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Davis, Cubs Lose Again – Wrigley Field 5/28/11

Posted on 28 May 2011 by Lou

Doug Davis made it 3 losses in a row since being elevated to the Cubs starting rotation 2 weeks ago.  Davis gave up 4 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and an embarrassing 6 walks in just 4 2/3 innings of work.  It looks like the David reclamation project is not going to work.

The Cubs offense wasn’t much better.  They managed just 5 hits on the day and they didn’t score until Alfonso Soriano’s 2-run home run in the 9th inning.

The Cubs fell to and they now trail the 1st place Cards by a whopping 7.5 games and it isn’t even June yet…

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Cubs Use 17-Hit, 9-Run Attack to Take Series from Mets – Wrigley Field 5/26/11

Posted on 27 May 2011 by Lou

The Cubs offense took it to the Mets pitching twice this series – today it was a 17-hit, 9-run attack that paved the way for an easy 9-3 win at Wrigley on Thursday afternoon.  Like Ryan Dempster in Tuesday night’s big win, Carlos Zambrano was the beneficiary of the big day.  Zambrano worked 6+ innings, giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in a solid effort.  Big Z picked up his 5th win of the season and also added 3 hits, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.

Kosuke Fukudome broke out of his little mini slump with 3 hits, including a solo home run off of Jason Isringhausen in the 8th inning.  It was his 1st homer of the year and only his 4th RBI on the season.  Tony Campana also added 3 hits in the win and Darwin Barney, Blake DeWitt and Alfonso Soriano each had 2 hits as well.  Carlos Pena clubbed homer #6 on the season in the 4th inning – his 2-run shot gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Kudos to Big Z for not losing his cool in the top of the 3rd inning.  Jose Reyes lined an extra base hit down the right field line.  As Reyes cruised into 2nd base, Fukudome’s errant throw to Darwin Barney got away from him and Reyes was able to move over to 3rd base on the error.  But then Barney made matters worse by trying to throw out Reyes at 3rd base.  Barney’s throw eluded 3rd baseman Blake DeWitt and Reyes was able to race home with the game’s 1st run.  It literally looked like a little league home run, but what else do you expect from this under-achieving Cubs squad in 2011?  Check out the video here — .

The Cubs improved their record to 22-26, but they still trail the Cards by 6.5 games in the NL Central race.

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Cubs Blow Golden Opportunity – Coleman & Berg Just Bad – Wrigley Field 5/25/11

Posted on 26 May 2011 by Lou

With another storm heading towards Chicago, each team knew they had to score early and often to be ahead in a game that was certainly going to be rain-shortened at some point before 9 innings were played.  The Cubs took a 4-1 lead after 1 inning of play courtesy of 2-out, 2-run doubles from Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano in a clutch hitting performance.  But Casey Coleman and Justin Berg gave it right back by allowing the Mets to take command with a 5-run 2nd inning.  Coleman recorded only 4 outs in his start — 6 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk.  Why is he still in the rotation?  Manager Mike Quade went with young gun Justin Berg to get Coleman out of the 2nd inning jam, but what did he do?  Berg literally threw 12 pitches – all balls – to walk in 2 runs in a miserable effort.  James Russell came on to save the day and keep the game close by striking out the final 2 batters of the game with the bases loaded and only 1 out.  Sure the Cubs trailed 6-4, but it could have been worse.  With the rain coming, the Cubs knew they needed to score and score soon, but they could never muster anything else off of Dillon Gee the rest of the way.  The game was eventually called after 6 full innings of play.

It was another frustrating loss in another frustrating year for the Cubs…

 

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Cubs-Mets To Play Tonight at Wrigley Field – 5/25/11

Posted on 25 May 2011 by Lou

It looks like the storms have moved through the Chicago area and the next round of storms won’t hit until later tonight.  Casey Coleman will look to build off of a solid start against the Marlins in Florida last week.  Coleman tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings and picked up his 2nd win of the season despite issuing 5 walks in the win.  Coleman will square off against 25-year old Dillon Gee who has been a lifesaver for the Mets in 2011.  Gee is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 8 games this season, 5 of which have been starts.

