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Seems like these kind of games are happening every other night, the Cubs play a hard-fought game only to see the bullpen come in and look more like a little league bullpen than a major league baseball one. It started with Shawn Camp in the 8th inning, and to be fair Camp has been a pleasant surprise thus far. But he hung a slider to Carlos Ruiz in a 2-2 game and Ruiz promptly untied it with a solo home run to left field. Things like that happen, but what gets me is the Cubs pen handing runs to the opponent. This time it was Scott Maine who couldn’t get the ball over the plate when the Phillies were trying to get a bunt down in the 9th inning. Maine, who was called up to replace Lendy Castillo who has a groin issue, couldn’t get anyone out in the 9th inning before leaving the game with the bases loaded and nobody out with the Cubs trailing 3-2, still a manageable deficit. In came Michael Bowden and out went any chance for the Cubs to win the game as Bowden gave up a two run single to Ty Wiggington and a grand slam to Hector Luna, yeah, Hector Luna hit a grand slam. That was all she wrote for the Cubs as they fell 9-2 after entering the 8th inning tied at two. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Saying it’s getting old might be a little bit of an understatement for this Cubs team. Yet another scrappy effort, and a late inning lead fall by the wayside as the cubs bullpen can’t hold a lead once again. Same crap, different day for Kerry Wood as he was the culprit once again. Wood started the 7th inning by walking Furcal on four straight pitches, none of which were close. As is the case so often lead off walks in the late innings usually come back to haunt you, and it did, as the Cardinals put together a rally to tie the game at five. A Matt Carpenter home run in the 8th inning off of James Russell looked like the final nail in the Cubs coffin.
Alfonso Soriano said not so fast as he launched an 0-1 fastball from Jason Motte over the right centerfield wall for his first home run of the season to tie the game at six. The excitement was short-lived however as the Cardinals were able to push across a run in the bottom of the ninth of Dolis to win the game 7-6. The Cubs, specifically Ian Stewart didn’t make it easy on the Cardinals as he flashed some major leather in the 9th in an effort to extend the game, unfortunately Yadier Molina had the last laugh. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Now that’s a baseball game right there, I hope you didn’t blink at all because if you did you probably missed another stellar Cubs victory. Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson were both at the top of their game this afternoon and the result was a 1-0 Cubs victory in just two hours and five minutes. After six straight shut down innings the door was open for the Cubs and they busted through. David DeJesus led the 7th off with a base hit, Campana sacrficed him to second, and Castro grounded out to the right side to move him to third with two outs. Then Bryan LaHair came up with a ginormous hit to put the Cubs on top 1-0 which was all they needed.
Cubs starters have been dominant, especially in this series, and Maholm was no different today. Maholm worked seven spotless innings only allowing three hits while earning not only his fourth win of the season but his fourth straight victory. A 4-2 home stand is good, it’s great considering the opponents. The Cubs won four of six from two of the best teams in the National League, they are showing just how good they can be, and it’s a treat to watch. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Jeff Samardzija is quickly turning into one of, if not the best number three starter in baseball. Samardzija’s brilliance was on display again last night as he went seven strong innings en route to a 5-1 Cubs victory, which moves Samardzija to 4-1 on the season. The Cubs used the same recipe that has been working the last few games, home runs and solid pitching. Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart went back-to-back in the 4th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Geovany Soto took the stress out of the ninth inning by launching a two run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Cubs some breathing room at 5-1. Carlos Marmol had an eventful inning which saw him strike out Dan Uggla with the tying run at second base in the 8th after he walked the first two batters of the inning. As the fog descended upon Wrigley Field James Russell recorded the final three outs for the Cubs victory. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs continue to show a fight that seems to have been missing for years. Trailing 3-2 for most of the day, and into the ninth, the Cubs finally broke through. With runners at 1st and 2nd and one out, Tony Campana roped a double to right center field to tie the game at three. For a moment it looked like Campana’s double would also be a game winner, but two perfect throws from the Dodgers resulted in DeJesus being cut down at the plate. If a 2 hour and 41 minute rain delay wasn’t long enough, the Cubs and Dodgers were headed into extra innings. Darwin Barney led the 11th off with what looked like a ground out, but Adam Kennedy played it into a lead off double. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and nobody out, David DeJesus walked off, literally, drawing a free pass to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory. Travis Wood, pitching in place of a sick Matt Garza, turned in a tremendous effort going six innings and only allowing three runs in a no decision. The Cubs bullpen continued their stellar work going 5 scoreless innings. At the plate Bryan LaHair continued his unreal start to the season going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .390. Full recap and highlights after the jump.
It doesn’t get any worse than this, 8 innings of dominant stuff from Dempster only to have Carlos Marmol come in and crap all over it. Not the first time either, as Marmol has been an absolute disaster this year. After building a 3-0 lead behind solo home runs from Castro, LaHair (what else in new), and Soto, yes Soto, the Cubs were sitting pretty. Then the wheels fell off. Marmol faced five batters in the ninth and retired none of them en route to yet another blown save. Rafael Dolis was able to keep the Cubs alive by cleaning up Marmol’s mess, but the damage had already been done, on the scoreboard and mentally. The Cubs were done after Marmol blew the save, it was obvious, and the Reds made it official in the bottom of the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Rolen to win 4-3. Full box score, and highlights after the jump.
Jeff “Shark” Samardzija was outstanding once again tonight winning his third game of the year. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Helping Samardzija tonight was the Cubs defense as they made several good plays, including a great diving stop by Blake Dewitt to start a pretty inning ending double play. Offensively, The Cubs got the scoring started in the second when Bryan LaHair led the inning off with a solo home run, his sixth of the year. The Cubs then did something they have not done much this year when Ian Stewart hit his second home run of the year. Yes, you read that correctly the Cubs hit two home runs in the same night. The rare events would not end there as Geovany Soto extended the Cubs lead to 3-1 with a two out RBI single in the sixth, his first hit with runners in scoring position after previously going 0-10 this season. Just to prove it was the Cubs night, Carlos Marmol worked a perfect ninth to end the game with no drama. This was definitely a good win for the Cubs. They made some several good plays defensively throughout the game, hit some homers, had a clutch two out hit, and got some great pitching. Hopefully more good baseball to come as things have been a lot better as of late. Full Box Score after the jump.
Hard to believe that the Major League season is already a month old, we take a look back at the month that was and select the top hitter and pitcher on the north side. Players of the Month after the jump.
Some nights it’s just not there, this was one of those nights. Randy Wells looked pretty good in the first three innings, problem is he didn’t make it out of the fourth. Someone apparently told Randy that the distance between the rubber and home plate was now 50′ because that’s about as far as half the pitches he threw in the 4th went. Wells was tagged with the loss only going 3 and 2/3rds of an inning and surrendering four runs. The Cubs weren’t much better at the plate as they made Joe Blanton look like someone much better than Joe Blanton. Every Cubs starter had a hit except for Castillo and Stewart, however they couldn’t string anything together and ended up on the short end of a 5-2 decision. Full highlights, and box score after the jump.