Garza Dominated … and the Cubs Manufactured a Win – Cubs 5, Phillies 1

Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 5, Phillies 1
WP – Matt Garza (2-1) LP – Kyle Kendrick (0-2) Save – None

wflag.jpgMatt Garza was as good as it gets on Sunday afternoon. Garza dominated the Phillies and allowed just one tainted hit over seven shutout innings. Garza recorded the tenth 10-strikeout performance of his career and faced only one over the minimum. Jimmy Rollins notched the Phillies only hit off Garza and it was a bloop to right in the bottom of the first that Jeff Baker initially broke back on.

Matt Garza retired 18 in a row and 20 of the last 21 he faced. He struck out the side in the third and six of the first 10 batters he faced. Garza recorded the 800th strikeout of his career when he caught Kyle Kendrick looking to end the third. Garza’s final line: no runs, one hit, one walk, 10 strikeouts on 103 pitches, 68 for strikes, in seven innings.

Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect eighth and kept the shutout in place but Carlos Marmol was horrible in the ninth. Marmol walked three, did not strikeout a batter and surrendered the Phillies’ second hit of the game, an infield single by Hunter Pence. Marmol walked Ty Wigginton and forced in pinch-hitter Pete Orr for Philly’s lone run.

The Cubs manufactured three of their five runs Sunday afternoon. Tony Campana was in the middle of the action again. Campana was 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Campana’s speed left to the Cubs’ second run in the third and their fourth run in the eighth. Starlin Castro (0-for-3 with two RBI) went hitless but drove in Campana twice with a sac fly and a fielder’s choice.

Bryan LaHair continues to hit and finished the day 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Joe Mather (1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and a stolen base) had a good day filling in for the light-hitting Alfonso Soriano. Mather hit his first homer as a Cub in the fourth that accounted for the Cubs’ third run. Mather notched the first longball hit by a Cubs’ outfielder with his solo shot in the fourth inning Sunday.

Ian Stewart (0-for-4 with a RBI) was credited with the game winning RBI Sunday. Stewart hit into a 4-3 fielder’s choice in the second that plated LaHair with the Cubs’ first run. Stewart hit the ball hard all afternoon again but came away with another 0-for effort.

Welington Castillo went hitless for the second game since being recalled from Iowa prior to Saturday’s game but he made a game-changing play in the first inning. Castillo threw out Juan Pierre trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt. Instead of runner on second with one out and Hunter Pence at the plate, Castillo threw out Pierre, Garza struck out Pence and Garza went onto retire the next 17 batters he faced.

With Sunday’s victory, the Cubs evened their Sunday record (2-2) and improved to 8-14 on the season …

The aggressive Cubs’ lineup went down in order quickly in the top of the first. Not a single two-ball count as Campana (flied out to left, 1-2), Barney (flied out to left center, 1-0) and Castro (tapped back to Kendrick, 1-2) made three routine outs on 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

Jimmy Rollins led off the home half of the first with a bloop single to right. Two things happened on the first play … Jeff Baker’s first step was back and Rollins did not run hard out of the box. The Cubs caught a break with Rollins not ending up at second. Juan Pierre put together an eight pitch at bat that ended with a weak grounder to short. Rollins was forced at second for the first out. Pierre took over at first.

A 1-0 pitch to Hunter Pence bounced in and rolled slightly toward third. Welington Castillo picked up the ball and with an excellent, strong snap throw cut down Pierre at second. Hunter Pence struck out swinging on Matt Garza’s 15th pitch of the inning (11 for strikes).

Bryan LaHair led off the second with a double to left center (2-2 pitch). The ball hit on the track and bounced over the wall for a ground rule two-bagger. Jeff Baker lined a 1-0 pitch toward right. Hunter Pence misplayed the ball and it sailed over his head. LaHair went back to second to tag and ended up at third on Baker’s double.

Ian Stewart stepped in with runners at second and third with no outs … and grounded a 2-1 pitch toward second. With the infield back, Freddy Galvis fielded the ball and threw to first as LaHair touched the plate with the game’s first run. Baker also advanced on the play. Joe Mather took a very close 3-2 pitch and ended up at first with the Cubs’ first walk.

