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Samardzija, Cubs Cool off Red-Hot Braves with 5-1 Win – Wrigley Field 5/7/12

Posted on 07 May 2012 by Lou

Jeff Samardzija improved to 4-1 with a dominant 5-1 win over the Braves on Monday night at Wrigley Field.  The Braves had won 3 in a row scoring 29 runs in a 3-game sweep over the Rockies in Colorado over the weekend, but Samardzija worked his magic and held the Braves to just 1 run on Jason Heyward’s homer in the 2nd inning.  Samardzija worked 7 innings and allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7.  He lowered his WHIP to 1.19 and his ERA to 3.03.  Samardzija continued to show great command and a mastery of mixing up his pitches to keep the hitters off-guard.

Carlos Marmol made his 1st appearance after being removed from the closer’s role.  In the 8th inning, he walked the 1st two batters and threw wild pitch before getting the next 3 batters without allowing a run.  It wasn’t pretty, but at least he preserved the lead.

James Russell worked the 9th – he allowed a hit with 2 K’s and closed the door for the Cubs 3rd win in 4 games.

Bryan LaHair hit his 8th home run off the season to tie the game at 1.  Ian Stewart followed up with a back-to-back homer right after that and Reed Johnson almost made it 3 in a row, but his shot fell just short of the wall in deep left.  Starlin Castro added 2 hits including an RBI single in the 7th inning that increased the Cubs lead to 3-1.  Geovany Soto gave the Cubs some much needed insurance runs with a 2-run blast in the 8th inning.

It’s always good to get the 1st win in a series, so let’s hope the Cubs can clinch another series win with a big W on Tuesday night at the Friendly Confines…

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Joe Mather Leads Cubs to Improbable 3-2 9th Inning Win Over Cards – Wrigley Field 4/24/12

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Lou

Just what the doctor ordered – Joe Mather’s 2-out 2-run single gave the Cubs a much-needed 3-2 win over Jason Motte and the Cardinals on Monday night at Wrigley Field.  Trailing the Cards 2-1, Motte walked both Bryan LaHair and Geovany Soto with 1 out.  Steve Clevenger’s groundout to 1st base moved the runners over into scoring position with 2 outs.  Then it was time for Joe Mather to be the hero with his sharp groundball single up the middle.  Just like that, the Cubs had an improbable come-from-behind 3-2 win over the defending world champs.

Could this be the catalyst that the Cubs need to show that their really not as bad as their 5-12 record?  Only time will tell.

Jaime Garcia shut the Cubs offense down for much of the night – 1 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk in 6+ innings.

Matt Garza did the same in his 7 innings of work – 2 ER on only 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out 5, but did not factor in the decision.  James Russell recorded just 1 out in the 8th inning and he walked 2 batters.  Rafael Dolis came in and shut the Cards offense out for the final 5 outs of the game.  He picked up his 1st major league win.

Jeff Samardzija can help the Cubs get their 1st series win and 1st winning streak of the season if he can pitch effectively tonight at Wrigley.  He’ll go up against Adam Wainwright again – the Cubs pasted Wainwright for 8 ER (2 homers) in a 9-5 win over the Cards on April 13th.  Let’s hope they can do the same tonight…

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Cubs Lose Another Series Over the Weekend – 4-3 Sunday Loss – Wrigley Field 4/23/12

Posted on 23 April 2012 by Lou

After Paul Maholm shut down the Reds 6-1 on Saturday, the Cubs finally had a chance to win a series on Sunday.  But their hopes were dashed as Randy Wells made a spot start in place of the injured Ryan Dempster.  Wells was rusty in his 2012 debut – 6 hits and 5 walks in only 5 innings of work.  He only allowed 2 runs as he consistently worked out of trouble but his day was done when he racked up 93 pitches by the end of the 5th frame.

Rodrigo Lopez’s tough luck continued in the 6th inning.  He faced 3 batters and all 3 reached base – a leadoff walk and then 2 errors by catcher Geovany Soto – to load the bases.  Lopez allowed one run to score on a groundout and he was charged with the 2nd run after Scott Maine walked Jay Bruce with the bases loaded and 2 outs.

The Cubs were still in it though, trailing just 4-2.  They made it interesting with Starlin Castro’s lead-off triple in the 9th inning off of former Cub Sean Marshall.  But the offense would not muster another hit and they fell to 4-12 on the young season.

 

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Wells Out-duels Lincecum, Cubs Top Giants 7-0 – Wrigley Field 8/29/11

Posted on 29 August 2011 by Lou

Randy Wells tossed his 1st career complete game shutout in the Cubs 7-0 win over the Giants in San Francisco on Monday night.  Wells has turned his season around with some good pitching of late. In his last 4 starts, he has given up just 7 ER on 16 hits in 27 2/3 innings pitched.  He is 3-0 in those 4 starts.  While his ERA is still over 5.00 at 5.06, he has lowered his WHIP to 1.38 and he has re-gained the confidence that deserted him after he went on the DL after just 1 start to kick off the 2011 campaign.

