Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 04/08/12

Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Nationals (2-0)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/908
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, -.–/-.–)

Happy Easter from everyone at the CCO!

The Cubs will shoot to end their weekend with the first victory of the season today behind Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs have put themselves in position to win the first two games but have not been able to keep the lead through the eighth inning.

Bryan LaHair is expected to make his first start of the season this afternoon after missing a considerable amount of time with a back injury. David DeJesus and Ian Stewart are expected to be back in Dale Sveum’s lineup today as well.

Starlin Castro begins play today riding a 13-game hitting streak dating back to the last 11 games of the 2011 season. The Cubs’ young shortstop has also reached base safely in the last 42 games he’s played. The 42-game streak ties him for the third longest in Cubs’ history with Gabby Hartnett. The Cubs’ Hall of Fame catcher accomplished the feat in 1937. Riggs Stephenson (44 games) and Jerome Walton (43 games) are the only two players in team history that have reached base safely in more consecutive games than Starlin Castro.

The Cubs made two roster moves prior to Saturday’s game. The Cubs selected the contract of Rodrigo Lopez and added him to both the 40-man roster and active roster. To make room on the roster for Lopez, Luis Valbuena was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers. Valbuena is expected to be in the I-Cubs’ starting lineup this afternoon.

Today it all starts with Jeff SamardzijaJeff Samardzija began Spring Training on a mission … to earn a spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation. Samardzija prepared all winter and thanks to a tremendous spring he begins the season as the Cubs’ third starter. With that said, the real work begins for Jeff Samardzija this afternoon.

Samardzija is coming off a break-through season at the Major League level. The Shark posted an 8-4 record in 75 relief appearances with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Samardzija recorded 13 holds and blew only two saves.

Today begins a different phrase in Jeff Samardzija’s career, one that he can hopefully flourish in.

Jeff Samardzija, the starter, is 2-3 in five career starts with a 7.77 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP … and his last start came on September 26, 2010 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Samardzija makes his eighth career appearance against the Nationals this afternoon, first start. Samardzija does not have a win or a loss and owns a 2.08 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings.

Nationals Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Roger Bernadina – 1-for-1
  • Mark DeRosa – 1-for-2
  • Ian Desmond – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Danny Espinosa – 0-for-1
  • Adam LaRoche – 0-for-1
  • Wilson Ramos – 1-for-3
  • Jayson Werth – 2-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 0-for-4

If not for some guy named Strasburg, the focus on the Nationals’ rotation would start with Jordan Zimmermann. The soon-to-be 26-year old right hander is coming off an excellent season in which his peripheral numbers were much better than the outdated standards.

Zimmermann was 8-11 in 26 starts with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. In 161 1/3 innings, Zimmermann surrendered just 154 hits with 31 walks and 124 strikeouts.

Jordan Zimmermann is 0-2 in three career starts against the Cubs with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP … all three starts at Wrigley Field. Last season, Zimmermann was 0-1 in two starts against the Cubs with a 5.68 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jordan Zimmermann

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-5 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-7
  • Reed Johnson – 3-for-4
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-9 with a triple and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3
  • Ian Stewart – 2-for-6 with a double

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    LaHair – 1B
    Byrd – CF
    Clevenger – C
    Samardzija – P

  • Tom U

    A very Happy Easter to everyone at the CCO.

    Here are today’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Jay Jackson
    Tennessee – Dae-Eun Rhee

    Today’s spotlight game: Tennessee v. Chattanooga
    After a collapse that was bigger than the parent club’s on Saturday, Dae-Eun Rhee will be asked to pick up the pieces. Having Kevin Rhoderick and Frank Batista available will help.

    Last night’s impressions:

    Dave Sappelt is a very smooth outfielder

    Now appearing on your radar, OF’s John Andreoli and Eduardo Gonzalez

    • Aaron

      good call on Andreoli. I was NOT excited at all when the Cubs drafted him judging by his lackluster college stats, but nobody can get him out, and I think he’s drawn like 5 walks already or something. 

