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Game Notes – Cubs 3, White Sox 8

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Before we start on the notes, I’d like to get your feedback in the comment section if you’d be so kind. I’d like to know if you prefer us looking at each individual game and posting notes on them, or if you prefer posts that are about the overall team and commentary as a whole on the team. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which one I like better. It matters which one you like. Please take a second to comment on it.

  • Prior to the game, Pedro Strop was placed on the 15 day DL with a groin injury and the Cubs called up a position player. No, that would make too much sense. Instead they kept the eight man pitching staff and recalled Zac Rosscup. Gotta have someone to bury in the bullpen and not throw but every eight days or so. This would have been the perfect time to call up Josh Vitters, who has been mashing the ball in AAA and put him in the DH spot and in the OF. Instead, we get to see stupid Ryan Kalish. Good grief. Thank goodness for OOTP Baseball so I can just make this choices myself.
  • I had a minor debate on Twitter that is going to turn into a more full blown post about how the guy was frustrated that the Cubs aren’t spending money. For those of you who hold the opinion that the Cubs are not doing the right thing in this rebuild, please take a minute and e-mail your thoughts. I’d like to potentially use them in the post.
  • Since I missed games one and two in this four game home / home set, this was the first time I was able to see Jose Abreu. That dude is really good. I don’t know what else to say. He’s really good.
  • For those of you who watched the game, what did you think about Rick Sutcliffe cheering for Junior Lake to make an out so he could eat the hot dog that was brought up to the booth. I thought it was a bush league thing to say, and I normally like Sutcliffe.
  • Travis Wood didn’t look awful until he did his best Tyler Colvin impression and tried to get impaled by a bat. If you missed it, here is the highlight. He walked the next batter he faced and didn’t look sharp the rest of the game. It’s funny, people before the game were actually clamoring that Wood should actually hit for himself and that Renteria should just decline the option to use the DH. That got me curious on if the DH could be used for another position. It can’t. It’s pitcher or no one.
  • I’m beginning to feel like my apprehension about jumping on the Emilio Bonifacio bandwagon, one that I felt wasn’t built all that sturdy, was warranted. He’s quietly coming back down to earth and I fear it will continue to happen. I know he had a double, but look at his numbers recently.
  • Eddie Von White

    – I like a mix of both game summaries and overall team commentaries – both are quite interesting. Variety is the spice of life.
    – As for Rick Sutcliffe, normally I like him too but last night he was Rick Suckcliffe. Instead of announcing the game I felt like I was in a classroom being lectured on baseball.

    • Dork

      I like the mix of both as well.

  • Eddie Von White

    – I like a mix of both game summaries and overall team commentaries – both are quite interesting. Variety is the spice of life.
    – As for Rick Sutcliffe, normally I like him too but last night he was Rick Suckcliffe. Instead of announcing the game I felt like I was in a classroom being lectured on baseball.

    • Dork

      I like the mix of both as well.

  • Doug S.

    Nice job on ESPN radio.

    I too like the mix of summaries and team commentaries.
    Thanks.

  • Doug S.

    Nice job on ESPN radio.

    I too like the mix of summaries and team commentaries.
    Thanks.

  • Seymour Butts

    My Bad. I was not actually aware we had topics. I thought this was just a forum to eviscerate other commenters.

  • Seymour Butts

    My Bad. I was not actually aware we had topics. I thought this was just a forum to eviscerate other commenters.

  • PLCB3

    I like the mix also. Bonifacio might come down to earth, but yesterday on the ESPN broadcast they were saying that he has been a big mentor to Castro.

  • AC0000000

    I like the mix also. Bonifacio might come down to earth, but yesterday on the ESPN broadcast they were saying that he has been a big mentor to Castro.

  • Chuck

    The Cubs have slid back into the abyss of last place. Exactly where they belong. If it was not for the fact that the starters have been exceptional (occasional stinker excluded), this team would not even be competitive.

    • Doc Raker

      Some of this team doesn’t compete, have you seen Barwin swing?

      Pat and Ron Coomer were commenting on how Darney’s swing just doesn’t look smooth, something is off with Barwin’s swing. When the home town announcers can’t hide the obvious stink coming from the line up it is time to get rid of the stink. Thed must be praying to the baseball Gods that Darney gets hot so they can trade him. Send him down to AAA, trade him, release him, DFA him, put him on the wrong plane coming back from a road trip, lock him in the bathroom at the Appleby’s after the team dinner just keep him out of the line up.

