Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 07/19/11

Game Ninety-Eight: Cubs (39-58) vs. Phillies (59-36)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 89
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97/1.33) vs. Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82/1.06)

Could the Cubs pull off their second surprise in as many days and not only win a series for the first time in over a month but also beat Cliff Lee for the first time?

The Cubs put together a solid game on Monday night and tacked on runs after Roy Halladay was forced to leave the game. The Cubs have not fared too well against Cliff Lee over the years and to pull off back-to-back wins against the best two pitchers in the NL could provide rare highlights in a season full of disappointment.

Carlos Marmol returned to the hill Monday night for the first time since Friday. Marmol showed improvement early before issuing back-to-back two out walks. Marmol did not allow a run but will not be used as the team’s closer for now. Sean Marshall will likely handle those duties while Marmol and Kerry Wood try to find their command.

Tonight it all starts with Matt Garza

Matt Garza is coming off a solid seven-inning outing against the Fish. Garza tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed just six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Garza was inline for the win but Carlos Marmol could not throw a strike … last Thursday was the third would-be-victory for Matt Garza that Marmol could not save.

Other than the two-plus inning start against the Nationals, Garza has been very good over the last two months … since May 11, Garza has allowed more than three earned runs in three of his 10 starts.

Even with his horrible outing against Washington, Garza is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

Matt Garza is 3-3 in nine starts at Wrigley this season with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Garza took the loss in Philly back on June 11 after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in six innings. Garza walked three and struck out four. For his career, Garza is 1-1 in two starts versus the Phillies with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Domonic Brown – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Ben Francisco – 3-for-7 with a double and 2 walks
  • Ryan Howard – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Raul Ibanez – 4-for-12 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Cliff Lee – 1-for-3
  • Jimmy Rollins – 0-for-7 with a walk
  • Carlos Ruiz – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Chase Utley – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Shane Victorino – 1-for-6 with a walk

Cliff Lee, arguably the best southpaw in the game right now, is coming off a tremendous eight-inning start against the Braves. Lee received a no decision after allowing one run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Lee showed he is human back on July 3. After allowing just one run in June, ironically enough the Cubs scored the run, the Blue Jays pounded out 10 hits, smacked three home runs and scored seven runs with six of them being earned.

Cliff Lee has never lost to the Cubs and beat Q’s squad back on June 11. The Cubs managed only one run on four hits with two walks and Lee struck out seven. The veteran southpaw is 4-0 in five career starts versus the Cubs with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-0 in two starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Cliff Lee

  • Jeff Baker – 3-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-4
  • Marlon Byrd – 6-for-15 with 3 doubles and a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 1-for-3
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-3 with a walk
  • Matt Garza – 0-for-2
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-8 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Carlos Pena – 6-for-32 with 3 home runs and a walk
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-18 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-10 with a double and 3 walks

Boys of Spring – The Movie
Friend of the CCO, Tim Sheridan, is putting the finishing touches on a Cubs documentary about his time with the Chicago Cubs. Tim is the long-time P.A. announcer at HoHoKam Park in Mesa and the film is full of behind the scenes, never-before-see footage shot by Tim as he worked next to Cubs legends like Harry Caray and Ron Santo.

From the official press release: To be a part of Boys of Spring – The Movie, fans can donate as little as $10 using an Amazon.com account. As a thank you, fans will receive a copy of the Boys of Spring documentary before its official release next spring. There are a range of donation levels and rewards available on Kickstarter.com, including Cubs memorabilia and your name in the movie’s credits.

Boys of Spring isn’t about a team winning or losing. It’s about something deeper. An examination of life on its winding path and how, in spite of perceived failures, there is happiness and success. Cub fans will find joy this season and for years to come with the Boys of Spring film by donating and claiming their place in Cubs history. An epic World Series drought can’t stop the faithful Cubs followers, who know better than anyone – “There’s always next spring!”

The CCO will be running reminders during game previews for the next few weeks and I encourage the Faithful to check out ‘Boys of Spring – The Movie

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Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • Darrenmcculloch

    OK, Baker can play first Mike Quade.  Carlos Pena is 6-for-32 against Lee in his career and is hitting under .150 against lefties this year.  Maybe, you should start Barney at 2nd and move Baker to first.  I guess that is why you are the man for the job. 

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Nick Struck (0-2, 6.30)
    Daytona – Jeffrey Lorick (7-3, 4.52)
    Boise – Yao-Lin Wang (2-1, 2.12)

    Tennessee and Peoria have the night off.

