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Cubs Win Wild One at Wrigley

I mentioned while watching the end of the game, it really doesn’t matter what the Cubs record is, seeing them win a game like that is fun and gets you pumped for what this team could be one day.  What a crazy day at Wrigley, haven’t seen one of these summer day games in a while.  This one started out well enough as the Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead behind a Starlin Castro triple and Anthony Rizzo double, then things got familiar.  By familiar I mean bad, as in the Brewers started beating the crap out of Cubs pitching, again.  The Brewers scored five times in the 3rd, and two more times in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead.  They weren’t done there as they plated two more in the 6th to make it 9-3 and all but assured themselves of a four game sweep.  Not so fast, the Cubs came roaring back in the bottom of the sixth inning, they scored six times on four hits to even the game at nine.  It didn’t take long for the Brewers to grab the lead back as they scored once in the 7th and once in the 8th to build an 11-9 lead heading to the ninth.  That’s when the Cubs of 2012 turned into the Cubs of 2015, okay I’m getting ahead of myself, but the Cubs ninth inning is exactly what everyone is hoping to see on a daily basis on the Northside of Chicago.  Each guy worked the count and made sure that the pitcher was the one in trouble, the end result was a thrilling 12-11 walk off victory, the 50th of the season.  The Cubs walked 11 times this afternoon, that is outstanding, a number of guys had tremendous days, too many to mention here, the box score can do the talking.  I will say this, Starlin Castro had an outstanding day at the plate, not just because of the results, but because he worked every at bat especially in the ninth when he got down 0-2 before working the count to 3-2 and singling up the middle.  Great win!

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Sveum Postgame

Game Highlights:
Full Video Recap
Rizzo’s Game Tying Double
Castro’s Big Hit in the Ninth
Cubs Six Run Sixth
Jackson’s Big Double
Rizzo Just Misses a HR
Castro Legs Out a Triple

Thanks for reading,
– George

Offensive Struggles Continue For Cubs in Loss

Let’s not kid ourselves, this is pretty bad, sure it’s something that needs to happen in order to get better, but it’s really bad.  The Cubs had one more hit than they had last night, a whopping four, at least two of those hits went for extra bases, bright side right?  Another piece of good news is that the Cubs only struck out seven times as a team tonight, a moral victory if you will.  It’s a shame too as Jeff Samardzija turned in another solid outing as he winds down his first full season as a big league starter.  Shark finished his night after seven innings, he gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out ten.  To think that at the beginning of the season the Cubs were “taking a chance” by putting Samardzija into the rotation, he has been a bright spot all year-long, and looks to be near the top of the rotation in 2013.  The Cubs had nothing going offensively as Mike Fiers was as equally as impressive as Samardzija, shutting the Cubs down for 7.1 innings.  Starlin Castro and Welington Castillo each had a double in the loss, but at least there was something to get excited about tonight if you were a Cubs fan.  Congrats to Darwin Barney, who tonight set the NL single-season record with his 114th consecutive error-less game at second base.  Wish you weren’t turning into Theriot at the plate, let’s avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon!

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Game Highlights:
Barney’s RBI Groundout

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Shut Down By Gallardo

Can’t really fault Travis Wood too much in this one, he had a quality start on the mound and was the only Cubs offense in a 4-1 defeat.  In the game preview I mentioned that the goal last night was to strike out less than ten times, goal failed.  The Cubs struck out 11 times last night, the Cubs have struck out 65 times in the last five games against the Brewers, all losses.  Back to Wood, he was solid going seven innings giving up three runs on five hits and striking out four.  Wood’s only mistake was a 3-0 fastball to Jeff Bianchi who launched his first major league home run into the left field bleachers to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.  The Cubs had no answer for Gallardo as they were only able to record three hits, one of which was a home run by Cubs starter Travis Wood that left the yard.  Everyone on the Cubs seemed lost last night, a lot of that had to do with Gallardo’s dominance, he had every hitter off-balance and guessing, it’s not everyday that Rizzo stikes out three times.  Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro were the only Cubs to register base hits other than Wood, both singles.  Game three of this four game series will be tonight, let’s make contact!

