June 30th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee 4 3 2 0 1 0 1 0 2   13 15 0
Chicago 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0   4 7 3
W -  S. Marshall (4-3)  L  - B. Sheets (10-3) S – None
Homeruns: R. Braun (7) C. Counsel (2)

Box Score

This is one of them. I’ll be honest with you. I almost turned this one off after the four runs that the Brewers picked up in the first inning. Then, the Cubs got two of their own and I decided to stick it out. I regret doing so as the only thing that I enjoyed was listening to Pat and Ron. I don’t ever get a chance to listen to them, because I watch all the games on TV, so this was a nice treat. My advice to you, the reader, would be to put this one behind you and get ready for the final game of the series tomorrow. In the meantime, I’d like to muse on a couple of things I’ve been thinking about.

  • Potential for a huge run – If the Cubs can win tomorrow, they will be staring at a streak of 8 out of 9. With two less than playoff bound teams on the schedule before the break in Washington and Pittsburgh, a huge run is very much a possibility. Is it really out of the question to think we can’t take all seven games from the Nationals and Pirates? I don’t think it is. Good teams that expect to go to the playoffs need to dominate those teams and just play .500 against the big boys. If we’re going to be considered playoff contenders, it would be a big step toward it by beating those teams down before the break. I’m excited about the July 4th game I’m going to. Hopefully we’ll be on our way toward winning ugly as we head to the All Star game.
  • Cubs promoted Rocky Cherry – I speculated that they would make a move today before the game, but I thought it would be Rapada. After today’s bullpen workload, I wouldn’t be surprised to see poor Rocky Cherry get sent down and Clay Rapada recalled. I don’t put too much hope in Jason Marquis facing this Brewers lineup, so we may need help again early tomorrow. Let’s hope I’m wrong on the help needed, but I’d really like to see Rapada instead of Cherry, and ultimately would like to see Petrick back when his ten days are done.
  • Mike Fontenot is not a SS – Let’s end that experiment now, please. If you’re going to play him and DeRosa in the middle infield, you need to play Fontenot at second and DeRosa at short. I’d love to see Fontenot eventually expand his availability to short, but right now it needs to be done in warmups and late in the game with a big lead or big deficit.
  • Ron Santo cracks me up – In the middle of the game, Pat and Ron had Scottie Pippen in the booth. On a side note, Scottie’s “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” performance was atrocious. He didn’t even know the words after all the years of working as a vendor at the stadium. Shame on him. Back to Pat and Ron. When Pippen left, Pat turns to Ron and begins to ask if he ever told him about the time that he played basketball with Pippen. He says “Ron, did I ever tell you about the time…” and Ron cuts him off right there and says “No”. Now Ronnie, how can you say no when you don’t even know what Pat is going to say?
  • This is why I would never play for the Cubs – In the Tribune, there was this nugget of info on Ichiro. “When Seattle was in town recently, I asked Ichiro, through a Japanese reporter, if he’d be interested in spending some quality time at Wrigley Field. The reporter told me Ichiro said he loves Wrigley Field, but thought the fans were a little too rough. In all probability he’ll stay in Seattle, but Floyd is doing a nice job out there for now.” Cub fans have got to learn to lay off. I really believe it’s affecting our chances of getting players. Why come here if you know you’re going to get torched by the fans that should be supporting you?
  • Hey Hey for Tuffy Rhodes – Tuffy Rhodes recorded his 1,500th career hit in Japanese professional baseball Saturday, reaching another milestone in his 11th season in Japan. Good for him. I’ll never forget this game.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Ryan Braun (17.0%)
  • Second Star – Prince Fielder (17.0%)
  • Third Star – Mike Fontenot (10.6%)
  • Turd of the Game – Sean Marshall (-47.6%)

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail