Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 04/20/11

Game Seventeen: Cubs (8-8) vs. Padres (7-9)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (0-2, 6.27/1.71) vs. Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.83/1.27)

Weather permitting … it’s going to be a long day of Cubs baseball and hopefully Q’s squad will be able to make Ernie Banks proud.

The Cubs play a day-night doubleheader today against the San Diego Padres. Matt Garza against Dustin Moseley in what was originally scheduled to be the finale of the three game series.

James Russell will start the second game, slated for a 6:05pm CDT first pitch. Former Cincinnati Red and longtime Cubs’ nemesis Aaron Harang will take the hill for Bud Black in game two.

Matt Garza needs a good outing this afternoon with a little help from his teammates. Garza has struggled in his last two outings while receiving zero run support.

The Cubs will have their hands full with Dustin Moseley. He’s been extremely effective and the only reason he’s 0-3 is because the Padres have not scored a single run in the three games he’s started.

As Mr. Banks says, “Let’s Play Two” and the first one begins with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is still searching for his first win in a Cubs’ uniform. Garza was in line for the victory in the third game of the season but Carlos Marmol could not keep the ‘Mighty Pirates‘ off the scoreboard. Garza has been inconsistent at best and a good outing this afternoon would go a long way towards silencing some of his critics.

Garza has given up five earned runs in each of his last two starts (0-2 with a 10.49 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP) while walking five and striking out 13 in 11 2/3 innings. Garza has shown how good his stuff can be now it’s time for him to show why the Cubs traded for him over the winter.

This afternoon will be Garza’s second career start versus the Friars (Rays beat the Padres 5-3 on June 24, 2010 in San Diego). Matt Garza is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP (three runs on six hits in eight innings without a walk and five strikeouts).

Padres Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Jorge Cantu – 2-for-13 with a walk
  • Brad Hawpe – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Chase Headley – 0-for-3
  • Nick Hundley – 0-for-3
  • Ryan Ludwick – 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk
  • Eric Patterson – 2-for-5 with a home run
  • Will Venable – 2-for-3

Dustin Moseley is without a doubt the best 0-3 pitcher in the majors. Moseley has allowed only four earned runs (five total) in his first three starts and the Padres have scored a total of zero runs in those games. Moseley has walked more batters (6) than he’s struck out (4) but has been extremely effective.

Moseley posted a 4-4 record in 16 games, nine starts, for the New York Yankees last season with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

This afternoon will be Moseley’s first career start and appearance against the Chicago Cubs.

Marlon Byrd (2-for-7 with a double and a home run), Reed Johnson (a walk in only plate appearance) and Carlos Pena (0-for-1) are the only active Cubs that has faced Moseley.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game One Lineup:

    Castro – SS
    Barney – 2B
    Byrd – CF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Colvin – RF
    Soto – C
    Garza – P

    Quade is contemplating hitting Castro third in the nightcap with Fukudome hitting leadoff

    • paulcatanese

      Well,thats news that was waiting to happen A sound move with I assume Fukodome in the leadoff spot, now if only a number three hitter can be found somewere in the crevice’s and cracks of Wrigley,it may work, and cannot hurt.If Pena can get off the snide and put some consistant bats out there along with Soriono and Colvin, the rest could fall into place and make my prediction of below .500 for the year look stupid. My wife say’s I am anyway so it will not be that much of a change for me.

  • Last_ginger

    possible Byrd to Nats trade coming?

    • Aaron

      Are you talking about the Nats rumored to be looking for a CF? All I’ve heard is they were looking at BJ Upton, but just scouting him and not talking specifics of a trade.

      Byrd has not been mentioned anywhere but here in terms of a possible trade, and I’m sure we’d all welcome that trade at this point, as it’d mean B. Jackson would be the CF…..but there’s no way a trade happens for several reasons.

      #1: Byrd still has this year $5.5 million and next year $6.5 million remaining. While we all see the $10+million contracts being signed throughout the league, that’s still quite a chunk of change for a CF

      #2: As much as we all loved his hustle last year…he’s just too old, at this point, and is nowhere close to being an above average CF in that regard

      #3: The Nats have a good farm system now, and can pretty much get any CF they want to. Why would they settle for a marginal talent in Byrd, who will be 34 this August?!?

