Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 05/17/12

Game Thirty-Eight: Cubs (15-22) vs. Phillies (19-19)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Chris Volstad (0-5, 6.92/1.46) vs. Roy Halladay (3-3, 3.20/1.08)

Updated 4:03pm CDTBlake Parker Added to the 40-man Roster, Called-up from Triple-A IowaScott Maine Optioned to Triple-A Iowa

How will Dale Sveum’s team respond to the pounding they took Wednesday night from the Phillies? The Cubs not only end their brief two-game series with the Phillies’ tonight but also face Philadelphia for the last time this season. After splitting the first four games in Philly, the Cubs need a victory tonight to post a split in the season series (2-3).

The Cubs’ pen took another beating Wednesday, even with the addition of another arm. The Cubs placed Rule 5 Draft pick Lendy Castillo on the 15-day DL with a strained left groin just before first pitch Wednesday night and recalled Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa.

Tonight is a big start for Chris Volstad. The Cubs need for Volstad to step up and put together a solid start without the-one-bad-inning that has plagued him all season. The Cubs are 0-7 in Volstad’s seven starts this seasonand 15-15 in the other 30 games.

In other newsBlake DeWitt cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. DeWitt accepted his assignment to Triple-A Iowa and will report to the I-Cubs on Friday.

Steve Clevenger played catch in the outfield and hit both off a tee and on the side for the first time since going on the DL back on April 28 with a right oblique strain. Clevenger is reportedly ahead of schedule and could return as early as May 25 in Pittsburgh. Clevenger said the plan is for him to go out on a minor league rehab after the five-game homestand that ends Sunday.

Tonight all begins with Chris Volstad

Depending on the report, Chris Volstad could be pitching to stay in the Cubs’ rotation tonight. Volstad’s struggles are well documented and from the way Dale Sveum spoke after his last outing, Volstad needs to earn his spot in the Cubs’ rotation.

Not only is Chris Volstad winless in his last 18 starts dating back to July 10 of last year but the Cubs are 0-7 in his seven starts this season.

After a solid five innings against the Brewers in his last outing, Volstad imploded in the sixth and gave up five runs in the sixth. Volstad allowed a season-high six earned runs on a season-high nine hits with two walks and one strikeout in six innings of work.

Chris Volstad will face the Phillies for the second time this season. Volstad received a no decision in his outing in Philly back on April 30. Volstad left with the Cubs trailing 4-0 but the Cubs scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth to take Volstad off the hook. Scott Maine gave up a two-run double to Placido Polanco in the eighth that gave the Phillies the win.

The Phillies have pretty much owned Chris Volstad during his career. Volstad is 2-5 in 13 starts with a 5.89 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. Volstad last beat the Phillies on May 25, 2009.

Phillies Career Numbers against Chris Volstad

  • Mike Fontenot – 5-for-16 with two doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Laynce Nix – 2-for-9 with a home run and a walk
  • Pete Orr – 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk
  • Hunter Pence – 6-for-17 with a walk
  • Juan Pierre – 2-for-8
  • Placido Polanco – 4-for-15
  • Jimmy Rollins – 14-for-32 with two doubles, a home run and three walks
  • Carlos Ruiz – 10-for-22 with four double and five walks
  • Shane Victorino – 9-for-31 with a double, a triple, two home runs and a walk
  • Ty Wigginton – 1-for-3

After just a miserable outing against the Braves on May 2 (eight runs on 12 hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings), Roy Halladay has allowed four runs in his last two starts (14 innings). Halladay is coming off his third loss of the season. The Padres scored two runs on seven hits, walked once and struck out 10 times against Halladay in seven innings. The Phillies scored just one run and Halladay was hung with the defeat.

Roy Halladay is 2-1 in four road starts this season with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.

The Cubs and Paul Maholm beat Halladay in Philly on April 27. The Cubs took game one of the four-game series 5-1. Halladay allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings.

Roy Halladay is 1-5 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 0-3 in three starts with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Roy Halladay

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-8
  • Tony Campana – 2-for-3
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-12
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-23
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 15-for-62 with three doubles and two home runs
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Ian Stewart – 4-for-12 with two doubles

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Volstad – P

  • BosephHeyden

    Knowing Volstad, this will be the game he shows up.  And then, he”ll go back to being Chris Volstad.

    • RICK

      Send him back to the fish

  • CubsTalk

    I am looking forward a good game tonight……I look for Stewart to be the star tonight with the bat.

    • Aaron

      Unfortunately the Phillies have several guys hitting damn near .500 with a good sample size against Volstad. I am looking for the phillies to put up 10 or more runs tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lots of early work at Wrigley today:

    Flaw-specific early practice also includes Welington Castillo on framing pitches, Starlin Castro and others bunting.

