One Bad Inning … and One More Loss – Cubs 2 Brewers 3

Game One Hundred Three – Cubs 2 Brewers 3
WP – Chris Narveson (7-6) LP – Ryan Dempster (7-8) Save – John Axford (28)

So much for four wins in a row … The Cubs three-game winning streak came to an end after a bad first inning for Ryan Dempster. The Cubs and Brewers scored all five runs in the first inning and Ryan Dempster was handed a two-run lead before he ever threw a pitch … but Dempster gave up three runs on four hits and the Cubs offense could not push across another run.

Ryan Dempster took a rare loss against the Brewers (just the fourth of his career) after allowing three runs (all in the first) on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Dempster threw 102 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Casey McGehee (1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI) stuck it to his former team once again. Jeff Baker, starting in right field, misplayed a double off McGehee’s bat into a triple that allowed Prince Fielder to score the eventual winning run all the way from first base.

The Cubs offense out hit the Brewers 9-8 but was a miserable 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth against Chris Narveson but came away empty. Narveson beat the Cubs for the third time this season and improved to a perfect 6-0 in his career against the Chicago Cubs.

Aramis Ramirez (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) drove in the Cubs only two runs in the first inning. Ramirez hit his 19th longball of the season, a two-run shot, on the first pitch of the at bat … the ninth time this season Ramirez has hit the first pitch of an at bat over the wall. Aramis Ramirez (232) passed Gabby Hartnett for sixth on the Cubs All-Time Home Run list with his dinger on Tuesday night.

Starlin Castro recorded another multi-hit game and finished 3-for-4.

With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 19 games under .500 with a 42-61 record …

The Cubs came out swinging against Chris Narveson and actually put up runs against the Brewers’ lefty in the first inning.

Jeff Baker started the game with a single to center on Narveson’s first pitch. Vic Carapazza (the homeplate umpire had an extremely large strike zone on Tuesday night) struck out Starlin Castro for the first out … but Aramis Ramirez lined Narveson’s first pitch over the wall in left. The ball got out of Miller Park in a hurry and gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Geovany Soto and Marlon Byrd grounded out to end the first.

Ryan Dempster took the hill with a 2-0 lead but it did not last long. Dempster gave up three runs on four hits (a single, two doubles and a triple) on 26 pitches … just about everything was flat and just hung there for Dempster in the first.

Corey Hart ripped a 0-2 pitch from Dempster into the left field corner to start the inning. Nyjer Morgan tried to bunt on the first two pitches before missing Dempster’s third offering. Dempster threw a 2-2 pitch high and in on Ryan Braun who shattered his bat but ended up blooping a double down the right field line. The ball landed just fair and Hart scored … 2-1 Cubs.

Prince Fielder followed with a single to left center past Castro on a 2-1 pitch. Braun did not realize where Castro was playing Fielder and could only advance to third. Vic Carapazza rang up Rickie Weeks on a 0-2 pitch … the ball missed the strike zone. With runners on first and third with two outs, Casey McGehee ripped a 2-2 pitch into the right field corner. Braun scored easily to tie the game at two … and Fielder scored the go ahead run when Jeff Baker misplayed a double into a triple.

When will the Cubs quit putting infielders in the outfield and expecting different results?

Yuniesky Betancourt ripped a 1-1 pitch to the hole at short. Starlin Castro made a strong throw to Pena to end the inning. But once again a Cubs pitcher could not keep the opposition from scoring in the next half inning after his offense gave him a lead.

After the first inning both Chris Narveson and Ryan Dempster settled in and did not allow another run.

Darwin Barney (two-out triple in the second) and Starlin Castro (one-out single in the third) did their jobs and got on base … but Ryan Dempster popped out to end the second and Ramirez (pop out to right) and Soto (struck out swinging) could not advance Castro in the third.

Dempster retired the Brewers in order in the second and faced the minimum in the third after Prince Fielder hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end the third.

The Cubs did nothing against Narveson in the fourth and Dempster worked around a single and a Marlon Byrd error in the fourth.

Yuniesky Betancourt reached on a two-out single to center in the fourth. Jonathan Lucroy ripped a 2-1 single into center. The ball hit off the heal of Byrd’s glove and skipped past him. Betancourt did not run hard from first and had to hold at third on the Cubs’ 89th error of the season. Narveson grounded out to first to end the inning.

