Well, that was more like it, yes I know it’s “only” the Astros, I don’t care, that was enjoyable to watch. It was a big night for two of the Cubs young stars, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija as they lead the Cubs to a 7-1 blow out victory. Samardzija had his second tremendous start in a row, however he was actually rewarded this time around. Shark went seven brilliant innings allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out eleven. He had everything working, as he kept the Astros hitters off-balance but reached back when he needed something extra as he hit 99 on the gun at one point. The win gave Samardzija an 8-10 record on the season and he lowered his ERA to 4.06. It was nice to see the bats wake up as well, as the Cubs pounded out ten hits on their way to plating seven runs, unheard of! Anthony Rizzo led the attack with a big day, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .306 on the season. Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano didn’t want to be left out of the fun as they each hit two-run home runs to continue the onslaught. Barney finished the night 2-for-2 with his 6th home run, a double, two walks, two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Shark breaks down his outing
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Here is more on Anthony Rizzo winning the Rookie of the Month award for July.
In 25 games last month, Rizzo led NL rookies in hits (32), home runs (seven), RBIs (17) and total bases (55) while ranking second in runs scored (14). He also finished third among NL rookies with a .330 batting average, .375 on-base percentage and .567 slugging percentage.
Rizzo’s seven homers were the most by a Cubs rookie in a calendar month since Mel Hall hit nine in August 1983.
The 22-year-old Rizzo also proved to be calm in the clutch, driving in eight go-ahead runs in July and producing four game-winning RBIs, leading NL rookies in both categories. He registered his first walk-off home run on July 29 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th against the rival Cardinals.
That clutch production started from the get-go, as he became the first player in Cubs history to collect three game-winning RBIs in his first five games with the team.
Rizzo also had nine multi-hit games in July — including a career-high four-hit game on July 6 — and hit safely in 20 of his 25 games.
Not a bad first month as a Cub for Anthony Rizzo, wow. Congrats Anthony, and keep it going, it’s going to be tough to stay at this pace but I’ve been impressed with his ability to struggle a bit then go back to raking. Here are some Rizzo highlights from July, enjoy!
July 1, 2012 – RBI single against the Astros
July 2, 2012 – HR against the Braves
July 4, 2012 – Solo HR against the Braves
July 6, 2012 – First Career Four Hit Game against Mets
July 15, 2012 – RBI Single against the D-Backs
July 25, 2012 – Solo HR against the Pirates
July 25, 2012 – RBI Single against the Pirates
July 27, 2012 – RBI single against the Cardinals
July 27, 2012 – Two-run HR against the Cardinals
July 29, 2012 – Walk-Off HR against the Cardinals
July 29, 2012 – Three hit game against the Cardinals
July 31, 2012 – Rizzo goes deep during nine run inning against Pirates
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Surely Anthony Rizzo couldn’t live up to all the hype surrounding his much-anticipated Cubs debut, but he did his best to try. Rizzo was 2-for-4 in his first game with the Cubs, including the game winning single, that turned into a double with two outs in the fourth inning. Rizzo also singled in his first at bat, which was originally scored an error, it was changed a couple of minutes later, and rightfully so, who gives him an error at home? While Rizzo was making his debut Randy Wells might have been throwing his last pitch as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Randy Wells has lost it, all of it, he could only last three innings, giving up three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three. Thanks to Wells the Cubs got down 2-0 early before Rizzo and company charged back to take a 3-2 lead in the third inning. The Mets tied the game up in the fourth before Rizzo put the Cubs up for good in the bottom half. A huge effort from the Cubs bullpen today as Scott Maine, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol shut down the Mets the rest of the way. The game ended with Carlos Marmol earning his 100th career save, and one of his easier ones two. Five different Cubs had two hits in the win, Rizzo, David DeJesus, Luis Valbuena, Darwin Barney, and Steve Clevenger. While Anthony Rizzo won’t be a savior for the 2012 Cubs season, he might have made this one the most enjoyable games to watch all year, the Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Full box score and highlights after the jump.