Cubs Let Big Early Lead Slip Away in Loss to Dodgers

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  The Cubs used the long ball early and often against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers staff to build a 6-2 lead through three innings.  Nate Schierholtz hit a solo shot in the Castillofirst, and then Welington Castillo went back to back with Darnell McDonald in the third inning.  McDonald padded the RBI numbers with a three run homer, a no doubter.  Unfortunately that was about it for the Cubs offense as they couldn’t scratch across another run the rest of the afternoon.  Carlos Villanueva made his Cubs debut and it could have been better as he struggled with his command.  Villanueva couldn’t make in through the first inning as he walked two guys, and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.  Blake Parker and Barret Loux had solid outings, each turning in a scoreless effort.  Robert Whitenack struggled today, giving up three runs, while not allowing a hit, yes he struggled with command as well, walking two in two-thirds of an inning.  The news of the day came from Dontrelle Willis, not because he made his debut, but because he only threw seven pitches before leaving with what is being described as shoulder stiffness, he took the loss.

Cubs-Dodgers Box Score 2-25-2013

Cubs-Dodgers Pitchers Box Score 2-25-2013

Game Highlights:

Darnell McDonald’s Three-Run Bomb
Dontrelle Willis leaves with an Injury
Welington Castillo’s Solo Shot
Nate Schierholtz Goes Deep

Thanks for reading,
– George


Dontrelle Willis Hurt After 7 Pitches Today

You have to feel for the guy.  Willis, who is trying to make his latest comeback to the Majors with the Cubs, Washington Nationals v Baltimore Oriolesmade his debut today.  He walked the first batter he faced, threw seven pitches and then called the trainer out to the mound.  Dodgers TV showed D-Train in the dugout during the pitching change and the concern seemed to be focused on his throwing shoulder, ugh.  I say ugh not because I think he would be an integral part of the Cubs 2013 team or future, but because I feel for the guy.  Tremendous success followed by humbling, and crippling injuries that have derailed his Major League career.  Hopefully it’s precautionary, I think that was his last pitch as a Cub, maybe as a ballplayer, hope not.  Once more information becomes available I’ll pass it along, I just can’t help but thing this is not going to end good, and that’s too bad.

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– George

Navarro Propels Cubs With Big Three Run Blast

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  The Cubs exploded for four runs (all unearned) off of Giants ace, well one of them, Matt Cain, in the first inning and that was all they would need as they took care of the Giants 4-3 in their Spring home opener.  The Cubs loaded the bases Fujikawaquickly in the first inning on a base hit by Castro, Rizzo reached on an error, and Soriano registered a base hit that almost took Matt Cain’s leg off.  Cain was hobbled after he was nailed by Soriano’s line drive, he stayed in the game and proceeded to give up a three-run bomb to Cubs newcomer Dioner Navarro.  The Cubs pitching staff made those four runs hold up as they shut down the Giants most of the day only allowing three runs on six hits.  Jeff Samardzija got the start for the Cubs and tossed two strong innings, giving up three hits, one run, and struck out two without walking anyone.  Kyuji Fujikawa made his Cubs debut, and it was impressive, he went one inning giving up one hit and stuck out two.

Cubs-Giants Box Score 2-24-13

Cubs-Giants Pitching Box Score 2-24-13

Samardzija talks opening day start, and his first spring start

Thanks for reading,
– George

February 24, 2013 – Cubs Lineup vs. Giants

Solid pitching matchup today, Jeff Samardzija vs. Matt Cain, here is how the Cubs will lineup to start this one out.

1. DeJesus CF
2. Castro SS
3. Rizzo 1B
4. Soriano LF
5. Schierholtz RF
6. Navarro C
7. Bogusevic DH
8. Barney 2B
9. Villanueva 3B

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Throttle Angels Behind Hot Hitting, Solid Pitching

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  Things didn’t exactly get going the right way for the Cubs and eventual winning pitcher Travis Wood.  Wood walked the first batter he faced today, on four straight pitches, then threw 11 consecutive strikes to close out a solid two inning outing.  He didn’t get out of the game unscathed as the lead-off walk he issued scored for the Angels which was part of a two run first inning.  The Cubs quickly erased that deficit thanks to some clutch hitting in the third inning.  spt-0224-BaezRogersAfter Luis Valbuena brought the Cubs to within one run in the second inning with a solo home run, the Cubs exploded for five runs in the third, all with two outs.  The highlight of the inning had to be Brett Jackson‘s two run triple, his second triple of the game, he finished the day going 2-for-2 with two triples, two RBI’s and a run scored, guess that new swing is working out okay so far, it’s early, I know.  Jorge Soler, and Anthony Rizzo had solid spring debut’s as they each registered a double in three plate appearances, Soler’s double brought in a run for his first RBI of the Spring season.  Junior Lake also wowed the capacity crowd with a long solo home run, his only hit of the day in three plate appearances.  Back to the pitching, it was outstanding, sure it wasn’t against the vaunted Angels every day lineup, but it was still an excellent performance for so early in the Spring.  After Travis Wood, six Cubs pitchers joined the fun to close out the game, they tossed seven innings allowing four hits, one walk and no strikeouts.

