Goatriders of the Apocalypse

NLDS Game Three Blogcast

12:11 A.M. - Good night.

12:09 A.M. - Fukudome grounds to short. Soriano is up.

12:07 A.M. - Theriot down on strikes. Fukudome up.

12:03 A.M. - Neil Cotts makes me look like a hater. Dodgers down in order, it's the top of the ninth now. Three outs til winter. Please, please, please let it be miracle time.

12:02 A.M. - According to Tony Gwynn, the Dodgers are "getting their hack on."

11:57 P.M. - Why is Neil Cotts pitching?

11:54 P.M. - DeRo strikes out. Middle of 8th, Cubs 1, Dodgers 3. Three outs remain in the imminent season.

11:52 P.M. - Apparently it is spelled Broxton. Anyhow, Ronny Cedeno runs for Ward and steals second.

11:49 P.M. - And we're on the board! Ward hits a shallow pop fly that falls in, Lee scores, DeRosa's coming to the plate, but Torre goes to the bullpen. Jonathan Brockston is the new pitcher for the Dodgers.

11:45 P.M. - Aramis strikes out, Geo pops out. It's up to Daryl Ward. He swings and misses (badly) at the first pitch.

11:41 P.M. - Derrek Lee doubles to lead off the 8th. Earlier, the commentators were talking about the defeated body language of the club. Most of the batters were sitting, dejected, on the bench. Lee was the only one standing at the railing watching the game.

11:37 P.M. - Manny Ramirez is retired for the first time today. Marmol is pitching well. It's the top of the eighth, the Cubs have six outs to score 3 runs or the season is caput. I'm not ready for that yet. Can it please be miracle time now?

11:34 P.M. - Furcal is retired for the first time today. Not for the first time, I wish the Cubs had been successful in signing him.

11:26 P.M. - Theriot and Fukudome reach against Kuroda, so Torre brings in Corey Wade. Soriano swings at the first pitch and flies harmlessly to left field. Somewhere Chuck discharges a weapon in a furious rage. Passed ball and Theriot moves to third. 2 outs in the seventh with two on for Mikey Fontenot. (I've pegged Mike as the Craig Counsell of the 2008 Cubs playoff run. It turns around here.) But it doesn't as Kemp catches the ball hit 390 feet to center. Damn! (In the backround, James Blunt keeps crooning about how hollow he is.)

11:18 P.M. - Lou double switched. Marmol is pitching, Fukudome replaces Edmonds in center. Marmol induces Casey Blake to ground out to short. DeWitt advances to third but is stranded there when Marmol K's Kuroda. Dodgers 3, Cubs 0. 3 innings remain. It's crunch time. I'm listening to James Blunt to help the tears start flowing.

11:09 P.M. - Blake DeWitt doubles off the right field wall. Mark DeRosa very nearly came too close to the wall, but made a nifty jumping barehanded grab of the ball off the wall to limit the damage to a double. Lou pulls Marshall for Marmol.

10:59 P.M. - Ron Darling says. "It seems like every pitch the Cubs hitters take is right down the middle and they're swinging at the ones off the plate." Tony Gwynn, Hall of fame hitter, concurs.

10:53 P.M. - Fangraphs has a Cubs loss as 90% probable. Link.

10:50 P.M. - Gawd! Furcal scores from first on a Russell Martin double. Theriot fumbles the cutoff so no play at the plate. Manny is intentionally passed again and Lou has gone to Marshall in the pen. Now, I'm just confused about Verducci's statement on Dempster. Dodgers 3, Cubs 0. Harden lasted 13 outs. Ouch.

10:47 P.M. - Verducci reports that Dempster is an option in the pen. This essentially confirms that Piniella is thinking about Z as the game 5 starter. I'm completely in favor of this development. Who would you rather have pitching today, Sean Marshall or Ryan Dempster?

10:43 P.M. - Soriano, Fontenot, and Lee down in order. Fontenot's flyout was well struck, otherwise, not much. My thoughts are that this game is playing out much the way I expect game two would have played out if the Cubs infield could have caught the ball.

10:38 P.M. - Tom Verducci reports that Mike Fontenot is not 100% and that Fukudome has been told to get ready in case he is needed.

10:32 P.M. - The Blogcast is now wearing a rally cap. Latest posts will be at the top. Well, my miracle didn't materialize as Rich Harden struck out, but he did come up with a 1, 2, 3 inning. He's thrown 70 pitches through 4 innings. At this point, I think we'll be fortunate to get six from Harden, and possibly fewer as I can't see Lou letting him bat in another important situation.

10:20 P.M. - Edmonds grounds out to the right side, advancing Geo to third with only one out... but DeRosa swings at the first pitch and grounds out to third, not scoring Geo. The Dodgers elect to walk Theriot and face Rich Harden instead. Come on... we need a miracle!

10:18 P.M. - Geo doubles, none out!

10:16 P.M. - Whew! First, Fontenot stays in the game. Second, Russell Martin pops up harmlessly to Geo. Then, Lou intentionally passes Manny like a Kidney stone. Andre Ethier scares the easily frightened portion of Cubdom with a warning track flyball that advances Furcal and Manny to Third and Second respectively. Then, after a brief discussion, Harden pitches to James Loney who also flies out and the third inning is in the books. Dodgers 2, Cubs 0. Harden at 54 pitches. We'll be lucky to get six out of him. Geo doubles, none out!

