Too Many Pitches … Too Many Walks – Cubs 2 Dodgers 12

Game Nineteen – Cubs 2 Dodgers 12
WP – Chad Billingsley (2-1) LP – Casey Coleman (1-1) Save – None

The Chicago Cubs slipped back to a game under .500 following an hour and 14-minute raid delay and a miserable performance against the Dodgers.

While the Cubs offense could not manage a hit for the first three and a third, the Cubs pitching staff could not throw a strike. Casey Coleman had another horrible outing at Wrigley Field and left before he could record three outs in the third inning. Once again Coleman struggled with his command and when he threw a strike it resulted in a hit and a RBI.

Coleman threw an astonishing 90 pitches in 2 2/3 innings. It took him 51 pitches to record two outs in the third alone. Coleman departed with his team in a 6-0 hole and with an offense that is simply not built to mount a comeback of that size against a quality starter like Chad Billingsley.

Coleman gave up six runs, all earned, on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts (two of which was Matt Kemp) in 2 2/3 innings. Coleman threw 90 pitches, 49 for strikes. The Dodgers scored all six of their runs against Coleman in a long third inning.

Jeff Stevens replaced Coleman and took one for the team. Stevens threw 89 pitches, 50 for strikes, in 3 1/3 innings. Stevens surrendered just one hit but walked six batters, with only two strikeouts, and gave up three more runs.

Marcos Mateo struggled again and gave up three runs in the 9th with two coming on one swing of the bat, a two-run homer by Marcus Thames.

Cubs pitching simply could not throw strikes and worked from behind in the count most of the afternoon. Q’s staff tossed 230 pitches, 132 for strikes, while the Dodgers threw only 149, 92 for strikes.

The Cubs offense was pretty much non-existent. Darwin Barney recorded the team’s only RBI of the game. The Cubs first run scored on a passed ball in the fourth. The Cubs managed only eight hits, one for extra bases, and three walks (11 total baserunners for the Cubs, 24 for the Dodgers). The Cubs finished the day 2-for-9 with RISP (one RBI) and left 11 on base.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a game under .500 and 2-2 on the current nine-game homestand …

Juan Uribe and the Dodgers really took it to the Cubs Friday afternoon. Once again the former Southsider had a big game against the Cubs. Uribe was starting to heat up before the trip back to Chicago and he finished his afternoon 2-for-4 with a home run, a sac fly, two runs scored and four RBI.

Casey Coleman labored through a 31-pitch first inning. Coleman issued a pair of walks but not hits and kept the Dodgers off the board. Coleman came out in the second and retired Los Angeles in order on eight pitches and it appeared he’d made the right adjustments.

Chad Billingsley led off the third with a long at bat that resulted in a groundout to second. Coleman fell behind his mound opponent 3-0 before notching the first out of the inning.

Jamey Carroll recorded the first hit of the game with a double down the right field corner on a 2-2 pitch. Casey Blake followed with a single to center. Carroll held at third.

Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a RBI single to center. Coleman then struck out Matt Kemp for the second time … and for the second out.

Juan Uribe singled to center on a 1-1 pitch. Blake scored the Dodgers second run. Coleman lost his command after the Uribe single and issued back-to-back walks to James Loney and Jerry Sands that forced in the Dodgers third run of the game.

A.J. Ellis ripped a single into center on a 2-2 pitch and drove in Uribe and Loney. With the way the Cubs were not hitting Billingsley, the game felt over at that point … but the Dodgers were not done.

Chad Billingsley got his second at bat of the inning and singled to left on a 3-2 pitch. Sands scored and ended Coleman’s day.

Jeff Stevens came in and fell behind Jamey Carroll 3-2 before the Dodgers’ shortstop lined out to a diving Aramis Ramirez to end the inning.

After the Cubs went quietly and without a hit in the third (a two out walk by Kosuke Fukudome), Stevens retired the first two batters he faced in the top of the fourth. Stevens walked Matt Kemp after falling behind 3-0 earlier in the at bat. Juan Uribe turned an ugly 6-0 deficit into an embarrassing 8-0 hole. Uribe ripped a 0-1 pitch over the wall in left, his second longball of the season.

