Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/23/12

Game Seventeen: Cubs (4-12) vs. Cardinals (11-5)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/905
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (1-1, 3.66/1.07) vs. Jaime Garcia (2-0, 3.06/1.64)

Updated 4:04pm CDTRodrigo Lopez DFA’d – Michael Bowden added to 25-man Roster

The Cubs designated Rodrigo Lopez for assignment Monday to make room on the active roster for RHP Michael Bowden. Bowden is at Wrigley Field and was assigned No. 43.

The Cubs will try to put one in the win column tonight behind Matt Garza. The Cubs are expected to have a new arm in the pen tonight with the addition of the recently acquired Michael Bowden. The addition of Bowden will require the Cubs to make another move to clear a spot on the active roster and it could be Scott Maine or Lendy Castillo that lose their spot on the roster. Bowden took Marlon Byrd’s spot on the 40-man roster.

With Jaime Garcia on the mound tonight, Dale Sveum will go with the likes of Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker and Joe Mather. It will be interesting to see if Bryan LaHair is in the starting nine. The Cubs have not exposed him to lefties this season but have allowed Ian Stewart (.250/.250/.333/.583) to hit against southpaws.

The Cubs will once again miss Lance Berkman. The Cardinals placed Berkman on the disabled list on April 19 with a strained left calf. But during the series in St. Louis it was Berkman’s replacement, Matt Carpenter, who did a majority of the damage throughout the series. Hopefully the Cubs will pitch Carpenter differently now that they have a book on him.

The Cubs are 1-2 in the first three against the NL Central leading Cardinals this season … and it’s time for Dale Sveum’s team to put together a stretch of showing improvement on the field, instead of the recent run of regression.

Tonight all starts with Matt Garza

After coming within his own throwing error of a complete game shutout, Matt Garza had a bad outing against the Marlins. Garza struggled with his command throughout his short five-inning start and gave up six runs on seven hits (two home runs) with three walks and seven strikeouts. Garza has pitched well in his short time at Wrigley and will look for the proverbial bounce-back outing tonight.

Garza has had success at Wrigley during his year-plus on the North Side. Garza posted a 6-5 record in 17 starts at home last season with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. In two starts this year Garza is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.

Tonight will be the fifth time Garza has taken the ball against the Cardinals … 2-1 in four starts with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP, last season 2-1 in three starts with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Carlos Beltran – 0-for-3
  • Daniel Descalso – 0-for-3 with two walks
  • David Freese – 1-for-6 with a home run
  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-14 with a double and a walk
  • Jon Jay – 4-for-6 with a double
  • Yadier Molina – 2-for-9
  • Skip Schumaker – 5-for-8 with a double and a walk

Jaime Garcia is coming off an excellent start against the Reds in which he held Dusty’s Bunch to one run on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Prior to his last outing, Garcia was effective but mediocre. In 17 2/3 innings this season, Garcia has allowed 23 hits walked six and struck out only 10. If the Cubs can show any patience tonight, along with a good outing from Matt Garza, they could start the series off on a positive note.

The soon-to-be 26-year old lefty has dominated the Cubs in his five career appearances versus the Cubs. Garcia is 2-1 in five games, four starts, with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Garcia posted a 2-0 record in three starts against the Cubs a year ago and he is 1-0 in three games, two starts, at Wrigley with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

  • Jeff Baker – 4-for-10
  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-14 with a triple and a home run
  • Tony Campana – 0-for-1
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-10 with a double
  • David DeJesus – 1-for-2
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-2 with a triple
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Joe Mather – 0-for-1 with a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-9
  • Geovany Soto – 3-for-7 with two walks
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-2

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Baker – 1B
    Soto – C
    Johnson – CF
    Mather – 3B
    Garza – P

  • cmschube

    forgot to close your code, Neil.. 

    Updated 4:04pm CDT – Rodrigo Lopez DFA’d – Michael Bowden added to 25-man Roster

    Interesting.. works down here.

    • Neil

      Thanks, there was a double <.

  • John_CC

    Monday Night Baseball. 

    There is a new (to me at least) Chicago all sports website, not a Cubs blog so I figured it was OK to mention and link a column here…because this is an interesting column re: the Cubs pathetic 40 year history to drafting and development.

    • Dorasaga

       Interesting. I’ll read this after work.

  • daverj

    I’m willing to be patient with the new regime, but I can’t understand why Johnson, Mather and Baker are playing instead of Campana, Stewart and LaHair.  The lefty/righty thing would make sense if we were in a position to contend this year, but under the circumstances I want to see if the young lefties (particularly Stewart and LaHair) can hit (or learn to hit) left handed pitching.  I’d rather lose tonight with the youngsters than win with the vets.

