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Cubs Top Padres 6-2 in Shocking Fashion at Wrigley Field

Posted on 13 May 2009 by Lou

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The Cubs defeated the Padres 6-2 on Tuesday night behind the solid pitching of Rich Harden and the clutch hitting of Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley.  Harden improved to 4-1 on the season and settled down after he gave up a 2-run 1st inning home run to Adrian Gonzalez which gave the Padres the early.  Harden retired 12 Padres in a row after the HR and allowed only 3 more base runners in the next 5 innings.

I must admit, I had my doubts especially after the Cubs blew a golden opportunity off Peavy in the 4th inning.  Kosuke Fukodome led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd base with nobody out on a wild pitch by Jake Peavy.  All the Cubs had to do was put the ball in play to plate Kosuke, but Peavy struck out Derek Lee and Milton Bradley and was saved by a great play by the 3rd baseman who robbed Mike Fontenot on a line drive to the hot corner.  I figured the Cubs were done after blowing that scoring chance, especially against Peavy.  But the Cubs didn’t give up.

Alfonso Soriano’s RBI double in the 5th inning score Geovany Soto with the Cubs 1st run of the game.  In the 6th inning, Kosuke led off with another double.  After another Derek Lee strike out – how many is that on the season now???!!! – Milton Bradley exacted revenge on Peavy with a deep bomb to center field.

Side rant – instead of just running around the bases, Bradley just dropped the bat at home plate and stared at the ball going well into the center field bleachers.  Bradley didn’t stop there, however.  At the top of the Cubs dugout steps, Bradley put his left hand up to his ear to the crowd as if to say “Where are the boos now?”  Is this guy for real?  Gimme a break.  Bradley needs to quit worrying about the fans, the opposition and the media, and start focusing on his health, his at-bats and playing the field.  Although Bradley has quietly put together a nice 6-game hitting streak with 2 home runs, only 1 of the games has been a multi-hit game and his batting average is still a measly .186.  Hey Milton – you can get on your high horse when you have double-digit home runs, RBI’s and runs scored and when your batting average is higher than .200…  Check out the Bradley antics here!

The Cubs got an insurance run on Bobby Scales 1st career home run in the 7th inning.   Scales was a little bit more diplomatic after his shot as he sped around the bases for his unfamiliar home run trot:  “I was just running.  I kept telling myself, ‘Pick your feet up, pick your feet up, so you don’t trip’.  Even in the Minor Leagues when I hit home runs, there’s no point in showing anybody up.  You hit it and it went over the fence, and that’s enough.  Hit all four bases and get off the field.”

In the 8th inning, the Cubs added 2 more runs on an RBI single by Alfonso Soriano and a wild pitch that scored Micah Hoffpauir.  Aaron Heilman, Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg did the rest – shutting the door on the Padres with scoreless frames in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings.

Let’s hope the Cubs can pull off a sweep of the Padres with Ted Lilly on Wednesday night and Ryan Dempster on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

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Marshall, Bullpen Help Cubs Beat Brewers 4-2, Avoid Sweep at Miller Park

Posted on 11 May 2009 by Lou

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The Cubs defeated the Brewers 4-2 at Miller Park Sunday afternoon to prevent the Brewers bid for a 3-game weekend series sweep.  Sean Marshall pitched 5 innings, overcoming a rough start in which he gave up single runs in each of the 1st 2 innings.  Marshall settled down, however, and kept the Cubs in the game despite giving up 5 hits and 3 walks over 97 pitches.  The bullpen – which had handed defeat to the Brewers in the 2 previous games – Aaron Heilman with his 2-run home run to Ryan Braun in the 8th inning on Friday night and Neal Cotts, David Patton and Chad Fox collectively imploding in the 7th inning in Saturday night’s 12-6 loss – finally got it done at Sunday afternoon.  Angel Guzman pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings with 2 strikeouts.  Carlos Marmol had another interesting 8th inning allowing Ryan Braun to get to 3rd base on a double and a balk with no one out.  After striking out Prince Fielder, Marmol walked Mike Cameron and after J.J. Hardy popped out to shallow right field, Marmol walked Bill Hall to load the bases.  But Marmol induced a Jason Kendall groundout to keep the Cubs lead 4-2.  Kevin Gregg picked up his 6th save of the season although he did allow the tying run to come to the plate when he walked Rickie Weeks with 1 out.  Gregg rebounded to strike out Corey Hart and Ryan Braun to end the game.