    Garza practiced throws to first on bunts, with Pat Listach as first baseman. Garza also worked on his bunting.

    • cubtex

      Garza had some great quotes about this ! Got to love that kids attitude! Garza said if teams start bunting against him….that will be great. A lot of quick games.

      • Ripsnorter1

        He had a fielding percentage in 2011 of .788.

        In other words, it isn’t a new problem. 

        • cubtex

          Look before that. It is a new problem :)

          • paulcatanese

            Very difficult mental block to erase,as he must be thinking about it before it happens in a bunting situation.
            As I recall, the Yankees had a second basemen with a similar problem, as well as a catcher with throwing the balback to the pitcher(or as that in a movie?)At any rate, it’s hard to break.

          • cubtex

            Chuck Knoblauch

          • Texcubnut

            Steve Sax of the Dodgers had a similar problem as I recall.

          • cubtex

            Remember Mackey Sasser? The catcher from the Mets? He sometimes would pump 3 or 4 times on his throw back to the pitcher because he had such a mental block. It was amazing to witness.

          • paulcatanese

            Both u
            guys from Texas
            are 
            right. 

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Late scratch.Castillo is in for Soto.

    Soto day to day with left knee inflammation.

    • CubsTalk

      Geo, take some pills…relax….make yourself a sandwich……you are working too hard by making all those trips to the mound.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Updated lineup

    DeJesus – RF
    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Castillo – C
    Barney – 2B
    Volstad – P

    • CubsTalk

      my original lineup was in ink on the score card…..now i have to search for some “white out”…….

      Did you know one of the Monkeys band members mother invented “white out”?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes I did, Mike Nesmith’s mother invited white out.

  • CubsTalk

    Tigers lost again today…..do you think the Cubs can squeeze even more from them in a Garza trade?

  • CubsTalk

    Cubs say it will cost $300 million to rehab Wrigley Field.

    That is low balling it I would say.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I’d like a brand new stadium…with a lid, like Miller Park. 

      • paulcatanese

        That would be great if it could happen.

  • CubsTalk

    Old man Joe Ricketts had some harsh anti Obama words.

    City Mayor will not like that.

    Kiss that tax money for the Cubs goodbye.

  • CubsTalk

    DeWitt back in Iowa….that is not so bad……Maybe Blake can blog throughout the summer and give corn stalk height reports to WGN radio.

    • John_CC

       Dude, you are aware of Twitter, right?  Seem perfect for you. Then people that are actually interested in your stream of consciousness rambling can read it.

      • CubsTalk

         People who use Twitter are Twits.

        • Tony_Hall

          People who use Cubs blogs, to twitter are then what???

  • paulcatanese

    Neil with the line you posted with the Phillies against Volstad I hope he can keep them under 10 runs.
    It would be nice if the Cubs could win this one, .500 for the season would be pretty good for them.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Let see what Hitstad is dealing with tonight lets play ball

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Hitsted is already in trouble

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Pence strike outs two outs 

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Rollins scores on a Ruiz single sigh

    • cubtex

      What a terrible pitch by Volstad.

      • Kojak Osborne Jr.

         indeed

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

     double steal by Victorino and Ruiz

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Ball 4 bases loaded

  • cubtex

    I hope this will be Volstad’s last start as a Cub!

    • John_CC

       That, I believe, most of us can agree on.

    • Tony_Hall

      I’m with you, they either need to see if he can be a 7th/8th inning guy or a trip to Iowa is needed.

      • cubtex

        He doesn’t have the stuff to be a late inning guy. He is more of a long relief guy if anything. He also could be dfa’d and sent to Iowa since noone will claim him.

        • Tony_Hall

          Neither did Marshall, when they sent him to the bullpen.  

          When starters go back to just 2 pitches and only pitching one inning, they get a better fastball, and a better second pitch, not having to continue to work on 3rd and 4th pitches.

          • cubtex

            The difference is Marshall has a great curve and misses bats. Volstad never missed many bats….even in the minors.

          • Tony_Hall

            It wasn’t great, until he went to the bullpen and concentrated on just his fastball and curveball.

            I’m not saying Volstad will be good, but most starters that convert to the bullpen, end up as 7th/8th or 9th inning guys, not 5th or 6th inning guys.

        • Dorasaga

           good idea

        • Tony_Hall
  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Hitstad escapes  boy we was lucky only 1 run scored

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Nice job Castro at least the game is tied for the moment

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    even Halladay have a hit against hitstad lol

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sveum talked to Castro about his approach with runners in scoring position, especially at third base … and it paid off tonight. Good at bat by Castro.