10:03 P.M. - This isn't looking so great. Ramirez bounced out to end the third, and Harden gave up a leadoff single to Rafael Furcal. After an attempted pickoff went wide, Furcal advanced to second and Mike Fontenot hurt himself. Six errors for the Cubs in three games, sayeth Dick Stockton.

9:53 P.M. - Harden grounds out, Soriano dribbles one to the mound as is easily retired... and Mike Fontenot takes a two strike sinker into center field for a single. Lee sees a few pitches and Derrek hits one through the left side hole. 2 men on, 2 out, Ramirez with a chance to change the momentum in this game.

9:46 P.M. - Dodgers go down 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the second. Harden seems to have settled down and the hard contact went away this inning. Both pitchers are right below 30 pitches so far.

9:37 P.M. - Cubs go down 1, 2, 3 in the top of the second. 21 outs left in the season unless we turn it around.

9:27 P.M. - James Loney doubles, Russell Martin and Manny Ramirez scores. The Dodgers lead 2-0 and Rich Harden seems to be throwing BP.

9:21 P.M. - Suddenly I was watching Titanic, but I'm over on TBS now. Tom Verducci reports that Larry Rothschild extended Rich Harden a little longer in warm-ups so that he would start the game at max velocity. Not sure that it did any good as Russell Martin doubled and went to third on Manny's single. With the replay, I'm pretty sure the ump blew the call at third.

9:17 P.M. - After Aramis walks, Geo grounds out. No runs scored, but Kuroda threw 17 pitches to get through the 1st.

9:11 P.M. - Derrek Lee doubles, the bats will not be silenced tonight.

9:05 P.M. - Welcome, Colin. And for those previously watching Titanic on TNT, we now cut in with the Dodgers vs. Cubs game. Thanks Chilango for the tip.

9:03 P.M. - And of course the Brewers-Phillies game starts to get real interesting. How inconvenient. --CW

8:53 P.M. - 14 Minutes to go, and I finally googled that song on the Friday Night Lights commercial. Here's a YouTube of the song. It's called Devil Town.

8:29 P.M. - 38 Minutes to game time, but the Phils and Brewers are only in the 7th. It's touch and go whether TBS will cut away to LA for the first pitch.

Note: If you're looking for the new content.  It's now at the top of the blog.  Just a friendly note.  - KJE

TNT

If the Milwaukee game runs late, expect the Cubs game on TNT.

17 pitches really isn't too

17 pitches really isn't too much ... but it's a good start

The problem with the replay

The problem with the replay is that we never saw it from the ump's view. The ball beat the player, but the player may have beaten the tag.

watch any double play ball tonight

I'll bet ya the ball always beats the runner, but the 2b or SS's foot is nowhere near the bag when they catch the throw.

99 times out of 100, the runner is out at third on that play.

Why are the announcers

Why are the announcers convinced that there's only one out?

Three Outs, now

Not sure... they seem to get the idea that there's three now.

I'm gonna go ahead and say

I'm gonna go ahead and say that the key to this game is Fontenot getting on base.

Lee and Ramirez have been hitting doubles, but no one has been on for them.

The number two hitter has gotten on once in teh past two games, and that was Fukudome on an error.

Soriano has been on base once in teh two games.

So Lee and Ramirez have no one to hit in. That's what's been killing the Cubs. The bottom of the order has produced, but you can't rely on them for all of the Cubs' runs.

That's EXACTLY why Fontenot is quite possibly the most important player to the Cubs right now.

Good observations

Good observations

I'm gonna go ahead and say

while I agree with your post to a point, the real key to this game is whether or not the Cubs continue to be pull-happy. If they do, its over.

The one bright spot is that

The one bright spot is that Kuroda seems to be laboring heavily.

I don't know if it's hope for

I don't know if it's hope for a miracle time quite yet, but I'd take it

Pinella

I've been a Cubs fan for 24 years while living in Tennessee and Alaska and have followed this blog site for a couple of years, but have never posted. I listened to 80% of the games this year. What this comes down to is that Pinella got them the best record this year, because that is how he manages. He's the guy (like Bobby Cox and Dusty Baker) who waits for a couple of days or innings to see if the players can fix the problem. If they don't, he either blows up or takes drastic action. He doesn't micromanage like Joe Torre. Torre's style doesn't work as well during the regular season, but in postseason, you have to micromanage. You have to pull the pitcher after one bad pitch, you have to replace the fielder after an embarassing error. Pinella didn't. At this point, the current Cubs roster and Pinella are part of the Cubs self-imposed curse. The entire roster and coaching staff has to be wiped except for DeRosa, Lilly, Soto, Reed Johnson, and (maybe) Harden. I don't care where contracts are. I expect them all to fired or traded. Kaplan just said that Soriano and Ramirez statistically don't do well against #1 and 2 starters. That further proves my statement, but put this playoff loss squarely on Pinella's head. In 2007, I left the Cubs when Dempster gave up 5 runs in and rooted for the Padres a few games before they turned in around in June. I came back by July after the Cubs started winning again and followed through this season. I won't make that same mistake again unless the management does almost exactly what I said. Otherwise, I hope the Cubs win, but I won't root anymore. In other words, call me when they get to the World Series sometime down the road...

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