Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 07/08/11

Game Ninety: Cubs (36-53) vs. Pirates (45-42)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Rodrigo Lopez (1-2, 3.91/1.42) vs. James McDonald (5-4, 4.40/1.59)

Updated 3:33pm CDTAccording to multiple reports, the Cubs released Fernando Perez on Friday. Perez was on the Cubs 40-man roster and with his release the Cubs big league roster was reduced to 39 players.

The Cubs begin their last series before the break tonight with the first of three against the Mighty Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are playing very good ball and enter play tonight just a game back of the Brewers and Cardinals, second place in the NL Central. The Pirates are not only thinking about a winning season but they have visions of their first post-season birth since 1992.

The Bucs have owned the Cubs since the end of the 2009 season and have already won two series at Wrigley this season. The Cubs have lost four of six to the Pirates and simply do not match up well with the Pirates.

Mike Quade is slated to send Rodrigo Lopez, Ryan Dempster and Ramon Ortiz to the hill this weekend … not exactly the three pitchers that Quade figured he would finish the first half with back in the spring. The Cubs offense will have their hands full over the next three days. After James McDonald, Q’s squad will have to deal with Kevin Correia and Paul Maholm.

In other newsRyan Dempster is penciled in to start Saturday’s game. Dempster threw a side session Thursday and said he felt fine afterwards. The final decision on Saturday’s start will be made today once the Cubs talk to Dempster.

Carlos Zambrano will make a rehab start with the Peoria Chiefs tonight and if all goes well he will likely return to the rotation on July 16 against the Marlins.

The Cubs are expected to release the results on Marcos Mateo’s MRI on Friday.

Tonight it all begins with Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo Lopez is coming off a tremendous start against the White Sox and will make his fourth start of the season tonight. Lopez threw seven innings of shutout ball and surrendered just two hits to the Southsiders. Lopez had very good command and took advantage of the aggressive White Sox offense. Lopez did not issue a free pass and struck out three.

Lopez will make his first road start of the year tonight. He is 1-1 as a starter with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Rodrigo Lopez is 1-0 in one career start against the Pirates with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Matt Diaz – 1-for-3 with a triple
  • Garrett Jones – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Andrew McCutchen – 0-for-3
  • Lyle Overbay – 3-for-4 with a walk
  • Xavier Paul – 0-for-1 with a walk

The Pirates acquired James McDonald last year at the trading deadline for Octavio Dotel … and the trade has paid nice dividends for the Pirates. McDonald has been very good for Clint Hurdle this season and has not allowed more than three earned runs in a single start since May 13.

McDonald is coming off a no decision to the Nationals in which he allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. While McDonald has not posted a victory since June 16, the Pirates are 6-4 in his last 10 starts.

James McDonald is one of the many reasons the Pirates are where they are in the standings. McDonald is 2-1 in eight starts at PNC this year with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

Tonight will be McDonald’s second career start against the Cubs. McDonald took the loss last September at Wrigley (Thomas Diamond picked up the victory) and in two career appearances he is 0-1 versus the Cubs with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP.

McDonald is not the same pitcher he was last September … the Cubs will have their hands full tonight.

Cubs Career Numbers against James McDonald

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – a walk in only plate appearance
  • Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-2 with a walk

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Neil

    The Cubs released Fernando Perez on Friday. Perez was on the Cubs 40-man roster and with his release the Cubs big league roster was reduced to 39 players

    • ZT

      Who is going to replace Fernando Perez in Triple-A?

    • KevininSandiego

      I remember how excited Hendry was to get him as part of the Trade. Can One of the other Owners please make a call Tom Ricketts and tell him it is time for a change before he gets in way to deep? Any owner but the Dodgers and Mets

      • Neil

        Kevin, Hendry tried to trade for Perez before he finally got him in the Garza deal. I remember the Cubs first showing interest back in 2008. 

        • Aaron

          As always, like Neifi, Hollandsworth, Floyd, Bradley, etc., and more recently, Perez, Hendry almost always gets “his guy”, and they almost always suck. In fact, I cannot think of a single “Hendry guy” they’ve gotten that has done well. 

