1:16 PM PDT, June 21, 2008
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Previously on From the Cubicle: There were two baseball teams in Chicago, and their fans don't like each other. There was much name-calling and taunts of "1908" and "Sox Sux" banter. And this season, with both teams currently in first place, the possibilities for an all-Chicago World Series made people downright tingly.
Yesterday, the Cubs won Game 1 behind Aramis Ramirez's two home runs, including the game-winner in the ninth inning off Sox reliever Scott Linebrink.
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Wrigley is his most favorite-est place for baseball. "You are going to take batting practice (in the indoor cages) and the rats look bigger than a pig out there. You want to take a look? I think the rats out there are lifting weights."
And Mark DeRosa swore during a joke contest.
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And today brace yourself Cubs fans, Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day DL. According to the Comcast pregame show, Zambrano was none too pleased. He stormed off after hearing the news, swore a bit and then disappeared into the shower-area where reporters heard a large crash. I can only assume Big Z didn't like his "I'm sorry you are on the DL" present a Michael Barrett punching bag. Not so much a punching bag, as an actual Michael Barrett.
Comcast also told us some interesting tidbits about this Wrigley Field place there's ivy on the walls, the bleacher people like to harass the opposing team and there's some place named "Murphy's" nearby. Get out! That is brand new information!
Here's some new info: Lineups are in! And Eric Patterson (Zambrano's DL replacement) and Jim Edmonds are present for the Cubs, while the Sox will introduce DeWayne Wise to the fun. I guess Brian Anderson's 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position didn't wow Ozzie.
It's Jose Contreras (6-5, 3.24) vs. Jason Marquis (5-3, 4.24) on the mound this morning. Yes, morning. This is way to early for me.
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So Ozzie and Zambrano had dinner together either last night. At Big Z's house. And he cooked. And Ozzie told Big Z to go on the DL. For at least two starts. So here's the plan: First four innings with Hawk & DJ and then I'll switch to Len & Bob as to hear Mr. Ashlee Simpson sing TMOTTBG. And here we go: Orlando Cabrera swings and misses at strike one from Marquis. O-Cab had an almost HR yesterday, with the replays not helping in the fair vs. foul debate. He slices the 1-2 pitch to Fukudome in RF for out No. 1. And by the boos I hear...AJ Pierzynski is up to bat. He quickly pops up in the infield to Aramis Ramirez for out No. 2. I think the boos lasted longer than the at-bat. Patience my friend. Here's Carlos Quentin. Lotsa stubble on both Quentin and Marquis today. 3-1 count...and Carlos starts to walk, but no...that's strike two. Then Quentin rolls up a single up the middle just out of Ryan Theriot's reach. Jermaine Dye, who was 1-for-4 with a bomb yesterday, stands in there. And yeah, DJ tells us that Marquis isn't a HR pitcher, but Dye can make him one. And just on cue...JD hits a bomb to LF and it's White Sox 2-0. Some fan in a Rolling Stones t-shirt throws the ball back. Nick Swisher flies out deep to the newly called-up Patterson in LF.
White Sox 2-0.
Bored at Work in DC: So glad you could be with us. I feel your "working-on-Saturday" pain. HL: That would be awesome, but isn't Bob on Royals duty? Contreras' first pitch to Fukudome is a ball. I mean, called a ball. Duh it's a ball. It's a beautiful 73 degree day today with wind blowing out of the WSW at 7 mph. Fukudome grounds out to second and Alexei Ramirez. Cubs are in their pinstripes with the Sox in their road grays. Again, duh. Here's Eric "I'm not Corey" Patterson. He hits it out of JD's reach in RF for a standup double. That dude is speedy. To quote Adam: "I don't think I've ever seen Patterson get a hit." D-Lee now; he too hit a HR yesterday. He batting .261 with runners in scoring position this season. Old-man Contreras gives Lee a full count before walking him on a low one. And the crowd goes nuts for A-Ram. First pitch strike, right down the middle. I think Hawk said Ramirez has hit 3 HRs off of Contreras. This one will stay in the park, a single up the RF line that will score Patterson. White Sox 2-1. Lee moves to third. Sox pitching coach Don Cooper comes out to chit-chat with Contreras. Jim Edmonds and his non-sore foot stand in there. Edmonds is .268 with runners in scoring position thus far. Strike one, two consecutive balls...foul...ball...full count. And Edmonds hits a short grounder back to Contreras on the left side for out No. 2. Lee stays at third, Ramirez goes to second. Hawk called it a big out. Already? Dude, 1st inning. LSU's Mike Fontenot now. LSU lost last night to North Carolina and my BFF Roy Williams was in attendance (sadly, not wearing his KU sticker. Heh). Fontenot flies out to DeWayne Wise in CF. Yes, that DeWayne Wise. Cubs strand two.
