Posted on 04 June 2011 by Lou
Another day, another losss for the Cubs as they fell 9 games behind the 1st place Cards with a 6-1 loss on Friday night. Dempster served up a 3-run HR to Lance Berkman in the bottom of the 1st inning and that was all she wrote as Jaime Garcia stifled the Cubs once again during the 2011 campaign. Dempster allowed all 6 Cards runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in just 5 innings of work. While Garcia tossed 8 innings of 1-run ball with 8 K’s en route to his 6th win of the season.
The Cubs managed only 5 hits on the night, including the 1st career hit for DJ LeMahieu who was just called up to play some 3rd base with the recent facial injury to Aramis Ramirez.
Randy Wells will have to beat one of the hottest pitchers in baseball today – Kyle Lohse (7-2, 2.13 ERA) – if the Cubs are going to be able to snap their 4 game skid.
Posted on 03 June 2011 by Lou
It is do or die for the Cubs on their brutal 10-game road trip against the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies. The Cubs are a season low 8 games under .500 with a 23-31 record. They already trail the Cards by 8 games in the NL Central race. Anything worse than a 5-5 record on the road trip could mean doom and gloom for the northsiders.
Ryan Dempster gets the nod in the opener in St. Louis tonight. Dempster has won 3 of his last 4 starts even though his ERA still sits at 6.00.
The Cubs need to find a way to get to their recent Cards-nemesis Jaime Garcia who is 5-1 on the season. Garcia has a career 1.93 ERA against the Cubs and he tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball in a 9-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field back on May 12th.
Let’s Go Cubs!
Posted on 19 May 2011 by Lou
The Cubs rallied for a much-needed 7-5 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night in Miami. After falling behind 5-3 at the end of the 5th inning, the Cubs tied it up in the top of the 6th inning on pinch-hitter Reed Johnson’s 2-run bomb. The Cubs then took the lead for good in the 8th on Marlon Byrd’s solo shot to left field. The Cubs tacked on an insurance run on Jeff Baker’s fielder’s choice play later that inning.
Koyie Hill had a nice game at the plate – 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored. Kosuke Fukudome, Starlin Castro and Aramis Ramirez each had 2 hits on the night.
Ryan Dempster struggled through 5 innings – 5 ER on 8 hits and 2 walks. Jeff Samardzija earned his 3rd win of the season by pitching 2 scoreless innings. Sean Marshall notched his 9th hold of the 2011 campaign, and Carlos Marmol picked up his 9th save by pitching an inning and a third of scoreless ball.
Casey Coleman looks to help the Cubs sweep the quick 2-game series over the Marlins tonight in Miami. Then it’s off to Boston for a 3-game set against the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park.
Posted on 18 May 2011 by Lou
Can it get any worse? 7’s were wild as the Reds swept the Cubs in a quick 2-game series in Cincinnati this week. The 2nd ugly loss in a row to the Reds dropped the Cubs 7 games back of the 1st place Reds in the NL Central race. All 7 runs scored by the Reds in the 7-4 win were of the “unearned” variety because of 4 errors committed by Cubs players. Sure 2 of the errors came from pitchers Matt Garza and Kerry Wood, so maybe those runs should not be considered “unearned”, but the Cubs clearly did not get the message that Skipper Mike Quade was trying to send when he held a closed-door meeting after Monday’s embarrassing loss.
Ryan Dempster looks to help stop the bleeding for the Cubs when he takes on former Cubs pitcher Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins in Miami tonight…
Posted on 13 May 2011 by Lou
The Cubs defeated the Giants 11-4 in the opener of the weekend series against the defending world champions at Wrigley Field.
Ryan Dempster picked up his 2nd win of the season with 6 effective innings of 2-run ball. He struck out 11 and because of the high pitch count – 115 pitches – Manager Mike Quade removed him at the end of 6.
Starlin Castro, Reed johnson and Dawrin Barney each had 3 hits apiece in an explosive 14-hit, 11-run attack.
More to come tomorrow on the big Friday win at Wrigley…
Posted on 09 May 2011 by Lou
The Cubs got some great pitching over the weekend against the Reds, but only came away with 1 win against their Division Rivals. Not good… not good at all. It is the same old alarming trend as the Cubs continue to fail to come through with the clutch hit to break open a close game.