          That speaks VOLUMES, does it not?

          • Richard Hood

            Mark DeRosa is the one that comes to mind as a Hendry guy that did pretty well. And got moved right in time win/win.

          • Jason Penrod

            Remember Aaron Heilman was a “Hendry guy” as well…How did that work out?

      • Aaron

        AMEN Kevin….A thousand times, AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JW

      Anyone think that Quade has been reading the blogs…. its a bit odd that he has Castro batting 2nd and Ramirez 3rd all of a sudden

      • diehardcubfan

        One can only hope JH is actually paying attention to this blog.  The lineup showing is what should have been done since the beginning. 

      • gocubs

        That lineup is almost exactly, or exactly like the one most of us here have been advocating since DAY 1…so yeah, it is a bit suspicious.  Annoying that it took him this long to come up with that when it was pretty clear to most here that that should be the lineup.  

    • JimBo_C

      Could clearing this roster spot be a precursor to a trade involving the major league squad?

      • Richard Hood

        That is kind of where my brain going when I saw the news.

      • Cheryl

        Sure sounds like something is coming. Maybe it involves the Giants. Any other word?

      • Aaron

        No….it clears a spot so Hendry can add Augie Ojeda….LOL

  • Neil

    Former Cubs’ farmhand Josh Harrison is in the Pirates starting lineup tonight at third base. Harrison was part of the Gorzelanny/Grabow trade back in 2009

  • Neil

    From Buster Olney: The Cubs are telling teams they have no interest in talking about Sean Marshall in any potential trade.

    • Richard Hood

      The Hendry has no chance of getting a top prospect. Any trade talks has to look at Marmol, Marshall and Soto. They are our most valuable pieces and can get the best return.

  • Neil

    More from Buster Olney: At some point,
    Cubs will convey serious interest from contenders to Kerry Wood, and
    let him make the choice of if he’s traded, and where to.

  • Anonymous47701

    Does Anyone know who Wally Joyner is and could he be the next bench coach for the Chicago Cubs?

    • Richard Hood

      Wally Joyner was a 1stbaseman for the Angels,KC,SD and one season with ATL. I have not heard anything about him being a bench coach or anyone else. He was a hitting coach for SD a couple years ago and lasted a couple years.

    • Tedtop16

      Wasn’t Joyner a first baseman who hit well for the Angels?

    • Aaron


      Of course, we all probably know who he is…he’s a former MLB player….The best way to describe him is “Mark Grace Lite”….he wasn’t as good as Grace, but a similar type of hitter, and basically the same body type as well.

      At any rate, he retired in 2001, served as roving minor league instructor, guest Spring Training instructor from 2003-2007, when he became hitting coach at the end of July in 2007, then resigned at the end of the 2008 season due to philosophical differences with Sandy Alderson (then with the Padres). 

      Keep in mind, the Padres finished last in the league in several categories under his “tutelage” so I don’t know what type of expertise he’d bring to the Cubs, and I’m not sure you’d want him anyway.

      I’m not even sure where you came up with that idea to begin with, but at least you’re thinking of different way to improve the team.

      • Richard Hood

        Remember Aaron that you have no idea who is on the other side of the keyboard. A kid that is 14 may not know who Wally Joyner was. Just like with some of the great players of the 70’s all I can remember is their stats.

        • Aaron

          I wasn’t saying that to be mean….just wondered where the idea of Joyner on the bench came from. Was it rumor? Did he meet Joyner himself (who is part of the Mormon church and lives in Utah currently, and has heavy monetary interests in film productions for the church)

          That’s all I was saying

  • Richard Hood

    Dang I just turn on the game and ARAM is already hit one deep. When he is hot it happens like that.

  • Neil

    From the Trib: 
    Mateo diagnosed with forearm strain. Should be out 4-5 weeks. No ligament damage. Better than expected. Going to Mesa to rehab.

    • Aaron

      Nobody should underscore the importance of this development. While he’s struggled at times with the Cubs upon his promotions, he has an electric arm, and everyone knows the Cubs could use plenty of those type of arms right now.

      Thanks for the updates as usual, Neil

  • GaryLeeT

    I am looking at the packed ball park in Pittsburgh, and I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone.