White Sox 2-1.
Crede is first up this inning. He's donning sun-glasses again. Foul ball down the LF line and Patterson runs up on the bullpen mound and can't handle the catch. Ugh. But Marquis comes back to strike out Crede swinging on a slider. DeWayne Wise and his .167 average now. Full count before Wise draws the walk. D-Lee pats Wise on the butt for his accomplishment. Sure. The other A-Ram, Alexei Ramirez, with one aboard. He skies the 1-1 pitch up to Fontenot in the deep second base area. Awkward catch, but it works. Two gone. This should be fun: the AL pitcher bats! He makes contact on the first two, but both are foul. Hehe. Contreras is 0-for-19 in his career. And he swings and misses at strike three. AL pitchers just looks silly up there.
White Sox 2-1.
According to my spies in the press box: Sun-Times hero and fan favorite Jay Mariotti asked for a security presence to safeguard him from his colleagues. Wonder why? To Karl_in_Chicago: That's pretty much what our Phil Rogers said. The Sox baby Danks, but if the dude is rolling...eventually you're gonna have to trust him. Time to take off the training wheels. Geovany Soto leads things off this inning. Soto grounds it slowly to Crede at third who makes the easy throw to first. Theriot now. He too went to LSU; look at me, I know the Cubs! He grounds out to O-Cab at short for the second out. It's up to Marquis to save this inning. Usually a decent hitter, but he strikes out swinging (badly swinging) to end things.
White Sox 2-1.
Top of the order for the Sox in the third. O-Cab. First pitch he hits a grounder to Theriot at short for out No. 1. The loveable Pierzynski now. He's 2-for-7 lifetime vs. Marquis and also holds a 15 (I think?) game-hitting streak this season. AJ hits one off his fists for an easy bloop to Theriot. Bloop. Two outs. Quentin takes strike one on the corner from Marquis. Then he grounds it to Theriot for out No. 3. Busy inning for Theriot. Everyone else: Wake up and go bat.
White Sox 2-1.
Looks like a really nice day out there today. Sigh. Fukudome is up first and he flies out to the great DeWayne Wise in CF for the first out. I think DeWayne will be my new best friend if he hits a homer today. E-Patterson fouls one off to even the count at 2-2. Contreras tries to squeeze in a slider for strike, but no dice. E-Patterson bloops the next pitch to CF for a single. He's 2-for-2 today, madness! And there is some speed aboard for D-Lee. Contreras fires a pickoff attempt over to Nick Swisher, but no luck. And another with the same result. D-Lee hits the first pitch to DeWayne Wise in CF for the second out, and Wise hurls it back to first where Patterson gets back juuuuust in time. That was close. DeWayne! A-Ram now. Another pickoff attempt. And then E-Patterson is running and he steals second just ahead of AJ's throw. Nice throw, very close. And AJ is not pleased. I think if the throw was a tad bit lower, E-Patterson would have been out. Ramirez whiffs at the 1-1 offering. 2-2 now. A-Ram pokes one to the other A-Ram for the third out.
White Sox 2-1.