The Cubs actually scored a run in the bottom of the fourth … without a hit.

Aramis Ramirez singled to left on a 2-2 pitch … the Cubs first hit of the game. Carlos Pena walked and Marlon Byrd hit what appeared to be an inning ending double play ball to Loney. The Dodgers forced Pena at second but Carroll’s throw was off the mark. Byrd was safe.

With runners on first and third and two outs, A.J. Ellis let one get past him. Ramirez scored and Byrd advanced to second on the play. But Alfonso Soriano grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Dodgers tacked on another run in the sixth after Jeff Stevens walked the bases loaded to start the inning. Stevens issued three straight walks to Casey Blake, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. Juan Uribe drove in his fourth run of the game with a sac fly to center. Blake tagged and scored … 9-1 Dodgers.

Stevens escaped further damage by retiring James Loney on a groundout to first and Jerry Sands on a fly out to right … on the 11th pitch of the at bat.

The Cubs finally scored a run with a hit in the seventh. Blake DeWitt and Kosuke Fukudome reached on back-to-back one out singles. Darwin Barney singled to center on the first pitch of his at bat and plated DeWitt with the Cubs second and last run of the game.

John Grabow did his job. He pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Jeff Stevens … but Marcos Mateo once again proved he should not be at the big league level right now.

Mateo gave up a leadoff single to James Loney in the ninth but induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Jerry Sands. A.J. Ellis then singled on a 3-2 pitch and scored on Marcus Thames home run to left … but the Dodgers were not done.

Jamey Carroll and Casey Blake singled ahead of a bloop single by Tony Gwynn, Jr. The Dodgers’ 14th hit drove in their 12th run of the game.

Friday was one of those days for Q’s squad.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Ryan Dempster against Ted Lilly in game two Saturday afternoon.

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt
  • cubs1967

    colvin needs to play for 7 to 10 straight games; if he cannot get above .200; send him to iowa and bring up jackson. And play him at 1st w/ fukunuts in RF; pena is HORRID…………

    just sayin; byrd and pena-0 homers.

    big Z-1.

    • Ottawabob

      If Jackson comes up, who goes?? It will probably be Colvin. No way the Cubs are going to carry 6 outfielders. I can only imagine the outrage here at the cco………..Its been brutal this spring, lets see if the warmer weather helps Colvin and Pena, especially Pena, not easy to drive a ball out in 45 degree temps.

      • Tony

        They could cut Reed Johnson, he is not needed and is replaceable from AAA. Colvin should go to AAA to play 1B everyday, so that he can replace Pena, once they realize they won’t want to bring him back (if they realize it before the offseason).

        The Dodgers didn’t seem to have any problems driving the ball yesterday.

  • Tom U

    Rebel Ridling with a solo blast in the fifth inning to put the Smokies up 5-3.

    For those interested, Brett Jackson is getting a much deserved night off.

  • Cheryl

    Colvin is probably already second guessing himself. He needs to play consistently, but at Iowa, in order to get himself back on track. Every out he makes takes away from his self-confidencs. Bring up Jackson and play him. Don’t let him ride the bench. He can spell Byrd and Fuku, mostly Byrd now. Put him in the leadoff spot, followed by Barney and Castro.

    • Tom U

      Cheryl, I believe that Jackson will be in the same situation that Castro was last season. When is is called up, it will be to play, not to sit.

  • The Maven

    I think its time to start re-evaluating the Carlos Pena experiment. It was known that he wouldn’t hit for a high average, but he hasn’t hit for power or driven in runs.

    Place Pena on the DL to help his thumb heal. Split the playing time at first between Jeff Baker and Colvin. If Colvin continues to struggle, then send him down and bring Pena back from the DL.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The thumb=an excuse, in my mind. Maybe it is real, but I wonder . . . .