Welington Castillo took ball one then Mather broke for second. Castillo swung over top of a low fastball and Mather swiped second without a throw. With runners on second and third with one down, Castillo struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch (eighth pitch of the at bat). Matt Garza struck out swinging to end the inning (2-2 pitch).

The Cubs had chances to put multiple runs on the board in the second but had to settle for one. Kendrick ended up throwing 31 pitches in the second, 17 for strikes.

Matt Garza retired the Phillies in order in the second. After two, Garza’s pitch count stood at 29, 20 for strikes.

Tony Campana generated the Cubs’ second run of the game in the third. Campana led off with a single to right (1-0 pitch). Kendrick made a wild throw to first to keep Campana. The ball got away from Laynce Nix and Campana ended up at second. Darwin Barney grounded out to second (1-1 pitch) but his productive out advanced Campana to third with one down.

Starlin Castro popped a 0-1 pitch into shallow right. Hunter Pence caught the ball and made a strong throw to the plate. Campana streaked to the plate and got his left foot in before Brian Schneider could apply the tag … 2-0 Cubs. LaHair looked at strike three to end the inning.

Matt Garza struck out the side in order in the third. Garza faced the minimum the first time through the lineup on 43 pitches, 31 for strikes.

Jeff Baker grounded out to first to start the fourth. Ian Stewart hit a smash towards right (3-2 pitch) but right at Hunter Pence.

Joe Mather made it 3-0 with his first homer as a Cub and his first longball since May of 2011 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. Mather’s fourth inning home run was the first four-bagger by a Cubs’ outfielder this season. Castillo flied out to left center (first pitch) to end the inning.

Jimmy Rollins looked at strike three to start the fourth … Matt Garza’s fourth strikeout in a row. Pierre and Pence made routine outs (ground out to short and pop out to short) to end the inning. Garza sat down Philly in order in the fourth … and after four his pitch count stood at 56, 40 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fifth … Kendrick struck out the side in order (Garza, Campana and Barney).

Matt Garza made quick work of the Phillies in the fifth … 1-2-3 with another strikeout and at the time he had retired 14 in a row, 68 pitches (47 for strikes) for Garza after five innings.

Other than a one-out single to left by Bryan LaHair, the Cubs did nothing in the sixth against Kyle Kendrick.

Matt Garza kept recording outs in the sixth. Garza retired the Phillies in order in the sixth with two more strikeouts. At the end of six, Garza had retired 17 in a row on 82 pitches, 55 for strikes.

The bottom of the Cubs’ lineup did nothing against Jose Contreras in the seventh.

Matt Garza started the seventh and sat down Jimmy Rollins on a routine grounder to second (1-2 pitch). After retiring 18 in a row and facing the minimum threw 6 1/3, Garza walked Juan Pierre on four pitches. Garza missed on his first two pitches to Hunter Pence but settled down and caught Pence looking (2-2 pitch) for his tenth strikeout of the game. Ty Wigginton popped a 1-1 pitch to Barney for the third out.

The Cubs were able to tack on in the eighth against David Herndon and it could have been more if Starlin Castro had not been thrown out trying to steal second.

Tony Campana led off the eight with an infield single. Campana pounded Herndon’s first pitch off the plate and by the time Freddy Galvis fielded the ball he had no shot of throwing out Campana. The Phillies called a pitch out on a 0-1 offering to Barney, they guessed right but could not throw out Campana at second. Barney bunted Campana to third and Castro drove in his second run.

With the infield in, Starlin Castro hit the first pitch back up the middle. Galvis fielded the ball and tried to throw out Campana at home. Campana scored the Cubs’ fourth run and Castro reached with one out. Castro took off for second on a 1-1 pitch to LaHair. Schneider threw him out for the second out.

Bryan LaHair pulled a 2-1 pitch into right field corner for his second double of the game. Jeff Baker followed with a single to right and drove in LaHair with the Cubs’ fifth run. Baker ended up at second when the throw from Pence went to the plate. Ian Stewart lined out to left to end the inning.

Rafael Dolis pitched the eighth … and retired the Phillies in order on 10 pitches, eight for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against David Herndon in the ninth and the Cubs went to the bottom of the ninth up 5-0.

Carlos Marmol started the ninth by retiring Galvis on a fly out to center. Marmol then lost his command and issued back-to-back walks to pinch-hitter Pete Orr and Jimmy Rollins (four pitches). Juan Pierre hit a soft looper to Castro on a 0-2 pitch for the second out.

