Samardzija Filthy in Victorious Opener

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Full Box Score

  Cold weather usually favors the pitchers, while it was cold, I think both guys didn’t need any help today.  Jeff Samardzija and A.J. Burnett had themselves a nice tidy pitching duel today in the opener with Samardzija Shark Opening Daygetting the better of the tattooed righty while spinning a masterpiece.  The Cubs jumped out in front early on a loud, and long home run from Anthony Rizzo, and that was all the Cubs needed as Shark shut the door the whole day.  The Cubs had to endure the customary Marmol implosion in the ninth inning, but Sveum showed a quick hook in getting Marmol out-of-the-way so Russell and Fujikawa could finish off the victory.

At The Plate – The Cubs only managed six hits on the day, but they were productive.  Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 with two singles, a stolen base, and one run scored.  As I mentioned, Anthony Rizzo had the big blow, Rizzo ended the day 1-for-4 with that massive two-run homer in the first.  Nate Schierholtz enjoyed a solid Cubs debut as he was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.  Welington Castillo rounded out the offense today going 2-for-4 with two opposite field doubles, and an RBI.

On The Mound – It was the Jeff Samardzija show from start to almost finish.  Shark went eight dominant innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out nine Pirates.  He turned things over to Marmol in the ninth, and things got sketchy.  Marmol was only able to retire one hitter in the ninth, he hit McCutchen and gave up one hit, and a run as well.  James Russell took over and retired the only hitter he faced, then the new Cubs import Kyuji Fujikawa retired the only man he faced, on two pitches, two earn his first Major League save.

Up Next – The Cubs have tomorrow off, which is the worst after a winning opening day, now we have to wait till Wednesday to watch them play again.  That is when Edwin Jackson will make his Cubs debut against Wandy Rodriguez at 6:05 PM CST.

April 1 box score

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Game Highlights:

Anthony Rizzo’s BOMB
Jeff Samardzija’s Awesome Start
Full Video Recap
Castillo’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
– George

Jackson Impresses in Debut; Bullpen Fails Cubs

It was an exciting day to be a Cubs fan until the bullpen entered the game and the reality of being in the early stages of rebuilding slapped us all across the face.  Nevertheless, it was an important day for the Cubs organization and the fans as the future became a little clearer.  Top prospects  Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters were called up before the game, and both Jackson and Anthony Rizzo played large roles in the game today.

It was a pitchers duel through five innings today as the Cubs and Dodgers were deadlocked at one, that’s when things got crazy.  After the Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 6th the Dodgers pushed across three in the bottom half to take a 4-2 lead thanks to the Cubs bullpen, and their inability to throw strikes.  Normally that would signal the end for the Cubs but they stormed back in the top of the 7th, scoring three times, Alfonso Soriano came through with a big two out double to score two of those runs to give the Cubs a 5-4 lead.  Once again, the Cubs bullpen couldn’t preserve the lead as the Dodgers jumped right back on top in the bottom of the 7th, scoring twice after having nobody on and two outs.  The Dodgers clung to a one run lead into the ninth as Kenley Jansen took the mound, Jansen has been nearly un-hittable this year, don’t tell that to Anthony Rizzo.  Rizzo lead the ninth off with a towering solo shot to tie the game at six, his ninth home run of the season, and third RBI of the game.  Shawn Camp came on in the ninth to get this game to extra’s but he doesn’t really have an arm left and it showed again as he allowed the Dodgers to string together a couple hits after a lead-off walk to win this one 7-6.  All in all it was an exciting yet excruciating day for Cubs fans, probably more of these on the way, but at least there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Cards Use The Long Ball to Down Cubs

The Cardinals were hitting home runs on a record pace this afternoon in Chicago as they pounded out five home runs en route to a 9-6 victory over the Cubs.  Not only did they hit five home runs, they did so in the first five innings against Travis Wood.  Wood, who was being viewed as a surprise earlier in the season has fallen on hard times recently.  Friday afternoon added to Wood’s recent struggles as he gave up eight runs on seven hits in five innings of work, he walked two and struck out two.  Almost all the scoring took place in the first five innings today, and it started right away as the Cardinals jumped out in front in the top of the first inning 1-0.  The Cubs bounced right back as they scored three times of Cardinals surprise ace Lance Lynn.  Starlin Castro singled home DeJesus, and Anthony Rizzo blasted a two run homer to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.  That lead evaporated quickly as the Cardinals built up a 6-3 advantage by the third inning before the Cubs came back again.  Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo were part of the rally again as Castro tripled and Rizzo had an RBI single in the three run third inning and just like that it was 6-6.  Unfortunately the Cubs offense was done after the third and the Cardinals continued to tee off on Cubs pitching on their way to taking game one from the Cubs.  Rizzo finished the day going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s. Castro also had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-4 with a triple, and RBI, and two runs scored.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Rizzo Mashes Home Run (Video)

Too many ominous and negative posts today, here is video of Rizzo hitting a bomb today in Pittsburgh.  I hope everyone that can’t see the game because they are at work (like me) appreciate this one!

Cubs lead 2-1 in the Top of the 4th, Rizzo 2-for-2 with HR, and two RBI’s.

– George

6/10: Around the Cubs Minor League System


Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs their sixth straight win.  The Chiefs won the game 4-1.  Oliver Zapata had three hits, stole a base and scored a run.  Taiwan Easterling went 2-for-2 and walked twice, stole a base, and scored a run.  Javier Baez also had a hit, stole a base, and scored a run.  Austin Reed pitched out of the bullpen and got the win as he pitched three scoreless innings while only allowing two hits.  Yao-Lin Wang recorded his eighth save of the season striking out one batter.  Peoria’s record improved to 31-32 on the season.



Daytona dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing the game 5-4.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a run scored.  John Andreoli, Taylor Davis, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Boone all scored a run, And Davis and Silva both had RBI’s as well.  The Cubs took a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning, but Scott Weismann could not hold the lead giving up a two-run homer to Ramon Flores in the bottom of the seventh.  Austin Kirk received a no decision as he pitched six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned.  A tough loss no doubt, but they will look to rebound.




Eric Jokisch was stellar once again allowing only one run on three hits in 7.1 innings of work.  Jokisch ERA is now down to 1.40 and he improved his record to 3-0 as Tennessee won 4-2.  Offensively Nate Samson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Elliot Soto and Jokisch also contributed with RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all had hits in the win on Sunday as well.  Alberto Cabrera closed out the game pitching 1.2 innings allowing one run and striking out four.



Iowa exploded for 14 runs on Sunday, putting up a five-spot in the third and adding six more in the fourth.  It was a great day for most of the Cubs, especially for the top prospects in Iowa.  Brett Jackson 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI’s, and a stolen base.  Not to be outdone, Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 hitting two bombs and driving in four.  Rizzo is now hitting .363 with 20 homers, and 53 RBI’s.  Ty Wright also had three hits, two of which were doubles, and he scored three runs on the day.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI’s.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt also had a hit and an RBI on  Sunday.  All that offense was plenty for Chris Rusin who went 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out two.  It was a great day for Iowa as every starter had at least one hit.

Rizzo’s second homer of the game 

 Thanks for reading,
– Mark