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Cubs Lose Again – This is Getting Ridiculous

Posted on 16 June 2010 by Lou

How bad can it get on the north side in 2010?  Just when you think it can’t get any worse, the Cubs find new ways to lose.  The Cubs dropped the opener to the A’s 9-5 after waiting out an hour and forty minute rain delay before the start of the game.  Everything unraveled for the Cubs in the top of the 4th inning of a scoreless game.  After Carlos Zambrano issued a walk, a single and another walk to load the bases with nobody out, Big Z gave up a run scoring single to Mark Ellis.  Big Z coaxed a force out at home plate to keep the bases loaded with 1 out and a chance to get out of the inning with minimal damage.  But then Derrek Lee did something he had never done in his entire career — he committed fielding errors on back-to-back infield groundballs allowing 3 unearned runs to score.  Instead of getting out of the inning with a 1-run deficit, the Cubs found themselves in a 4-0 hole.  Not a good thing for a scuffling team.

Big Z actually helped his team get back into it in the bottom of the 5th inning with a run scoring single.  He came around to score the Cubs’ 2nd run on Starlin Castro’s single.  But he gave back the run in the top of the 6th inning on a single and a double to lead off the inning.  Big Z ended up going 6 innings, giving up 5 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks.  He also had 4 K’s.

The 7th inning brought more poor pitching from Jeff Stevens (3 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk) and more poor fielding from Tyler Colvin (2 fielding errors that led to an unearned run).

Tyler Colvin was the only Cubs player to have more than 1 hit – he also had the lone HR for the Cubs in the 8th inning.  The Cubs lineup also had 9 strikeouts with only 2 walks.

Questionable Move of the Night – The Cubs had just cut the A’s lead to 5-4 with an RBI double from Chad Tracy and an RBI single from Koyie Hill with 2 outs in the 6th inning.  Hill even advanced to 2nd base on the throw home, getting into scoring position with the tying run.  So why did Manager Lou Pinella elect to stay with Zambrano at the plate instead of going with a pinch-hitter.  Especially since Pinella replaced Big Z with Stevens in the top of the inning, it seemed like a perfect time to use a Xavier Nady or Jeff Baker against the lefty Blevins to try to get the tying run home.  Pinella never gave a clear answer, throwing even more confusion into the disastrous night at the Friendly Confines.

Not sure how much more we can take of this awful play from the Cubs.  Manager Lou Pinella must be just about ready to hand in his resignation papers at this point – I know I would be…

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Lilly Shines, Marmol Fails in 3-2 9th Inning Loss to Brewers in Milwaukee

Posted on 09 June 2010 by Lou

It wasn’t meant to be for Ted Lilly.  Although he didn’t take the loss, he didn’t get the win either.  Lilly tossed 8 innings of 1-run ball, scattering 4 hits and zero walks with 8 K’s in the process.  His lone mistake – a solo home run to Corey Hart that tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the 8th inning.  The Cubs rallied to take the lead in the 9th inning on an Alfonso Soriano groundout, putting Lilly in position to earn the W and break his 5-game skid.  But then Carlos Marmol blew his 3rd save of the year.  A hits batsman followed by an intentional walk to Prince Fielder set up former Cubs Casey McGahee’s 2-run game-winning walk-off single that gave the Brewers the 3-2 win.

Lilly was the tough-luck recipient once again of poor offensive production from the Cubs hitters.  Despite 8 hits and 3 walks, the Cubs managed just lone runs in the 8th and 9th innings.  Not good.  Kosuke Fukudome, Tyler Colvin and Starling Castro each had 2 hits in the loss.  But it was Lilly’s stat line that stands out the most – he has a 1.09 WHIP and 3.28 ERA, but is only 1-5 on the season.  Let’s hope Lilly stays focused – pretty soon he will get the run support and that should mean several wins for Lilly and the Cubs.