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Game Highlights:
Travis Wood Postgame
Valbuena’s Great Play
Travis Wood Goes Deep

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Collapse Late Against Brewers

For whatever reason the Cubs can’t solve the Brewers, they not only lose to the Brewers, they get blown out by them.  The Cubs raced to an early 3-1 lead last night but couldn’t hold it as Aramis Ramirez and company pushed across three runs in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead.  A Brett Jackson home run in the bottom of the sixth made it 5-4 Brewers, but that was as close as the Cubs would get as the bullpen exploded late.  After giving up one run in the 8th the Cubs pen put on a show in the ninth surrendering nine runs on eight hits.  The best performance on the mound in the ninth inning belonged to Cubs utility outfielder Joe Mather who tossed one-third of an inning giving up only a single.  No word yet if Mather will have a shot to make the team next year out of the bullpen  It was more of the same for the Cubs at the plate against Brewers pitching.  By  more of the same I mean striking out, a lot, as the Cubs fanned 15 times last night, this coming on the heels of striking out 39 times in the three game series in Milwaukee last week.  As I mentioned Brett Jackson went deep, he is locked in right now, he finished the night 1-for-3 with his fourth home run, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.

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Game Highlights:
DeJesus Adventure
Castro Turns a Nice Double Play
Jackson Solo Shot
Soriano’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
– George

 

 

Volstad’s Winless Streak Ends at 24, Rejoice!

It was a long day at Wrigley today, to Chris Volstad the six and a half hour day was nothing compared to the over year-long wait to get back in the win column.  Twenty-four, that is how many times Chris Volstad made a start on a big league mound between wins.  For the majority of the day it didn’t look like this game would get played at all as the Cubs and Rockies sat through a two plus hour rain delay before getting underway just before four O’clock local time.  Volstad was on right away as he was locating on both sides of the plate and keeping the ball down consistently for really the first time all year.  Volstad avoided the big inning which is usually his downfall, he finished his day after 6.2 innings giving up no runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three to get the win.  The Cubs offensive attack was finally just that, an attack, as they pounded out nine hits and scored five runs in the victory.  Anthony Rizzo, who has been showing some fatigue of late had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two walks.  Starlin Castro also had a good day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three runs scored.  Brett Jackson continued his solid series today as well as he was 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored, he finished the series 4-for-8 with two home runs, three RBI’s, and three runs scored.

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Game Highlights:
Volstad’s Great Outing
DeJesus’ RBI Single
Great Catch by Jackson
Castro’s Slick Play

Thanks for reading,
– George

Rockies Return the Favor, Rally to Beat Cubs

One day after the Cubs rallied from a three run deficit to win the Rockies did the same thing.  The Cubs built a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning only to see the Rockies get two right back in the fifth.  The Rockies didn’t stop there as they  scored single runs in the 6th and 7th to take a 4-3 lead.  The Rockies bullpen took it from there as they tossed five shutout innings to shut down the Cubs to even the series at one.  Brooks Raley was in line for the win before the Cubs pen blew a one run lead.  Raley finished his day after five innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four.  The Cubs looked poised to put up big offensive numbers today after scoring three times in the fourth inning, but they could only manage one hit over the final five innings.  Brett Jackson is really turning it on at the plate, he was 2-for-3 today with his 3rd home run of the season, a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro were the only other Cubs to record a hit in the loss, all singles.  The Cubs ran themselves out of two innings as Joe Mather and Starlin Castro were caught stealing in big spots.

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Game Highlights:
Jackson’s Two Run Blast

Thanks for reading,
– George

Better Late Than Never as Cubs Rally Past Rockies

For the majority of the day the Cubs bats were silent, but sparked by a Brett Jackson game tying home run the Cubs exploded for three runs in the eighth inning for the victory.  The Cubs fought all the way back from an early 3-0 deficit thanks to solo home runs from Alfonso Soriano, Welington Castillo, and the aforementioned Brett Jackson.  Jeff Samardzija made the start for the Cubs and struggled early before settling down and battling his way through seven strong innings.  Samardzija gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking two and striking out seven but had to settle for a no decision.  Shawn Camp and James Russell combined to take care of the eighth inning and Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth to notch his 16th save of the season.  Don’t look now but Carlos Marmol has quietly turned his horrendous year into something respectable as his ERA is about to slip under 4.00.    The Cubs didn’t have much going offensively except for the solo home run ball as they could only manage five hits on the day, three of which left the yard.  Joe Mather, the surprise lead-off man came up with the big hit in the ninth to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead before they tacked on an extra run to make it 5-3.  Comeback wins are always exciting, regardless of the record, the Cubs will try to make it two in a row against the Rockies tomorrow afternoon at 12:05.