The Cubs tallied their 4 runs in a big 3rd inning off of Jeff Suppan.  Alfonso Soraino tied the game with a 2-run home run.  Aaron Miles doubled and Kosuke Fukkodome singled to keep the rally going, and Milton Bradley drove in Miles with an RBI single to center field.  Fukodome moved up to 3rd base and scored the 4th run of the inning on a wild pitch and throwing error by catcher Jason Kendall.

The Cubs seem to be getting it done with smoke and mirrors – more about this tomorrow.  But at least the Cubs came away with a victory on Sunday.  At 17-14, the Cubs are just 2.5 games behind the Cardinals.  The next 6 games are against the Padres and Astros, so if the Cubs can win each of those series, they should have a chance to cut into that lead as the Cardinals take on the Pirates and Brewers during that stretch.  Then the Cubs play the Cardinals next week in St. Louis – already the 3rd meeting between the teams this season – for another chance to cut into the lead.  As long as the Cubs can ride out these early season injuries to Milton Bradley, Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez to keep it close, they should be able to make a push for the division lead during the long, hot summer.

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Cubs Lose Heart-Breaker, Ramirez In 3-2 Loss to Brewers

Posted on 09 May 2009 by Lou

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The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee.  Ryan Braun’s 2-run home run off Aaron Heilman in the bottom of the 8th inning was the game-winner.  Heilman walked Corey Hart on 4 straight pitches to start the inning, and after falling behind Bruan 1-0, he grooved a fastball that Braun crushed over the right center field fence to give the Brewers the 3-2 lead.  They say walks always kill you, and in this situation, it certainly did.  Heilman’s ERA is now 5.14 and the Cubs bullpen continues to disappoint in 2009.

Randy Wells made his 1st major league start filling in for the injured Carlos Zambrano.  While it wasn’t pretty – 5 hits and 2 walks – Wells was able to get out of jams and stood to earn his first career major league win as he departed with a 2-0 lead.  But Angel Guzman gave up a solo home run to JJ Hardy in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 1, and then Heilman worked his disastrous 8th inning.

The Cubs did have a chance to break open the game in the top of the 8th inning.  With the bases loaded and only 1 out, Ryan Theriot hit into a fielder’s choice that resulted in Koyie Hill being forced out at home and Geovany Soto grounded out to the shortstop to end the threat.

As if the loss wasn’t bad enough, Aramis Ramirez injured his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in the 3rd inning.  The Cubs believe that Ramirez dislocated his shoulder and will likely spend somewhere between 4-6 weeks on the disabled list to recover.  We’ll keep you posted once we hear more on the injury.

The Cubs will need Ryan Dempster to step up his game on Saturday as the Cubs take on Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers again on Saturday.  Gallardo has been lights out in his last 4 starts – giving up only 5 earned runs over 30 innings with 30 K’s.

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Cubs Top Astros 8-5 in Wild 9th Inning

Posted on 08 May 2009 by Lou

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The Cubs defeated the Astros 8-5 on Thursday night, completing a 2-game sweep of the Astros in Houston.  The Cubs are no 4-1 in Houston this season.

Ted Lilly picked up his 4th win of the 2009 campaign – going 6 innings, giving up just 2 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Lilly also had 5 K’s.  Aaron Heilman and Carlos Marmol each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the top of the 9th inning and were prepared to have closer Kevin Gregg finish off the victory for the Cubs.  But in the Cubs half of the inning, Alfonso Soriano hit a 2-run home run – his 2nd homer of the game and his 9th on the season – Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI single and Mike Fontenot walked with the bases loaded to increase the Cubs lead to 8-2.  So instead of using Gregg, Manager Lou Pinella opted to go with recently called-up reliever Chad Fox.  Fox imploded – recording just 1 out and giving up 3 earned runs on 2 hits and a walk.  And ultimately, Gregg had to come in to close out the game for the Cubs.  Although Gregg did give up a run-scoring sacrifice fly to Kaz Matsui and a single to Miguel Tejada, Gregg struck out Lance Berkman to end the game.