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Cards Light Up Wells in 5-Run 1st Inning – Cubs Lose 7-1

Posted on 28 May 2010 by Lou

It wasn’t the way the Cubs wanted to start the 3-game weekend series with the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.  Wells did not record an out as the 1st 6 Cards batters recorded hits – scoring 5 runs in the process.  The Cards went on to win 7-1 on a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Friendly Confines.

Carlos Silva takes his perfect 6-0 record to the bump on Saturday.  He will face Adam Ottavino who will be making his 1st ever major league start.

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Cubs Take 2 of 3 from Dodgers @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 27 May 2010 by Lou

The Cubs took 2 of 3 from the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers as Wrigley Field this week.  It wasn’t all perfect, but at least the wins keep coming in.

I’m going to ignore most of the 8-5 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.

Most notable – I was very disappointed in the Cubs hitting.  14 hits and you only manufacture 5 runs?!  The Cubs left 2 runners on base in each of the 1st 2 innings and only pushed 1 run across during those scoring chances.  In the 3rd inning, the Cubs actually had the bases loaded and nobody out, and they only scored 1 run on a Mike Fontenot hit by pitch.  Starlin Castro then grounded out to force an out at home, Koyie Hill struck out and Tom Gorzelanny grounded out to end the threat.  The Cubs had runners on base in every single inning but the 9th inning, but never seemed to be able to push through more than a run at a time.  The lowlight – Ryan Theriot grounded into inning-ending double plays in each of the 6th and 8th innings.  Not good.

Tom Gorzelanny – we may have seen the last of TG as a starter with the return of Carlos Zambrano looming.  Gorzelanny never seemed comfortable out there and he gave up a season high 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings.  It least he gave the team the 5 innings though – gotta give him credit for that.

Now on to bigger and better things.  Although it was a pitcher’s/defensive battle between Ted Lilly and Chicago-area native John Ely today, the Cubs eked out the 1-0 win late to make the Wrigley-faithful happy. The Dodgers actually out-hit the Cubs 5-4, but the Cubs made their hits count in the 8th inning.  Mike Fontenot entered the game in the 8th inning after an undisclosed injury to Jeff Baker and he promptly led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a triple down the right field line that Xavier Nady had trouble fielding.  After Geovany Soto struck out, Tyler Colvin (also in his 1st at-bat as he entered the game for defensive purposes), doubled to right field to drive in Fontenot with the 1st and only run of the game.  It was frustrating to watch Ryan Theriot pop out on a bunt attempt that would have brought another run in because the Cubs continue to struggle in those situations.  When you get a man on 3rd and less than 1 out, you have to get him home somehow, some way, and the Cubs have not been consistent doing that this year.

Ted Lilly was great –7 scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits and 3 walks with 5 K’s.  He did not receive a decision however.

Sean Marshall pitched a scoreless 8th inning although he did give up 2 singles in the inning.

Carlos Marmol struck out the side in the 9th inning although he did walk Blake DeWitt with 1 out.  It was Marmol’s 11th save in 13 chances and he has shown that he can close out games on a consistent basis this year.  He continues to lower both his WHIP (1.14) and ERA (1.52) with good outings.

Next up is a HUGE 3-game set with the Cardinals at Wrigley Field this weekend.  It should be a fun Randy Wells-Chris Carpenter duel on Friday afternoon at t he Friendly Confines – lucky for us, the Cards have a late afternoon game in San Diego today before heading to Chicago tonight – wonder who scheduled that one?

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Marmol, Cubs Hold on for 5-4 win over Rangers on Saturday (and Sunday)

Posted on 23 May 2010 by Lou

The Cubs defeated the Rangers 5-4 on Saturday night at the Ballpark at Arlington.  Carlos Marmol worked a scary 9th inning to pick up the save.  With a 2-run lead, Marmol issued the dreaded lead-off walk and allowed a run to score on an RBI single to Ian Kinsler.  But Marmol induced a groundout by Vladmir Guerrero to end the game and preserve the 5-4 win.

Randy Wells had a phenomenal outing against one of the better hitting teams in all of baseball.  Wells pitched into the 9th inning, giving up just 3ER on 7 hits and 1 walk.  He struck out 6 but got a no decision.