Wells faced only 4 batters over the minimum in the game – 2 hits and 2 walks allowed.  He allowed only 2 runners to reach base 2nd base.

Alfonso Soriano gave the Cubs the 1st lead of the game with a solo HR of Tim Lincecum in the 5th inning.  Then the Cubs blew the game open with 2 more HR’s against Lincecum in the 7th inning.  Geovany Soto hit a solo shot and Blake DeWitt’s 3-run bomb to right field finally chased Lincecum from the game with the Cubs leading 5-0.  Carlos Pena added a solo shot later in the inning and Marlon Byrd singled home DeWitt in the 9th to cap the scoring.

Matt Garza squares off against Ryan Vogelsong in Game 2 of the series Tuesday night.

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Cubs Rally for 5-4 Win Over Astros – 1st 3-Game Winning Streak of 2011 Season?!?! – Wrigley Field 7/25/11

Posted on 25 July 2011 by Lou

Believe it or not – yesterday’s 5-4 win in 10 innings gave the Cubs their 1st 3- game winning streak of the 2011 campaign.  The Cubs were the last team to reach that mark this season.  What a joke…

Jeff Samardzija wasted another great outing from Matt Garza.  Garza allowed just 2 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks over 7 impressive innings.  He struck out 9 and lowered his ERA to 3.72 and his WHIP to 1.30.  He left with a 3-2 lead, but when Samardzija served up Carlos Lee’s go-ahead 2-run HR in the 8th inning, he was forced to take another no decision.

Fortunately, 3 straight hits allowed the Cubs to tie the game on Alfono Soriano’s single to start off the 8th inning.

And after Carlos Marmol survived a bases loaded, 1-out jam in the 9th inning, karma seemed to be on the Cubs side when Hunter Pence lost Marlon Byrd’s flyball in the sun to lead off the 10th inning giving Byrd a “gimme” triple.  After Geovany Soto struck out for the 1st out of the inning, the Astros walked the bases loaded intentionally.  And Jeff Baker came through with the clutch game-winning line drive single to left field that plated Byrd with the winning run.

Byrd had 4 hits and 3 runs scored.  Soto had 3 hits, an RBI and a run scored.

The Cubs are now 42-60 and they have opened up a “safe” 8.5 game lead over the Astros to avoid having the worst record in the NL.  Now that’s something to cheer about – Go Cubs Go!!!

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Cubs Rally for 5-2, 13-Inning Win Over Giants – Wrigley Field 6/30/11

Posted on 01 July 2011 by Lou

The Cubs rallied for a 5-2, 13-inning win over the Giants at Wrigley Field on Thursday afternoon.  After Aramis Ramirez’ solo home run tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Cubs needed to rally again when the Giants Pablo Sandoval hit a home run off of John Grabow in the top of the 13th inning to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.  The Cubs did just that.  Darwin Barney singled in Jeff Baker to tie the game at 2.  Then after a walk to Starlin Castro, Geovany Soto stroked a game-winning, 3-run walk off home run to give the Cubs the 5-2 win.  Hip Hip Hooray!

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Wells Awful as Cubs Drop 2 of 3 to Royals in KC – Wrigley Field 6/27/11

Posted on 27 June 2011 by Lou

The Cubs dropped the rubber game of the 3-game weekend series to the Royals in Kansas City by a 6-3 deficit.  Randy Wells’ 2011 struggles continued as he allowed 4 1st inning runs to put the Cubs in an immediate hole.  Wells ended up lasting 6 innings, but he allowed all 6 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks.

Geovany Soto had 3 hits in the loss, including his 7th HR of the season, but he is only hitting ,225 on the year.  Soto had 2 of the Cubs 3 RBI’s.  Blake Dewitt had 2 hits and drove in the other Cubs run.  Starlin Castro went 1 for 4 to keep his hitting streak alive – now at 10 games in a row.  Catsro has a .326 batting average which is good for 3rd best in the National League.

The Cubs played the Rockies today in a make-up of the April 27th game that was postponed due to rain.  The Cubs won 7-3 – more on this in the morning…

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Cubs Show Resolve in 4-3 Extra-Innings Win Over Phillies – Wrigley Field 6/10/11

Posted on 10 June 2011 by Lou

Could this be the win that turns the Cubs 2011 season around?  Probably not, but you have to like the resolve that the Cubs showed in erasing a 3-0 2nd inning deficit against one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball.  Little by little, the Cubs chipped away at the Phillies lead.  Starlin Castro drove in the Cubs first run with a single in the 6th inning.  Carlos Pena delivered a nice run-scoring double in the top of the 8th inning that brought the Cubs within 1 run.  And Geovany Soto tied it up off of closer Ryan Madsen with a 1-out solo home run in the 9th inning.  And when Tyler Colvin crushed a ball that appeared to be another home run that put the Cubs ahead 4-3, the Cubs thought they might have their first winning streak in a long, long time.  But reply of the “home run” showed that a fan touched the ball before it went over the wall, so the umpires ruled it a ground rule double.  The Cuibs failed to drive Colvin home, so it was off to extra innings.  And Colvin finally got his chance at redemption when he scored the game winning run from 2nd base after Placido Polanco threw Darwin Barney’s groundball away with 2 outs in the 11th inning.  Just like that, the Cubs finally had it in the bags.