At the end of four … 3-2 Brewers.

The Cubs had a chance to tie the game in the fifth after a two out single by Jeff Baker and a check swing single down the third baseline by Starlin Castro. Aramis Ramirez launched a 3-1 pitch to deep center … but Nyjer Morgan made a routine catch before unnecessarily banging into the wall.

Ryan Dempster retired the Brewers in order in the bottom of the fifth … with Dempster snagging a line drive off the bat of Ryan Braun just before it hit him in the face to end the inning.

Q’s squad wasted a golden opportunity to tie or take the lead in the sixth … bases loaded and no outs and the Cubs predictably came away empty.

Geovany Soto led off the sixth with a single to left. Marlon Byrd ripped a 3-1 pitch into the corner in left. Ivan DeJesus held Soto at third. With runners at second and third with no outs, Chris Narveson walked Carlos Pena to end his night.

Ron Roenicke went to his pen and brought in Kameron Loe to face Alfonso Soriano.

Soriano hit a 1-1 pitch to McGehee at third. Casey missed the bag but threw home to force Soto at the plate. Darwin Barney pulled a 0-1 pitch to McGehee … 5-4-3 double play, inning over. The Cubs’ horrible offense would manage only one other hit in the game (Castro, two-out single in the seventh).

Jeff Samardzija struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh … and Sean Marshall worked around a single and a walk in the eighth without allowing a run.

Francisco Rodriguez (11 pitches, eight strikes) and John Axford (19 pitches, 13 strikes) retired six of the seven batters they faced on just 30 pitches, 21 for strikes. K-Rod and Axford struck out four of the six batters they faced.

Kosuke Fukudome reached on an error by Rickie Weeks with two outs in the ninth. Tony Campana ran for Fukudome and stole second … but Blake DeWitt, hitting for Sean Marshall, struck out swinging to end the game (on a 3-2 pitch that was near his eyes and ball four).

Back to reality … just another loss for the Chicago Cubs.

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Carlos Zambrano against Zack Greinke on Wednesday night.

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  • paulcatanese

    Nice post on a miserable game Neil. When is Quade going to give up his love of the platoon system? He dosent have enough players to do it right and ends up with guys playing out of position and it hurts every time. Baker or DeWitt have no busuness out there. Apparntly Quade dosent believe in small ball either. A bunt here and their would not hurt,as these guys swinging at the fences all night long have produced zilch.

  • kb20

    Draft Update:

    Michael Jensen signed with the Cubs…see link

    • kb20
    • Aaron

      glad for this signing. He was one of the pitchers I said they had to sign to have a successful draft (among others).

      Hopefully they can get Maples, Urban, and Jacquez, though with all 3 of them, it seems unlikely from what I’ve read (that are credible sources). BN had all 3 on the verge of signing, but every other source says there’s less than a 50-50 shot they sign.

