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Cubs Put Up a Fight, Sorta, But Fall Short

It was an uphill battle all day long for the Cubs, they were battling not only the Reds but themselves for the better part of the game.  Mentally the Cubs were out of it again, Soriano was making base running errors, mental errors in the field, and Luis Valbuena had a great time watching the game on the bases instead of actually playing it.  With all of that the Cubs were able to erase a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at four in the eighth inning, and made things interesting in the ninth.  Brett Jackson somehow managed to hit a double off of all world closer Aroldis Chapman, but was then caught stealing third with one out, that would be something the Cubs would do today, nothing was going right.  So you can guessed what happened next, before you could blink the Reds led off the ninth with a triple and two pitches later the game was over with the Reds winning 5-4.  Chris Volstad got the start today, and he did an adequate job, not horrible, not terrific, something in the middle, and that’s okay from Volstad.  He went six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four, if he gets hit I’m fine with it, he needs to avoid the walks and he did that today.  David DeJesus led the offensive attack once again going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored in the loss.  The Cubs only had seven hits but they were able to push across four runs as they were 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position.  The Cubs travel to Milwaukee to start a three game series tomorrow night.

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Game Highlights:
Castro’s RBI Single
DeJesus’ RBI Double
Soriano’s Sac Fly

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Earn Split Behind Castro’s Big Night

It was a busy day for Starlin Castro, earlier in the day news broke that Starlin Castro had agreed to an 7 year extension with the Cubs, he closed out the night a home run shy of the cycle.  More on Castro in a bit, it was a very big night for Brooks Raley as well.  Raley was called up to start game two of the double-header and he delivered his first major league win while holding a very hot Cincinnati offense in check.  Raley finished the night going 5.1 innings giving up four runs, three earned while walking two and striking out four, he also registered his first major league hit.  It was a wild game as the Cubs built an 8-2 lead by the 6th inning, then things became uneasy for Cubs fans.  The Reds scored twice in the 6th inning and twice in the seventh inning to make it an 8-6 game.  The Cubs seemed destined to blow the lead as the Reds pulled to within one in the 8th, but got a big boost from an unlikely pinch hitter.  David DeJesus who got game two off with a tweaked back, launched a solo shot in the top of the ninth to give the Cubs a little more breathing room.  Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth and continued his resurgence as he shut down the Reds for his 15th save of the season.  Adrian Cardenas, making his first start in what seems like forever, went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Back to Castro, he was outstanding in the night-cap finishing 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

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Game Highlights:
Castro’s Huge Night
DeJesus Provides Some Insurance
LaHair’s RBI Single
Rizzo’s RBI Single
Jackson’s First Major League HR

Thanks for reading,
– George

Reds Use Long Ball to Beat Cubs Once Again

For the second straight game the Reds used the long ball to power their way past the Cubs.  Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of the power surge today giving up three home runs on the way to his 11th loss of the season.  Shark lasted five innings in game one of the double-header giving up four runs on six hits while striking out five, his ERA climbed to 4.17 on the season.  Early on it looked like the Cubs were going to provide a formidable challenge to Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto, but the good feeling didn’t last too long.  Alfonso Soriano launched his 22nd home run of the season in the first inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead, it was Soriano’s 1,000th career RBI, quite the accomplishment.  Soriano was basically it for the Cubs offense as they could only manage five hits on the day and Soriano had two of them.  The Cubs made things interesting in the ninth inning as they were able to push across a run against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.  Unfortunately Chapman took it to another level against Joe Mather with the tying runs on base, striking him out to end the threat and the game.  Welington Castillo also had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.  Brooks Raley was officially called up before game two as he will get the start in the night-cap.

