Results tagged ‘ Brett Jackson ’

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!


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

August 27 – 30, 2012; vs. Brewers – Series Preview

Milwaukee Brewers Mascot Wallpaper 

The Cubs look to continue their success on the longest home stand of the year as they welcome the Brewers to town for a four game set.  Revenge might also be on the Cubs mind as they were swept by the Brewers last week in Milwaukee.  At this point both teams are playing out the string, but it’s an important time for many young guys as they are trying to impress the front office heading into next year.  One guy that is doing that lately is Brett Jackson, after struggling immediately after his call up Jackson has made the necessary adjustments to find results.  It seems to be working as Jackson was 4-for-8 against the Rockies with two home runs and three RBI’s.  He will look to continue that success against a Brewers team that is finally finding some traction, just a little too late to salvage this season.  The Brewers are 7-3 in their last ten games and are playing much better baseball of late.  They are led by reigning MVP Ryan Braun who is putting up similar numbers this year, if the Cubs want to get that revenge against the Brewers they are going to have to shut Braun down.  Surprisingly the Cubs have limited Braun this year, sure he is hitting .304 against the Cubs this year but he only has one home run, and four RBI’s. 

August 27, 2012 – August 30, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL



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Here are the pitching matchups for the four game series.

Monday August 27, 2012
Milwaukee: Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-3, 5.40 ERA)

Tuesday August 28, 2012
Milwaukee: Yovanni Gallardo (13-8, 3.62 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA)

Wednesday August 29, 2012
Milwaukee: Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09 ERA)

Thursday August 30, 2012
Milwaukee: Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19 ERA)
Cubs: Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA)

Season Series:  Brewers lead 10-3;  What!?  That’s unacceptable

Prediction:  Cubs Split Series 2-2

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.


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.


Game Highlights:
Jackson’s Two Run Blast

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– George

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.


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

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.


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

August 13 – 15, 2012; vs. Astros – Series Preview

 Houston Astros Logo - Astrodome above Astros blue script on orange

If you are a fan of well-played baseball you might want to avoid turning on the Cubs the next three days as they welcome to lowly Astros to town.  The two teams are a combined 65 games under .500, the Astros being 40 under and the Cubs being 25 under.  If you are interested in watching a race for who gets the number one pick in next years draft then this one is for you.  The Cubs bats have gone silent, they were already pretty quiet to begin with by they are in full on mute mode right now.  They were shut out on Sunday by the Reds, it was their 11th time being shut out this season.  It was also the Cubs 11th loss in their last 12 games, and I would venture to say that this stretch of baseball is even worse than the 12 game losing streak earlier in the season.  The Astros might be exactly what the Cubs need to get back on track, although they are coming off a series win over the Brewers.  The good news is that the Cubs pitching staff won’t have to worry about Carlos Lee this time around as the Astros are much like the Cubs, full of guys trying to make a name for themselves heading into next year.

August 13, 2012 – August 15, 2012:  Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL



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Here are the pitching matchups for the three game series.

Monday August 13, 2012
Houston: Armando Galarraga (0-2, 4.70 ERA)
Cubs: Jeff Samardzija (7-10, 4.21ERA)

No one has really heard much from Armando Galarraga since his perfect game that wasn’t while he was with the Tigers.  That’s because he has been living in the minor leagues since then aside from a handful of starts with the D-Backs last year.  He is now getting a shot to see what he can do at the major league level with the Astros.  Galarraga has some experience against the Cubs, making three career starts going 2-1 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP.  Jeff Samardzija is coming off a stellar seven inning start against the Padres and has seen a lot of the Astros, out of the bullpen.  He has only made one career start against the Astros, it came this year as Shark allowed two runs over six innings in a loss in Houston in May.   

Tuesday August 14, 2012
Houston: Lucas Harrell (9-8, 3.97 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (0-8, 6.94 ERA)

One of the very few bright spots for the Astros this year has been the performance of Lucas Harrell.  Harrell is above .500 this year, that is saying something considering the team his pitches for is 40 games under.  Harrell has very limited experience against the Cubs in his career, he only has two appearances out of the pen and has not given up a run.  Chris Volstad is coming off his best performance of the year, unfortunately it did not result in a win as Volstad is still searching for one of those, has been since July of last year.  In his career, Volstad has been decent against the Astros, he has a 3-0 record with a 4.40 ERA in five career starts.  He will win this game.

Wednesday August 15, 2012
Houston: Bud Norris (5-9, 4.93 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (1-2, 4.26 ERA)

For as surprising as Harrell has been, Bud Norris has been equally as disappointing this season.  His ERA is hovering around five and he is four games under .500, however Norris has been much better as of late.  He has also been outstanding against the Cubs in his career.  Norris has had seven career appearances against the Cubs (6 starts), and is 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA.  Justin Germano came back to Earth in his last start and the last team he probably wants to see is the Astros.  In two career starts Germano is 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA, that’s really all that has to be said about that. 

Season Series:  Series tied 3-3

Prediction:  Cubs win series, 2-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Losing streak reaches 6; Bats MIA again


Well, that was fast.  The Cubs and Padres completed this one in two hours and 25 minutes, unfortunately the Cubs came out on the short end.  Part of the reason for the quick game was the Cubs approach at the plate.  After a solid 28 pitch first inning the Cubs fell back into bad habits as they rushed through at bats.  A troubling sight considering it was only a two run game thanks to a stellar effort turned in by Travis Wood.  Wood went six strong innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three.  With the loss Wood falls for 4-8 on the season with an ERA of 4.77.  As I mentioned, the Cubs offense was lacking and that’s putting it mildly.  Eric Stults and company held the Cubs to just five hits as they shut down the Cubs from the word go.    Welington Castillo was the only offense in the loss he went 2-for-4 at the plate.  The Cubs were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Josh Vitters made his first major league start and was held hitless, just like everyone else, but did make an outstanding defensive play that might have saved a run.  The Cubs losing streak now sits at six, and until the bats get going that number will grow.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


August 6, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Padres

Jackson, Vitters, Rizzo, and Castro all in the lineup together for the first time!  They are part of an attack looking to back Travis Wood to a victory and put an end this five game losing steak.  Here is how the Cubs will line up against the Padres at 9:05 PM CST on CSN.

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

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

August 5, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Dodgers – Jackson!

Exciting and crazy morning  for the Cubs as they traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers, and called up top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters.  The result is a much different lineup today against Joe Blanton and the Dodgers.  This is something Cubs fans should be excited about as it offers up a glimpse of what the Cubs might look like when they are ready to compete, at least part of the lineup.  Here it is.

DeJesus RF
B Jackson CF
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Castro SS
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Germano P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George