      • Last_ginger

        i just heard a rumor today (idk how credible it is) that the Nats and Cubs had talks about a possible trade with the Cubs getting a 1B and SP prospect.

        • Aaron

          Where was it though? If it was just someone on a blog site, and it’s not TCR w/ AZ Phil, or this site, the CCO, with Neil, then I wouldn’t put much stock in it. Do you have a link?

          • Aaron

            nevermind, just did some sleuthing. It’s on the Bleacher Nation….NEVER put any stock into what they say. I don’t think they’ve ever had a rumor where they’ve been right.

            It’s true that the Cubs are interested in moving Byrd, however, as credible reports (I believe from Miles) suggested the Cubs were making him available this past offseason, but there were no bites. So, that much we know is true. Byrd has a relatively affordable contract (though, as I mentioned already $6.5 million next year is a bit much for a CF that doesn’t do much that’s above average, both defensively and offensively).

            Here’s the link:
            http://www.prosportsdaily.com/forums/showthread.php?t=612845

            The Cubs in this rumored deal would get 1B Tyler Moore and RHP Brad Peacock, which wouldn’t make much sense, and as much as I don’t like Byrd all that much, this would not be a fair deal. Both guys are older for their respective divisions, and while Moore had 31 hr, 111 RBI , he walked just 40 times and K’d 125 times, and the prior year he hit just 9 hr, 87 RBI with 40 walks, 111 K’s.

            He’s 24 years old in AA, and Peacock is 23 in AA this year.

            If I were the Cubs, since Texas lost Hamilton for 2 months, I’d try to send Byrd back to Texas where he had his best success for Chris Davis, and call it good. But even that trade isn’t likely, as Davis is worth more than Byrd at this point in their careers.

        • Wickitkevin

          If I remember correctly BlencherNation called the Davis And Garza trade rumors before it was reported by Levine. So I wouldn’t dismiss what they say.

  • Cloycub13

    Garza had better have a damn good start that lasts at least 6+ innings. The pen will be cashed by tonight with Russell starting in game 2 if he does not.

    Go Garza, Go Cubs!

  • Aaron

    Just call it a hunch, but I think the Cubs will get swept in this DH. Years of being a Cubs fan have taught me this lesson, and it is….

    -guys that make their first start against the Cubs almost always have success
    -guys like Bronson Arroyo (who has a 2.80 ERA in 22 games against the Cubs…the second lowest only to the Mariners where he pitched just 4 games and had a 1.50 ERA). Harang is 10-8 in 24 starts against the Cubs and has a 4.51 ERA. However, in recent years, it is absolutely true that he’s done well against the Cubs:
    2010 1-0, 3.29 ERA
    2009 1-2, 3.54 ERA

    Ironically, the last 2 times the Cubs made the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, he had some of his worst #’s against them with a 6.29 and 4.76 ERA respectively.

    Therefore, I’ll make a prediction…if the Cubs light up Harang, and if they get to Arroyo when they face him, they’ll make the playoffs. But it seems like how they do against guys that have owned them in recent years will give you a good idea of how they finish the season.

    My guess is they won’t get to Harang, like I said, and get swept in the DH. The offense is lethargic, inept, and pathetic. Aside from Castro and Barney, there’s really no reason to like the lineup. Oh, and by the way, the Cubs 6-something ERA acquisition is starting today with a reliever starting the nightcap….so, again, I ask how the Cubs can possibly win either game.

    Yes, that’s right by friends….a WHOLE HECKUVA LOT has to go right for them to win either game, just as a WHOLE HECKUVA LOT has to go right for them to win ANY game.

    For instance:
    Garza has to turn into the #3 starter the Cubs traded the farm for this past offseason…NOT the Jason Marquis-like starter the Cubs signed several years ago. Thus far, he’s 0-2, 6.27 ERA, 18 2/3 IP, 27 hits, 13 runs (all earned), 5 walks, 25 K’s, 1.714 WHIP. That’s not even close to getting it done, and I will just venture a guess that since he’s going against a guy the Cubs have never faced (and almost never do well against in those cases), Garza will have to channel his inner July 26th, 2010 (day he tossed a no-hitter), in order to even have a chance in this game.

