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July 19, 2012

Game 91: Down Go The Marlins

Filed under: Featured,General — Buddy @ 9:49 pm

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

What Went Right

  • Paul Maholm threw eight innings of one run baseball. Only one walk as well. It’s amazing what happens when a pitcher throws strikes.
  • Alfonso Soriano swatted home run number 18. I still don’t think he’s tradable, but I’d love to be wrong about that.
  • Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker, Lil’ Darwin Barney each added two hits.
  • The Cubs are 14-5 in their last 19 games.
  • No errors for the good guys.

What Went Wrong

  • Carlos Marmol gave up a run in the ninth, and yes he walked a batter.
  • Starlin Castro didn’t get a hit or draw a walk. That lowers his 2012 on-base percentage to .308.
  • The Cubs didn’t win 24-0.

Is It Just Me?

I’ll say it again…I really dislike the Miami Marlins. Their uniforms are hideous. The new ballpark is worse.  I can’t stand Ozzie Guillen. And then there’s Carlos Zambrano. The Marlins subpar 2012 has been enjoyable to watch, especially after they flushed millions of dollars down the toilet in the offseason.

Now all we need is a major Ozzie Guillen meltdown to complete the set. I’m talking about a tantrum that would make the “Real Housewives of Orange County” turn the channel in disgust. If history has taught us anything, it’s only a matter of time.

In case I offended any “Fighting Fish” fans, here’s a little Florida/Miami trivia: Who is the Marlins’ career leader in doubles?

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  • RichBeckman

    And Starlin only saw 8 pitches in 4 at bats.  Still, it was a fun game to watch (outside of Soto dropping the ball during the run down (giving all new meaning to the phrase “dropping the ball”…)

  • Timothy Scarbrough

    Best record in the majors since June 25, and we are still 15 games below .500…

  • BLPCB

    Is it Juan Pierre?

  • Buddy

    No sir. 

  • Cubs Future

     I looked it up so won’t say, but would have thought all records higher, but forgot about fire sales and constant youth turnover.  But there is a name that is familiar for career walks by a pitcher.  If want to be lazy, here you go:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Miami_Marlins_team_records

  • Jedi

    Rizzo only saw 9, Baker only saw 7; the freakin team only saw 95 – we’re going to pin it all on one guy?

  • Cubs Future

     And of course if you are interested in a much better team, here you go:

    http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/history/all_time_leaders.jsp

  • RichBeckman

    I love the all time Cubs leaders for grounding into a double play:

    Santo, Ron
    Banks, Ernie
    Williams, Billy
    Grace, Mark
    Sosa, Sammy
    Sandberg, Ryne
    Herman, Billy
    Ramirez, Aramis
    Glenn Beckert
    Lee, Derreck

    I guess it just comes with the territory.

  • Doc Raker

    What are we pinning on who? The best record in the MLB since June 25?

  • Doc Raker

    Seems like it comes with longevity.

  • mike_thoms

    I’ve hated the Marlins since Wayne Huzienga bought their first title in 1997. Horrible franchise with horrible fans in a horrible city in a horrible state. 

  • LVCubFan

    I will ALWAYS dislike the Marlins, thank you very much October 2003. And Dusty Baker.

  • Verncrowe5

    It’s Castro’s fault we didn’t win 24-0

  • Verncrowe5

    It is the high kickin’ “D-Train” Dontrelle Willis? He could rake, but my serious answer is Alex Gonzales

  • Norm Bothwell

    Rizzo with a TERRIBLE baserunning blunder too…

  • Doc Raker

    I have seen Rizzo make several baserunning mistakes to date- he always seems to get caught wanting the extra base he can’t earn.

  • Doc Raker

    I always enjoyed my vacations in Florida while growing up and spring break was pretty fun, back in the way back machine.

  • mike_thoms

     Florida is America’s wang

  • Katie

    He’s been hanging out with Tony C. too much. He’s too ambitious.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

     Tell your future husband to be a better example to Rizzo.

  • Buddy

    Not pinning anything on anybody. Just commenting about his current on-base percentage, which isn’t very good.

  • Buddy

     Good guess, but no.

  • Cap’n obvious

    It’s probably time for us to embrace the fact the we’re stuck with Soriano…and be o.k. with him….he’s actually playing well. Not $18 million well, but well enough not to eat and dump.

    My guesses on the Marlins doubles leader would be Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, or Mike Lowell. Would have to be someone that played there a few years, and that narrows things down significantly.

  • Cap’n obvious

    Often, DP balls are hard hit, right at someone, so that list isn’t surprising…other than the fact that Derrick Lee isn’t on it.

  • Buddy

     Mike Lowell is correct. 241 career doubles as a Marlin.

  • Doc Raker

    No but Derreck Lee is.

  • Cap’n obvious

    I didn’t see him at the bottom….getting used to a new iPad…

  • Cap’n obvious

    Did I win something? Dinner with Raker and Seymour? The losers win 2 dinners with those windbags.

  • Buddy

     How about lunch with Neifi Perez?

  • Cap’n obvious

    Neifi was bad, but it wasn’t his fault Dusty played him everyday. I’ll always remember the way he followed the bat with his eyes while taking his dry cuts before a pitch. Followed the bat all the way back to where he could peek between the catchers legs to get an idea of the pitch/location. Very discreet, but after a few re-runs on the old DVR, you could see what he was up to. Imagine how bad a hitter he’d have been if he didn’t peek.

  • Buddy

    I’ll always remember the way he made tons of outs.

  • BLPCB

    I love Florida and I love Miami. I just lived in Orlando
    For 6 months

  • BLPCB

    Ok Homer

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