The good news: Cubs stage “real rally” to avoid sweep

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No fake rally today boys and girls as the Cubs finally showed some life and came through with a successful rally, no, really!  The Cubs were being owned by Johnny Cueto all day and thanks to some questionable behavior from Cueto, the Cubs woke up.  Now, I’m not going to get into the problem with waiting to be woke up by the opponent versus being ready at first pitch right now, the point is Cueto woke the Cubs up, and paid for it. Trailing 4-0, the Cubs got one run back in the seventh, and scored three times in the eighth inning, the big blow was an Alfonso Soriano two-run homer to tie the game at four, all the damage was done with two outs.  The Cubs went on top for good in then tenth inning as Welington Castillo‘s two out double scored Scott Hairston, and Kevin Gregg shut the door in the bottom half.  The bullpen was outstanding in this one, as they worked a combined 5.2 scoreless innings giving up only one hit after Matt Garza left after four.


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Game Highlights:

Castillo’s game winning RBI double
Fujikawa leaves hurt
Gregg closes it out
Valbuena makes a great play
Soriano’s game tying blast
Rizzo’s RBI double
Valbuena’s RBI single gets the Cubs on the board

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Garza has issues with Cueto’s behavior, issues “warning”

Johnny Cueto wasn’t particularly thrilled with David DeJesus in the first inning of today’s game.  DeJesus did what he always does, same routine every at bat, every pitch, but Johnny Cueto is apparently special, and doesn’t have time for it as he threw his best playground tantrum on the mound.  Throwing his arms up in the air, putting his hands on his hips and staring down DeJesus, so much so that Bob Davidson the home plate umpire had to tell him to calm down.  Garza 5-26No one thought much of that until a later DeJesus at bat where Johnny Cueto threw a fastball over DeJesus’ head and all the way to the back stop, when Davidson realized that Cueto didn’t make a mistake he warned him and both benches.  I thought that would be the end of it, but Matt Garza, a guy who rarely hides what he truly feels, let everyone know what he thought about it.

Via Paul Sullivan

“It’s kind of b.s. on his part, just totally immature,” Garza said. “If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and definitely I’ll find his. I took total disrespect out of that one.”  

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary here.”  

“If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me and I’ll definitely return the favor,” he said. “I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We just take it game by game and try to better ourselves. Hopefully he learns to grow the hell up. … You’re up 4-0. Grow up. I hope he hears this because I really don’t care.”   

“I don’t know what the deal is between him and (DeJesus), but he needs to cut it out because I’ll stop it,” he said. “And that’s just the way it goes. If he wants to do it like that, then so be it. … This could be a warning. This could be just nonsense. However he takes it. But I don’t like (it when) the game was played that way.

“You don’t throw with intent and try to hit someone. Hopefully the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully his (teammates) will warn him and say ‘Hey, take a look at this.’

“But it is what it is. They run their own show. We run our show, and we’ll see them again in a month.”

Interesting.  So, maybe things will get a little more intense than usual the next time these two teams meet, and I’m not surprised in the least.  The Cubs aren’t the onlyJohnny Cueto team that hates the Reds, it probably has a lot to do with the way they handle themselves on and off the field, just ask the Cardinals, or ask Brandon Phillips about the Gold Glove last year.  Not really sure how I feel about the comments from Garza, I mean I expect him to say stuff like this, but I guess I would be more fired up about it if the Cubs were within a game or two of the Reds.  Regardless, he does have a point if Cueto was throwing over the head of DeJesus on purpose, you don’t do that, especially when DeJesus didn’t do anything wrong, Johnny Cueto just deserves another level of respect from other ball clubs I guess, but he doesn’t owe anyone any, that makes perfect sense.

Here is a link to a video of Garza’s postgame via Paul Sullivan as well.

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The bad news first; Kyuji Fujikawa headed back to the DL?

Unfortunate news following a tremendous rally in Cincinnati.  There are some reports surfacing that Kyuji Fujikawa could be headed back to the DL with the same forearm strain that had him on the DL earlier this year.  There has been no confirmed reports from the Cubs, and no roster moves, but Fujikawa will be re-evaluated when the Cubs return to Chicago and then the Cubs will go from there.  If the Cubs do have to put Fujikawa back on the DL I would expect to see newly signed Eduardo Sanchez get a shot in the Cubs pen as he has had success at this level with the Cardinals, and is already on the 40-man roster.  Stay tuned for updates on Fujikawa, hopefully it’s a scare and he doesn’t need to go back on the DL, but forearm strains are tricky and it looks like he might not have been fulled healed from the first time it cropped up.