    I’ll be the first to admit when I’m wrong….and I hope I am, as nobody likes to watch a losing team, so serve me some crow in that case, but I’d love to hear how the Cubs are going to win the game with a #3 hitter that doesn’t belong anywhere in the middle of a lineup, a 1B that can’t hit his way out of a paperbag, a RF in the midst of a horrendous sophomore slump, and a LF that swings at anything in the dirt, even if it’s 2 feet outside (as teams have figured this out very quickly). Their only chance seems to be their 1-2, 4, and 8 hitters (Castro, Barney, ARAM, and Soto), and given the spacing, and Byrd’s tendency to ground into double plays, it basically takes the Cubs out of any inning, then you have the 5-6-7 hitters (usually Pena, Soriano, Colvin) that haven’t done anything this year. Sure, Soriano has 5 hr, 12 RBI, but his slash line is ..250/.286/.533 and 3 walks vs 16 K’s, and he has just 2 doubles.

  • Aaron

    Narveson throwing no-no through 4 against Phillies. Don’t look now, but Brewers becoming a VERY hot team. They beat Halladay last night and are beating Lee today. Think the Cubs could do that? LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good beginning for Garza

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Byrd does it again …

    • Aaron

      The unfortunate thing for Cubs fans, is that there really is no true #3 hitter on this team. Castro might be the best option right now, but he lacks the power necessary to be a great option in that slot. Pena can’t hit his way out of a paper bag, and Soto is having a fairly difficult start to the year, and even last year in his resurgence, he wouldn’t be considered a HR/RBI threat (granted he did hit low in the lineup most of the year, which brought less RBI opportunities), but ideally you’d like a 20+hr threat out fo the 3 and 4 holes in the lineup, and the Cubs have just one threat right now…and that’s ARAM.

      Am I wrong?

      And yet, the Ricketts still put up with Hendry’s makeshift team for $135 million

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7WTI2ANX44DGEEZ4UXXQP3Q2HQ Anthony

      Is the scoreboard not going to be updated for the early game? Is the late game on WGN, by any chance?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Sorry, it is pulling info for the second game. The nightcap is on Comcast SportsNet

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7WTI2ANX44DGEEZ4UXXQP3Q2HQ Anthony

          Thanks. I was afraid of that. No worries though.

  • Aaron

    there’s the Marlon Byrd I know…..GIDP #4 in 17 games. WOW

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7WTI2ANX44DGEEZ4UXXQP3Q2HQ Anthony

      Reminds me of a player we had last year….what was his name…..GDP Lee I believe?

      • Aaron

        You’re right…he had 23 last year, and ironically, in his resurgent season in 2009, he had just 12 when he had 35 hr, 111 RBI . Ironically, in 2008, when I harped on him the most, he had an astounding 27 GIDP’s to go with 20 hr, 90 RBI.

        Imagine what a crappy GIDP rate like that would do to a player like Byrd who has a career best of 20 hr, 89 RBI.

        Byrd might just have season of 6 hr, 40 RBI when all is said and done

  • Aaron

    I should be excited about that Byrd RBI right there, but I’m not…you can’t have him hitting in the 3 hole anymore, and Len just confirmed it by saying he’s hitting 75% of the balls on the ground this year. Last year was 65% and his career year in Texas was a bout 50-50. Sorry, but that’s more indicative of a Neifi-esque player than a 3 hole hitter

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marlon delivers with RISP …

  • Aaron

    Bases loaded, 2 outs for Carlos Pena….

    Bets anyone?

    I’ll take strike out on a 2-2 pitch

  • Nathan

    We can all only wonder what aaron can say about garzas perfomance so far today hahaha

    • Aaron

      If K’s were all that mattered, I guess Kyle Farnsworth is your favorite reliever. How’d that work out again?!!? LOL

      • Nathan

        actually i hated farnsworth just sayin…i would say that garza has definitely had a more established career then farnsworth and hes only 27

  • cmschube

    Garza – 8Ks through 3 2/3..