    • cubtex

      With all repect Neil…..it wasn’t a great at bat by Castro. Swung at 1st 2 pitches by Halladay. 2nd swing he just flailed at. He got job done but it wasn’t because he approached the at bat any differently than he has.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thanks

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    We cant find an injury to put Hitstad on the disabled list?

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Pierre with a base hit bases loaded again 1 out

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Victorino with a rbi groundout 2-0

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Pence with a base hit 2 runs score 4-1 i am tired of hitstad send him to the minors

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo hit a two-run homer a short time ago

  • Josh Man

    I think it’s time to call off the Volstad experiment. Somebody has to be able to give us a better chance to win then Volstad does. Time to see what Travis Wood can do?

    • Carmelo

      I agree—time for Wood.  Pitching on the same day, just call him up to start in 5 days.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Ruis with a single that almost went with hitstad head lol he is not fooling anyone

  • cubtex

    Volstad is batting practice for mlb teams!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vitters homered, B.Jackson tripled in the same inning …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Volstad followed up a 28-pitch first inning with a 30-pitch second inning.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Volstad is out of the game.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Hitstad is out Coleman is coming in

  • cubtex

    Way to give us 2 innings Volstad. He didn’t even stick around long enough to get an at bat.

    • Kojak Osborne Jr.

       this really sucks , and we are watching the Sharks innings so he might have to go longer than they want him tomorrow to save the bullpen

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chris Volstad is done after allowing 4 runs on 6
    hits (3BB,2K) in 2IP on 58 pitches, 32 for strikes. Casey Coleman in to start
    the third

  • cubtex

    I think it is safe to say that Volstad will be taken out of rotation after this start. The question is who will take his place. I would like to see Travis Wood. Might as well see if he could be an option for next year.

    • brent carmona

      Either him or Coleman I’m guessing. Rusin maybe if those two fail. Jay Jackson, rodrigo lopez out of the picture I’m pretty sure.

    • Texcubnut

      It might be time to give consideration to Chris Rusin.

      • brent carmona

        True, I just think they will give wood/volstad time to take a spot (volstads is wearing thin though). Coleman had his chance last year so he is on the lower end I would think. But yes Rusin has been looking good as a solid back end starter. I dunno when he will get his shot…

    • Tony_Hall

      Travis Wood makes the most sense at this point.

      • CubsTalk

         You don’t have a vote.

        • Tony_Hall

          Wasn’t voting, just stating my opinion.

  • Jhall

    I think the cubs need to put Ruiz on his back. I think yhat element is missing from the game today.

    • CubsTalk

      I always said that….push this guys off the plate…..but what we have is a bunch of pitchers who are friends with these players…….I say smoke one high and tight”

  • CubsTalk

    Volstad heading towards the bullpen….Parker back to Iowa….McNutt or T. Wood as #5 starter.

    Or the Cubs can go for a trade…….only Jed & Theo knows.

  • CubsTalk

    The Miami Heat are getting their butts kicked in in the 4th.

    At least the night is not that all bad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson with a homer, double short of the cycle

    • cubtex

      Have a night!

    • CubsTalk

       yeah, but he still will be in Iowa than playing in Chicago until September.

      • Tony_Hall

        He hasn’t earned a spot yet.   He is batting 230/240 at this point.  In the PCL, that is not good enough to get a call up.

  • John_CC

    Here is Coleman’s chance to win the rotation spot.

    • Dorasaga

       K-ed JRo. Looks like a nice problem to have, for the management :-)

    • Tony_Hall

      I sure hope not…been there, done that.

      • Calicub

        He didn’t have much of a sample size after he tweaked his delivery, he seems to be getting outs… though 2 on as wee speak.

      • Zonk

        Coleman is not the answer.  Neither is Volstad, obviously.  Maybe Travis Wood, he has actually had success in the majors.  He’s having a decent night tonight

        • Tom U

          Zonk, I’m just getting back from work and I saw your question about Alberto Cabrera, as well as Christian’s about Baez. I’ll answer you both tomorrow when I preview the minor league pitching match-ups. It wouldn’t be appropriate in the middle of a game.

        • BosephHeyden

           Okay, I don’t get this, and I’m throwing this at everyone.  Casey Coleman is a prospect.  He’s only 24.  He had 17 starts last year and got a little better as the season went on.  He was, without a doubt, raw last year, but is getting better than he was.  And yet, here we are calling him “done”.  Why?  What exactly do Cubs fans expect?  You can’t tell how good a guy is going to be after one season.  Not even a little.

