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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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Volstad Wins Again; Barney Streaking Along, Castro Big Money-Big Numbers – Wrigley Field 8/31/12

Posted on 31 August 2012 by Lou

Chris Volstad picked up his 2nd win in a row after going winless in 24 straight starts.  Volstad pitched 5 2/3 effective innings, allowing just 2 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He is now 2-9 on the season.

In the Cubs 6-4 win, Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano and Wellington Castillo each had 2 hits.  Soriano hit his 24th homer of the season and drove in 3 runs.  Rizzo hit his 10th long ball of the season.

Darwin Barney played in his 116th straight errorless game at 2nd base, extending the National League single-season record that he set on Wednesday night.

And just 2 days after signing a monster 7-year, $60 million contract extension, Starlin Castro had 2 hits, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI’s in the Cubs dramatic, come-from-behind 12-11 win over the Brewers on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Castro is hitting .277 on the season with 12 home runs, 65 runs scored and 65 RBI’s.  Castro received a $6 million signing bonus and the rest of the deal breaks down like this — $5 million in 2013 and 2014; $6 million in 2015; $7 million in 2016; $9 million in 2017; $10 million in 2018 and $11 million in 2019.  Castro will be a fixture in the Cubs lineup for years to come…

Cubs continue the weekend series against the Giants on Saturday afternoon at 12 noon.

 

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Cubs Take 2 of 3 From Marlins as Samardzija & Maholm Shine – Wrigley Field 7/19/12

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Lou

The Cubs took the final 2 games of the series against the Marlins to keep their winning ways rolling.  They took 5 of 6 games on the current homestand to open up the 2nd half of the MLB campaign.

In Wednesday night’s rain-shortened 5-1 win, Jeff Samardzija struck out 9 in just 5 innings and limited the marlins to only 1 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks. James Russell picked up the win by pitching a scoreless 7th inning despite allowing 2 runners to reach base.  Starlin Castro tied the game at 1 in the 4th inning with his 8th homer of the season.  And the Cubs earned the win before the rains came by tallying 4 runs in the 7th.  Geovany Soto had an RBI single, Jeff Baker had a 2-run single and David DeJesus plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.

In Thursday’s matinee, Paul Maholm pitched 8 innings of 1-run ball, scattering 5 hits and 1 walk.  Maholm improved to 8-6 and lowered his WHIP to 1.29 and his ERA to 4.09.  Carlos Marmol made it interesting in the 9th when he walked the lead-off hitter and allowed him to score on a single.  But he closed out the game to pick up his 11th save and preserve the 4-2 win.  Alfonso Soriano hit his 18th homer to get the Cubs on the board in the 5th inning.  And Reed Johnson capped off the 4-run 5th inning with a 2-out, 2-run single to left field.  Johnson, Soriano, Jeff Baker and Darwin Barney each had 2 hits in the win.

Now it’s onto St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in what could be Ryan Dempster’s final 2012 start as a Cubs player on Friday night.

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Cubs Sweep D’Backs Over The Weekend – Start off 2nd Half with a Bang – Wrigley Field 7/15/12

Posted on 15 July 2012 by Lou

The Cubs swept the Arizona Diamondbacks to kick off the 2nd half of the season with a bang.  The Cubs 12 wins since June 25th is tops in the majors.  Granted they are still way out of it with a 36-52 record, but at least they seem to be putting things together on a more consistent basis.

Paul Maholm earned the Cubs win in Friday’s 8-1 romp.  Maholm worked 7 innings of 1-run ball to pace the club.  He scattered 6 hits and struck out 5 to improve to 7-6 on the season.  Alfonso Soriano was the hitting star — 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 5 RBI’s! Anthony Rizzo also had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

Ryan Dempster continued to help his trade value with 6 shutout innings in Saturday’s 4-1 win.  He improved to 5-3 scattering 4 hits and 3 walks in the win.  He now has a 1.02 WHIP and 1.86 ERA and his 33 consecutive scoreless innings streak      . Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Luis Valubuena each had 2 hits in the win. Carlos Marmol notched his 9th save of the season.

Matt Garza worked 7 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 3-1 series finale win to improve to 5-7.  He struck out 7 and only allowed 5 hits.  Rizzo gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning with an RBI single.  And Darwin Barney added a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning that increased the Cubs lead to 3-0.  That would be all that Garza needed in one of his better outings of the season.  Marmol recorded the game’s final 2 outs to pick up save #10.

