Wrong call gives Cubs a 12-inning win over Astros

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I’m not going to call it a blown call, since it wasn’t at all obvious live.  Nevertheless, Friday’s game at Wrigley ended on a wrong call that gave the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Astros in 12 innings.

The bases were loaded with one out in the bottom of the 12th at the time of the play.  David Carpenter was on the mound for Houston, with Marlon Byrd hitting for the Cubs.  Byrd delivered a swinging bunt down the third base line.  It actually bounced right on the line before Astros third baseman Chris Johnson went to play the hop.  Johnson, standing in foul territory, had the ball go off his glove, at which point the ball kicked up some chalk again.

Watching it live, it did look like a fair ball, which was the ruling from home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson.  However, on slow-motion replay, the ball clearly hit the ground in foul territory while also hitting Johnson’s glove.  It then kicked back into fair territory.

Byrd was awarded the hit, which scored Starlin Castro from third.

Since it was a contest involving a couple of also-rans, there won’t be a whole lot of controversy about this one.  However, the game shouldn’t have ended when it did and the Astros may not have deserved their 99th loss today.

Brandon Morrow shut down for the rest of the season

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Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.

It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.

Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.

Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.