Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 06/16/11

Game Sixty-Eight: Cubs (27-40) vs. Brewers (39-30)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (2-6, 3.84/1.42) vs. Zack Greinke (6-1, 4.69/1.17)

Weather permitting … The Cubs will complete their four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs opened the series with two solid wins before blowing the chance at posting their first three-game winning streak of the season.

A win this afternoon would wrap-up a series win at Wrigley … the Cubs first series win at home since they took two of three from the Mets in May (May 24 – May 26).

With Wednesday’s rain delay and the late-night finish, look for Koyie Hill behind the plate this afternoon and Tony Campana should get the start in center with Zack Greinke on the mound. Alfonso Soriano was activated from the DL Wednesday but was not in the starting lineup. Soriano pinch hit for Zambrano and struck out on three pitches. Soriano should be back in left field this afternoon.

Today it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza will make his third start today since returning from the DL. Garza threw the ball a lot better in his last outing but was still hung with the loss. Garza allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. Garza walked three and struck out four. Garza must limit his free passes today to keep his pitch count down … the last time Garza pitched past the sixth inning was April 30 in Arizona (eight innings). The Cubs need longer outings from Matt Garza.

Garza faced the Brewers back on April 9 in Milwaukee … and the Brewers scored five times on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Garza struck out eight and walked three.

Today will be Matt Garza’s second career outing against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brewers Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 5-for-18 with a double
  • Ryan Braun – 2-for-2 with a double and a walk
  • Prince Fielder – 3-for-3 with 3 doubles
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3
  • Mark Kotsay – 1-for-5
  • Casey McGehee – 0-for-3
  • Nyjer Morgan – 1-for-2 with a triple
  • Wil Nieves – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Josh Wilson – 1-for-7

The Cubs will get their first look at the former AL Cy Young award winner this afternoon. Zack Greinke spent the first month of the season on the DL after playing a little basketball. Greinke has been very good in a Brewers’ uniform and Milwaukee has been very good since he made his way into the rotation.

Greinke is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP … and those wins have come against the Marlins and Cardinals.

Greinke is 2-1 in three road starts with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Zack Greinke

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-1
  • Luis Montanez – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Pena – 3-for-27 with a double and 2 walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-10 with a double and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    DeWitt – 2B
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Soto – C
    Campana – CF
    Garza – P

    • Ripsnorter1

      MIKE QUADE FOR MANAGER OF THE YEAR! HERE’S JUST ANOTHER DAILY EXAMPLE WHY IT MUST BE SO!!!

      I just love DeWitt batting 3rd! Did you know that in his entire career (1078 PA), Quade is the only manager on the entire planet that has had this guy batting 3rd? He’s got 5 hits in 20 PA (18 AB) so far–all singles with 2 BB and 2 SO and 0 RBI. 

      I’m also glad that they benched DJ LeMahieu, too. He’s the best hitting prospect the Cubs have in their system, and I wouldn’t want to over expose him to ML experience. Besides, he played last night, went 3 for 4 with 1 RBI, and might be tired today. He needs his beauty rest. 

      • Baron_S

        and of course Soriano is in… Manager of the year… why stop there?

        • John_CC

          Try to look at the bright(er) side, fellas.  The more games that Quade et al get to trot our their pet players and old “healthy” veterans the sooner it will become apparent that this train wreck cannot be blamed on injuries. 

    • gocubs

      you have got to be joking.  DeWitt?  No way. 
       

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Casey Coleman (1-0, 2.31)
    Tennessee – Brooks Raley (3-5, 4.84)
                       Nick Struck (1-0, 2.12)
    Daytona – Jeffrey Lorick (4-1, 4.91)
    Peoria – Eric Jokisch (7-0, 3,20)

    • cubtex

      Tom… Jokisch, the Northwestern kid is 7-0? I didn’t realize that. I know he was the Big 10 freshman of the year when he was there. What can you tell me about him? Do you see him being promoted soon? It’s good to see some lefties doing well with Rosscup,Kirk and Jokisch!