      Here’s what I’ve heard about various picks:
      1 – Javier Baez, SS (HS) 18 yrs old R/R
      *Supposedly taking Cubs down to wire before signing2 – Dan Vogelbach, 1B (HS), 18 yrs old, L/R
      *I’ve read credible sources on both sides of the debate over whether he’ll sign. This much is true, the Cubs will likely go down to the final day with Vogelbach, if they sign him at all. He’s asking $1.65 million or more3 – Zeke DeVoss, 2B/OF (College-draft eligible Soph), 20 yrs old, B/R
      *SIGNED4 – Tony Zych, P (College-JR), 20 yrs old, R/R
      *I have not heard anything at all on Zych. I doubt he signs, unless Cubs go way over slot here. Even though he’ll be a college senior and Louisville doesn’t have a great program, he still throws 99 mph, and guys like that nowadays don’t grow on trees. If the Cubs sign Vogelbach, then I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t pony up the cash for Zych.5 – Taylor Scott, P (HS), 19 yrs old, R/R
      *He said he was signing right after the draft, but haven’t seen anything about him actually signing yet, so it’s a bit worrisome right now.6 – Neftali Rosario, C (Puerto Rico), 17 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED7 – Trevor Gretzky, 1B (HS), 18 yrs old, L/L
      *SIGNED8 – Taylor Dugas, OF (College-JR), 21 yrs old, L/L
      *WILL NOT SIGN, already stated he’s going back to school no matter what9 – Garrett Schlecht, OF (HS), 18 yrs old, L/L
      *Like Scott, said he’d sign, but nothing has transpired yet…again, no wonder why it hasn’t happened.10 – Danny Lockhart, SS (HS), 18 yrs old, L/R
      *SIGNED (but BA doesn’t note this yet, just local paper).11 – Shawon Dunston Jr., OF (HS), 18 yrs old, L/R
      *50-50, already said he’s going to deadline12 – Jacob Lindgren, P (HS), 18 yrs old, L/L
      *UNKNOWN.13 – Trey Martin, OF (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED.14 – Dillon Maples, P (HS), 19 yrs old, R/R
      *Conflicting reports on him. My bet is he goes to UNC, and tries to get selected 1st round in 2 years as a draft eligible sophomore (age), because recent reports have him hitting mid-to-upper 90’s on his fastball now15 – Justin Marra, C (HS-Canada), 18 yrs old, L/R
      *UNKNOWN16 – Rafael Lopez, C (College-SR), 23 yrs old, L/R
      *SIGNED17 – John Andreoli, OF (College-JR), 21 yrs old, R/R
      *Having great Cape season thus far, which means he’s unlikely to sign, as Cubs likely won’t go much above slot for him.18 – James Pugliese, P (JUCO-FR), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED19 – Danny Hoilman, 1B (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED.20 – Ben Klafczynski, OF (College-SR), 22 yrs old, L/R
      *SIGNED.21 – Andrew McKirahan, P (College-JR), 21 yrs old, R/L
      *SIGNED.22 – Ethan Elias, P (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED23 – Bradley Zimmer, OF (HS), 18 yrs old, L/R
      *Highly unlikely to sign, as he’s signed to play with his brother in college, and his parents are big on education24 – George Asmus, P (JUCO-SOPH), 20 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN.25 – Rhoderick “Rock” Shoulders, 1B (JUCO-FR), 19 yrs old, L/R
      *Has already stated he’s enrolling, so it’d take a last minute wayyyyyyyyyyy overslot offer to get him26 – Michael Jensen, P (JUCO-SOPH), 20 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED (but BA doesn’t note this yet, just local paper)27 – Taiwan Easterling, OF (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED.28 – Chris Garrison, P (JUCO-SOPH), 21 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN29 – Drew Weeks, 3B (HS), 17 yrs old, R/R
      *Already listed in post-draft recruiting classClick here for report from North Florida’s website30 – Alturo Maltos-Garcia, P (JUCO-SOPH), 19 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED (won’t be playing though b/c of injury)31 – Ronnie Richardson, OF (College-draft eligible SOPH), 21 yrs old, B/R
      *UNKNOWN.32 – Pete LeVitt, P (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED33 – Sheldon McDonald, P (College-5th yr SR), 22 yrs old, L/L
      *SIGNED.34 – Bobby Kelley, OF (JUCO-FR), 19 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN35 – Ian Dickson, P (College-JR), 20 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN36 – Trevor Garcia, IF/OF (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED37 – Steven Maxwell, P (College-SR), 23 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN-nobody seems to know what’s taking him so long. He has ZERO leverage, so either he’s given up baseball entirely, is injured, or is taking his chances in independent ball.38 – Casey Lucchese, P (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED.39 – Ricky Jacquez, P (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN-having awful summer thus far, reducing his leverage with the Cubs, so there’s almost no chance he signs.40 – PJ Francescon, P (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED41 – Austin Urban, P (JUCO-FR), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN-reports say it’ll be up to the wire42 – Brad Zapenas, SS (College-JR), 21 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED43 – Jeff Calhoun, P/2B (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN44 – Kenny Socorro, SS (College-SR), 22 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED45 – Tanner Kichler, P (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN.46 – Scott Weismann, P (College-JR), 21 yrs old, R/R
      *SIGNED47 – David Ernst, P (HS), 18 yrs old, R/R
      *UNKNOWN48 – Sam Howard, P (HS), 18 yrs old, R/L
      *UNKNOWN49 – Antonio Gonzales, P (HS), 18 yrs old, L/L
      *UNKNOWN50 – Cody Edwards, P (JUCO-SOPH), 21 yrs old, R/R

      • KevininSandiego

        If all these signing are true, then I will do backflips. If this is true the Ricketts may have spent more money on he Draft in one year then the Tribune did in 3.