      I don’t know anything about Gonzalez. I hope he’s as good as he’s looked, because they could really use some high ceiling outfielders in the system for sure, especially with Golden starting slowly this year.

  • matthew8510

    does anyone see byrd gone by all star break we need to get rid of him  hes really bad

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes, but before the break. They are trying, got to find a taker and I still would not be surprised if he leaves town with the Nationals.

      • Aaron

        Neil, 

        Do you honestly think they are trying to get rid of him this early? I’m not saying that to be a jerk or anything, just wondering if you believe the rumors? Obviously teams will always deny interest in players under contract, because of tampering rules, but the Nationals strongly denied any interest in him. 

        Furthermore, and this is obviously just my opinion, but if he was going to be traded, I believe he would’ve been traded by now, otherwise, they’re just waiting to play out the string, and around the deadline he’ll be dealt. So, while I don’t think there’s any question he’ll be traded this year, considering draft compensation rules have changed, I just don’t think he’ll be dealt for awhile, or they already would’ve done so. Does that make sense?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Yes, I do. I understand what you are saying about the return but I think they are trying.

      • cubs1967

        actaully they do not have to find a taker; he could be released if it was about putting the best team out there; he won’t bring anything back of substance.

        • Zonk

          Releasing him would be foolish.  He’s not a great player, but is an OK hitter and though his range and arm are limited, he does position himself well in the OF and take good routes.  He isn’t that bad.

          I wouldn’t expect much in prospects, but someone will pay most or all of his salary.  If we release him, that’s just money down the tubes.

          Only if Byrd gets hurt or bats Adam-Dunn bad would he be release material

  • paulcatanese

    I have tried to stay away from posting after being chastised the other day for being “negative” but just cannot do it.
    After reading the posts the last two days it’s clearly obvious that many people feel the same way.

    The bullpen, mainly Wood and Marmol, were less than spectacular, everyone saw that.
    I don’t put all of the fault on Sveum as those two were not all his decision to use as the premire of the staff to close out games. That decision came from the whole front office and Sveum collectively, I am sure. In no way had they(Wood and Marmol) been expected to fail that dramaticly, as on paper it’s the right choice.
    That being said, I hope lessons have been learned. If they are to be used again(I’m sure they will) in that situation, I hope its easing them in rather than game depending on their efforts, until they show signs of being consistant.What is disturbing is that these two are not rookies but seasond veterans and as the Cub front office( correctly) assumed that they could handle the job.

    Now that after the proof is out there that they are suspect in their efforts it is time (even though only two games into the season) speed should be taken to resolve and go forward in a direction for change.
    Even though Theo stated “every win is precious” the need to prove that statement is at hand. I feel the same way, as every game lost, and there will be a few of them, cannot be made up, and is gone forever.
    Dolis proved to be effective and should be used more, and given the same opportunity that Wood and Marmol have had.

    The Cubs have had positives the first two games, starting pitching,aggresive base running one error in two games Soriono is taking his role seriously, working overtime to improve These are things the team can take back into the clubhouse and bring to the park the next day.What is hard is the negatives of losing when the game could have been won, and in the fashion they were lost. Regardless of what anyone thinks that bothers a team concept. Thats why it needs to be nipped in the bud..

    • cubtex

      Keep posting Paul! I got your back :) The best to you and your family this Easter holiday!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Happy Easter to you and your family Paul.

  • SuzyS

    Just want to take a moment to wish everyone on the CCO a very
    Happy Easter to ALL.
    This is a time of rebirth…6 months into a new regime…2 days into a new season…and things SEEM bleak.
    Life is too short for rants and raves…once again…the forecast for tonight is DARK…FOLLOWED BY DAWN.
    Happy Easter All!!!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Happy Easter Suzy!

    • John_CC

       Happy Easter to you too Suzy!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Blake DeWitt has been scratched with back spasms. Darwin Barney takes his spot at 2B and will hit second behind DeJesus.

  • Ripsnorter1

    If Samardzija pitches like he can pitch, the Cubs win their first game of the season this afternoon–lousy bullpen or not. 

