The Cubs called up their latest, greatest future star Tuesday to replace the injured Alfonso Soriano, who tweaked his hamstring last night. However, , thank you very much.
I know it's early, but the Soriano in center field experiment appears to be a dud. The unpredictable wind and brick wall of Wrigley Field, make an already tough position to play even tougher. It's no place for a guy trying it out for size.
Jacque Jones will be back in the No. 3 spot.
If the much-awaited Pie callup isn't enough for Cubs fans, the symbol of all-time Cubs stupid personnel moves, Greg Maddux, returns--as a member of the once hated San Diego Padres, no less. I hear Lou Brock and Steve Garvey will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
On the weather front, as of my 12:40 trip to Starbucks, it's really nice out. The sun even was shining. Apparently that's too much pleasantness for the evil Tom Skilling and his weather machine. The afternoon forecast calls for shifting winds off the lake, and, if you've spent any time in Chicago, you know that means cold.
On the lineup front, it looks like this. Much change. Pie leads off, followed by Ryan Theriot. Aramis Ramirez is back. Matt Murton remains in right and Jones in left. Ronny Cedeno looks for that elusive second hit of the season. And, hey, Henry Blanco in the house! Meanwhile, his agent likely going to a bigger house. Finally and most unfortunately, it says there Wade Miller is the starting pitcher.
Also of note, Pie will wear Mark Grace's No. 17.
The Brothers Giles, Marcus and Brian, bat 1-2 for the Padres. I've never met either of these guys but there's something off-putting about them, isn't there? Or maybe that's just me. Wade Miller starts off Marcus with a strike and then throws what's sure to be one of many balls on the day. Giles singles to right. The other Giles hits a sinking liner to right. Murton charges and misses it. The ball goes by him, he gets up and just looks at it. Let the rookie get it. Marcus Giles scores on the play, while his bro ends up on second. No new here, but Murton already proves to be a defensive liability in right. If you're going to dive like that, you have to keep the ball in front of you. Mike Cameron pops up down the right-field line and Derrek Lee makes a nice catch in the Padres' bullpen, wheels and keeps Giles at second. Adrian Gonzales lines a double into the right-field corner, scoring Giles. Murton's getting a workout out there. Khalil Greene, as far as I know, the only B'Hai major leaguer, grounds out to Aramis Ramirez. No doubt Greene will visit the B'Hai temple in Wilmette later, so any of you big Khalil fans, you know where to find him. Gonzales took third on that play. Terrmel Sledge, great name, grounds out to Lee to end the top half of the first.
Padres 2, Cubs 0
Felix Pie gets a nice hand from the sparse crowd. First pitch from Maddux is low and in the dirt. Maddux, meanwhile, is 11-3, 2.38 in 20 starts against the Cubs. Pie grounds out to second. Ryan Theriot tops one off the plate towards third and beats it out for an infield single. He then swipes second on the first pitch. Mark DeRosa, make yourself comfortable over there on the bench. You may be there a while. Maddux goes 3-0 on Lee before Lee files out to center. Theriot stays put on second. Ramirez, back from resting his sore wrist, works the count full. Ramirez rips one the other way towards the right-field Under Armour door to score Theriot. I think it hit off Giles' foot as he was leaping against the wall. Of course, no replay and no mention of it from Len and Bob. The ball bounces towards the line, Giles gets up limping and Ramirez gets himself a triple. Murton grounds out.
Padres 2, Cubs 1
To clarify some stuff on the message board, Angel Guzman was optioned to Iowa today and will be used as a starter. Miller retired Kevin Kouzmanoff somehow but I'm not sure; WGN lost its picture momentarily. They are back as the catcher Bob Bowen walks. With Maddux up, Miller nearly picks off Bowen. Maddux bunts Bowen to second. Giles knocks home Bowen with a single to right-center. Giles gets a good jump and steals second. Miller strikes out the other Giles.
Padres 3, Cubs 1
For those of you having trouble with the comment board, go here. Fan favorite Jacque Jones lines a single to right. Cedeno flies out to center. Jones takes off for second but Blanco lifts a fly ball to center. Jones hurries back to first and likely will stay there with Wade Miller coming up. Miller bounces out to second to end the inning
Padres 3, Cubs 1
From the Cubicle
Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Padres game from a guy who's suddenly in the mood for some huckleberry pie.
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