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Game 70 Recap: Cubs 2, Dodgers 5

After further review... still lost.

Box Score, Play Log, Game Graphs


W- Who knows? Eh, Howell I guess (3-1), who cares, let's go home.

L- The very concept of the "Win" also, Hendricks (2-4).

S - Jansen (10)

Things to Take from This Game

1. Starters Struggle 

Hendricks was off his game, with the big damage coming on a Justin Turner 3-run Home Run. Bolsinger looked tougher, getting several Cubs to swing over a diving "spike" curveball, but he couldn't make it through five. With Bolsinger getting Rizzo to GIDP in the fifth and picking up some help from Howell to get out of the inning, the Dodgers shut down the only good shot at a big inning.

2. Denorfia gets TOOTBLANed

With two outs in the ninth and down by three, Denorfia got Thrown Out On the Bases Like a Nincompoop, running into the final out of the game trying to get to second on a liner off the left field wall.  Van Slyke got a perfect bounce off the wall to him, played it perfectly, threw perfectly, and still just barely beat Denorfia. And it's not as if we likely were to come back against Jansen down by three with two outs in the ninth and a runner on second.  But still, oof.

3. Grimm Looked Good

Justin Grimm struck out the first four batters he faced, in dominating fashion, before losing some steam in his second inning. It still was an encouraging performance.


The I-could-have-been-paying-more-attention-to-the-season-premier-of-Big-Brother-17,-but-instead-I-recapped-this?!?! details, below



Game Recap

Inning 1 - Top

  • Hendricks begins the game with a strike to Hernandez, pitching at a swift pace.  Hernandez hits a bullet back up the middle which Hendricks snags on his glove-hand side near the thigh.
  • Davey Lopes is 70.  And looks every bit of it.
  • Pederson is frozen looking at a called strike three near the top of the zone.
  • Turner lazily flies to Denorfia in right.  If the first few innings of the recap are a bit thin, it's because this is also the opening episode of season 17 of the greatest American television show ever, Big Brother.

Inning 1 - Bottom

  •  Denorfia leading off.  Puig is a late scratch for the Dodgers, so both of the lineups are a bit wonky. Goes down flailing at a curveball.
  • Bolsinger... he is Jered Weaveresque in velocity... Rizzo flails at a curve in the dirt for strike three.
  • Bryant swings at the first pitch and hits a pop fly down the right field line, which Gonzalez catches.  Easy inning.

Inning 2 - Top

  • Rule of Winning Big Brother # 5,787: forming an all-girl alliance on day one never works.   Oh wait, wrong recap...
  • Gonzalez take a tailing-away sinker and lines it out to left field, opposite-field home run.  1-0 Dodgers
  • Guerrero grounds out to Castro who makes a strong throw to first, getting him easily.  Nice play.
  • Ethier hits one right to Russell for the second out.
  • Grandal grounds down the 1st base line, Rizzo unassisted.
  • Huh, so they're bringing back the "Battle of the Block" gimmick again this year in Big Brother. It worked pretty well last time, though hopefully it's paired with some other new twist to give added nuance and intrigue to the alliance-building.

Inning 2 - Bottom

  •  Montero K's swinging at that same "spike" curve in the dirt that got Rizzo.
  • Castro bounces one up the middle, which gets knocked down by the diving second baseman, but no play, base hit.
  • Whose idea was it to get a field reported for the Head of Household contest in Big Brother?  Ugh, horrid.  This better be a one-off, we don't need a field reporter for competitions.  Just awful.
  • Coghlan slices one to left-center where Pederson, of course, catches it with ease.
  • Szczur bounces one out to second, easy play to end the inning.  The Big Brother houseguests are very unimpressive so far in their first Head of Household comp, a combination of balancing on a board, catching balls shot at them, and being hit by tomatoes. This should be a drill for 2016 spring training.