      • Albert

        Zych and Schlecht will sign.

      • cubtex

        Callis is reporting that Vogelbach is a If the Cubs give him the 1.65 mil it won’t get announced till Aug 15th.

  • Baron_S

    Soriano is hitting .247, almost into August…. theyre gonna play this guy till he aint got no more play left in him — which is not that far off. 

    Hendry is clinging like a lamb to the man-boob teat of his fat baseball-illiterate owner, Ricketts..

    • Brentcarmona

      if i had to guess id say he has one more hot streak left in him this year. im hoping it starts immediately so somebody takes him off our hands. that is, if he ever does go on a hot streak.

      • Ripsnorter1

        The last hot streak was April. 

        Soriano has no legs left. He cannot run anymore at all. He still has the power if he could only hit the ball.

        • J Daniel


          Agreed, he is done.  They will have to end up releasing him and eating all of the money owed if they want his roster spot.  I can’t see anyone trading for him unless the Cubs eat all of the money and get nothing in return.  

          They gambled a lot to win a title but the window closed.  We all knew he would not be worth much at the end but the end has come really early.

          I think had the won the series most of us would live with him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            He is still owed $54 million. And not one single year with the Cubs did he really do much good. Yeah, I know the first year he hit 14 HRs in Sept off of minor league call ups, but most of the year he was dead weight. What a waste of dough!

  • Anonymous47701

    Go to Deadspin or Cubbies Crib and see a picture of Tom Ricketts riding the EL in a really depressed mood. This could be a sign of what is yet come.

    • Richard Hood

      I looked at that and couldn’t tell who it was.

  • Tony_Hall

    Maybe now, Q can realize this season is over.  Facing competitive teams, can bring you back to reality fast.

    It’s bad enough we have to endure not winning a World Series for 100+ years, but why do we have to deal with such idiots in charge.  WHY!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Idiots in charge and 103 year losing streaks go together. 

      Does that answer your question?

    • paulcatanese

      Tony, because without Quade, Baker would be relegated to the bench, to be used as a pinch hitter only. That guy kills the Cubs everywhere he plays defense. No range in the infield and no knowledge of the outfield, but he is an “untouchable”.What a joke Quade is with his “platoon” lineup,if someone were to look back over the box scores and see how un-successful he has been with this idea, they could see another reason that Quade should be gone.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It could be worse. We could be Pirates’ fans, and have to endure a blown call like this one in the 19th inning.

    • Richard Hood

      That was one horrible call. I can’t get over how much the Umpires seem to injecting themselves in to games lately.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I wonder if the Commissioner ever calls a guy like that in for a talk . . . .

        No need for instant replay, either. No. Not at all.

    • paulcatanese

      A bad call indeed, coupled with the mile wide strike zone last night,for both sides. Then again the Cubs dont walk anyway,so it only helps their pitching.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Tony LaRussa . . . not a dummy, by any means.

    He’s looking for a SS because the Cards pitching staff throws the 2nd most ground balls in the league. Starters Westbrooke and Garcia have higher ERAs than their peripheral numbers would indicate. 
    It’s the SS that’s failing them. And LaRussa has been on the Theriot case, and his batting average has since fallen straight off of a cliff. He can’t work under this kind of pressure. The Cards need a SS!

    Here’s a chance to deal Barney away for nothing much! 

    • paulcatanese

      It would be great for Barney to escape the zoo he’s playing in now.

      • Richard Hood

        Only if they are sending back Rasmus

        • John_CC

          Lots of reports that Rasmus is headed to the Jays for Edwin Jackson (to the Cards) who the Jays traded Frasor to the Sox for (along with Tehan). 
          That’s a good 3-way trade.  Everyone gets what they want. It is so frustrating to sit here, with all the players that Cubs do not need/want for the future and they cannot/will not deal any of them.

