Brewers 8 Cubs 7 in 13

The Cubs lost a frustrating game to the Brewers 8-7 in 13 innings. Matt Garza did not have one of his best games but he held in there. He lasted just 5 innings but only gave up a run in the first. He did walk 5 and hit a batter which means his control was not his best. But then again he wasn’t missing by much. All the Cubs pitchers gave up a lot of walks. 14 total. It put them in trouble all night and was the main reason they lost.

David DeJesus had a great night. Didn’t start and entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit the first pitch over the right field fence for a grand slam. He later tripled in the ninth and drove in the tying run and also scored on a wild pitch.

The Brewers came back with a Hart home run with one on to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

It was the walks. 5 by Garza, 3 by Kerry Woods, 2 by Dolis that can just drive you nuts. Carlos Marmol gave up 2 hits,  a walk and 2 runs to show he is still not back from his prolems. He left with a pulled hamstring.

Cubs win in 11th 4-3 over Dodgers. Have you noticed?

The scored a come from behind victory in 11 innings over the Dodgers in a long rain delayed game at Wrigley. This was a big win. The Cubs were down 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Tony Campana drove in the tying run in the bottom of the ninth. Darwin Barney doubled to start the bottom of the eleventh. Welington Castillo was walked. Jeff Samardzija was sent up to bunt the runners to 2nd and 3rd but instead was hit by a pitch. That loaded the bases for David DeJesus who walked driving in the winning run. Cubs win!!

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Heartbreaking loss

Ryan Dempster

Ryan Dempster(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The loss yesterday to the Reds in 10 was such a downer. I have been a Cub Fan forever and have seen some that just deflate you. This was another one. Sure as time goes on all teams have a loss like this but come on.

I have lost all confidence in Carlos Marmol. He has a great slider but if he can’t throw it for strikes the other team is going to wait him out like they are doing. This is not a new problem. Dale Sveum has stated that Marmol needs to use his fastball. But he  continues to throw the slider and the batters are no longer biting.

The error by Ian Stewart did not help. He has been good at third but this was a crucial error. But that does not excuse Carlos Marmol. Dale Sveum needs to make a change here. It wasted a great game pitched by Ryan Dempster.

If the Cubs had won on Thursday they would have had some momentum going home. They would have won 7 of 11. The took 2 of 3 from the Cards, split the 4 games with the Phillies and would have swept the Reds. This would have been great going into a home stand.

Now they need to pick themselves off the floor and face the Dodgers who have the best record in the National League with a 17-8 record.

On a good note Brian LaHair continues to impress. He hit his team leading 7th home run and again to the opposite field.   He is batting .388 with 7 home runs and 16 RBI. He has reached base in 21 games in a row and tied Derrek Lee for the teams all time record for first baseman.

It was good to see Starlin Castro hit his first home run and Geovanny Soto got his second. Soto is having a difficult time and his job may be in trouble.

Cubs 5 Philllies 1

Matt Garza

Matt Garza (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cubs win today with a great pitching performance by Matt Garza. He was on his game today. Pitched 7 innings and was nothing but spectacular.  Strikes out 10 and earned his second win against 1 loss. Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect 8 and Carlos Marmol escaped the ninth. Marmol had some trouble walking 3, loading the bases and walked in a run. He still is not as sharp as he use to be.

Joe Mather hit his first home run and Brian LaHair had 3 hits including 2 doubles.

It case no one is watching but the Cubs are now 8-14. Not a great record at all as they are still in last place tied with Houston. But they are playing better. They took 2 of 3 from St. Louis and have won 2 of 3 against the Phillies with a game 4 tomorrow.

They are not hitting home runs but they scored 5 today and 5 on Friday.

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Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Cubs traded Marlon Byrd to the Boston Red Sox. Sorry to see Marlon go. He was a

favorite player of mine. I liked the way he played the game, his attitude. He did not have a very good start to this year. In fact his offense has not been up to par since he suffered the terrible face injury when he hit by a pitch to his face.

But he would never make an excuse. He was a player that was a leader on the team. He was a great team mate in the club house and was a great example for players to follow.

He will be missed but the team was looking to improve and add to the bullpen, at least that was what was announced as a reason for the trade.

 

They will receive right handed pitcher Michael Bowden. He has seen limited service with the Red Sox with just 20 innings last year and 15 in 2010. He has been with Red Sox since 2008 and is 25 years old.

Game 10 St. Louis 10 Cubs 3

The Cubs and Paul Maholm didn’t make it against he Cards. Maholm lasted just 4 innings giving up 6 runs and 6 hits. He is now 0-2 but his win less streak goes back to last July.

The first 10 days are showing some of the weakness of the team. The first 3 starters give the Cubs a chance to win. The 4 and 5 starters are going to be a challenge.

Without A. Ramirez and Carlos Pena the Cubs don’t have much power. At least on the surface. Alfonso Soriano should hit 20 plus but that is not going to be enough. He not going to see a lot of fastballs.

Hopefully Brian LeHair will prove he is a long ball threat. Ian Stewart, I really don’t know. Starlin Castro will get hits and extra base hits but I don’t expect a lot of home runs out of him yet.

The Cubs now to go Florida to play the Marlins in their new park. Big park. They are 4-6 and the Cubs are 3-7. It is still very early in the season. Things will get better.

The Cards win 10-3.

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CHC 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 6 0
STL 0 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 X 10 12 2

The Cubs so far 2012

The Cubs are 3-6 so far following the loss to St. Louis yesterday, 4/14. This probably is not a great surprise no matter that we Cubs fan would like that record turned around.

What is good so far is the starting pitching. Except for the game by Paul Maholm when he gave up a 5 spot in the first innings the starters have been great. Jeff Samardzija was great in his first start and not bad in his last. Starting pitching as long as they stay healthy is not going to be the problem.

The Cubs hitters are a different story so far. Yes they scored 8 runs on came and 9 the next. But they need to be more consistent and it is going to be very important to manufacture runs and take every opportunity available because runs are going to be hard to come by.

But the biggest worry I think is the bullpen. It didn’t start out great with Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood blowing the first couple of games. They have since performed better but this is going to be a difficult year. Sean Marshall was traded and Jeff Samardzija is now a starter. A lot of the Cubs success or failure this year is going to depend on how well the bullpen does.

April is going to be a difficult month to start the season. They are going to play so touch teams with St. Louis, Milwaukee, the Reds and Phillies. This could spell the tone for the entire year like it did last year. They got off to a terrible start and never recoverd.

I do predict the Cubs will have a better year and the offense will be a big part of

Kerry Wood

Kerry Wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it along with the starting pitching. Defense will be better and so will the base running with more stolen bases. Alfonso Soriano is already better in the outfield. I also think Marlon Byrd will be traded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cubs lose Sat 4/14/2012 5-1 to St. Louis. Chis Volstad takes the loss.

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CHC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 2
STL 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 X 5 7 0