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I don’t think I should predict anymore victories, especially when Chris Volstad is pitching. So much for trying to be positive, Chris Volstad is just lost out there, and I was foolish to think he had a chance tonight. Furthermore, if I knew Lendy Castillo would make an appearance I would have definitely kept my mouth shut. Volstad was roughed up again tonight, as he recorded his ninth loss of the season, he’s only made twelve starts. Sure, four runs doesn’t seem like a lot, but Volstad was hit hard in every inning. Speaking of innings, Volstad only lasted five, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out three. Lendy Castillo, or as I like to call him, kerosene, made things much worse in his 0.2 innings of work, he gave up five runs, three earned on five hits while striking out two. This was another one of those “going through the motions” games as the Cubs seemed to want to do anything but play baseball tonight. They only managed six hits, and one run on their way to a 10-1 defeat thanks in large part to Lucas Harrell, who, to be fair, was outstanding tonight. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Brett Jackson each had one hit in the loss, so that’s exciting, I guess. The Cubs will look to win the series tomorrow as they send Justin Germano to the bump.
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We’ve seen this way too many times over the last 12 games, a decent pitching performance from the Cubs wasted as the offensive attack was anything but. It happened again today as Brooks Raley did everything he could to get the Cubs a win but they fell short for the 11th time in their last 12 games. Raley was much better in his second major league start as he went six strong innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out two. It was a pitchers duel all day as Raley was perfect through four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth where he surrendered three straight hits, and two runs to basically put this one out of reach. Things were never really in doubt this afternoon as the Cubs could only manage four hits against Johnny Cueto who tossed eight scoreless innings for his 15th win of the season. After winning the first game of this series the Cubs put on a crap show the rest of the weekend. This weekend will be best remembered for the lackadaisical effort put forth by the Cubs, that includes a five error “effort” on Friday and multiple mental mistakes, not just from players named Castro.
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If I would have told you that Chris Volstad would only give up two runs tonight you would probably think that the Cubs would win, who am I kidding, I mean lose by less than you originally thought. That’s exactly what happened as Volstad was outstanding, unfortunately the Cubs could not get anything going against Kershaw and fell to the Dodgers 3-1. Volstad who is trying to make a great third impression on the Cubs organization tossed seven strong innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three. The loss is Volstad’s eighth of the season and extends his winless streak to 21 straight starts. For the fourth straight game the Cubs offense was listless at best, resembling the May and June Cubs offense. Kershaw held the Cubs to three hits over his seven stellar innings of work, and the Dodgers bullpen was spotless. Darwin Barney, Alfsonso Soriano, and Welington Castillo were the only Cubs to get hits in the loss. The Cubs look to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon against newly acquired Joe Blanton, something tells me he will resemble Cy Young more than Joe Blanton. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs, fresh off almost being no-hit, battle the Pirates in the rubber game of the series today. Travis Wood starts for the Cubs and tries to keep the ball in the ballpark which has been a major problem for him as of late. Darwin Barney is not in the lineup today, hopefully that is just precautionary after being hit in the head last night. Here is how the Cubs will line up.
1. DeJesus – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. LaHair – RF
6. Baker – 2B
7. Castillo – C
8. Valbuena - 3B
9. Wood – P
Why can’t Cardenas get a start at 2B or 3B??
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Another low scoring game between the Cubs and Pirates ended with the Pirates hanging on for a 3-2 victory to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Cubs. Ryan Dempster started for the Cubs, and I can’t disagree with that anymore given everything swirling around Dempster right now. The good news I guess is that Dempster was really good despite being tagged with his 5th loss of the season. Dempster allowed three runs over six innings of work on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out six. Leading 2-1 in the fifth thanks to a Anthony Rizzo solo home run, and an RBI single, Dempster couldn’t hold the lead. He allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning to Michael Mckenry to tie the game, and gave up the lead in the 6th inning on a two out RBI double by Garrett Jones. Dempster was visibly upset in the dugout after the inning, and took his frustration out on a Gatorade cooler. It was nothing really, he just pushed it and threw a cup against the wall, he was later seen apologizing to the Gatorade cooler and asking it if Atlanta was a nice place, wait that’s not right, moving on. The Cubs couldn’t get anything going the rest of the way as the Pirates pen shut the offense down. Still a solid series for the Cubs as they take two out of three from the Bucco’s, full box score and highlights after the jump.