  • Aaron

    Theriot would NOT have gotten that bloop by Hawpe. Great jump by Castro!

    I have a link for you all….What should we call this? The “Lovable Losers Scandal”….

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/cbsports-deposition-hints-cubs-may-have-thrown-1918-world-series-20110420,0,5011431.story

    • Agustin_Rexach

      Was about to post that… Theriot Would Have jumped And looked very ugly trying to catch that ball, failing ofcourse.

  • John_CC

    Garza’s K/BB ratio is stellar. I still think that by the end of the year, his pitching line stats are going to look good – better than anyone else on this staff.

    • Aaron

      you might be right, but that indicts the rest of the staff, rather than aquits Garza as being nothing more than a #3.

      Actually, among the top 3, Garza is just that….NO better than a #3, given the stats of Z and Dempster the past few years, so that’d mean that those 2 would have subpar seasons, as Garza’s best line in his career (min 30 starts) was 11-9, 3.70 in 2008.*in 15 starts in 2007, he was 5-7, 3.69 ERA

      Here’s the last 3 years for him:
      11-9, 3.70 ERA
      8-12, 3.95 ERA
      15-10, 3.91 ERA

      Dempster is:
      17-6, 2.96 ERA
      11-9, 3.65 ERA
      15-12, 3.85 ERA

      Zambrano is:
      14-6, 3.91 ERA
      9-7, 3.77 ERA
      11-6, 3.33 ERA

  • GaryLeeT

    Garza nearing 100 pitches, and out of gas. I can see how this going to play out already. Can’t get into the bullpen, because everybody will be needed in the 2nd game. So here comes a 4 spot by the Padres. Just piss poor roster management.

  • Aaron

    Cubs have 7 baserunners thru 5 innings, and only 1 run.

    They’d had:
    1st inning: 1 on, 1 out, then GIDP
    2nd inning: 1 on, 2 out, then K
    3rd inning: double, failed bunt out @ 3B, error on FC, runners @ 1B and 2B, then FC runners on 1B and 3B, 2 outs, then RBI single by Byrd, ARAM walks to load bases, then Pena grounds out
    4th inning: 1 on, 2 outs, then K
    5th inning: K, GO, FO

    They’ve had chances, but can’t get it done, and with Garza on the mound, they’ll need all the runs they can get

    • cmschube

      Let’s not get excited here..

      1st inning.. runner on first
      2nd inning.. runner on first..
      4th inning.. runner on first..

      These aren’t exactly RISP situations.. Can’t expect EVERYONE that gets on to score…

      • carmelo

        Great response—glad to see there are a few people on this site who actually understand the game and know how hard it is to play and be successful.

        • Aaron

          Of course you’d say that……Since when does scoring just 1 run per game make any team successful? In 2 games, the Cubs have scored just 2 runs, and took 10 innings to even get on the scoreboard on Monday.

          Any time you have runners on base, you should be looking to move them up, or drive them in, and all I’ve seen today is an offense that is completely unwilling to do whatever is necessary to get the runs in. They won’t take pitches. They won’t shorten up their swings with 2 strikes. They won’t drive it the other way when given a pitch on the outer-half of the plate. They take full swings on 2 strike pitches, when all they had to do was loft the ball in for a bloop hit (Soriano has long been the biggest culprit with this one).

          What team are you watching? That’s what I’d like to know. Are you watching re-runs of the 2008 season. If you are, then I completely understand your optimism, and agree with it.

  • John_CC

    John Grabow is up…

    Time to get out of this jam!

    • John_CC

      Nice work by Garza. He was gassed and reached down and got out of a big jam. Very nice.

  • cc002600

    John_CC
    I agree, Garza will be fine.

    Contrary to what some of the experts on here understand, it’s a long, long season.

    When we get to Aug / Sept, which is so far away, people will realize that what they said back in mid-April will look pretty foolish in most cases..