      • Chuck

        I do think Barney has some value to the right team as a gold-glove caliber SS. This Cubs team is not it. This Cubs team does not remotely have the firepower from other positions to offset his lack of bat. I think he ends up being a trade-deadline injury replacement guy for a team that is headed to the playoffs. Just don’t expect anything in return for him.

      • PLCB3

        I’d rather trade him than waive him. Because then the Cubs can decide where he goes. We cut him, the Cardinals will pick him up, and then with Cardinals luck, he’ll discover his bat.

      • Eddie Von White

        I would rather wave at him as he is traded.

      • PLCB3

        WAVING at him is a lot different than WAIVING him

      • Eddie Von White

        Appleby’s uses too much garlic in their recipes.

      • PLCB3

        I like their steaks and nothing else.

      • I’d eat batch-cooked spaghetti before I’d take on a steak from Appleby’s.

      • Doc Raker

        I batch cook my steaks, flash freeze them and vacuum pack them. Then when I am ready to eat them I boil the steak, still in its vacuum pack, like a boil o meal. After boiling the steak for 14.3 minutes I then sauté the steak in liquid smoke giving the steak a smokey grilled flavor. I figure I spend about 90 minutes on each steak so I am starting to rethink if I am really saving time with my batch cooking. I used to just buy a steak and throw it on the grill for 12.6 minutes.

      • Are you keeping a spreadsheet of all this steak-cooking activity? If not you should! The chicks dig it.

      • Doc Raker

        Chick’s dig boil o meal!

      • PLCB3

        Dumb. I don’t cook and then freeze food. I batch cook my breakfasts and lunches for the week. I cook dinner once or twice a week usually. I cook enough to last several meals.

      • My wife and I do this as well. Each week I batch scramble enough eggs to fill two gallon Ziplocs, and kswanson microwaves a dozen Hot Pockets and a dozen Lean Pockets. We just shake a bunch out into quart Ziplocs on the way out the door.. done and done.

      • PLCB3

        I cook real food, none of that packaged hot pockets crap. I make oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, which I then put into containers. The oatmeal I eat cold, the eggs I’ll heat them up. For lunch, I usually eat salad.

      • Doc Raker

        Reheated eggs are gross. How about a freshly cooked sunny side up egg on top of that oatmeal? What kind of oatmeal? Steel cut?

      • PLCB3

        They’re not bad at all. I don’t like sunny side up eggs. I like scrambled eggs. I’ll scramble a dozen eggs every week, only using 3 yolks. I make the eggs with salsa and jalapenos. I use rolled oats, the 5 minute stuff.

      • PLCB3

        I cook 2 cups of oats a week in a quart of milk. And I cook fruit and nuts with it too. I get a big pot and throw it all in there. It’s best to cook everything together.

      • Doc Raker

        Reheated eggs are gross. How about a freshly cooked sunny side up egg on top of that oatmeal? What kind of oatmeal? Steel cut?

      • AC0000000

        They’re not bad at all. I don’t like sunny side up eggs. I like scrambled eggs. I’ll scramble a dozen eggs every week, only using 3 yolks. I make the eggs with salsa and jalapenos. I use rolled oats, the 5 minute stuff.

      • AC0000000

        I cook 2 cups of oats a week in a quart of milk. And I cook fruit and nuts with it too. I get a big pot and throw it all in there. It’s best to cook everything together.

      • @jswanson You do this on purpose. Don’t think I don’t know it! 😉

      • Guilty as charged. I owe you a beer. Help yourself to a few ladles from the 5 gallon bucket of beer I batch-poured last weekend.

      • The funniest thing about it is that it always, ALWAYS works.

      • Eddie Von White

        That sounds like leftovers to me.

      • Appleby’s has to use that much garlic to hide the poor quality if their overly processed food.

      • PLCB3

        Agreed. So glad that there are so many local places where I am to eat that I never have to eat at a corporate restaurant.

      • Doug S.

        In defense they served a decent beer last time I was there.

      • Doc Raker

        I once read that all of Aplleby’s food is pre made and then just heated up in the kitchen.

        I ate at an Appleby’s once many years ago and every time I pass one I thank the good Lord there are other places to eat.

  • Chuck

    The Cubs have slid back into the abyss of last place. Exactly where they belong. If it was not for the fact that the starters have been exceptional (occasional stinker excluded), this team would not even be competitive.

    • Doc Raker

      Some of this team doesn’t compete, have you seen Barwin swing?