Let’s Go Cubs – make it 2 in a row.  At 21-25, the Cubs still trail the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals by 7 games in the NL Central race…

 

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Red Sox Pound Cubs 15-5 at Fenway on Friday Night – Wrigley Field 5/21/11

Posted on 21 May 2011 by Lou

Ouch — what an ugly loss – 15-5, 4 more errors from the Cubs defense.  Just when you thought they might make a turn after winning 2 over the Marlins in Miami this week, they go back to their “old” losing ways in Boston.

Doug Davis was downright bad – 7 ER on 8 hits and 3 walks with 3 K’s in just 3 2/3 innings pitched.  Scott Maine recorded just 1 out in his work durnig the 4th and 5th innings.  He gave up 3 ER on 5 hits with 1 walk. And Jeff Samardzija had his 1st bad outing in a while, turning a 10-5 laugher into an embarrassing 15-5 riot.  He gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks in the bottom of the 8th inning.  All in all, the Red Sox pounded out 19 hits including 2 home runs.

James Russell was the only effective Cubs pitcher as he tossed 3 scoreless innings in the middle of the game.

Jeff Baker did have a good night at the plate – 4 for 5 with 2 runs scored.  Aramis Ramirez followed that up with 3 hits and an RBI.  Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson each had 2 hits in the loss.

The pressure is now on Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza to try to salvage the series against the Red Sox at Fenway park in Boston this weekend.

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Wow — I Did Not See This 5-1 Casey Coleman Win Coming at All! Wrigley Field 5/20/11

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Lou

I love to be wrong in situations like this, as Casey Coleman led the Cubs to a 2-game sweep of the Marlins in Miami with a convincing 5-1 win.

Coleman picked up his 2nd win of the season, throwing 109 pitches in 5 2/3 scoreless innings.  Manager Mike Quade brought in the recently called up Scott Maine to get Coleman out of trouble in the bottom of the 6th inning after Coleman walked 2 batters with 2 outs in the inning.  Maine made it a little scary but Byrd cuaght Wes Helms’ deep drive to center field to end the inning.

And how about John Grabow — he has given up just 1 ER in his last 10 appearances and he notched his 4th hold of the season with a scoreless 7th inning.  If Grabow can regain the form that made him such an effective reliever before he signed a 3-year free agent deal with the Cubs, the Cubs bullpen will be that much deeper as the season progresses.

Kerry Wood gave up the Marlins only run on a homer to Mike Stanton.  Wood is trending in the exact opposite direction as Grabow — in his last 5 trips to the mound, Wood has 2 blown saves and 2 losses, and has given up 7 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks.  Not good.

Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 9th inning in a non-save situation.

At the plate, Reed Johnson got the Cubs out to an early lead with an RBI double in the 2nd inning.  Marlon Byrd continues to swing a hot bat.  He had 2 more hits including a 2-run home run in the 4th inning that increased the Cubs lead to 3-0.  And Starlin Castro had 2 hits including a 2-run double in the top of the 9th inning that gave the Cubs some breathing room heading into the bottom of the inning with a 4-run lead.

After an atrocious start to the tough road trip with 2 frustrating losses to the 1st place Reds, it was nice to see the Cubs bounce back against the Marlins.  The Cubs now trail the Cards by 5.5 games in the NL Central and need a 3-game sweep over the Red Sox in Boston this weekend in order to get back within 1 game of the .500 mark…

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Cubs Rally for 7-5 Win Over Marlins, End 3-game Skid – Wrigley Field 5/19/11

Posted on 19 May 2011 by Lou

The Cubs rallied for a much-needed 7-5 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night in Miami.  After falling behind 5-3 at the end of the 5th inning, the Cubs tied it up in the top of the 6th inning on pinch-hitter Reed Johnson’s 2-run bomb.  The Cubs then took the lead for good in the 8th on Marlon Byrd’s solo shot to left field.  The Cubs tacked on an insurance run on Jeff Baker’s fielder’s choice play later that inning.