To almost everyone’s surprise, Ryan Dempster started tonight in St. Louis against the Cardinals. Surprising in that Dempster was rumored to be pulled from his start by a number of baseball insiders because of a trade that was imminent. Well, the trade hasn’t happened yet, and Dempster wasn’t pulled from his start, so just a normal day I guess. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dempster’s head was elsewhere at the start of the game with everything that is going on, I’m sure he won’t admit it, but it’s hard not to notice. Dempster’s scoreless innings streak ended almost immediately as the Cardinals scored three times in the first inning after Dempster recorded an out, ending his streak at 33.1 scoreless innings. Dempster settled down however only allowing one more run over the next five innings. He finished the night after six innings giving up four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two, his ERA shoots all the way up to 2.11 on the season. The Cubs offense couldn’t get anything going against Cardinals starter Kyle Lohse, only recording seven hits and one run in the loss. David DeJesus had a good night at the plate going 2-for-4, and the only Cubs run came via a Darwin Barney sacrifice fly. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
For the second straight day a Cubs pitcher took the mound for maybe the last time as a Cub, and for the second time the Cubs got a great starting performance and a win. Today it was Matt Garza’s turn and he was very good for the Cubs as he went seven strong innings giving up no runs on five hits while walking one and striking out seven. The one walk was key, as Garza has been getting into trouble with long innings and walks, today he avoided both for the most part as the Cubs completed the three game sweep with a 3-1 win over the D-Backs. The Cubs jumped out in front early, after a wild pitch moved DeJesus to second, Anthony Rizzo laced a line drive base hit to right to score him and make it 1-0. Darwin Barney came through with the game winning hit in the second as he hit a line drive two-run homer off of Trevor Cahill to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead, and that was all Garza needed. Barney finished the day 1-for-3 with his fourth home run of the season and two RBI’s. Carlos Marmol came in and nailed down the save for the second straight day, he also made it interesting, again. James Russell got the first out in the ninth before Marmol came in, he proceeded to walk the first hitter he faced, then gave up a base hit to put the game tying run on base. He got Geoff Blum to strike out on a pitch in the dirt, and retired Gerardo Parra on a ferocious line drive that almost put Marmol into the center field bleachers, Marmol recovered and got the out and the save. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Maybe Ryan Dempster doesn’t want to leave? Pitching in front of a packed house at Wrigley Field for maybe the last time, Dempster shut down the Diamondbacks en route to a 4-1 victory. For the fifth start in a row Dempster did not allow a run and earned the victory, according to Elias, Dempster is only the 5th pitcher in the last 100 years to accomplish that feat. Dempster also tied Kenny Holtzman’s club record for scoreless innings in a season with 33 straight, Holtzman tossed 33 scoreless innings in a row during the 1969 season. Dempster was on a pitch count again this afternoon so he was lifted after six innings, he allowed no runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five. The bottom of the Cubs order did most of the damage today as both Luis Valbuena and Geovany Soto had two hits, Valbuena added an RBI. Reed Johnson had a solid day at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with his 8th double of the season. Carlos Marmol came on to get the save and made it as difficult as you could imagine. Marmol put the first two guys on in the ninth before getting a game saving catch from Reed Johnson as he crashed into the bricks in right. Anthony Rizzo started a slick 3-6-1 double play to end the game giving the Cubs a series victory. Don’t look now, but the Cubs are playing baseball worthy of a contender as they have won 11 of their last 15 games, an impressive run, sure it is probably too late but this is must watch TV. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
I can get used to this type of baseball from the Cubs, Jeff Samardzija pitches a gem, Anthony Rizzo goes deep, and the Cubs win their fourth straight game. The four game winning streak is the longest of the season, sad I know, but it’s something at least. It’s also the Cubs sixth win in their last seven games, an impressive feat for sure. With the game scoreless in fourth inning Anthony Rizzo took a first pitch fastball from Tommy Hanson and hit a no-doubter just to the left of center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. For the most part that was enough for Samardzija, but thanks to a two-out rally in the sixth the Braves tied the game at one. The tie didn’t last long as the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh and Luis Valbuena busted it wide open. Valbuena jumped on the first pitch from Hanson lining it down the right field line into the corner to clear the bases and give the Cubs a 4-1 lead which is how this one would end. Samardzija was the story of the night as he bounced back from a few rough outings to go seven innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one guy, and striking out 11, a career high. Rizzo finished the night 2-for-4 at the plate with his second home run of the season, he’s now hitting .304 in the six games since being called up, the Cubs are now 5-1 in those games. Steve Clevenger and Luis Valbuena each finished the night with two hits each, full box score and highlights after the jump.
Surely Anthony Rizzo couldn’t live up to all the hype surrounding his much-anticipated Cubs debut, but he did his best to try. Rizzo was 2-for-4 in his first game with the Cubs, including the game winning single, that turned into a double with two outs in the fourth inning. Rizzo also singled in his first at bat, which was originally scored an error, it was changed a couple of minutes later, and rightfully so, who gives him an error at home? While Rizzo was making his debut Randy Wells might have been throwing his last pitch as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Randy Wells has lost it, all of it, he could only last three innings, giving up three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three. Thanks to Wells the Cubs got down 2-0 early before Rizzo and company charged back to take a 3-2 lead in the third inning. The Mets tied the game up in the fourth before Rizzo put the Cubs up for good in the bottom half. A huge effort from the Cubs bullpen today as Scott Maine, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol shut down the Mets the rest of the way. The game ended with Carlos Marmol earning his 100th career save, and one of his easier ones two. Five different Cubs had two hits in the win, Rizzo, David DeJesus, Luis Valbuena, Darwin Barney, and Steve Clevenger. While Anthony Rizzo won’t be a savior for the 2012 Cubs season, he might have made this one the most enjoyable games to watch all year, the Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Full box score and highlights after the jump.