The Cubs open up a 3-game series against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

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D’Backs Sweep Cubs in Arizona; Rizzo Set to Make Cubs Wrigley Field Debut Tuesday Night – Wrigley Field 6/25/12

Posted on 25 June 2012 by Lou

The Arizona D’Backs swept the Cubs in 3 straight ugly games over the weekend.  The D’Backs outscored the Cubs 21-7 in the 3-game set.  Rookie Wade Miley made it look easy against the struggling Cubs offense – he held the Cubs to just 3 hits in 8 innings, with the Cubs scoring their only run on Alfonso Soriano’s 14th HR of the season.  Matt Garza fell to 3-6 despite pitching well – 3ER on 5 hits and 1 walk over 7 solid innings.  He struck out 7.

The Cubs continue to have the worst record in baseball – at 24-48.  They trail the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds by an incredible 15.5 games – and we haven’t even hit the end of June yet.  Travis Wood will square off against Johan Santana in the opener of a 3-game series with the surprising NY Mets.  The Mets are 39-34 and they trail the Washington Nationals by only 3.5 games in the race for the top spot in the NL East.

But Cubs fans have the future to look forward to – Cubs top prospect Anthony Rizzo will make his season debut in Tuesday night’s game against the Mets.  Expect Rizzo to play 1st base, shifting Bryan LaHair to right field and David DeJesus over to center field.  That may also free up some off-days for Soriano who has continued to hobble around on a bum knee.  Rizzo is stroking it at Triple-A Iowa – .342 batting average; 23 HR’s and 62 RBI’s.

GO CUBS GO!!!

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Cubs Belt 5 Home Runs en Route to 12-3 Laugher Over White Sox – Wrigley Field 6/19/12

Posted on 19 June 2012 by Lou

It’s also nice to get an easy win – especially for the Cubs who still have the worst record in all of baseball at 23-44.  The Cubs belted 5 home runs and cruised to an easy 12-3 win over the White Sox on the south side.  It was the 1st time the Cubs beat the White Sox in 4 tries this year.  Matt Garza pitched 6 innings on a 90+-degree night and won just his 3rd game of the season. He gave up 3 ER on 2 home runs, but limited the damage while striking out 6.  He lowered his WHIP to 1.11, but his ERA is still over 4 at 4.07.

The Cubs clobbered 15 hits and scored 12 runs.  Starlin Castro had 3 hits (1 home run), 2 RBI’s and 3 runs scored.  Bryan LaHair added 2 hits, 2 RBI’s and 1 run scored on his 13th homer of the year.  Alfonso Soriano (1 home run) had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.  But the real star was Luis Valbuena who added 3 hits including a 3-run homer in the 7th inning.  He has raised his batting average to .294 while getting extended playing time while Ian Stewart is injured.

Jake Peavy and Travis Wood get to face the 90+degree elements tonight in what should be another high-scoring affair.  Look for lots more long balls – this time probably a few more from the south siders who “only” hit 2 on Monday night.

Go Cubs Go!!!

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At Last – Dempster Leads Cubs to 10-0 Road Win Over Brewers at Miller Park – Wrigley Field 6/5/12

Posted on 05 June 2012 by Lou

At last – the Cubs crushed the Brewers 10-0 at Miller Park ending their 11-game road losing streak.  Ryan Dempster retired the 1st 15 batters that he faced in the game, flirting with a perfect game.  But he allowed a lead-off single to Cody Ransom to lead off the 6th inning which ended his bid.  Dempster ended up going 7 innings of 3-hit ball AND he picked up his 1st win of the season, ending an 18-start streak (dating back to August 18th of last year) in which he had not won a game.  Dempster sounded relieved when the Cubs had won: “It felt nice.  It’s been a while.  It was nice to go out there and win a game like that, and see everybody, the guys played great defense and hit the ball and they made all the plays and scored a bunch of runs.”

Alfonso Soriano, Jeff Baker and Bryan LaHair all hit home runs.  Starlin Castro had 3 hits.

Let’s hope they can keep it up against Zach Greinke on Wednesday night at Miller Park.  Greinke is almost unbeatable at home, so Paul Maholm and the Cubs will have their work cut out for them.