      • Tom U

        Sorry cubtex, I have to go to work, but here is something quick. Jokisch has show good control, but has been roughed up a little more recently. His record is mainly due to being a piggy-back starter, mostly for Hayden Simpson. In short, Jokisch is partially getting credit for some of the starting pitcher’s heavy lifting.

        • cubtex

          Ok. Thanks Tom! I know he doesn’t throw hard.

      • paulcatanese

        Thats quite an achomplishment being from Northwestern as they always are at least a month behind getting ready in the spring. I can remember in Las Vegas when they were there for a tournament, I was watching my son pitch fo Tulane. Anyway they had had only a few practices mostly inside before playing any games, and you could tell. I know one thing the kid won’t mess up with signals, they are all super smart.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pena vs. Greninke: 3 for 27, 1 2B, 2 BB and (here’s what Neil so graciously left out) 14 SO.

    I can’t figure out why Quade doesn’t bat him #3 today instead of DeWitt. 

    Accuscore gives the Brewers a 60% chance of winning. Of course, this was played out before the lineup card was given to Accuscore. But don’t put too much into Accuscore–they give CARLOS PENA a 15.3% chance of hitting a HR off of this guy!!!

    • cubtex

      There’s your Accuscore!

  • paulcatanese

    Another platoon lineup,hope they do better. I think Mr. Quade should take a step back, think a little and be honest with Cub fans. Mr. Quade please answer a question. Were you or not sold a bill of goods last fall by the veterans and the general manager? Was it the winning of a few games at the end of the year? Or was it the dream of a lifetime to become a big league manager?

    You were duped and didnt realize it. You were handed a roster and were expected to win with that roster.Did you not wonder at all what turned those vets into winners last fall and then disappear this year?When injuries occured you were given replacements from the minor leagues, that didnt do it as you put those players in a position to fail, they were not played or if they were it was in spot positions with no longevity in the lineup to prove themselves. When they did do well
    they were benched again.

    The bullpen and it’s handleing was youre responsibility and you failed, wearing the same pitchers out with almost daily use. Was that youre decision Mr. Quade or the general manager’s?In any event,it was not handled correctly. The impression Mr. Quade is that you do not have control of this team. You are taking the heat here and it would be nice if you came out and told Cub fans what the real story is. If all of the above was totaly youre decisions then you should be gone as there will be no improvement at all.

    • John_CC

      I’d like to hear Chairman Ricketts answer the same questions.

  • paulcatanese

    Can someone please tell me what is the sense in starting Soriono in left today? And then putting DeWitt back at 2ndbase, someone is a complete Whatever.

    • John_CC

      Come on, Paul. Soriano is the starting left fielder. Barney is on the DL and DeWitt is now the super utility guy.  Duh.  What – Jeff Baker ripped a homer yesterday in his first AB back? LeMahieu hit the ball hard too and made a nice defensive play? 

      Don’t question Quade’s 20+ years of baseball experience!

      • paulcatanese

        I knew that. John a comment that was made about Z watching Soriono strike out. I think it was the other way around, Soriono watched the tape of Z striking out and believed those were good pitches to hit, and the further outside they were could be hit easier and the idea was,just swing the bat, the ball may hit it.

        • John_CC

          just sarcasm, Paul!  The lineups always seem like “whatever”. How many different #3 hitters can a team have!?

          • studio179

            How many #6 & #7 hitters can a team have spread all over the lineup.

          • paulcatanese

            John, “I knew that” was supposed to be funny,thanks.

  • paulcatanese

    does anyone have a link on Quade’s bizarre interview from last night?

    • John_CC

      As a matter of fact, I just watched it a little while ago.  Always entertaining.
      http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?tcid=mm_chc_vid&c_id=chc

      His body language is really telling. He tries to come off as cool, collected and casual, but he his arms are always tied across his chest. When they aren’t he is either twiddling his thumbs or tapping the table. He slides his chair around constantly.  It’s like watching a kid in the principal’s office. 