      How does a sore thumb account for the hole in his swing last year and this year? It wasn’t sore last year. The hole in is swing is an inability to catch up to the middle in fastball or hard stuff. Does he need a lighter bat? Jarhead backed him off of the plate to try to speed his bat up, and that helped in ST a little bit, but so far he has looked awful.

      I know that some want me to be more positive, so here it is:

      Pena looked better today hitting a fly ball to shallow center, and a couple of weak grounders to 2B instead of striking out swinging. He also took a walk. That was nice. And although his batting average in .176, and he is slugging .196, his OBP is still above .300 at .317.

      How’s that for positive? Oh, yeah: he didn’t make an error today, either.

      • paulcatanese

        Rip, have you ever seen a hitter that is as fussy as Pena looking for a ball to hit? He takes more pitches than anyone I have ever seen. In and out of the box all day long, maybe he should stay in there so he can remember what a strike looks like. He just flat out refuses to swing at a pitch that he dosent think is the perfect pitch for him, in fact he will take strike three if it isnt the pitch he wants.I really dont think he knows what his pitch is and is still searching. Sore thumb or a bad eye at the plate?,Take a choice.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s like I told ya’ll last year: “Colvin needs to learn to hit the breaking stuff in the offseason/” And then the stab in the chest with a piece of broken bat ruins the rest of the season and the offseason. He ain’t looking too good. And I am not happy about it, either. I want Colvin to succeed. I’m agreeing with Cubs 1967–let Colvin play everyday for 10 games, and if Pena is outhitting him in 10 games, then send him down to AAA Iowa to work on hitting the breaking stuff.

    This just in: the talk around MLB clubhouses is that the new slang for hitting at a low level has changed from “the Mendoza line” to “the Carlos Pena line” since Pena is hitting below the Mendoza line (.212).

    • paulcatanese

      Rip, I agree with you on the bat stab incident, I really thought that would affect him this year and dontknow if thats the real cause, but he missed winter ball and a great opportunity to work out at first base. Mainly I think the re-hab and the lost time would be the reason I would pick. Unfortunatly for Colvin, what you and Cubs 1967 on this one may very well be the solution.

  • cubs1967

    anyone wonder if the mess in LA w/ the mccourts could happen in wrigley??

    ricketts has already proved 2 yrs running to lower payroll and jack up tix prices.
    he’s asked for 300M in public handouts from mesa and chicago to fix the dumps he inherited, but should of known about.
    any cubs owner had to of know that they needed at least another 200M to fix the parks; yet it does not appear the ricketts knew (huh? or have the dough).

    not that the ricketts will get divorced, but what is gonna happen in 10 yrs when it’s 113 yrs and NO championship and the dump known as wrigley is still not re-habbed becuz the public will NEVER vote for this until there is a winner. and the ricketts don’t have the dough………….perhaps cuban or the other higher bidder should of got this team.

    the dodgers mess plus the wilpon’s mess in NY soon, if not already here just prove that selig is the most incompetent commish ever (loses a WS to a strike and lets ‘roids ruin reg season , lifetime and lots of HOF records).

    here’s hoping dufus selig hasn’t sold the most loyal fan base in all of sports a ‘set of used car salesman” goods in the ricketts family. (the owners are responsible for 2 of the losses this yr already; by being cheap bastards and not keeping gorzelanny……….instead we forfeit every 5th game w/ russell- but they could spend 1.5M on 2 cubans NO one has heard of or will again, but ‘they are developing the farm system” ….right tommy??

  • Ripsnorter1

    The only MLB player with 2, four hit games from the #1 hole in 2011–Sam Fuld.

    Has 9 SB, 3 CS.

    Tampa Bay has only 15 HR this year.
    Cubs have only 14 HR this year.

    • Ottawabob

      Almost made it 3, he was 3 for 5 tonite, Maybe the Cubs should have hired the Rays batting instructor instead of that joke we’ve got. Has Rudy help a single guy on the Cubs., other than Soriano hitting a few singles to right, is there improvement in ONE single guy on that team!!