One more half inning with Hawk and then I'm switching to Len and Bob. I hope Len dances for us. WGN keeps showing us O-Cab's non-homer from Friday. I mean, even if it was a HR (which it doesn't look to be), MLB isn't going to change the score. Dye grounds out to Theriot for the first out. Theriot is a busy dude out there. Swish hits it hard up the middle for a single and the third hit of the day for the ChiSox. Crede hits it off the end of the bat to CF and Edmonds is there to make the catch. To Yosh: I'll give you more Mariotti details as I get 'em! I interned at the Sun-Times in 2000 and he totally did not hold the door open for me one day. Scandal. Here's DeWayne Wise. He hits a two-run HR to LF and the White Sox lead it 4-1. Dude, I guess he's my new best friend. Adam just went to get lunch, he's gonna be so bummed he missed that. Brian Anderson perhaps should get used to that bench. Here's Alexei. He grounds out to Theriot (who else?) for the third out.
White Sox 4-1.
Doing some research on my new bestie DeWayne, I learned that he's from South Carolina and he's one year older than me. And that's about it, thanks Wikipedia. Oh right, switch TV. HL: No lie, I totally thought the Sox would lose 4-3 yesterday. Freaky. Edmonds leads off the inning with a solo shot and it's White Sox 4-2. HR derby time! Oh geez, as I type that...Fontenot hits one to pretty much the same spot in LF for a solo shot. White Sox 4-3. Back-to-back jacks for the second day in a row. Soto breaks his bat grounding out to O-Cab at short. Here's Theriot. Len and Bob remark about Patterson getting too excited in the dugout and how he should be careful about not hurting himself in there. Guess the button on top of the Cubs hat is a danger. Hmmmm. Full count for Theriot before Ball 4 goes outside. Marquis shows bunt but pulls back, 0-1. Shows bunt again but doesn't pull the trigger, 0-2. And then Marquis pokes a single in between first and second; Theriot moves to second. Fukudome stands in and the "Fukudome" chants start up. Coincidence? He's 0-for-2 today. And he takes strike one. 3-1 count. And here comes Ozzie...not sure why. Balls and strikes? He walks back to the dugout peacefully. Fukudome hits the 3-1 pitch to RF for a single, that will score Theriot. Tied 4-4. Marquis goes to third, what wheels! Cooper comes out to chat with Contreras. Corners, one out for E-Patterson. Crazy game today. E-Patt rips one to RF and that will score Marquis. Cubs 5-4. Len: Welcome back Eric Patterson. Corners, out one. Dude, take it easy on a girl...it's early in the day. D-Lee. I'm calling HR right now. Boone Logan warming up in the Sox pen. He singles to RCF to score Fukudome, Cubs 6-4. Corners, one out. Wowza. Contreras is still in there at 67 pitches. Here's A-Ram. 1-2 count. 2-2...oh man, three-run shot to A-Ram and the Cubs take the lead 9-4. Len Kasper, one very excited man. So I was one batter late on my HR call. And the momentum, it was swung. Here's a pitching change. UPDATE: Mariotti is cornered in the lunchroom with his cell glued to his ear, whining to his bosses about the inconsiderate behavior of his Sun-Times peeps, who apparently don't like him. FANTASTIC! New pitcher is Boone Logan; 2-1 with 2.16 ERA. Edmonds hits his second HR of the INNING, Cubs 10-4. That's four HRs this inning. Insane. Mark DeRosa is pinch-hitting for Fontenot (why? He just hit a HR) and he pops it up to Wise in CF. Soto now. Called strike three. But the damage, it is done.
Big crooked number (9 spot) for the Cubs that inning. Cubs tied a record with four HRs that inning. Madness. Juan Uribe is pinch-hitting for Logan. He skies it to Edmonds, who can't make the grab in CF. Uribe is 2-for-2 this series, both in pinch-hit situations. O-Cab grounds out to DeRosa at second for the out; Uribe moves to third. Fan fav AJ extends his hitting streak to 15 games with a single up the middle, Uribe scores. Cubs 10-5. Quentin now. Nick Masset is warming in the pen. I assume he'll be coming in as the Sox pinch-hit for th pitcher. Quentin hits a single to RF and AJ advances to second. Does anyone read Len and Bob's blog? Like ever? Just wondering. Here's JD with two on and one out. He hits it back to Marquis, who throws to DeRosa at second. DeRosa then throws it to first ahead of a lumbering JD to complete the 1-4-3 double play.