      Then he just sits there and talks about all the little things that happened in the game. He doesn’t SAY anything. I much preferred Lou’s curt answers: “You say the game” “what do you think happened?”

  • Ricketts

    Come on guys everything is ok

  • Ripsnorter1

    Garza showing his stuff in Wrigley!!!

    How far was that HR hit?

    • paulcatanese

      OK Rip, so who’s better Greinke or Garza?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That didn’t take long … down 2-0 on Braun’s homer

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a RBI double

  • Ripsnorter1

    Who is the top RBI on the ChiCubs?

    Castro with 31. 
    Aram, Pena, Funko. Soriano, Byrd, Soto ought to be ashamed.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs catch a break and tie the game on a passed ball

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.kochis Matthew Kochis

    I’m rooting for the Cubs today! I can hear the crowd roaring from my apartment in Wrigleyville. The Cubs are hosting their first Wrigleyville Block Party this weekend and it sounds like fun. Check out details here http://bit.ly/mHSSE2

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Garza gives up another 2-run shot

  • John_CC

    That lead didn’t last long…

    It’s gonna be a long day.

  • GaryLeeT

    At least for next year, Zambrano, Garza,  Dempster, and Wells are the starting pitchers for your 2012 Chicago Cubs. How exciting is that?

    • studio179

      One of the reasons why I say this team is not going to magically jump to the top next year, either. Even if they can spend big money in the offseason, (questionable), this process of rebuilding is not limited to 2011.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another gift and Kosuke’s triple ties the game at 4

  • cubtex

    Is the wind blowing out today?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    Best weapon for the cubs today is to put a man on 3rd base and don’t swing the bat!
    _BBrenly quote of the day! super funny

    • Cheryl

      It’ll never happen, but boy would I like to see Brenly as GM.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Congratulations to the Tennessee Smokies, the 2011 1st Half North Division champions

    • studio179

      I believe Daytona was 1st Half Champs as well.

      Good job to both. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That’s what happens when a team cannot turn 2

  • Gary J

    Wow it’s like sitting in a room full of Randy Quade characters from Major League 2.

    Reading the comments it’s like the Cubs are down 8-2 and getting crushed.  I understand that it’s been a long year but damn people – this is a fun game to watch!  If you’re a fan then this is the kind of ballgame you should be enjoying.  

    Plus I’ve been waiting for Pena to jack one out after Rip’s comment earlier about him and the accuscore thing – so thanks for reverse jinxing him Rip.  :-)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Pena with #10

  • John_CC

    Pat said “the Cubs have scored runs on a RARE attack”

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 Pitching Staff Idea

    C.Wilson
    M.Garza
    A.Kirk
    R.Wells
    T.McNutt

    bullpen

    S.Marshall-setup
    A.Cashner-setup
    D.O’Day
    Z.Rosscup
    C.Carpenter
    J.Russell
    C.Marmol-closer

    • Cheryl

      I’d trade Marmol and have Marshall as closer. What about Wood? He and Cashner and Carpenter could vie for set-up I’m not certain about the others in the bullpen. As for the pitching staff – Garza, and the rest are questionmarks. Z will probably be gone and Dempster may have pitched his last year. Wells has beeen shaky.

      • Anonymous47701

        No Question Randy Wells needs some work with his pitching, but I believe Marmol will be around for awhile as the Cubs closer, I stand by Sean Marshall as a Lefty Setup and not so much as a closer, Matt Garza has yet to get settled in and I Honestly Find it kind of though to believe that Kerry Wood is going to come back. So I figure the Cubs to Sign CJ Wilson during the Offseason since they don’t have a Lefty Starting Pitcher, Bring up Austin Kirk to help bring some balance to the Starting Rotation, and help Randy Wells fill the back end of the rotation with Trey McNutt. There will be question marks about how a roster is built, I mean no MLB team is immune to question marks.

