Twenty Below – Cubs 5 Marlins 7

Game Ninety-Six – Cubs 5 Marlins 7
WP – Edward Mujica (8-2) LP – Kerry Wood (1-5) Save – Leo Nunez (26)

Poor starting pitching, bad defense, not enough offense and too many walks … the reoccurring themes of the 2011 Chicago Cubs. Q’s squad found yet another way to lose a game after a bizarre top of the eighth inning.

The game was tied at four heading into the eighth following another poor outing by Randy Wells. But for all of Wells’ struggles, the Cubs offense found a way to battle back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning and took a 4-3 lead in the second. The Marlins tied the game at four in the fourth after a misplayed ball in left by Blake DeWitt put the tying run in scoring position.

The Cubs could not put anything together against the Marlins’ pen. Jack McKeon yanked his starter, Chris Volstad, after just three innings and the overly aggressive Cubs’ offense made it easy on Florida’s relief corps. McKeon’s pen retired 14 in a row and the Cubs did not manage a single baserunner after a second inning single by Darwin Barney until there were two outs in the eighth.

The Marlins took the lead after a wild series of events against Kerry Wood in the eighth. Florida scored three runs after a wild pitch on strikeout, a double play, a hit by pitch, a walk, a botched call by the second base umpire, an infield single, a bases loaded walk and a two-out bloop single. And the Cubs offense could not mount another comeback.

While the Cubs’ offense refused to show any patience at the plate, the Marlins took exactly what the Cubs gave them. Cubs pitching issued six walks on Sunday and hit a batter … three of the walks and the hit by pitch all scored, four free runs in a two-run loss.

Randy Wells continued to struggle on Sunday afternoon. Wells gave up three runs in the first inning on two home runs and ended up surrendering four runs on eight hits with three walks (two scored) and four strikeouts in six innings. Wells threw 102 pitches, 53 for strikes, and remains a question moving forward for the Cubs. Wells has shown repeatedly this season that he is not capable of putting his team in a position to win a ball game. Wells appears to lack either the preparation or concentration to be a successful big league pitcher.

Aramis Ramirez continued to lead the offense and drove in two of the Cubs’ five runs, and scored a third, on a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate. Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI, a walk and two runs scored) put together another multi-hit game and worked the Cubs only free pass of the game. Reed Johnson (1-for-3 with a double, a sac fly, a run scored and a RBI) drove in a run with a sac fly and Blake DeWitt (1-for-3 with a RBI) tied the game at three with a RBI single in the first inning.

The Cubs offense walked only one time Sunday afternoon and a total of four times in the series … the Marlins tallied six walks in the finale and 20 in the four-game series.

The Cubs finished the season series against the Marlins with a 3-3 record and dropped to 2-13 on Sundays in 2011. With Sunday’s loss, the Cubs fell to a season-low 20 games below .500 (38-58). For comparison, the Cubs owned a 41-51 record after play on July 17, 2010 and did not reach the 20-game below mark until August 17.

It was obvious in the first inning of Sunday’s game that it was going to be a long day. Randy Wells labored through a long 21-pitch inning in which he threw only nine strikes.

Emilio Bonifacio walked to start the game and scored on a homer to left off the bat of Greg Dobbs … seven minutes into the game and the Cubs were down 2-0.

Wells settled down somewhat and retired Logan Morrison on a grounder to second.

Hanley Ramirez stepped in and Wells jumped out 0-2 before Hanley worked the count back to full. Ramirez then launched Wells’ next pitch to the concourse behind the bleachers in left center. As Len Kasper called it, Sosa-territory, and the ball was estimated to travel 436 feet.

With the Cubs already down 3-0, Gaby Sanchez flied out to Marlon Byrd two steps from the vines in center. Mike Stanton grounded out to short on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning.

Wells was behind four of the six batters he faced in the first inning.

With three more runs on Sunday, the Cubs have allowed 77 first inning runs this season … the highest in the big leagues and the most allowed by Cubs pitching in any of the nine innings.

The Cubs came out swinging in the bottom of the first. Reed Johnson hit the first of three straight doubles to get the Cubs back to even. Johnson ripped a 1-0 pitch down the third base line and scored on a double to right off the bat of Starlin Castro.

Aramis Ramirez ripped Volstad’s first pitch over Morrison’s head in left. The ball hit off the wall. Ivan DeJesus put up the stop sign but Castro ran through it and scored the Cubs’ second run. There was no reason for DeJesus to hold up Castro.