    Maybe Sveum brings Dolis in to put out the fires today.

    I just think they win this one today.

    • cubs1967

      0-3……..
      either zimmerman out pitches smardz or russell/marmol blow it today……..

      funny how the white sox with mr cheapo jerry “build me a ballpark or i go to tampa” reisndorf is allowing a rookie named santiago (wasn’t that the dead dude in “a few good men”..)….close…hence super 2 status if he is any good; yet our cheapass ricketts can’;t have bjax up here……..and after watching the iowa games; he’s wasting away down there; working counts, drawing walks, hitting with power; it’s silly.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Brett Jackson isn’t all that ready yet. 

        #1 He strikes out too much to hit more than .230. He can use the time.
        #2 The clock is already running on Rizzo. He’s in Iowa because he, too, needs the time. 

        Patience, Grasshopper. Patience.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        This is the last time I ask, please stop the language.

      • RynoTiger

        you know what cubs1967..you should forget about this whole posting on a blog thing and just go down to Wrigley in person and stand out there with signs to protest and really show those cheapass ricketts all your anger..it’s obviously going to waste on here

        you should go every day and then at the end of the season come back and tell us how it went

        damn those cheapass ricketts for not wanting to put any money into improving Wrigley, nor having a $100 million plus payroll, nor wanting to invest in an improved spring training facility…damn them I say, damn them all to heck!!!!!!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Language … please. Thank you.

          • RynoTiger

            my apologies Neil.

            I shall punish myself today by having only 1 slice of deep dish pizza as opposed to 2 or 3.

  • RynoTiger

    today is the first regular season game I’ve gotten to watch…to hear the opening music just makes me smile big and get all excited like I was a kid again……ahhhhhhh…i love baseball and the Cubs…love love love ‘em!

  • RynoTiger

    crazy idea here…does Marmol have options left to be sent down to the minors to work on learning how to command a fastball consistenly in his performance? 

    is that too crazy? probably is. 

    • Tony_Hall

      No he doesn’t.  Any questions on these type of issues, go to the 40 man roster tab at the top of the page.  Neil has all of this info right at our fingertips.

    • Zonk

      It’s not a bad idea, but Marmol has accrued 5 years ML service time, so his permission is required before he can be optioned.  It’s probably not happening, IMO. 

      If he has to work it out, it’s probably at the back end of the ML  bullpen

  • Ripsnorter1

    Jamie Moyer has allowed 512 HRs in his career.

    The most of any pitcher all time.

  • Ripsnorter1

    7-22.

    That’s the BoSox record since Sept 1, 2011.

    That team is such a mess right now.

  • cubtex

    Shark looks good!

    • Tony_Hall

      That is something we CAN agree on :)

      • cubtex

        He’s got swing and miss stuff. He and Garza are the only 2 on the staff who have ceilings of more than a 4 or 5.

        • cubtex

          Not counting Dempster since he will probably won’t be here next year.

          • Tony_Hall

            Did you see my thought on moving Dempster back to the closer and bringing up Wells to take his spot.  Dolis for set-up and Marmol and Wood would have to earn their way back to late in the games.

          • cubtex

            Yes. I don’t think they would do that though. I can’t see Dempster agreeing to that either with this being his walk year.

          • Zonk

            It’s not a bad idea.  Dempster, though, doesn’t have closer stuff anymore, and if nothing else he does give you innings, some thing that makes him more valuable as a starter.

            Shark would be logical from a stuff standpoint, but I don’t think we want to mess with what is looking like a good thing, moving him into rotation, since he will be here for awhile, unlike Demp.

            It’s tough to say no, because I can’t think of anyone else that we could plug-in at closer. 

        • Tony_Hall

          Agreed!

  • RynoTiger

    Hey Neil, have you thought about adding videos on here of you providing your thoughts before the game, during, or after?  that would be interesting to see some posters do that.  makes me wonder if some would be as negative and ranty as they are.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That’s a good idea. Right now the site could not power it. I am having a lot of issues behind the scenes that I’m trying to repair. It is taking all of my ‘free’ time. Good thought for down the road and we’ve also been asked about the radio show we used to do.