      • Calicub

        What says the most to me about the management and coaching of this entire organization is the simple fact that so many players leave and find success in other organizations. Mcgeehee Fuld and Pagan are what come to mind as I write this.
        I’m not losing sleep over pagan but mcgeehee would have saved our 09 season and fuld always displayed heart effort andspeed. I hope Aaron is right and that therebwill be a clearing of house following the draft

        • Ottawabob

          I think that sort of thing happens to all teams, Remember Sandberg was a throw in on the Larry Bowa trade and we all know how played out. It happens! The bigger problem I see with this franchise is their money management. Look at the money thats wrapped up in our outfield, The Cubs must have 35 million there alone, ON 3 PLAYERS and only one of them would I classify as even slightly better than average. They have to learn to spend wiser..

          • Ripsnorter1

            Which one is “better than average?”

        • Ripsnorter1

          Pagan would have saved us $15 million on Byrd alone. . . .

  • Jabo058

    Been Saying it for years, Hendry must GO!!! Has no clue how to put together a team or a coaching staff…Ryno should have been the manager of this team and Ricketts needs to get his head out of his ass and see that this team needs massive changes top to bottom…

    • paulcatanese

      I wouldn’t say that it was neccesary that Ryno should have been manager ( although he would have been the popular choice) But the rest of your’e statement is correct Quade should not be the manager and JH should go, and Ricketts,well, he’s the one that needs to do that and has not.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s the latest thing from the Q that demonstrates why 17 years as a bench coach didn’t teach him enough: he’s complaining that the Dodger’s catcher tried to steal second base with an 8-1 lead.

    So let’s see, the other team should try to keep the Cubs in the game. Isn’t that what he’s saying? And I didn’t think it possible–that the Cubs could find a dumber manager than Dusty Baker. Just didn’t think it could ever happen. But Jim Clueless has simply out done himself this time. Just when you think, “It can’t get any worse,”–it gets worse.

    Read and even see it here:

    • Last_ginger

      its an unwritten rule that you dont steal with a big lead. Any manager would be upset

      • paulcatanese

        I don’t think so, the object is to bury the team your’e playing. Under what you are saying it would be proper for the lead team to strike out on purpose so you don’t embarrass the team your’e playing against. Teams steal when they are ahead behind or trying to breakup a double play opportunity. Quade needs to grow up. Only a “players manager” would complain about that.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Quade also said that the Cubs are going to have to send somebody down, and call a pitcher up since the bullpen has been overworked–after only 19 games, and two “Bullpen days” in the last 11.

    This is truly great management. Who else could exhaust a bullpen in less than 3 weeks? It’s stunning.

    • Tony

      He blew out Stevens in 1 day. Stevens is most likely unusable for a week He pitched as much as a starter on a cold, wet day, doubling his previous high of 45 pitches, ending with 89 pitches. His last inning was extemely long, and yet Q just stood their and let him struggle. Now, I don’t think Stevens is anything special, but he is a pitcher trying to stick in the majors, and his manager did him no favors yesterday.

      • paulcatanese

        Tony and Rip,does Quade have a pitching coach? If he does he sure pays little or no attention to him.( I know he does) Together they must be the un-cluless in the majors. I cannot recall when I have seen a staff as messed up as this one is.

    • paulcatanese

      No Rip,not stunning,Quade just stinks.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Stunning info:

    2011 Season (thus far)
    Chris Narveson leads MLB in throwing pitches that hitters swing and miss. Batters miss 35.3% of the time.
    Next closest pitcher is also a Brewer: Marcum, 29.7%

    So who’s near the bottom?
    Z. Shocking. Z. Ranks 105 of 113 qualified pitchers. If batters swing at a pitch of his, they miss only 18.6% of the time. This is called “pitching to contact.”

    Among non-qualified: Casey Coleman. Making contact 90.1% of the time. OUCH!

  • cubs1967

    mike quade=2011 version of jim essian