Carlos Pena struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch and Byrd flied out to the vines in right. Aramis Ramirez held at second. Blake DeWitt ripped a 2-0 pitch into right. Stanton charged and threw to the plate but Sanchez cut the ball off and DeWitt was caught in a run down to end the inning. Aramis scored and tied the game at three before DeWitt was tagged out.

Randy Wells worked around an infield single off the bat of John Buck in the top of the second. Buck hit a grounder to the hole at short, Aramis made a nice play to cut the ball off and threw from his knees. The ball was wide of the bag (right field side) but Pena appeared to keep his foot on the base. Wells retired Volstad on missed bunt attempt on a 1-2 pitch and Bonifacio on a ground out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs took a slim one-run lead in the bottom of the second. Geovany Soto and Barney reached on back-to-back singles to start the inning. Wells sacrificed them to second and third with a very good but to the third base side of the bag. Reed Johnson lifted a 1-0 pitch into right center. Soto tagged and scored … 4-3 Cubs. Barney advanced to third and was stranded when Castro flied out to center on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning.

Randy Wells retired the Marlins in order in the top of the third … the only 1-2-3 inning for Wells on the afternoon.

The Cubs went down in order in the bottom of the third and after three the Cubs led 4-3.

The Marlins tied the game in the fourth after Wells issued a one-out walk to Mike Stanton. Blake DeWitt then misplayed a liner off Mike Cameron’s bat into a double. With runners on second and third with one out, the Cubs decided to pitch to John Buck.

The Marlins’ eight-hole hitter got just enough of a 3-2 pitch to pop it into center. Byrd tried to make a diving catch but ended up trapping the ball. Stanton scored … game tied at four.

With runners on first and third and one out, McKeon went to his bench for Bryan Petersen to hit for Volstad. Petersen hit Wells’ first offering to Barney who started the 4-6-3 inning ending double play.

At the end of four, Wells’ pitch count stood at 31 strikes and 30 balls (61 total).

The Cubs did nothing against Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the fourth after Logan Morrison made a tremendous catch in left center (crashed into the bricks) to take away an extra base knock from Darwin Barney.

Randy Wells wiggled in and out of trouble in the fifth. Bonifacio and Dobbs reached on infield singles to start the inning. Morrison hit a grounder to Pena and Dobbs was forced at second for the first out. Wells then walked Hanley Ramirez on five pitches to load the bases.

Gaby Sanchez hit a 2-1 pitch into shallow left. DeWitt caught the ball and held Bonifacio at third. Wells fell behind Stanton 3-1 before the Marlins’ slugger hit a tapper back to the mound. Wells juggled the ball and threw low to first but Pena dug it out to end the inning.

The Cubs went down in order in the bottom of the fifth on four pitches.

Randy Wells ended his day after working around a one-out single by John Buck in the sixth. Wells threw 102 pitches in six innings, 53 for strikes. With the way he started the game it was surprising to see Wells last as long as he did.

Burke Badenhop retired the Cubs in order for the third inning in a row … after six complete, the game remained tied at four.

James Russell retired Greg Dobbs (fly out to left center) and Logan Morrison (struck out swinging) to start the seventh. Jeff Samardzija came in to face Hanley Ramirez.

Ramirez reached on a two-out single to left on a 2-2 pitch. Hanley then broke for second on a 2-0 offering to Gaby Sanchez. The ball was called a strike but Soto’s throw was low and ended up in center. Hanley ended up at third on the Cubs 82nd charged error of the season. Sanchez grounded out to short on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs went in order in the bottom of the seventh.

The Marlins took the lead in the eighth after taking advantage of two extra outs … one by the Cubs and one by the second base umpire.

Mike Stanton reached on a wild pitch on a swinging strike three to start the inning. The ball looked like it was fouled off, even the ball boy thought so as he picked up the ball. But the ball hit off the homeplate umpire’s mask. Mike Cameron tapped back to Wood, who started the 1-6-3 double play.

With two outs and no one on, Wood hit John Buck on the helmet with a breaking ball (0-1 pitch). Wood then walked pinch-hitter Wes Helms. Brett Hayes ran for Buck and was picked off from second … but the second base umpire, Lance Barrett, called him safe. The horrible call allowed the inning to continue.

