Posted on 09 June 2011 by Lou
Ryan Dempster helped the Cubs end their longest skid of the 2011 campaign with a 4-1 win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Dempster worked 6 solid innings of 1-run ball to even his record at 5-5. Dempster worked out of tough jams in the 1st and 3rd innings, limiting the Reds to just a single run despite excellent scoring chances. Dempster gave up just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8.
The Cubs bullpen finally delivered in a pressure-packed situation. Kerry Wood notched hold #9 despite a 2-out triple in a scoreless 7th inning.
Sean Marshall struck out 2 in his perfect 8th inning – his 12th hold of the season.
And Carlos Marmol notched save #11 with a perfect 9th inning.
Everyone let out a collective sigh of relief as Marmol closed the door on the Cubs 1st win in 9 days.
Carlos Pena gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead with a 2-run bomb to deep right field in the 4th inning. On the next pitch, Aramis Ramirez increased the Cubs lead to 3-1 with only his 3rd homer of the season. And Kosuke Fukudome scored an insurance run on a balk in the 7th inning that gave the bullpen some room to work with.
The Cubs “improved” to 24-36 and they trail the Cards by 11.5 games in the NL Central race.
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 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…