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Cubs lose, but hey, fog!

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Some games just lack interest, this was one of them, unless you are a huge fan of lake enhanced fog, and who isn’t??  The only thing that would have been better is if Cheryl Scott was there to tell us about it.  It was a foggy mess at Wrigley and the Cubs followed suit as they lost to Brandon Phillips 6-2, that’s right, Brandon Phillips drove in all six runs, the guys a jerk.  One bad inning did Scott Feldman in, and the Cubs probably couldn’t see the ball, home field fog is supposed to help the home team!

Wrigley Fog

 

Picture courtesy of my buddy Ben – @BenS12

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June 9, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups

Oh offense, are you there??  If so, can you please show up today, thanks.  The Cubs have been absolutely shut down the last two days by the Pirates pitching, first by Francisco Liriano, then yesterday by A.J. Burnett.  Today the Cubs will tasked with solving Jeff Locke who has been outstanding for the Pirates.  The Cubs will counter with Edwin Jackson who has been anything but outstanding for the Cubs, first pitch is scheduled for 1:20 PM CST, there is a threat of rain, but should be dry until after the game.

CUBS

1.  Barney – 2B
2.  Ransom- 3B
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – LF
5.  Hairston – RF
6.  Navarro – C
7.  Castro – SS
8.  Sweeney – CF
9.  Jackson – P

PIRATES

1.  Marte – LF
2.  Snider – RF
3.  McCutcen – CF
4.  Jones – 1B
5.  Martin – C
6.  Alvarez – 3B
7.  Walker – 2B
8.  Barmes – SS
9.  Locke – P

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June 8, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups

Solid match up on the mound today as Jeff Samardzija takes on A.J. Burnett in a rematch of Opening Day.  The Cubs had a solid approach yesterday for the most part as they made Liriano work, but couldn’t get a clutch hit to save their life.  The Cubs will have to do more of the same with Burnett, make him throw strikes and get in deep counts and they should have some success.  First pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM CST, here are the lineups.

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June 7, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups

Oh right, the Cubs play today.  Lost in the excitement with the draft is that the Cubs still have games to play, it is what it is, we are forced to look to the future.  Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs today as they look to build on an exciting win to close out the Angels series on Wednesday.  The Pirates will counter with Francisco Liriano who gave the Cubs fits in Pittsburgh the last time these teams met.  Here are the lineups for today.

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Rizzo comes up huge to complete Cubs comeback

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Tale of two games in this one for the Cubs as they fell behind 4-1 in the fourth inning then went to work.  Cody Ransom just barely snuck a three-run homer inside the left field foul pole to tie the game at four in the fifth.  The Cubs jumped ahead in the sixth inning as Ryan Sweeney came through with a big RBI single.  The Cubs hung onto that one run lead until the eighth inning when Mark Trumbo took James Russell deep to tie things up.  It stayed that way until the tenth inning when the Cubs loaded the bases with two out for Anthony Rizzo.  Up until that at bat Rizzo was scuffling, but that’s the great thing about baseball, always a chance to turn the day around.  That’s exactly what Rizzo did as he laced a two-out bases clearing double to give the Cubs an 8-5 lead, and they held off the Angels in the bottom half to take this one 8-6.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

Picture of the game 6-5

Cubs 6-5 box

Game Highlights:

Rizzo’s huge three-run double
Ransom’s three-run homer
Sweeney’s big hit
Barney’s RBI groundout
Sweeney makes a huge diving catch
Gregg nails down the save

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June 4, 2013 – Cubs @ Angels; Lineups!

Time to forget the last two games against the Diamondbacks, honestly, forget them, yuck.  The Cubs start a brief two game series against the Angels tonight in Anaheim.  Typically this would be a tough match up, and probably will, but the Angels have under performed this year, and are coming off a four game sweep at the hands of the Astros……the Astros.  Scott Feldman gets the ball for the Cubs tonight, he will be opposed by Jered Weaver of the Angels, first pitch scheduled for 9:05 PM CST.  Here are the lineups, you’ll notice a change as Castro has been dropped to seventh in the order.