  • Aaron

    July 8, 2011:

    -one month post amateur draft
    -Cubs have nearly signed as many international free agents as they have guys from the amateur draft….which means, they’re doing VERY bad
    -Based on 2 reports ( and Baseball America), the Cubs have either signed 11 or 14 players respectively from their draft. Apparently McDonald and Lucchese “signed”, yet don’t appear anywhere. And while Weismann signed, he hasn’t played, but still appears on Mesa’s roster, so he’s likely injured. You can find McDonald and Lucchese anywhere, so we’ll just say they’ve signed 12 
    -while I realize the Cubs took a  lot of underclassmen in the draft…so did other teams, especially the Rays, and yet they have FAR more signings than the Cubs right now. Again, actions speak louder than words, and all I can see is BS and propaganda being spewed throughout the media that’s in Ricketts’ back pocket.

    • Calicub

      Lets be real who would want to be drafted into the cubs organizatiom? They have a knack for screwing up young talent

    • Tno13

      If you were one of the early round picks with a college scholarship awaiting you, would you jump at the first couple of numbers presented to you, or would you drag out the process until the deadline to ensure you get the top offer? It takes two sides to come to an agreement.  Agents traditionally advise their clients that there may be more money if you wait.
      Why not withhold the criticism until deadline passes and they in fact fail
      as you predict.

      • Richard Hood

        because if he starts tearing into the front office about it now he can play the “I told you so” game. Which means that no matter how many guys out of this class the cubs actually sign he can say that Ricketts is a liar and is feeding BS.

        • Aaron

          That’s actually a good observation…but keep in mind I also stated after the draft that I’d eat some crow if I was wrong…I’m fully prepared to eat my words, it’s just with the Cubs, I’ve been right more than I’ve been wrong

      • Aaron

        How could you possibly misconstrue the intention of my comments. They had NOTHING to do with signing bonuses, agents, etc., and EVERYTHING to do with how many picks have signed with a majority of MLB right now. The Cubs rank near the bottom of the league for picks signed after Ricketts declared they’d spend more and take on riskier picks because they were willing to dole out the cash. 

        The Cubs all the way around are one of the dumbest teams in the league top to bottom.

        And since you brought into play the “negotiation” aspect….let’s dissect that a little bit.

        If one side comes out and says publicly (which I believe was BS and propaganda to appease the fan base to begin with) they will spend a lot more money than they have in the past……then doesn’t that diminish their negotiating leverage? Yet, that’s PRECISELY what Ricketts did. It also happens to be in line with what Hendry has done in the past, projecting moves in advance, diminishing returns for traded players, and increasing the asking price for players he trades for.

        • Richard Hood

          You know you have answered your own question of why most of these picks aren’t signed right?  THEY TOOK ON RISKIER PICKS KNOWING THEY WOULD BE TOUGH SIGNS. Today those riskier picks have more leverage than they did a month ago and you know a month from now they will have more leverage still.

          • Aaron


            For some reason…you and others seem to have amnesia….it’s like you think the Cubs are the only team that took on risky picks. Fact is, the Rays took on far riskier picks than the Cubs, with the only major risks in the Cubs draft being Vogelbach, DeVoss, Gretzky, and Maples (based on where they were drafted and college options with Vogelbach-2nd round Florida, DeVoss-3rd round Miami, Gretzky-7th round SDSU, and Maples-14th round UNC). The reason I consider these players risks, and other high school guys such as Urban (41st round) and Jacquez (39th round) not being major risks, is that they were picked later, so it’s not as significant as ones selected earlier and that had major expectations.

            Plenty of teams have already inked a ton of underclassmen. Here’s a pathetic stat for you…..The Cubs have inked just Pugliese (JUCO-FR), Zapenas and Weismann (College-JR) that are underclassmen. Pugliese is the only one of them that I could see being a feather in their cap as he was selected in the 18th round, and he had leverage.

            But give me a break with the whole…..”risky picks” and “still a month to go before the deadline”…..either you’re in or you’re out management-wise (with regards to doling out necessary cash to get it done)….and it appears the Cubs are all talk and no game.