          Every time I click over here to the CCO I am praying for a “From The Wire…”  headline that says that one of these vets has been traded…please…

          • Richard Hood

            So am I but this is only the 2nd trade this deadline so far. So I feel the sand moving through the hour glass just not to the point I am freaking yet.

    • cubtex

      Thank god we don’t have Theriot at short anymore! Brutal! Good thing he is Cards problem now.

  • roseyc

    The Cubs had the bases loaded with no one out and Soriano up and he grounds out and McGhee give the Cubs a break and not touch third and throws Soto out at home. Now we have still the bases loaded Barney is at bat and he hits into a double play inning over. Why didn’t Quade squeeze bunt with Barney. Because he doesn’t know how to win. Like putting Baker in right because he is right hand ed batter who has botch plays in right field before and he still thinks we can get back in the race. When you have that kind of thinking is just a joke

    • Richard Hood

      Actually Barney is the one guy I want him to swing away with. The kid is clutch and has proven so all year so far. But I do understand what you are saying.

      • paulcatanese

        I agree with Barney swinging away, as his bunting so far this year has left a little to be desired, bunts the ball too hard and at someone, so with bases loaded I would rather have him swing away.

        The fact is the Cubs are lacking in the bunt area. The only one who uses it  is Pena, and that is not what he is paid for. And yes, Campana, but he is being used as he was supposed to be,as a pinch runner.

        I just cannot agree with Quade’s idea of an offense (the platoon system) and the idea of waiting for someone to hit the ball out of the park, he asks for too many double plays to occur.

  • John_CC

    Looking at the sked ahead the Cubs play a lot of division games the next two months.  I can see where Quade was coming from saying that there was a way for the Cubs to get back into the Central race.  The biggest problem is that they only have on series with the Astros in August and it isn’t for 3 more weeks, then only one more in September…

    All those games in between, Mike, you have to play real, major league teams…and remember? You and your team aren’t very good against major league teams.  You are actually like a .400 win % team against the rest of the league.  And that is…uh…SUCKS.

  • cubtex

    Sox traded Edwin Jackson and Teahan to Blue Jays for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart.

    • Richard Hood

      now lets see if the Cards are actually moving Rasmus or not.

      • John_CC

        Why the hell else would the Jays want Jackson and Teahan? 

        • Richard Hood

          They have this thing about being buyers for grade B FA’s. I know this one is going to be a flip but they did the same thing last year.

    • Dorasaga

      At least Colby shall feel happy, free away from LaRussaLand.

      Maybe it’s time to trade away Dempster. The verbal exchange with Quade is not tolerable for even the playerest players-manager.

      • cubtex

        Im all for moving Dempster. Keep Garza and Cashner and rebuild this staff!

        • Dorasaga

          My joke aside, I’m with you by principle. Although, I must acknowledge the emotional attachment and loyalty factor between a player and his ballclub. If Dempster still believe that he’ll help the team, then he’ll decline a trade with his “10-5 Rights” as a veteran who stayed long enough as a Cubs.

          Of course, Trader Jim might pull this off and persuade the man to find a greener meadow, turn in a high-A pitching arm and perhaps a speedy bat who has plate discipline unlike Everyone Else in the Cubs system.

          I will like to see Dempster return and retire in Cubs uniform… maybe a one-year deal in 2013, when we’ll finally see the light.

          • John_CC

            Lilly didn’t want to go either, wanted to be a Cub forever. We hear that a lot, there is obviously something very charming about playing for the Cubs (though it seems like it would be more of curse). 

            And then they leave and they see the light. Lilly and Theriot are the two most recent examples. As soon as they are in a new clubhouse and a different atmosphere they realize how dysfunctional it is in Chicago.

          • paulcatanese

            I like the “quick bat”, unfortunatly all that means when he gets to the Cubs is he’ll strike out faster. I also would like to see Dempster move but doubt it if its left up to him. The only way I see it happening is JH would embarass, or humiliate Dempster into moving and use the same tactics used on Lee. There is a difference with Dempster and Wood for that matter and I don’t think it has anything to do with JH. Both are in love with the city of Chicago and have structured there contracts to be there. Don’t see either moving unless ridiculed into doing it.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Finally the logjam breaks. Let’s see….

