It hasn’t taken long for Anthony Rizzo to make an impact at the Major League level for the Cubs, today he might have made his biggest one. After a punch less four innings the Cubs offense got going in the 5th inning. Starlin Castro has a tremendous two out at bat which resulted in a line drive base hit to right field to cut the Astros lead to 2-1. Anthony Rizzo followed with his biggest hit as a Cub, a towering two run home run off of left-handed starter J.A. Happ to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead heading to the 6th. The Cubs bullpen surprisingly took it from there and shut the door on the Astros over the final four innings. Matt Garza only lasted 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out one. But thanks to Scott Maine, Manual Corpas, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza earned his fourth win of the season. Geovany Soto had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk, he also gunned down Jordan Schafer trying to steal second. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo were the big reasons the Cubs won today, and I have a feeling that’s something we will be saying after a lot of games in the future. Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow, full box score and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs are slowly becoming fun to watch thanks to the promotion of Anthony Rizzo. Finally something to watch and look forward to in an otherwise lost season for the Cubs. The Astros have the fewest road wins in all of major league baseball(9) so that bodes well for the Cubs this weekend. Nothing really jumps off the page that impresses you about the Astros, but they have been able to score some runs as they sit 9th in the NL. Where they struggle is on the mound as their team ERA is good for 14th in the NL, just ahead of the Cubs. The Cubs are going to have to take advantage of the poor Astros staff because you know the Astros hitters are going to score some runs as its projected to be in the mid 90’s all weekend, which usually means the ball with be flying all over the park. The Cubs should have some extra incentive to stick it to the Astros as they swept the Cubs earlier this season in Houston. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.
The Cubs turn to Travis Wood to get out of this disastrous seven game losing streak. Wood is replacing Chris Volstad in the rotation after Volstad went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA for the Cubs in 8 starts before being sent to Iowa last week. The Cubs offense needs to get going, it will be tough against Happ because he’s a lefty and that in it of itself is enough for the Cubs to have trouble. Here are the lineups, go Cubs!
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