Inning 3 - Top

  • Rollins grounds out to Castro, who is playing sort of a 3B/SS as the odd man out on the shift.
  • Bolsinger lines a hanging changeup directly over Szczur's head in center, one-hopping the ivy.  Not so well played by Szczur, but the error is on Hendricks hanging a change to the pitcher.
  • Hernandez can't quite check his swing on a slider low and away, strike three.
  • Woah, a stunning four-person photo-finish to determine who was the last houseguest to hit the ground in the Head of Household competition. Jace, the "asian country boy" wins the first Head of Household in a thriller.
  • Pederson walks, runners on 1st and 2nd.
  • Turner takes another hanging change out over the plate, and lofts it out to just left of center, a few rows up.  Three-run homer, and it's  4-0 Dodgers
  • Likewise, Big Brother takes a turn for the worse as we learn there will be not just one major season-long twist, but smaller weekly twists. Just like baseball should be played without a DH, Big Brother should be played without so many %%%%%% twists. FML.
  • Gonzalez rolls out to Russell.

Inning 3 - Bottom

  • Hendricks K's looking, as the first episode of Big Brother ends.  Down to two things to recap.
  • Russell shoots one into right for a single.
  • Len nots Bolsinger is walking around the back of the mound, and wonders if there is some tightness in the back or shoulder.
  • Denorfia with a slow roller to short, and, evidently, the throw beats Russell to second base. I have grave doubts about this, but evidently it's just me.
  • Rizzo tries to push one up the third base line, completely unoccupied due to the shift.  he sort of bunt-stab-pops it down the line and it lands just an inch or so foul, past the bag.  nice try.
  • For the second time, Rizzo K's by swinging over a slider.

Inning 4 - Top

Inning 4 - Bottom

  •  Bryant is the latest to miss the slider, strike three.
  • Montero dumps one into the shallow right-center gap but is easily held to a single.
  • Castro with another selling-out wild swing pulls one into the hole, and falls to his knee.  Rollins stops it on a slide and, supposedly, gets the force at second, though I'm not convinced.  I guess I'm the only one not convinced.  They almost get Castro at first, but it's ultimatley just a 6-4 force.
  • Coghlan walks on four pitches.
  • Szczur bounces to Turner who steps on third for the force.

Inning 5 - Top

Inning 5 - Bottom

  • Baxter hits for Hendricks and jams one out to shallow center for a hit.
  • Russell pulls one down the left field line into the corner, and Baxter scores without a play.  double for Russell. A fastball that leaked back over the outside half of the plate.  4-1 Dodgers
  • Denorfia follows up with a single into right on the next pitch, Russell advances to third.  first and third, no outs, first real trouble Bolsinger has faced. 
  • 1-2 count, Rizzo grounds into the shift for a double play, Guerrero to Rollins to Gonzalez.  Run scores, 4-2 Dodgers
  • 3-0 hanging curve to Bryant for a strike. Eventually walks. Bolsinger exits an out from qualifying for a W.  I realize that this has been a really slow-paced game.
  • J.P. Howell in to face Montero. Len and J.D. note there's an extreme shift on against Montero. K's swinging at a pitch in the dirt.
  • Pro wrestling finishing moves not to use during prostate exams.
  • The five knuckle shuffle
  • The camel clutch.

Inning 6 - Top

Inning 6 - Bottom

  • Castro pops to Rollins
  • Coghlan taps back to Howell.
  • Szczur bunts one up the third base line.  Howell grabs it, spins and fires wildly.  Gonzalez does a nice job to make a leaping grab of the throw, holding Szczur to a single.
  • Fowler pinch hits. Bounces one to Gonzalez at first.  Howell face-plants, so Gonzalez takes it to the bag himself.

Inning 7 - Top

  • Grimm in. Gets Guerrero swinging at a tough breaker down and away.  Nice pitch.
  • And another nasty 83mph SOMEthing gets Ethier swinging.  Grimm looks dominant.
  • Grandal also is no match, side is struck out. Impressive work.  Pat Hughes for the Stretch. We've heard better performances out of Pat.

Inning 7 - Bottom

  • Peralta in to pitch.
  • Russell flies out to right.
  • Denorfia rolls out to Rollins
  • Peralta out, Liberatore in to face Rizzo.  Walks Rizzo on four straight and leaves.  Nicasio to face Bryant. Goes up 0-2 on Bryant.
  • Bryant takes an 0-2 fastball up the middle for a single.  1st and 2nd for Montero
  • Montero hits a high fly out toward the well in left, but no real threat of going out.  Inning over.

