View From The Bleachers

Talking Cubs Baseball Since 2003

Thursday

16

June 2011

13

COMMENTS

Game 68 – The Fukudome Show

Written by , Posted in General

Cubs 12, Brewers 7

Box Score / Highlights

WHAT WENT RIGHT

  • Offense – It’s a new season high for the Cubs offense today with 12 runs scored. In particular, it was the top of the order that shone the brightest today, with Kosuke Fukudome missing the cycle by a double and Starlin Castro reaching base in all five plate appearances. The offense as a whole just kept pouring it on all game despite falling behind in both of the first two innings.
  • Garza Getting Through Six – It’s hard to believe that after giving up five runs through three innings of work that not only was Matt Garza able to get the win, but was also able to get through the 6th inning with less than 100 pitches. He settled in and stopped the bleeding after the 3rd inning to get his third win of the season. It was a bullpen saver as we head into the series with the Yankees.
  • Brewers Boners – The Brewers just didn’t seem like a first place team today. It starts at the top of the order, with Ricky Weeks getting thrown out badly trying to stretch out a single to a double not once, but twice. I have no idea what was going through his mind in both instances, because they were both equally boneheaded in a different way. In the 4th he was thrown on a throw from Fukudome by a mile. No idea why he was running. The very next time up, late in the game with his team down four he did the same thing. Couple that with sloppy defense by the pitcher / catcher combo that allowed Cubs runs on a couple occasions and you’ve got a major reason why the Cubs were able to win.

WHAT WENT WRONG

  • Blake DeWitt hitting third – I actually thought it was a misprint when they were showing the lineup on the screen. I couldn’t figure out any rational reason why he’d ever be hitting in that spot….EVER. As expected, he went 0-for-4 and saw a total of nine pitches. Way to be a run producer, Blake.
  • John Grabow forgot who he played for – 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER. Yuck. Why did we sign him again

NOTES

  • Before the game started, the Cubs had been out homered 22-3 in games at Wrigley Field when the wind is blowing out.
  • Ed Rapuano was the proud recipient of a “ding-dong” moment in the 4th. If you didn’t see it, he took a ball that bounced in the dirt and caught it flat in the treasure chest. Props to him for finishing the game because I’d have been done.

THE TAKEAWAY

I’m not going to blow smoke up your butt and tell you the Cubs are going to be turning it around. By the way, if you like people blowing smoke up your butt, I’m sure there are clubs out there that can satisfy your need. What I will tell you is that I came away from the game with a smile on my face. It was a nice, enjoyable game to watch. I enjoyed it fully. Overall, the series was enjoyable as well, but we can’t forget that the next opponent is the Yankees. Let’s enjoy this win and go from there. I will say this. I question Mike Quade’s rational for how he manages the players he is given, particularly his use of DeWitt. Why he’s played him in LF and hit him in the third spot in the order is beyond me.

Stars of the Game
Based on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Kosuke Fukudome (.258 WPA)

2nd Star – Starlin Castro (.229 WPA)

3rd Star – George Kattaras (.142 WPA)

Cubs Hitting: +.586 WPA

Cubs Pitching: -.086 WPA

  • That was a fun game. I loved the early innings as the Brewers would take the lead to have the Cubs tie it up and then take the lead! And I loved the later innings when the Cubs kept adding to the lead.

    I doubt it means much, but it sure was fun to win three of four from the Brewers.

  • Katie

    Glad that there aren’t a bunch of hater comments on here so far! My dad and I were discussing Quade’s managerial strategies during the game today, and we concurred that they are odd, indeed. No idea why he has Baker play 2nd and DeWitt play LF. Switch them. But it was great to see the bats get hot today. It’s good that the Cubs finally won a series, and even better that it was against the Brewers. The Crew’s defense this series was incredibly sloppy, and the Cubs took advantage. Hopefully they can carry a little momentum the rest of the week…

  • cap’n obvious

    Impressive to score 12 with a vacuum in the 3-hole. What a mess this team is that no one can really think a 12 run game was anything but a fluke. Agree with Katie…at least Baker can cover some ground in LF. Even after a 2 hit game with a home run, I am hoping Soriano does the right thing and retires. And walks away from $30 odd million bucks…which, incidentally, buys about 3 million budweisers at Wrigley in 2011…

    Of today’s starters, only Kosuke and Soriano have OPS over .800. Castro gets a pass because he is close and he’s hitting .312. Everyone else might not start for Kansas City or Pittsburgh.

  • Aaron

    Speaking of Pittsburgh, I saw that with yesterday’s win over Houston, the Pirates completed their first sweep of the season. Yet another thing the Cubs have failed to do so far… although I’ll agree, it was certainly nice to see them take 3 of 4 from the Brewers.

  • Aaron

    Also, here’s an interesting article about trade speculations: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/4932/with-n-y-in-town-let-big-z-speculation-begin I thought Soriano’s comments at the end were particularly telling.

  • MJ

    I think we’d all be happy if Soriano went somewhere.

  • Buddy

    I found this part of his article odd…

    “…the Cubs would not be interested in dealing Dempster.”

    If you can get a good return, why the hell not?

  • Norm

    Take what Levine says with a grain of salt. I don’t think Dempster is interested in being traded, so the point is moot.

  • Doug S.

    Cubs won both games of a 2 game series in Florida in May. I’ll call that a mini-sweep.

  • Larry Sproul

    I thought I was watching a game from 2008 !! Good offense and defense . Good game for Dome his best as a Cub . Lets hope this sets the stage for the weekend . The Brew Crew heads north a bit wounded !!

  • Doc Raker

    3 out of 4, wondering if we can keep it going. Wondering how many 3 of 4 to be wonderous………….wondering

  • Buddy

    Anything is possible. Washington just swept St. Louis. It’s a weird game sometimes.

  • PackerCubBull

    KNOCK on Wood, the Cubs are leading the Yankees right now. One of my friends is a White Sox and Yankees fan, I told him the Cubs are taking 2 of 3 from each, only because they are incapable of winning 3 in a row. I would love to see the Cubs sweep both of them