      Pat and Ron Coomer were commenting on how Darney’s swing just doesn’t look smooth, something is off with Barwin’s swing. When the home town announcers can’t hide the obvious stink coming from the line up it is time to get rid of the stink. Thed must be praying to the baseball Gods that Darney gets hot so they can trade him. Send him down to AAA, trade him, release him, DFA him, put him on the wrong plane coming back from a road trip, lock him in the bathroom at the Appleby’s after the team dinner just keep him out of the line up.

      • Chuck

        I do think Barney has some value to the right team as a gold-glove caliber SS. This Cubs team is not it. This Cubs team does not remotely have the firepower from other positions to offset his lack of bat. I think he ends up being a trade-deadline injury replacement guy for a team that is headed to the playoffs. Just don’t expect anything in return for him.

      • AC0000000

        I’d rather trade him than waive him. Because then the Cubs can decide where he goes. We cut him, the Cardinals will pick him up, and then with Cardinals luck, he’ll discover his bat.

      • Eddie Von White

        I would rather wave at him as he is traded.

      • AC0000000

        WAVING at him is a lot different than WAIVING him

      • Eddie Von White

        Appleby’s uses too much garlic in their recipes.

      • AC0000000

        I like their steaks and nothing else.

      • I’d eat batch-cooked spaghetti before I’d take on a steak from Appleby’s.

      • Doc Raker

        I batch cook my steaks, flash freeze them and vacuum pack them. Then when I am ready to eat them I boil the steak, still in its vacuum pack, like a boil o meal. After boiling the steak for 14.3 minutes I then sauté the steak in liquid smoke giving the steak a smokey grilled flavor. I figure I spend about 90 minutes on each steak so I am starting to rethink if I am really saving time with my batch cooking. I used to just buy a steak and throw it on the grill for 12.6 minutes.

      • Are you keeping a spreadsheet of all this steak-cooking activity? If not you should! The chicks dig it.

      • Doc Raker

        Chick’s dig boil o meal!

      • AC0000000

        Dumb. I don’t cook and then freeze food. I batch cook my breakfasts and lunches for the week. I cook dinner once or twice a week usually. I cook enough to last several meals.

      • My wife and I do this as well. Each week I batch scramble enough eggs to fill two gallon Ziplocs, and kswanson microwaves a dozen Hot Pockets and a dozen Lean Pockets. We just shake a bunch out into quart Ziplocs on the way out the door.. done and done.

      • @jswanson You do this on purpose. Don’t think I don’t know it! 😉

      • Guilty as charged. I owe you a beer. Help yourself to a few ladles from the 5 gallon bucket of beer I batch-poured last weekend.

      • The funniest thing about it is that it always, ALWAYS works.

      • Eddie Von White

        That sounds like leftovers to me.

      • Appleby’s has to use that much garlic to hide the poor quality if their overly processed food.

      • AC0000000

        Agreed. So glad that there are so many local places where I am to eat that I never have to eat at a corporate restaurant.

      • Doug S.

        In defense they served a decent beer last time I was there.

      • Doc Raker

        I once read that all of Aplleby’s food is pre made and then just heated up in the kitchen.

        I ate at an Appleby’s once many years ago and every time I pass one I thank the good Lord there are other places to eat.

  • Dork

    I hate it that all we have is to look at as fans is the minors – Yesterday we got a no hitter from Rusin and Bryant went 3 for 4 with 2HR’s, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI’s. and we got our 4th loss in a row and now are at the low point of the season to date 10 under. I am tired of the losing.

    • PLCB3

      It’ll just make the winning that much sweeter.

  • Dork

    I hate it that all we have is to look at as fans is the minors – Yesterday we got a no hitter from Rusin and Bryant went 3 for 4 with 2HR’s, 4 runs scored and 6 RBI’s. and we got our 4th loss in a row and now are at the low point of the season to date 10 under. I am tired of the losing.

    • AC0000000

      It’ll just make the winning that much sweeter.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I prefer the mixture of game recaps amongst the regular posts.
    When I saw that last night’s game was going to be on ESPN, I expected some rather boring and lacklustre commentary and of course Sutcliffe and the rest them didn’t disappoint. The hotdog thing was not a surprise either.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    I prefer the mixture of game recaps amongst the regular posts.
    When I saw that last night’s game was going to be on ESPN, I expected some rather boring and lacklustre commentary and of course Sutcliffe and the rest them didn’t disappoint. The hotdog thing was not a surprise either.

  • verncrowe5

    I prefer the individual game posts, but I’ll read them all anyway.

