Game One Hundred Six - Cubs 1 Brewers 18
WP - Yovani Gallardo (10-5) LP - Randy Wells (5-9) Save - None
The Brewers took live batting practice Monday night and handed the Cubs one of their worst losses in recent memory.
For the second time in four days, the Cubs lost a game by at least 15 runs. It has gone from can the Cubs win a game to how will they lose. Monday it was back-to-back five run innings by the Brewers and it got worse as the game wore on.
The Chicago Cubs were embarrassed once again Monday night at Wrigley. The Brewers abused Cubs' pitching to the tune of 18 runs on 26 hits ... the 26 hits tied a franchise record set on September 2, 1957 for hits allowed in a nine inning game. While the Brewers ended their five-game losing streak, the Cubs extended theirs to a season-high six games. This group of players has quit and for the first time since 2006, the Chicago Cubs organization is 14 games under the .500 mark.
Over the last six games (0-6), the Cubs have been outscored 63-17.
The pitching staff took another beating and it all started with Randy Wells. Wells was horrible the second time through the lineup. He allowed five runs in the fourth with Casey McGehee hitting the big blast of the inning ... a three run shot to center.
Wells was tagged for two more, one earned, in the fifth and left after facing two batters while not recording an out. Wells' line Monday night: seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits without a walk and five strikeouts in four innings.
While the Brewers were busy knocking the cover off the ball, the Cubs pathetic offense was busy swinging and missing everything Yovani Gallardo hurled at them. Gallardo allowed two hits in six innings, a pair of doubles by Starlin Castro, and just one run. Gallardo issued one free pass and tied a career high with 12 strikeouts.
Casey Coleman was called-up from Triple-A Iowa Monday and made his big league debut in the sixth inning. Coleman, who is not a reliever and should not pitch out the bullpen, struggled with his command and was hit pretty hard. Coleman gave up six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
The Cubs offense, if you want to call it that, managed just four hits, all doubles, and five total baserunners in nine innings. The Cubs only run scored on a ground out to short by Aramis Ramirez in the fourth inning.
$140 million just does go as far as it used to.
Monday loss was the Cubs' 60th of the season (46-60) and for as bad as 2009 felt, this season keeps getting worse every time they cross in between the lines ...
They can't all be against the Orioles. And honestly, I know I'm just a negative ninny, but three straight close wins over the Orioles... it doesn't really rev my engine.
Trevor Cahill faced 29 batters tonight.
More photos » Jeff Roberson - AP
about 3 hours ago: St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay (15) arrives safely at second on a throwing error by Houston Astros center fielder Michael Bourn as shortstop Anderson Hernandez reaches for the ball during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Victories against the Cardinals are always sweet, but this one had a different flavor to it. Maybe it was the monster Pujols home run, or the myriad fielding mistakes in the first inning, but for most of the game, i expected the other shoe to drop and the Cardinals to take control.
In fact, when Myers was struggling so badly, loading the bases with no outs, I was sure the Cards would take the lead for good. Instead, a timely mound visit by Brad Arnsberg set up a nice double play. Myers lasted a couple more innings, continuing his streak of six inning starts. Myers wasn't his sharpest, but used good defense to get around some tough situations.
Instead of cratering when that first run scored, the Astros put two on the board early. After Pujols homer and the bases loaded mess, the Astros bats could have gone to sleep. That's why the outburst in the eighth and ninth innings were so clutch. Not just Chris Johnson's double. Not just Michael Bourn's perfectly executed swinging bunt up the middle for a base hit. It was everything combined.
One guy who looked really good was Brett Wallace. Every one of his at-bats were tough and he saw a lot of pitches. This was my first chance to see him play and I was really encouraged. He looks like he can be pretty good defensively, digging a ball out of the dirt in this one. I can also see him hitting for some power eventually, but, more importantly, he'll wear a pitcher down and draw some walks. Those are good things.
I can't overlook El Bufalo here, either. As much as I wish he could be one of the rebuilding pieces sent away, he had a pretty good game here. Lee made a sliding catch on a sinking liner by Matt Holliday that kept Pujols from moving into scoring position. He also had a nice slide to score the second run for Houston and had some timely hits. Then, we find out in the post-game show that Lee is comfortable at first, has been taking ground balls there for a while and could possibly play there against lefties. Does that raise or lower Lee's value in your mind?