    Edwin Jackson and Mark Teahen for ChiSox salary relief for Toronoto’s Frazor (age 33) and prospect Zach Stewart. Stewart is a starter with decent promise. ChiSox wanted salary relief, and dumping Jackson and Teahen saves them millions.

    Frazor 2-1…2.98 ERA…1.25 WHIP  0 saves….. 2 Blown saves.
    Sox also receive from Cards Trevor Miller, age 38, AND HE”S AWFUL.

    The Cards and Blue Jays then traded…..
    Rasmus (CF) 
    Brian Tallet (relief pitcher) age 33. 16-24 with 4.76 career ERA
    P.J. Walters (relief) age 26, He’s awful, too. 

    Cards receive….
    Corey Patterson!!! 6 HR, 33 RBI, .252 BA, age 31
    Octavio Dotel  2-1 …3.68…1 save…0 blown saves…4 holds
    Rzepczynski–age 25, 2-3…2.97 LOOGY
    Edwin Jackson. 

    Really! The Cards dumped Rasmus for Edwin Jackson. I dunno. Rasmus had value, even with this bad year. Blue Jays wanted a real replacement for Alex Rios, who stinks. 

    • Richard Hood

      I can not see how the Cards were expecting to make out in this trade. Corey Paterson and Edwin Jackson? I guess they think that putting McClellon back in the Pen will save them from having to be in on Heath Bell. I just can not see them being done yet.
      I bet half the Cardinal fans are now wondering out loud how this is better than Jarrigens that they were suppose to be have traded Rasmus for in the offseason.

      • John_CC

        Jackson is probably the best, readily available arm out there. He has been decent for the Sox. The Cards need help in the rotation and pen. This fills those needs.  Rasmus was disgruntled and the Genius didn’t like him.  And he was struggling this year. 

        I’m not saying it was some blockbuster deal, but the Cardinals are very much in this crappy Central race and I think they just got a little better. 

        The Blue Jays really win, in my opinion. Rasmus need “a change of scenery” or so they say.

    • cubtex

      Alex Rios has the worst OPS in all of baseball .565 … Adam Dunn has the 3rd lowest as well. Kenny Williams has made some brutal moves. He trades Daniel Hudson last year for Edwin Jackson and now trades Jackson for a reliever and a pitcher who was once considered a future top of rotation guy to someone who is now projected as a bullpen guy.

      • Ripsnorter1

        BRUTAL is correct. Rios, when he claimed him on waivers, was stinking the joint up. Last year he was okay, but this year, he is back to his same old awful. He is benched now.

        Adam Dudd. What can you say? The big contract. The pressure of Chicago. The switch of leagues. He is awful, and just when they need him most.
        Frasor is just a set up guy, too. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Alex Rios benched.His replacement, in his first ML AB, smacks a two run dinger 

  • Jdarby

    I know I’m living in fantasyland here, but is there a snowball’s chance in hell that Hendry appeals to Soriano to retire at season’s end?  I know the guy would be leaving a lot of money on the table, but how much does he need anyway?  And he has been stealing from this organization for years …

    • Ripsnorter1

      You just had a $54 million dollar fantasy. 

      It ain’t gonna come true.

  • Brentcarmona

    carlos beltran rumored to be going to sf after rangers fell out of the race.

  • Brentcarmona

    also, watching trade rumors/updates on mlb network, they said the cubs are willing to eat big money for zambrano, grabow and soriano. kind of odd because i did not know we were trying to trade z this year. fukudome they said was most likely to get traded out of the group.

    a snippet from bruce levines blog yeaterday: ‘ dont be surprised if the cubs do not make any moves before the deadline’….well thats just great. they better be focusing on deals after the 31st like putting soriano on waivers or something.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t think Hendry will do anything, either. 

      Surprise me, Jim.

  • paulcatanese

    Watching the discussion on ESPN regards to instant re-play. My opinion is if umpires would ask for help it would be better. But in a lot of cases they refuse help from another, then they should consider instant re-play. Too many phantom forces at second and sweep tags going on and bad angles not to ask for help. They need to get the call correct as best as they can, the umpires are taking the game out of the players hands.

  • cubtex

    Cmon Hendry! Do something! I will even settle for a Grabow deal for a 30 year old minor leaguer just to see some movement..

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    • Matt Collins

      cubs trying to unload big z