Inning 8 - Top

Inning 8 - Bottom

  • Castro rolls one to Rollins, because Castro.  Throw almost takes Gonzalez off the bag. Almost.
  • Coghlan walks.
  • Szczur grounds into a 5-4-3, so much for that inning. Replay shows Hernandez wasn't on the bag, but "Neighborhood play" rules were in effect, so not subject to review, according to Len.  Rules are weird.

Inning 9 - Top

  • Medina in for the Cubs. Gonzalez bounces to Rizzo unassisted.
  • Callaspo lines one sharply into center.
  • Ethier flies lazily to center.
  • Grandal takes something bendy high in the strike zone for strike three.

Inning 9 - Bottom

  •  Herrera pinch hits against Jansen.  This will save us...
  • Herrera bounces one off the plate that Jansen fields, with his momentum taking him into the runner's line.  Manages to throw around Herrera for the out.
  • Russell flails at a slider for strike three.
  • Denorfia lines one against the left field wall over in the well. He doesn't get out of the box very easily, and still tries to take second in spite of how quickly the ball got to the wall, hitting off the door and not the vines, carroming to Van Slyke.  Called out, game over, but we go to replay as Denorfia's hand may have gotten in ahead of the tag. A needless risk, whatever the result, and the umpires uphold the call, ending the game with a whimper.

Parachat Recap

Inning 1

  • My obsession with Big Brother
  • Facts about Trans that make us sad.
  • The duck ~quack~ in parachat
  • Mike Baxter, two-legged Rally Rabbit.
  • Mike Baxter and other things that make the Baby Jesus cry.
  • Mike Baxter doesn't have a partner because....
  • We're all in love with Johann's new girlfriend, but can she do an ollie and has he fed her cereal?
  • What the W in the Cubs flag stands for.
  • Things to catch a ball in or with.
  • Using Jon Lester as an on-deck decoy.  Quack.
  • More likely to get a hit: Lester or Wada
  • Ballswinger.
  • Rizzo's new walkup music?

Inning 2

  • Things that are predictable, expected, and still sad:  the Mets tailspin and bizmarquis' porn career
  • Chicago, a Cubs town. White Sox "allegedly playing baseball"
  • Where does Sammyninja land this year?
  • Things that can be done with a baby in your arms
  • Moises Alou holding babies, and subsequent effects on potty training.
  • Crunch meets Anti-crunch. 
  • Reenforcements coming for the Cubs.

Inning 3

  • Heh. It could happen.
  • Where in the World is Rafael Soriano?
  • What's Len's obsession with the color of the Dodgers uniform numbers on the frontside of the jersey?
  • Doom and gloom.
  • Schwarber will save us.
  • Getting behind that.
  • Trans learns a new vocabulary word from Johann. Oh my.
  • Doing an ollie into pegging.  I don't understand what I'm recapping, but eh, I recap it anyway.
  • Pegging.  Because pirates like booty.  Wow, Johann.
  • Trades that won't happen.
  • Carlos Gomez = Hipster = Hipster Hate = Can't play baseball in skinny jeans.  I don't understand the connections either.

Inning 4

  • Why is Kyle Hendricks always sad?
  • The back end of the Cubs rotation: better poker faces than pitchers
  • Hole Camels
  • Poker, Liquor, and Pigeons. I'm lost.
  • Parachat devolves.
  • No one expects the Craposition!
  • Defriending the depressed vs. defending the depressed.
  • Things that are and aren't dick moves.
  • Jimmy Rollins has been around for forever.
  • Game needs more ~punch 2~, fewer updates from Patrick Mooney.
  • The ethics of diving into the stands.
  • There is complaining on Facebook.

Inning 5

  • Sitting in the front row, pros and cons
  • John Beasley, not allowed to sit close to the field by his wife.
  • Bizmarquis, not interested in how you are doing.
  • Crunch, admirer of John Beasley's wife.
  • Patrick Mooney looks like....
  • Will Audrey Marry Him?
  • Don't propose by scoreboard.  Just don't.
  • Why Audrey isn't ready to say yes.
  • Mornington Crescent's persistence pays off.
  • Len's prostate exam
  • While singing the Stretch.
  • Hitting the high notes.
  • Theories of what J.P. stands for.  Crunch wins before we really get started.