The Red Sox stopped their 3-game skid with 2 impressive wins over the Twins at Fenway Park.
In Saturday’s 3-2 win, Casey Coleman gave the Cubs every chance it needed to win. Coleman worked 6 solid innings, giving up 2 ER on 4 hits and 3 walks with 6 K’s. After Coleman allowed the 1st 2 batters to reach base in the 7th inning, Kerry Wood couldn’t limit the damage and allowed the Reds to score 2 runs on a fielder’s choice and single. That gave the Reds a 2-1 lead.
It came down to the 9th inning trailing 2-1 as Carlos Pena came through with the clutch home run to right field that tied the game at 1. After Blake DeWitt’s single, it looked like the game was over as Jeff Baker’s double to deep center field would have easily scored DeWitt from 1st. But the ball bounced over the well and was ruled a ground rule double since the center fielder Daniel Stubbs never made contact with the ball before it left the field of play. That put the pressure on Kosuke Fukudome with runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. But Fukudome lived up to the challenge, stroking a no-doubt, line drive single up the middle to score DeWitt with the winning run. Marcos Mateo picked up his 1st major league win by pitching a scoreless inning and a third.
On Mother’s Day on Sunday, Ryan Dempster made his second straight good start — 7 innings, 2 ER on 5 hits and no walks. But this time, he did not come away with the win, as the Cubs bats went silent against Johnny Cueto who was making his 1st start of the season. The Cubs managed just 6 hits and 2 walks during the game against Cueto and 4 Cubs relievers. Jeff Samardzija worked his 9th straight appearance in which he has not allowed a run. Carlos Marmol, who had not pitched since May 3rd against the Dodgers worked a scoreless 9th inning. Starlin Castro continues to struggle even after getting the day off on Saturday. Castro has only 2 hits in his last 25 at-bats, a streak spanning 5 games. His batting average has dropped 48 points down to .300 during that stretch.
The Cubs are now 15-18 on the season and they trail the Cards by 4 games in the NL Central race. The Cards come to town for 3 big games this week as the Cubs really have their backs up against the wall yet again.
Posted on 04 May 2011 by Lou
Ryan Dempster finally turned in a good outing and Carlos Pena finally delivered his 1st home run of 2011 as the Cubs rallied late to beat the Dodgers 4-1 in Los Angeles.
Dempster pitched 7 effective innings in his best start of 2011. Dempster allowed just 1 ER on 6 hits and 2 walks during his outing and although he didn’t factor in the decision, he was thrilled that he finally gave his team a chance to win during one of his starts.
Carlos Pena has struggled all season long and he was still looking for his 1st home run heading into last night’s game. Pena came through with a clutch game-tying home run in the top of the 7th inning off of Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley. Pena also came around to score on Geovany Soto’s game-winning double after he worked a 1-out walk in the top of the 9th inning that moved the winning run over into scoring position. Soto delivered the big game winning hit with 2 outs and Blake DeWitt followed that up with an RBI single to give the Cubs a 4-1 cushion.
After Dempster left the game, the bullpen did what they’ve been doing for the majority of 2011. Kerry Wood worked a 1-2-3 8th inning and ended up picking up his 1st win of 2011 when the Cubs scored 3 in the 9th. Carlos Marmol then notched his 8th save of 2011 with a 1-2-3 9th inning. Wood and Marmol both have WHIP’s under 1.09 and ERA’s under 1.84. This gives Manager Mike Quade and the Cubs a TON of confidence when they have the lead in the late innings and they know they can hand the ball over to Wood, Marmol and Sean Marshall. Cubs sit at 13-16 with 1 more game left against the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon.