Hunter Pence beat out a grounder up the middle that Barney dove and his throw was just a little late at first. Ty Wigginton stepped in with the bases loaded and two down.

Carlos Marmol then walked Wigginton and forced in Pete Orr with the Phillies’ first run.

Shane Victorino grounded out to Castro to end the game (0-2 pitch).

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Chris Volstad faces Vance Worley in the final of four against the Phillies on Monday night.

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  • Jnbeck1

    We have a team heading in the right direction, but management needs to sit Soriano for a few games and see how the outfield will blend together. It is undeniable that this a better and more interesting team without Sorry-oh-no in the starting lineup. This team could be competitive but they also need to address third base and the failed Stewart experiment. 

    • paulcatanese

      Mather looks good and could be playing, a rest could be given either to Soriono or Stewart to achomplish that goal.
      I think Sveum will look into that sooner than later.

    • BosephHeyden

       Soriano hasn’t been doing bad, persay.  In fact, if you’re comparing him to the other outfielders, he’s pretty much on that level:  everything staying in the park, not getting a lot of RBI’s, but still managing to get on base.  Problem is, Joe Mather needs to play and, right now, the outfield seems to be the place (Stewart, at this point, has to be in there purely for his defense, but it hasn’t really been winning us any games, so throwing Mather in there until we’re either out of it completely or close to .500 seems to be a smart move).

      • paulcatanese

        I agree that Soriono is on an equal level with the rest of the outfield, unfortunatly his forte is the long ball as it’s Campana to hit ground balls and DeJesus to get on base anyway he can.
        The positive with Soriono is he is hitting the ball to right field, not because of a slow bat but because he is taking the outside pitch and just going to right.
        Mather could have a good run and he is faster than I thought, noticed that when he was running to first base. And he does have power.
        All four outfielders are taking what the pitchers are giving them and all at this point are doing a decent job.
        It’s noticed more with Soriono because he is supposed to hit the long ball, but look at the pitch charts and see where they are pitching to him. Low and outside and to his credit he has been taking the low pitch and hitting the outside pitch.

        • Dorasaga

          Thanks, Paul, for pointing out how Soriano adjusted. He always works hard. He’s overpaid, but that’s not his fault. It’s a matter of the team philosophy to get him productive again, more hustle, and placed on a position to succeed.

    • Ripsnorter1

      If you compare Soriano to all the players batting 4th in MLB, he’s not the very worst.

      Soriano has ……..11 RBI.
      Aram……………….10 RBI
      Beltran…………….11 RBI
      Lee, Carlos……….13  RBI
      Phillips, Reds……..7 RBI
      Jones, Pirates…….8 RBI
      McCann, Atl……….8 RBI
      Ethier, LAD……….24 RBI
      LaRoche, Nats…..17 RBI
      Zobrist……………..11 RBI
      Beltre, Texas……..13 RBI
      Hundley, SD……….11 RBI
      Posey, SF…………..9 RBI
      Wright, Mets……… 13 RBI
      Tulowitski, Rocks….11 RBI
      Willingham, Twins…13 RBI
      Hosmer, KC………..13 RBI
      Gonzalez, BoSox…15 RBI
      Konerko, Chisox…..15 RBI
      Fielder, Det……….. 11 RBI
      Cano, Yanks………..4 RBI
      Kubel, AZ…………..11 RBI
      Morrison, Mia………8 RBI
      Smoak, Sea………..8 RBI
      Lind, Tor…………….8 RBI
      Pence, Phils………11 RBI
      Morales, LAA………6 RBI
      Hafner……………….10 RBI
      Cespedes…………..19 RBI
      Jones, Balt…………12 RBI

      And Soriano is the only one without a tater. IN-credible!

  • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

    They also need to end the failed Carlos Marmol is our closer experiiment . That game was one pitch away from being a 5-5 game. And please, nobody tell me he has to play to be showcased for trade. The Cubs have had 2 years to trade this piece of crap. Nobody wants him PERIOD.  Many here were for moving this guy a couple  of years ago when he had value, instead he was signed to an extension, dumb move then which looks even dumber now.