Inning 6

  •  Working titles for our James and Addison Russell 1980s sitcom
  • Casting:  Bosio as the cranky landlord who wants to evict them, Hinske as the whacky neighbor.
  • Andy reappears after five years away, promptly gets grilled on his publishing record by CT Steve. It's a rigorous new leader we have, here at TCR.
  • First CT Steve takes Manhattan...
  • TCR is the new black.
  • What the tenure boards things of CT Steve's and my writing at TCR.
  • Skills needed for going into administration
  • CT Steve practices lying to us.

Inning 7

  • Infidelity to parachat during the lean years.
  • Getting Andy back up to speed.  Ip is Not Ip.  Para-censorship. Lack of Rally Caps
  • What happened to Rob?
  • Who's in charge of this place anyway?
  • Pegging. Again.
  • Cub-related bribe offers in exchange for grade-changes.
  • That's not how it works.
  • We explain pegging to Mister Whipple.
  • New and old Parachat memes
  • The etymology of Cubbery.
  • Lags and spoilers and chattiequette
  • Is Ronnie Woo Woo still alive? (yes.)
  • AAA wooers.
  • Montero's popout is worse that.... (winner, bizmarquis with "if 9/11 and Guy Fieri had a baby")

Inning 8

  • Guy Fieri.  Nothing but Guy Fieri
  • And cancer.
  • Easy cancer vs. Guy Fieri
  • Easy cancer?
  • Hard cancer.
  • If Chemo caused Guy Fieri to lose his hair...
  • Pooping in a bag
  • How do you tell a pro-confederate protest at Walmart from any other day at Walmart?
  • Prostates springing leaks.
  • 8675309
  • Are rallitalics futile in situations like these?  Half-hearted rallitalics.

Inning 9

  • Parachat sound effects for pegging
  • Jean cuffs
  • Innocent things that are no longer safe to google for
  • Almost reading a cosmo article
  • Jiminy Cricket roughing people up
  • A parachat of many colors
  • The Denorfia replay
  • Annoyance.

Cubs' record in games recapped in 2015:  1-1


Whoa, these Parachat guys are infantile jerks--I mean except for the stuff that I am responsible for. That was smart and hi-larious!

Thanks, Trans. For reminding us what we missed and for reminding everyone else what they didn't.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    morel played somewhere besides 3rd and SS...he got 8 innings in CF, 2 putouts and an assist.

  • crunch (view)

    ryan flaherty new cubs bench coach.

  • crunch (view)

    bellinger wins comeback player of the year.  the AL winner was liam hendricks and his 5ip before he got tommy john...setting himself up for a 2025 shot at the award.

  • Bill (view)

    I hope that Perlaza goes on to have a successful career.  On most Cubs teams prior to the current administration, he would have been one of their more highly ranked prospects.  As far as the others are concerned, one or more may well go on to be much better than expected, but unfortunately there is no way to tell which one at the present time.  You can't keep everyone.

  • crunch (view)

    s.gray signs with the cards...3/75m

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Another one of the nine Cubs post-2023 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA has signed, as RHP Carlos Guzman (acquired from the Tigers for Zack McKinstry at the end of Spring Training) signed a 2024 minor league contract with the Mets. 


    So RHRP Yovanny Cruz (SD), C-INF P. J. Higgins (CIN), and now Carlos Guzman (NYM) have already signed 2024 minor league contracts with new MLB organizations, and OF Yonathan Perlaza is headed for Korea (Hanhwa Eagles).

  • crunch (view)

    ...and back to 3rd for another game.  at this point i'm gonna hang back and when/if he actually plays 1st then i'll find it notable.  i am glad he's playing a good amount of 3rd, though...give the club one more good look at him there.  shrug

  • crunch (view)

    morel played SS last night (no errors)...hit a homer and a double.  he's got 2 of both in 19PA.

  • crunch (view)

    e.escobar was throwing 95-97mph on his fastball in 2023.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    One more thing about Edwin Escobar. Even though he had accrued less than one year of MLB Service Time prior to signing with Nippon Ham in 2017 (he ended up eventually with Yokohama), he will have Article XIX-A rights by virtue of the seven seasons he spent in Japan. So he will be essentially locked on the 40-man roster (or at least he can't be outrighted without his consent), and he will be a FA whenever his contract expires.