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Game Highlights:
Full Game Recap
Castro’s Great Play
Soriano’s Two-Run Homer (1,000 th career RBI)

Thanks for reading,
–  George

Cubs Take Series Behind Germano’s Gem

Not bad at all for a guy that was acquired in a deal that many people forgot about because it was well before the trade deadline, and the madness that followed.  But Justin Germano has quietly made a name for himself in the Cubs rotation, and if he continues to pitch like he did today he will have a future on this team.  Germano earned his second win of the season going 6.1 innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six.  A couple starts back Germano got 14 runs from his offense, today he got seven, he must be the lucky charm the offense has been searching for.  I know that David DeJesus really likes when Germano is pitching as he was amazing today, having easily his best game as a Cub.  DeJesus was 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, he came in with only two on the whole season.  He finished the day with three RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored, quite the day for the Cubs lead-off man.  Brett Jackson also turned in a solid performance at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.  It was great to see that as he has been struggling, so has Starlin Castro and he responded today as well going 3-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season and two RBI’s.  The Cubs have an off day tomorrow as they will travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series that includes a double header on Saturday.

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Game Highlights:
DeJesus’ Multi-HR Game
Germano’s Stellar Outing
Rizzo’s Heads Up Play
Rizzo and Castro Turn Two
Castro’s 12th HR on the Season
Jackson’s RBI Triple

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs No Match For Harrell

I don’t think I should predict anymore victories, especially when Chris Volstad is pitching.  So much for trying to be positive, Chris Volstad is just lost out there, and I was foolish to think he had a chance tonight.  Furthermore, if I knew Lendy Castillo would make an appearance I would have definitely kept my mouth shut.  Volstad was roughed up again tonight, as he recorded his ninth loss of the season, he’s only made twelve starts.  Sure, four runs doesn’t seem like a lot, but Volstad was hit hard in every inning.  Speaking of innings, Volstad only lasted five, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Lendy Castillo, or as I like to call him, kerosene, made things much worse in his 0.2 innings of work, he gave up five runs, three earned on five hits while striking out two.  This was another one of those “going through the motions” games as the Cubs seemed to want to do anything but play baseball tonight.  They only managed six hits, and one run on their way to a 10-1 defeat thanks in large part to Lucas Harrell, who, to be fair, was outstanding tonight.  Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Brett Jackson each had one hit in the loss, so that’s exciting, I guess.  The Cubs will look to win the series tomorrow as they send Justin Germano to the bump.

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Game Highlights:
Great Throw from Welington Castillo
Barney Snags a Liner

Thanks for reading,
– George

Rizzo, Samardzija Fuel Cubs Victory

 

Well, that was more like it, yes I know it’s “only” the Astros, I don’t care, that was enjoyable to watch.  It was a big night for two of the Cubs young stars, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija as they lead the Cubs to a 7-1 blow out victory.  Samardzija had his second tremendous start in a row, however he was actually rewarded this time around.  Shark went seven brilliant innings allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out eleven.  He had everything working, as he kept the Astros hitters off-balance but reached back when he needed something extra as he hit 99 on the gun at one point.  The win gave Samardzija an 8-10 record on the season and he lowered his ERA to 4.06.  It was nice to see the bats wake up as well, as the Cubs pounded out ten hits on their way to plating seven runs, unheard of!  Anthony Rizzo led the attack with a big day, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .306 on the season.  Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano didn’t want to be left out of the fun as they each hit two-run home runs to continue the onslaught.  Barney finished the night 2-for-2 with his 6th home run, a double, two walks, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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 Shark breaks down his outing

Game Highlights:
Samardzija’s Stellar Outing
Rizzo’s Big Night
Vitters Sac Fly
Soriano’s Two-Run Laser
Barney’s Two-Run Blast

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs go quietly as Reds take the series

We’ve seen this way too many times over the last 12 games, a decent pitching performance from the Cubs wasted as the offensive attack was anything but.  It happened again today as Brooks Raley did everything he could to get the Cubs a win but they fell short for the 11th time in their last 12 games.  Raley was much better in his second major league start as he went six strong innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  It was a pitchers duel all day as Raley was perfect through four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth where he surrendered three straight hits, and two runs to basically put this one out of reach.  Things were never really in doubt this afternoon as the Cubs could only manage four hits against Johnny Cueto who tossed eight scoreless innings for his 15th win of the season.  After winning the first game of this series the Cubs put on a crap show the rest of the weekend.  This weekend will be best remembered for the lackadaisical effort put forth by the Cubs, that includes a five error “effort” on Friday and multiple mental mistakes, not just from players named Castro.