I couldn't be happier by the fact that the Astros have a winning record against St. Louis now or that they are 5-2 at Busch Stadium (I, unfortunately, saw one of those two losses in person). I was also pleasantly surprised the Astros managed to score some runs off Jake Westbrook, since they typically struggle against pitchers they're facing for the first time. Maybe that's a benefit of the youth movement. They're too young to realize they are overmatched. Whatever the reason, the past few days have put me in as charitable mood towards the local nine as any time this season. WPA graphs like this tend to help that along.
Nick Swisher did everything in his power ? literally ? to make up for A.J. Burnett?s awful start, but it was too little, too late for the Yankees, as the Blue Jays hung on for an 8-6 win. Best of All: Swisher jacked two homers and raised his[...]
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(Triple-A) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (64-46) beat Syracuse (56-54) 6-5: Box - Recap
Kevin Russo LF: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI (16), BB, R, SB (4)
Colin Curtis CF: 0-for-4, BB
Eduardo Nunez SS: 0-for-5
Juan Miranda 1B: 0-for-4
Brandon Laird 3B: 4-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI (2), 3 R --- nice Triple-A debut.
Jorge Vazquez DH: 1-for-4, 2B
Chad Huffman RF: 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI (30), R
Eric Bruntlett 2B: 0-for-4
Chad Moeller C: 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB
David Phelps: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.98 ERA)
Romulo Sanchez (W, 8-8): 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (4.31 ERA)
Jonathan Albaladejo (S, 36): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (0.87 ERA)
Pitches-strikes: Phelps 88-52, Sanchez, Ro 23-14, Albaladejo 18-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Phelps 9-5, Sanchez, Ro 4-2, Albaladejo 1-1.
(Double-A) Trenton (64-44) had an off-day.
(High-A) Tampa (Overall: 58-44; Second Half: 22-12) beat Fort Myers (Overall: 44-61; Second Half: 16-19) 1-1 in 12 innings in the completion of yesterday's suspended game: Box - Recap
Raymond Kruml CF: 1-for-5, BB
Jose Pirela SS: 0-for-6
Bradley Suttle 3B: 3-for-5, RBI (55)
Corban Joseph 2B: 1-for-5
Melky Mesa DH: 0-for-6
Zolio Almonte RF: 0-for-5
Myron Leslie 1B-2B: 0-for-5
Mitch Abeita C: 1-for-3, BB
Jack Rye LF: 1-for-4, BB, R
Manuel Banuelos: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (2.30 ERA)
John Van Benschoten: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K (5.25 ERA)
Adam Olbrychowski: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (2.60 ERA)
Amaury Sanit: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (3.00 ERA)
Trenton Lare: 2 IP,2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (3.95 ERA)
Jonathan Ortiz (W, 5-1): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (2.60 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Banuelos 0-1, Van Benschoten 3-3, Olbrychowski 3-2, Sanit 3-1, Lare 3-1, Ortiz, J 0-4.
Tampa (Overall: 59-44; Second Half: 23-12) beat Fort Myers (Overall: 44-62; Second Half: 16-20) 7-1 in their regularly scheduled game: Box - Recap
Raymond Kruml LF: 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI (9), 2 R
Jose Pirela SS: 0-for-4, BB, R
Bradley Suttle 3B: 2-for-5, 2B
Melky Mesa CF: 2-for-5, HR (15), 3 RBI (58), R
Zolio Allmonte RF: 2-for-4, 3B, BB
Trent Lockwood 1B: 0-for-5
Jack Rye DH: 1-for-4, BB, R
Mitch Abeita C: 1-for-3, BB, 2 R
Walter Ibarra 2B: 2-for-4
Dellin Betances (W, 6-1): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K (1.26 ERA)
Philip Bartleski (S, 3): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (3.79 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Betances 3-4, Bartleski 4-3.