      • RynoTiger

        OMG…I just thought of another detail to that idea for the future.  Build a CCO set for the videos to make it a little more special..then you could so invite Cubs players and staff over for interviews and maybe invite posters in to do the pre, during, and post game analysis and debate.

  • cubtex

    LaHair…..2 at bats……2 total pitches seen. How about taking a pitch next at bat.

    • RynoTiger

      LaHair’s swing to me still seems so opposite field…with all the HRs he hit last season, does anyone know how those were spread out in the outfield? 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Offense has made 4 outs on 6 pitches prior to Clevenger’s at bat … Clevenger with a hit … and he worked the count to 2-1.

  • brent carmona

    Byrd first pitch swinging , weak roller for an out.

    Get rid of him now! Put mather or campana instead.

  • cubtex

    I know countless on here rip Soriano and would just want to release him…but he tries,cares and is a good teammate! He didn’t force the Cubs to give him that contract! I have always liked Soriano and he is one of the few threats they have in this lineup for 2012.

    • cubtex

      That a boy Fonzie!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      I’ve always been a Soriano apologist, warts and all.  I think he really cares about the team and his role.  Hopefully they can keep him somewhat fresh and injured as little as possible this year.  I’m looking forward to those streaks of games when he can hit one out at will it seems like.  

      • Zonk

        I agree with you guys…..he does try, and keeps his mouth shut.  His defense is certainly better.

        That being said, I think we all agree he isn’t worth $54 mil

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to 14 games
    with 4th inning single. Castro has reached base safely in last 43
    games he’s played.
     

  • John_CC

    How SBs will Castro have this year?  Sveum’s team is waking the talk so far. And the Sac Fly for a run.  Nice.

    Tony, Dorasaga and other fantasy players…had I known Sveum was going to run Castro this much I would have really reached for him.  He’s gonna swipe 35+ this year. I think Castro will be putting up Jimmy Rollins (in his prime) type numbers soon.

    • Tony_Hall

      I  have him on 2 of my 3 teams :)  

      Of course Dorasaga kept him in our league, so I didn’t have a chance at him.3rd year players are worth a reach.  (Not all of them, of course)

      • John_CC

         Lucky you.  I just added Shark, for fun.  Why not at this point?

        • Tony_Hall

          I just did in 1 league.  My NL-only league he was drafted.  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Soriano putting the ball in play and driving in the run … haven’t seen that much in recent years.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    3 pitches, 3 at bats for LaHair this season … the third ended up in right for a double.

  • matthew8510

    nice bunt byrd

  • cubtex

    Wow! First 3 batters in the bottom of 5th….first pitch swinging. At least LaHair got a double out of it.

  • cubtex

    Well no worries for Zimmerman and pitch count today. The way the Cubs are swinging early he could go 9 innings with less than 90 pitches.

  • cubtex

    Cmon DeJesus. You are the leadoff man! Make the pitcher work!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro was robbed … excellent catch by Bernadina in left center.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with a two-out RBI, nice job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Way to dip down and poke in that RBI Sori!

  • cubtex

    Dear Bullpen. Can you please do your job today? Thank you in advance.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent play by Ian Stewart …

  • Tony_Hall

    Any thoughts that Stewart isn’t an upgrade at 3B should be answered.

    Nice pick by Lahair!

    • cubtex

      Yes defensively…but he is lost offensively. He needs to be dropped in the lineup. I hope Vitters steps up in AAA this year.

      • Tony_Hall

        So lost he hung in there against a lefty specialist and drilled a base hit in the clutch.

        • cubtex

          Cmon Tony. Please be objective. He K’d twice today. He is hitting. 143 and the lefty specialist hung a curve to him.

          • Tony_Hall

            Can you be objective?

            He has  played 2 games.

            He was 1-4 in both games.

            That is a 250 AVG.

            He is so lost he has a 2 game hitting streak.