Emilio Bonifacio hit a grounder to third on the next pitch from Kerry Wood. Aramis Ramirez fielded the ball, slipped, fell down and could not throw out the speedy Bonifacio. Wood walked Greg Dobbs on four pitches to force in Hayes with the go ahead run. Morrison blooped a single into left center on a 1-0 pitch. Helms and Bonifacio scored … 7-4 Marlins. Wood struck out Hanley Ramirez looking on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs had not managed a baserunner since the second inning (20 up and 20 down, 14 in a row by the Marlins’ pen) until Starlin Castro worked the Cubs’ first walk of the game in the bottom of the eighth. Aramis Ramirez ripped a 3-1 pitch past a diving Mike Cameron into right center. Castro scored … 7-5 Marlins.

Jack McKeon went to his pen and replaced Steve Cishek with the lefty Randy Choate to face Carlos Pena … Pena grounded out to first on the first pitch to end the inning.

John Grabow was not good in the top of the ninth but did not allow any runs after walking Gaby Sanchez to start the inning and allowing Mike Stanton to reach on a single to the hole at second. Mike Cameron bunted Sanchez and Stanton to second and third … but Brett Hayes struck out swinging and Wes Helms lined out to center on a 3-1 pitch to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd led off the ninth with a single to center off Leo Nunez. Alfonso Soriano hit for Grabow and popped out to center on the first pitch. Soto then flied out to right on Nunez’s next pitch … down by two and a runner on first and the Cubs’ pathetic offense made two outs on two pitches.

Darwin Barney put together an excellent at bat but struck out swinging on the 10th pitch to end the game.

Errors, walks, poor starting pitching and not enough offense … It’s a new season-low for Quade’s Cubs.

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The Cubs open a three-game series against the Phillies on Monday night. Rodrigo Lopez against Roy Halladay in game one.

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  • Matt Collins

    were still buyers

  • jw

    I’d like to think we would get the number one pick but Houston will bungle their way to it better than us…of course Andy the clown McPhail just might pull it off in Baltimore

  • Matt Collins

    just keep running them out there

  • cubtex

    20 below .500! No way Hendry can fool anyone about being buyers now!

    • paulcatanese

      The real kicker is Quade is for instant replay, can you imagine? Then he would be able to see his bad decisions over and over again, instantly. Hendry, Ricketts, its all over, and you are right as from now on it will be a steady downward direction, and they will easily lose over 100 games.

      • cubtex

        He will be watching from the stands next year hopefully :)

  • paulcatanese

    It was Sunday, what else? The M&M boys (Miami Marlins) did the Cubs in.Quade complaining the umpires were making comments to his players? Probably asking them how they can play for these guys, and don’t worry the seasons almost over.

    • GaryLeeT

      The umpires are asking the Cubs’ players how they can sleep at night after stealing those massive paychecks.

    • Reggie

      Quade heaping some of the blame on umpires for the rubbish he served up in large quantities against the Marlins is classless.  Looking for excuses to hide your own failings is one of the major traits of the weasel, he must have learned it from Momma and Poppa Weasel (Ricketts and Hendry).

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Well is awful he need to get kick out of the rotation. Jim Hendry is a fool , I am so sick of this team losing it seem like we are not getting any better.

  • cubtex

    If the Cubs and Tigers somehow work out a deal. They have several young pitchers in their minors. 3 lefty starters and a guy who I saw alot of here in Austin. Chance Ruffin pitched for the Longhorns. He was their closer and has the personality and make-up to hanle that role in the majors. He has just been promoted to AAA by the Tigers and is just about MLB ready. You might remember his dad…who Chris Berman eloquently called him Bruce ” 2 minutes for” Ruffin.

  • cubtex

    82 CHARGED errors in 96 games! Pathetic! Good call on using the word “charged” Neil because it has been much worse than what has been called  errors in those 96 games.

  • Spoda

    Okay, not going to name call, we suck, plain and simple;, Q..  many bad calls…I have been a Cubs fan for 41 years, this is the most painful team ever.  It is not like we don’t have “talent”… I hate for people to lose their jobs, but we need to re shuffle… we need to start over (again)… can you believe that a guy we thought was a huge loser (Dusty Baker) is kickin our butts with a team that has no where the money tied up… are we in hell and I don’t know it..?  DOH!!!

    • J Daniel

      Yes, as much as we all fell out of love with Dusty, probably most of us liked it when he was hired.  I also remember a quote of his in spring training in regards the the poor fundamentals they were showing.  He said “my teams don’t play this way”.