Koyie Hill had a nice game at the plate – 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored.  Kosuke Fukudome, Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez each had 2 hits on the night.

Ryan Dempster struggled through 5 innings – 5 ER on 8 hits and 2 walks.  Jeff Samardzija earned his 3rd win of the season by pitching 2 scoreless innings.  Sean Marshall notched his 9th hold of the 2011 campaign, and Carlos Marmol picked up his 9th save by pitching an inning and a third of scoreless ball.

Casey Coleman looks to help the Cubs sweep the quick 2-game series over the Marlins tonight in Miami.  Then it’s off to Boston for a 3-game set against the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park.

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7′s Wild in Tuesday Night’s 7-4 Loss to Reds in Cincinnati – Wrigley Field 5/18/11

Posted on 18 May 2011 by Lou

Can it get any worse?  7′s were wild as the Reds swept the Cubs in a quick 2-game series in Cincinnati this week.  The 2nd ugly loss in a row to the Reds dropped the Cubs 7 games back of the 1st place Reds in the NL Central race.  All 7 runs scored by the Reds in the 7-4 win were of the “unearned” variety because of 4 errors committed by Cubs players.  Sure 2 of the errors came from pitchers Matt Garza and Kerry Wood, so maybe those runs should not be considered “unearned”, but the Cubs clearly did not get the message that Skipper Mike Quade was trying to send when he held a closed-door meeting after Monday’s embarrassing loss.

Ryan Dempster looks to help stop the bleeding for the Cubs when he takes on former Cubs pitcher Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins in Miami tonight…

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Carlos, Cashner & Colvin, Oh My!!! Wrigley Field 5/17/11

Posted on 17 May 2011 by Lou

Monday was just not a good day for the Cubs organization as the Reds beat the Cubs 7-4 in Cincinnati.  The night started off so well – Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs had a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th inning and Big Z had only given up 1 hit to that point.  But then the wheels came off.  After striking out lead-off hitter Miguel Cairo, Big Z could not get another player out the rest of the inning, surrendering 4 singles, a walk and a double before being lifted for Marcos Mateo.  By that point the game was still tied at 4 and the Reds had 2nd and 3rd with only 1 out.  A Mateo wild pitch and then a 2-run home run to Johnny Gomes propeled the Reds to the 7-4 win.  What a joke…

The only positives on an all-around bad day – Darwin Barney had 3 hits and is now hitting .345.  Carlos Pena hit his 4th home run of the season – a 2-run shot that gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

The Cubs also announced that Tyler Colvin was being sent down to the Triple-A Iowa to “re-find” his swing with some regular at-bats.

Andrew Cashner also took a setback in his rehab from shoulder stiffness when he experienced a twinge in a Mesa, Arizona workout.

Oh yeah, the Cubs sent Mateo down to Triple-A Iowa after another bad outing.

And oh yeah – Manager Mike Quade held a closed-door meeting to talk to his players about accountability after yet another loss.  Yippee – think he’s ready to be done managing this squad?

The Cubs have now fallen a season high 5 games under .500.  Ouch.  They are 17-22 and they trail the 1st place Reds by 6 games…

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Cubs-Giants Series Finale Postponed until June 28th – Wrigley Field 5/16/11

Posted on 16 May 2011 by Lou

The Cubs-Giants series finale on Sunday at Wrigley Field was postponed because of inclement weather.  The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field when the Giants return to Chicago at the end of June.  Tickets for Sunday’s game will be good for the Tuesday June 27th make-up game at 1:20PM.  The regularly scheduled game against the Giants at 7:05PM later that evening will take place as usual.

The Cubs are 17-21 and they trail the Cincinnati Reds by 5 games in the NL Central race.  Only the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have worse records than the Cubs in the NL.  Not good.  The Cubs open a big 7-game road trip against the Reds on Monday and Tuesday, the Florida Marlins on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park over the weekend from May 20th through May 22nd.  Good luck with that trip – a 2-5, 1-6 trip should be seen as a positive…

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