Enhanced Box Score: Astros 2, Cubs 7 – August 15, 2012

Today’s game went a little more like yesterday’s was probably supposed to. Plenty of “good games” to throw around, from starter Justin Germano to Brett Jackson to Starlin Castro to Carlos Marmol (who looked rather nasty, in fact).

But there was a clear, and obvious star in today’s game.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

53 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Astros 2, Cubs 7 – August 15, 2012”

  1. rbreeze

    Thank god for the Astros! I know we would like the first overall pick next year. But it feels nice to win a series!

    1. Diesel

      Thinking about that. For all of those clamoring for the number one pick next year, why do you complain about volstad so much? He is giving the cubs exactly what we need for the number one pick. Lots and lots of losses.

  2. Mat B

    What!? No ponies!?

  3. Zogie

    Advance Box Score
    The cubs played well today all around which helped them sail to another W. Germano pitched a great game today with 6.1 strong innings with 6Ks. Russell was not great out of the pen and had some luck on his side to get out of his outing. Camp and Marmol had a good outing out of the pen. DeJesus 4-4 2HR 3 RBI 1BB CS had an amazing game today. This is one game he will remember for a long while, a career day. He was CS on a 3-2 count (Hit-Run). Vitters 1-5 2K had another rough day at the dish. He expanded his zone a few times again today, but he is having better ABs here and there. Rizzo 0-5 2K had a rough day as well. He had one hit taken away from him, but he had a rough time laying off a few pitches. Soriano 0-2 2BB 1K did a good job getting on base. Castro 3-4 HR 2RBI 1K had a big day. He had a great approach today. He showed good selectivity resulting in a huge day. Valbuena 1-3 1BB played well, but he may want to avoid so many jump throws on defense. Jackson 2-4 13B, 12B, 2K looked good today, but he still needs to work on selectivity. He did not chase many pitches today, but he did take a few very hittable pitches. (An example) He took 2 hanging breaking balls in his second AB before striking out. Clevenger 0-2 2BB showed great patience at the plate, but I have not seen him make great consistent contact since the start of the season. Mather 0-1 K still can’t get out of his slump. I would rather have Cardenas or LaHair get PH opportunities. My shout out goes to David DeJesus. Amazing day for The Jesus. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @Zogie to talk anything cubs.

    1. Flashfire

      Theo on the subject of Rizzo falling off in August: “Paging Dave Magadan. Please report to Boston West as soon as possible.”

  4. TWC

    Wow. New EBSes are enhanced for the visually impaired, eh?

  5. Matty V

    I’d love to see a few more quality starts from Germano. If he keeps this up he could be a nice back end of the rotation guy next year.

  6. rcleven

    Cubs send 31 men to the plate today. 10 K’s.

    1. bbmoney

      31 AB’s. But I believe with 7 walks they had 38 PA’s. Still 10k’s kind of sucks.

      Brett Jackson still struck out 2 times….

      1. Drew7

        I couldn’t care less about 2 K’s when they come with a double and a triple.

  7. someday...2015?

    Congratulations to King Felix on an amazing performance! I love Starlin but if Seattle was interested and needed to move Felix Thoyer better at least consider it.

    1. Flashfire

      Yeah, Hernandez may have had the best of the perfect games, as funny as that sounds. I don’t think the Rangers could have gotten a hit off of him today. That curve ball was falling off the table.

      1. Flashfire

        You know, he’s 26 years old and that was his 96th career victory, on a very average team. He’s a guy that might just be the next to join the 300 win club.

      2. calicubsfan007

        @Flashfire: I thought that it was against the Rays.

        1. rylan

          I think he is suggesting that not even the best offensive team in the league could have gotten a hit off him today.

          1. calicubsfan007

            @rylan: Oh, that makes sense. My bad.

          2. Flashfire

            That was in fact the point.

            1. calicubsfan007

              @Flashfire: Sorry for doubting ya. (=

    2. J R

      Well… Considering Felix is making 20 mill. the next 2 years and Starlin is making peanuts (in MLB terms), Starlin has WAY more value. It’s actually not even close. As good as a Felix for Starlin trade sounds, you have to look at the fact that Felix makes 50x more than Starlin right?