Sean Marshall worked out of trouble in the 9th inning and earned the win.

The Cubs manufactured the winning runs in the 10th inning by players who did not start the game.  Tyler Colvin led off the inning with a double.  Pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome singled and then pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot hit an RBI single knocking in Colvin with the go ahead run.  With the bases loaded and just 1 out, Derrek Lee hit an RBI groundout and avoided the double play so that the ultimate winning run could score.

Alfonso Soriano got the Cubs on the board first with a 2-run HR in the 2nd inning.  Starlin Castro hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning.  That would be the only Cubs scoring until the 10th inning.

The Cubs won Sunday’s rubber match 5-4 as well.  Carlos Silva picked up the win (6-0) and Carlos Marmol notched his 9th save of the season.  More on Sunday’s win on Monday…

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Cubs Ride Hot Bats and Carlos Silva en Route to 2-Game Sweep of Colorado Rockies @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 19 May 2010 by Lou

Carlos Silva pitched 6+ strong innings for his 5th win as the Cubs beat the Rockies 6-2 at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

After blowing a great scoring chance in the 1st inning – 1st and 3rd and nobody out after singles by Kosuke Fukudome and Ryan Theriot to start the game – I thought here we go again.  But my prayers were answered in the bottom of the 4th inning as the same situation presented itself.  Tyler Colvin had struck out on 3 pitches with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the 1st inning, but this time he came through with a clutch line drive single to center field that plated Aramis Ramirez.  The Cubs got 2 more runs in the inning on a Starlin Castro fielder’s choice play and a 2-out single from Kosuke Fukudome, and just like that, the Cubs had a 3-0 lead.  That seemed to relax everyone in Wrigley Field and it seemed to give some confidence to this struggling Cubs team.

Silva pitched well until he ran out of juice in the 7th inning.  He issued his only walk of the game to Troy Tulowitzki to lead off the inning and then he served up Todd Helton’s 2-run bomb to deep right field.  That was all Manager Lou Pinella wanted to see as he turned to trusted lefty James Russell (after Esmailin Caridad walked the only batter he faced) to get the Cubs out of the jam.  Russell notched 2 K’s and a weak fly ball out and the Cubs still had a 3-2 lead.

Then the Cubs tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning on a Starlin Castro single and a 2-run Ryan Theriot single.  That increased the Cubs lead to 6-2 which allowed Pinella to use Zambrano in the 9th instead of closer Carlos Marmol.  Zambrano pitched a perfect 9th inning with 2K’s – think he’s happy to know he’s going back to the starting rotation sometime soon?

The Cubs have won 3 straight and embark on a quick 5-game road trip to take on the Phillies in Phialdelphia on Wednesday and Thursday and the Rangers in Texas over the weekend.  Stay tuned Cubs fans…

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Cubs Miserable 1-Win Road Trip Ends with Frustrating 5-3 Loss to Reds

Posted on 10 May 2010 by Lou

The weekend started off on a high note as Starlin Castro led the Cubs to an exciting 14-7 over the Reds on Friday night.  But just as quickly as every Cubs had an extra skip in their step on Saturday morning, those skips quickly turned to heavy thuds as the Cubs lost to the Reds 14-2 on Saturday and then 5-3 on Sunday.  The Cubs won only 1 game on the 6 game road trip through Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and they are now at the bottom of the pile in the weak National League.  The Cubs are 14-18, 1/2 game better than the Atlanta Braves and 3.5 games better than the Houston Astros.  Both those teams have beaten the Cubs in 3-game series this season already, so it might not be long before we hit the cellar.

On Saturday, after the Cubs battled back to cut an early Reds lead to 3-2 in the top of the 7th inning, the Cubs bullpen blew it for the team.

On Sunday, Ryan Dempster pitched well for 6 innings and the Cubs even took the lead in the top of the 7th on Tyler Colvin’s 2-run home run to right field.  But Dempster couldn’t close the deal for a 3rd straight start as he ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning.  Dempster gave up a double and single, but was able to record 2 outs to get “close” to getting out of the jam.  But he served up a game-winning 3-run home run to Joey Votto and the Cubs lost for the 5th time in 6 games.

