Two Out Magic Propels Cubs to Another Win

Cubs Final 4-28

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The Cubs have all of a sudden found some clutch hitting, and that is leading to some exciting baseball, and wins on the Northside.  One night after scoring four times with two outs, the Cubs pushed six across after two outs for good measure.  Going back to Sunday the Cubs have had thirteen two out RBI’s, THIRTEEN.  So it really is not a surprise that the Cubs have won four straight games, clutch is good, clutch is productive.  Travis Wood didn’t need much help in this one as he picked up his second win of the season, he was stellar over seven innings.  The Cubs will go for the sweep tomorrow night against Pittsburgh’s ace, Gerrit Cole.

At the Plate:

  • Dexter Fowler is scorching hot right now, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a stolen base.
  • Kris Bryant came up with another big hit tonight, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and an RBI.
  • Starlin Castro, have a night, he was 3-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Junior Lake made a splash (heh) in his return, he was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Welington Castillo, Chris Coghlan, and Addison Russell all had one hit in the win.  Russell added an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Travis Wood got the start, and picked up his second win of the year.  Wood worked seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking none, and striking out nine.
  • Zac Rosscup and Jason Motte each worked a scoreless inning to secure the win.

Fun fact, the Cubs had five stolen bases on the night, they now have twenty-five on the year, that leads all of baseball.

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Cubs GameDay! April 28, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  7:05 PM CST
TV:  WPWR 50
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  Clear, 49 degrees

Cubs Lineup:

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Bryant – 3B
5. Castro – SS
6. Lake – LF
7. Castillo – C
8. Wood – SP
9. Russell – 2B

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(Parental Advisory) Kyle Schwarber Hurts Baseball (VIDEO)

When Kyle Schwarber cracks a dinger, he doesn’t get cheated.  Schwarber destroyed dinger number three last night, and it was a thing of beauty.  Let’s enjoy the moving pictures.

 

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Riding the Bus: April 27, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • APRIL 27, 2015

Note:  Iowa game two was postponed.  South Bend, and Myrtle Beach were off tonight.

Iowa Cubs 4-27 Final

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Not a whole lot of punch from Iowa tonight as they were smoked by the Sky Sox 7-0.  Game two of the series was postponed, not a very productive night.

At the Plate:

  • Mike Baxter continued his solid 2015, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .350 on the season.
  • Chris Valaika was one of the few Cubs to find success at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he was also caught stealing.
  • Christian Villanueva was the only other Cubs player to register a hit, he was 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada didn’t have much of anything tonight, he worked five innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on twelve hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, surrendering no hits while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-27 Final

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Tennessee didnt really put muich together in this one as they lost to Chattanooga 5-3.  It was a 4-1 game in the bottom of the seventh were the Smokies were able to push two runs across to cut the deficit to one, that was  as close as they could get in this one.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was outstanding again, he wen 2-for-3 with a walk, a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored,

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and struggled just a bit, he worked five innings, giving up four runs on four hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jeffry Antigua was outstanding, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen struggled, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

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Cubs Win Third Straight Behind Dominant Hammel

Cubs Final 4-27

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Well, that was fast, under two and a half hours roughly.  Jason Hammel was outstanding tonight as he completely shut down the Pirates from the first pitch as the Cubs took the series opener, 4-0.  Hammel went eight shutout innings, and was never really in trouble as he only allowed four base runners, all hits, no walks.  The Cubs got their runs from likely sources, Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs as did Kris Bryant.  All four runs were driven in with two outs, you can’t really measure how important those hits are.  With the shutout win the Cubs have now won three straight, and have improved to 11-7 on the year, mighty impressive.

At the Plate:

  • Dexter Fowler got things going from the lead-off spot again, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jorge Soler broke out of his recent slump, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Anthony Rizzo continues to be a machine, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Kris Bryant is racking up the RBI’s, he was 2-for-4 with two RBI’s in this one, and he has knocked in nine so far this year.
  • Miguel Montero, Starlin Castro, and Addison Russell all had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Hammel Time!  Jason Hammel was stellar, he worked eight shutout innings, giving up four hits, he didn’t walk anybody, and struck out seven.
  • Pedro Strop shut the door in an uneventful ninth, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.