Posted on 29 April 2011 by Lou
It was that Ryan Dempster would love to get back – he lasted only 1/3 of an inning of the shortest start of his career. Dempster faced 10 batters and allowed all but one to reach base. He gave up a grand slam with nobody out as the DBacks took a 4-0 lead. After recording an out on a groundout. Dempster promptly walked the bases loaded. Three consecutive singles later, the DBacks had added on 3 more runs and Manager Mike Quade finally showed Dempster some mercy and took him out of the game. Ouch. Dempster saw his ERA rise from 7.63 all the way up to 9.58 – the highest of any starter in baseball today. His fastball was consistently in the 85-90 MPH range, 4 MPH shy of where he normally throws. He has allowed at least 4 ER in each of his 6 starts and he has not finished 7 full innings even once. And this is your Cubs opening day starter?!
Carlos Zambrano looks to end the Cubs 4-game skid tonight against the DBacks. Good luck with one…
Posted on 28 April 2011 by Lou
Mother nature helped the Cubs out on Wednesday – the forecasted rains caused the Cubs and MLB to re-schedule the Cubs-Rockies series finale to a date when the weather should be just a little bit nicer (hopefully) – Monday June 27th. It was an off-day for both teams. The Cubs play in Kansas City the day before and will continue with a home stand at Wrigley Field. The Rockies play the Yankees in New York the day before and will stop in Chicago to make up the game on Monday before heading home for a scheduled home stand.
The Cubs used the day off for some rest and for some early travel to Arizona where they begin a 7-game road trip against the DBacks. The Cubs will skip Casey Coleman in the rotation to keep the 3 “aces” on their scheduled 4 days between starts. Ryan Dempster (1-2, 7.63 ERA) , Carlos Zambrano (2-1, 5.28 ERA) and Matt Garza (0-3, 4.11 ERA) will start the 1st 3 games of the series while Coleman will pitch in the series finale on Sunday. The Cubs have not named who will start their game on Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Looking at the numbers of the Cubs 3 “aces”, it is shocking that the Cubs even have a 10-13 record. Crazy stuff once again for the Cubs in what is shaping up to be another LONG season…
Posted on 25 April 2011 by Lou
It was another lost weekend for the Cubs at Wrigley Field as the Cubs dropped 2 of 3 to the Dodgers and fell to 10-11 overall.
Saturday’s come-from-behind 10-8 win was a wild roller-coaster ride. The Cubs jumped out to a 5-1 lead after 4 innings – courtesy of a sacrifice fly by Aramis Ramirez in the 1st inning; an RBI single from Darwin Barney in the 3rd inning; and an RBI double from Reed Johnson and back-to-back RBI singles from Starlin Castro and Barney in the 4th inning.
But the Dodgers rallied to re-take the lead from Ryan Dempster with 3 runs in each of the 5th and 6th innings. Dempster could not hold the lead again and has had a brutal start to the season. He could not make it out of the 6th inning, giving up 7 ER on 9 hits (3 home runs) and 3 walks with only 3 K’s. The Dodgers added an insurance run in the 7th to increase their lead to 8-5. But a disastrous bottom of the 8th inning for Matt Guerrier cost them the win. Castro drove in 2 runs with a bases loaded single to center field that cut the lead to 1. Barney fielder’s choice groundout allowed Kosuke Fukudome to score with the tying run. And then Jeff Baker’s 2-out, 2-run, game-winning double to the gap in right field put the Cubs ahead for good 10-8.
Jeff Samardzija struck out 3 of the 4 batters that he faced in his inning and a third work to pick up the W. Carlos Marmol picked up his 5th save by working a scoreless 9th inning despite issuing another walk. He has now issued 7 walks in 10+ innings of work. Thos walks eventually come back to haunt you, as they already have in his 2 blown saves this season.
In Sunday’s 7-3 loss, Carlos Zambrano allowed a 5-run 1st inning and the Cubs could never recover. Big Z ended up lasting 5 innings, but he gave up 6 ER on 8 hits with 4 K’s. His 10-game winning streak is now over as he suffered his 1st loss of 2011. He has a 1.30 WHIP and a 5.28 ERA.
Kosuke Fukudome, Darwin Barney, Aramis Ramirez and Marlos Byrd each had 2 hits in the loss. The Cubs drew only one walk all game long.
The Cubs host the Rockies for 3 games this week at Wrigley Field before embarking on a 7-game road trip to Arizona and Los Angeles on Thursday. Matt Garza starts tonight for the Cubs still looking for his 1st win in a Cubs uniform.