to wrestle it back and at least win 1 game.

    This playoff race just got super interesting.

  • After multiple reviews, Bryant made the right decision, he just didn't execute it. Had he stepped on 3rd and pushed off for a throw to first he would have had his man. If you look at the play again, he stepped on 3rd and then took a hop step before throwing to first. That made all the difference and lost the game.

  • In reply to veteran:

    I disagree, with the game on the line,the only play is to home. If you don't get the double play ,the game continues.

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    I am with you. You have to be 110% you can go around the horn meaning a hobbled Kirk Gibson needs to be running to 1st otherwise you go home and extend the game.

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    Yep I believe he should have gone home. I wonder what Bote would have done.

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    I agree with both of you. His play was to home. Get the winning run unless you’re 100% certain of doing something else. However, KB has had this hitch in his throw ever since he’s been in the majors. I thought he was very late in his throw to 1st but the replay actually shows he was almost there—that hitch was the difference.
    Also, if he had gone home Willson might have got the runner at 1st.

  • Bryant's habit of the glove tap cost him the out.

  • In hindsight, how important was that series win in Philly NOW? It's nice to have a little cushion, since we know the Cubs will lose some. Everyone wants to see the Cubs dominate, as if it's a harbinger of what will happen in the playoffs, and in some ways, it is. Milwaukee is fighting for their lives and they will play like it. Hopefully, the Cubs shake it off and come out for a win tonight.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    With a 5 game advantage in the loss column over Milwaukee and 6 over St. Louis with 4 weeks to play the Cubs really one need 2 wins in these last 5 games over the Brewers. It would be nice to get 1 of those tonight. Get tonight and tomorrow and this thing is effectively, if not officially, over.

  • I don't really like the matchups at all for the Cubs today or tomorrow. Yesterday's matchup was favorable and the Cubs couldn't score off Davies. Ugh.

    Edwards' pitches to walk Braun and Moustakas weren't close. Him swearing at the umpire and throwing a tantrum was embarrassing.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    They've beaten deGrom, Syndergard, Foltynewicz and Nola in the past week. They can handle any matchup Milwaukee throws at them if they are on their game. Hopefully, they made their mistakes for the series yesterday and will assert themselves today.

    Edwards had Braun struck out, unless they've relocated the strike zone (which the umpire appeared to have done on several pitches.) I'll grant that Edwards was wild and created his own issues, but the pitch called for ball 4 was in the zone. I wasn't embarrassed at all that both Joe and CJ gave it to the ump. He was awful all day.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Eh, disagree on the pitch to Braun. Tummy-high curve, didn't look to me like it got to the zone. Really Edwards is lucky Braun didn't hit it off the yellow slide.
    Yeah I'm confident they can beat anyone. It's not that Miley and Chacin inspire any fear. I just don't like throwing Montgomery today, and the Cubs have struggled with Chacin for whatever reason. But you're right, I didn't like the Lester-Nola matchup and that was a laugher. And they did knock Syndergaard and Foltynewicz around. Hopefully the bats show up and they win a couple easy ones like in Philly.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Brooks Baseball has ball 4 to Braun clearly above the zone. Same with Moustakas' ball 2. Closer, but clearly inside.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Man, I don't know how you wade through that stuff on the Brooks site. Thanks for the reference.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I don't understand all of it. I usually just filter down to the pitcher-batter matchup I want to see (the site is pretty user-friendly), and I look at the graph that shows the location of each pitch relative to the strike zone.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    The Braun pitch was clearly high

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Thanks, Mr. Contrarian, except it wasn't CLEARLY high. I wasn't the only person who thought it hit the top of the zone. In any event, Kramerica already provided the reference that showed I was wrong, so what, exactly, did your comment add to the conversation?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I watched it on tv live & it landed on the pitch trax just with the top part of the ball touching the line& the bulk inside of it. It was a strike. I’ve seen worse called for strikes, some with the bottom of the ball just barely touching the top of the line. This has been the worst year across the board for strike calling/consistency since I can remember.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    If you are talking about ball 4 on braun, pitch trax had it clearly above the top of the box. No part of the ball near the top line. Where the ball was caught though looked like a strike.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I’ll have to go back & look at it. Maybe I was mistaken, but the ball buckled Braun & looked as though it was a strike. I could have sworn it touched the box inside the line.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    You can see the pitch in the annoying video on the right lower corner of the screen here.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Ok, yeah. Where I was mistaken was where it landed in Caratini’s glove, which was inside the box. But the pitch trax had the animation of the ball stopping just above it when it crosses the plate line... I see that now.