            But here’s the point I really want to drive home with everyone……Consider the 2011 Cubs, and all their problems with MLB starting pitching, and injuries at the minor league level to a whole host of top prospects. Harris (drunk driver hit him, broke/fractured legs), McNutt (shoulder stiffness, blister issues, cracked ribs), Jay Jackson (strained shoulder), Whitenack (TJ surgery), etc.

            The ramifications of NOT signing your picks early, ESPECIALLY if you take a lot of underclassmen, (with a bunch of high school kids), is that if you do end up signing them, they’re already behind development-wise. The Cubs need immediate help pitching-wise, which is why they signed the Cuban Del Valle, the struggling independent leaguer Berlind, and why they aggressively promoted Francescon at the lower ranks, and had to very aggressively promote the likes of Beeler and Struck to the upper ranks.

            If the Cubs go down to the wire with the likes of Scott, Maples, Urban, Jacquez, Jensen, etc., they’ll have approximately 1 month to get a good look at them, and then Instructs later on (which is far less competitive) to gauge where they’re at, and what their needs might be in the offseason. Even a top college pitcher like Zych hasn’t been playing lately and would need some time to get back into a groove. 

            It’s like a trickle down effect when you have either a small draft class (meaning signings) and a poor draft class where you didn’t get many guys that are or will develop into decent prospects.

            What ends up happening in either case is you get minor league free agent signings like Ojeda, Scales (I liked him though), Snyder, LaHair, etc….guys that will never see the light of day on your MLB roster, just as roster filler at the minor league level. So, it not only diminishes your ability to field a competitive product at the minor league level, but it also diminishes your product at the MLB level for years to come. You simply must have a continuous influx of talent in the minors to account for injuries all around, trades, and natural attrition (players not working out, retiring, etc.)

            I’m so sick of Cubs’ management apologists out there saying “it’s not too late,” “it’s still early in the season,” “they’ll figure it out,” “if they just play to career averages….”

            What on earth have they done in recent history (meaning the past 20 something years) that gives you any reason for optimism?!?!? 

            Why can’t people just look at successful organizations, research what they do, or have done in the past, and apply it to what the Cubs should be doing? Furthermore, why can’t they do a self-evaluation (meaning the Cubs)….a sort of “SWOT analysis”, and determine what areas the club needs to fix….the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” does NOT apply to the Cubs, because it IS broken…..

            Consider this….The Atlanta Braves, who have long had a great pipeline of talent coming through their system, have already signed 17 of their top 20 picks this year…..SEVENTEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and 30 overall)

            The Rays, who had a lot of supplemental picks, have signed 15 of their top 20 (and 32 picks overall).

            The Rangers, who have had a drastically improved farm system of late, have signed 16 of their top 20 (and 25 picks overall)

            The Brewers, who have a well-documented improved farm system in recent years, have signed 11 of their top 20(and 26 overall)

            The Cardinals, who are perennial contenders, have signed 15 of their top 20 (and 30 overall)

            What more evidence do you need?

        • Tno13

          Here’s your response to my post:
          “How could you possibly misconstrue the intention of my comments. They
          had NOTHING to do with signing bonuses, agents, etc., and EVERYTHING to
          do with how many picks have signed with a majority of MLB right now. ”
          Here is what you said in your original post:
          “while I realize the Cubs took a  lot of underclassmen in the draft…so
          did other teams, especially the Rays, and yet they have FAR more
          signings than the Cubs right now.”
          Re-read your post. That is the only line that remotely supports your view that it had EVERYTHING to do with how many picks were signed by MLB.
          The rest was about how you see through the Cubs/Ricketts/Media plot to fool the rest of the fans.
          If we all agree that you’re smarter than the rest of us, can see the future, and very bad things will always happen to the Cubs, will you go away?

          • Aaron

            oh…poor baby…did I ruffle your feathers? Can you not take the justly deserved criticism of this team?

          • Tno13

            Yeah, I could use some consoling.Think maybe we could get together?
            I’d really like to meet you. Really like to meet you.