            Doesn’t that hitting streak and avg mean absolutely nothing because it is only 2 games?  I’ll answer my own rhetorical question…of course.

            Same with your lost statement after 2 games in which he got a hit in both games.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    GREAT PLAY from Stewart and LaHair!   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Any chance that Shark can go the distance today?

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice AB by Lahair, way to work the count.

    And get another Double!

  • cubtex

    Great at bat by LaHair. The hit was nice……but what I liked to see was that he took the 3-1 pitch leading off the inning. Even if he got an out….that is what he was supposed to do!

  • cubtex

    Will Sveum lift Shark for a pinch hitter if Clevenger doesn’t drive in the run?

    • cubtex

      I guess not. With our bullpen. Let him finish the game I guess

  • cubtex

    OK! Let Shark finish this!

  • cubtex

    It’s nice to be aggressive at times….but why not just sacrifice bunt
    Barney so they will have 2 chances to drive in an insurance run.

    • Tony_Hall

      Arm chair quarterbacking again :)

      Yes that was an option, that I am sure Sveum thought of :)

      • cubtex

        I have done that my whole career. When you play the game as long as I have and professionally….I have played strategy along with my managers.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think we all do that, not just those with your long and professional career.

      • cubtex

        Maybe you might know this stat…..has Sveum called any sacrifice bunts yet other than pitchers this year? I don’t recall any.

        • Tony_Hall

          Not that I recall.  

          It’s an option, doesn’t mean he likes it.  

          3 games is a small snapshot.  All we can say for sure at this point, is we are seeing a far aggressive base running team.

      • John_CC

         Ya think so? 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a double … DeJesus scored

  • John_CC

    Nice running and hitting.  I know it’s only the 3rd game, but this team is already a lot more fun to watch and a lot more involved in the game, every pitch!

    • cubtex

      Running and hitting….hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

    Eighth inning.

    How’s everyone holding up? Happy Easter!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      Doing good so far…ask me again in 20 minutes.  :)

      • Tony_Hall

        How you doing Trevor?  It’s ok to breathe now.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

          Ha, no kidding.  I had my tonsils taken out on Friday so I can’t yell at the TV.  The doc said no activity that gets my heart rate up too high.  I should have know the Cubs would do me in on that!

  • cubtex

    Castro made it but why???? You have your #4 hitter up there and Castro can score on a single. T

    • cubtex

      If you are thrown out….you take away another scoring opportunity in a close game.

      • Tony_Hall

        Genious when it works, unprepared when it doesn’t.

        Tough gig being a MLB manager.

    • Tony_Hall

      Because he could.  Sit back and enjoy this one.

      • cubtex

        i just want to point this out. if Zimmerman holds onto that bull…it is 3-1 going in the 9th instead of 4-1. Castro still would have scored on the basehit by Stewart.

        • Tony_Hall

          But he didn’t, just like Zimmerman’s broken bat “hit” fell in.  

          It’s baseball.

          • cubtex

            this is not about a broken bat hit. this is about when to run and not run. that was a stupid decision and it could have cost them the game. that is the last I will say about it.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree, I wouldn’t of run there.  

        • John_CC

           Thanks for pointing that out.  I don’t think any of us knew what was going on! 

          Would you just zip for 4 minutes and enjoy the game!

          • cubtex

            I know your fantasy baseball self wouldn’t.

      • cubtex

        If Zimmerman holds onto that ball the score is 3-1 going in the 9th not 4-1. Castro would have scored regardless on the basehit by Stewart. Sometimes you need to be smart. That was not a smart play!

        • cubtex

          And my that is my point! This game is tied right now if Castro is out!

          • Tony_Hall

            You don’t know that, once again.  They wouldn’t have let them take 2B and they would have gone to the pen sooner against Laroche, if he was the tying run.  It’s not that simple to say that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice piece of hitting by Stewart …

    • Josh

      It’s an Easter Miracle — Cubs Win!

  • Tony_Hall

    Lefty reliever to face lefty hitter

    Lefty hitter wins!!

