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Edwin Jackson still searching for a win, pounded by Padres

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The first twenty-five games of the Cubs season featured a fun fact, every game has been decided by four runs or less, that streak came to a crashing halt tonight in game twenty-six.  Edwin Jackson was hit hard and often in the early going as the Padres built an 8-0 lead in the fifth inning.  As the Cubs have done all year they fought right back and scored four times in the bottom half of the fifth to make it a game.  Unfortunately the rest of the Castro 4-30Cubs staff couldn’t miss any bats either as the Padres scored in the next three innings, five runs in total, to take a 13-5 lead in the eighth inning.  The Cubs staged a minor rally in the ninth inning to make the score look somewhat presentable but they really never had a chance in this one, and that can be attributed to Edwin Jackson’s continued struggles.

At The Plate – Nice to see the Cubs really pound the ball in this one, too bad it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Padres.  The Cubs scored seven times on eleven hits, and were uncharacteristically good with runners in scoring position (3-for-9).  Starlin Castro had a big game going 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Anthony Rizzo is locked in at the plate, and now the results are starting to come, he was 3-for-4 tonight with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base.  Luis Valbuena, David DeJesus, and Cody Ransom all hit home runs in this one, Valbuena’s home run was a two-run shot, while DeJesus and Ransom each had solo homers.

On The Mound - Not a lot of success on the mound in this one and it started with Edwin Jackson who was torched.  Jackson went 4.2 innings giving up eight runs on eleven hits while walking two and striking out six, his ERA ballooned to 6.27 for the season.  Kameron Loe was okay in relief going 1.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.  Hector Rondon didn’t fare too well out of the pen going two innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking one.  Shawn Camp was the only pitcher to escape unscathed in this one as he worked a scoreless inning.

Up Next - Game three of the series, and the Cubs will face a familiar face in Andrew Cashner.  The Cubs will counter with Scott Feldman at 7:05 PM CST.  Editors note:  Congrats Blackhawks on winning game one!  Go Chicago sports.

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Game Highlights:

Valbuena’s two-run homer
Castro’s two-run shot
David DeJesus’ reviewed home run

Thanks for reading,
- George

Valbuena’s Blast Propels Cubs to Victory

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How was that for exciting, for the second time in the last week Luis Valbuena belted a clutch home run to put the Cubs up late, this time they actually won the game.  Things weren’t looking so good early on as Edwin Jackson was struggling with his command and the Marlins jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second inning.  Usually that spells the end of the game for the Cubs given their offensive woes, but not tonight.  The Cubs scored once in the fourth on back to back doubles by Nate Schierholtz and Welington Castillo, and then tied it in the sixth on a home run by you guessed it, Schierholtz again.  Jackson settled in, and the Cubs pen did a great job to get the game Valbuena 4-25tied at three and then Valbuena delivered the game winning shot in the top of the ninth.  Carlos Marmol came on to get the save, and of course made it very interesting for everyone involved by putting the first two men on before escaping the jam, Cubs win!

At The Plate – The Cubs were only able to manage six hits in this one, but they made them count as they were 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.  David DeJesus was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored from the lead-off spot.  Starlin Castro got the Cubs on the board early with an RBI single, he finished the day 1-for-4.  Nate Schierholtz was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Luis Valbuena, the hero on this night went 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound - It didn’t look like Edwin Jackson was going to make it through four innings in this one but he battled his way to a quality start.  Jackson went six innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four.  The Cubs pen shined in this one as Hector Rondon, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol all tossed scoreless innings in the victory.  Impressive job by Marmol after it looked like things were going to unravel, he walked the first guy, gave up a hit to the next guy then settled in as he struck out the Marlins best hitter Giancarlo Stanton with the tying run in scoring position to end this one.

Up Next - Game two of the series as Scott Feldman looks for his first win of the season against Wade LeBlanc at 6:10 PM CST.

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Game Highlights:

Valbuena’s game winner
Great defensive play in the ninth
Marmol gets the save
Schierholtz ties it with a home run
Castro’s RBI single
Great catch by Barney
Castillo’s RBI double
Slick play by Barney and Castro

 

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Continue to Beat Themselves

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I understand that the Cubs won’t be competitive this year, maybe competitive in games, but not to the point of winning anything substantial, but the one thing I expect to see at least is strong fundamental play.  When the roster is hollowed, which it is, one would expect to see the little things done right, and players paying attention.  We are only sixteen games into this season and it is clear that in some games the Cubs just aren’t mentally there.  I suppose I shouldn’t be as upset about it Alfonso Sorianobecause this kind of stuff happens on bad teams, and for the most part the Cubs have fought in games but today just got to me.  It also is starting to get to Dale Sveum, “”This is obviously getting old…we’re making mistakes that rookie ball people make.”   The Cubs only had four chances with runners in scoring position, they did convert once, but it wasn’t enough as four unearned runs did in the Cubs and Edwin Jackson, just frustrating.

