Posts Tagged ‘diamondbacks’
Box score. Some offense at last! A back-and-forth game for a while tonight, but ultimately a solid win, and a great relief. Lee starts the Cubbies off in the first with a homer, his first since June 20th. A “hell yes” grand slam from Reed Johnson in the 8th made it 10-3. (Bob Melvin tried to argue a fan interfered, which a fan may have, but hey. I think the ball ended up in a swimming pool. Ah, Chase Field.)
Soriano’s return to the one-spot in the lineup was very nice to see. He posts a 1-5, with a double and an RBI.
Lilly was all right, and got plenty of run support: 6 innings, 6 hits, 6 Ks, 3 walks, 3 ER. He helped his own cause with an RBI single, a steal of third base, and a run.
I was watching this game on the FSN Arizona feed (sadly). Apparently, there is a group of D’back fans called the Redheads. This largely geriatric bunch not only really gets things fired up while lounging in air-conditioned Chase Field, but apparently keeps McCormick in the black, takes pride in naming itself after a fellow NL team, and wears either the most ironic or the most contraindicated T-shirts in baseball: “We need more signs!” They had lots of signs. Lots of signs. FSN AZ devoted, I’d say, 20% of the broadcast to them. Fantastic.
Aramis Watch: Another frustrating game for sure for Aram-Ram. He smashed a would-be home run just foul, and had a probably infield single ruled an error. Then, he was picked off with the hit-and-run on. He posts a (wait for it) 1-5, with a single to left in the 8th! He snaps the 0-26, and scores a run. Keep the faith!
Box score. The Cubs reportedly forgo BP today, in this their 100th game of the season, trying to break up the recent skid… but to no avail. They drop yet another much-less-than-impressive game on the road, and the Brewers are now a single game back, with the Cardinals just a pair back, in the Central.
Marquis wasn’t awful, giving up 3 runs through 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 Ks. Our relievers pitched us right out of it, and the Cubs’ errors certainly didn’t help. Marshall gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning in the 7th, including a run on a wild pitch and a home run from Orlando Hudson. Kevin Hart gave up 2 doubles, 3 walks, a hit batter, and 4 runs in 2/3 in the 8th. Hart has had an extremely tough time in the majors this year.
Aramis Watch: does get on with a walk, and hit a couple hard, but posted another 0-fer, and is now 1 for his last 28. Nice to see one bright spot: Daryle Ward produce a little bit, knocking a pinch-hit homer in the 8th. One more road game in Phoenix tomorrow, and then it’s home to face the Fish.
Box score. Excruciatingly frustrating game tonight. Cubs give their starter zero run support, and lose this pitchers duel, 0-2.
Harden was excellent, giving up 1 hit and 2 walks through 7 innings, striking out 10 D’backs, and throwing 112 pitches. (His game score of 79 was his second-highest of the season.) Unfortunately, that 1 hit was a home run from Alex Romero; his first, ever. The Big Old Unit shut down the Cubs early, throwing 7 2-hit, 1-walk innings.
In Soriano news:
Attempting to return to the Cubs after he broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch June 12, Soriano was brushed back by Padres rookie-level pitcher Junior Veras, prompting a big smile from the outfielder.
“It was not a good experience, man,” Soriano said. “His first pitch went to my head, so my heart was jumping because a lot of people told me that those little guys, they throw hard and they don’t know where the ball goes. I was a little scared there.” –Cubs.com
Soriano went 0-2 with a walk for Mesa, and seems ready to return very soon. Aramis posts yet another 0-4, and is now 1 for his last 25, with one walk. Theriot snaps his 13-game hitting streak.
Cubs are now only 2 games ahead of both the Cardinals and the Brewers. They absolutely need to figure things out in the second half, and on the road, soon. The Cubs have out-scored their opponents 11-8 the last 4 games, but have gone 1-3.
Likely matchups for the three game set in Arizona (48-49, somehow leading the NL West):
- July 21st, Harden (2.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. Johnson (5.23, 1.41)
- July 22nd, Marquis (4.44, 1.43) vs. Owings (5.02, 1.31) Petit (3.06, 0.74)
- July 23rd, Lilly (4.49, 1.33) vs. Davis (4.14, 1.53)
And statistical comparison:
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CHC 97 3383 509 946 194 12 109 480 385 715 .280 .357 .441 53 ARI 97 3262 430 815 183 27 92 408 338 745 .250 .324 .407 31 G ERA W L SV GS GF IP H R ER HR BB SO CHC 97 3.89 57 40 29 97 96 873.3 818 407 377 99 328 718 ARI 97 3.93 48 49 22 97 94 864.0 816 426 377 90 280 733