Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 08/10/11

Game One Hundred Seventeen: Cubs (49-67) vs. Nationals (56-59)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Rodrigo Lopez (2-3, 5.17/1.49) vs. Ross Detwiler (1-1, 2.66/1.28)

#10 … It is Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will unveil the statue honoring Ron Santo in pre-game ceremonies starting at 5:30pm CDT. CLTV will cover the ceremonies live and reports will be on WGN News. To watch the ceremonies on the web, visit WGNTV.com. 720 WGN Radio will also air the ceremony with their coverage beginning at 5:30pm CDT.

Santo’s statue was placed next to Billy Williams’ statue at the corner of Addison and Sheffield. Pat Hughes, members of the Santo family and the Ricketts family along with Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Glenn Beckert are expected to speak at the ceremony.

Ron Santo meant so much to so many. For those that have not read the book written by Pat Hughes, “Ron Santo A Perfect 10” you can visit www.SantoFilms to purchase a copy.

As for the game on the field, the Cubs will try to get back on track tonight behind Rodrigo Lopez. According to a report from Bruce Miles, Mike Quade is “committed to him right now” and the Cubs’ skipper does not see Lopez coming out of the rotation anytime soon.

Aramis Ramirez is listed as day-to-day with back spasms and is likely to miss his second straight game. Ramirez was a late scratch on Tuesday after first feeling pain in his back on Sunday. The Cubs said if the game had not been postponed on Monday that Ramirez would not have been able to play.

Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to nine games and his run-scoring streak to 10 games with his solo homer in the eighth inning Tuesday night. After hitting three home runs season and three in his first 107 games this year, Castro has hit three dingers his last six games.

The Cubs are 1-4 in the first five against the Nationals and have already lost the season-series. Tonight it all begins with Rodrigo Lopez

Rodrigo Lopez is coming off another poor outing and if Randy Wells has been pitching for his job, then Rodrigo Lopez should be as well. Lopez has not completed five innings of work in his last two outings and has allowed 12 earned runs on 15 hits with five walks and two strikeouts in his last 8 1/3 innings (12.97 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP).

Lopez had a very good outing against the Phillies and a nice stretch of outings at the beginning of July but the Cubs would be better served to see if Casey Coleman has made the improvements that the box scores says he has.

Lopez is coming off a no decision to the Pirates after allowing six runs on seven hits with two walks and no strikeouts in four innings. In his last four games, three starts (including the one against the Phillies), Lopez is 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.

Rodrigo Lopez did not face the Nationals last month in D.C. and he owns a 1-3 record in four career starts against the Nationals with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Nationals Career Numbers against Rodrigo Lopez

  • Rick Ankiel – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Alex Cora – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Ian Desmond – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Jonny Gomes – 10-for-23 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
  • Michael Morse – 1-for-2
  • Laynce Nix – 2-for-8 with a double
  • Jayson Werth – 1-for-4 with a home run and 2 walks
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-11 with 2 doubles and a walk

Ross Detwiler made his 2011 big league debut against the Cubs back on July 5 … and picked up his first and only win of the season. Detwiler held the Cubs to two runs on four this without a walk and a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. The Nats’ southpaw has put together a solid seven games for Davey Johnson and will make his third start of the season tonight.

Detwiler is coming off a loss in Colorado. Detwiler allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout in five innings.

The Cubs must be patient against Detwiler tonight and make him work … he will beat himself if Q’s offense gives him a chance.

Tonight will be Detwiler’s second career start against the Cubs and the first at Wrigley.

Jeff Baker (1-for-2), Darwin Barney (0-for-1), Marlon Byrd (0-for-2), Blake DeWitt (0-for-1), Reed Johnson (1-for-3 with a double), Carlos Pena (1-for-4 with a walk), Aramis Ramirez (1-for-3 with a home run), Alfonso Soriano (0-for-2) and Geovany Soto (1-for-2) all have very limited at bats against Ross Detwiler.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs waiting to see how Ramirez is before announcing lineup for Wed nite. He’s taking grounders at 3B now according to Carrie Muskat

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Bruce Miles: A little early to talk Sept. call-ups, but Cubs Quade mentions 1B Bryan
    LaHair as a possibility and to reward good year at Iowa.

    • paulcatanese

      Sounds good Neil, but we have been there before with Qua, and the results have been the same. Besides their is bound to be some team in the far off Galaxy that is still in contention, and I know what that means….Vets. I guess in the same vein B. Jackson is a dream that won’t materilize either.

    • JimBo_C

      Quade got rewarded for a meaningless 2010 24-13 managerial record.

      Stands to reason that Lahair should be rewarded for AAA season hitting .330 with 30 dingers.

    • jfish1219

      Neil take a look at your twitter feed to see my response to this one

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I got it, I can’t argue and I don’t think Bruce Miles would either.

  • Brentcarmona

    jay jackson with a good outing today, 6ip 3h 2er and 5 k’s on only 80 pitches after retiring last nine straight. thought with the low pitch count something might be brewing but they have taken him out with similar pitch count before…plus casey coleman is probably the first guy on the list deserving a call up, starting pitching wise.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • paulcatanese

    An all right handed lineup for tonight. That must have been difficult to figure out for Qua, all he had to do was take all the leftys and look at the name tags on what was left. Brilliant move, except the wind is probably blowing in from left  and Aram has a stiff back, so that puts the power on Castro to deliver, clever of Qua.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jim Callis:Cubs sign 5th-rder Tayler Scott for $279,950. Slot = $157.5k. Arizona HS RHP throws 90-93, flashes good breaker. Arizona commit

    • Brentcarmona

      i absolutely love this kids story! seems like his destiny is to play major league baseball. based off his story alone puts him on my top prospect to watch list…crossing my fingers for maples and jacquez still!

