Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Reds 5 – August 19, 2012

Well, I’m sure that was a lot of fun to watch if you were a Reds fan.

Chris Volstad wasn’t terrible, but once again he fails to register a win. Brett Jackson had a sweet double off of Aroldis Chapman. That was cool. Then he got thrown out trying to steal third. That was less cool.

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23 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Reds 5 – August 19, 2012”

  1. Lindsay

    Soriano was kind of a mixed bag today. On te bright side, he did have 2 RBI’s. On the not so bright side was his stolen base attempt before Latos even moved a muscle and his throwing to the wrong base in the 4th inning.

    I think Camp needs a little vacation. He’s been way overworked this season and it’s really showing at this point.

    1. Featherstone

      Not to sound like an ass, but Camp is gone after this year. He was picked up off the scrap heap for nothing and he’s had a decent season this year which means he probably gets a better contract from a real team next year. We’ll work him until his arm falls off because we don’t have very many reliable relievers and there’s really no reason not to. It sucks that he’s been overworked like this because yes, he looks gassed at times, but that’s the nature of the business on a one-year deal.

  2. Featherstone

    The cognitive dissonance of this season has me all flustered. While yes I want the cubs to win every game, it is in their best interest right now to lose as many as possible. I find myself rooting for losses and for the Astros and Rockies to be winning. It strikes me as odd and somewhat dirty, but I guess that’s what happens in a rebuilding year.

    1. Sandberg

      +1

      Except I don’t feel guilty about it.

      1. Jim L

        +1

        I feel the same way, I’ve seen enough losing in 40+ years as a fan, I can take a couple more for consistent winning.

  3. atfinch

    Every time Valubena does anything decent in a game, I cringe because that means it’s less and less Vitters going forward.

    1. Featherstone

      I know exactly what you mean. The rosters expand in a couple weeks so maybe we’ll see a lot more of the kids in Sept.

    2. Flashfire

      I honestly don’t think Valbuena is impacting Vitters playing time. They have internal things they are trying to accomplish with Vitters and, when it makes sense to start him, they do.

      1. JR

        Yep, there is no way Sveum would have the power sit a player like Vitters as much as he does. Vitters not playing much is coming from the big guys upstairs. Why they think him not playing much is a good idea, you got me..

      2. Featherstone

        I disagree a little. I believe that Valbuena’s perceived “clutchness” is skewing the play time splits a bit. If 3rd base was perceived to be a complete black hole “as it is right now” Vitters would get the bulk of the playing time with Valbuena just spelling him once or twice a week.

  4. Atfinch

    If you want to improve Vitters then give him at bats instead of a sporadic start or at bat here and there. If not then send him back to Iowa where he can at least get at bats. Nothing says gauging and teaching a kid like letting him hack at live pitching. What does it accomplish giving Valbuena at bats? Valbuena is what he is – a guy who’ll hit .220 with a little power. No thanks, I’d rather give Vitters a shot. Unless he starts getting chances soon, we’ll begin 2013 still not knowing what Vitters can really do at the this level.

  5. Leroy K.
    1. calicubsfan007

      @Leroy K.: Eh, at least we are getting more arms for the pen. At this point, the pen needs all the help they can get, especially with Camp wearing out.

  6. art

    agree, then he’ll (Vitters) be sent back down for more at bats.

  7. die hard

    League catching up to Rizzo and thats why hes sitting?…with the worst record in baseball you’d think Rizzo would play every inning..or are they shopping LaHair?…cant make sense of this lineup thing…like Valbuena bating 3rd?…Sveum, c’mon!!..are you trying to lose or just following instructions?

    1. Carew

      Rizzo sat because he played in the doubleheader yesterday. He is not superman

      1. die hard

        hes a friggin kid who should be able to play all the time…he can rest when hes 36

        1. Carew

          Bein a kid doesnt matter. Players, no matter what age, have to rest here and there

    2. fortyonenorth

      Rizzo’s fine, just tired after yesterday. His average has dipped, but he’s still making good contact for the most part. Yes, the league’s learning how to pitch him better but, in contrast to a guy like LaHair, I think Rizz will be able to make the necessary adjustments.

  8. art

    i’d keep Vogelbach just in case…

    1. nkniacc13

      they will ateast for a couple more years but hes atleast 3 from making it anywhere near wrigley

  9. OCCubFan

    I’d like to share this gem from Mark Emery on mlb.com: “Anthony Rizzo has started in right field and hit second in Chicago’s lineup in every game since he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on June 26.”
    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_08_20_chnmlb_milmlb_1&mode=preview&vkey=preview_web_away&c_id=chc&partnerId=rss_chc

  10. RY

    Funniest/absurd things of the day:
    1)Soriano’s great steal attempt
    2)Valbuena’s great baserunning
    3)Clevenger’s great sac bunt into a double play
    4)Jackson’s attempted steal of third with a left handed batter up and a pitcher on the mound who throws 100+ consistently
    5)Volstad giving up rbi single to latos
    I was at the game and most Reds fans around me were confused as to how they were playing a little league team yesterday. Another classic Cub game!