Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 06/09/11

Game Sixty-One: Cubs (24-36) vs. Phillies (37-25)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia

Randy Wells (1-1, 5.74/1.40) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-4, 3.78/1.38)

The Cubs “red” road trip continues tonight with the first of four versus the best team in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs finally won a game Wednesday and are 1-5 over the first six games of the 10 game trip.

Q’s offense will not catch a break over the next four games. After Kyle Kendrick, the Cubs will face Roy Halladay (Friday), Cliff Lee (Saturday) and Roy Oswalt (Sunday). The Cubs will counter with Carlos Zambrano (Friday), Matt Garza (Saturday) and Doug Davis (Sunday).

In other newsReed Johnson and Jeff Baker begin their rehab stint with the I-Cubs tonight. Multiple reports indicated Alfonso Soriano will begin his rehab sting with the I-Cubs on Sunday but Soriano has not fully committed to the assignment yet. Each player will suit up a couple of times in Triple-A before returning to the team. Johnson can come off the DL as soon as Friday but will likely wait until Monday against the Brewers. Jeff Baker can return on Monday and Soriano cannot be activated until June 15.

The Cubs won four of six against the Phillies last season … but that was then and tonight it all begins with Randy Wells.

Randy Wells is coming off a better start than his final line indicates against the Cardinals. Wells made only two mistakes in the heat last Saturday in St. Louis … and both were to Albert Pujols. Wells gave up four runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. Wells said he felt fine after his second start since returning from the DL.

With the Cubs facing three of the Phillies big four over the next three games, the Cubs need for Wells to step up tonight and put his team in position to win the game.

Randy Wells has faced the Phillies just one time in his career. Wells tossed seven innings of shut out ball last July at Wrigley. Wells picked up a no decision in a 4-1 Cubs loss, the right-hander surrendered seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

Tonight will be Randy Wells’ first start at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Ben Francisco – 1-for-3
  • Ryan Howard – 1-for-2
  • Raul Ibanez – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 0-for-4
  • Jimmy Rollins – 0-for-3
  • Carlos Ruiz – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Shane Victorino – 2-for-4

With Joe Blanton on the DL (right elbow inflammation), the Phillies have turned to Kyle Kendrick to fill the forgotten spot in their rotation. Kendrick is coming off a short outing and a loss to Pittsburgh. The Mighty Pirates scored four runs on eight hits in five innings off Kendrick and the right-hander did not walk or strikeout a batter.

Kendrick has made just three starts this season.

The Cubs must make Kendrick work tonight. He is very beatable but not if Q’s squad walks to the plate swinging. In eight home games, two starts, this season Kendrick is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.

Kendrick has faced the Cubs only once and it was an appearance out of the pen last July 15 at Wrigley. The Cubs managed one hit.

Tyler Colvin (1-for-1 with a double) and Aramis Ramirez (0-for-1) are the only Cubs on the active roster that has faced Kyle Kendrick.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Pena – 1B
    Ramirez – 3B
    DeWitt – LF
    Soto – C
    Colvin – CF
    Wells – P

    • Ripsnorter1

      I knew I could manipulate Quade’s lineup! All I had to do was mention that I thought that Hill was the better catcher, and wa-la! Soto is starting!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Storms in the area for tonight’s game

    http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USPA1276

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Storms in the area for tonight’s game

    http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USPA1276

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Matt Spencer (RF), Rebel Ridling (DH), Steve Clevenger (C) & Marwin Gonzalez (SS) named to North Division All-Star Starting Lineup. 

  • paulcatanese

    There goes Quade again, messing with the lineup. He has no clue that the Cubs have a winning streak going and he shouldnt jinx it by changng things. Winning one in a row is better than the last eight.

    This is a joke, it really doesen’t matter who he puts out there just let em all play.

    • studio179

      “This is a joke, it really doesen’t matter who he puts out there just let em all play.”
       
       
      I like your idea. Kind of like little leauge where everyone plays. Why not, send them all out there in various positions. It can not hurt. I would say last night was the lone win on this road trip, but not even this Cub team will lose all four…I think.

      • paulcatanese

        I like youre response, but I posted wrong and did not put it the right way. It really was meant to be a joke like Ha ha. I worded it wrong. Meant Quade messing with the lineup as a joke and the one in a row, the same.

        But when I read youre response, I think that is a good Idea, so many innings apiece. They could use two scorecards up. And I dont think they will lose all four either.