  • Aaron

    Cubs need to shut McNutt down right now if they were smart. Something is obviously not right with him. Tonight, in the 1st inning, he’s already given up a line of: 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 1 hr allowed, 1 walk, 1 K

    He now has a 4.80 ERA

  • Neil

    Kosuke with a tremendous catch to end the second

  • Neil

    Zambrano gets strike 3 swinging to end the inning with 2
    strikeouts. 16 pitches, 10 strikes. 0-0 mid 1

  • Brentcarmona

    aaron, in response to your post about kaplan’s article…

    i definitely smell something fishy here. i am always on the lookout for bullcrap spewed by mainstream media and that article sounds like it came from the men upstairs. funny since the ricketts own their share of csn chicago (according to the internet).

    looking at the first sentence ‘…this year’s amateur signings…’ is repeated in the next paragraph almost exactly the same but with his source ‘other organizations’. is a five year old writing that article? or is kaplan trying to purposely do that to take our mind off the no show of signings in this past draft?

    then, the last paragraph he starts mentioning the 2011 draft picks..’i hear that they could have at least one of their top 5 draft picks signed this week.’ then yhe very next sentence he says devoss will sign…sounds like he is trying to say hey he is not the only one the cubs will sign this week, dont worry there are more on the way. its just odd how he words things to create optimism.

    and all his ‘sources’ are listed as: other organizations, a baseball executive, one baseball source, other baseball execs….uhhhh does not sound very convincing to me. id like to know where/what these sources exactly are…

    i believe that article is propaganda however there is still time left for the cubs to sign their draft picks so i am not calling the cubs out completely right now. it just does not inspire any confidence that the cubs will sign even half their draft picks this year. time will tell come signing day.

    • Aaron

      This is not the first time teams and/or politicians have used “garbage media” as I call them to promote their agenda. I think people are starting to wake up to this sort of non-sense both in the sports community and political, because numbers don’t lie, and everyone can have research at the click of a button, it’s so accessible nowadays. 

      In fact, in the past, these types of “pay to play” stories were commonplace, with even the Wrigley family being a part of controversies like this. For instance, certain newspapers in the past (and even currently) would forewarn personnel from professional sports franchises they liked (or were paid off by) that the paper/network they worked for was about to break a story unfavorable about them so they could do advanced damage control planning. Teams also have given exclusive access to reporters they want in their back pocket regarding transactions that haven’t yet hit the wire in exchange for favorable articles and reporting. Sometimes, these things were so egregious that you would actually find the reporters on the team’s payrolls.

      This is why we’ve seen some of the harshest criticism of late regarding the Cubs coming from the Tribune reporters, who no longer are forced to play nice with the Cubs.

      The guys I’ve seen that are most in the Cubs’ back pocket are Miles, Levine, and Kaplan. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Hendry himself bankrolls them to get favorable articles.

  • Neil

    Zambrano 2nd inning – 1b, k, sb, bb, double play. 2ip, 2h,
    0r, 1bb, 3k…35 pitches, 20 strikes. Chiefs lead 1-0

  • Neil

    Zambrano: 3ip, 3h, 1r, 0er, 2bb, 3k 52 pitches, 31 strikes.
    Tied 1-1 mid

  • Neil

    Don’t see that too often … two runs scored on an infield single

  • Richard Hood

     Barney certainly seems to raise to the occasion when we need it late. Like Skip Bayless likes to call it he certainly has that clutch gene.

  • Neil

    Zambrano completed his rehab start with Peoria. Z’s final line: one unearned run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings. Z threw 63 pitches, 38 for strikes

  • Neil

    Soriano with a two-out, two run double to left center … on a 0-2 pitch

  • Jason Penrod

    Please Please Please trade Aramis Ramirez RIGHT NOW!  You are never going to get more out of him, if the Cubs are serious about the future they will find a way, I know he has a Hendry Clause (as no-trade clauses should now be called) but I still think it can and SHOULD be done.

    • Richard Hood

      He actually does not have a no trade clause. He has ten/ five rights. So blaming it on Hendry is not acurate. Blame it on the union.