      Lou comes in and kicks ass right away as well.  You hear many stories but to me the bottom line is trouble when you start letting your veterans influence decisions.  Hendry seems to be great at that, he likes his guys to much.  I really liked they way he started here and had them close.  The bottom line is panic got to them and they started making bad decisions and chased them with more bad ones.  It is time for a change.

      • paulcatanese

        Good observation, and you are right, and Quade is losing control over the players.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I gotta give Quade credit . . . . he got us to 20 games below .500 in less than 100 games. That’s quite an accomplishment. 

    Aaron says he has cost us at least 10 games. I’d say its more like 15 losses directly attributable to his incompetence. IF AARON IS RIGHT: 

    The Cubs would be 48-48, ahead of Dusty Eugene’s Reds and in the race.If I am right, the Cubs would be 53-43 and in first place.Yup, I think the Cubs COULD have had a competitive team this year, but Quade, Hendry and P.K.Ricketts and Company shot that right in the head. Quade takes much of the blame for his handling of the lineup and the pitching staff. He also must take the blame for DESTROYING TYLER COLVIN. IMO, he’s done forever. They might as well release him. Sad.

    Gorzelanny–it takes about 8 starters minimum to get through a season. Throw in cry-baby Zambrano, and an unknown like Cashner, and it makes no sense at all to trade Gorzelany for nothing. If you trade your #6 starter, you are saying that you won’t have an injury all year. How can you even think that way when Zambrano has been on the DL every single year from 2008 on. Typical Clueless stupidity.

    FACT: the Cubs will NEVER, EVER win with Clueless leadership like we currently have.

    • Bad News!

      Colvin is done, agreed.  They have mishandled many of the young players which is part of the problem.  The other part of the problem is that many of them are just no good.  

      Gorzelany would be a decent and cheap 5th starter.  If you have to trade his salary due to budget concerns then maybe Ricketts should not be in this business.  And then how much do they spend signing all of the washed up guys?  Bring back Jason Marquis – which was an excellent signing that goes overlooked and then they have to trade him so that salary can be used for another bad decision.

      They were close.  Should have brought back Edmonds for 1 more year, maybe a minor tweak with a left handed hitter, and went back at it the next year with many of the 2008 guys.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Right on. Edmonds–I hated Jim Clueless for that deal. You dump the #1 hitting CF in all of MLB and replace him with Joey Gathright. How stupid can one man be? How does a guy with this total lack on talent evaluation skills get to be a GM? How can a team elevate a guy into the GM’s position who does not know what it takes to win in MLB? It defies logic.

        But then, the Cubs never, ever were logical. And that’s why they are LOSERS!

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am going to continue to point out that Kerry Wood is “Mr. Clutch-less.” IF you need a strong performance to save a game, FORGETABOUTIT.   1-5 record is proof enough. Sure, the ERA is low enough at 3.56. But he only pitches well when the score is 10-0 or 0-10 (usually, 0-10). Blew another game today. 

    I will not cry when he leaves again. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    ChiSox fans have been riding Juan Pierre with spurs all year. Sure, he has no arm and can’t catch a cold. But I don’t hear near the outcry vs. Adam Dudd these days. Let’s do a comparo on these two . . . .

    Pierre ……………vs………………Adam Dudd
    .274 BA…………………………….160 BA
    .333 OBP…………………………. 290 OBP
    .321 slug……………………………302 SLUG
    .653 OPS…………………………..592 OPS

    Pierre is whipping his hide in every single category.
    If Pierre stinks, Adam Dudd must really reek. 

    Frankly I don’t want either one on my team. Dudd signs the big contract and his mind is so freaked out he couldn’t hit grandma’s slider. It is really pathetic.

    • Aaron

      I don’t know Rip…I maintain that Dunn’s fall has been a byproduct of the appendectomy. Stone was saying that while he won’t admit it in public, I guess he was talking to the trainer and was told as much. Guys respond differently than others. Not everyone heals equally.

      You can’t tell me that you average about 40 hr, 100 RBI, 100 walks, and a .385+OBP for your career, then all of a sudden forget how to hit…and he’s not even that old.

      I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but I’m also willing to eat crow this year for him.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I say it’s the contract. He’s a head case now. The stupid big contract ruins everybody.

      • cubtex

        Sounds like a 1st baseman the Cubs signed in the offseason who you were ripping a new one to.

        Our 1st baseman…Career .350 OBP 35 HR and 97 RBI.

        Remember how you were ripping him all offseason,spring training and April. Cubs should release him etc.

        Why does Dunn not forget how to hit and Pena did? Little bit of double standards I would say!

