So the red-headed Matt Murton was sent to Iowa. His hitting has slipped since last season and his defense has been brutal. Lou Piniella . Murton said it wasn't his stance but rather he wasn't playing enough. But he wasn't playing enough because he wasn't playing well enough. So there you go. A conundrum.
No Murton would mean more fan favorite Jacque Jones and his rocket arm in right, but no, not today. Cliff Floyd will man Sammy Sosa's former sun-soaked milieu. Let's hope his surgically-repaired everything can hold up.
Jason Marquis gets the ball for the Cubs, while Jeff Weaver goes for the Mariners. Weaver's 0-6 with a 12.46 ERA. Dude.
It's a beautiful day in Chicago for baseball--or anything for that matter, save sitting in an office watching TV. Though I'm not complaining. It beats sitting in an office and actually working.
Here are today's lineups. As always drop me a line or post on the message board.
And don't get me wrong, I like golf and attempt to play as often as I can. But the combination of early-round play and Mike Tirico isn't doing it for me.
Yakyu soon as the mythical Ichiro will lead things off for the Mariners. Hai.
Wayne and Kathleen Messmer belt out the Anthem and we're ready roll. Here's Ichiro to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reacting the drunk Cubs fans in the bleachers whose personalities changed the more they drank:
"I have many different Ichiros inside me," the center fielder said. "I'm always one of them. At different times, I have different personalities."
One of those personalities lifts a lazy flyball to Alfonso Soriano in left. Jose Lopez, whose brother died in a motorcycle accident yesterday and who is playing in his honor, steps to the plate. Lopez grounds out to Mark DeRosa at third. Jose Guillen, another schizophrenic, takes a called third strike as Marquis goes 1-2-3. Wee, that rhymes.
As for Just Wondering on the board, who wonders why it's called a rubber match, I heard Hawk Harrelson say once that it's a bridge term. I don't play bridge, so no idea. I hope to never play bridge. Soriano, 0-for-21 since getting plunked by Tim Hudson in Atlanta, fouls the first pitch off. He dumps a broken-bat blooper into shallow left and hustles into second head first with a double. Pie drives one deep to right-center--no idea what's going on because WGN has gone to some field-level hand-held camera, apparently given to one of the first 500 fans. It one-hops off the wall. Soriano scores and Pie slides into third. Derrek Lee pops out. One of the sweetest things in baseball is seeing a guy on isolation cam fly around the bases on a triple. And I don't mean to pile on WGN but they got a bit tight on him on the replay. Show his legs! That's like when they show a concert on TV and they show only the guitar player's head while he's soloing. Show his hands, people. Floyd knocks in Pie with a single to center. DeRosa lines one to left but it's right at Raul Ibanez. Mike Fontenot, all this guy does is hit, doubles down the right-field line to score Floyd. Koyie Hill flies out to left but not before the Cubs get three.
Cubs 3, Mariners 0
HL on the board brings up a good point about the play at the plate Tuesday night. Saying Jacque Jones' throw was on two hops is generous. More like a slow roll. But still all Barrett had to do was pick it up and he didn't even do that. Bad on both ends. Ibanez bounces to Lee, who flips to Marquis covering the bag, which Sean Marshall failed to do last night. Fine outing, however, by Marshall. Richie Sexson manages to not hit a homer in Wrigley. He grounds out on the first pitch. Yuniesky Betancourt strikes out.
Steve in Honolulu, arigato for correcting my Japanese. I knew I butchered that worse than Michael Barrett on a pitch in the dirt. E on the Cubicle. I changed it. Izturis, who bats behind the .150 hitting catcher, bounces out to Sexson. Marquis strikes out looking. Len points out that's three straight set down by Weaver since the Fontenot hit. It's Hill, Izturis and the pitcher, so there you go. Soriano bounces a single up the middle past the diving second baseman. Pie sends one deep to right, but Guillen gloves it with his back brushing against the ivy ever so gently.
Cubs 3, Mariners 0
Willie Bloomquist grounds out to short. Catcher Jamie Burke doubles to the left-field corner. And people are walking by my desk asking me questions and sending me e-mail unrelated to this game. Too much going on! Weaver lays down a bunt right at Lee. Bloomquist takes third. Iricho bounces one to Izturis, who gets rid of it quickly to just get Ichiro at first.
From the Cubicle
Live play-by-play of today's Cubs-Mariners game from a guy already bored by the U.S. Open.
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