CUBS

1.  DeJesus – CF
2.  Valbuena – 3B
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – DH
5.  Schierholtz – RF
6.  Sweeney – LF
7.  Castro – SS
8.  Castillo – C
9.  Barney – 2B

ANGELS

1.  Aybar – SS
2.  Trout – CF
3.  Pujols – 1B
4.  Trumbo – DH
5.  Hamilton – RF
6.  Kendrick – 2B
7.  Callaspo – 3B
8.  Iannetta – C
9.  Shuck – LF

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Cubs bats stay hot as they pound the Diamondbacks for fifth straight win

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This is starting to resemble a real winning streak, not just a few games, but an actual legitimate winning streak.  The Cubs had everything working for them today as they pitched, hit, and played solid defense, that usually wins a lot of games.  The Cubs only needed one inning in this one as they scored five times in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead en route to a 7-2 victory, their fifth straight.  The big blow came from Scott Hairston, who must have been taking pointers from Travis Wood before the game as he mashed a grand slam, just like Wood did a day earlier.  After the third inning the Cubs didn’t do much with the bats, but they didn’t need to as Matt Garza was outstanding in picking up his first win of the season.  Garza worked seven strong innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four, he didn’t walk anybody. Over the last five games, the Cubs are 15-for-38 with runners in scoring position, that is mind-boggling for a team that hasn’t been above .200 as a team in what seems like forever.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights

Scott Hairston’s grand slam
Soriano’s two-run homer
Cody Ransom goes deep
Great grab by Barney

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A grand old time at the ballpark as Cubs take White Sox to the woodshed

Cubs 5-30 line

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It really doesn’t get much better than this, I mean I’m a Cubs fan, it’s the small victories that make me happy because the larger ones aren’t here yet and haven’t been for some time.  I have faith the bigger wins will be here soon enough, until then I am going to bask in the glow of the Cubs beating the crap out of the White Sox this week.  It was the Travis Wood show today as he worked six solid innings for his fifth win of the season, and blasted his second home run of the season which also happened to be a grand slam.  The three game “series” between the Cubs this week ended with the Cubs winning all three, and outscoring the Sox 24-6.  That’s fun to say.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

Picture of the game 5-30

Cubs 5-30 box

Game Highlights:

Barney RBI single puts the Cubs in front
Travis Wood grand slam!
Travis Wood’s great performance, on the mound
Nate Schierholtz goes deep
Luis Valbuena also goes deep

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May 30, 2013 – White Sox @ Cubs; Lineups

Would this be a sweep?  A three game sweep, a two game sweep?  Who cares, just beat the Sox again.  The Cubs look for their fourth straight victory and third straight over the Sox this afternoon as Travis Wood takes on Jake Peavy.  Can’t stand Peavy, would really enjoy six runs in the first.   There is a chance for scattered storms again today, but it looks like tonight and tomorrow should see the bulk of it so this one should get in uninterrupted.  Here are the lineups.

CUBS

1.  DeJesus – CF
2.  Castro – SS
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Soriano – LF
5.  Schierholtz – RF
6.  Castillo – C
7.  Valbuena – 3B
8.  Barney – 2B
9.  Wood – P

WHITE SOX

1.  De Aza – CF
2.  Ramirez – SS
3.  Rios – RF
4.  Konerko – 1B
5.  Viciedo – LF
6.  Gillaspie – 3B
7.  Keppinger – 2B
8.  Flowers – C
9.  Peavy – P

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Navarro leads the way as Cubs throttle White Sox, again

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New ballpark, same result, and I like it.  Dioner Navarro just had himself a career day as he launched three home runs, and drove in six to lead the Cubs past the White Sox 9-3.  Apparently the best medicine for an anemic offense is a dose of White Sox pitching as the Cubs have pounded out twenty hits and scored sixteen runs over the last two games.  Navarro’s offensive heroics were more than enough for Scott Feldman to earn his fifth win of the season.  Feldman worked a solid six innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out seven.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

Navarro 5-29

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Game Highlights:

Navarro goes deep….THREE TIMES!
Sweeney’s RBI single

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