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Game Highlights:
DeJesus Makes a Nice Catch
Barney with the Bare Hand

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs earn latest loss to Reds

This might have been the worst game of the season, sure the Cubs lost 10-8, only a two run defeat, but the game was played at a high school quality level.  Now that I think about it, I’m not sure I want to disrespect any high school team with that comparison.  This is the kind of stuff that needs to stop, sure, physical errors are going to happen, but the mental stuff can and should be avoided.  Dale Sveum was probably the most upset that we have seen him after the game today, a lot had to do with Starlin Castro’s continued mental mistakes.  Enough about that for now, Justin Germano got the start for the Cubs today and came back down to Earth a bit.  Germano suffered his second loss of the season after going 5.2 innings giving up six runs, four earned, while walking two and striking out two.  Germano got no help at all as the Cubs committed five errors behind him, FIVE.  The Cubs did their best with the bats to try to make it a game and they did as the lead was cut to one in the 8th.  The showdown of the game was in the 8th with the tying run on third Aroldis Chapman blew a 102 MPH fastball by Anthony Rizzo to get out of it, and basically end the Cubs day.  Darwin Barney had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a day filled with missed opportunities as the Cubs were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.  This had to be the most frustrating game of the season, luckily for all of us there is a new game tomorrow.

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Sveum not happy, hints at sitting Castro

Game Highlights:
Full Video Recap
DeJesus RBI Double
Castillo’s RBI Double
Castro’s Two-Run Double
Soriano’s Run Scoring Double

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Rally to End 8 Game Losing Streak

For whatever reason the Cubs are a much different team at home than on the road.  It’s obvious given the record at home and on the road, but I’m not talking about that, I’m talking about their overall game.  Tonight for example, they got behind early, and there was no panic, no giving up at bats, no mindless baseball.  It really is like night at day, I hope that they can build on this at home and the road success comes with experience.  Chris  got the start tonight, okay I know what you are thinking, impossible, how could Volstad pitch AND the Cubs win the game.  It happened folks, and Volstad played a big role, but did not earn a decision so he remains win less this year, and has not registered a win in over a calendar year.  Volstad went six strong innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out four.  The Cubs trailed 3-1 into the sixth inning before tying it up on a Starlin Castro ringing double that just missed leaving the yard for what would have been a three run homer to take the lead.  The game stayed tied until the bottom of the eighth when Alfonso Soriano connected on his 20th home run of the season to put the Cubs up for good 5-3.  Soriano now has 20 home runs in eleven straight years, quite the accomplishment.  Anthony Rizzo had a great night at the plate as he was seeing the ball well all game, he finished 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and RBI, and two runs scored.  Shawn Camp pitched a scoreless inning in relief for his 3rd win of the season and Carlos Marmol closed the door for his 14th save of the year.  So long losing streak, full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Cubs swept out of San Diego

Just ugly, no other way to really put it at this point.  Jeff Samardzija did all he could today to give his team a chance to win, but for the third straight day the Cubs could only manage five hits on their way to being shut out, and their 8th straight loss.  It boggles my mind that a team can have the best record over a month’s time in the Majors, but also lose 12 games in a row early in the season, and now 8 in a row and counting.  Sure, they are young and there will be ups and downs but I didn’t expect such extremes.  Back to Samardzija, he was outstanding going seven strong innings giving up only one run on  four hits while walking two and striking out six.  The frustration is starting to show for Samardzija who snapped his bat over his knee like a twig after a strike out late in the game.  At least he showed some fire I guess, something that this team has lacked this entire road trip as they closed it out 0-6.  What’s worse is the Cubs were 0-for the West Coast as they did not win one game in San Diego, San Francisco, or Los Angeles this year.  As I mentioned the Cubs only managed five hits all day once again, one of those hits was from Starlin Castro who snapped an 0-for-21 stretch, maybe that will be something to build on.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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