      • jw

        Do you think they would let us play a short center like they do in 16″ i.e., sympathy accommodation

  • Ripsnorter1

    Shall we compare Funko vs. Castro at the leadoff spot?

    If you are taking Funko vs. Castro, let’s compare the two and see who is the better lead off batter:Castro vs. Funko
    1. Batting average…. .301 vs. .306
    2. Slugging   ………….406 vs. .407
    3. On base %…………323 vs. .423
    4. OPS…………………729 vs. .830
    5. SB…………………..5 ….vs. 1
    6. HR……………………1 /…vs 2
    7. BA RISP…………….296 vs. .381

    Who is the better leadoff man?
    I am going to admit that Funko has done a good job.

    BTW, Funko is hitting .250 vs LHP.

  • GaryLeeT

    I would not consider a trip into Philadelphia as good way to try and start a wining streak. Although, tonight’s game might be their best chance to win one in this series.

    • GaryLeeT

      Or not

    • diehardcubfan

      Last night was just a mirage or others might think a blip on the radar screen.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Long inning, no command and now a three-run homer by Rollins. 46 pitches in two innings of work …

    • Kevinwickit

      I litterally just turned on the Game in time to see the pitch Rollins took deep. I am going to go watch “how I met your Mother” now.

  • Baron_S

    Wells brought that on himself..

    took like 7 pitches to get a career .124 hitter out —- idiotic… if you are trying to nibble against a thoroughly incompetent hitter, Jimmy Rollins is going to destroy you!!

  • diehardcubfan

    Brenly is letting the Cubs have it tonight.  He should because no one else will.

  • Baron_S

    I am LOVING Brenly right now — he is ripping the impatient approach of the offense…… while vanilla candy stripe girl Len Kasper stays silent.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      If you think they are being impatient now, just wait for the next three games. Read a quote from Aramis that said they have to be very aggressive against Halladay, Lee and Oswalt because they throw so many first pitch strikes and they don’t want to fall behind them.

      I really do not know how much more aggressive they can get. Already taking the fewest number of pitches in the league.

      • Baron_S

        Neil,

        Aramis Ramirez is no one to talk —- 
        http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/batting/_/position/3b/league/nl/sort/pitchesPerPlateAppearance/type/expanded

        3.22 pitches per plate apperance… He ranks behind
        1. Fukudome
        2.Pena
        3.Soriano
        4.Barney
        5. Castro
        6. Insert interchangeable other player here

        So-Called #4 hitter…. For a guy with such a sweet natural swing — this guy sure has a crappy attitude, zero hustle and is a terrible influence on team morale – To go along with 3 HR on the season — The ‘Aggresive’ approach hasn’t done much for him….

    • jw

      Len Casper = Chip Caray

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes the tarp …

    • jw

      Hallelujah My prayer has been heard!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let just call this game and be done with it. 

    • jw

      The Cubs 2011 season to date  is about the only thing that makes me long for next summer

      • Ripsnorter1

        Hush your mouth! Winter is long enough, and summer is so very short!

        • jw

          Noted and retracted

        • jw

          What was I thinking

          • Ripsnorter1

            LOL! Great answer!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Castro has not done well as a #3 hitter:

    .232 BA
    .258 OBP
    .312  slugging
    .570 OPS

    125 AB
    29 H
    6 2B
    2 3B
    0 HR
    10 RBI

    • Ripsnorter1

      If anyone else on the team had hit so poorly (eg, Byrd), fans would have really have been screaming loudly. 

      Byrd’s stats:
      .287 BA.317 On Base
      .365 slugging
      .682 OPS

      1 HR
      8 RBI
      6 2B
      23 K
      3 lousy BB
      115 AB
      33 H

      Byrd out performed Castro. 

      • GaryLeeT

        I know he is young, does what 21 year olds do, and there is still time to change, but I am not a huge fan of Castro right now. I am the last person to stereotype, but he does what a lot of Dominicans (sans Pujols) seem to do. Like Soriano, and Ramirez, they play this sandlot style of baseball that really does not look very professional. Given the money they make, they end up commanding a misplaced respect, that really is not deserved. I mean, the fact that Soriano got Jeter type money, is more than a travesty.

        • paulcatanese

          I agree about Castro with you and his sandlot type of baseball, I was looking for a word for it and you supplied it for me,Thank you. Thats why I was so relieved when Barney played short last night. I am more comfortable with the traditional approach and the making of routine plays.

