Cubs 15, Reds 5

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OSS: We are back! (for the 19th time)

Three up:

  1. The Cubs offense exploded for 15 runs against the Reds garbage fire of a pitching staff. Anthony Rizzo led the way with five RsBI, including back to back HRs with Kris Bryant in the fourth to put the game truly out of reach. He also got the scoring going in the first with a single punched to left field against the shift that scored two.
  2. Kyle Schwarber managed to get on base twice in this game and avoided setting the all time record for consecutive strikeouts, so thanks, Reds.
  3. Jon Jay had the biggest WPA play of the of the game for either side with a RBI triple in the fourth inning, good for .150 WPA. He's not hitting it out of the park or anything, but he's been quietly really good over the past month or so, and now has a .299/.388/.394 batting line.

Three down:

  1. Quintana didn't have much of a feel for his pitches in this one, but still managed to get through five while somehow giving up only two runs. Luckily the Cubs have Monty around to backstop him.
  2. Quintana also had an ugly-sounding (I was listening on the radio on my way home) bases loaded error in the disastrous second inning, where the Reds should have picked up a lot more than two runs. If Quintana simply took his time to throw home his start might have turned out much more acceptably.
  3. It would be great if they could find a better backup to Pat Hughes. Even Coomer would be better than this awful Bears guy, who seems to have gotten worse each time he subs in. He had like four different home run calls combined into one on Bryant's first home run.

Next up: Luis Castillo (no, not that one) takes on Kyle Hendricks at 7:05 PM CT.

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  1. Perkins

    “No matter the infield setup, no matter the alignment of the infield or outfield, I do the exact same thing. It’s when I get caught up in what’s going on defensively when I get myself into trouble, [like] changing my approach. If that turns out to be a detriment to hitting balls in the outfield, then I clearly have to hit it over the outfield and into the stands. That was also something I was thinking about doing.”

    Joey Votto is kind of awesome.

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  2. cerulean

    Perkins: Joey Votto is kind of awesome.

    No qualifiers necessary. When he becomes headcoach of the Reds after become the greatest Reds hitter in history, he is smart enough that he won’t gamble it away.

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  3. Author
    berselius

    dmick89:
    How come Pat Hughes is out?

    I missed the beginning of the game where they usually address it, but he has had a few more days off this year. I’m guessing that was the case again this time.

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  4. Myles

    Pat Hughes is approximately 50% of the reason I’m even a Cubs fan (growing up listening to Pat and Ron on the radio for 100 games a year), but I’m ready for him to ride off into the sunset. He’s still quite good, but he’s not as good as he used to be.

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  5. SK

    Myles:
    Pat Hughes is approximately 50% of the reason I’m even a Cubs fan (growing up listening to Pat and Ron on the radio for 100 games a year), but I’m ready for him to ride off into the sunset. He’s still quite good, but he’s not as good as he used to be.

    Agreed.

    I think his current contract has extra days off built into it, hence the regular absences.

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  6. Author
    berselius

    Myles:
    Pat Hughes is approximately 50% of the reason I’m even a Cubs fan (growing up listening to Pat and Ron on the radio for 100 games a year), but I’m ready for him to ride off into the sunset. He’s still quite good, but he’s not as good as he used to be.

    He’s just taking a little off his fastball in solidarity with the Cubs pitching staff.

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  7. Edwin

    If you can’t even get through the most political softball question ever of “Should I condemn white supremecists”, you’re in trouble.

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  8. dmick89

    Can we just start calling them Nazis? I feel like calling them white nationalists, white separatists or whatever else they like to pretend they are, it’s just making it easier for people to stomach.

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  9. cerulean

    uncle dave,

    dmick89,

    Edwin,

    http://kottke.org/17/08/from-vice-news-tonight-and-hbo-an-up-close-look-at-the-terrorism-in-charlottesville

    I don’t know that they know what to call themselves—pretty nationalist, not very socialist—but in that video they *are* against the second world commies and the first world bourgeoisie—and I think it’s safe to say the third world too—so everyone. No wonder they feel so oppressed.

    Awww. Pity the white dudes with their pale skin. Even the sun abuses them.

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  10. cerulean

    The KKK was originally taken down by patronizing ridicule that emasculated their members. I have had enough of reason. It’s time for the most relentless ridicule campaign ever.

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  11. Berselius is too lazy to log in

    I switched to the tv broadcast after I got home, but I am guessing that Coomer sprained his wrist from tipping his cap in the later innings.

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  12. Rizzo the Rat

    The game ends with a hitter taking a hanging slider over the heart of the plate with the tying run on third because the baseball gods hate us.

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  13. cerulean

    Ryno:
    cerulean,

    Where are they going to eat when they’re watching a Falcons game on a Sunday?

    God has special exceptions for the Lord’s work on Sunday. Feeding folk during football is one of them, right after helping your neighbor find his lost sheep.