At The Plate – The Cubs managed to out-hit the Brewers in this one 7-6, but the Brewers didn’t make any errors and thus they won.  Of the seven Cubs hits only two were of the extra-base variety.  David DeJesus was 1-for-3, as was Luis ValbuenaAlfonso Soriano was the only Cubs player to register an RBI, he was 1-for-4, and also made an error.  Starlin Castro was 1-for-4 and he also made an error, the other error was made by Edwin Jackson.  Nate Schierholtz, and Dave Sappelt were the only Cubs with extra base hits, both doubles.

On The Mound - Edwin Jackson had a “quality” start by definition of the rule book as he went six innings giving up five runs, one earned, on four hits while walking one and striking out four.  Hector Rondon, and Kameron Loe both worked scoreless innings in relief but by then the game was decided. 

Up Next – The Cubs will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon as Scott Feldman battles Wily Peralta at 1:10 PM CST.

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Game Highlights:

Soriano’s impressive RBI single….sigh
Castro’s Error, sums it up

Thanks for reading,
- George

Series Preview – Giants @ Cubs; April 11 – April 14, 2013

Ah, Spring in Chicago, either it’s great or horrible, usually no in between.  Hopefully the weather cooperates today, and all weekend as the Cubs welcome the defending champion San Francisco Giants to town for a four game set.  Should be some great baseball on display this weekend, hopefully for both teams.  As usual the Giants boast of formidable pitching staff that will most definitely pose a challenge for the Cubs anemic offense.

Last Series:

The Cubs split the two game series with the Brewers as the final game was rained out.

The Giants swept the Rockies in a three game series at home.

Game Times and Broadcast Information:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2013 – 1:20 PM CST on CSN Chicago
  • Friday, April 12, 2013 – 1:20 PM CST on CSN Chicago
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2013 – 12:05 PM CST on FOX
  • Sunday, April 14, 2013 – 1:20 PM CST on WGN TV

Starting Pitchers Scheduled:

Cubs:

Game One - Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71)
- Career vs. Giants (4 appearances, 2 GS)  (0-3, 5.54)

Game Two - Carlos Villanueva (0-0, 1.35)
- Career vs. Giants (13 appearances, 1 GS) (2-1, 4.15)

Game Three - Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.63)
- Career vs. Giants (6 appearances, 1 GS) (0-0, 2.53)

Game Four - Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73)
- Career vs. Giants (5 appearances, 4 GS) (2-2, 4.73)

Giants:

Game One - Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 8.44)
- Career vs. Cubs (15 appearances, 9 GS)  (4-5, 5.73)

Game Two - Matt Cain (0-1, 8.38)
- Career vs. Cubs (13 GS) (6-2, 2.45)

Game Three - Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32)
- Career vs. Cubs (6 GS) (3-2, 2.79)

Game Four – Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91)
- Career vs. Cubs (10 GS) (4-4, 3.43)

Who’s Hot / Who’s Not:

Something happened in the Brewers series, the Cubs found some offense, not only offense, but clutch offense.  In both games the Cubs mounted comebacks, one successful, and one not so successful.  Regardless, it was good to see guys having good at bats and driving the ball when they needed to.  Welington Castillo has been a consistent threat at the plate since day one for the Cubs, he’s hitting .381 on the season with two doubles, a home run, and five RBI’s.  Nate Schierholtz is also swinging a hot bat as he is hitting .304 on the season, and sports an impressive .385 OBP.  Alfonso Soriano is scuffling, he’s back to missing his pitch and then getting himself out on the pitchers pitch.  He’s hitting .194 on the season and has no extra base hits, or RBI’s.  The Cubs pitching is starting to show some dents, but for the most part the starters have been great.  Hector Rondon has been very good out of the pen, while Shawn Camp has struggled of late.

It’s a former Cub that is leading the offensive attack for the Giants, Angel Pagan is hitting .361 in the early going.  Pablo Sandoval is also swinging a hot bat hitting .345 on the season with two home runs and six RBI’s, and has only struck out once in 29 at bats.  Brandon Belt is struggling at the plate as he is only hitting .148 with only two extra base hits and no RBI’s.  The Cubs won’t see Barry Zito in this series, usually that’s a bad thing, but not this year, Zito started on his comeback trail last year, and has continued it this year as he hasn’t given up a run so far this year in two starts over fourteen innings.  Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain have been knocked around a bit as Vogelsong has a 8.44 ERA, and Cain has a 8.38 ERA, when was the last time you saw that?

