The Cubs have had their issues scoring runs, which is what makes what they did today that much more surprising. In another close game it looked the Cubs were going to follow the same script they have so many times this year. Play a competitive game then for whatever reason have the wheels fall off in the late innings, today they returned the favor to the Brewers. A pair of solo home runs got the Cubs on the board in the 5th and sixth inning by Ian Stewart and Reed Johnson. Heading to the 7th inning the game was tied and two and that’s when the Cubs offense kicked it into high gear. One run in the 7th, two runs in the 8th, and three runs in the 9th resulted in the Cubs avoiding the sweep with a 8-2 victory. The top of the order had a lot to do with the Cubs success today as the one, two, and three hitters combined to go 7-for-15, anytime that happens runs are usually in abundance. Jeff Samardzija might not have had his best stuff but he was able to get through five solid innings to end up with a no decision. Russell, Wood, and Bowden each worked a scoreless inning down the stretch to close out the Brewers. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs continue to show a fight that seems to have been missing for years. Trailing 3-2 for most of the day, and into the ninth, the Cubs finally broke through. With runners at 1st and 2nd and one out, Tony Campana roped a double to right center field to tie the game at three. For a moment it looked like Campana’s double would also be a game winner, but two perfect throws from the Dodgers resulted in DeJesus being cut down at the plate. If a 2 hour and 41 minute rain delay wasn’t long enough, the Cubs and Dodgers were headed into extra innings. Darwin Barney led the 11th off with what looked like a ground out, but Adam Kennedy played it into a lead off double. Two batters later, with the bases loaded and nobody out, David DeJesus walked off, literally, drawing a free pass to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory. Travis Wood, pitching in place of a sick Matt Garza, turned in a tremendous effort going six innings and only allowing three runs in a no decision. The Cubs bullpen continued their stellar work going 5 scoreless innings. At the plate Bryan LaHair continued his unreal start to the season going 3-for-4 to raise his average to .390. Full recap and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs are positioned to win their second series in a row after beating the Phillies this afternoon 5-1 behind a dominant Matt Garza. Garza was nasty, going 7 innings, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 10. Garza, the victim of some poor run support and tough luck finally got some help to record the victory. Tony Campana was once again the spark plug for the Cubs offense, this time leading off, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another stolen base. Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also had productive days at the plate. LaHair went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Joe Mather chipped in with a solo home run which is the only home run hit by a Cubs outfielder on the season, yikes. Full box score, and highlights after the jump.
Full recap, box score, and highlights after the jump.
Due to some technical difficulties I was not able to post each game separately last night like I usually do. Instead here is a recap of last nights events.
The I-Cubs looked well on their way to yet another win but the rex spex wearing Nate Robertson faltered late allowing Round Rock to beat the I-Cubs 6-5 in a thriller. The top of the I-Cubs order (1 thru 5) was clicking on all cylinders tonight, going 10-for-21 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI’s. Brett Jackson had a big day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and an RBI. Anthony Rizzo had a rather pedestrian day at the plate going “only” 1-for4 with a double. Travis Wood was shaky but was in line for the victory late, he went five innings giving up three runs on on eight hits, while walking three and striking out seven. Full box score after the jump.
In a game that went back and forth the Isotopes came out on top late, scoring the game winning run in the top of the ninth off of Jeff Beliveau. It was a very rare quiet night for both Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo as both went hitless. Josh Vitters had two hits, as did Adrian Cardenas who also added a two run homer. Randy Wells went six innings, but struggled giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out five and not walking anyone.