Finally some home baseball! There really is nothing like the home opener at Wrigley, I love watching baseball there, on TV or in person. The Cubs welcome the banged up Brewers to town for a three game set. The Cubs need to find some hits and more importantly runs, both have been at a premium so far this season. The Brewers are struggling as well, I mentioned they were banged up, they are also losing, five straight in fact.
Cubs suffered a three game sweep at the hands of the Braves in Atlanta
The Brewers were swept in a three game series by the D-Backs at home
Game Times and Broadcast Information:
- Monday, April 8, 2013 – 1:20 PM CST on WGN TV
- Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – 7:05 PM CST on WGN TV
- Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – 7:05 PM CST on CSN+ (click to find your channel)
Starting Pitchers Scheduled:
Game One – Edwin Jackson (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
– Career vs. Milwaukee (7 GS) (3-2, 3.06 ERA)
Game Two – Travis Wood (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
– Career vs. Milwaukee (7 appearances, 6 GS) (3-2, 3.40 ERA)
Game Three – Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
– Career vs. Milwaukee (1 GS) (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Game One – Marco Estrada (0-0, 7.20)
– Career vs. Cubs (8 appearances, 3 GS) (2-0, 3.86 ERA)
Game Two – Wily Peralta (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
– Career vs. Cubs (First appearance)
Game Three – Kyle Lohse (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
– Career vs. Cubs (16 GS) (4-4, 5.17 ERA)
Who’s Hot / Who’s Not:
The Cubs are coming off a tough series in Atlanta where they should have had at least one win, maybe two. Unfortunately the bats remained cold as they rank 29th in the Majors in average, on base percentage, runs, and slugging percentage. The Cubs best hitter right now is Welington Castillo, “beef” is hitting .357 (5-for-14) on the season. There are a number of Cubs hitters struggling as I mentioned, Valbuena, DeJesus, and Soriano would have to be at the top of that list. The pitching on the other hand has been outstanding, sans Carlos Marmol of course. The Cubs have a team ERA of 3.75 which is 14th best in the Majors, and that includes the last two games where they gave up a total of eleven run.
To say the Brewers are banged up might be an understatement. Ryan Braun has missed the last three games, and might miss the series opener today, Jean Segura is hobbled, and Aramis Ramirez is out of the lineup indefinitely, and Corey Hart hasn’t played a game yet. The Brewers have been scoring runs, and hitting as of late, but three of the guys that I mentioned as being hurt are their top hitters so far. Rickie Weeks is having a bounce back year so far as he is hitting .333 on the season so far. Norichika Aoki has been on fire as well as he is hitting .370 (10-for-27) in the early going. Pitching is an issue for the Brewers as they have a team ERA of 5.68 “good” for 28th in the Majors.
I think the Cubs get the bats going this week at Wrigley, finally feeling comfortable being at home. The Cubs take two out of three from the Brewers this week, winning the first and third game of the series.
Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
I’m not really sure how to explain tonight’s game, so many odd, weird, crazy, did I say odd, things happened. It was a pitchers duel early, Garza didn’t have his best stuff but was able to work out of jams to keep the game close. The game was close into the 7th inning where the Cubs trailed 1-0 with the bases loaded. David DeJesus pinch hit, and wasted no time sending the first pitch he saw from Cameron Lowe into the right field stands for a grand slam to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead. Pandemonium, everyone was jacked, it was a great time to be a cubs fan, then we all remembered that Carlos Marmol was coming into the game. Twenty minutes later, Carlos Marmol was hurt, Michael Bowden was in the game, and Jonathan Lucroy was sliding into third with a bases loaded triple, and the Brewers were up 5-4.
It didn’t end there, of course it didn’t. The Cubs, who have been resilient all year fought back again, thanks to the Brewers. Aramis Ramirez made an error to start the top of the 9th. David DeJesus, who else, made him pay for it as he ripped a one out triple to center to score Stewart to tie the game at five. Starlin Castro followed with his worst at bat of the year, it was so bad that he was able to reach first on a drop third strike and David DeJesus was able to score to give the Cubs a 6-5 lead. Joy! The Cubs weren’t done as Alfonso Soriano came through with a huge two out hit to give the Cubs a 7-5 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
No more joy. After Rafael Dolis seemed to hurt himself he hurt his team as he left a sinker up and the hapless Corey Hart ripped a two run homer to left to tie the game at 7. A lot of other stuff happened the rest of the way, most of it was really dumb or mind numbing or both, but the Brewers won the game in the 13th inning when Lendy Castillo came in the game and showed why he was the last guy in the bullpen. Full box score after the jump.