Bold Prediction:

The Cubs usually play up to their competition, at home at least, I think they play well enough to split this four game series.  If they get a surprisingly solid performance from Feldman and Villanueva they might take three of four.

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

Comeback Successful! Cubs Even Series With Brewers

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One day after the Cubs teased us all with the possibility of a thrilling comeback they actually delivered.  Trailing 3-0 early because of mostly defensive miscues the Cubs pitching shut the door and for the first time all year the offense sprung to life when the team needed it the Schierholtz 4-9most.  After inching closer on RBI ground outs from Rizzo in the 5th and Castro in the 7th the Cubs found a new level of clutch tying the game in the seventh then breaking it open in the eighth inning.  The last two games the Cubs have shown some fight with two comebacks, well one and a half, and at this point that’s all you can ask for, a team that fights.

At The Plate – Finally some production from the top of the order, after two listless at bats David DeJesus broke out.  DeJesus was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Anthony Rizzo showed a much better approach tonight as he went 1-for-2 with a huge game tying single off of lefty Michael Gonzalez (previously 0-for-6 vs LHP), he also had two walks, and two RBI’s.  Scott Hairston registered the game winning RBI with a sac fly in the eighth inning to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

On The Mound - Another outstanding effort from Travis Wood who could have easily mailed it in after a rough second inning in which his defense let him down.  Wood ended up going 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.  Hector Rondon continued his spotless work out of the bullpen as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up nothing.  Carlos Marmol entered the game in eighth, and I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one holding my breath.  Marmol was effective, he worked one inning giving up a triple and the was it, he was bailed out by a spectacular play by Castro to end the eighth and keep the game tied at three.  Marmol ended up getting the win as Kyuji Fujikawa earned the save, Kyuji worked the ninth giving up one hit and striking out two to earn his second save of the season.

Up Next - The rubber game of the series as Scott Feldman makes his Wrigley Field debut against Brewers newcomer Kyle Lohse.  The weather is supposed to be craptastic, we’ll see if this one gets in, scheduled first pitch is 7:05 PM CST.

Stat Of The Night - David DeJesus had two hits on the season coming into this one, he had three hits tonight.

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Game Highlights:

Castro’s RBI groundout
Hairston’s sac fly puts Cubs in front
Game saving play by Castro
Rizzo’s RBI groundout
Rizzo’s huge RBI double to tie the game
DeJesus pads the lead

Thanks for reading,
- George

Samardzija’s Dominance Not Enough as Cubs Get Swept

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Jeff Samardzija was about as dominant as a pitcher could be today, unfortunately the final score really doesn’t tell the story.  The Cubs offense got back to normal as they could only manage five hits and one run against Braves starter Tim Hudson in the loss.  Samardzija 4-7The game changed in the sixth as the Braves looked to get a break as the home plate umpire ruled that Chris Johnson was hit by a pitch, it looked like it missed him on the replay but it was a close call.  That loaded the bases and Ramiro Pena followed with a ground ball base hit, which arguably could have been had by a Major League second baseman, unfortunately the Cubs had Alberto Gonzalez there.  Just like that it was 3-1 Braves and basically over given the Cubs lack of offensive anything.  Home opener tomorrow!

At The Plate – Nothing good really.  After yesterday’s “explosion” the Cubs could only manage five hits, and only one extra base hit.  Starlin Castro might be on the verge of getting hot as he was 2-for-4 with two singles.  Anthony Rizzo provided the only RBI of the game and finished the day 1-for-4, and David DeJesus doubled for his only hit of the game.  The Cubs left seven guys on base and were o-for-4 with runners in scoring position today.

On The Mound - It was the Jeff Samardzija show, and it’s really unfortunate that he didn’t get a win, or a no decision and was hung with a loss because he really didn’t deserve it.  Samardzija went 5.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out thirteen.  Hector Rondon had a solid inning of work out of the pen as he allowed nothing while striking out two.  Hisanori Takahashi gave up a run in his inning of work, a solo home run to Dan Uggla, he also struck out one.

Up Next - The home opener!  Something to get excited about after two mind numbing losses.  Edwin Jackson gets the honors and will face off against Marco Estrada and the Brewers.

Stat Of The Night - Jeff Samardzija set a career high with thirteen strikeouts in only 5.2 innings, besting his previous high of eleven.