    I actually missed the hot dog comment altogether and just happened to catch Sutcliffe cheering for a strike out. I was pretty upset, but now that I know it had to do with Chicago dogs, I’m perfectly fine with it. I love Chicago dogs!

    However, I am still upset with Rizzo’s non-walk to not load the bases.

  • Travis

    I prefer the individual game posts, but I’ll read them all anyway.

    I actually missed the hot dog comment altogether and just happened to catch Sutcliffe cheering for a strike out. I was pretty upset, but now that I know it had to do with Chicago dogs, I’m perfectly fine with it. I love Chicago dogs!

    However, I am still upset with Rizzo’s non-walk to end the inning and not load the bases.

  • Recap the wins and gripe about the rest.

  • Recap the wins and gripe about the rest.

  • Darren

    Love the individual game summaries with upcoming series previews.

  • Darren

    Love the individual game summaries with upcoming series previews.

  • Dork

    I love that W banner flying on your site, keep that. More often please.

  • Dork

    I love that W banner flying on your site, keep that. More often please.

  • Dork

    Bryant watch – 3/4 another HR – 2 runs scored but only 1 RBI.

  • Dork

    Bryant watch – 3/4 another HR – 2 runs scored but only 1 RBI.

  • Dork

    one more note – Soler was in the lineup in Tenn last night 2-2 one run scored – 2 RBI’s – 2 walks

    • Doc Raker

      I started a Tennessee Smokies blog.
      View From the Smokies, check it out at bizarroworld.com

      I got a guy on the blog that batch cooks sushi.

      • Dork

        need a spreadsheet guy?

      • Doc Raker

        Absolutely! I think you will have a better time spreadsheeting the Smokies than the hapless Cubs.

  • Dork

    one more note – Soler was in the lineup in Tenn last night 2-2 one run scored – 2 RBI’s – 2 walks

    • Doc Raker

      I started a Tennessee Smokies blog.
      View From the Smokies, check it out at bizarroworld.com

      I got a guy on the blog that batch cooks sushi.

      • Dork

        need a spreadsheet guy?

      • Doc Raker

        Absolutely! I think you will have a better time spreadsheeting the Smokies than the hapless Cubs.

  • Doc Raker

    The Smokies play in Jackson today and are 3 game back of Huntsville at 20-15. The Smokies dined at the AM PM last night on the way into Jackson, 2 hot dogs for a $1, melted velvetta cheese $0.50.

    How good would this Smokies team be if someone batch cooked them fresh food and then flash freezes it in a vacuum pack to reheat on long bus rides? I would think at least 5 games in the standings, that’s a BCWAR +5 for you saber guys,

    • PLCB3

      AM/PM sucks. My dad saw a commercial for it once and thought it was stupid. The guy was looking for a cart and my dad asked me what that’s supposed to mean. I told him because the slogan is too much good stuff, he was looking for a cart to put it all in. So my dad said so this commercial is telling me not to shop at AM/PM, because I should go there expecting to buy a lot of stuff, but I won’t have a cart to put it in.

      • Eddie Von White

        That explains a lot. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

      • Doc Raker

        My dad said the hot dogs at Wrigley were over priced and we should do the 2 hot dogs for a $1 AM PM deal before we go into the park. He also would order our cokes with no ice because the ice just ripped you off from getting all your coke.
        I don’t drink coke anymore but I don’t get ice with my glass of water so I get more water!

        Anybody remember the name of the hot dog stand on the Northwest corner of Clark and Addison back in the 70’s? That’s where we got our pre game hot dog with coke no ice.

  • Doc Raker

    The Smokies play in Jackson today and are 3 game back of Huntsville at 20-15. The Smokies dined at the AM PM last night on the way into Jackson, 2 hot dogs for a $1, melted velvetta cheese $0.50.

    How good would this Smokies team be if someone batch cooked them fresh food and then flash freezes it in a vacuum pack to reheat on long bus rides? I would think at least 5 games in the standings, that’s a BCWAR +5 for you saber guys,

    • AC0000000

      AM/PM sucks. My dad saw a commercial for it once and thought it was stupid. The guy was looking for a cart and my dad asked me what that’s supposed to mean. I told him because the slogan is too much good stuff, he was looking for a cart to put it all in. So my dad said so this commercial is telling me not to shop at AM/PM, because I should go there expecting to buy a lot of stuff, but I won’t have a cart to put it in.