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Game Highlights:
Joe Mather’s Game Winner
Full Video Recap
Samardzija’s Outing
Marmol Nails Down the Save
Brett Jackson’s Blast
Castillo Goes Deep
Soriano’s HR
Great Play by Rizzo

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Can’t Find Contact or a Win in Series Finale

The Cubs struck out a grand total of 13 times today, that comes on the heels of 12 strikeouts last night, and 12 strikeouts in game one, that’s not very good.  The result was the same for all three games, a loss, as the Brewers finished off the sweep this afternoon with a 3-2 victory.  Travis Wood started for the Cubs and pitched well enough to win, unfortunately he finished the day with his 10th defeat of the season.  Wood tossed seven strong innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six.  The Brewers had seven hits on the day, five of them went for extra bases, that doesn’t usually bode well.  Hard to score runs when you don’t put the ball in play and as I mentioned, the Cubs didn’t do nearly enough of that again today.  They only managed five hits in the loss, this coming after only four hits the night before.  Bryan LaHair, yes that Bryan LaHair, launched his first home run since July 4th to bring the Cubs within one in the seventh, but that was as close as they would get.  The Cubs will have tomorrow off to lick their wounds as they head home to start a weekend series against Colorado on Friday.

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Game Highlights:
DeJesus’ Lead-Off HR
LaHair’s Home Run

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Beat Themselves in Rusin’s Debut

It doesn’t get weirder than that one, neither team could generate any offense, but somehow the Brewers managed to score five runs on three hits.  The Cubs weren’t any better as they were only able to manage four hits on the night on their way to a 5-2 defeat.  Chris Rusin made his major league debut and was very good, unfortunately he didn’t get any help from his offense and ended up taking the loss.  Rusin went five innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two, hitting two guys, and striking out four.  The Brewers “big” inning against Rusin was the fourth, they pushed across a run on one hit thanks to two hit batters and a walk.  Rusin got Lucroy to ground into a double play with the bases loaded and one out to avoid any further damage.  The Brewers broke it open in the 6th when Alberto Cabrera walked three guys then gave up one hit, all three guys scored, and it was all but over after that.  The Cubs were able to score twice in the ninth inning but it was too little too late.  Alfsonso Soriano had a solid day at the plate going  2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, he is now hitting .263 on the season with 76 RBI’s.  The Cubs look to avoid the sweep this afternoon in Milwaukee as Travis Wood takes the mound against Yovanni Gallardo.

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Game Highlights:
Chris Rusin’s Major League Debut
Castro’s RBI Groundout
Soriano’s RBI Single
Rusin’s First Career Hit…a Triple

Thanks for reading,
– George

Disastrous Inning Does in Cubs

If the Cubs can somehow have major league baseball remove the 5th inning from last nights game things would look much better.  That’s not going to happen, so the Cubs are going to have to live with the fact that they allowed the Brewers to plate eight runs in that fateful inning en route to a 9-5 defeat.  Justin Germano was cruising through the first four innings but ran into some big time trouble in the 5th.  Germano lost command and was leaving too many pitches over the heart of the plate, typically that’s not a great way to get major league hitters out.  When the dust settled the Brewers had a 9-3 lead and Germano was out of the game, he lasted 4.2 innings giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three.  The Cubs were able to create some offense of their own as they scored five runs on eight hits but it could have been so much more.  Half the players on this team still don’t know how to run out of the box, I’m looking at you Valbuena.  On top of the base running mistakes the Cubs were only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo each had two hits in the loss, the two hits from Castillo bring his average to .288 on the season, not bad at all. 

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Game Highlights:
Josh Vitters’ First Major League HR
Brett Jackson’s Great Catch
Rizzo’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
– George

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