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!!!
Posted on 18 June 2012 by Lou
The Red Sox took the final 2 games against the Cubs during the weekend set at Wrigley Field. Jeff Samardzija’s struggles continued in the heat on Saturday night at the Friendly Confines. He gave up 3 ER on 4 hits and 3 walks in just 5 1/3 innings. He racked up 6 K’s but his high 108-pitch count forced Manager Dale Sveum to pull the big righty early in the game. The Cubs tallied their 3 runs on Luis Valbuena’s 1st career major league home run – a 3-run blast off of Jon Lester that cut the Red Sox lead to 4-3. But the game would end like that.
Franklin Morales started for the injured Josh Beckett on Sunday night and he out-dueled Cubs starter Paul Maholm. Maholm pitched OK – 3 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk, with 6 K’s – but it wasn’t good enough. The Red Sox scored 3 runs in the 7th and 1 in the 8th to break open a 3-3 tie. Starlin Castro finally broke out of his slump with 3 hits, including a double and a triple. He drove in 2 of the Cubs 3 runs.
The Cubs fell to 22-44 with the series loss to the Red Sox – they once again have the worst record in baseball. The Cubs “travel” south to take on the White Sox for 3 games at U.S. Cellular Field starting tonight. Matt Garza will square off against Zach Stewart in the series opener.