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Cubs listless as Pirates finish off sweep

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Maybe it was because it was getaway day, maybe it was the hour and forty-seven minute rain delay, but the Cubs were seemingly ready to get out of Pittsburgh as fast as possible in this one.  The Pirates jumped all over Edwin Jackson early as they scored twice in each of the first two innings, and that was plenty to silence the already quiet Cubs.  To the Cubs credit, they shut the Pirates down the rest of the way but once again couldn’t find enough offense.  The Cubs were able to score once in the fourth and once in the seventh, but they couldn’t string together a rally, not even a fake one.  For the series, the Cubs only scored six times and walk away with three straight losses.  DeJesus 5-23Not a great start to an eight game road trip as the Cubs now head to Cincinnati for a three game weekend series, this trip could end up disastrous.

At The Plate - The Cubs could only manage seven hits in this one, and were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position, so not a lot of chances all day.  David DeJesus was back in the starting lineup and was 1-for-4 with a double, his thirteenth of the season.  Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with two singles in the loss to get his average back up to .270 on the season.  Alfonso Soriano, Darwin Barney were the only other Cubs in the starting lineup to get hits, Scott Hairston and Ryan Sweeney added hits off the bench.

On The Mound – Edwin Jackson had a rough go of it, then the rains game to end is day.  Jackson worked three innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six, his record fell to 1-7 on the season.  The Cubs pen was outstanding in this one, go figure.  They worked a combined five scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking two and striking out five.  Rafael Dolis, Carlos Villanueva, Carlos Marmol, and Kyuji Fujikawa were the ones that did the stellar work.

Up Next – The Cubs travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds this weekend, another stiff test.  Series preview coming up shortly.

Cubs 5-23 box

Game Highlights:

Full video recap
Jackson’s outing
Sweeney’s RBI single
Rizzo’s RBI groundout

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Final Spring Game – Cubs Lineup vs Brewers

A welcome sight to players and fans alike, the last game of spring training is here.  The Cubs will battle the Brewers today at 2:05 PM Central, then break camp and head North for the start of the 2012 season.  The bullpen decisions still loom as the Cubs most likely will not finalize their 25 man roster until tomorrow.  Here is how the Cubs lineup today, Sveum wanted to go with his opening day lineup but LaHair was a late scratch with a stiff back which has plagued him for the last few days.  Travis Wood takes the ball before heading to Iowa.

RF DeJesus
2B Barney
SS Castro
LF Soriano
3B Stewart
C Soto
CF Byrd
1B DeWitt
DH Johnson

We preview the first series of the year against the Nationals tonight or tomorrow, check back later on.

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

April 2, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs D-Backs

The Cubs continue to wind down the spring today as they face the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale at 3:05 PM Central.  Jay Jackson takes the ball today, while Jeff Samardzija tuned up for the regular season at Minor League camp.  Here’s how the Cubs will line up.

2B Barney
RF Johnson
SS Castro
LF Soriano
1B Baker
C Soto
CF Byrd
3B Mather
P Jackson

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

March 31, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Angels

Last day of March, opening day is inching closer.  The Cubs face off against a familiar foe this afternoon, Albert Pujols, he is in the lineup and batting third.  should be a good test for Maholm today, the game is at 3:05 PM Central, and is on Comcast Sports Net today.

RF DeJesus
SS Barney
3B Stewart
2B Baker
1B LaHair
LF Johnson
C Clevenger
RF Mather
P Maholm

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

Cubs Make Major Roster Decisions

As promised, Dale Sveum, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer sat down after yesterday’s 2-0 victory over the Indians and hammered out the Cubs 25 man roster, or at least most of it.

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March 28, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Indians

Big start for Samardzija, Dale Sveum said he wants to see Samardzija show command of his pitches and keep the ball down today against the Indians.  Sveum continued, “He’s got to be able to use [off-speed pitches] in all situations,” Sveum said of Samardzija. “He learned a little bit of a lesson the last time out. You don’t overpower people in the big leagues unless you have a swing and miss fastball. He needs to use his movement, he needs to pitch inside, he needs to throttle bats. That’s what good pitchers do.”

Here’s how the Cubs lineup today:

Campana CF
DeWitt 2B
Castro SS
Soriano LF
Stewart 3B
Soto C
LaHair 1B
Mather RF
Samardzija P

Notes:  Big, big roster decisions coming today, the Cubs brass will get together after the game today and all but finalize the 25 man roster.  Sveum wants to treat the last 5 games or so as regular season games, so the roster needs to be set.  Once it is set we will have all the info for you here on the blog so check back.

The Cubs exploded with the long ball in the 9th inning yesterday to beat the Reds 7-4.  The Cubs entered the 9th inning tied at three, Welington Castillo led the 9th of with a HR, and Dave Sappelt rocked his former club with what turned out to be the game winning three run homer.  Darwin Barney also chipped in with three hits on the afternoon.

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

 

March 27, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Reds

Matt Garza gets the start Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Goodyear to face the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus
2B Barney
LF Soriano
1B LaHair
3B Mather
CF Byrd
SS Amezaga
C Castillo
P Garza

Notes:  The Cubs signed reliever Shawn Camp from the Seattle Mariners yesterday.  Camp was more than serviceable with the Blue Jays last year, I wasn’t the only one surprised about him being released, he was too “I was a little surprised,” Camp said about being released. “I was having a good spring, came in on a Major League deal. They decided to go in a different direction. They decided to go with youth. For me, it was kind of a shock. To tell you the truth, it doesn’t surprise me.  Trevor Miller was released by the Cubs as well, the 38 year old really didn’t have a spot in this organization once it was clear he wasn’t making the team.

The Cubs split a pair of games yesterday, winning 2-0 against the Padres and falling 3-2 to the Diamondbacks, tremendous effort from the Cubs arms yesterday.

March 26, 2012 – Cubs Split-Squad Lineups

Lineup vs. Padres

Johnson – CF
Barney – 2B
Castro – SS
LaHair – 1B
Soto – C
Baker – RF
Gonzalez – 3B
Campana – LF
Maholm – P

Lineup vs. D-Backs

DeJesus – RF
Byrd – CF
DeWitt – 2B
Stewart – 3B
Clevenger – C
Sappelt – LF
Lalli – 1B
Amezaga – SS
Jay Jackson – P

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

Soriano Goes Deep Again in Victory Over Indians

Another day, another big home run from Alfonso Soriano, hopefully he can bottle this magic and take it North with him next week.  Soriano has been on fire at the plate, hitting six home runs on the spring, he’s clearly motivated, and a motivated Soriano can be a dangerous one for the rest of the National League.

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March 24, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Padres

The Cubs take on the Padres, and Travis Wood tries to get his ERA back into the Earths atmosphere today.  Game will be televised on WGN TV today at 3:00 PM, the game is also on WGN radio for those of you running around on this damp and dreary Staurday in Chicagoland.

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Marlon Byrd, CF
3. Blake DeWitt, 2B
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Jeff Baker, 3B
6. Darwin Barney, SS
7. Joe Mather, 1B
8. Welington Castillo, C
9. Travis Wood, P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George Cotugno

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