    • John_CC

       Bob, I wanted Hendry to trade Marmot 2 years ago…but he got extended instead. 

      First; It is not an experiment, he is the closer.

      Second; the man in charge for the past two years had zero intention of trading him, so to say the Cubs have had time to trade him is misleading.  Nobody wants him now. But that doesn’t mean nobody won’t want him ever. And there aren’t really any options to close, so…

      Yeah, crappy situation.

      • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

        John, You were one of the guys I was thinking of when I made the post.  Hendry had a fault of not anticipating when the time was right to move certain players when there value was at its highest. D. Lee, Ramirez, Lilly and Marmol….. ect. ect. Usually because he trapped himself with No -Trades.. Marmol is a real shame because he could have brought back much back in return. He won’t now….unless he plays and I’m totally against that, that is other than in a set-up role.  Dempster and Borowski were made into closers because there were no other options at the time and both did very. well.  ANYBODY on that staff right would be a better alternative to Marmol. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    Elvis Andrus: no errors in last 53 games.

    Now that’s a SS.

    • Tony_Hall

      Yep that’s a SS…

      that hits 270/340/344/685

      AND

      in his 1st 3 seasons

      2009 – 22 errors
      2010 – 16 errors
      2011 – 25 errors

      and at age 18 in the minors he made 31 errors and at age 19 he made 32 errors.

      Sometimes players need time to develop.

      This is a perfect example of that.

  • Tony_Hall

    Hard to believe this post Neil – The Cubs Win 5-1.  

    I was under the impression that this lineup was horrible, but take away Byrd, Soriano, and Soto and all of their veteran payroll and play Mather, Campana and Castillo and the team plays better.  

    I can’t wait for Soriano and Co. to all be gone.  I would much rather watch the youngsters play and develop.

    Great game for Garza.  They better get an extension done with him soon.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Tony, they played good today. Liked the energy and Garza was on. I should have mentioned Barney in the recap more. His two at bats led to two runs. Nice to have a player on the Cubs’ roster give himself up for the team.

    • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

      I ripped on Aaron a few weeks ago for wanting Campana up from Iowa and in for Byrd, well I was wrong, Campana is making a huge difference right now. He seems to always be in scoring position.  Right now, If Soriano and DeJesus are remaining in left and right, is B Jackson good enough to unseat Campana in center ??

      • paulcatanese

        As everyone on this site knows I am a huge Campana fan.
        If he continues at his present pace I think Sveum is fair enough to know that its Campana’s job to lose at that point.
        There is so much hype concerning Jackson that when he comes up he would have to be in the lineup, their is no way he will not play.
        Having said that it’s a nice problem to have for any manager.
        Campana with his lack of power has to overplay anyone else to remain in the lineup and increase his power to at least start hitting tweeners for doubles and triples.
        Jacksons has been groomed for a couple of years now and cannot see him not playing center,left or right.
        I cannot feel bad if Campana reverts to the fourth outfielder as he still be of value to the team.
        I would also say that if he continues to hit and run the bases, he may be a good trade for someone. I dont think their is a team out there that could not use his speed.

    • cubtex

      Nothing like Kyle Kendrick and Matt Garza to make a team look good. That is baseball. That is exactly my point in how you can be competitive with great pitching. Only Castro could start on a playoff caliber team out of those 8. The other 7 are role players at best.

      • Tony_Hall

        You are so negative.  When anything good happens, it’s because the other team is bad.  When anything bad happens, it’s because the Cubs are bad.  

        Can you just sit back and enjoy the play of some players, who may never make an All-Star team, or be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but seem to be playing as hard as possible?   It is a welcome sight from watching players do just the opposite for many years.

        And yes, not many of these players will be around on the next Cubs playoff team, but one way to find out which ones are worth keeping is to play them. 

        • cubtex

          Be realistic. Look at the team. Do you think the results would have been the same versus Cliff Lee. It is a 162 game season for a reason. To jump up and down with joy because the Cubs won a game versus a pitcher who got shelled in his last outing with the Cubs putting a minor league team out there is a little over the top.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not sure but I thought Roy Halladay just pitched.  He is close to as good as that Cliff Lee guy…right?

            You are so into saying how bad they are and how they won’t win for many years, to even be able to enjoy a winning week, going 4-2.  Relax a little and enjoy the small victories.