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Game Highlights:

Check back later

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Still Searching for Offense in Loss to Braves

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More of the same from the Cubs offense tonight in Atlanta as they could only manage five hits and one run in a 4-1 loss.  Sure Mike Minor was pounding the zone, but Cubs hitters made things way too easy on Braves pitching by Rizzo 4-5having way too many aggressive at bats.  The Cubs have two losses now, both with the “lefty lineup” on display, meaning DeJesus and Schierholtz on the bench.  Not saying that they would have made a difference, but the Cubs always seem to struggle against lefties.  Scott Feldman was all over the place, but battled, the result was being over 100 pitches and out the game before the end of the fifth inning.  It’s not the end of the World, the Cubs are 2-2 which is probably a fair record at this point, if not better than it should be given the offensive struggles.

At The Plate – Another night, another low number in the hit column for the Cubs.  Alfonso Soriano, Scott Hairston, Welington Castillo, and Alberto Gonzalez were all 1-for-3.  Hairston provided the only offense of the night with a solo home run in the fifth inning off of Minor.

On The Mound - Scott Feldman made his Cubs debut and really never settled into a groove.  For the most part he was able to pitch around trouble but couldn’t get out of the 5th.  Feldman went 4.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits while walking four and striking out one.  The bright spot was the bullpen, Michael Bowden and Hector Rondon shut the door over the last 2.1 innings but it was to no avail.

Up Next - Carlos Villanueva will make his Cubs debut opposite Julio Teheran at 6:00 PM CST.  The Cubs will have their hands full again as Teheran is a high-class talent that will give them fits if they aren’t patient.

Stat Of The Night - The Cubs have 16 hits in the first four games of the season.

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Game Highlights:

Scott Hairston goes deep

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Bats as Cold as the Weather in Loss to Pirates

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It was rather obvious early, the Cubs offense was awfully disinterested in this one.  Wandy Rodriguez and the cold temperatures combined to keep the Cubs at bay as they could only manage two Edwin Jackson 4-3hits all night.  The Cubs opportunity came in the seventh inning when they put the first two on, and then loaded the bases with one out only to come up empty.  It really was a story of one inning both ways tonight for the Cubs as Edwin Jackson was decent except for the fourth inning.  Jackson struggled with his command in the fourth and gave up two runs in the frame which was more than enough for the Pirates in this one.

At The Plate – How many ways can I say bad?  I guess I’ll just leave it at that, the Cubs approach and the subsequent results or lack there of left a lot to be desired.  Alfonso Soriano and Alberto Gonzalez were the only Cubs to register hits in this one, both singles.

On The Mound – Edwin Jackson was really good early, then got into deep count after deep count and had to exit after five innings of work.  Jackson gave up two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out five in his Cubs debut.  Hector Rondon made his Major League debut, tossing a scoreless inning while walking two, and striking out two.  Michael Bowden gave up one run in his inning of work on two hits.  Shawn Camp and Hasanori Takahashi each had scoreless outings.

Up Next – The rubber game of the series.  Travis Wood will take on James McDonald at 11:35 AM CST, love morning baseball!  Look for the normal Cubs lineup sans Welington Castillo tomorrow.

Stat Of The Night – Here I will feature a stat, either from the game, or a trend, could be good, or bad, or alarming.  Tonight it’s alarming, the Cubs are 0-for-13 as a team with RISP, yikes.

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Game Highlights:

The Cubs had two hits, there are no highlights worth watching, I promise.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Rule 5 Draft Notes: Cubs Select Rondon; Lose Peralta Among Others

There was some speculation that the Cubs were looking to deal their 2nd overall pick in the Rule 5 draft today, but as Carrie Muskat reported they intended to pick and keep the player they picked.  Today the Cubs selected 25 year old RHP Hector Rondon from the Indians.  The guy I wanted the Cubs to take was Josh Fields, they couldn’t as he went #1 overall to the Astros.  Rondon was 2009 minor league pitcher of the year for the Indians and like many guys the Cubs take a chance on he had Tommy John Surgery in 2010.  Rondon hasn’t pitched that much in the last couple of years, but the Cubs must think that he is just about all the way back as Rondon will have to crack the 25 man roster as he was selected in “major league” portion of the Rule 5 draft.

Some unfortunate news, the D-Backs selected Starlin Peralta, and intriguing arm that pitched in the Cubs system last year, but never above A ball.  The news doesn’t really get any better as the Cubs lost Michael Burgess to the Astros, and Matt Cerda to the Cardinals.  Both guys are not considered “top prospects” and might not make it to the big leagues, but it isn’t a lot of fun to see guys you covered all year disappear from the organization.  News coming in that the Jays just selected RHP Alvido Jimenez from the Cubs as well, they are getting poached!  Don’t worry, none of these guys are considered major league level talent, except for Peralta maybe.

Thanks for reading,
- George

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