Results tagged ‘ David DeJesus ’

Cubs Can’t Overcome Early Giant Surge

Much like the Cubs did yesterday, the Giants jumped out in front early and rode that momentum to victory.  Justin Germano got the start and struggled with his command early, and he can’t succeed if he doesn’t have his command.  The Giants struck for four runs in the first, all coming after the first two hitters were retired.  Germano finished his day after five innings giving up five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.  His counterpart Tim Lincecum was good today, however he made plenty of mistakes over the middle of the plate but the Cubs couldn’t take advantage as they could only bang out five hits in the loss.  David DeJesus got every bit of a Lincecum mistake in the third inning launching a massive two-run homer that bounced onto Sheffield Avenue to bring the Cubs to within three at 5-2.  Unfortunately that was as close as the Cubs would get as they were shut down over the last six innings in this one.  Anthony Rizzo also had a good day at the plate as he is starting to get hot again, he finished the day 2-for-4 with a double.  The rubber game of the series takes place tomorrow afternoon where the Cubs will put their hopes of a series win in the hands of Travis Wood.




Game Highlights:
Barney With a Slick Play
DeJesus’ Great Play
Massive Two-Run Homer From DeJesus

Thanks for reading,
– George


August 31 – September 2, 2012; vs. Giants – Series Preview

Time to play spoiler as the West Division leading Giants roll into town for a weekend series.  Ever since the Giants got the news that Melky Cabrera was going to be suspended they have taken off, and now hold a four game lead over the Dodgers in a race for the Western Division crown.  The Giants are getting it done with a balanced attack as they are right in the middle of the pack in runs scored and ERA in the National League.  The Cubs are going to need to have a solid offensive approach against the Giants if they want to take this series.  The Giants are a baseball team in every sense of the word, they play, and win as a team.  If the Cubs can do the same thing, and have an approach like they did in the series finale against the Brewers they might be able to play spoiler.  The team could look rather different come Saturday as the rosters will expand, Sveum has cautioned that there might only be six or so call ups, we’ll see, and of course keep you updated.

August 31, 2012 – September 2, 2012; Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL

Here are this weekends pitching matchups.

Friday August 31, 2012
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner (14-8, 2.93 ERA)
Cubs: Chris Volstad (1-9, 6.28 ERA)

Saturday September 1, 2012
San Francisco: Tim Lincecum (7-14, 5.30 ERA)
Cubs: Justin Germano (2-4, 5.91 ERA)

Sunday September 2, 2012
San Francisco: Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA)
Cubs: Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA)

Season Series:  Giants lead series 4-0

Prediction:  Giants sweep series 3-0

Thanks for reading,
– George

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

Cubs Collapse Late Against Brewers

For whatever reason the Cubs can’t solve the Brewers, they not only lose to the Brewers, they get blown out by them.  The Cubs raced to an early 3-1 lead last night but couldn’t hold it as Aramis Ramirez and company pushed across three runs in the 5th to take a 4-3 lead.  A Brett Jackson home run in the bottom of the sixth made it 5-4 Brewers, but that was as close as the Cubs would get as the bullpen exploded late.  After giving up one run in the 8th the Cubs pen put on a show in the ninth surrendering nine runs on eight hits.  The best performance on the mound in the ninth inning belonged to Cubs utility outfielder Joe Mather who tossed one-third of an inning giving up only a single.  No word yet if Mather will have a shot to make the team next year out of the bullpen  It was more of the same for the Cubs at the plate against Brewers pitching.  By  more of the same I mean striking out, a lot, as the Cubs fanned 15 times last night, this coming on the heels of striking out 39 times in the three game series in Milwaukee last week.  As I mentioned Brett Jackson went deep, he is locked in right now, he finished the night 1-for-3 with his fourth home run, two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.


Game Highlights:
DeJesus Adventure
Castro Turns a Nice Double Play
Jackson Solo Shot
Soriano’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
– George



Cubs go quietly as Reds take the series

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.