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May 26, 2013 – Cubs @ Reds; Lineups

Matt Garza is tasked with playing stopper as the Cubs have lost six straight, and it would be nice to avoid a seventh straight.  He will be opposed by Johnny Cueto, quite the Sunday match up on the mound in Cincinnati today.  Here is how both teams will line up today.

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Minor Matters – May 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are officially on a roll, with last night’s win they have won three in a row, and six of their last seven games.  Brian Bogusevic probably belongs in the Majors at this point, but there is nowhere to put him, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with two singles in the victory.  Edwin Maysonet had a huge game going 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Luis Flores came up with a rare huge offensive game going 2-for-2 with two walks, two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundBrooks Raley was solid on the mound for the Cubs, as he improved his record to 4-3 on the season.  Raley worked 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.  Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going 2.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Nothing went right for the Smokies in this one as they could only manage three hits all night, and two runs in a 7-2 loss.  Arismendy Alcantara was one of the few Smokies to come through last night, he was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva, and Tim Torres were the only other Smokies to record hits in this one, both singles; they each had a stolen base as well.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera rarely gets beat up, last night was one of those rare times that he did.  Cabrera worked six innings giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out seven.  A.J. Morris wasn’t much better out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking three.  Brian Schlitter doesn’t allow runs, he just doesn’t, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona only needed one inning to get the victory in this one; they scored five times in the second inning and held on for dear life in a 5-4 victory of the Flying Tigers, what a name, eh?  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his eleventh double of the season, and a run scored in the victory.  Daytona made their hits count as they could only manage six all game, and the two guys at the bottom of the order came up huge.  Taiwan Easterling (8 hitter) was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored, while Tim Saunders (9 hitter) was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Nice to have Kyler Burke back on the mound, he was brilliant in this one to earn his first victory of the season.  Burke went five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two, he lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season.  Eduardo Figueroa found some trouble, but kept the damage limited going 1.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one.  Hunter Cervenka was touched up, gasp!  That never happens!  Cervenka worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three.  Luis Liria came on to save the day, and the game going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one to earn his second save of the season.

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At The Plate – Solid comeback win for Kane County in game one as they scored twice in the fifth to tie the game, then walked off in the seventh for the win.  Oh hey look, Albert Almora shows up in the recap, what else is new?  Almora was 3-for-4 with two doubles; he now has five doubles in four games for the Cougars, he added two RBI’s, two runs scored, and an outfield assist in the victory.  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-3 with his ninth double of the season, and a walk.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with two singles; he’s now hitting .263 on the season, that average is on the rise.

On The MoundJose Arias pitched in and out of trouble, because of that he couldn’t make it five innings for the win.  Arias worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  Nathan Dorris got back on track in this one, and subsequently he earned his second win of the season.  Dorris worked 2.2 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate – The runs came early and often in game two as the Snapper and Cougars totaled nine runs in the first three innings; luckily the Cougars were on the right side of the score, leading 5-4.  The Cougar pitching settled down after that, and the offense tacked on two runs in the fifth en route to a 7-4 victory.  Oliver Zapata getting a chance to lead off was solid, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Albert Almora only had one hit in game two so there really isn’t much to say about him in game two….  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the victory, he’s now hitting .291 on the season.  Rock Shoulders was tired of slumping, so he busted out in game two, he was 2-for-3 with two home runs (11,12), three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .323 on the season.

On The MoundBrian Smith was roughed up a bit in this one, and earned a no decision thanks to his red hot offense.  Smith worked four innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ian Dickson was awesome out of the pen and was rewarded with his second win of the season.  Dickson worked three scoreless innings giving up on hit whiles walking one and striking out four.

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Cubs floundering, lose sixth straight

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For the second straight game the Cubs built an early lead only to watch it disappear in one horrible inning.  Travis Wood‘s quality start streak ended at nine as he couldn’t get himself out of the sixth inning.  With the Cubs leading 2-1 in the sixth, Wood issued a walk Joey Votto to start the inning, nine batters later Travis Wood was out of the game and the Cubs trailed 5-2.  The Cubs didn’t even have enough for a fake rally in this one as they went quietly the rest of the way, and could only manage six hits all day.  Six losses in a row, and the Cubs 2013 season seems to be on life support at this point.


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Game Highlights:

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Soriano’s RBI single
Rizzo’s RBI double

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May 25, 2013 – Cubs @ Reds; Lineups

Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs against his former team at 3:05 PM CST on CSN Chicago.  The Reds will counter with Homer Bailey, the Cubs have seen a lot of Bailey, so if Wood can keep the tough Reds lineup in check they Cubs should have a solid chance to probably blow one late, I mean win.

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