  • Aaron

    little nervous about this inning for several reasons…it’s taking a long time. The longer it goes, the less of a groove Samardzija will be in if he even pitches the 9th, and furthermore, if he gets replaced, I see this game going to pot…there, I said it

    • Tony_Hall

      All we need it 3 outs :)  What’s to be nervous about?

  • Tony_Hall

    Russell is warming up!

    • Tony_Hall

      I thought someone would like that.

  • Tony_Hall

    Strike 3.  Cmon man!

    • Tony_Hall

      He just got paid back with a strike 3 call off the plate.

  • Redlarczykg

    OUTSTANDING SHARK!  Hope for the future!

    • Zonk

      I thought Shark would not amount to anything 2 years ago; the command was just not there.  I am officially eating my words, with Wrigley cheese sauce and jalapenos.  Tastes good, though.

      LaRoche just homered, but that’s on Starlin’s error.  And it’s the right call to get Shark here.

      Shark looks sharp, and is under club control through 2015.  Shark emerging as a starter this year would REALLY be good.

  • Zonk

    A couple years ago, I thought Shark wouldn’t make it.  Stuff was good, but the command was just not there at all.  I thought it was a bad signing by Hendry.

    I am now officially eating my words, with Wrigley cheese sauce and jalapenos.  I don’t know how Shark learned to command his pitches, but he was sharp in spring training, and REALLY sharp today.  Just RIGHT on it.

    2 outs as I post and this should be over already, but this is very encouraging from Shark, who is not a FA until 2016.

  • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

    That’s definitely not Derrek Lee or Carlos Pena out there.

    I’m loving the crowd’s support of Samardjiza today.

    • Tony_Hall

      In all fairness, that wasn’t a scoop.  It bounced almost up to his shoulder.  Castro rushed the throw, and didn’t get his feet set, like he was doing on his earlier grounders.

  • Aaron

    CUBBED!!!!!! LOL….Castro

    • Tony_Hall

      Sometimes, I really believe you enjoy it when the Cubs make mistakes.  I just don’t get it.

      • Aaron

        no, I really don’t enjoy it. Haven’t you ever watched a game, predicted what was about to happen (in a bad way for your team whether football, baseball, or basketball), and it happens, and you literally laugh, sarcastically out loud….That’s EXACTLY what I do with the Cubs….it’s entirely too predictable, so all I can do is laugh….to keep from crying….or punching a hole in the wall

        • Tony_Hall

          No, I get it, it just looks different in print.

  • Aaron

    told everyone so….sorry

  • Ripsnorter1

    My gut was right. CUBS WIN.

  • Last_ginger

    No not Marmol! Bring in Dolis!

  • John_CC

    holy *****

  • Aaron

    bets that Nady takes Marmol deep? Anyone? Anyone?

    Guys like Nady and Tracy…Cub killers who kill them before, come to the CUbs, then suck…alway bite them

    • Aaron

      IT’s a damn miracle

  • Tony_Hall

    Exhale……………….

    Cubs Win!  Cubs Win!

  • Last_ginger

    What a statement outing for shark. Hes always wanted to be a starter and he’s proved so far that he belongs. Good W.

    • John_CC

       He was really good.  25 first pitch strikes (out of 32) and ZERO walks!  Plus the 98 mph gas on his 100 pitch is impressive too. 

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yup.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat Nationals 4-3 on Sunday afternoon

    Jeff Samardzija: 3R, 1ER, 4H, 0BB, 8K, in 8.2IP; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-2, 2RBI, SF, BB; Ian Stewart: 1-for-4, RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo crushes 3-run HR to tie game 5-5 bottom of 8th. Campana with 3 hits. Valbuena has 2, B.Jackson has one and a run scored

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    Brett Jackson: 2-for-5, 3B, R, RBI; Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-4,3 run
    HR; Welington Castillo: 1-for-2, RBI, BB, SF in Iowa’s 6-5 win Sunday.
    Brett Jackson with game winning RBI triple in the ninth.