    But even then, it looked to be just under the letters of Braun’s jersey, which for me is still a strike. So I agree w/rbrucato’s point below of what the real strike zone is supposed to be. Take the box out of the replay & it’s in the definition of MLB’s strike zone.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I agree. The umps do not call the high strikes. Like you said even pitch trax is not setup for the high strike. I also thought it was at the letters or the arm pits.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    The pitches are in the replay box at the top of this article. I don’t think either was a strike but then again, I don’t know how the ump called similar pitches in the game.

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    I don't want to be rude or argumentative, but CJ didn't throw 1 strike ( based on the definition of a strike zone) to Braun. He's lucky the ump stretched the zone outside on Aguilar so thats prob why Braun swung at the 2 outside balls he did.

    The last one might have been a strike on an over 7 ft Shaquille Oneal, but not on Ryan Braun.

    Plus like you said, when your all over the zone, you don't get any benefit of the doubt from the umpire.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Agreed I call for an automated strike zone as much as anyone but that pitch was clearly above the zone on pitch trax and just based on my subjective opinion. Edwards and Maddon look stupid freaking out over a pitch that wasn't even that good. At the end of the day Edwards needs to do a better job of handling adversity when he lets on baserunners he beats himself too often nobody to blame but himself

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    why is Pitch Trax and other "made for tv" strike zones set up to have the top of the strike zone at or just above the belt. The letter of the law for strike zones is much higher (arm pits) and Edwards' pitch was clearly within the rule book strike zone. It was a close pitch and surprised Braun with the 3-2 curveball.

    Just a general comment on this -- not directed solely at you.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    I'm not arguing that it was a strike or that CJ was a victim of anything outside of his own poor performance. Kramerica provided the backup that showed it was a ball and I'm fine with that. I just didn't care for the comment that came in afterward.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    It's strange because the brewers starting pitching is clearly inferior to a lot of the pitchers that we've seen over the past week yet it always seems like every single game we play against them is a low scoring affair despite the fact that we're talking about 2 deep and powerful lineups. I agree with you I feel like literally every time that we play this team we can always count on seeing Montgomery and Quintana. Now I know Quintana has had a number of strong starts against the brewers besides the dud he had in his latest start against them. That being said, I don't like giving this brewers team 4-5 looks at the guy over a course of a single season. And Montgomery really shouldn't be facing the brewers at all given some of his struggles against that lineup going back to last season. It would be nice if we can actually treat this like a division rivalry and start throwing our best starters at them like Lester and Hendricks. I don't think Lester's even faced them all season maybe once max. Give ex cubs pitching coordinator and current brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson credit he definitely seems to be getting the most out of this rotation and for whatever reason he seems to have the cubs lineups number from a scouting and game planning perspective. We have got to start hitting the ball better against this team

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    FWIW, Montgomery last faced the Brewers on 6/13 and pitched well

    6.0 IP
    2 hits
    1 RA (earned)
    1 BB
    4 SO

  • In reply to JK1969:

    I recall that start that's why I included the word going back to previous seasons he's gotten rocked by the brewers as a starter and as a reliever on multiple occasions but did have the one good start back in June I believe. Hopefully we can see something more in line with that last start but I'm nervous because that last start was amidst probably the best stretch as a starting pitcher of Montgomery's career and it remains to be seen whether he can regain that form in his 2nd start back returning from injury. I'm not counting out Montgomery he's a gamer and I think tonights game is still a 50/50 game facing a so-so pitcher in Wade Miley who happens to be in great form right now at this time. My only point is I'd like to see our best pitchers in these types of big divisional games moving forward and not the same guys over and over. Looking forward looks like we'll be lining up lester/hendricks and Q at wrigley field our last 3 games against this brewers team.

