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Game 15: Quick, Before We Forget the Lyrics to "Go, Cubs, Go!"

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Reds 1 @ Cubs 6

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right:

  • Almost everything.
  • Paul Maholm gave up another lead in the first inning–it was the sixth first-inning run he’s surrendered in his three starts.  But from there he buckled down, giving up only two more hits over the next five innings.  He also recorded five strikeouts on his way to his first win as a Cub.
  • For the first time in what seems like forever, the Cubs had productive hitters up and down the lineup.  DeJesus, Castro, and Mather each had two hits, and Barney and Clevenger had three a piece.  And they weren’t cheap hits, either–the Cubs combined for four doubles and Castro legged out a triple that was just shy of the basket in left field.  Their fourteen hits today constitute a season high, and the four-run second inning was arguably the best the team has looked at the plate all season.
  • Wonder of wonders–our relief pitchers provided actual relief today.  James Russell did surrender two hits, but they could have just as easily been ruled errors on Tony Campana.  Well, maybe not the second one–either way, the bullpen was efficient today in the kind of game they’ve been apt to throw away lately.
  • Reed Johnson continued his tradition of being the man by coming in to pinch hit in the eighth and belting a leadoff double down the left field line.

What Went Wrong:

  • Very little.  There were a couple of mistakes in the field, but none of them proved to be costly.  Castro lost the handle on a couple sharp grounders, and Tony Campana came up short on a couple fly balls–one that he appeared to lose in the sun at the last second.  You can find things to gripe about in a game like this, but what’s the fun in that?

Game Notes:

  • Ryan Demptser joined Kerry Wood on the DL today with a quad injury, opening a spot for the aforementioned Campana to rejoin the team.  Dempster was scheduled to make a start tomorrow, and the word is Randy Wells will be promoted to take his spot in the rotation.  However, the Cubs won’t need to demote anyone to make room for Wells because…
  • The Cubs traded Marlon Byrd to Boston for reliever Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.  Like many Cubs fans, I always appreciated Byrd’s hustle, but he hasn’t been the same player since he was hit in the face (by the Red Sox) last season, especially at the plate.  We all knew he didn’t have a future with the Cubs–this was inevitable.  Give credit to the Cubs front office for finding a taker after Byrd’s horrific start to the season.  Cubs fans will get a chance to say goodbye in mid-June when the Red Sox come back to Wrigley Field.
  • cap’n obvious

    Bowden went to HS at my alma mater in Aurora.  Probably happy he’s being traded from a contender to the worst team in the majors, since, ya know, its home.


    • traded from a contender… ” probably worth noting, the bosox are 4-10.

    • Doc Raker

      The Red Sox don’t look like contenders as of yet, although i would say they are not in the running to lose 110 games like our beloved Cubs.

      • BLPCB

        Theo really should have said screw it and played out a year in Boston. Trade for Bozo, Soriano, Dempster, Byrd, and Soto, and pay for their contracts, give us Elsbury, Pedroia, and 3 of their top prospects.

  • cap’n obvious

    Bowden went to HS at my alma mater in Aurora.  Probably happy he’s being traded from a contender to the worst team in the majors, since, ya know, its home.

    • Andrej Milas


      traded from a contender… ” probably worth noting, the bosox are 4-10.

    • Doc Raker

      The Red Sox don’t look like contenders as of yet, although i would say they are not in the running to lose 110 games like our beloved Cubs.

  • RichBeckman

    This was fun. I feel like the team really turned a corner today. Hopefully it isn’t just for a trip around the block.

    I wish Byrd the best.  I always liked him, but it was time to part ways. Another step into the future!

  • RichBeckman

    This was fun. I feel like the team really turned a corner today. Hopefully it isn’t just for a trip around the block.

    I wish Byrd the best.  I always liked him, but it was time to part ways. Another step into the future!

  • BLPCB

    Wow, where have I been? When was Woody placed on the DL, and with what?

    • Buddy

      To paraphrase an old “Onion” headline,”Disabled List Signs Kerry Wood to a One-Year Deal.”

      • BLPCB

        Did he join Prior who had his arm fall off following an 800-pitch bullpen session that was designed to strain his shoulder ligaments to keep the Cubs out of contention? And then he sprained his left elbow doing a towel drill the next day?

  • AC0000000

    Wow, where have I been? When was Woody placed on the DL, and with what?

    • Buddy

      To paraphrase an old “Onion” headline,”Disabled List Signs Kerry Wood to a One-Year Deal.”

      • AC0000000

        Did he join Prior who had his arm fall off following an 800-pitch bullpen session that was designed to strain his shoulder ligaments to keep the Cubs out of contention? And then he sprained his left elbow doing a towel drill the next day?

  • BLPCB

    Glad Byrd is gone though, even though I liked him here. I’m surprised they did it now. Just let Campana keep the seat warm until June and we get that extra year of Brett Jackson. Maybe Campana can even boost his value and we can get something for him.

    • Buddy

       Boston is obviously desperate for OF.

      • BLPCB

        I don’t give 2 craps what their situation is. I’m just surprised the Cibs traded him now. I thought they would try to give him a chance to improve and wait until next month. I’m glad we found a taker though. I mean we basically paid him off still.

  • AC0000000

    Glad Byrd is gone though, even though I liked him here. I’m surprised they did it now. Just let Campana keep the seat warm until June and we get that extra year of Brett Jackson. Maybe Campana can even boost his value and we can get something for him.

    • Buddy

       Boston is obviously desperate for OF.

      • AC0000000

        I don’t give 2 craps what their situation is. I’m just surprised the Cibs traded him now. I thought they would try to give him a chance to improve and wait until next month. I’m glad we found a taker though. I mean we basically paid him off still.

  • Tom_C

    To quote Captain Kirk: I never liked Marlon Byrd and I never will. I’ll never forgive him for being the most overrated player to ever play the game…

    • Doug S.

      Captain, disliking somebody based on the rating of others is illogical.

  • Tom_C

    To quote Captain Kirk: I never liked Marlon Byrd and I never will. I’ll never forgive him for being the most overrated player to ever play the game…

    • Doug S.

      Captain, disliking somebody based on the rating of others is illogical.

  • Doc Raker

    I wish Marlon Byrd well but it is one step closer to the rebuild this club needs. Next, Soriano, Marmol, Geo anybody?

    • BLPCB

      And Dempster. Pull the old I don’t want to leave Chicago, see if the White Soz are interested. I don’t know why the Cubs didn’t try that with Ramirez last year. They had more home games left than we did when he said that.

  • Doc Raker

    I wish Marlon Byrd well but it is one step closer to the rebuild this club needs. Next, Soriano, Marmol, Geo anybody?

    • AC0000000

      And Dempster. Pull the old I don’t want to leave Chicago, see if the White Soz are interested. I don’t know why the Cubs didn’t try that with Ramirez last year. They had more home games left than we did when he said that.

  • SBardo

    Good to see Byrd gone, I do wish him well.  At least we got a live arm in return, if I recall correctly Bowden was a fairly decent prospect at one time, that was just never able to put it all together in Boston.  Hopefully a change of scenery will help him a little bit.  Of course, home run pitchers tend to congregate in Chicago…

    • Buddy

      I would have taken a bag of baseballs for Marlon Byrd. 

  • SBardo

    Good to see Byrd gone, I do wish him well.  At least we got a live arm in return, if I recall correctly Bowden was a fairly decent prospect at one time, that was just never able to put it all together in Boston.  Hopefully a change of scenery will help him a little bit.  Of course, home run pitchers tend to congregate in Chicago…

    • Buddy

      I would have taken a bag of baseballs for Marlon Byrd.