      • Brentcarmona
        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          great story Brent. I won’t hold out that this kid is going to be special with that type of work ethic. He might still get another 5 mph on his fast ball as he fills out as well.

          • Brentcarmona

            i know right, high celing with this guy. you could be right about him adding some velocity since he has room to grow still..he added about ten mph when trained correctly/hardcore soooo skys the limit.

  • gocubs

    Dear Mr. Hendry and Mr. Rickets,
     The team is out of contention and has been for some time and NOW is the time to make the most use out of a bad season by seeing what we have for next year.  The manager clearly has no regard for the future of this team and is playing veterans for no reason but to try and win games now when they dont count to save his job. 

    -If Colvin is in the plans for next year, still needs to be evaluated, or needs more playing time, why isnt he playing everyday?  Why not play him at 1st base today with Pena out?

    -Why are we pitching Lopez and not calling up a Coleman or another young guy who can get more out of some ML starts now?

    This manager has made bad decision after bad decision after bad decision all year long.  It is exceedingly clear and in plane sight for anyone who pays attention to the team including writers, fans, and other organizations to see that Quade has NO business whatsoever managing a ML team….

    Whether it be clearly leaving starters in too long, pitching to guys like Pujols and Konerko on hot streaks when 1st base is open, hitting guys like DeWitt and Baker 3rd in the lineup, not playing Colvin on regular basis when Fukudome was traded for that explicit reason, playing guys like DeWitt and Baker out of position in the field, taking over a month to take Byrd out of the #3 spot and then continuing to hit Castro 3rd for over a month when he clearly was not ready for that responsibility…He has consistently put this team in a position to loose.  I think just about anyone would have been better. 

    Continuing to say that Quade is doing a good job is making a mockery of this organization.  Please stop saying that and please find someone who can manage a ML team.               

    • paulcatanese

      I agree with you. And think about Qua and Stan Musial along with Ted Williams
      now on the team. Both would be on the bench today for Baker and Johnson, two careers ruined. He could have Fielder on the bench today and Pujols hitting  in the 8 spot thats what this guy is capable of, a narrow diminutuve mind that has no clue what to do with a lineup. Yet he spews unintellegent remarks day after day that are contradicted even as he speaks, he trully likes to see his comments in print even if they make no sense at all.

      • Ripsnorter1

        You’re too hard on Quade, Paul. Pujols, Williams, Musial, Fielder–they all would have been cut in ST. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro is having a rough first inning

  • paulcatanese

    Sorry guys, but Michael Morse looks like he has gas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    <~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ wondered what you all thought of my new profile pic :D

    You really can't tell what it is. Going to have to find a close up pic.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    I miss Ron Santo. That statue should have been up years ago.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Quade’s been trying to find a way to give Castro a day off, after the last two at bats I would not be surprised if he’s out of tomorrow’s lineup.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil, agree, he does look a little tired. Also Byrd looks way behind, almost likes he’s hitting it out of the catchers glove. Good game so far.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Castro to start the fifth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Reed is three-for-three …

    18 homers for the Cubs in eight games

    • Ripsnorter1

      Power makes a huge difference to the “W” column.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with the Cubs’ third homer of the night …

  • J Daniel

    It is really a shame that we don’t see Campana get more of an opportunity.  Wow, what speed!  How about a little more, PLEASE!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with 2B, a two-out RBI and run scored in Iowa’s 7-6 victory over Sacramento on Wednesday

  • jw

    Marmol

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Nationals 4-2 on Wednesday night.

    Rodrigo Lopez: 2R, 1ER, 5H, 0BB, 4K, 5.2IP; Reed Johnson: 4-for-4, HR; Geovany Soto: 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2R; Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2RBI, BB

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    NATION REPRESENT !  CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!
    THAT WAS FOR YOU #10.

  • Aaron

    Good game tonight…..problem is, Marmol looks VERY hittable, and should’ve been traded while he still had a fastball. You can’t be a closer, having a 90-91 mph fastball without location or much movement, even if you have a devastating slider. He’s not fooling anyone, and they’re starting to sit on his slider, knowing he throws that 75% of the time.

    The Cubs escaped tonight, but a win is a win.

    Unfortunately, Q-tard doesn’t understand the difference between “in contention” and “hopelessly out of it”, and has designs on repeating 2010, where he rode the veterans down the stretch.

    The Cubs started play tonight 18 games under .500. 

    Their OF featured:
    Soriano-35 yrs old
    Byrd-33 yrs old
    Johnson-34 yrs old

    Meanwhile….Brett Jackson is lighting up AAA at the moment, and so is LaHair (who can play corner OF and 1B, and would be NO worse than Soriano in LF for sure). Additionally, they have Marwin Gonzalez at AAA doing well, and at the MLB level, they have Colvin rotting on the bench yet again.

    The Cubs lineup right this minute should look like this:
    Castro-SS
    Jackson-LF
    ARAM-3B (he should remain with no clear option for next year)
    LaHair-1B
    Soto-C
    Colvin-RF
    Barney-2B
    Campana-CF

    ….or something similar to that

    But it’s doing this team absolutely no good to run out the veterans on a daily basis, and it’s doing NOTHING for player development right now. 

    Good win….but means nothing, except to perpetuate Quade’s existence, which is NOT a good thing.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Aaron:

      I like your lineup. Not sure if LaHair would make it up here. The cubs have had their share of late 20′s players who looked good for about a week then reality sets in.