    • paulcatanese

      They are playing so they can increase their trade value:):)

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Jose Rosario (1-2, 5.40)
    Daytona – Zach Cates (0-2, 22.85)
    Tennessee – Dallas Beeler (0-0, 1.08)

    Iowa lost to Memphis this afternoon 6-2. Jay Jackson the losing pitcher.

  • Neil

    Good hustle by Castro … and Soriano got the job done.

  • Neil

    Castro picked off first

  • Neil

    Nice play by Barney … 

  • Neil

    Garza with a sac bunt

    • Airkeys

      Get him the ball :)

  • Aaron

    Allowing the tying run to score in the 4th inning…no-decision (if you’re on the Cubs)

    Allowing the lead run to score in the 4th inning, thus bringing the score to 2-1…loss (if you’re on the Cubs)

    Leaving the mound looking absolutely dejected like you just lost the game, because you know your offensive teammates are incompetent….PRICELESS!!!

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    I going to need a lot of vodka after watching the Cubs this year

  • GaryLeeT

    Mather has the 3rd highest BA in tonight’s lineup. Why is he batting 8th?

  • Neil

    Garza with the first hit by a Cubs’ pitcher this season

  • gary3411

    Dejesus needs to sit vs lefties. LaHair needs to play everyday.

    At least for now.

  • Trevor Petersma

    Fantastic ending!!  

  • Dorasaga

    Dolis in. I’m holding my breath…

  • Baron_S

    Soriano .204
    Baker .190
    Soto .128
    Johnson .192

    That is 4-5-6-7 in this lineup — what a murderers row

    The Yankees run out
    Cano(sometimes 3-hole)

    a real joke!

    • Reggie

       For me it’s the worst in baseball, our clubhouse rivals the Greek Financial crisis in the horrendous mess stakes.

      • cubtex

        Hey hey….leave my people out of this :)

  • GaryLeeT

    Campana created more excitement in one inning than Byrd did all season.

    • CubsTalk

      Most excitement Byrd made as a Cub in 2012 was when he left for Boston.

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs need to build for the future (2014-16), and Garza is not in the picture.  He has value, and we need to get something for him by July. 

  • CubsTalk

    Time to sit Soriano on the bench to force him to ask for a trade.

    • Reggie

      Unfortunately I don’t think there’s a team that has a flying pig for a mascot. We’re stuck with him.

  • Neil

    Good at bat by LaHair … walk on the 11th pitch.

    • paulcatanese

      Great bat by LaHair,just thinking out loud Neil, the inning before if Castro had got on, LaHair for Soriono?

      • Neil

        I would have.

  • SomeGuy27

    Lahair…professional AB every time.

  • Reggie

    Mather I could kiss you with tongues.

  • gary3411


  • Baron_S

    Mather!! NICE!!!!

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Cardinals 3-2 Monday night

    Joe Mather game winning 2 RBI single in bottom of 9th

    Matt Garza: 2R,4H,3BB,HBP,5K in 7IP; Darwin Barney:
    2-for-3,R,BB; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4

  • GaryLeeT

    Boy, no team needed a feel good game more than the Cubs.

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs Win bottom of 9th
    Dunn hit a homer for Sox
    am i dreaming?

  • Agustinrexach


  • SuzyS

    Did we lose the “Nation Represent”????///Cubbie Swagger????
    Anyway…Good Game.

  • paulcatanese

    Weird, I’m watching the game in the ninth, Clevenger coming up, and the highlite blurb comes on Mather with walk off single.
    I see LaHair on second Soto on first, how is this going to happen?
    It did, and it was La Hair, Clevenger and the Beaver that made it happen.
    I cant remember the last walk off hit for the Cubs.
    And a darn good case for LaHair on first,Clevenger catching, Campana and the Beaver in the outfield.
    This is the excitement I was looking for, play the kids.
    I don’t care how many they win if the desire is out there like tonight.

    • cubtex

      Any win against the Cardinals in nice! I am watching the last inning on the mlb channel last night and I see LaHair and Soto on the basepath as the tying and winning run and Sveum doesn’t use a pinch runner? Clevenger could have come in and caught for Soto the next inning after he pinch hit so you wouldn’t waste 2 players. Use a pitcher to run for Soto.

      • paulcatanese

        Thought the same thing while watching. Even though he was the winning run, he was still on second, and I certainly envisioned a play at home plate on a single.
        Also thought about hitting for Soriono when contact is needed, no sense in not taking advantage of all the options. Right now, Soriono is not doing it.

      • John_CC

         Yet Soto scored and the Cubs won.

        gotta have something to second guess and bitch and whine about.

        • cubtex

          ahahahahahahahahaha. don’t ever question any decision that a manger makes that theo hired. you might hurt my feelings.
          I’ll tell you what Thonny boy…..Sveum has not impressed me one bit with his managerial skills.