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About Last Night: Ready For Baseball

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Deadspin.com used to run a series called “About Last Night”, which was a clever name that always made me laugh because it implies the awkwardness of…well, let’s let you draw the implication. It appears that they’re not using it anymore, so I’m swiping it. In the series, we’ll take a look at what happened in the organization the day before.

It feels like forever since I watched a game, though it really hasn’t been that long. Yesterday I was blacked out because of the genius that is Fox. Friday was rained out. Thursday was a day game, which I recorded but saw the score so didn’t watch. I can’t watch a sporting event when I know the outcome. Wednesday I watched the first three innings and then went to bed sick. That puts my last game as Tuesday night’s Jake Peavy / Rich Harden game. You can probably tell, based on how little I’ve recapped both the Majors and the Minors. Apologies for that.

Let’s take a look at what happened yesterday:

Cubs 5, Astros 4 – (Box Score)

I pulled the score up after work and saw that it was 4-0 in the top of the 9th and I chalked up a win. Soriano had a hit, which increased by beat the streak to 5 games, and I was a happy man. I grabbed a shower and headed off to a wedding. This morning I pull the score up only to find that the Kevin Gregg was absolute garbage and coughed up a four run lead in a non-save situation only to be bailed out by a walk-off hit by Soriano (note: I know he didn’t allow all four runs, but he may as well have). It really stinks because Randy Wells deserved to get a win.

I come away from the box score with two questions for you:

  1. We’ve seen two Wells outings so far, spanning 11 innings of work and 16.1 innings when you factor in the body of work between Chicago and Toronto last year. In those innings, we’ve yet to see the kid give up a run, so I ask you. Are you a Randy Wells believer or do you need more? I’m not saying believer in the sense that he can be a top of the rotation guy, but believer in the sense that he should stay when Zambrano comes back?
  2. Kevin Gregg was bad yesterday. Are you ok with him as the closer or would you want to move Carlos Marmol into that role? To me, it seems like what we have is the best situation because Marmol at least gets us to the 9th with the opportunity for a save. I don’t know that Gregg does that. I stick with Gregg in the 9th, but if I’m Jim Hendry I’m continually monitoring waiver wires and trade opportunities to improve this pen, perhaps with a setup man that would allow Marmol to get the closer job he craves.

Iowa 7, Salt Lake 16 – (Box Score

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  • Gotta get your Jake Fox update. A 3-for-4 day with a double brings his numbers to .430 / .507 / .959 with 16 HR and a staggering 47 RBI.
  • Sean O’Sullivan, the Bee’s starter pitched a no-hitter through the first 6.1 innings, only allowing Fox to reach on a hit by pitch in the first. He would finish with 7 IP, 3 ER, BB, 9 K, running his record to 3-1 on the year. Greg Reinhard was hit hard for 5 ER and left after three innings to earn his first loss of the year, running his record to 1-1.

Tennessee Smokies – Rained Out!!!!

  • Tony Thomas spent the afternoon reading “Angels & Demons” according to his twitter page.

Daytona 3, Clearwater 6 – (Box Score)

  • Starlin Castro

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    was a star at the plate with a 4-for-4 day that included two doubles.

  • Jonathan Wyatt added a pair of singles to the cause.
  • Pitching was a big problem today as James Leverton started the game and gave up 4 ER through 6 IP and Craig Muschko allowed another two in his 2 IP. Six on the day is not going to get it done.

Peoria 6, Beloit 5 – (Box Score)

  • Trailing 5-0 at the start of the seventh, the Peoria Chiefs rallied for a 6-5 win
  • Josh Vitters The Picture of Dorian Gray release collected his fifth three-hit game of the season and started the comeback with a leadoff homer in the seventh. He also singled to extend the rally in the eight and scored the go-ahead run on Junior Lake’s double. Vitters finished 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and a RBI.
  • The game was the Chiefs first nine-inning game since Sunday’s 5-2 win at Fort Wayne. The Chiefs played seven-inning double headers on Tuesday and Thursday and were rained out on Wednesday and Friday.

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  • The Chiefs played the game with just 24 active players and no true backup catcher after the Friday promotion of Luis Flores. Mario Mercedes is expected to be activated from the DL for Sunday’s game. David Macias caught in the bullpen and was listed as an emergency backup to Michael Brenly, who went 0-for-3 at the plate with a walk in the loss.

Roster Moves

  • Luis Flores (C) promoted to Daytona from Peoria to take the place of Robinson Chirinos (C) who was placed on the DL
  • Carlos Zambrano was added to the Daytona Roster for his rehab assignment

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  • Kevin Kreir (P) returns from the DL for shoulder soreness for Peoria. To make room, Josh Whitlock was sent to extended spring training in Arizona.
  • cubbiedude

    1. Joe, welcome back. I like the “About Last Night” theme. Let’s work it.
    2. Sean Marshall is the new closer. I didn’t ask for it, and I don’t like it (for his sake), but that’s the fact. Sean Marshall is the new closer (at least temporarily).
    3. Carlos Marmol has performed in 8th inning and 7th/8th inning situations as pressurized as any 9th inning “save/closer” events and has done an admirable job. I think he stays in that role.
    4. Kevin Gregg has been veering dangerously close to Neal Cotts/Chad Gaudin territory all season. Yesterday he jumped in with both feet. Although, as Randy Wells said for the record after the game, “That stuff happens”.
    4. Alfonso hit a single in the 9th which scored Scales from 2nd.

  • Rich Beckman

    I have read somewhere once that the stats do not support this, but I find it hard to believe. Whoever the closer is should never be used in a non-save situation and should never be brought in before the ninth inning (maybe if the closer is Mariano Rivera). I have just seen that not work so many times….

    It wasn’t a save situation, so I’m not surprised that Gregg couldn’t perform. He still has saved six out of seven opportunities.

  • Sean Marshall is the new closer

    No he isn’t. He is starting on Thursday.

  • cubbiedude

    Oh, Sean’s the new closer all right. Lou just hasn’t realized it yet.

  • Seymour Butts

    I had a similar Saturday experience, having some work to do after the top of the 8th at which time it was 3-0. and finding out the final score post game over. I felt bad for Wells. I felt pissed at Gregg, especially after replaying the 9th inning on my computer and seeing his emotionless barfing of Well’s first win.
    Marmol should pitch late innings to the meat of the order, be it inning 8 or 9. Gregg should be packaged with a bag of golf balls and sent to another team. Turn one of the surplus starters into a late inning guy.
    Do not trade Vitters for anybody. Including Peavey.