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Do or Die for Cubs on Brutal 10-Game Road Trip Against Cards, Reds & Phillies – Wrigley Field 6/3/11

Posted on 03 June 2011 by Lou

It is do or die for the Cubs on their brutal 10-game road trip against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.  The Cubs are a season low 8 games under .500 with a 23-31 record.  They already trail the Cards by 8 games in the NL Central race.  Anything worse than a 5-5 record on the road trip could mean doom and gloom for the northsiders.

Ryan Dempster gets the nod in the opener in St. Louis tonight.  Dempster has won 3 of his last 4 starts even though his ERA still sits at 6.00.

The Cubs need to find a way to get to their recent Cards-nemesis Jaime Garcia who is 5-1 on the season.  Garcia has a career 1.93 ERA against the Cubs and he tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball in a 9-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field back on May 12th.

Let’s Go Cubs!

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Last Place Astros Sweep Soon-to-Be Last Place Cubs – Wrigley Field 6/2/11

Posted on 02 June 2011 by Lou

This is getting comical.  Doug Davis lost again as the Astros rallied for another late win over the Cubs (3-1) at Wrigley Field.  Davis gave up 3 ER on 8 hits over 6 1/3 innings and he suffered his 4th straight loss for the Cubs.

The Cubs bats did little to help – 1 run on 3 hits with 3 walks.  The lone run scored on Kosuke Fukudome’s solo home run to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning for the Cubs.

Good job guys.  Heading into this home stand, the Cubs had reason to be optimistic – getting to face equal-caliber teams – the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros – on your home turf.  The Cubs finished the home stand with a 3-6 record after getting swept by the Astros.  The Cubs are now a season-high 8 games under .500 at 23-31.  They trail the Cards by 9 games in the NL Central and they will now face the Cards, Reds and Phillies on a brutal 10-game road trip.  Good luck with that one…

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Cubs Continue to Find New Ways to Lose – Wrigley Field 6/1/11

Posted on 01 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs continue to find new, lower ways to lose – Carlos Marmol gave up 6 runs in the 9th, blowing the win for Carlos Zambrano and helping the Cubs lose 7-3.  Ouch.

The Cubs trailed 1-0 for most of the game.  Then in the 8th inning, the Cubs finally had some good things come their way as the Cubs tied the game at 1-1 on a throwing error by the Astros’ pitcher on Tyler Colvin’s sacrifice bunt.  Then Darwin Barney and Aramis Ramirez gave the Cubs the lead with RBI doubles.  It looked like the Cubs would finally get that elusive win.

But it wasn’t meant to be as Carlos Marmol suffered his 3rd blown save, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk to give the Astros a 7-3 lead.  Marmol only recorded 1 out in the disastrous 9th inning.

Kudos to Carls Zambrano who had one of his best starts of the season and kept his cool after the Marmol debacle.  Big Z worked 8 innings of one-run ball, scattering 7 hits and no walks with 7 strikeouts.  The only run he allowed came on a Brett Wallace solo home run back in the 4th inning.

The Cubs fell to 3-5 on the current home stand and now trail the Cards by a whopping 8.5 games in the NL Central race.

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