Cubs-Angels box Score 2-23-13

Cubs-Angels Pitching box Score 2-23-13

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Cactus League Opener; Lineup/Preview

It’s finally here, baseball counts again, well for Spring Training records anyway, the Cubs get their Cactus League schedule underway today at 2PM CST against the Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles, West Coast, California.  Here is how the Cubs will lineup with Travis Wood getting the start, a first step towards making his case to crack the Cubs starting five.  The game is available on WGN Radio, and also on, so tune in and enjoy.  Other things to look for today, or I guess listen for, would be Brett Jackson’s new swing, and Anthony Rizzo’s first spring HR, because it will happen today.

Today’s lineup (for the first time through at least)

1. Logan Watkins, 2B
2. Dave Sappelt, CF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Scott Hairston, RF
5. Luis Valbuena, 3B
6. Welington Castillo, C
7. Brett Jackson, LF
8. Brent Lillibridge, SS
9. Darnell McDonald, DH

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Cubs 2013 Broadcast Schedule

I give you this information in the series previews, but bookmark this post, here is every game this year and what channel it is scheduled to be broadcast on.  Just a reminder, the Cubs open their spring training schedule tomorrow against the Angels, as always I will have a recap and a box score from the game, get excited boys and girls, Cubs baseball is back.

Mon 4/1 @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM WGN
Tue 4/2 OFF DAY
Wed 4/3 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Thur 4/4 @ Pittsburgh 11:35 AM WGN
Fri 4/5 @ Atlanta 6:30 PM CSN+
Sat 4/6 @ Atlanta 6:10 PM WGN
Sun 4/7 @ Atlanta 12:35 PM CSN
Mon 4/8 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Tue 4/9 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 4/10 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN+
Thur 4/11 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 4/12 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 4/13 vs. SF Giants 12:05 PM FOX
Sun 4/14 vs. SF Giants 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 4/15 OFF DAY
Tue 4/16 vs. Texas 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 4/17 vs. Texas 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 4/18 vs. Texas 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 4/19 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WCIU
Sat 4/20 @ Milwaukee 6:10 PM CSN
Sun 4/21 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM CSN
Mon 4/22 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN
Tue 4/23 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM WGN
Wed 4/24 @ Cincinnati 11:35 AM CSN
Thur 4/25 @ Miami 6:10 PM WCIU
Fri 4/26 @ Miami 6:10 PM WGN
Sat 4/27 @ Miami 6:10 PM CSN+
Sun 4/28 @ Miami 12:10 PM CSN
Mon 4/29 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 4/30 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM WCIU
Wed 5/1 vs. San Diego 7:05 PM CSN
Thur 5/2 vs. San Diego 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 5/3 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 5/4 vs. Cincinnati 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/5 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 5/6 OFF DAY
Tue 5/7 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 5/8 vs. St. Louis 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 5/9 OFF DAY
Fri 5/10 @ Washington 6:05 PM WCIU
Sat 5/11 @ Washington 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/12 @ Washington 12:35 PM WGN
Mon 5/13 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM WCIU
Tue 5/14 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 5/15 vs. Colorado 7:05 PM CSN
Thur 5/16 OFF DAY
Fri 5/17 vs. NY Mets 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 5/18 vs. NY Mets 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 5/19 vs. NY Mets 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 5/20 OFF DAY
Tue 5/21 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Wed 5/22 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM WGN
Thur 5/23 @ Pittsburgh 11:35 AM CSN
Fri 5/24 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM WGN
Sat 5/25 @ Cincinnati 3:10 PM WGN
Sun 5/26 @ Cincinnati 12:10 PM CSN
Mon 5/27 @ White Sox 6:10 PM CSN
Tue 5/28 @ White Sox 7:10 PM WCIU
Wed 5/29 vs. White Sox 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 5/30 vs. White Sox 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 5/31 vs. Arizona 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 6/1 vs. Arizona 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 6/2 vs. Arizona 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 6/3 OFF DAY
Tue 6/4 @ LA Angels 9:05 PM WGN
Wed 6/5 @ LA Angels 6:05 PM CSN
Thur 6/6 OFF DAY
Fri 6/7 vs. Pittsburgh TBD WGN