  • Brentcarmona

    neil,

    wanted to read bruce levines chat wrap today however having trouble accessing the site on my phone. did you get a chance to read up on it today? if so, any good rumors/news?

    thanks.

  • Rbmercer

    Baker. In. The. 4. Hole…..wow.

    I don’t know who else I would put there though out of that lineup except Aram, but then we wouldn’t have a 3 hole.

    So, the Cubs are fielding a team tonight that can only fill one of those (3 and 4 hole ) spots, so that deserves a WOW too.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      That’s why he is off the market. LOL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    CASTRO #3

  • Tom U

    Matt Szczur hit his first home run for Daytona.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs with 4 hits against Lee, all extra base knocks … 3 doubles and a homer. Soto just singled

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Lee is getting hit hard .

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Wasted Opportunity by the Cubs  , we let Lee get off  the  hook.

    • Brp921

      I think not scoring after the lead off double, getting the first two guys on, is going to come back and bite them. That has happened so many times  this year

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

        Yes it has and Lee is starting to find his groove so it can be trouble for the Cubs if the Phillies find any offense.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Garza has not allowed a hit in 3 innings, Phillies hit two ball hard last inning but lucky for us it was caught.

  • Brp921

    That was some big league pitching by Garza!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed, excellent job to get Utley and Howard to chase

  • Baron_S

    I think Reed Johnson has earned a chance to get the majority of playing time in RF/CF next year. He will be cheap, he shows he loves to be a Cub and is a high character guy…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good outing by Garza tonight … well maybe his night is not over.

    • cubtex

      I’m sure he doesn’t want the bullpen to blow another win for him :)

      • paulcatanese

        You were exactly right and you could see it in his body language as he left the mound. I dont blame him. after having three blown before this one he should have been left in to win or lose it on his own. Why not, its not like the Cubs are a game out of first. Stupid move by Quade, he still thinks they are going to turn it around.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Why is Garza hitting? Pitch count at 113. Nothing like giving away an out.

    • cubtex

      see answer above

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        This has “Quade-left-a-pitcher-into-long” loss written all over it.

    • Brp921

      If Garza was on such a short hook then you were right, why was he hitting?

      • cubtex

        Garza can’t catch a break!

        • Brp921

          The shame of it is the Cubs should have had at least 3 to 4 runs.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Just another bad job by Quade. Garza had thrown 113 pitches, six short of his season-high. He should have been lifted for a pinch hitter, especially with the top of the lineup due up.

        • Rbmercer

          Unbelievable, Garza should not have started that inning. Or he should have been on a hook to where as long as he didn’t allow a baserunner he could continue in the 8th but should have come out at least after the first hitter reached.

          • Rbmercer

            Sorry, my mistake, Garza came out after the first hit. I was in the other room tending to my kids, thought that Marshall came in with 2 on.

  • Brp921

    And away we go.

  • Mark

    Here we go again!  This really sucks.  Garza gets it in the ass again! This is a joke.        FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF——————-KKKKK!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bullpen cannot preserve the win for Matt Garza for the fourth time this season (Marmol 3, Marshall 1). Garza: 1R, 4H, 3BB, 5K in 7+ IP

    • Aaron

      more piss poor game management by Quade. It’s not like we’re all saying so after the fact…..it’s that we watch it right before our eyes, and are like, “this guy’s out of gas” or “this guy is getting hit, and not getting anyone out”

      Marshall couldn’t get anyone out today…we saw it….Quade didn’t, and that made all the difference, just as it has with Marmol all year

      • Aaron

        Also a shame, because this was one of the best starts I’d seen from Garza this year

        • Aaron

          More poor management brought to you by Quade….Fukudome up against a lefty in the 9th….NICE

          • carmelo

            Please tell us who YOU would have used as a pinch hitter in that situation—Campana? (hitting .111 vs LHP) —Hill? (.055 vs LHP). Waiting for your wisdom on this issue.

          • Rbmercer

            Barney.

          • Rbmercer

            Whoops, he was used in the 7th when I was in the other room.

          • carmelo

            ALREADY in the game as defensive replacement in the 8th inning—this board needs to pay more attention to the facts and not just want to bash everything about the Cubs.

          • Tony_Hall

            It was a mismanagement of players for not having Barney available, when he was going into to play defense for Dewitt pinch hitting.  