The Cubs are now 16-12 on the season, just 2 games behind the 1st place Cardinals.  The Cubs open up a weekend series against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday night.  Randy Wells – just called up from the minors to start in place of the injured Carlos Zambrano – will make hist first ever major league start against Dave Bush and the Brewers.

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Cubs Top Reds 7-2 On Cold, Wintry Night @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 22 April 2009 by Lou

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The Cubs showed no ill signs of a 2-day “vacation” as they beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.  On a cold, drizzly night at the “Friendly Confines”, Rich Harden re-found his form and went 6 strong innings.  Harden allowed only 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Harden notched 8 strikeouts – his 3rd consecutive start in which he has struck out at least 8 batters.  Harden had good control of all of his pitches – unlike his last game in which he needed 90+ pitches to get through only 3 innings of work.

Micah Hoffpauir drove in 2 runs with a solo home run in the 2nd inning and a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning.  Aramis Ramirez had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s for the Cubs, while Ryan Theriot notched 2 more hits – bringing his batting average up to .409 on the young season.  Kosuke Fukodome did not have any hits, but he did walk twice and each time Ramirez drove him in with a single.

Aaron Heilman, Carlos Marmol and Luis Vizcaino each pitched well in relief, but Neal Cotts struggled once again – he retired only 1 batter after allowing a walk and a hit.  Cotts’ poor outing forced Manger Lou Pinella to bring in Marmol in the 8th inning to quell the Reds’ mini rally.

Good news for the Cubs keeps rolling in.  The Cubs are now 8-4 on the season and looking strong.

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Cards Top Cubs 7-4 in Ugly Game

Posted on 16 April 2009 by Lou

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The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 at Wrigley Field today.  It was an ugly affair – 3 Cardinals errors and 1 Cubs error.  Milton Bradley gettng ejected from the game by the home plate umpire.  With the score tied at 4 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Bradley let a 3-0 count slip away with the bases loaded and only 1 out.  He took a called 3rd strike on an off-speed pitch from Adam Wainright and was ejected for arguing the call and getting too close for comfort.

Next up is a Friday matinee at Wrigley Field.  Carlos Zambrano will face off against P.J. Walters who has been called up to replace the injured Chris Carpenter.

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Cubs Blank Rockies 4-0 in Wrigley Field Home Opener

Posted on 14 April 2009 by Lou

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The horrible cold, rainy weather didn’t have any negative affect on the the hometown Cubs during their opening day contest against the Colorado Rockies on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Ted Lilly took a no hitter through 6 2/3 innings before Garrett Atkins singled to left field to break up the no-no.  After Lilly walked the next batter, Manger Lou Pinella took him out and the brave fans at Wrigley Field cheered him on to a standing ovation for his remarkable effort.  Angel Guzman retired Brad Hawpe to end the threat and Aaron Heilman and Kevin Gregg took care of the rest.  Although Heilman and Gregg each walked a batter in their scoreless innings of work, neither relief pitcher gave up a hit and Gregg struck out the side in the 9th inning to preserve the Cubs 4-0 win.

Cubs hitters did an excellent job of working counts again – racking up 9 hits and 9 walks.  They never seemed to get the big hit, however, scoring their 1st run in the 2nd inning on a Koyie Hill bases loaded walk.  The Cubs scored 2 more runs in the 4th inning on a Ryan Theriot ground out and a Derrek Lee single.  Kosuke Fukodome’s single in the bottom of the 8th inning drove in Alfonso Soriano with an insurance run.  Soriano, Lee and Hill each had 2 hits for the Cubs.

The 1-hitter marked Lilly’s 2nd 4-pitcher, 1-hitter in less than 8 months.  He, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Marmol and Bob Howry 1-hit the Houston Astros in Miller Park on September 15, 2008 – a day after Carlos Zambrano no-hit the Astros in the same ballpark.  Lilly had this to say about the outing:  “It’s definitely challenging when you’re trying to pitch in weather like this.  I think, fortunately, it never got to where it was raining hard.  When you can’t see and the hitter can’t see, then it’s really tough.  I enjoy this weather, too.  I understand the weather isn’t going to be perfect all the time.  It makes it a little more fun when you have conditions like this, and it makes it a little more challenging.”

