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Samardzija Tosses 1st Complete Game in Cubs 4-3 Win Over Pirates – Wrigley Field 9/9/12

Posted on 09 September 2012 by Lou

Jeff Samardzija tossed his 1st career complete game in Saturday’s 4-3 win over the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  It was also the Cubs 1st team complete game of the season as well.  On an innings limit in his 1st year as a starter, Samardzija used up 120 pitches to accomplish the important feat.  He finished the season 9-13 with a 1.22 WHIP and 3.81 ERA.  He racked up 9 more strikeouts in the outing and walked just 1 batter.  It was his 17th quality start of the season – not bad for a lifetime reliever who finally earned a chance to compete as a starter out of spring training.

David DeJesus, Wellington Castillo and Tony Campana each had 2 hits in the win.  DeJesus’ single drove in Castillo with the winning run in the 8th inning to get Samardzija the win.  Alfonso Soriano hit his 27th home run of the season – it was his 92nd RBI in 130 games played.

Darwin Barney played in his 124th consecutive errorless game at 2nd base.  His streak surpassed the 1,000th innings mark and he also set a National League record in the process…

GO CUBC GO!!!

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Cubs Drop 1st Two Games in DC, Look to Rebound with Volstad on the Hill – Wrigley Field 9/4/12

Posted on 04 September 2012 by Lou

The Nationals have taken the 1st 2 games of the series against the Cubs with 2-1 and 11-5 victories.  The Nats improved their major league best record to 83-52.

Jeff Samardzija pitched well on Labor Day, but suffered the loss as the Cubs could not muster any offense. Samardzija fell to 8-13 on the season despite allowing just 1 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk in 7 innings pitched.  He struck out 8 and walked just 1 batter as he lowered his ERA to 3.91 and his WHIP to 1.26.  Starlin Castro and Wellington Castillo each had 2 hits in the loss and Castillo knocked in the only Cubs run with a single in the 9th inning that cut the Nats lead in half.  But it was too little too late.

Chris Rusin and the Cubs bullpen served up 6 homers to the Nationals in the 11-5 loss on Tuesday night.  Rusin lasted just 1 inning (he did not record an out in the 2nd inning) before being pulled by Skipper Dale Sveum.  His line was not pretty — 5 ER on 8 hits with a walk and a strikeout.  His WHIP ballooned to 2.00 as his ERA skyrocketed to 9.00.  It was his 2nd loss in 2 starts this season.  Alfonso Soriano did hit his 26th home run and tallied his 2nd triple of the season.  Luis Valbuena, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro each had 2 hits in the loss.

The Cubs are a woeful 51-84 on the season and it looks like they could suffer a 100-loss season in 2012.  Ouch…

At least they are still finding ways to have fun – check out the picture of Rookie picture Jaye Chapman carrying the “Dora The Explorer Backpack” to the Cubs bullpen before the start of the game!

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Cubs Look to Take Game 2 from Giants with Germano on the Bump – Wrigley Field 9-1-12

Posted on 01 September 2012 by Lou

The Cubs look to take Game 2 of the series against the Giants at Wrigley Field.  But it is not looking so good as Justin Germano has already surrendered 5 ER in just 2 innings of work.  Former Cub Xavier Nady delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing double in the 1st inning.  And while Anthony Rizzo and Wellington Castillo have each gotten a hit off of stud Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, they have yet to get on the scoreboard and trail 5-0.

The Cubs started the day with a 51-80 record and they trail the 1st place Cincinnati Reds by a whopping 29 games.  Will it ever get better on the north side?!?!?!

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