        • Cheryl

          What you say makes sense. It looks like whoever is GM will have to bring in someone like Wilson. You down mention Jackson. Is he a possible starter? Also, Cashner may still have arm problems even as a reliever (I’m hoping not.) so his health is a bit of a concern. Wells may even be traded. I’m just not certain of his future role with the cubs. If he is the cubs will definitely need two outside startig pitchers. That means two or three pitchers needed for the new rotation. Marmol hasn’t been too reliable whereas Marshall has been. That’s the major reason I’d like someone else in the closer’s spot.

  • Kevinwickit

    Keep it up Pena just keep driving up your trade value.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Scorers change from Wednesday night announced: LeMahieu credited with hit on Brewers error last night; meaning back-to-back hits for Cubs originally scored as errors

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DJ now has a three-hit game on his resume

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kosuke with a three run shot off a lefty … Double short of a cycle

  • John_CC

    Trade Fukudome today!!! 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kosuke throws Weeks out at second … for the second time in the game

    • John_CC

      What the hell is Weeks thinking?  Trying way too hard, especially on day with the ball flying out every inning.

      • paulcatanese

        John,it seems there are players on other teams that are more stupid than the Cubs.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    SO-RI-A-NO! (Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap)

    • Roland

      Oh I missed that

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Greinke allows 8 R, K’s 10. Last guy to do that, Dempster, for Reds, in 2003. Nolan Ryan did it 3 times in his career.

  • John_CC

    No lead is safe.    In Quade’s defense of bullpen use – his options aren’t always the best.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    (Past) Time to cut ties with Grabow … no reason for Marmol to be warming up right now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Brewers 12-7 Thurs afternoon. Cubs scored 6 of 12 runs on 3 HR – Pena, Fukudome, Soriano; Garza: 5R, 6H, 3BB, 3K, 6IP

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs scored 12 runs on 14 hits; Fukudome: 3-for-5, 4RBI, HR, 3B, 3R; Castro: 3-for-3, RBI, R, 2BB; Pena: 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2R; Soriano: 2-for-4, HR, 2R, 2RBI

  • Ripsnorter1

    You know what puzzles me? Your top 8th inning guy, Sean Marshall, is allowed to pitch two innings–making him worthless for tomorrow–when you have 4 more games before a day off–in a game in which we’ve got a big lead. 
    Meanwhile Grabow did a great job again today, only 3 ER in 1 IP. 

    • paulcatanese

      With that lead, Marshall should not have been out there at all.

      • S Shell T

        I came across a comment of yours from this blog back in February about your time playing in Germany with the Army North American Command team. My father is Frank Shell, who played (catcher) in the Detroit minor league system (Augusta, Birmingham, Knoxville, Victoria in the Texas League). His health has changed for the worse recently and I have been recording his memories of baseball days. He mentioned Hicks, Thompson, Delios, many more. His General was Van Brunt. If you were a teammate of my father’s, or knew him through the Northern Area Command, please let me know.

        • paulcatanese

          I am sorry to hear about your’e fathers health. I knew your’e Dad from the “Black Knights” as the NACOM baseball team was called. I met him in the spring of 1956 when we were sent to participate for the baseball team. And yes I did know him for the whole summer of 56 and did play on the same team. If you wish I would be happy to chronicle everything I can remember about that year. If you wish I can profile on this blog or you can (or I ) arrange to exchange e-mail addreses. I would be happy to help in any way I can.
          The e-mail exchange needs to go thru “Neil” the sponsor of the blog, so as
          not to be public. Please let me know which you prefer. Thank You for the post
          and hope Frank does well. My family and I send you our prayers.

          • Dorasaga

            Paul and Shell. I said this before, and I’ll say this again: You guys need to publish your memoir on the community blog or somewhere. Perhaps Neil can help us out here.

            The baseball teams of the armed forces feel different back in the days when war was considered full-fledged across the Euro-Asia continents. It must be intense, risking life-n-death, or maybe not. I don’t know. But I’m sure more than me, others would love to read your tale.

        • paulcatanese

          Checked this out, go back to youre original post,Paul