    Things change sooooo much throughout the course of 162 games.

    • Dorasaga

      GIDP. In Garza We Trust.

      The season is long enough. Garza will be the least I’m worried right now (so is Grabow; why go through a LOOGY’s pitch by pitch? Just because the Cubs org. COULD pay him millions? Not my money, and not my future’s emotional investment on this team, either.).

      I don’t want to see Byrd batting third; that I’m sure. I want to see an upgrade on first base. Neil posted a Herald story that mentioned Pena practicing, as far as I can tell, hitting the other way to beat the shift against him (good luck, man, you’ll need that).

      That’s Cubs Think. I want Win Think, not these patches.

      By the way, Fukudome’s second daughter was just delivered. I guess that’s why he’s not available today. Hope he’ll want to refurnish his new Chicago home by hitting crazy in two months so he gets another 4-year contract.

      Just wanted to pop in and say hello, Aaron, are you ironically happy?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza got out of the jam … 4-6-3 double play

  • Nathan

    way to get out of that garza. not a great inning but you gave the cubs six quality innings and hopefully they will get you your first cubs win :)

    • Aaron

      LOL….LMAO…yeah, right! Grab-ass is in

  • Airkeys

    Garza is a very good pitcher! I don’t even bother posting on here anymore with people on here hoping the Cubs lose and players fail! When it is all said and done….Garza would have been by far the best player in that trade. Archer has regressed, Chirinos is struggling, Guyer will be a 4th or 5th outfielder and Lee is a 20 year old light hitting shortstop who is several years away and has to serve 2.years in the army before he turns 30. The best player the Rays might have gotten in the deal is Fuld…and he would have never gotten that opportunity with the Cubs.

    • Nathan

      I completely agree :) well said

      • Aaron

        Can you please explain what it is that was “well said”…

        “very good pitcher” in my mind, and probably 99% of fans would be All-Star caliber at the very least, and in consideration for ‘Ace’ status…none of which Garza is/was. In fact, “very good” would be #2 status. So…is he better than Ryan Dempster? If you think so….prove it.

        Airkeys might be right on Archer, Guyer, Chrinos, and Lee….but if you use the same logic he’s using, then Garza is a failure, right? Because he’s going off what they’ve done thus far this season.

        Garza is a 3.85-.3.95 ERA guy that’s won 15 games just once in his career, as you can see by the stats I posted above. Dempster has probably been the most valuable of the 3 pitchers, and he’s struggling as well this year (he is 7 years older than Garza though).

        Given the fact the Cubs were going nowhere this year with the pathetic offense Hendry assembled…and then retained for 2011. So, I stand by my comments that this trade was NOT in the best interest of the franchise.

        If Airkeys, or yourself want to spout off things like, “he’s just being negative, and I don’t agree with what he says”…that’s fine, as recently, I don’t have many good things to say about this dysfunctional franchise….

        But when you post stuff like, “Garza is a very good pitcher”, at least have the courage to quantify that statement.

        I could say that Albert Pujols is the best hitter I’ve ever seen, but unless I cite the 10 years worth of stats he’s accumulated, that opinion doesn’t mean squat. So, again, I go back to….HOW DO YOU QUANTIFY YOUR STATEMENTS!?!?!?!?

        • Airkeys

          Does 34 k’s in 24 innings not impress you? He has gotten his era down to the mid 4′s now and by the end of season I am pretty sue it will be in mid 3′s. One question. Do you want the Cubs to lose every game and all their players fail? That is why I don’t post on this negative site. I am a Cubs FAN and I root for them and not against them.

          • Aaron

            Just because I’m realistic, that makes you think I root against them?!? You probably won’t find a bigger fan than I am. I know the history of the team through and through, the farm system, and the deficiencies. I’ve been hard on them because I want better for this team, and I don’t think Hendry has a clue how to build a winning team. Even the good years he’s had, it took career years from certain veterans to push the team over the top, so he’s taken that strategy, and used it virtually every year, and every now and then he’ll have a success, and recycle the same strategy.

