5/12 About last night …

* Friday’s 13-inning game was 5 hours 4 minutes long, and strangely, followed the shortest game of the year on Wednesday, which was completed in 2:05

* The Cubs walked 14 batters, one shy of the franchise record of 15 set May 15, 1962, against the Mets, which also was a 13-inning game.

* There were 466 pitches thrown (235 by eight Cubs pitchers, 231 by eight Brewers pitchers). Rafael Dolis threw a season-high 41 pitches; his previous high was 39 in his second appearance of the season on April 10 against the Brewers. Dolis now is 3-for-5 in save opportunities this year. Kerry Wood matched his season high with 25 pitches.

“Woody did a great job,” Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully that builds his confidence up.”

* Bryan LaHair was 0-for-6, and his batting average dropped from .384 to .359. His streak of reaching base safely ended at 27 games. Starlin Castro did extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

* After combing for one run over the first six innings, the Cubs and Brewers then totaled 14 in the final seven.

— Carrie Muskat 


didnt the intentional walk in the 13th add to his on base streak?

*LaHair intentional walk

Len & Bob said the IBB counted to keep LaHair’s onbase streak alive albeit a backdoor way after a 0-6 night. Anyone know what Rizzo is batting against lefties this season? Just wondering!

Here is a twist. How about bringing up Randy Wells or Travis Wood for starting rotation, and using Voldstat in bullpen and using Ryan Dempster in the closing role again? I know he is a good starter, (but not getting run support), as I believe as a closer, Ryan Dempster and the Cubs would get a lot more wins.

Travis needs to stay down for 5 consecutive days before he can come back up. Cubs are trying to keep Dempsters value up, and a starter with an 0.93 era might get some prospects from a contender, so I think its all based on value. You gotta wonder if offering Lendy back and a denial would allow him to go to AAA too.

he was indeed intentionally walked. The on base streak did not end it continued. Maybe Carrie went to bed before it was over

The bottom line is all that effort was wasted; the bullpen is spent and the game was an unmanageable five hours plus long; losing Marmol is the silver lining, methinks; is addition by subtraction; that man makes me unsettled when he comes into games; this game reminds me of a report I saw on tv before the season began and the subject was the long history of failure associated with the Cubs. At one point of the report a camera was trained on one woman in the crowd holding a sign which read, “Cubs: Stop Losing.” That sums up succinctly our frustration over all these decades. The pain continues and when will it be assuaged?

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