            Also, I pulled my quad the other night doing a running drill with my son’s team, so there is no way I am jumping up and down now.  It sucks to get old…

          • cubtex

            Kyle Kendrick’s only other start. 3 IP 11 hits and 7 ER(which was on April 23rd)

            I want to root for players who can possibly be starters on this team next year. I am waiting for the day that they call up Anthony Rizzo, BJax and Josh Vitters. I enjoy seeing Matt Garza pitch. I am glad that Shark is getting an opportunity to start. I like to see Rafael Dolis mature as well as Scott Maine. It is nice to see Campana and LaHair get an opportunity but do you want them both to start on this team next year?

          • Tony_Hall

            I will tell you after we watch them play for awhile at the major league level.  I would like to see Lahair get a full season in the majors before we cast him aside.  I would put up with him in LF, if he hits well enough.

            Campana, I don’t really believe can be any more than a 4th/5th OF, but he sure has looked good over the last week.  Let’s give him some time to see what he can do over a longer period of time.

            I know you like to write off players in April, but Kendrick last year had 3.22 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, pitching half the year as a starter and the other half out of the bullpen.  

          • John_CC

             Tony, you and I are really the only two that call out this persistent and perpetual BS. I already quit reading and responding to ole ’67 and after this line of garbage above I see that it is completely pointless to respond to tex, and nearly as pointless to even bother reading his incessant whining, naysaying and  dead horse beating redundancies.

            If there is no one to argue with, well, then there isn’t any argument. Something to consider.

            Ice than quad! Ouch man…

          • cubtex

            Promises promises :) please stick to what you say and we will both be happy. Your constant insults, giddy kidlike attitude,and zero knowledge about baseball adds nothing to anyone.

          • brent carmona

            Hey you guys….play nice now :)

            Cubs have a plan. Take a leap of faith. We will be contenders every year. Just going to take time. Take the positives and let that grow on us. Less negativity the better.

          • John G

            You guys may be the only ones that call him out. The rest of us just ignore him. Neil doesn’t like name calling so I won’t refer to him as Eeyore any more.

          • paulcatanese

            John, at the risk of “takin
            sides”
            I enjoy
            You’re
            posts,
            Tony’s
            and
            Cubtex. as well as Rip
            lets all
            be freinds opinions are what the site is about.

          • http://twitter.com/Golfnut70Bob OttawaBob

            B.Jax is hitting .240 and Vitters .260. ….I’m not at all excited at least yet.  All Campana does is keep scoring runs, and LaHair just keeps hitting.

          • paulcatanese

            It’s the 15 day DL for you:)
            You are supposed to designate the drill,not do it:)

          • Tony_Hall

            I have always participated. When they were younger, I would always do all the running with them, and lead the pack to push them. 

            I pulled the quad 2 years ago, and now seem to tweak it on the cold days.  It doesn’t seem fair that as the kids get bigger and stronger, we get older and have to go to the DL more often :)

          • paulcatanese

            Try what I do Tony, “back in my day” was my favorite expression.

        • John G

          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

              
          Eeyore is a character in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. He is generally characterized as a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, anhedonic, old grey stuffed donkey who is a friend of the title character, Winnie-the-Pooh.His name is an onomatopoeic representation of the braying sound made by a normal donkey, usually represented as “hee haw” in American English: the spelling with an “r” is explained by the fact that Milne and most of his intended audience spoke a non-rhotic variety of English in which the “r” in “Eeyore” is not pronounced as /r/.Just Sayin’

          • SuzyS

             A jar of Honey to you…John G. :)

      • Ripsnorter1

        The Phillies have scored 2 runs or less in 12 of their 22 games. This is not a powerful offense. Contrast the Cubs offense: 

        Cubs…..78 runs
        Phils…..70 runs

        That’s pretty pathetic.

        • Tony_Hall

          So are you trying to say that Garza wasn’t that impressive, it was a weak offense he faced :)

          This is a good example of a team, that won a World Series, and rewarded their players with contracts that will be hard to live through…but at least they have rings.

  • GaryLeeT

    Why isn’t Samardizjia following Garza in the rotation, like he had all season? That was my key to the Cubs winning this series.