Jim Edmonds became the third Cubs player in history to hit two home runs in the same inning; the other two were Mark Bellhorn in 2002 and Sammy Sosa in 1996. That's for all you history buffs out there. Nick Masset is the new Sox pitcher. Theriot is the first batter. He grounds out to second for the out. Then Marquis skies it to Wise in CF for the second out. Here's Fukudome. He quickly grounds out to SS for the last out. Cut to Ron Santo in the booth looking very relaxed.
Judge Smails: Not fake Mariotti updates. I wouldn't do that to ya. I'm working on getting a live video stream. Marquis is at 69 pitches: 50 strikes, 19 balls. Swish is up first. His dad used to play for the Cubs. 2-2 count, Swish tries to check his swing...but no. Ball was in the dirt and Soto made the tag just in case. These Sox have got to be getting a bit testy. Let's see something fun. Crede continues his slump by flying out to Theriot...who keeps drifting and drifting and finally makes the adjustment for the catch. Weeeeee. DeWayne Wise. He lines a bullet to D-Lee at first for the last out.
E-Patt is finally bested at the plate, as he flies out to RF for the out. Masset is still the Sox pitcher. Let's see, D-Lee lines it to RF for a single. Carlos Marmol and Scott Eyre are warming up for the Cubs. 1-2 count on Ramirez before he strikes out swinging. Edmonds approaches the plate and gets a cheer from the crowd. Hitting two homers in an inning will do it. Masset walks Edmonds on four pitches. Probably a wise decision. Now we've got a conference at the mound with DeRosa at the plate. He takes the 2-0 pitch to CF for a single, that will score D-Lee and it's Cubs 11-5. Two on and two out for Soto. Len and Bob are babbling about sunblock and how to properly apply. Lovely. Soto ends the inning with a grounder to second.
Lagerboy: I know, I was expected a bit of a slowdown in the comment department, but this is crazy. Oh boy, three outs away from Fall Out Boy singing the stretch. Alexei Ramirez is up first, Marquis still in there. He laces one right down the LF line for a double. I mean, that was hit right on the line. Brian Anderson is pinch-hitting for da pitcher. He strikes out swinging. Thanks dude. That's the fourth strikeout for Marquis today. O-Cab then grounds out to his counterpart Theriot at SS. Ramirez moves to third, to go stand with his A-Ram counterpart. AJ up. AJ booed. 2-2 count and AJ hits it right to Edmonds in CF.
Wilmette's very own Fall Out Boy. Adam: "Hopefully it's Fall Out of the press box Boy." Hehe. The two dudes, Pete Wentz and someone else, didn't even sing. Thanks for coming. Can't wait for the interview! Adam Russell is the new pitcher; Theriot is the same batter. Pete says he was nervous when singing, then he giggles. Theriot hits a high bouncer to the pitcher, who whiffs on picking it up. But Swisher is there to grab it and dive to the bag for the out. Pretty. Lotsa giggling coming from the booth. Marquis will bat. Len: "Bob and I are big music fans!" Marquis hits it and it bounces off of Swish's glove, Ramirez fields and misfires the throw to Russell, which rolls to the dugout. Marquis makes the turn for second...AJ comes and tags Marquis. And since Marquis made the turn and then stands behind the bag...he is out. Heads-up play by AJ; and Len and Bob agree it was the right call. Piniella comes out to argue, but no dice. Well that was a confusing mess. Here's Fukudome. He hits a double right down the LF line, just right down the line. Pete just opened a bar in Chicago. Giggle giggle. Andre Dawson is his fav Cub. Here's E-Patt. And Pete would love to play Wrigley. E-Patt falls behind 1-2 before popping up to O-Cab to end the inning. Giggle giggle.