  • GaryLeeT

    In typical Quade fashion, he leaves in a starter in to hit for himself in lieu of going for more runs, only to have them cough up the lead the next inning. It’s like he’s trying to conserve his pitching for that playoff run. How does he keep his job?

  • Neil

    One pitch, two outs for Kerry Wood.

  • Neil

    Soriano just missed a home run to right

  • Neil

    Barney delivers again …

  • GaryLeeT

    Veras had not allowed an earned run in his last 11 appearances. I am a little impressed.

  • Aaron

    Good to see Jackson have a good start at Iowa tonight: 
    6 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned, 3 walks, 8 K’s

  • Ripsnorter1

    I have been weeping for hours . . . .the Cubs cut Fernando Perez!
    What took them so long?!?!!!??  They gave up a better OF, a better hitter, a better base stealer when they gave up Fuld. And Garza has been showing us the real Garza. 

    • Richard Hood

      One game does not make a season. It was a horrible performance but over all he has been pretty good. Now Perez is another story all together. Some GM’s just get an idea of what a guy should be and think they have the people to get them there. But you should have been talking about Guyer not Fuld. He is what everyone thought he was.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Garza: of his 32 starts last year, I analyzed them and posted his line. He had 16 starts where he pitched poorly. He’s an okay pitcher. Not going to win 15-20 games that some on this board projected.

        Guyer: hit a HR in his first ML AB. Not too bad. He goes 1 for 3 and they ship him back down. Hitting .315 in AAA with 10 HR and 47 RBI> 

        • Richard Hood

          But Guyer is still in Tamp’a plans. I think that just because of depth incase Colvin continues to be a AAAA player and Jackson isn’t ready for right field we would need Guyer when we trade Fukudome.

  • Neil

    Josh Harrison with his third hit of the game … ties the game at four.

  • GaryLeeT

    Look at the Pirates and their fans. So excited to have something to play for. I am jealous.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Harrison 3 for 4 tonight. Not too bad.

    Why doesn’t Quade put Grabow in the game to show how the Cubs got the better end of that trade?

  • Ripsnorter1


    Twins knocking snot out of the White Sox tonight. Again. Sox hasn’t beat Twins since last year. Adam Dunn has smacked a HR. But he atoned for that mistake by striking out twice.

    • Richard Hood

      Rip are you a Sox fan as well? You speak like a man who is naturally bitter to all Chicago teams. It is alright I like the Sox as well. Must be a down state thing.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Not a Sox fan. Where I come from, one can’t be both a Cubs and Sox fan.

        Dunn: I wish him well, but he looks so very lost up at the plate. The big contract ruins EVERYBODY.

        This Sox team is so underperforming this year. 

        If Pujols signs the big deal, he will become a bust just like Dunn. Just thinking about it had him all messed up earlier in the year.

  • J Daniel

    Ka BOOM!!!!  It Figures.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Marmol doing his job. 

  • diehardcubfan

    As we keep saying the Cubs do not know how to win.  UGLY!!!!

  • GaryLeeT

    WOW! The Pirates 3rd string catcher puts the game away with a 3 run homer (his first in the MLB) on an 0-2 pitch against the Cubs closer. But there is no way to be surprised at the variety of ways the Cubs can pathetically blow a game.

  • Neil

    Cubs lost 7-4 to Pirates. Carlos Marmol 6th blown save;
    Rodrigo Lopez: 3R, 8H, BB, 3K, 6IP;
    Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-4, HR, 2R; Marlon Byrd:3-for-3, BB, 2R; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2RBI

  • BosephHeyden

    Just throwing it out there, but the Pirates were a game behind the Brewers and Cardinals.  As of right now, both those teams are losing.  Just re-emphasizing this, but if the Cubs wanted to actually play good baseball they had three months to make that decision.  It’s too late now, and they need to just go ahead and let the Pirates have these next two so that the Cardinals, Brewers, and Reds stay away from the NL Central title.

  • paulcatanese

    Well Quade, Hero one night ,Bum the next. You still don’t know how to handle pitchers. Nothing else to be said except you play for runs, not how long you can keep a pitcher out there. You got greedy again Lopez gave you 5 decent innings, and then the deluge began.