          I was one of his stuanch supporters last year and the early part of this year
          but the feeling is I am not impressed with the “fancy dan” type of play.
          I hope he outgrows it as he is a great athlete and should have a great career ahead of him.

          • Dorasaga

            LOL Sandlot or not, these aforementioned players are fun to watch. They brought in talent; they brought us entertainment. Not more I can ask but the team to win.

          • GaryLeeT

            Sorry, but Soriano, and Ramirez are not fun to watch.

          • Dorasaga

            I’m talking about Dominican talents in general, that’s what was commented about… Even those old Cbus; they were, before Fonzi’s second year with the Cubs, and ARam had hi s moment for a couple years at the North Side, won’t you admit those?

            Pedro Martinez, Juan Marichal, just to name a few.

            Pro. baseball is an international game, and it should be. MLB will only benefit by bringing in new “sandlot styles,” like how they opened up to Blacks to play, and the game changed.

            Change, again, is necessary if you want to go a long way of success.

          • paulcatanese

            Part of my problem lies with I believe Castro is a true third baseman, and envision him there. Again with his arm, hands he’s a natural there for me.
            I dont deny he is entertaining to watch and do not mean to demean him in any way. I just think he’s out of position.

          • paulcatanese

            I think I made my point with the game tonight and the play Castro tried to make. Their are some you can and some you dont even try, that was one of them. If it werent for Pena and a great stop,Vivtorino would have scored. I hope you don’t think I was saying anything about Dominican players, I wasn’t.
            I also played sandlot ball as a kid,and was simply talking about a shorstop who should be a third baseman.

          • GaryLeeT

            I am with you Paul. Even if a team loses, It’s a lot easier to take, when it’s filled with classy, Barney type players. Technically, they were never champions, but how could a kid like me (at the time) not fall in love with a team that sported class acts like Banks, Williams, Santo, or Jenkins?

        • Ripsnorter1

          I  cannot argue with you when you say that Soriano’s contract was a travesty, or that Rameriz doesn’t play the game with a professional demeanor. (He needs to take lessons from Marlon Byrd).

          My real concern is that Quade has miscast Castro as a #3, and that in doing so, has changed his game and hurt his development some. Castro has only 1 SB out of the #3 hole, but had 5 steals out of the #1 and #2 holes. (Most of his AB this season have come as a #3 hitter). Castro is not patient at the plate. Neil daily points out that the Cubs are not a patient team. Well, Castro and Barney swing at everything. Barney has only 7 BB this year–he’s on a pace for 14 walks in 500 AB! Castro–has 8 BB in 250 AB, on a pace for 16 walks. 

          I frankly think Quade is nuts. Blake DeWitt in the #3 hole is also a joke. Sure, he got a hit yesterday, but not in the clutch. He’s a .188 hitter with RISP, so he doesn’t make a good #3 hitter. (compare Funko at .381 with RISP). 

          • GaryLeeT

            I dunno. I have always been a firm believer that a star is a star, and destiny is theirs. Where they hit in the batting order should not matter at all, because a real star, will not be denied. I wanted to add more cliches, but you get he idea.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rodrigo Lopez is warming up as grounds crew
    rolls tarp off field. Re-start time 8:15 pm

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game on …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Aramis

  • diehardcubfan

    Nice play by ARAM.

  • diehardcubfan

    Bad news.  Twins are winning 4-1.  Cubs could be tied by end of night for fewest wins in MLB.  Astros and Cards tied 1-1 after 5. 

    Not looking good.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Twins are coming out of their funk. Astros will put it together. If the Cubs don’t get their act together, last place for the long term is a real possibility.

  • diehardcubfan

    ARAM hustling tonight at 3rd.  Hope he keeps it up the rest of the year.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Why are the Cubs losing this game?

    Answer: K. Hill didn’t start at C tonight.
    We could get swept out of this series pretty easily. . . . .

  • paulcatanese

    Very close play on Campana and he did work the full count, and Ryan made a
    great play to get him.

  • paulcatanese

    Barney did the Oregon State Fadeon a slow curve and got first and then stole second

  • diehardcubfan

    Cubs are catching a small break.  Rangers have tied Twins 4-4 after 7. Cards also pounding Astros 6-1.