Carlos Marmol will take over for the departed Jason Marquis. Hope Marmol has recovered from his recliner-tipping accident. He walks Quentin to start the inning. JD skies the 1-1 pitch to DeRosa for the easy out. Quite sunny out there now. Len and Bob are stil gushing about Pete Wentz. Here's the kickass web site for the bar. Um, aren't we forgetting some details? Swish now. He chases a low slider for strikeout. Two gone for Crede. 2-2 count on Crede. High ball three. Ball four inside. That's two walks and one strikeout for Marmol. Larry Rothschild comes out for a chat. DeWayne Wise stands in there. Eyre is warming up. Marmol falls behind 3-0 count. Ball four. Bases loaded for Alexei Ramirez. Marmol has walked 'em loaded. Octavio Dotel gets loose in the Sox bullpen. Ball one on Ramirez. Aramis Ramirez asks for time to talk to Marmol. Too many A-Rams! And Marmol finally finds the strike zone, 1-1 count. 2-1, 2-2. 41,021 fans are on their feet...and...looks like it almost hits Ramirez, but it doesn't. It's a wild pitch and that will score Quentin. Cubs 11-6. That pitch went behind Ramirez. Weird. He hits the 3-2 pitch to the other A-Ram for the grounder/out at first. Some control issues for Marmol.
LA Sox Girl: I was just thinking that yesterday. Boys are strange. Russell will stay in there for the Sox; D-Lee is up first. Lee strikes out swinging: called strike, called strike, swinging strike. Here's A-Ram. He stikes the 1-1 to Dye in RF for out No. 2. Edmonds now, he's having a so-so day. He tries to hit his third homer, but there's not enough power behind it and he flies out to Quentin in LF.
Bob Howry is the new Cubs pitch. Jim Thome is the Sox batter, in place of pitcher Adam Russell. 2-0 count. 2-1 count. Showing a bit more patience than yesterday, when Thome hit the first pitch. 2-2. Second strike hit the bat of Thome and went foul, quite close to his fists. Boing. Thome hits it to DeRosa at second, but the "Thome Shift" works and the lumbering Thome can't beat out the throw. Len and Bob's player of the game: Eric Patterson. Sorry Edmonds, you'll have to hit three HRs to beat E-Patt for that honor. O-Cab. Here you go Jane: Friday's Cubicle. 2-2 count on O-Cab. And he hits a single. Len: "That one is feathered into CF." Feathered? Play of the game: Fontenot's HR. Again, sorry Edmonds. Here's AJ. 0-2 count. Checked swing, 1-2 count. Crowd chants "AJ sucks" and to that...AJ foul-tips it into Soto's glove for the out. Where's the love? It's up to the dreamy Carlos Quentin to hit a five-run HR. 0-2 count. Karl_in_Chicago: Saw that too...Jimmy Carter look-alike in the stands. Ball. Quentin rips a single to CF, and Edmonds fields and fires to third ahead of a sliding O-Cab. Ballsy play down five with two outs. Hmmm. JD. Dye pokes to 0-1 to RCF, that will score O-Cab. Cubs 11-7. Dye has a single, Quentin to third. Kerry Wood is warming up with the tieing run in the on-deck circle. Rothschild on the phone: "He's not ready." Lou: "Ok." And here comes Lou...veeeeerrrrryyyyy slowly. Here comes Woody. Someone get Lou a rascal. So it will be Wood vs. Nick Swisher. Foul ball, strike one. Called strike two. Dye runs to second. And the pitch...high ball one. Swing and a miss on high fastball. And that's your ballgame.
Final thoughts: White Sox still can't win on the road (even if the road is still in Chicago), Mariotti cornered, Contreras blows up, Edmonds hits two homers and DeWayne Wise is my new best friend. Cubs will go for the sweep Sunday night...so come on back for our award-winning cubicle.
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