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The Cubs have had their issues scoring runs, which is what makes what they did today that much more surprising. In another close game it looked the Cubs were going to follow the same script they have so many times this year. Play a competitive game then for whatever reason have the wheels fall off in the late innings, today they returned the favor to the Brewers. A pair of solo home runs got the Cubs on the board in the 5th and sixth inning by Ian Stewart and Reed Johnson. Heading to the 7th inning the game was tied and two and that’s when the Cubs offense kicked it into high gear. One run in the 7th, two runs in the 8th, and three runs in the 9th resulted in the Cubs avoiding the sweep with a 8-2 victory. The top of the order had a lot to do with the Cubs success today as the one, two, and three hitters combined to go 7-for-15, anytime that happens runs are usually in abundance. Jeff Samardzija might not have had his best stuff but he was able to get through five solid innings to end up with a no decision. Russell, Wood, and Bowden each worked a scoreless inning down the stretch to close out the Brewers. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Chris Volstad has been put on notice in my opinion. For te 18th straight time Volstad walked away from a game in which he started with something other than a win. Volstad was good for a little while, then he was Chris Volstad in the 6th inning as he imploded giving up five runs all earned on his way to his fifth loss of the season. The Cubs offense didn’t do much to help him out as they only managed two runs on five hits against Shaun Marcum, why, because Marcum has a change-up and those guys usually baffle the Cubs. Tony Campana had a strong day at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI double.
The only good thing to take away from this game is the Cubs showing Ryan Braun that he can’t act like a 5-year-old on the field after getting hit by a pitch. Braun overreacted in a big way when he was hit by a Lendy Castillo pitch last night in the 13th inning by launching his bat some 20 feet in the air. He got what he deserved in the first inning when Volstad plunked him, Marcum returned the favor by hitting Soriano in the next inning, both teams were warned and that was the end of it. The Brewers however, got the last laugh as they walked away with the most important thing, a victory. Coming into this series the Cubs were playing well, and they were a few pitches away from starting this series with a win, now they have to win tomorrow to avoid a sweep and quite possibly a prolonged losing streak. 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.
Ryan Dempster hasn’t had a win in his last 13 starts going back to last season, make that 14, and it’s not for a lack of effort. Dempster was once again brilliant Tuesday night going 7 strong innings and only allowing one run. However, much like all of his starts this year the Cubs offense couldn’t put anything together. Randall Delgado and the Braves bullpen held the Cubs at bay all night, only allowing one run on five hits. The real damage done tonight was self-inflicted with most of it coming from Kerry Wood. Wood walked the first two hitters he faced in the 8th inning with the game tied at one, one of those hitters was giving up an out in an attempt to sacrifice a runner to second, that’s usually spells disaster. Wood finally found the strike zone with the bases loaded and Dan Uggla smacked that pitch into center field scoring two runs to give the Braves a 3-1 lead and that’s how it would end. 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.
Paul Maholm’s Cubs career got off to a frustrating start for Maholm and Cubs fans alike. Luckily for all involved Maholm has taken that frustration out on his opponents in each of his last three appearances. The Dodgers were today’s victim as Maholm carved up Los Angeles over 6 innings en route to a 5-4 victory. Alfonso Soriano had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, crazy I know, and two RBI’s. David DeJesus didn’t let Soriano have all the fun at the plate as he finished the day a home run short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Cubs of course held a one run lead as the game moved to the ninth inning, how anyone could expect anything different after yesterday’s debacle is beyond me as baseball always seems to work in mysterious ways. However unlike yesterday, Rafael Dolis was able to shut the door on the Dodgers for his second save of the season, and a big Cubs win to start the home stand. 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.
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.
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On an evening that seemed like the “same old night” at Wrigley, the Cubs had a breakthrough. After getting dominated for 8 straight innings by Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, the Cubs took three weeks worth of frustration out on Cardinals closer Jason Motte. A combination of outstanding at bats, and a clutch base hit led to the Cubs first walk off win of the season. Full recap and highlights after the jump.