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Road Skid Continues with 3-2 Loss to Giants in Sweep at Pac Bell – Wrigley Field 6/4/12

Posted on 04 June 2012 by Lou

The Giants beat the Cubs 3-2 on Monday afternoon, extending the Cubs road losing streak to 11 games.  It is their longest road losing streak since 1954 – ouch! Jeff Samardzija had a rare bad performance, lasting just 5 innings.  He walked 5 batters – a season high – but he kept his team in the game with clutch pitching with runners on base.  He allowed just 2 ER even though he permitted 12 runners to reach base in his short outing.

Carlos Marmol took the loss when he gave up 2 walks and a line drive single of his back in the pivotal 7th inning.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, Marmol induced a double play, but the winning run still scored.

The Cubs never scored a run in more than 1 inning during the series against the Giants in San Francisco.  In Monday’s 3-2 loss, the Cubs scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning on 5 hits – with RBI singles delivered by Steve Clevenger and Samardzija.

In Friday’s 4-3 loss, the Cubs waited until the 9th inning to score all 3 runs on an Alfonso Soriano home run.  In Saturday’s 2-1 loss, the lone run came on David DeJesus’ solo HR.  And Barry Zito blanked the Cubs 2-0 in Sunday’s loss.

Talk about poor hitting.  It is almost shocking how bad a hitting team the Cubs are. The Cubs are 6-14 in 1-run games.  That is the worst in the majors…

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Cubs Swept for 3rd Straight Series; Losing Streak Hits 9 – Wrigley Field 5/23/12

Posted on 24 May 2012 by Lou

OUCH!  It keeps getting worse and worse.  The Cubs fell to the Astros 5-1 on Wednesday night as their losing streak reached 9 games.  The Cubs have now been swept in each of their last 3 series.  Not good, not good at all.

Jeff Samardzija pitched well again, but a key play in the bottom of the 4th inning cost the Cubs the game.  Samardijza was cruising right along until the Astros had 2 on and 2 out in the 4th.  It looked like the Cubs were going to get out of the inning when David DeJesus caught J.D. Martinez’s bloop hit down the right field line.  But Darwin Barney was also going after the ball and as DeJesus caught the ball, Barney barreled into DeJesus knocking the ball out of his mitt.  Both runners scored as Martinez hit his 1st career “triple”.  The Cubs just keep finding ways to lose.  Sanardzija ended up going 6 strong innings and kept the Cubs in the game with a 2-1 deficit, but the Cubs could never muster any offense other than Reed Johnson’s 1st inning home run.

Travis Wood kept the Cubs in the ballgame on Tuesday night as well.  He worked 5 2/3 innings of 2 run ball, scattering 2 hits and 2 walks with 3 K’s.  But the Cubs could only manage one run on a solo home run by Alfonso Soriano in the 4th inning.

The Cubs scored just 6 runs in the series, the same number of runs that they scored in the 3-game weekend series against the White Sox last weekend.  The Cubs fell to 15-29 – a whopping 10 games back of the Cards.  With the loss, the Cubs officially have the worse record in ALL of baseball…

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White Sox Sweep Cubs in 1st Half of 2012 Crosstwon Classic – Wrigley Field 5/20/12

Posted on 21 May 2012 by Lou

The 1st half of the 2012 Crosstown Classic between the Cubs and White Sox was simply brutal for the North Siders.  In a rare and fun Saturday night contest at Wrigley Field,the White Sox blanked the Cubs for the game’s first 8 innings amassing a comfortable 7-0 lead behind 3 Sox home runs.  The Cubs avoided the shutout when Alfonso Soriano and Joe Mather hit 2 run home runs in the 9th inning.  But it was too little too late.  Ryan Dempster suffered the loss, falling to 0-2 on the season, despite strong individual numbers – 1.06 WHIP, 2.28 ERA, 44 K’s against just 14 walks.

On Sunday, needing a win to avoid the sweep, the Cubs curled up under the favorite blankie and laid an egg against Jake Peavy.  The White Sox cruised to an easy 6-0 victory behind Peavy and 3 more Sox home runs and a 10-hit barrage against Paul Maholm.  On a 90-degree day with the wind blowing straight out of the park in every direction, the Cubs managed just 5 hits and NO runs.  How is that even possible?!

It keeps getting uglier and uglier for the Cubs.  Now it seems all but a certainty that Theo & Co. will move Matt Garaza and any other chip (Dempster, Maholm) in any attempt to get cheaper and younger.

With the sweep the Cubs fell to 15-25 overall and they trail the Cards and Reds by a full 7 games in the NL Central race.

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