What a crazy game. The Cubs looked dead in the water several times before coming back big in the 6th (six runs), and then again in the 9th (three runs to win it). No sweep! Can you imagine what that win would have felt like to watch if the Cubs were in a playoff race?

Brooks Raley’s season ended ignominiously, as he was tagged on a couple bombs that took his day apart. He’ll try, try, try again next Spring. He wasn’t the only Cubs pitcher to get ripped today, obviously – and it happened to Brewers pitchers, too. Also, I’ve said it many times before, but it remains true: Jonathan Lucroy just kills the Cubs.

Lots of Cubs had great days offensively, including DeJesus, Valbuena, Castro, Rizzo, Jackson and Soriano (who didn’t even start).

Perhaps the only pitcher who looked good on the Cubs’ side was Carlos Marmol …

  • mudge

    11-3 on walks. These rare wins are all the sweeter.

  • Flashfire

    And Rizzo and Castro got big hits. Good win all around.

  • Featherstone

    Jackson has progressed so much since his call up. He looks so much more comfortable at the plate and is really working the count in every at bat. I can’t wait to see him in a full year of action.

    • MoneyBoy

      Completely agree Featherstone Like the approach, BB has done some stills on his hands and the like he looks like he’s adapted quite well in a short period of time!!! Bodes well … um, I hope!!!

      Flash … YES !!! good swings too!!

      Mudge … I swooned more at the 11 walks than the hits or runs … then I watched tonight’s replay on CSN was VERY impressed with the “grinding” ABs in the latter stages of the game. Dunno if it’s Rowson, a year of Sveum or what but it looked SUHWEET!!!

  • Rich

    Love the site
    Love the Cubs
    Love the posts

    I get home check the highlights on the MLB app

    Wow so excitement today

    Thank you Len for being so enthused as you had money on the Brewers

    God I hate him

  • http://ehanauer.com clark addison

    Long, long game. I watched it on my ipad as part of the free MLBTV preview (ends tomorrow). Listened on my iphone while working out at the gym, and in my car coming home on bluetooth. I’ll catch the highlights and the condensed game on the MLB app.

    Isn’t technology wonderful? Will be even better when we have a contending team to follow.

  • João Lucas

    Valbuena’s and Castro’s at-bats in the 9th were GLORIOUS.

    • cubmig

      Ahhhh……Valbuena. Somewhere I said he didn’t get as rattled in 2 strike counts as other Cub newbies. Well…….maybe, just maybe there was a grain of truth in that as demonstrated in his at bats today. I’m just sayin’

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Probably not.

  • Picklenose

    Does anyone know how many chances Barney has handled in his errorless streak? I was trying to find the record for games today and stumbled across the record for consecutive chances handled by a second baseman at 911. Just curious at how close he is to that record.

    • Myles

      He has 580 on the year, but no clue how many of those came before/after his error this year.

      • Picklenose

        Thanks, that gives me an idea of where he stands, somewhere around halfway. Hopefully we get to root for him to break the streak into next year.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Vitters makes one trip to the plate, and it’s a walk.

    Now he’ll probably go back to the end of the bench for the next few games.

    • TWC

      OBP = 1.000! Awesome!

    • MoneyBoy

      Luke true that … but how about Sori 3 appearances 2 walks and a really hard hit ball for the game winner

      BJax … 2 hits 2 walks

      DaJesus (g) 3-4 2 2 walks

      I admit it … I gave up … turned off the TV when I saw Braun’s bat make contact with the ball. Stunned to see on Fox (Bears pre-game) that the Cubs won!!!

  • mudge

    looks to me like vitters aint ready. cardenas is the real oversight of 2012

  • TonyP

    I’m surprised Marmol hasn’t been moved in August. He has been pitching a lot better for quite a while now, even is WHIP still blows.

  • http://Bleachernation.com Ramy16

    Vitters is a Hendry pick! He’s no where’s near ready for the big leagues…we have several options in AA and AAA that are way better options than Vitters! He needs to work on his approach at the plate! It’s nice to see Jackson turning it around

    • cubs2014

      junior lake (starlins buddy) should get some chances in september to play 3B

    • Jeff

      Ramy16, who is a better option at 3rd base than Vitters? @ AA or AAA?? I’m not sold on Junior Lake from what I’ve seen this year from him. The best option for the Cubs at 3rd base is a healthy return of Ian Stewart next year.

      • MoneyBoy

        Read somewhere that Stewart said on Twitter he expects to be non-tendered!

        • ssckelley

          I have heard that as well but that does not mean the Cubs will not offer him a contract to come back next season.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            Yup – just means that the Cubs don’t want to pay him $2.5/$3 million next year. They could theoretically re-sign him for less than that.

  • Robert

    Holy Smokes! *** READ THIS ***
    The Astros plan to scout Roger Clemens’ upcoming start for the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters on September 7th, General Manager Jeff Luhnow told Jon Heyman. Knobler writes that the strong speculation in baseball is that if Clemens pitches well, he will then pitch for the Astros five days later, on September 12 versus the Cubs.

    • Picklenose

      I should be surprised, but I’m not. San Fran tolerated Barry Bonds juicing and being an a-hole for years because he sold tickets and helped the team win. I doubt Clemens would be able to pitch effectively for long without getting caught juicing, but I am sure he is arrogant enough to try.

    • fortyonenorth

      I don’t understand the upside here. Astros will sell some extra tickets for a game or two and then what? Bring him back next year – at 51? Why not just have players wear shorts like Bill Veeck?

    • ssckelley

      I think it would be neat to see the Cubs tee off on that 85 mph heater of Clemens.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I really, really, really hope it happens. And I really, really, really hope the Cubs smoke him.

      • TWC

        This, this, and, again, THIS.

  • Drew7

    These Cardinal announcers are pathetic. They’re bitching because Harper was visably mad at himself in his last AB for lining out. “You can see how he might rub the other team the wrong way”.

    Umm…here’s a thought: Tell your pitchers to get the kid out! Who gives a sh*t about “rubbing the other team the wrong way”?

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Indeed, Harper should be glad to have made an out for the greater glory of Cardinals baseball, shouldn’t he be?

  • ron

    Dolis is wild in the pen this could be interesting.

  • CubFan Paul

    11 walks sounds about right. 11 shots

    • TWC

      Pauly, WTF? How are you coherent enough to type after that gratuitous display of plate discipline?

  • calicubsfan007

    Nice!! It is nice to see our team still having fight, especially with that kind of deficit! Valbuena, I would imagine, would be a helluva bench guy for this team once we get good. Right now, he is a meh kind of starter for a bad team.

  • Nomar’s Left Glove

    I really love Jackson’s line!

    • ssckelley

      I do to! Interesting point, Jackon was called up after Reed Johnson was traded. Yesterday Jackson passed Johnson in OPS with the 2 doubles and the 2 walks. He also replaced LaHair in the lineup and his OPS is higher. Perhaps there is hope for this prospect yet.

      • willis

        He’s looking so much better than the first few games. But they stuck with him and let him figure it out. His defense will never be a problem and his approach is pretty damn patient for a young hitter. His line today is glorious. So happy to see this.