  8. CF

    Fun fact…the last Mariner to throw a (CG) no-hitter was none other than Chris Bosio on April 22, 1993

    1. Flashfire

      Think we can trade him for King Felix?

      1. Hee Seop Chode

        Felix Heridia?

  9. elizarudi15

    You can never go wrong with a Big Lebowski quote! I just fell out of my chair.

  10. TakingWrigleyToSaoPaulo

    Anyone think the Angels could have interest in Marmol? Their bullpen is in shambles and ownership is going all out. Could be risk worth taking.

    If i am Theo and can get a decent piece or two, given Marmol’s inconsistencies, I am moving him.

  11. Segal27

    I was at the game today and i watched Brett Jackson very closely. The first time he came up he seemed some what unsure of himself, then after the triple he seemed very confident and it looked like he was comfortable which showed when he got the double. He still has some work to do on hitting some pitches instead of taking but I feel like he has improved a lot since he has came up. In the field he looked fine, no problems there. All in all it was a great day for Brett and hopefully he starts to heat up a bit.

  12. Mysterious4th

    OMG Vitters got a hit!

    Wait…..add 2 more strike outs

  13. Curt

    Brett I really do understand you have to make money for the site but really political ads not wild about that see it everywhere else , guess I didn’t expect here though it’s ok just don’t care for it.

    1. Luke

      If you’re talking about banner ads, you may be operating under some bad assumptions. Websites don’t approve ads individually. They don’t really have much say at all over which individual ads run on their site, when they run, how they look, what they say, what they represent, or anything else (withing certain reasonable and legal standards).

      What websites do is basically rent out ad space to an advertising firm that then provides the ads when you load the page. Website owners, like Brett, can no more stop political ads from appearing in the banner spaces than you can stop them from appearing on billboards that line the road on your drive to work.

  14. die hard

    AL teams are salivating over the Astros…meanwhile wait til we play a major league team and watch how well we do…at least the two new kids are playing

  15. Drew7

    Just saw Almora went yard in Boise. It’s kinda sad having to look to SS-A Ball for solice, but I’m not ashamed.

    1. Flashfire

      There’s more than Almora to take solace in with that team: they are absolutely stacked. And the AZL Cubs underneath them are just a step off of them. Most of the prospects will fizzle before Chicago, but if they can keep bringing that kind of talent in, this team is going to be just fine.

      And then there’s Javy Baez in Daytona… actually, let’s just ignore that for the time being.

      1. Drew7

        Oh I’m well aware of all that, mainly just wanted to highlight the kid’s bomb.

        That said, it does make me a little sad having no elite prospects above A+. I know all about some of the good talent in AA (Watkins, Szczur, etc), but none of them are likely to be high-impact players.

        Next year will be a big year for a large number of guys currently in those lower levels.

        1. Flashfire

          Yeah, we have a while to go. Realistically (as sad as it sounds), Houston is substantially ahead of us in their rebuild. Brett’s BCB bullets this morning pointed out that Houston had sent a letter to their season ticket holders pointing out their upper minors were doing quite well. The Cubs, unfortunately, can’t send out the same letter. We’ll see what happens this off-season and next season. Hopefully we can dump Garza next July for a haul. But, the long term prognosis is still pretty good.

          1. Featherstone

            The difference is that I don’t recall Houston having a couple cornerstone players to build around like we do with Castro and possibly Rizzo/Shark. I know Altuve has shown a lot of promise but beyond that I can recall anyone else. Having a good farm system is great, but you can’t count on them to build around until they produce at the major league level. I would rather be in the find shoes than the astros.

        2. Luke

          Do we count Vizcaino as being above High A? He’s been on the DL all season with arm surgery, but had he been healthy he would have been no lower than Triple A. And he definitely has the potential to be an impact guy.

  16. someday...2015?

    Almora 2-5 and his 1st HR as a Boise Hawk tonight.

  17. butlerdawgs

    glad I benched DeJesus this week

    1. Patrick W.

      Yeah, I benched Felix.