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Game 21: It's good to be back!

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Cubs 2 @ Phillies 5

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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to contribute to the VFTB community, and all I can say is: it’s good to be back! School is over for the year and baseball season in high gear. Couldn’t be happier!

The only thing that could make it better would be a Cubs win; however, that didn’t happen. I have a feeling that might be a common occurrence this year…

However, I didn’t get to watch the whole game. My little brother had his Junior Prom and I had to go to the grand march. So, I listened to the rest of the game. It was painful to hear Pat try to say “Papelbon” (it was more like “pop-le-bahn”).

Before the game even started, Steve Clevenger was placed on the DL with an oblique strain. Too bad, considering up until now he’s batting .500 with 5 doubles. Soto was experiencing some back tightness, and Dale Sveum mentioned having Barney catch if Soto had to be taken out. Thankfully, that crisis was averted and Wellington Castillo was called up from Peoria and made the start.

Batting: LaHair was looking good in the first with an RBI double. But then he proceeded to strike out in his next three plate appearances. He and Castro make a good 1-2 punch, but they’re the only punches we’re throwing. Nearly everybody had a hit. With 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, Reed Johnson was up and decided to bunt against Papelbon. He bunted. Against Papelbon. That was probably not the wisest decision to make in the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs. I don’t know if I’d rather watch him try to bunt or strike out looking with the bases loaded in that situation. Either way, Reed has made some less-than-spectacular decisions at the plate in the ninth inning.

Pitching: Randy Wells was kind of a disaster. He hit  Blanton the first time he faced him. Then with 2 outs and 2 on in the fourth, he walked him to load the bases, allowing Jimmy Rollins to have a 2 RBI double. Wells pitched 3 2/3, allowed the pitcher to reach base twice without even having to lift the bat off his shoulder. Bowden gave up a bomb to Carlos Ruiz in the 6th to seal their fate.

All in all, kind of a disappointing game to watch/listen to.

Random Nugget: Bryce Harper, the 19 year old left fielder for the Nationals, got the start tonight. He went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and a double. There wasn’t too much to criticize. The kid does need a haircut, though.

  • BLPCB

    Bryce Harper must have the same barber as Johnny Gomes. Or he cuts us hair with a weed wacker like Gomes

  • AC0000000

    Bryce Harper must have the same barber as Johnny Gomes. Or he cuts us hair with a weed wacker like Gomes

  • Welcome back Katie! Sorry you got such a snooze-fest for your first recap back!

  • Buddy

    Welcome back, Katie. And welcome back to the loss column, Chicago Cubs. 

  • Welcome back Katie! Sorry you got such a snooze-fest for your first recap back!

  • Buddy

    Welcome back, Katie. And welcome back to the loss column, Chicago Cubs. 

  • Doc Raker

    You know why we lost? Because the nefarious Tony Campana was not in the line up, word is he can’t stay up past 10:30 Chicago time so east coast games are going to be difficult. I know, it wasn’t even a school night but his parents are said to be pretty strict.

    • Katie

      It’s tough growing up these days. His parents must be proud of him.

  • Doc Raker

    You know why we lost? Because the nefarious Tony Campana was not in the line up, word is he can’t stay up past 10:30 Chicago time so east coast games are going to be difficult. I know, it wasn’t even a school night but his parents are said to be pretty strict.

    • Katie

      It’s tough growing up these days. His parents must be proud of him.

  • Doc Raker

    Did you see Bryce Harpers double, he intentionally threw off his helmet while running to second. I can hear his agent before the game, “OK kid you are a phenom with an awful haircut so we are going to make it the next big thing with the kids. I have Super Cuts and Husqvarna ready to sign you as a spokes person we just need some face time, er rather some hair time to get you signed. When you get a hit, run real hard so your helmet falls off and if it doesn’t come off on its own throw it off, the Husqvarna faux Mohawk is going to be huge kid.”

    • Eddie Von White

      I thought it was illegal to purposes toss off the helmet. I understand The MLB Network changed their teams when they learned Harper was going to play. Strasberg and Harper – oh yeah – and Matt Kemp.

    • Eddie Von White

      I thought it was illegal to purposes toss off the helmet. I understand The MLB Network changed their teams when they learned Harper was going to play. Strasberg and Harper – oh yeah – and Matt Kemp.

    • BLPCB

      He should grow his hair out wild like Polomaulu. He has that mane insured for a million bucks.

    • AC0000000

      He should grow his hair out wild like Polomaulu. He has that mane insured for a million bucks.

  • Norm Bothwell

    Fangraphs had their readers rate the broadcast team of each team, and Len and Bob came out as the 6th best in the league (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/broadcaster-rankings-tv-10-1/), probably because Len is one of the more stats-friendly announcers in the league and, well, that’s an attractive trait to Fangraphs readers.
    They’ve started a new feature on Sunday’s called “STATS Sunday”. Today, they talk about BABIP:
    http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/lenandbob/wgntv-babip-20120427,0,582785.story

    • RichBeckman

      Sixth best. That’s a bit of a back handed compliment.

      Evidence of talent congestion in the (low) minors:

      http://www.thecubreporter.com/2012/04/28/rockies-take-road-victory-fitch-park

    • Doug S.

      Sure that’s not 6th best in the NL Central?

    • Doc Raker

      Len bores the snot out of me, if there are 24 worse baseball announcers than Len the MLB is in trouble.

      • Eddie Von White

        I think the MLB’s in trouble. I’d take Len over Vin Scully.

      • Norm Bothwell

         Interesting note on Vin Scully…he just called Bryce Harper’s frist game, he also called Micky Mantle’s first Yankee game back in 1951

    • Jedi

      Why would people who don’t watch the game, care who is calling the game they’re not watching?

      • Norm Bothwell

         I’m not following.

  • Norm Bothwell

    Fangraphs had their readers rate the broadcast team of each team, and Len and Bob came out as the 6th best in the league (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/broadcaster-rankings-tv-10-1/), probably because Len is one of the more stats-friendly announcers in the league and, well, that’s an attractive trait to Fangraphs readers.
    They’ve started a new feature on Sunday’s called “STATS Sunday”. Today, they talk about BABIP:
    http://www.wgntv.com/blogs/lenandbob/wgntv-babip-20120427,0,582785.story

    • RichBeckman

      Sixth best. That’s a bit of a back handed compliment.

      Evidence of talent congestion in the (low) minors:

      http://www.thecubreporter.com/2012/04/28/rockies-take-road-victory-fitch-park

    • Doug S.

      Sure that’s not 6th best in the NL Central?

    • Doc Raker

      Len bores the snot out of me, if there are 24 worse baseball announcers than Len the MLB is in trouble.

      • Eddie Von White

        I think the MLB’s in trouble. I’d take Len over Vin Scully.

      • Norm Bothwell

         Interesting note on Vin Scully…he just called Bryce Harper’s frist game, he also called Micky Mantle’s first Yankee game back in 1951

    • Jedi

      Why would people who don’t watch the game, care who is calling the game they’re not watching?

      • Norm Bothwell

         I’m not following.

  • Gymjok

    Welcome back Katie.
    How did that feel calling Harper “the kid”? (there can’t be many players you could do that with)

    • Katie

       It made me feel… old. And poor. Very poor.

    • Katie

       It made me feel… old. And poor. Very poor.

  • flyslinger2

    Welcome back! I see someone slipped nefarious in again. Think we need to add a dictionary rule to the blog posts. 🙂

  • flyslinger2

    Welcome back! I see someone slipped nefarious in again. Think we need to add a dictionary rule to the blog posts. 🙂