Jeff Samardzija is quickly turning into one of, if not the best number three starter in baseball. Samardzija’s brilliance was on display again last night as he went seven strong innings en route to a 5-1 Cubs victory, which moves Samardzija to 4-1 on the season. The Cubs used the same recipe that has been working the last few games, home runs and solid pitching. Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart went back-to-back in the 4th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Geovany Soto took the stress out of the ninth inning by launching a two run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Cubs some breathing room at 5-1. Carlos Marmol had an eventful inning which saw him strike out Dan Uggla with the tying run at second base in the 8th after he walked the first two batters of the inning. As the fog descended upon Wrigley Field James Russell recorded the final three outs for the Cubs victory. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Paul Maholm’s Cubs career got off to a frustrating start for Maholm and Cubs fans alike. Luckily for all involved Maholm has taken that frustration out on his opponents in each of his last three appearances. The Dodgers were today’s victim as Maholm carved up Los Angeles over 6 innings en route to a 5-4 victory. Alfonso Soriano had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, crazy I know, and two RBI’s. David DeJesus didn’t let Soriano have all the fun at the plate as he finished the day a home run short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Cubs of course held a one run lead as the game moved to the ninth inning, how anyone could expect anything different after yesterday’s debacle is beyond me as baseball always seems to work in mysterious ways. However unlike yesterday, Rafael Dolis was able to shut the door on the Dodgers for his second save of the season, and a big Cubs win to start the home stand. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Jeff “Shark” Samardzija was outstanding once again tonight winning his third game of the year. He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two. Helping Samardzija tonight was the Cubs defense as they made several good plays, including a great diving stop by Blake Dewitt to start a pretty inning ending double play. Offensively, The Cubs got the scoring started in the second when Bryan LaHair led the inning off with a solo home run, his sixth of the year. The Cubs then did something they have not done much this year when Ian Stewart hit his second home run of the year. Yes, you read that correctly the Cubs hit two home runs in the same night. The rare events would not end there as Geovany Soto extended the Cubs lead to 3-1 with a two out RBI single in the sixth, his first hit with runners in scoring position after previously going 0-10 this season. Just to prove it was the Cubs night, Carlos Marmol worked a perfect ninth to end the game with no drama. This was definitely a good win for the Cubs. They made some several good plays defensively throughout the game, hit some homers, had a clutch two out hit, and got some great pitching. Hopefully more good baseball to come as things have been a lot better as of late. Full Box Score after the jump.
Some nights it’s just not there, this was one of those nights. Randy Wells looked pretty good in the first three innings, problem is he didn’t make it out of the fourth. Someone apparently told Randy that the distance between the rubber and home plate was now 50′ because that’s about as far as half the pitches he threw in the 4th went. Wells was tagged with the loss only going 3 and 2/3rds of an inning and surrendering four runs. The Cubs weren’t much better at the plate as they made Joe Blanton look like someone much better than Joe Blanton. Every Cubs starter had a hit except for Castillo and Stewart, however they couldn’t string anything together and ended up on the short end of a 5-2 decision. Full highlights, and box score after the jump.
Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.
On an evening that seemed like the “same old night” at Wrigley, the Cubs had a breakthrough. After getting dominated for 8 straight innings by Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, the Cubs took three weeks worth of frustration out on Cardinals closer Jason Motte. A combination of outstanding at bats, and a clutch base hit led to the Cubs first walk off win of the season. Full recap and highlights after the jump.
I’m sure that’s a huge relief for Paul Maholm, probably for the Cubs too. After two rough, well, bad outings the newly acquired Paul Maholm showed his employer and fans that he isn’t a complete disaster by going a strong six innings to tally his first win of the year and put a halt to the Cubs six game losing streak. The Cubs got to Reds starter Mike Leake early as they put up five runs in the first two innings, and that was all that Maholm and the Cubs needed for the victory. Full Recap and box score after the jump.