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Wood Brilliant as Cubs Take Series From Pirates, Barely

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Full Box Score

Marmol coaster!  It’s too early in the year for this kind of drama.  The Cubs once again couldn’t find much offense, but managed just enough to get the win with Nate Travis Wood 4-4Scheirhioltz providing the big blow, a two-run homer in the ninth inning which the Cubs ended up needing.  Travis Wood was outstanding in his first start of 2013 but had to sit on the edge of his seat with the rest of us as Carlos Marmol came within a small unit of measurement of blowing it.  After allowing the Pirates to score twice in the ninth, Marmol got Alvarez to strikeout, and Walker to hit into a double play, never a doubt, Cubs win three to two……  Nice series win for the Cubs to start the season.

At The Plate – The Cubs only had two hits last night, today they had three, at least the result was different.  Starling Castro was 1-for-4 with an RBI on the day and has the honor of being the first Cubs player to get a hit with a runner in scoring position this year, yep.  Nate Schierholtz was the offensive hero going 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two RBI’s which came on a huge two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Cubs a three run cushion.

On The Mound – Travis Wood was outstanding this morning/afternoon, Wood went six scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two and striking out four to earn his first win of the season, barely.  Shawn Camp, James Russell, and Kyuji Fujikawa were very good out of the bullpen as they tossed a combined two scoreless innings, giving up no hits, no walks, and struck out three.  Cue the circus music… enter Carlos Marmol.  Marmol wasn’t very good, again, as he gave up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out one, but battled and ended up “earning” his first save of the season.

Up Next – The Cubs head to Atlanta for a weekend series against the high-powered Braves.  Scott Feldman will make his Cubs debut against Atlanta lefty Mike Minor at 6:30 PM CST.

Stat Of The Night – The Cubs team ERA is 2.08, Carlos Marmol’s ERA is 20.25

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Game Highlights:

Nice diving catch by Schierholtz
Russell gets a big strikeout
Starlin Castro puts the Cubs on the board
Schierholtz goes deep in the ninth

Thanks for reading,
– George

Wood, Rizzo Lead the Way as the Cubs Sweep Astros

Break out the brooms, thanks to an outstanding effort from Travis Wood, and timely hitting, again, from Anthony Rizzo the Cubs swept away the Astros on Sunday, it was the Cubs fifth win in their last six games.  After just under an hour rain delay both offenses seemed less than ready to swing the bats as both pitchers were breezing through the early innings.  The Cubs staged a rally in the 6th, Starlin Castro was intentionally walked with Travis Wood at third and one out bring Anthony Rizzo to the plate in a big spot.  Rizzo wasted no time, lacing an RBI single through the right side on a first pitch curve ball to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead, it turned out to be the game winning hit, Rizzo’s third in five games already.  Jeff Baker followed with a double down the left field line that scored Castro and Rizzo all the way from first.  That was more than enough for Travis Wood as he shut out the Astros over 7.2 innings only allowing three hits, while walking none and struck out four.  Wood improved to 3-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.05.  Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 8th save of the season, the third straight in this series.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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All of That Happened, Then The Cubs Lost

I’m not really sure how to explain tonight’s game, so many odd, weird, crazy, did I say odd, things happened. It was a pitchers duel early, Garza didn’t have his best stuff but was able to work out of jams to keep the game close.  The game was close into the 7th inning where the Cubs trailed 1-0 with the bases loaded.  David DeJesus pinch hit, and wasted no time sending the first pitch he saw from Cameron Lowe into the right field stands for a grand slam to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.  Pandemonium, everyone was jacked, it was a great time to be a cubs fan, then we all remembered that Carlos Marmol was coming into the game.  Twenty minutes later, Carlos Marmol was hurt, Michael Bowden was in the game, and Jonathan Lucroy was sliding into third with a bases loaded triple, and the Brewers were up 5-4.

It didn’t end there, of course it didn’t.  The Cubs, who have been resilient all year fought back again, thanks to the Brewers.  Aramis Ramirez made an error to start the top of the 9th.  David DeJesus, who else, made him pay for it as he ripped a one out triple to center to score Stewart to tie the game at five.  Starlin Castro followed with his worst at bat of the year, it was so bad that he was able to reach first on a drop third strike and David DeJesus was able to score to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead.  Joy!  The Cubs weren’t done as Alfonso Soriano came through with a huge two out hit to give the Cubs a 7-5 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.

No more joy.  After Rafael Dolis seemed to hurt himself he hurt his team as he left a sinker up and the hapless Corey Hart ripped a two run homer to left to tie the game at 7.  A lot of other stuff happened the rest of the way, most of it was really dumb or mind numbing or both, but the Brewers won the game in the 13th inning when Lendy Castillo came in the game and showed why he was the last guy in the bullpen.  Full box score after the jump.

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LaHair, Maholm Lead Cubs to Series Win

 

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.

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Marmol Plays Hero for Reds

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.

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Shark Attack in Cincinnati; Cubs Beat Reds

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.

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Garza Nearly Perfect in Cubs Win

The Cubs are positioned to win their second series in a row after beating the Phillies this afternoon 5-1 behind a dominant Matt Garza.  Garza was nasty, going 7 innings, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 10.  Garza, the victim of some poor run support and tough luck finally got some help to record the victory.  Tony Campana was once again the spark plug for the Cubs offense, this time leading off, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another stolen base.  Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also had productive days at the plate.  LaHair went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Joe Mather chipped in with a solo home run which is the only home run hit by a Cubs outfielder on the season, yikes.  Full box score, and highlights after the jump.

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Aggressive Cubs Continue Dominance of Halladay

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Mather Stings Former Team; Cubs Walk Off

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.

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Maholm and Cubs Back in the Win Column

I’m sure that’s a huge relief for Paul Maholm, probably for the Cubs too.  After two rough, well, bad outings the newly acquired Paul Maholm showed his employer and fans that he isn’t a complete disaster by going a strong six innings to tally his first win of the year and put a halt to the Cubs six game losing streak.  The Cubs got to Reds starter Mike Leake early as they put up five runs in the first two innings, and that was all that Maholm and the Cubs needed for the victory. Full Recap and box score after the jump.

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