Cubs Fail in the Clutch, Lose to Cards

It looked like a pitchers duel right from the start as Chris Volstad and Lance Lynn were dealing right from the word go.  Unfortunately for the Cubs, the defense was not on the same level as the pitching.  A big fourth inning for the Cardinals, that was started by a Castro error (his first of two on the day) was the difference as they plated four runs, three earned to take a 4-0 lead.  The Cubs battled well enough down the stretch but could not get a clutch hit to get back in the game.  Chris Volstad pitched well enough but took the loss to fall to 0-1, and Lance Lynn turned in his second straight solid outing for his second win on the young season.  Full recap after the jump.

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April 14, 2012 – Lineups

What a beautiful day for a three game winning streak.  The Cubs battle the Cardinals in Game 2 of the weekend series at 12:05 PM Central on FOX, the Cardinals will receive their rings today, yesterday was tbhe banner ceremony.  Here’s how the teams will lineup today.





1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Carlos Beltran, R
5. David Freese, 3B
6. Yadier Molina, C
7. Matt Carpenter, 1B
8. Daniel Descalso, 2B
9. Lance Lynn, P





1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Darwin Barney, 2B
3. Starlin Castro, SS
4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
5. Ian Stewart, 3B
6. Bryan LaHair, 1B
7. Geovany Soto,C
8. Marlon Byrd, CF
9. Chris Volstad, P

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Spoil Cardinals Big Day

Okay, I’m sure the Cardinals will live, they walk away from today’s game with a loss but they also got a rather shiny ring to commemorate their World Championship last year that the Cubs had a huge hand in.  Today, the Cubs got a small piece of revenge beating the Cardinals 9-5 at a soggy Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  Adam Wainwright, who is returning from Tommy John this season was beat for the second time this year, while Jeff Samardzija earned his second win in as many starts for the Cubs.  While the Cubs won by four runs it really could have been much more as it was a tale of two games.

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April 13-15; @ Cardinals – Series Preview

St. Louis Cardinals Logo - A cardinal perched on a yellow bat wearing a cap over a baseball inside a red circle reading St. Louis Cardinals in white

The Cubs get their first major test of the year in St. Louis this weekend.  The Cardinals are crushing the ball, and not giving up to many runs either, that’s usually a recipe for success.  The Cardinals sit atop the Central Division aty a 5-2 record and have shown no signs of slowing down coming off of their Championship season last year.  The Cubs left Wrigley with a better taste in their mouth after beating the Brewers 8-0 on Thursday afternoon.  However, the Cubs aren’t satisified with their play as they currently sit at the bottom of the Central with a 2-5 record.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs sneak up on the Cards this weekend and steal 2 out of 3 games.  The Cubs played better than that 2-5 record indicates on the season opening home stand, and I think a trip on the road might do them some good.  Go Cubs!

Full Breakdown after the jump

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