(Low-A) Charleston (Overall: 51-55; Second Half: 20-17) beat Augusta (Overall: 59-47; Second Half: 18-18) 8-4: Box - Recap
Slade Heathcott CF: 2-for-4, RBI (17), BB, R
Kelvin Castro SS: 3-for-5, 2 RBI (32), 2 R, SB (13)
JR Murphy C: 0-for-4, RBI (38)
Robert Lyerly 3B: 1-for-4, 2 RBI (51)
Luke Murton 1B: 1-for-5
Neil Medchill LF: 1-for-5
Deangelo Mack DH: 0-for-5, R
Emerson Landoni 2B: 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI (22), 2 R
Francisco Santana RF: 3-for-4, RBI (10), 2 R
Josh Romanski (W, 7-3): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (3.36 ERA)
Ronny Marte (H, 7): 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (3.08 ERA)
Francisco Gil: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (1.29 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: Romanski 9-7, Marte, R 5-0, Gil 2-0.
(Single-A Short-Season) Staten Island (20-20) lost to Aberdeen (22-22) 6-0: Box - Recap
Eduardo Sosa CF: 0-for-3, BB
Garrison Lassiter 3B: 0-for-3
Kelvin De Leon RF: 0-for-3
Kyle Roller 1B: 0-for-3
Casey Stevenson 2B: 0-for-3
Jose Mojica SS: 1-for-3 --- only hit for SI
Francisco Arcia C: 0-for-3
Michael Ferraro LF: 0-for-3
Nick McCoy DH: 0-for-3
Michael O'Brien (L, 6-2): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WP (2.13 ERA)
Nathan Forer: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K (2.12 ERA)
Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (1.53 ERA)
Andy Shive: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (6.00 ERA)
Groundouts-flyouts: O'Brien 5-6, Forer 0-1, Claiborne 2-1, Shive 2-0.
(Rookie) GCL Yankees (14-22) @ the GCL Blue Jays was postponed.
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The Royals are just more fundamentally sound under Ned Yost. Great attention to detail.
Toledo 4, Gwinnett 6
Brandon Beachy made his first start in AAA tonight and picked up right where he left off in AA. He wasn't quite as god-like as his last couple of starts in Mississippi but definitely still impressive. Wes Timmons continues his hot play by reaching base 3 times tonight including his 2-run HR. Timmons had 0 home runs through the first two months of the season but has hit 6 since June started and has hit nearly .340 with an OPS hovering near .900 during that span. He may give Freddie Freeman a run for his money as Gwinnet hitter of the year.
Mobile 0, MIssissippi 2
Julio Teheran and Ty'relle Harris combined for the first No Hitter of the year for Mississippi and (I believe) the first since Tommy Hanson's 7 inning No Hitter in 2008. Teheran, in just his second game in Mississippi, dominated the Mobile lineup racking up 7 K and striking out the side in the 5th inning. Harris, who has been solid at Rome and Myrtle Beach was fantastic in his first appearance for Mississippi. Cody Johnson also went 0-4 with 3K in this game.
Myrtle Beach 3, Kinston 1 - Suspended
I'll do the stats on this when the game actually finished tomorrow.
Savannah 1, Rome 4
Brett DeVall had a great game tonight but it wasn't even the best in the system. His complete game is one of the few tossed by any Braves pitcher (majors or minors) this season. He had a shutout going into the 9th inning but a lead-off double came around to score on a pair of groundouts. After a hot start and then a rough week or two Joe Leonard's bat is coming around again with 3 XBH in his last 5 games. he even picked up his 3rd walk in Rome!
Bluefield 1, Danville 7
The resurgent Danville Braves pull off another win and holds off Pulaski for 1st place. Aaron Northcraft improved to 5-0 on the season in his best Matt Crim impersonation. I hear good things about David Rohm's bat and so far he isn't disappointing me though I would like to see a little more power and a couple more walks.
GCL Braves 1, GCL Phillies 2
The awesomely named Williams Perez put together his best start of the season but lost the win after his bullpen blew the game for him. Danny Falcon continues to show that the GCL is no match for him. Unfortunately he also showed that he is no match for the Appy League. Matt Lipka continues to slump and my guess is he is probably getting tired from never having played this much baseball this long into the summer.
DSL Braves - OFF
1986 Topps Atlanta Braves Team Leader Starring Dale Murphy I am not sure that any other Braves player from the 1980′s epitomized what baseball greatness was. That is probably a big reason as to why Dale Murphy was selected by Topps for their 1986 Team Leaders card. And as a Braves and Murphy fan, I [...]
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