Give some credit to the Cubs bullpen who stepped up to the plate after Manager Mike Quade pulled Randy Wells after a long rain delay after just 2 1/3 innings pitched.  Rodrigo Lopez, James Russell, John Grabow, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol kept the Phillies off the board the rest of the way which enabled the Cubs to make the comeback.  Lopez, Grabow and Marshall each worked at least 2 innings.  Gotta love it.  Marshall got the win – his 3rd of the season – and Marmol picked up his 12th save.

Now I know it’s only 2 wins in a row, but the Cubs need to take it one game at a time.  Now it’s time for Carlos Zambrano to out-pitch Roy Halladay tonight at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark…

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Blown Chances Cost Cubs 5-4 Loss To Reds – Wrigley Field 5/7/11

Posted on 07 May 2011 by Lou

The Cubs lost another frustrating 1-run game on Friday afternoon – 5-4 to the Reds.  The Cubs are now 4-6 in 1-run games and this will have to improve if they expect to stay in the NL race in 2011.

The Cubs blew so many scoring chances in the game – this really should have been a blowout Cubs win:

3rd inning – 1st and 3rd with 1 out, Starlin Castro grounded out to 3rd base and a run didn’t score. They did score a run on a passed ball, but it was a blown chance to have a big inning and the Reds answered with Jay Bruce’s 3-run home run in the top of the 4th inning to take a 3-1 lead.  It was a HUGE momentum swing…

4th inning – Bases loaded with nobody out and Geovany Soto grounds into a double-play.  Sure the Cubs got a run, but with the pitcher coming up, they only got 1.

5th inning – 3 singles in a row scored Darwin Barney, but then another costly double-play erases a 2 on, 1 out rally.

6th inning – Geovany Soto singles home a run with nobody out.  That knocks Edinson Volquez out of the 5-4 game.  Reed Johnson enters the game and is promptly hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out.  But Kosuke Fukudome struck out, Barney popped out to the catcher and Castro weakly grounded out to shortstop as the Cubs blow another golden opportunity to blow the game wide open.

The Cubs did score a single run in 4 consecutive innings, but they should have scored about 8 or 9 runs given the chances.  If the Cubs continue to fail to come through with the clutch hit with runners in scoring position, it is going to be a LONG season for the north siders.

Matt Garza was the tough-luck recipient of the Cubs lack of hitting, but he did not pitch the game the Cubs needed against the Reds.  Garza gave up 5 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks and he suffered his 4th loss because of it.

The Cubs fell to 14-17 on the season and trail the 1st place Cards by 4 games in the NL Central.

Casey Coleman looks to help the Cubs rally for a win against the Reds today at Wrigley.  Coleman has been downright bad of late – 11 ER on 12 walks and 14 hits in his last 3 starts – a streak spanning 13 1/3 innings pitched.  Coleman is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.96 WHIP.  Please please – let’s get Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner back in the starting rotation!

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Big Z, Homers Lead Cubs to 5-1 Win over Lilly, Dodgers – Wrigley Field 5/5/11

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Lou

Carlos Zambrano had his best start of the 2011 MLB campaign as the Cubs defeated the Dodgers 5-1 to take 2 out of 3 in L.A.  Zambrano worked 8 amazing innings, allowing just 1 ER on 5 hits and 1 walk with 4 K’s.  Big Z is now 4-1 with a 4.23 ERA and a nifty little 1.19 WHIP.  Gotta love Big Z bringing his “A” game early in the season.

The Cubs scored all of their runs via the long ball – Geovany Soto gave the Cubs a -1-0 lead in the 5th inning with his 3rd HR of the season.  Carlos Pena hit his 2nd HR in as many days to increase the Cubs lead to 2-0 in the 6th inning.  Later that inning, Marlon Byrd broke the game open with his 1st HR of the season.  His 3-run shot gave Big Z a 5-run cushion.

The Cubs need to get Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner back in a hurry. I’m sick of seeing Casey Coleman and James Russell on the bump – it’s almost an automatic loss. This NL Central is completely up for grabs right now and with our 5 starters going, the Cubs have a good shot at staying in the thick of the race this summer.  At 14-16, the Cubs trail the Cards by 2.5 games and they have 6 big games coming up against the Reds this weekend and the Cards next week.  This is a HUGE 6-game stretch for the north siders…

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