The Cubs hobble back home to Wrigley Field to take on the Florida Marlins for 3 games.  The Friendly Confines should sure be hopping as Styarlin Castro makes his Wrigley Field debut starting at shortstop and batting 8th.  Can’t wait…

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Cubs Fun Fact of the Day — Alfonso Soriano is on Fire

Posted on 03 May 2010 by Lou

This is a big surprise for me, but we’re going with Alfonso Soriano as our Cubs Fun Fact of the Day.  Soriano has been on fire of late and he helped lead the Cubs to 2 big wins over the DBacks on Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field.

Soriano has hit a home run in each of his last 3 games, including 2 2-run bombs in Sunday’s 10-5 win.  Soriano is hitting .325 with a stellar .382 on-base percentage.  He already has 6 home runs and 17 RBI’s on the season, and we’re just 26 games in.  Considering Soriano hit only 20 home runs and drove in 55 runs in 117 games in 2009, he is well ahead of pace (he also had an atrocious .241 batting average and .303 on-base percentage?!).  Now I know, he hasn’t gotten hurt yet, but who knows, maybe getting a few extra days off here and there with Tyler Colvin playing more will be a blessing in disguise.  Maybe getting reunited with Rudy Jaramillo – his old hitting coach in Texas – has helped.  Maybe the unusually warm weather has helped too.

Whatever it is, something is clearly clicking with Soriano in 2010 – let’s hope he can keep it up…

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Cubs Crush Brewers 12-2; Complete 3-Game Sweep at Miller Park

Posted on 25 April 2010 by Lou

WOW – what a turn of events.  The Cubs were reeling after dropping 5 of 7 games to the lowly Astros and Mets.  But they didn’t give up and completed an impressive 3-game weekend sweep over the Brewers at Miller Park with a 12-2 rout on Sunday.  The Cubs scored 12 runs and belted out 18 hits, including home runs by Kosuke Fukudome, Derrek Lee, Tyler Colvin and Geovany Soto.  Fukudome and Colvin each had 3 hits apiece, while Ryan Theriot had 5 hits and 3 RBI’s and now has his average up to .329 after a slow start to the season.  Theriot was even briefly demoted form the lead-off spot during the series against the Mets in New York.

Randy Weels did a great job on the mound – 7 innings, 2 ER on 7 hits and no walks, with 6 K’s.  Another great start from the dependable Wells.

The Cubs next face the resurgent Nationals in a 3-game set this week at Wrigley Field.  This isn’t your old Nats team, however, as the Nats have already won 11 games this season – 2 more than the Cubs.  Let’s keep the good times rolling on Monday night with Carlos Silva on the bump…

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Cubs Crush Brewers 8-1 @ Miller Park in Milwaukee on Friday Night

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Lou

The Cubs seemed to put their hitting and pitching woes from NY behind them with a convincing 8-1 win over the Brewers on Friday night in Milwaukee.  Ryan Dempster tossed 1-run ball for 7 2/3 innings, scattering 7 hits and 1 walk.  Ryan Theriot, Kosuke Fukudome, Marlon Byrd, Tyler Colvin and Koyie Hill each had 2 hits in the win.  Fukudome and Colvin stroked home runs in the hitter-friendly Miller Park.

The Cubs are leading the Brewers 5-1 in the 9th inning tonight.  Two good pitching signs for the Cubs.  Ted Lilly made his 2010 debut tossing 6 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks.  Carlos Zambrano also made his 2010 debut – out of the bullpen – and he did well.  He recorded the final out of the 7th inning and then worked the 8th inning as well.  He did give up a run on 2 hits and a walk in the 8th.  But it looks like Lilly is back on track and ready to compete in 2010 and it looks like Big Z is capable and able out of the bullpen.

Go Cubs!  Let’s hope Randy Wells can spark a Brew Crew sweep in Sunday’s contest.

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