Posted on 29 June 2011 by Lou
What an awful display of baseball from the Cubs on Tuesday as they dropped a day-night doubleheader by the score of 19-10 to the Giants at Wrigley Field.
In the opener, Doug Davis allowed the worst hitting team in baseball to score 10 earned runs off of him in 4+ innings. Davis surrendered 12 hits and issued 3 walks during his embarrassing outing.
Reliever Chris Carpenter did not fare much better in his 1 2/3 innings of work – 2 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk.
Carlos Pena hit another home run – his 17th of the season – and Koyie Hill also added his 2nd home run of the season in a nice 2nd inning that tied the game at 3. But the Cubs squandered some great chances to score against Ryan Vogelsong as he allowed 10 runners to reach base in his 5 innings of work. Starlin Castro’s hitting streak came to an end with his 0 for 5 effort.
The 2nd game didn’t get much better. Rodrigo Lopez allowed 4 runs (only 1 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Granted 3 of his runs were unearned because of Reed Johnson’s fielding gaffe, but you’ve gotta pick each other up. John Grabow tried to get Lopez out of the 5th inning, but he allowed the 1st 4 batters he faced to reach base with a walk and 3 hits before he recorded the final out of the inning. But by then, it was too little too late as the Giants regained a 6-2 lead over the Cubs.
Luis Montanez hit his 1st career major league home run off of Barry Zito in the 3rd inning. His HR gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo home run in the 9th inning. Starlin Castro started another hitting streak by going 1 for 4 in the loss.
Let’s hope Ryan Dempster can bring his “A” game against Tim Lincecum tonight. Lincecum is only 6-6 on the year, but he has a nasty 3/16 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 113 K’s against only 38 walks in 105+ innings pitched… The Cubs are a season-low 16 games under .500 at 32-48.
Posted on 23 June 2011 by Lou
The White Sox defeated the Cubs 4-3 to take the opening series of the 2011 Crosstown Classic. Jake Peavy outdueled Doug Davis, although the Cubs did have plenty of opportunities to tack on some runs against a rusty Peavy who was coming off the DL. Peavy allowed 10 hitters to reach base in only 5+ innings, but the Cubs only managed to push across 3 runs against him. Not good at all. Carlos Pena hit a home run for the 3rd straight game, while Starlin Castro continued his hot hitting with 2 more hits. He is now hitting .322 with 36 RBI’s and 42 runs scored. Kosuke Fukudome and Blake DeWitt also each had 2 hits in the loss.
For the 3rd straight night, the White Sox jumped out to an early lead – 3-0 in the 4th on A.J. Pierzynski’s 2-run triple and Brent Lillibridge’s great bunt single that scored Pierzynski. Doug Davis struggled with his command again, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings. The game-winning run that scored in the 5th inning, however, was unearned because of DeWitt’s fielding error that would have ended the threat. Instead, it allowed the Sox to load the bases and Davis ended up plunking Lillibridge to force in the go-ahead run.
The Cubs can take some solace in playing 3 “OK” games, but the bottom line is wins. And the Cubs just aren’t doing enough of that this season.
The Cubs have a day off before traveling to Kansas City to take on the Royals in more inter-league play this weekend.
Posted on 22 June 2011 by Lou
Each team had 7 hits and no errors. Neither team scored more than 1 run in any given inning. But it was the White Sox who emerged with a 3-2 win after a lengthy rain delay because of heavy storms that pounded the Chicago area.
The White Sox took an early 2-run lead on Paul Konerko’s solo homer in the 2nd and Juan Pierre’s sac fly in the 3rd. It was Konerko’s 5th straight game with a home run, tying a franchise record.
Carlos Pena homered for the 2nd straight night in the 5th and Aramis Ramirez tied it up at 2 with a sac fly in the 6th.
Matt Garza tossed 5 solid innings before the rains came – 2 ER on 4 hits and 1 walk.
Jeff Samardzija pitched a perfect 6th inning before running into trouble in the 7th. Samardzija got Alex Rios to pop out with 1st and 3rd and nobody out, but then Brett Morel delivered the game-winning sac fly that gave the Sox a 3-2 lead.
The Cubs had their chances. They scored only 1 run in the 6th after having a 1st and 3rd, 1 out scenario. They had 2 on and 1 out in the 8th inning and came away empty.
Doug Davis will battle Jake Peavy in the series finale tonight at the Cell. Let’s hope Davis can duplicate his performance last Friday when he stymied the Yankees to just 1 run and 3 hits in 7+ innings of work.
Posted on 13 June 2011 by Lou
The Cubs dropped 3 of 4 against the Phillis in Philadelphia this weekend and are now 25-39 and a whopping 12 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central race. Only the Houston Astros have a worse record than the Cubs in all of baseball.
Sean Marshall, who had been so reliable all season long, finally had a hiccup in Sunday’s 4-3 loss. Marshall surrendered a 2-run single to Ryan Howard in the 7th inning that gave the Phillies their 1st lead of the game. The loss wasted a golden chance to split the series between the Phillies. They took a 3-0 lead off of Roy Oswalt in the 1st inning on a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez 2-run home run. But the Cubs never pushed another run across the board the rest of the way. Doug David was in line to get his 1st win of the season despite a poor outing – he allowed 5 hits and walked 5 hitters, but kept the damage to a minimum by allowing just 2 ER in 5 innings. But at least he didn’t get the loss – for the 1st time in 6 starts…
On Saturday, Matt Garza looked much better in his 2nd straight since returning from the DL. He went 6 innings, allowing just 1 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks. He allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning but kept the Phillies off the board through his final 5 innings of work. Sean Marshall struggled by allowing 2 ER on 3 hits in the 7th inning and Casey Coleman was not much better – 3 ER on 2 hits and a walk in the 8th.
It does not get much easier for the Cubs this week. They host the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers for 4 games at Wrigley Field starting tonight and then the Yankees for 3 games over the weekend.
Posted on 08 June 2011 by Lou
Another day, another loss as the Cubs fell to the Reds 8-2 for a 2nd straight night. The line was eerily similar, as each team racked up 10 hits apiece, but it was the Reds who came through with more clutch hits en route to an easy 8-2 win for a 2nd straight game.
It was all down hill for the Cubs after Blake DeWitt staked the Cubs to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI double. Doug Davis lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 ER on 7 hits and 3 walks. He has lost all 5 of his starts for the Cubs in 2011 and his ERA sits at a lofty 6.38. John Grabow took it on the chin in the 7th inning by allowing 4 ER on a grand slam to Miguel Cairo. Nice.
Blake DeWitt and Darwin Barney collected 3 hits apiece in the loss. DeWitt now leads the team with a .316 batting average after starting the season in a miserable slump.
The Cubs are now 23-36 and they trails the Cards by 12.5 games.
Good news, although I don’t want to celebrate prematurely — the Cubs lead the Reds 4-1 through 7 innings today. They have it perfectly set up for a Sean Marshall/Carlos Marmol finish (Ryan Dempster worked 6 innings and Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless 7th inning) to end the losing streak at 8 games. Keep your fingers crossed…
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…
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…
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.