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  14. cerulean

    The so-called right has co-opted a term from an anti-capitalist club that we do not talk about and applied it the “left”.

    Here are some adjectives that I would use to describe that term:

    White.
    Uniform.
    Cold.
    Dead.
    Melts in the sun.

    Can we just start calling them White Supremacist Snowflakes?

    (Maybe they should wear 6-pointed swastikas pinned to their uniformly white polo shirts.)

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  15. EnricoPallazzo

    cerulean: God has special exceptions for the Lord’s work on Sunday. Feeding folk during football is one of them, right after helping your neighbor find his lost sheep.

    ah shit there goes my excuse for not helping anyone look for sheep on sundays

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  16. dmick89

    Rizzo the Rat,

    I actually agree with the umpires on that one. He was probably just trying to get out of the way, but I’m not entirely convinced he didn’t try to make contact. I don’t think he did, but I don’t know.

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  17. Perkins

    That was a game I recently enjoyed in person. Some very shitty umpiring, and some very shitty relief pitching, but a good time all things considered.

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  18. uncle dave

    dmick89:
    Rizzo the Rat,

    That was a fun game. The Cardinals were pissed all game about the zone and then shit got weird in the 9th. I thought Matheney was going to hit the umpire.

    The throw from Pham on the game-winning hit was hilarious. He was like 250 feet from home plate and still one-hopped the cutoff man. Where’s Statcast when you need it?

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  19. Author
    berselius

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    CF Jay
    LF War Bear
    3B Bryant
    1B Rizzo
    RF Zobrist
    C Avila
    2B Happ
    SS Baez
    P Lester

    Let us go, Cub-bies

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  20. Smokestack Lightning

    Perkins:
    Why is Zobrist in RF instead of Heyward?

    Because Joe is smarter than your lying eyes.

    And those lying stats.

    And bullshit common fucking sense.

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  21. Smokestack Lightning

    I’m also thinking that as unexciting as it sounds, of all the things about the 2016 Cubs I miss in this year’s squad, the defense is what I miss the most.

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  22. Perkins

    Smokestack Lightning,

    The absence of the defense has been both obvious and irritating. I also miss the part where Lester, Hendricks, and Lackey were reliable, but for the first two the defense probably has a lot to do with that.

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  23. Smokestack Lightning

    So… is Lester hurt, or did he ask to get taken out?

    Good on him if it’s the second. Just wish he would have done it about 5 batters ago.

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  24. uncle dave

    Lester should be taking a shit right in the middle of the clubhouse right now. It’s what the rest of the team deserves after this inning.

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  25. Smokestack Lightning

    uncle dave: Lester should be taking a shit right in the middle of the clubhouse right now. It’s what the rest of the team deserves after this inning.

    I don’t think I trust Lester to hit his spots with anything right now.

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  26. uncle dave

    Joe Maddon:Ben Zobrist :: Dusty Baker:every useless shitbag Baker kept plugging into the lineup for no good reason

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  27. Rizzo the Rat

    Lester definitely had some bad BABIP luck. But he has to miss some bats, especially on a day like this, and with this defense.

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  28. Smokestack Lightning

    dmick89:
    You guys act like this game is over, but all the Cubs need is two grand slams and they’re right back in this one.

    Or a shitload of weakass groundballs and lazy flyballs that somehow don’t get caught.

    Wait, Cubs can’t face Cubs defense.

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  29. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Uh, what the hell happened? I was only away for like 20 minutes! (dying laughing)

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  30. Berselius is too lazy to login

    (dying laughing), is the wind blowing out at 40 mph today or something?

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  31. Rizzo the Rat

    Rationally, it’s probably too early to worry about Wilson. But I’m honestly starting to wonder if there’s something wrong with him.

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  32. Smokestack Lightning

    Building good bullpens must be as hard as everyone says. You’d figure if anyone could work it out right, it’d be this front office.

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  33. dmick89

    The bullpen actually did a pretty good job today for the most part. Monty was really good and after that it wasn’t so impressive, but you can’t expect to win too many games when your starter gives up 9 in less than a couple innings.

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  34. Smokestack Lightning

    dmick89:
    Smokestack Lightning,

    Part of a good bullpen is having guys in the minor leagues who can actually strike people out, which this organization has little of.

    False. The most important part of bullpen building is having a group of guys who have each other’s back and know how to have fun and who do things like dance parties after homeruns. The Cubs have that and that’s all you need.

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  35. dmick89

    Tommy Vietor
    Tommy Vietor @TVietor08
    Sources tell me that Steve resigned because he wanted to spend more time sucking his own cock.
    11:45 AM · Aug 18, 2017

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  36. Perkins

    dmick89:
    Tommy Vietor
    Tommy Vietor @TVietor08
    Sources tell me that Steve resigned because he wanted to spend more time sucking his own cock.
    11:45 AM · Aug 18, 2017

    (dying laughing)

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