    • SuzyS

       GaryLeeT…
      They moved Shark back a day in the rotation to start the Cincy series. Supposedly trying to handle Shark carefully and not burn him out in his first season as a starter…GaryLee…remember…it’s a marathon…not a sprint.

  • SuzyS

     I enjoyed today’s game…in and of itself…not worrying about a world series…or building a constant contender…just a good game to watch if you are a Cubs fan.

    For today, I’m happy.

    Tony Hall…Take care of that Quad…I’ve been on crutches for the last two  weeks with a severe knee sprain…yep…”it sucks to get old.”

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Suzy, hope your knee gets better.

      • SuzyS

        Thanks Neil…getting a new MRI on Thursday…we’ll see then.

        • Roland

          Think you will be ready by the playoffs?

    • Tony_Hall

      People kept warning me that as you approach 40, it all starts to fall apart.  About to turn 41, and it is so true. The last few years, everything seems to hurt for a week instead of days, when you do something.  

      Take care of yourself, and it’s been nice seeing back posting more regular.  As you can see, we need more reasonable posters on here.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Neil Any word yet on the player to be named later in the marlon byrd trade

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Nothing yet. Still hearing it will be a pitcher.

      Good to hear from you.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    I love watching campana play he should be batting lead off all the time.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He really should be, at least as long as he is getting on base. And DeJesus would be the perfect #2 hitter since he takes pitches. That would give Campana a chance to run.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Astros are hitting much better than the Cubs:

    Cubs…..23rd in MLB in runs
    Astros…..9th

    Cubs…23in BA
    Astros…..9th

    Cubs….24 in OBP
    Astos….8th

    Cubs in slug….26
    Astros slug…..20

    Pitching
    Cubs era….18
    Astos……..20

    Quality Starts
    Cubs  16th
    Astros….11th

    WHIP
    Cubs….17th
    Astros….20th

    BAACubs…8th
    Astros…21st

    Cubs pitchers are giving up TOO MANY WALKS!

    Cubs have given up 3rd most BB…behind BoSox and KC. 

    Houston……14th most.

    Take the Cards number of BBs allowed. Multiply by 2. THEN add 3 more, and you have the Cubs total.

    43 X 2 + 3 = 89

    • Tony_Hall

      Take a look at the Astros players, Altuve, Johnson, Martinez, Lowrie, Schafer, who are creating those numbers.  Lowrie is the vet of the bunch with 808 career AB’s

    • CubsTalk

       Then go watch the Astros

  • CubsTalk

    Garza is good, but are the Cubs willing to pay him $18 million per year?…..NO………trade him for three-four top notch prospects in July or sooner.

  • paulcatanese

    Reading the posts below are interesting.
    Cubs 67, his posts are what some view are negative. Why?,because he voices his frustration with the Cubs? So? I take his posts for what they are, his opinion and deserve to be heard,period.
    Cubtex, now he is on the pan, why? This guy has credentials. Has played professional ball in one of the toughest areas(Texas) as an infielder. His points are valued to me as he knows what he is talking about.
    Tony Hall, one of the nicest guys on the site, puts his time in with the kids and follows the game with good knowledge. Because he and Cubtex banter back and forth is one of the reasons I read the site. What people fail to realize is these guys love each other and enjoy it.
    Rip, a good guy who has a laid back sense of humor and enjoys stats
    (a tough thing for me) and always reminds me about Campana.
    Aaron, great insightful posts, goes the extra mile to get his point out.
    JohnCC you share some of the moments that take time when you are out watching teams or ST. Appreciated.
    And Neil, Brian, and Tom monitor all of it, keeping it civil and classy.
    Their are so many posts on this site that are very good and worth reading. The diversety of the posts are what make it great.
    I post this because I get a little upset when people get down on posts that don’t meet with their approval.
    I wouldn’t want it to get boring with everyone posting the same opinion
    and like it just the way it is.

    And as it has been said, “keep it classy”.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Paul,

      You have lots and lots of class. : )

      • Ripsnorter1

        And I have to admit, the Cubs have played much better after they called Campana up and let him play. He’s given this offense a jump start.

        • paulcatanese

          Speaking of a jump start, did you see Mather give that little Soriono hop when he caught that fly ball? Must be instilled in the left field grass, or an electrical circuit in that area that goes off:) And thanks for the kind words.