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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Brewers, Tuesday 8/8, 7:05 CT

Weird thing that happened to me today: I went into the neighborhood Jewel (grocery store) and set off the door alarm going IN. This made no sense, and neither did it when I set it off again going out -- the employees waved me through, since I didn't have anything I hadn't paid for.

Then I figured it out. Last Saturday at the Wrigley Field 7-11, I got a pre-1965 silver quarter in change, which is now in my pocket. I suspect the paper/metal theft-prevention stickers that stores put on merchandise have something silver, or similar to silver, in them, and that's what did it.

Now, on to tonight's game... but first, a reminder that today is the 18th anniversary of what was to be the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field. If you look at the photo in that link, you'll see the clouds that eventually built up and produced the hardest rainstorm that I have ever seen -- before or since -- and thus, the first official night game at Wrigley Field was the next night, August 9, a 6-4 Cubs win over the Mets.

I can't believe it's been 18 years.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Carlos Marmol
C. Marmol
vs. Tomo Ohka
T. Ohka
4-5 W-L 3-2
5.09 ERA 3.57
48 SO 36
43 BB 21
8 HR 5
vs. Mil -- vs. Cubs
There's really only one thing I have to say to Carlos Marmol:


If he can throw strikes and have good command, he can win in this league. Instead, he's walked 32 in his last 30.1 innings covering six starts -- and somehow, managed to win three of them.

Ohka has quietly turned himself into an effective bottom-of-the-rotation starter, although against the Cubs he's 1-1 lifetime with a 6.10 ERA in four starts -- none of them this year.

The rest of the good news for this series is this: the Cubs are 0-3 in games started by Chris Capuano against them this year, 5-3 vs. other Brewer pitchers. Capuano won't pitch in this series.

Discuss amongst yourselves.