Wednesday’s forecast looks a little better for the Cubs and Rockies – sunny weather with temps in he mid 50′s – not great but for Cubs fans used to April and May weather, it couldn’t be any better.  Let’s hope the Cubs can pull of the 2-game sweep over the Rockies and head into the big 4-game weekend series against the 1st place St. Louis Cardinals on a positive note…

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Cubs Lose to Astros 3-2 in 10 Innings, Heilman, Cotts & Gregg Struggle Out of ‘Pen

Posted on 08 April 2009 by Lou

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The Houston Astros defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in 10 innings in the 2nd game of the season for both teams.  The Cubs wasted a solid start from Ryan Dempster – 6 innings pitched, 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  Dempster also had 5 strikeouts in the no decision.

Once again, the Cubs took an early 1-0 lead on a Derrek Lee RBI-single in the 3rd inning.  After the Astros took a 2-1 lead, Alfonso Soriano homered for a second straight game to knot the game at 2 in the 8th inning.

But the Cubs bullpen was the story in this one.  After pitching a scoreless 8th inning, Aaron Heilman struggled to start the 9th inning – allowing the 1st 2 batters to reach base on a single and a walk.  Neal Cotts entered the game and put out the fire by retiring the next 3 batters and not allowing a run.  But then Cotts struggled to open the 10th.  Opening singles to Ivan Rodriguez and Lance Berkman forced manager Lou Pinella to bring in closer Kevin Gregg.  Gregg got a flyout for the 1st out of the inning, but Rodriguez was able to tag up to the 3rd base.  After intentionally walking Miguel Tejada, Gregg allowed a broken-bat single to Jeff Keppinger which plated the winning run for the Astros.

Not a great finish for the Cubs, and only 6 total hits leaves a lot to be desired on the offensive end.  Brian Moehler tends to pitch well against the Cubs, so it’s looking like the Cubs may start the season 1-2 heading into a big weekend in Milwaukee against the hated Brewers at Miller Park.

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Zambrano, Soriano & Ramirez Power Cubs to 4-2 Opening Day Win

Posted on 07 April 2009 by Lou

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The Chicago Cubs defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 on Opening “Night” in Houston.  Carlos Zambrano pitched 6 strong innings, giving up only 1 earned run on 5 hits.  Zambrano had 3 walks to go along with 6 strikeouts in the win.  Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs off to a good start with a lead-off home run off of Astros’ starter Roy Oswalt.  Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the 2nd inning to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead, and Ryan Theriot’s sacrifice fly in the 4th inning increased the Cubs lead to 3-0.  The Cubs added an insurance run on Micah Hoffpauir’s pinch-hit RBI single in the 9th inning which gave the Cubs a little cushion heading into the bottom of the 9th.

The Cubs bullpen looked mostly sharp.  Aaron Heilman and Neal Cotts helped Zambrano get out of a 7th inning jam minimizing the damage to only one run after Big Z allowed the first 2 hitters to reach base.  Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 8th inning, issuing only a walk to Lance Berkman.  Kevin Gregg recorded his 1st save as a Cub – it wasn’t pretty as he allowed a run on back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly to open the inning.  But Gregg re-grouped and recorded the final 2 outs to give Zambrano his first career opening day victory.

All-in-all – a good opening day Cubs fans.  Here’s to many many more…

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Cubs Open New Yankee Stadium, Lose 7-3

Posted on 05 April 2009 by Lou

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The New York Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-3 in the first baseball game ever played at the new Yankee Stadium on Friday, April 3rd.  Although the Cubs took an early 3-0 lead, Ted Lilly couldn’t hold the lead for the victory.  Lilly gave up 7 earned runs on 8 hits, including 3 home runs, while striking out 2 batters.  Aaron Miles led the Cubs by going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored.  Joey Gathright also had 2 hits for the Cubs in defeat.  The pitching bright spot – Aaron Heilman worked 2 scoreless innings, while Neal Cotts worked 2/3 of a scoreless inning and Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless 8th inning.

Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano and Cody Ransom each homered for the Yankees.  Cano, Derek Jeter and Xavier Nady each had 2 hits for the Yankees.  After Chien-Ming Wang gave up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in the first 5 innings, the Yankees relievers – led by Mariano Rivera – shut down the Cubs offense – not allowing a hit in the final 4 frames of the game.

The two teams play again today before starting the regular season in earnest on Monday.  Rich Harden will face off against Andy Pettite in Saturday’s matinee.

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