Cubs Recap: Reds @ Cubs 4/15/08

Cubs win. Last night the Cubs took down the (hated, despised, reviled) Dusty Baker and the Cincinnat-uh Redlegs 9-5...and actually did so in 9 innings of baseball. Last night's was a really well played and fun game to watch. Five HRs, good pitching on both sides, some shenanigans with the lineup, the game had a lot of different things going on.

First off-props go out again to the reigning "Best Pitcher on the Cubs Staff" Ryan "Don't Call me Dump" Dempster. I don't know if all those jaunts up Camelback Mountain in spring training helped him find his inner soul, or if he was really just heading up there to toke some peyote, but whatever he was doing-it's working. After 3 starts and 19 IP, Dempster is now 2-0 with a 2.37 Ernie, and 8 Ks to 4 BBs.

DLee also had another great night last night. Lee went 3-5, including a huge 3 run jack in the 5th that gave the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish. The Gold Glover also made another outstanding play with the glove turning a 3-6-3 double play on The Kid in the 7th to get Marmol out of a big jam. Huge play at a huge time in the game.

On the dark side of things-Felix Pie looked awful...again. Look, I'm high on this kid. I think he's going to turn into a good player. You don't hit like he did at AAA by falling out of bed. The kid can hit-but he's just not getting it done right now. Pie went 0-4 last night, dropping his BA to .154 in 26 ABs (w/ a .185 OBP-awful). He did make a great catch on a ball deep into the gap in which he slammed into the solid brick outfield wall, however. But watching him against last night's opponent-it's getting really difficult to NOT draw the comparison to everyone's favorite whipping boy (after Dusty B, of course)-Corey Freaking Patterson. I didn't count them, but Pie's 3 Ks last night feature far too many long, swooping cuts at fastballs at his shoulders. Not to mention the flailing at the junk pitches low and way out of the zone. I really don't want to make this comparison here, but it's too noticeable not to. Let's hope Pie rebounds tonight against Josh Fogg (if he plays). If he doesn't-we're in trouble...because Fogg is awful.

Comments (3)


April 16, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Jumbo, you failed to mention another big-inning type glove-save...that of lil Mikey's. With the bases juiced and no out's, Jeff "I look like a girl" Keppinger hit a hard grounder that looked destined for center field. Lil' Mikey, using all of his length, dove for the ball, snagged it, glove-flipped it to The Riot, who had to concentrate on keeping his foot on the sack to get the out. A run scored, but it would've been two and the hit parade could've continued. Best play I've seen by the Cubs defensively all year.

And yes, Huckleberry Pie looked god-awful. I can't tell if he's stubborn or the coaches are in his ear too much, but something isn't working. Part of me thinks that he is too stubborn to listen to what the coaches are saying (like, cut down your long-ass swing with two strikes) but a part of me also thinks that he made it this far and all of the sudden the staff wants to change his approach, which is a long adjustment period. Last night, he just looked uncomfortable.


April 16, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Great point on Lil' Dirtbag Mikey. That was a really great, and important, play in the game. That glove flip was pretty sweet.

Don't forget about his shot off the wall too. If he were a normal sized ballplayer, that one would have been on Waveland.

What I liked best about Mikey being in the game was after DLee's HR. Both TheRiot and Mikey were on base. DLee blasted it. When ran the bases and got to home, TheRiot and Mikey were there to greet him and give him some high-ish fives. DLee looked like a giant next to those two little guys. It was pretty funny.


April 16, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Yes, that was quite the scene. The other funny thing was that Lee went for a High 10...a High 5 to each of them at the same time. Now that takes some coordination, especially when you have to look that far down.