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Cubs GameDay – April 27, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  7:05 PM CST
TV:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  Clear, 45 degrees

Cubs Lineup:

1. Fowler – CF
2. Soler – RF
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Bryant – 3B
5. Montero – C
6. Castro – SS
7. Coghlan – LF
8. Hammel – SP
9. Russell – 2B

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Pirates @ Cubs – Series Preview (April 27 – April 29, 2015)

Series Preview HOME Pirates

Both the Cubs and Pirates head into a three game series on the Northside with some momentum.  The Cubs are coming off an exciting, rain shortened series in Cincinnati where they took both games, one of which was another come back victory.  After taking the last two games of the series against the Cubs, the Pirates swept the Diamondbacks this weekend and have won their last five games.  It’s a battle for second place as the Cubs (10-7) and the Pirates (11–8) are both two games back of the Cardinals in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Monday, April 27, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – WPWR 50
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 7:05 PM CST – CSN Chicago

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Pirates:  Noted Cub killer Neil Walker is apparently not just killing the Cubs lately, he’s scorching hot.  Over his last seven games, the Pirates second baseman is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five doubles, and five RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  There are a lot of good first basemen in the National League, Anthony Rizzo might be the best.  Over his last seven games, Rizzo is hitting .455 (10-for-22) with two doubles, a dinger, two RBI’s, four walks, and one strikeout.

Who is Not:

  • Pirates:  I’m not sure I want to mention this, because you know it won’t last.  Andrew McCutchen is hitting .143 (3-for-21) over his last seven games with one double, and seven strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  It’s probably not easy to be a 21 year old in the Majors, Addison Russell is proving that.  In his first five games he’s hitting .136 (3-for-22) with two doubles, four RBI’s, and twelve strikeouts.

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Starlin Castro with a Sensational Play (GIF)

Wow, that’s one of the better plays you will see.

 

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About Last Night (Cubs Highlights)

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Another night, and another close game, what else is new.  Jon Lester turned in his best start of 2015, his only issue was Billy Hamilton who reached base twice, stole three bases, and scored twice.  Other than that, Lester was brilliant as he struck out ten in his six innings of work.  The Cubs were paced offensively by an Anthony Rizzo two run dinger, and a huge game tying solo shot by Chris Coghlan in the seventh.  After watching Jason Motte get out of bases loaded trouble in the bottom of the tenth, Jonathan Herrera came up with a big hit in the eleventh.  Herrera lined a base hit to right which scored Rizzo, got Bryant to third, and Herrera took second on the throw.  Both of those guys scored on a bases loaded David Ross double which put this one out of reach.

Rizzo’s two run blast.

Addison Russell with a web gem.

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Cubs @ Reds – Series Preview (April 24 – April 26, 2015)

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The Cubs head to Cincinnati to continue their seven game road trip, and they have a sour taste in their mouth.  Although a four game series split in Pittsburgh is all you can ask for, the Cubs feel that they should have won the series.  While they should have closed that one out yesterday, they probably should have lost game two, so I’ll call it even.  The Cubs bullpen is reeling however, and they will need some deep starts from their best pitchers in this series.  The Reds come into this series feeling pretty good about themselves as they took three out of four against a crapshow of a Milwaukee team, and sit just a half game behind the Cubs for second place in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 – 6:10 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 – 12:10 PM CST – ABC 7 Chicago
  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 – 12:10 PM CST – WGN TV

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Reds:  Zack Cozart is out of his mind right now, he’s putting up almost impossible numbers over his last seven games.  Cozart is hitting .393 (11-for-25) with a double, FOUR dingers, and seven RBI’s, wut?
  • Cubs:  After a bumpy start, Starlin Castro has been scorching hot.  In his last seven games Castro is hitting .387 (12-for-31) with one homer, and seven RBI’s, looks like a middle of the order guy.

Who is Not:

  • Reds:  It appears that Marlon Byrd is regressing to meet the levels of his Cubs career.  Over his last six games he is hitting .095 (2-for-21) with one home run, and eight strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  The magic that Chris Coghlan had at the beginning of the season seems to be fleeting.  In his last seven games he is hitting .150 (3-for-20) with one RBI, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

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