            And just because I realize certain things are inevitable (ie.-a Byrd GIDP, a Pena or Soriano K with RISP, a Marmol walk) doesn’t mean I’m less of a fan at all.

        • Nathan

          what was well said was the fact that the cubs got the best player out of the deal and garza is a proven quality major league starter. hes not an ace but guyer is honestly a joke, chirinos(no place for him), lee is not replacing castro, fuld will never be that good(granted his start this year), and archer will not be better then garza. Garza is a guy that can help a team win. No one has ever said he is an ace. the trade for garza is not only for this year but for the long run so we have quality depth in the rotation

    • Dorasaga

      That’s a good point: H.Lee needs 2 years of mandatory military service. It might not be a lot for an org. like the Rays. They are willing to develop players with time, but I doubt Cubs fans are any more generous than our financial sector which just received government aid.

      Never a believer of Archer. McNutt is good enough. Again, the Cubs needs POWER and corner infielders, not someone to replace Castro in five years or a pitcher still finding command in double-A.

      • Aaron

        they can get out of military service by playing on the national team. Not sure what they have to place, but I think they have to win the Asian championship. Choo got out of it by this technicality.

        • Airkeys

          They would need to win gold.

        • Dorasaga

          I followed some Int’l baseball as well. The rule is pretty strict for the exemption:

          - A gold medal in the Olympics (now no chance since softball and baseball’s removal from the Games); see the motivation for Team Korea’s 2008 champ?

          - A gold medal in the Asian Game. Shin-soo Choo got his exemption here.

          He still has a chance here, but I doubt Hakju Lee will EVER have a chance while Korea’s strong pool of baseball talent both domestically and internationally are available to serve their National Team. Don’t discount those Koreans playing in Japan and other Minor League system, either.

          Korea used to give out military exemption for the inaugural WBC semifinal. Their last president made a promise. But that was declared unlawful, a special “we need National Heroes!” kind of propaganda, not part of their exemption rule.

          They declared a champion for WBC necessary for the exemption. I doubt they can, with talents for Team USA, Venezuela, and Japan still strong. I also, again, doubt Lee will be selected to their National Team unless he made it to the Major League.

          Remember, there’s pride involved. Korea will not admit that they need Minor talents to power their national past-time through the big tournaments.

    • GaryLeeT

      “I don’t even bother posting on here anymore with people on here hoping the Cubs lose and players fail!”

      Just because some people don’t comment with irrational child like enthusiasm, does not mean they want the Cubs to lose, or players to fail. Positive comments, and attitudes are generated by winning, which by the way, none of us has witnessed on our lifetimes. I contend that the amount of cynicism in a comment, is directly proportional to the number of years a person has had their heart broken.

  • John_CC

    I know the stats, Aaron, and I know you disdain Garza because of the cost in players that Hendry gave for him. I creates a very misguided opinion of Matt Garza the baseball player. I am not going to defend against these shots anymore.

    He has a 34:8 K/BB right now…in 24 innings! That is freaking awesome. Putting Dempster’s and Z’s stats up from 3 years ago to say that they are better than Garza is completely silly, and you know it. If Garza is no better than #3 right now, then Dempster is no better than #5. Period.

    All I said was that I bet by the end of the year he has the best stats of any starter on the team. So yes, I was indicting the rest of the staff because I don’t consider Garza an Ace either. I just don’t criticize him because of what Hendry paid to get him. Do you guys see the difference? It’s like hating Soriano because he accepted an obscene 18M$ per.

    It is a non sequitur.

    • Aaron

      I gotcha….I misunderstood what you were trying to say. Thought you were saying Garza was a #1

  • GaryLeeT

    Where would the Cubs be in this series if they weren’t playing against the team with baseball’s worst offense?

    • Aaron

      How can the Cubs play against themselves? LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Marshall got out of the jam …

  • Nathan

    You know something is wrong when castro is 0-4 hahaha

  • Aaron
  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Marmol blows his second save … both would be Garza wins

    • Dorasaga

      “The walk came back to bite you.” “Free ballgame!”