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    Seems funny like Joe is intentionally finding a way ( if possible) to skip Lester from facing the Brewers. He went to a 6 man right now ( not a bad idea) to force him out. Perhaps he doesn't want them getting used to him and have experience running like crazy on him come playoff time ( or a real meaningful showdown late in the season).

    Luckily the 1 time he faced them this yr, he pitched well. I know Jon is not ducking anyone, but a managers job is to put his players in the best position to succeed, so who knows?

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I remember a game or two in prior years when the Crew stole as many bases as they wanted vs Lester. My best guess as to why he doesn’t face them

  • Pretty sure the minor league reports covered it, but I just saw tyler walkwood had another disastrous start in triple a over the weekend.2.1 innings 5 runs 5 walks 1 hbp. He may never throw another pitch in a cubs uniform.

  • In reply to bolla:

    The guy looks like a deer in the headlights now....

  • In reply to bolla:

    He's been reassigned to the East Siberian league to work on his control...

  • Plain and simple, this game comes down to execution.

    When the team executes, we win.

    When the team fumbles the ball on execution, we typically do not.

    The Cubs just need to execute and eliminate the mistakes.

  • Looking back on that 9th inning Bryant play....

    Baez was standing on second base and Cain was only half way there when the throw was made to first......damn

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    yep. Bryant screwed that up. He was very deliberate in each of his moves, tapped his glove after stepping on 3rd before firing the ball to first. he really looked like there was no urgency in the situation. I'm sure part of it is some tentativeness after coming off the DL, but I think a certain amount is that situational awareness that Baez has in spades. Does anyone doubt that Baez makes that play? I think Bote does as well.

    I know its a high bar to judge Bryant by, but that sucked.

  • In reply to SenatorMendoza:

    With his positioning, he has to throw home. When set up that far away from 3B, he cannot run over there to tag 3B and try to turn two. Bad decision making on his part. Know the batter/runner is one of the first pre pitch preparation checklists a player goes through. Yellich is a fast runner form the left side. Should have been an easy decision to throw home on that ball.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    That's where I'm at - keeping the run from scoring was first priority, getting a DP second. Maddon said it in his post-game comments, mentioning that KB throws home unless he is "sure" he has a DP. Let's score 15 today and it won't be an issue.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I watched the Cards game Sunday and they had the bases loaded and with nobody out in the bottom of the 9th and didn't score (did it again yesterday in the 8th) and Ozuna hit a ground ball that was a no doubter double play and Gennett went home and they only got one out. He should have went for two. Then yesterday, the Nat's got Jose Martinez to hit into a 4-2-3 DP for the first two outs and then a flyout. If the angry mob remembers, the cubs did turn a DP in a similar situation not long ago when Zobrist was brought into the middle of the diamond and the cubs went something like 4-9-3. Bottom line is it was a close play at first and yes, he probably should have gone home, but if he nips him at first everybody is loving the play.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    I don't know if there's an "angry mob." Most people realize that KB had a quick decision to make under pressure and, on another day, we'd be cheering the DP to end the inning. As Joe said, the game should never have gotten to that point. Walks and hit batters caused the loss more than any play by KB.

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    In reply to KJRyno:

    I looked at the play today. Chris was playing in about five feet. Hr caught the ball ran back to third wound up and threw to first. No doubt if he had gone home it would have been a double play

  • Like I said earlier today, its about execution

  • Cain was loafing so the throw could have gone to 2nd, but hindsight is 20/20. The pitch to Braun was questionable especially since that and the shin high pitches were called early in the game. It's the inconsistent zone that is frustrating to fans and players, especially players. See Schwarbs 2nd at bat when strike 3 was a foot outside. Let's support them today and get a win!

  • Was the young ump yesterday behind the plate the one that is like first or second in ejections in the majors?

  • Let’s just get this one tonight and then some of this gets forgotten.
    Keep in mind what we did to these guys up there around the end of April too, best pitching I ever saw in a series...

    Sure would like to see around 10 runs out of the Cubs tonight, that would be fun.

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