Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: The Donnie Murphy Show

The Chicago Cubs were on the brink of a three game sweep by the Miami Marlins yesterday. Jeff Samardzija had allowed a guy with two home runs this season to hit his third, a grand slam, to put the Marlins ahead 6-3. I was ready to give up on the game and take a nap, but decided I’d be better off staying awake to watch Orange is the New Black. I left the game on the computer and witnessed the comeback, capped by Donnie Murphy’s two-run home run in the seventh to lead the Cubs to a 9-7 victory.

Donnie Murphy , before the Marlins mercilessly dumped him.

Donnie Murphy , before the Marlins mercilessly dumped him.

Murphy is now batting .333 (11-for-33) from the seventh inning on, with six home runs and 10 RBIs.

“I’ve come through in those situations before, and for some reason, I’m comfortable in them,” Murphy said. “It’s not pressure on me, it’s the pitcher who has to throw the ball over the plate.”

The Cubs are now tied with the Orioles for most home runs hit at home with 94. The only team with a worse home record in MLB is Houston. But back to Samardzija. What happened out there?

“It comes down to fastball command,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “If you can’t keep the fastball down, you’re going to give up slugging percentage and things like that.”

For the record, the home run to Hechavarria was off a cutter. But Samardzija didn’t disagree he needs to be better with his fastball.

“I probably need to throw it a little more, too,” he said.

The Hechavarria grand slam was one of two Jeff allowed, totalling six runs in six innings.

The Cubs welcomed two new relievers to the team yesterday, the first being elderly Korean Chang-Yong Lim.

“Obviously, ‘The Curse’ for a hundred years,” Lim said through the translator. “I heard about it. Hopefully, we can make a change.”

At the age of 37, Lim has already played in Korea and Japan and undergone two Tommy John surgeries. He pitched for South Korea in the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He views Major League Baseball as the next frontier.

The Cubs bid adieu to Michael Bowden to make room for Lim on the roster. Then, they jettisoned Cole Gillespie to make room for Daniel Bard, who they claimed off waivers from the Red Sox.

Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jason McLeod ran the Red Sox draft in 2006, when they selected Bard with the 28th overall pick out of the University of North Carolina. Bard emerged as an elite setup guy between 2009 and 2011, putting up a 2.88 ERA with 213 strikeouts in 197 innings.

“We got a big power arm and Theo has a lot of confidence in him,” manager Dale Sveum said. “This guy was one of the best – if not the best – not too long ago.”

One reason Bard was available is because he allowed 27 walks and 14 hits in 15.1 innings pitched in the minors this season. So Chris Bosio has some work to do.

12 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: The Donnie Murphy Show

  1. Doc Blume says:

    um…27 walks in 15.1 innings?

    I’m not even sure Marmol is capable of that.

  2. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Speaking of our good buddy Marmol-he amde me very,very happy with his pitching last night. Marmol comes in, the Dodgers fool Steve Lyons starts singing his praises and spewing the corporate Dodger line that the Cubs gave up on a future Rivera. Then Marmol starts to actually pitch, the hits and runs start scoring, & Lyons starts changing his tune. Marmol gives up his third run on a balk, the Dodgers lose & I go to sleep happy…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      The “future” Rivera is 30 years old. By 30, the real Rivera was already considered one of the best closers of all time.

    2. juliedicaro says:

      “The future Rivera?” did he really say that?

  3. NotAgain says:

    Bard was my “holds” guy on my fantasy teams in ’10 and ’11. Guy was unhittable (BAA in the .170s.) He evidently is STILL unhittable, but for different reasons.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    No baseball today. :(

    1. gidard says:

      No loss at Wrigley today.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        Now I’ll have to watch football tonight. :(

  5. Anonymous says:

    Steve Lyons says stuff like that all the time. According to him, Puig is Babe Ruth, Adrian Gonzales is MIckey Mantle, and Nick Punto(whom Lyons insists on calling the ‘little pony’) iswhatever great infielder he can think of at the time…

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Soriano just got picked off second, after stealing the base. I was just about to compliment him…

  7. Doc Blume says:

    Since we don’t have any headlines yet for today…I’ll post this here…

    Scott Baker (remember him?) will be starting on Sunday. So much for working him exclusively out of the ‘pen.

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