With today’s win, the Cubs have now won three consecutive series for the first time since September 2010, when they were similarly way out of the race. But don’t talk to Mike Quade about the lack of pressure.

Ryan Dempster was solid, Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena went back-to-back, and Reed Johnson continues to make it harder and harder on us to criticize Quade for not giving Tyler Colvin consistent starts. Oh, and Carlos Marmol did what Carlos Marmol does.

The best stat of the game was Kerry Wood recording his 8th consecutive strikeout, tying a Cub record since the mound was lowered in 1969 (Juan Cruz in 2003 and Kyle Farnsworth in 2001). But, even an impressive feat like that doesn’t qualify for today’s enhancement…

  • Fishin Phil

    That is an excellent question. I could not see the game, so enlighten me. Did all the National’s outfield fall down at once??

  • dreese

    I think they all stood confused watching the ball because it did not go out of the park and yet it was still fair.

    I do not like QBall I think he needs to go but he might be the best last-2-months-of-a-meaningless-season-manager ever, thats probably why he was an all-star

  • Spencer

    ARam read your bullet about him cooling off, Brett.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I aim for the greater good.

      • MichiganGoat

        You mean I strive

  • EQ

    what sucks is we’re going on this run to get out of the #2 or #3 pick in next year’s draft..

  • http://www.bobbyfunzone.com bobbyd

    “…and Carlos Marmol did what Carlos Marmol does.”

    Do you mean recording a save while still coming perilously close to shitting the bed?

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Naw, he shit the bed alright, he just didn’t get any on the sheets.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes. That.

  • Ron

    Has Q finally figured out how to use a bullpen? And I really liked the Q poster.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      mike quade loves starters

      • Mike Foster

        Awww, cum’on Brett, this is a little overboard. Criticize Q all you want for his decisions, etc, but now you seem to be making fun of a condition he had no control over. You went beyond BWB’s, I don’t see any pix of you on the web, man up, you need to apologize for that one.

        • TWC

          Leaving his starting pitchers in too long is a “condition he has no control over”?

          Who knew?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. So many responses:

          1.) That’s the “Y U NO guy.” It’s a meme. Google it. It has nothing to do with Mike Quade, or his appearance.

          2.) The guy in the picture, again, is not Mike Quade. It’s a guy who is angry AT Mike Quade.

          3.) If you don’t see pics of me, it’s because you haven’t looked. Click the ‘ole “About” link, and let your eyes be blessed by my beauty.

          4.) Now do I get to demand that you man up and apologize to me?

          5.) No. I’m not going to do that.

          6.) If I were going to make fun of Mike Quade’s alopecia, I could do a lot better than that.

          • Mike Foster

            OK, I Googled, here’s what shows up from Wiki; “Advocates of the meme idea say that memes may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition and inheritance, each of which influence a meme’s reproductive success.

            This seems to support my theory of your post.

            However, about three listing below Wiki is; http://memebase.com/

            So OK, I get it now…let’s just say this was a generational gulf I wasn’t seeing across. Carry on, love BN.

            BTW, 7 days, 5 hours till…..BEAN TIME!

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              That doesn’t support your theory that the picture had anything to do with Quade’s physical appearance because it’s of a *different* guy yelling *at* Quade. I meant google the “Y U No” guy. He’s the meme. It’s a thing. There approximately 1 billion variations of that picture, all of which have nothing to do with Mike Quade or his hairless visage. But whateves. We good.

              Far more importantly, did you look at my pictures yet? Tell me I’m pretty!

              • Mike Foster

                Brett, …….yeah pretty……and pretty likely to stay that way…. stay online, radio at best. And since I’m in radio, no…I’m not posting a pix either. LOL.

      • ron

        never gets old, thanks.

      • marc

        lol I love it brett…. I was waiting for some more meme’s on here…

        cubs fans official mascot – http://chzmemebase.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/memes-forever-d.jpg

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Ha. Nice.

  • Jeff

    I’ll be keeping my eye on the DL report for Soriano the next day or two. He might need some days off after running that much.

  • Dave


    Thats the only explanation.

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC


      Dave, you’re my new favorite person in the world.

    • Jeff

      Or, he’s been snorting deer antler lately.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Both are excellent explanations.

    • MichiganGoat

      That’s the best explanation, make this a t-shirt!

  • fire hendry and quade

    brett i know u hate koyie hill but we are now 18-10 when he starts and 33-57 when soto or castillo starts. i seem to remember us having a better record with hill behind the dish last year to. why do u think we have such a better record when hill catches? is it just by chance or is there something to it?

    • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

      Koyie Hill has Magic Fingers!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yeah, it’s a quirky thing. I tend to think it’s a tail wagging the dog kind of situation – namely, the kinds of pitchers who’ve demanded that Hill catch their games over the last two years (and who have the clout to make that demand) are the better pitchers.

    • Jeff

      Hill has caught for Dempster and Zambrano the majority of his starts. Soto has caught everyone, including James Russell, so in this case, the stats are definitely deceiving.

  • Joe Cartwright

    “Soriano got a late start! And Ian Desmond gets into second. That’s one of the worst jumps i’ve seen an outfielder get all year!” – MASN announcer whose name I don’t know

    Yep! Pretty much sums up Soriano’s career in Left Field!

  • http://BleacherNation Ramy16

    My boy aramis still racking..no.21 on the year..Brett should the Cubs pick up Aramis ‘s option and then negotiate an extention? I would hate to see my favorite player leave

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If they aren’t going to trade him, then yes, it’s probably going to make the most sense to pick up his option and go from there. Maybe next year he’ll actually hit a little in April and May.

  • RY

    ah screw quade, any criticism he gets is well deserved by true cub fans. the sooner he is gone the better!