          • paulcatanese

            Some people are not glued to the site and miss certain things before they post. I didnt realize that everything had to be proof read before posting. It’s apparant you are a staunch Cub fan and I applaud that. But the frustration with this team is a lot to hold in for a majority of fans, myself included. The continous bash of the Cubs simply is not correct as I have seen the same people that you rant on give praise when it is due. You or anyone cannot have it only one way. I expect to be corrected with another opinion as this is what I believe the site is about, opinions and counter opinions not personality clashes. I would hope you take this post as constructive and not negative.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Marshall got racked in his first inning of work, so Quade the Genius brings him out for another inning of work to ensure that the Cubs lose. 

        WHAT A DINGFOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          And it made Marshall unavailable for tomorrow

      • paulcatanese

        Not only that,did you see Garza doing somthing into his glove on the way to the dugout? I’m sure he wasn’t whispering sweet nothings to Quade at that moment. You could see he was upset about being pulled and slam his glove. That is a man upset.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Baker ain’t right. His back is bothering him and he’s a lousy 9 for his last 52 with 16 K’s, 1 HR and 4 RBI in that span. 

    • Rbmercer

      Yeah, so let’s put him in the 4 hole!

  • J Daniel

    ouch, it figures

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Phillies score two runs after Soto drops the foul tip on the 1-2 pitch to Ben Francisco

  • Rbmercer

    Down 4-2 now…this is becoming too much night in and night out.

    • Brp921

      You could just see it coming.

  • jw

    LOL

  • Rbmercer

    So now he runs Fuko out there to hit against the impossible lefty Bastardo??? Barney????

    • Rbmercer

      And he K’s…big shocker.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Quade wasted Barney in the seventh. He had DeWitt hit for Baker then sent Barney into play second.

      • Brp921

        It was a pretty tight game to waste two guys, who play the same postion, in one at bat.

      • Rbmercer

        Well, my bad again, like I said earlier, I missed most of the 7th tending to my kids in the other room. Came back out just in time to see Utley double.

  • KevininSandiego

    If I was Garza I would ask for a Trade.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Pirates beat the Reds. That’s double good: I want the Pirates to win the division, and I want Dusty and his Votto Reds to finish beneath the Cubs.

    • Brp921

      You might get your wish with the Pirates but The Cubs will have a hard time finishing in front of the Astros.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    No other way to say it, this is another one on Quade

    • Ripsnorter1

      The guy doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. He’s clueless. He doesn’t learn by his mistakes. 

      • Tony_Hall

        Why do you think JH liked him so much…reminds him of himself.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-2 to Phillies. Matt Garza: 1R, 4H, 3BB, 5K, 7+IP;
    Johnson: 3-for-5, 2 2B, R; Castro: 2-for-5, HR, 2RBI; Pena: 2-for-3, 2B, BB

  • Ripsnorter1

    Seven Things to celebrate:

    1. The Cubs are again 20 under .500.2. Quade has cost the Cubs 20 wins, by my count, by his inept management. 
    3. The Pirates are in first place.
    4. The Reds lost today.
    5. The WHite Sox lost today.
    6. Sam Fuld hit a triple tonight.
    7. Adam Dudd did not play, and thus, did not fan 3 times tonight.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Something else to celebrate:

    Chirinos is 2 for 6 since being called up by the Rays.

    Fuld, Chirinos, and Guyer have all contributed to the Rays since being acquired for Matt Garza. 

    • carmelo

      Please let us know just what Guyer’s contribution was—-a home run in his 1st ab, and then getting shipped out?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Guyer’s HR won the game for the Rays. I’d call that a contribution. And that’s more than Funko has done all year long with his 13 RBI’s in 300+ PA.

        • carmelo

          Guyer’s hit a 2run HR in a 6-2 victory vs Baltimore—not a game winner, not a major contribution—one game—agree, not much out of Fuko, but he has certainly contributed to what few victories the Cubs have had this year—please be more objective then that.

  • Ripsnorter1

    IN case it escaped your notice . . . .
    The Cubs are tied with KC and Orioles for the second worst win total in MLB. All three have managed just 39 wins. Think of the possibilities! Quade could succeed in running this team into next to last place in all of MLB!!!  Think of this, too! Quade will be back in 2012. 

  • Ryan7_21_05

    let just face it guys, DA Cubs suck. GARZA pitched amazingly tonight and he gets craped on again. We all complained when the cubs only won 66 games a few years ago Bahahahaha I don’t even think We will win that this year. There needs to be a song for when they lose game. Because at least the fans that go too the game will have something to look forward to after the games. I feel bad for the people that keep going to the game. I can only scream at you that still spend money on this no good for nothing team, STOOOOP GOOOING TOOOO SEEDED THE CUBS. they are not going to change The GM OR MANAGER. MAKE THE RICKETTES “BUSINESS” FAIL AND FAIL BAD.