      • Eddie Von White

        That explains a lot. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

      • Doc Raker

        My dad said the hot dogs at Wrigley were over priced and we should do the 2 hot dogs for a $1 AM PM deal before we go into the park. He also would order our cokes with no ice because the ice just ripped you off from getting all your coke.
        I don’t drink coke anymore but I don’t get ice with my glass of water so I get more water!

        Anybody remember the name of the hot dog stand on the Northwest corner of Clark and Addison back in the 70’s? That’s where we got our pre game hot dog with coke no ice.

  • PLCB3

    Read this online a few days ago:
    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/74515742/former-notre-dame-football-star-jeff-samardzija-happy-with-mlb-chicago-cubs?partnerId=ed-8169990-658620023#!L3rYJ

    What does everyone think? I think we should keep Samardzidja through the end of this season and if he pitches like he has been throughout the season, give him a long-term deal.

    • Doc Raker

      Smarja is looking like a real ace. Ironic that he has the leagues second best era but has the worst run support in the league leaving him winless.

  • AC0000000

    Read this online a few days ago:
    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/74515742/former-notre-dame-football-star-jeff-samardzija-happy-with-mlb-chicago-cubs?partnerId=ed-8169990-658620023#!L3rYJ

    What does everyone think? I think we should keep Samardzidja through the end of this season and if he pitches like he has been throughout the season, give him a long-term deal.

    • Doc Raker

      Smarja is looking like a real ace. Ironic that he has the leagues second best era but has the worst run support in the league leaving him winless.

  • Doc Raker

    The Smokies beat the Jackson Generals 10-6 behind second baseman Stephen Bruno’s career night of 4-6 with 2 home runs. Bring him up and send Darney to the Smokies. Kris Bryant hit his 10th home run and Jorge Soler added a 1-5 to keep his avg above .400.

    After the game the team hung at Shakey’s eating some pizza and mojo potatoes.

    • PLCB3

      Mojo potatoes?

  • Doc Raker

    The Smokies beat the Jackson Generals 10-6 behind second baseman Stephen Bruno’s career night of 4-6 with 2 home runs. Bring him up and send Darney to the Smokies. Kris Bryant hit his 10th home run and Jorge Soler added a 1-5 to keep his avg above .400.

    After the game the team hung at Shakey’s eating some pizza and mojo potatoes.

    • AC0000000

      Mojo potatoes?

  • Doc Raker

    Smarja gets another no decision after another stellar 0.00 ERA start.

    He is now the only pitcher in the modern era to start a season with 8 consecutive quality starts giving up less than 3 earned runs a game and not earn a win.

    Smarja dined at Lawry’s Prime Rib after his start and had the Diamond Jim Brady Cut medium rare, creamed corn with extra horseradish on the prime rib.

  • Doc Raker

    Smarja gets another no decision after another stellar 0.00 ERA start.

    He is now the only pitcher in the modern era to start a season with 8 consecutive quality starts giving up less than 3 earned runs a game and not earn a win.

    Smarja dined at Lawry’s Prime Rib after his start and had the Diamond Jim Brady Cut medium rare, creamed corn with extra horseradish on the prime rib.

  • Doc Raker

    Blackhawks tonight, big game at the Mad House on Madison. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers.

  • Doc Raker

    Blackhawks tonight, big game at the Mad House on Madison. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mothers.

  • Doc Raker

    I’m bored.

    Seymour, say something factually incorrect about our changing climate, something like the climate never changed before man came around burning his fossil fuels.

    CAPS- what are yo batch cooking today for the week ahead?

    Jswan- say something witty, Lizzie is bored also.

    • PLCB3

      I cooked last night. I made oatmeal for breakfast. In the oatmeal, I added milk, cinnamon, flax, nuts, plantains, and apple. I also cooked a dozen eggs with jalapenos. For lunch I made black beans with salsa and chicken.

    • Doc Raker

      Dork- tell me about your spreadsheet.

    • Seymour Butts

      Factually incorrect you seek?
      Just tune in Fox news. They are not racist, but are number one amongst racists.

  • Doc Raker

    I’m bored.

    Seymour, say something factually incorrect about our changing climate, something like the climate never changed before man came around burning his fossil fuels.

    CAPS- what are yo batch cooking today for the week ahead?

    Jswan- say something witty, Lizzie is bored also.

    • AC0000000

      I cooked last night. I made oatmeal for breakfast. In the oatmeal, I added milk, cinnamon, flax, nuts, plantains, and apple. I also cooked a dozen eggs with jalapenos. For lunch I made black beans with salsa and chicken.