  • diehardcubfan

    Nice job of hitting by Castro.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Are you ready for this? Adam Dunn hit a HR! 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker both 0-for-2 in rain-suspended game for Triple-A Iowa

    • GaryLeeT

      They should just rehab in the Majors, like Soto is.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Soto is rehabbing? I thought he was getting worse . . . .

        : )

  • GaryLeeT

    Finally, DeJesus allowing the pressure to be put on the opposing team’s defense. His holds at 3rd were really becoming annoying. Like the worst team in baseball needs to be conservative with sending runners home?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Theriot went 0-2 last night, ending his 20 game hitting streak. He got a hit tonight to start a new one. He has more doubles than Pujols . . . .

    Miguel Batista is pitching in relief for the Cards. He’s an ex-Cub; he’s 40; he’s 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA for Tony LaRussa. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    We have 3 lousy hits. Man alive! 

  • Tom U

    Something to note:

    In 1.2 innings of work, the Smokies had two hits and scored two earned runs off of Aroldis Chapman.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Grabow with a walk, a balk and another walk.

  • GaryLeeT

    Grabow’s in, so Quade, and I, think this is a very winable game.

  • studio179

    Those situations use to be Ram’s specialty. Those days are long past.

  • diehardcubfan

    Bad news Twins won 5-4.  Now tied with Cubs and Astros for fewest wins in MLB.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SOTO!

  • diehardcubfan

    Holy Cow!!  SOTO!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    First blown save and first home run allowed by Madson this season.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    COLVIN

    BACK-TO-BACK JACKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • diehardcubfan

    COLVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • diehardcubfan

    If the Cubs could win this game it could change the rest of the season.  This would be a big come from behind win.

    • Dorasaga

      lol. Today, maybe. We dream. As for the season? Where’s the talent to lift them?

      • diehardcubfan

        The veterans have underperformed all year so you can only hope they will finally get it going.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    So much for the back-to-back jacks

  • diehardcubfan

    We have just been robbed.

    • Dorasaga

      I wasn’t watching until a few minutes ago. So they reviewed the video and called it a double, or what?

  • SteveGu

    We are going to lose this game now. Now the refs are taking away our momentum. That is what being robbed feels like. Poor Colvin.

  • Dorasaga

    I just tuned in a few minutes ago. What happened? A video review and reverted-call of a double now?

    • diehardcubfan

      Yeah, they ruled it a double.  It apparently has to clear everything.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks, man.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sean Marshall self defense

  • studio179

    Marshall did his job.

    • paulcatanese

      And saved Face (pun intended).

  • paulcatanese

    Well what else could go wrong?My question would be(per Brenly clarification) if  the ball had to clear the chain link fence, why is it not painted yellow? The yellow line is my idea,it just dosent make sense that it is not. The Cubs even had a run taken away by instant replay, unelievable.

  • BosephHeyden

    They have to win today simply because they have to sweep this series to even maintain any illusion they’re still capable of being competitive.  That’s end of story.  Coming back and losing in extras just won’t cut it.

    • paulcatanese

      It was a pretty solid hair raising win (if I had some) the pitching needs to take a bow tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Quade looking over his scorecard and forcing the pitcher to hit with the game on the line.

  • diehardcubfan

    Finally the Cubs catch a break and are the recipients of poor defense.  We will take it anyway we can. 

    • paulcatanese

      On top of it arent the Phillies supposed to be one of the best fielding team?
      A lot of it was Howard and the Cubs should take advantage of him,bunt a few down his way.

  • diehardcubfan

    CUBS WIN!!!! CUBS WIN!!!! CUBS WIN!!!!!

  • studio179

    Nice win.

  • paulcatanese

    One,Two,Three, Cubs win,Cubs win. Great game, super great pitching.

  • John_CC

    Hol-lee Cow!!

    Does match the longest winning “streak” of the year?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    After a 1 hr, 17 min delay Cubs beat the Phillies 4-3 in 11 innings. Cubs bullpen 8.2 scoreless innings; Castro: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, BB, R; Soto: 2B, HR
    in 9th

    • Dorasaga

      It’s been a while we see a good win. Whatever the result tomorrow, I simply hope Z “has it.”

  • paulcatanese

    Instant replay, it’s a kick, but you better believe that Charlie Manual had a tv somwhere that showed the replay before he challenged it. There was no way
    one could tell it with the naked eye. Even after several reviews it was tough
    to see.