  • Aaron

    pathetic

    • Aaron

      well, like I said, it’s not like the Cubs didn’t have chances to add on. Samardzija is in….which, you know what that means:
      CUBS LOSE

      • carmelo

        Brewers lost, Garza very good, Jeff S. two shutout innings, Reed game winner, Cubs win game one—-

  • John_CC

    I missed the collapse…who is coming out to pitch the 10th? This is a disaster with Russell already slated to start the night cap.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

    Great another late inning loss- Gotta love it!

  • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

    0-2 wild pitch…lol, now they just need a sac fly-

    • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

      huge strikeout on Hawpe

      • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

        i don’t know if my heart can take too many of these kind of games. Starting off an inning with a walk, then a wild pitch with 1 out, finish it up with a K and a deep flyball out…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija dodged got out of the jam …

  • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

    So if Russell can’t go deep in the next game, will Quade use any pitchers that pitched during the first game?

  • Dorasaga

    News: LA Dodgers will be temporarily run by the Commission Office (MLB official).

    Heard Len saying it, now here’s more details:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/04/mlb-to-take-over-dodgers-financial-operations.html

  • http://twitter.com/JasonPenrod Jason Penrod

    Samarzija, are you kidding me? What’s with all the walks? The Padres CAN’T HIT, just pitch…Marmol got burned by the walks, what are you doing?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hendry better get on the phone with Iowa. Would guess that Stevens and Mateo would follow Russell in game two at this point

    • Aaron

      Are you referring to him possibly calling someone up for the 2nd game, or just saying for the future?

      My guess is that Stevens, Mateo, Marshall, and Wood would follow Russell (likely in that order) with each pitching about 2 innings, as I don’t think Russell will even go 2 with his lack of success against righties.

    • Tom U

      No chance for someone being called up from Iowa for game two. Iowa had a doubleheader today, although they only used four pitchers.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was the Padres ninth walk of the game

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1512275173 Matt Collins

    samardja is a new man

    • Dorasaga

      Neil, I’m thinking Rafael Dolis, Caridad, Berg, or hell, even Bobby Scales can try pitching to the Dodgers.

      TOo bad McNutt is on the 7-DL.

      • Tom U

        Rafael Dolis had to be removed in the third inning of yesterday’s game due to back spasms.

        • Dorasaga

          Ouch. Thanks for the info.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija got out of it again. 49 pitches, 29 for strikes, in 2 innings.

  • Nathan

    REED JOHNSON!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    REED!

    A walk-off home run for Reed Johnson!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 2-1 in 11 on walk-off home run by Reed Johnson. Garza’s line: 0 R, 6 H (all 1B), 3 BB, 9 K in 6 IP, 114 pitches, 70 strikes

  • Dorasaga

    Alas, Reedy. Love, HR and W.

  • Aaron

    good job by Samardzija getting out of the jam (that was mostly due to poor defense, not really by his doing). Soto should’ve gunned Venable down easily, and I have no idea what was going on with ARAM and Castro on Bartlett’s ground ball that should’ve been an out.

    And look at me eating crow on Reed Johnson (still think he isn’t very good). That bomb was much needed with Samardzija throwing so many pitches. Very good win for the Cubs.

    Let’s hope the Padres don’t completely light up Russell. Outside of Ludwick, they don’t have a whole lot of power from the right side, so that’s good, but you can be sure that they will score a good amount against him, even with an equally poor offense that the Cubs have.

    And they have Harang going for him.

    I feel sorry for Garza, as it EASILY was his best start in a Cubs uniform and still couldn’t get the win.

  • paulcatanese

    Great win today. In spite of the offense,they did it. And the last person thought of did it with the home run,go figure. Now on the negative side,the two balls that were hit to Castro that he could not get at first base,,,What in the world was Aram doing? Those were his balls,both of them,he just quit on both attempts,forcing Casto deep into the hole. A lot of missed opportunitys today, and still in spite of his RBI Byrd is not a three hitter. Pena? At least Soriono hit the ball. Garza? Good game,should have had the win. Otherwise I enjoyed the game, I was warm and had a few snacks. Can’t ask for anything more,,2 in a row,wow.