Results tagged ‘ Drew Stubbs ’

Cubs Storm Back Only to Lose in Extras

It was a valiant effort from the Cubs, coming back from a 5-1 deficit against the soon to be Central Division champs, unfortunately the Cubs couldn’t close the deal and lost to the Reds 6-5 in eleven innings.  The outcome looked like it was going to be much different in the bottom of the 10th when the Cubs had 2nd and 3rd with only one out but couldn’t push across the winning run.  Welington Castillo struck out, Brett Jackson walked, and Steve Clevenger grounded out to leave the bases loaded and ned the threat.  Things got worse for the Cubs in the 11th after the first two hitters were retired, Brandon Phillips reached on a David DeJesus error and of course came around to score the winning run, unearned.  On a tough night to pitch with the wind howling straight out all game Chris Rusin did his best to keep his team in it.  He lasted five innings giving up five runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out two, not the greatest outing but not terrible given the conditions.  The Cubs pen did a solid job the final six innings, as they allowed only three hits the rest of the way.  Anthony Rizzo, and Luis Valbuena each has two hits in this one, but Valbuena was picked off second in spectacular fashion to end a Cubs threat in the 6th so I’m not too thrilled with anything else he did last night, terrible.  Starlin Castro had a great night at the plate going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to raise his average to .283 on the season.  The Cubs look to avoid the sweep this afternoon as Jason Berken makes his second start as a Cub.

FULL BOX SCORE   

Soriano’s Bomb

Game Highlights:
Castro’s Four Hit Game
Cubs Turn Four Double Plays
Barney’s Great Play
Castillo Walks to Tie it Up
Valbuena’s Double
Well Done Valbuena, Well Done

Thanks for reading,
- George

Return Home Can’t Help Cubs; Drop Sixth Straight

The weather is miserable in the Chicagoland area today, but it’s not as bad as the Cubs, they are ice-cold.  Thanks to a rocky outing from Chris Volstad, and some bad defensive work, stop me if you’ve heard this before, the Cubs have dropped their sixth in a row.  Right from the hop it was apparent that the Cubs probably didn’t have a chance today.  Before the sparse crowd could even get settled the Reds were up 4-0 in the top of the first inning against Volstad.  Things never really got better for the Cubs as every time they tried to mount a comeback the Reds were able to tack on to their lead.  When it was all said and done, the Reds walk out with a 9-4 victory, in which the Cubs almost had more errors (3) than runs (4) and hits (5).  Full Recap after the jump.

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