Game Highlights:
DeJesus Makes a Nice Catch
Barney with the Bare Hand

Thanks for reading,
– George

Spoiler Alert: Maholm, Cubs Frustrate Pirates

It wasn’t too  long ago that the Cubs were contenders and would struggle whenever the lowly teams in the division would come to town, well they are now returning the favor to the Pirates.  Not that it’s something to get really excited about because of course a team would rather be contending, but it’s nice to have meaningful win one way or another.  Paul Maholm turned in another outstanding performance, this time against the only other team he has suited up for in the Major Leagues.  Maholm went eight innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn his ninth win of the season and lower his ERA to 3.88.  It was the second start in a row that a Cubs pitcher was able to go eight innings as Jeff Samardzija did the same to the Pirates yesterday.  Things got started in a big way as Starlin Castro took the first pitch he saw and deposited in the right center field bleachers for his ninth home run of the season to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.  The only mistake Maholm made all night was an elevated fastball to Garrett Jones, Jones matched Castro’s solo shot with one of his own to tie the game at one in the fourth.  David DeJesus came through with the big hit for the Cubs in the fifth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded DeJesus laced a double into the right field corner scoring two to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.  Alfonso Soriano put the game to bed in the 6th as he blasted his 19th home run of the season, a two run shot to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead and that’s how it would end.  The Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow morning behind Ryan Dempster, I guess.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.


Rough First Dooms Dempster

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.


Wood Knocked Around as Cubs Streak Ends at Four

It was one of those nights where you would expect to see a shoot-out, and that’s what happened tonight at Wrigley.  Couple Travis Wood’s poor command with the 100 degree heat index and it was a recipe for disaster.  The Marlins scored three runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead.  Wood ended his night after 4.2 innings giving up eight runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out six.  The Cubs tried to get back in the game by getting single runs in the 5th and 6th to make it 8-2.  With the game seemingly over in the 8th, the Cubs tried to mount a rally.  The tying run was on deck when Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning ending double play and that is as close as the Cubs would get in a 9-5 loss.  David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Luis Valbuena, and Jeff Baker who wasn’t even starting the game, all came through with two hits in the loss.  It’s not like the Cubs didn’t have their chances in this one.  They scored five runs in the loss but finished the night 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 guys on base.  I guess the Cubs were bound to have a bad one here as they have been so good as of late, and it was probably time to get Dolis and Asencio into a game, so forget this one and move on.  Full box score, and highlights after the jump.


Rizzo Leads Cubs to Win in Debut

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.


Cubs Players of the Month: May 2012

In a month that saw 17 total losses, and a 12 game losing streak it’s hard to find bright spots, I did my best.  Here are the players of the month for May, thank God it’s over.

David DeJesus

Not a bad month at all for the Cubs lead-off hitter, and sometimes number three hitter, yeah when the offense is bad it’s bad.  But DeJesus has done everything he can to put the Cubs in a position to score as he fashioned a .400 OBP in the Month of May.  DeJesus also had four triples in the month, including two in one game.  He also became my hero during the 12 game losing streak when he picked up a home run ball and launched it into the River in Pittsburgh, that is exactly how every Cubs fan felt at that moment.  Month’s like this for DeJesus will make him a very attractive target at the deadline, odds are he will be dealt, but it has been nice to see at least one guy be patient at the plate, I will miss that if he is traded.

David DeJesus May Highlights:

Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija has been pitching like an ace all year, and May was no different.  The Cubs only had 10 wins in the month, Samardzija recorded three of them, and should have had one more at least.  Samardzija is commanding all of his pitches, thus he is throwing less pitches early in games which is allowing him to get deep into games.  The one thing he is learning on the job is how to finish games off, most of the runs he has given up has been the third time through the order around the 7th inning or so.  If he can lock that down then he will become a certifiable ace, right now he will have to settle for being the Cubs #1.  Hopefully he continues to improve as that will only help make this staff something to be reckoned with moving forward.

Jeff Samardzija Highlights:

Thanks for reading, here’s to a better month.
– George