  • J Daniel

    Neal, Aaron, and Rip,

    Do you think any major moves are going to be made as far as trades?  Do you believe they are going to continue the rest of the year with Quade and JH?

    • Neil

      If you are referring to trading a John Grabow or a Reed Johnson and possibly Fukudome, Byrd and Aramis ‘major moves’ then maybe. As for finishing out the season with Hendry and Quade, yes the Cubs will finish the year with Hendry and Quade.

    • Aaron

      No major moves will be made, and yes, they will continue the rest of the year with Quade and Hendry.

      How do I know this? Ricketts hasn’t wanted to make a big splash with trades/FA/etc. since he purchased the team, and he didn’t even want to manage his own investment, claiming to “leave the baseball to the baseball guys”, and it shows….because Clown Kenney doesn’t even know baseball, and Hendry is behind the times, preferring outdated scouting methods such as the so-called “eye-ball test”.

      Quade was a mediocre minor league manager, which speaks volumes as to why Hendry hired him in the first place (Hendry was also mediocre both at Creighton, except for one year…which he proceeded to bolt the following year for the Marlins where he didn’t have much success in coaching, then started rising the ranks in the organization, who seemed to hemorrhage a LOT of people back in the ’90’s which probably explains a LOT in his ability to move up despite not really earning it)…but I digress.

      As for moves, at one time, I thought the logical moves would be to get rid of guys on one year contracts for whatever they could get. For instance: Johnson, Baker, DeWitt (who might be a non-tender candidate), Pena, Grabow, Wells (who might be a non-tender candidate), Fukudome, etc.

      But at this point, it doesn’t look like ANY of them will be moved….at least not before the deadline. Ricketts might order them to be traded in August for a pittance, who knows?

      There is no “winning tradition” or “standard of excellence” brought on by Ricketts, which is why I wanted Cuban to buy the team so badly. Ricketts is like the typical trust fund baby that wants daddy’s money to buy a job for himself and show it off to friends (believe me, as I stated a few weeks ago, I had this confirmed by my cousin who does business with the Ricketts family).

      Pete Ricketts might be the only one in that family that gives a crap about what’s going on the field, and if you saw him last year on camera, he looked downright pissed that this team looked so bad. Imagine what he’s like right now?

      Anyway…the way I see it, the Ricketts either:
      a) Don’t have a plan at all for winning
      b) Have a plan, but are more concerned with the business side of things (remember the Noodle?), including the Spring Training deal and Wrigley repairs to care about what’s going on with the team

      Clearly, they don’t give a sh$t about the product on the field, or Hendry would’ve been fired when they took over, much like the Red Sox ownership did when they took over several years ago. That’s the only logical explanations in my opinion.

      I could be wrong, and maybe they’re waiting for the season to be over (I hope), before they install Gillick as President and Cherington, or someone else as GM, with Sandberg as manager…..I really don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine.

      But what I do know is this….even if he’s trying to remain out of things, so he can hold the appropriate people accountable, he has to understand that Hendry won’t give up on the season (or his job) even with 30 games remaining on the season and the Cubs 30 games out of first place….that’s just how he operates, and this team has Hendry written ALL over it. About the ONLY move you could say might not be his decision exclusively would be Soriano….and that, my friends, is VERY indicting…Because I can tell you this much…Soriano is NOT the main problem with this team. It’s the collective…which Hendry personally assembled from naming Quade his manager even though the Ricketts wanted Sandberg, to signing Pena, instead of giving Colvin a shot at 1B…or even LaHair for that matter, to signing Johnson over Melky Cabrera or Franceour…

      Speaking of which…

      Did I not tell everyone on this site during the offseason that the reason you go after guys like Cabrera, Franceour, Milledge, etc. in a transitional year like this, is they can either be a part of your future if they do well in their “make good” season, or you ship them off near the deadline for more prospects, and if they’re really terrible, you can just cut them and bring up your own prospects without wasting a bunch of money.

      As it stands right now, all have been mentioned prominently in deadline talks, and guys like Baker, Johnson, etc. have been mentioned in passing, as basically a last resort sort of thing.

      It’s really not that hard to evaluate talent, or make good baseball decisions…Hendry wants to make it seem like rocket science, which is probably why he goes against the grain so much in everything he does, because he wants to make you feel like he knows what he’s doing…that he’s the smart one that sees something in a player NOBODY else does.