Sat 6/8 vs. Pittsburgh 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 6/9 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 6/10 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 6/11 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM WGN
Wed 6/12 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 6/13 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM CSN
Fri 6/14 @ NY Mets 6:10 PM CSN
Sat 6/15 @ NY Mets 12:10 PM CSN
Sun 6/16 @ NY Mets 12:10 PM WGN
Mon 6/17 @ St. Louis 6:05 PM WCIU/ESPN
Tue 6/18 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Wed 6/19 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Thur 6/20 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM WGN
Fri 6/21 vs. Houston TBD CSN
Sat 6/22 vs. Houston 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 6/23 vs. Houston 1:20 PM CSN
Mon 6/24 OFF DAY
Tue 6/25 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN
Wed 6/26 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WGN
Thur 6/27 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM CSN
Fri 6/28 @ Seattle 9:10 PM WGN
Sat 6/29 @ Seattle 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 6/30 @ Seattle 3:10 PM CSN
Mon 7/1 OFF DAY
Tue 7/2 @ Oakland 9:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/3 @ Oakland 9:05 PM CSN+
Thur 7/4 @ Oakland 3:05 PM WGN
Fri 7/5 vs. Pittsburgh TBD CSN
Sat 7/6 vs. Pittsburgh 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 7/7 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 7/8 OFF DAY
Tue 7/9 vs. LA Angels 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/10 vs. LA Angels 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 7/11 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM CSN
Fri 7/12 vs. St. Louis TBD WGN
Sat 7/13 vs. St. Louis 6:15 PM FOX
Sun 7/14 vs. St. Louis 7:05 PM ESPN
7/15-18 ALL-STAR BREAK (New York – Citi Field)
Fri 7/19 @ Colorado 7:40 PM WGN
Sat 7/20 @ Colorado 7:10 PM WGN
Sun 7/21 @ Colorado 3:10 PM CSN
Mon 7/22 @ Arizona 8:40 PM CSN
Tue 7/23 @ Arizona 8:40 PM WGN
Wed 7/24 @ Arizona 8:40 PM CSN+
Thur 7/25 @ Arizona 8:40 PM WGN
Fri 7/26 @ SF Giants 9:15 PM WGN
Sat 7/27 @ SF Giants 8:05 PM CSN
Sun 7/28 @ SF Giants 3:05 PM WGN
Mon 7/29 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 7/30 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 7/31 vs. Milwaukee 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 8/1 vs. LA Dodgers 7:05 PM CSN
Fri 8/2 vs. LA Dodgers TBD WGN
Sat 8/3 vs. LA Dodgers 3:05 PM FOX
Sun 8/4 vs. LA Dodgers 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 8/5 OFF DAY
Tue 8/6 @ Philadelphia 6:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/7 @ Philadelphia 6:05 PM WCIU
Thur 8/8 @ Philadelphia 12:05 PM CSN
Fri 8/9 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM WGN
Sat 8/10 @ St. Louis 6:15 PM WGN
Sun 8/11 @ St. Louis 1:15 PM WGN
Mon 8/12 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN+
Tue 8/13 vs. Cincinnati 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/14 vs. Cincinnati 1:20 PM WGN
Thur 8/15 OFF DAY
Fri 8/16 vs. St. Louis TBD CSN
Sat 8/17 vs. St. Louis 12:05 PM CSN
Sun 8/18 vs. St. Louis TBD WGN or ESPN
Mon 8/19 vs. Washington 7:05 PM CSN
Tue 8/20 vs. Washington 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 8/21 vs. Washington 7:05 PM WGN
Thur 8/22 vs. Washington 1:20 PM WGN
Fri 8/23 @ San Diego 9:10 PM CSN
Sat 8/24 @ San Diego 7:40 PM WGN
Sun 8/25 @ San Diego 3:10 PM WGN
Mon 8/26 @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM CSN
Tue 8/27 @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM WGN
Wed 8/28 @ LA Dodgers 2:10 PM CSN
Thur 8/29 OFF DAY
Fri 8/30 vs. Philadelphia 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 8/31 vs. Philadelphia 3:05 PM CSN
Sun 9/1 vs. Philadelphia TBD WGN or ESPN
Mon 9/2 vs. Miami 1:20 PM WGN
Tue 9/3 vs. Miami 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 9/4 vs. Miami 1:20 PM CSN
Thur 9/5 OFF DAY
Fri 9/6 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Sat 9/7 vs. Milwaukee 12:05 PM FOX
Sun 9/8 vs. Milwaukee 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 9/9 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN+
Tue 9/10 @ Cincinnati 6:10 PM CSN
Wed 9/11 @ Cincinnati 11:35 AM WGN
Thur 9/12 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM WGN
Fri 9/13 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Sat 9/14 @ Pittsburgh 6:05 PM CSN
Sun 9/15 @ Pittsburgh 12:35 PM WGN
Mon 9/16 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM WGN
Tue 9/17 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN+
Wed 9/18 @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM CSN
Thur 9/19 @ Milwaukee 1:10 PM WGN
Fri 9/20 vs. Atlanta 1:20 PM CSN
Sat 9/21 vs. Atlanta 3:05 PM WGN
Sun 9/22 vs. Atlanta 1:20 PM WGN
Mon 9/23 vs. Pittsburgh 7:05 PM CSN
Tues 9/24 vs. Pittsburgh 7:05 PM CSN
Wed 9/25 vs. Pittsburgh 1:20 PM WGN
Thur 9/26 OFF DAY
Fri 9/27 @ St. Louis 7:15 PM CSN
Sat 9/28 @ St. Louis 6:15 PM WGN
Sun 9/29 @ St. Louis 1:15 PM CSN

Thanks for reading,
– George