      It’s time for him to go….and for the sake of MLB…he should never be allowed an opportunity to ruin another organization

    • Ripsnorter1

      Undoubtedly Quade and Hendry will finish out the year. Quade will undoubtedly finish out next year, as he is already signed through next season, too. Horrible news, isn’t it?

      Major deals? No, I don’t think so. They will all be minor deals. I don’t think Funko, Aram or Byrd will go, either. I think they stay, and maybe, just maybe Hendry can dump John Grabow off on someone else, but it will be a tough sell. Reed Johnson, who has done very well for us, might also be dealt for next to nothing. But I am very skeptical that any contender sees anything much of value on this roster.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Al Alburquerque. Ever heard of him.

    He’s the guy we gave up to get Jeff Baker. You know Jeff. He’s the one most of ya’ll wanted to cut off the team last year when he hit .106 vs. RHP. 

    Back to ALburquerque. Here’s his record:

    5-1…2.73 ERA….29.2 IP…..15 H….9 ER….47 K (NOTE: that’s 47 K in 29.2 IP–EXCELLENT!). 
    That was a Clueless deadline deal in 2009.

    • cubtex

      I wouldn’t get too excited about 29IP. He has also walked 23. Giving up this guy for Jeff Baker who crushes lhp was a great trade. Look at his minor league stats in AA and AAA. Decent strikeout guy but ERA has not been good.

      • Aaron

        Agreed….Albuquerque was NOTHING at the time, and was let go by the Rockies too

  • paulcatanese

    The mis-play of that fly ball over DeWitts head is one reason for an infielder not to play out in the field. The ball hit right at you and a line drive is the toughest one to judge even for someone out their all the time. So he drove one in and gave one back, an even trade. It could have been avoided if he wasn’t out there.

  • Mike1040

    I continue to be amazed at how this mismanaged club continues to find ways to lose.

    Blame the bad call? NO WAY! Bad calls are part of the game.

    If you don’t walk a bunch of guys and hit batsmen, commit errors  and
    lollygag around, you have a decent chance to win when you score 5 runs. .


    • Brp921

      The bad call at second did lead to the runs that won the game, and I can’t believe the umpire could have missed that one. That call is not the issue though, the issue is bad baseball by the Cubs. That is what Quade should have been talking about after the game. It’s one thing to lament a bad call, it’s another to blame your problems on it

      • Aaron

        It wasn’t just that call….the same damn umpire missed 2 calls at 1B in which he said Pena left the bag, when in fact, he did not, as replays would show. One of them was about 50-50 in terms of regular speed and not seeing it, but the other one was a pretty egregious miss…though neither were to the level that the one at 2B was…that was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen with an umpire literally right on top of the play, and yet Quade didn’t even come out….which tells you a lot.

        • Brp921

          I saw the play that was pretty obvious at first. That call at second though was one that was so obvoius that you could call it from the upper deck.

  • paulcatanese

    Interesting. The call at second base was a bad one but no where near the one in the 48 world series. For all you youngsters out there. I believe Feller was pitching, Boudreau at short. He cut over to second behind the runner and he was out, they cleanly had him picked. Called safe, it was to, If I remember the winning run in that game. Not as clean as this one,but nevertheless a bad call. This one was viewed over and over again in the press for days. History does repeat itself. It goes to show umpires have been blowing calls for years that hurt. But thats what gives flavor to the game.

    • studio179

      That is certainly going back in time and a well known blown call. Boudreau (player/manager) and Feller had a well practiced pick off play all based on timing once their signal was given. It was a well played move, but the ump blew the call. Thanks for bringing it up. Nice to hear about baseball from any timeframe, even for us youngsters. :) 

      The thing that irritates me about that game is Quade. Yes, the umps blew calls. The play at second tops it, but the ump at first missed one for sure and questionable on another. Quade is quick to be outraged after the game or replays, but did not come out to argue immediately after the plays happened. That is nonsense. Just another example how this guy is over his head.

      • paulcatanese

        He didnt come out because every time he does he waves his arms like a Duck (not meant to be an insult). It’s true, watch him the next time, does it in the dugout too.

        • studio179

          True. I have seen him animated, but really never noticed the duck analogy. That might be because Quade gets me so agitated with his moves or lack of moves, the duck thing goes over my head. I will look for it if he decides to come out of his foxhole.  

          • paulcatanese

            Maybe I am exagerating a bit on the Duck, but he does hold his arms out as if to say what the? or what can I do? Especially at the end of a discussion with an umpire on the way back to the dugout, as though he is asking the fans to agree or show him mercy, cant figure out which.