          He deserves an opportunity.  He’s not going to be an ace (we don’t have anyone on this team that’s consistently good enough to be an ace, and will need to go out and buy or trade one when we’re ready to compete), or even a number two guy, but is good enough to develop into a solid number four or five guy.  That’s what we need right now.  And calling him a failure after one season is a bit rushed.

          • John_CC

             I agree. He is a very young pitcher that has showed promise at times. Very few pitchers come to the ML and succeed from the start. As young as Coleman is, he still has a chance.

    • brent carmona

      Man that two seamer is a great pitch. I remember he had a 2-0 count on tolowitzki last year and he threw that same pitch, started outside and ended up right in the middle of the plate, and he fouled it off. Len and bob were like uhh how did he miss that? I know I’m using a one pitch example, but he had a great hitter fooled with that pitch, that’s why I had a soft spot for him for suceeding as a starter. Secondary pitches are not the same however that’s why he might make it as a reliever instead.

  • CubsTalk

    Ozzie Gullien has quit Twitter……John_CC, did you get  twitter on that?

    • Tony_Hall

      Once again, this is a Cubs site, no one cares about the White Sox or ex-White Sox players, managers, coaches, etc.

      • CubsTalk

        Well, you and others will have to talk about the Sox this weekend as they play the Cubs…..so if you don’t have anything informative to say, just shut your pie hole…..and watch the game.

        you need to relax….I think your panties are making you too uptight.

        • Tony_Hall

          They are just another team on the schedule.

          And you need to learn how to Stay Classy…because you are not classy in any way.

          As far as your comment about “if you don’t have anything informative to say, just shut…etc.”    Please use your own advice…as most of your posts are not informative in any way.

        • John_CC

           Really? 

          Take your own advice and watch a little more and blather a little less.

          You’re a joke man. 

          • CubsTalk

            Are you and Tony Hall are a couple?……I mean Obama is all for that kind of same sex stuff……I just wonder, who is the one that wears the skirt?.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Blake Parker is warming up

  • Dorasaga

    I love the Sarge. He’s perhaps the best American and active commentator whom I’ve heard.

    • Texcubnut

      I have special memories of Sarge and that 84 season.

      • Dorasaga

        Nothing to do with Mike Schmidt, I hope?

      • CubsTalk

        Like when the Sarge was going to the left field door and drinking beer between pitching changes?….and was so drunk by the sixth that Frey had to remove him……yea, those were fun days.

    • Dorasaga

       Great talk of Schmidt, an advocate of on-base and taking advantage of bulks.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a homer!

  • Tony_Hall

    Pierre makes that catch, yet dropped Lahair’s lazy fly ball last night.  

    That’s baseball.

  • Tony_Hall

    Welcome Blake Parker….please give us many more 10 pitch, no run innings.

    • Dorasaga

       Then Halladay collected his 2nd hit LOL

  • CubsTalk

    I remember a game when Garry Matthews was playing left field for the Giants in San Fran…. a big fight happen with the Cubs and the Giants…Matthews came charging in from left field and laid out Cubs catcher George Mitterwald with two punches to the head…..that was one mean fight that day.

  • cubtex

    Wellington Castillo has a long way to go defensively.

    • CubsTalk

      The entire Cubs team has a long way to go in every aspects.

  • Tony_Hall

    Parker almost got out of it.

    Maybe Garza was giving the rookie some pointers before the game…

  • BosephHeyden

    Welcome to the Cubs, Blake Parker.  All sarcasm aside, that’s a different AB had Castillo kept his eye on that passed ball and actually caught it.  Two runs aside, he gave us close to two innings, so he’s got promise, at least.

    • John_CC

       Definitely should have gotten out of that jam. He did put himself in it, but darn near pitched out of it.

      Bowden on the other hand just can’t seem to get it right.

  • CubsTalk

    Time for Mr Parker to head back to Iowa and watch the corn grow!

    • Tony_Hall

      Why?   If the ump calls a strike on the pitch right down the middle it is a totally different AB. He actually had fought his way through a tough inning.

  • GaryLeeT

    Maybe Parker got the error, but yet another throw LaHair should have had. His move to the outfield needs to be sooner rather than later.

    • CubsTalk

       I rather trade LaHair for a good young starting pitcher.

      • Tony_Hall

        And who would give up a good young starting pitcher for a 29 year old player, with just 2 months of productive MLB playing time…c’mon man, think.

        • CubsTalk

           oh man, what a smart ass prick you are!

          • Tony_Hall

            Isn’t that exactly what you just told Rip!

            If you are going to come on here and do nothing but attack other people, you will get it back.  

            Start making somewhat intelligent posts, and people will actually have a discussion with you about the Cubs.

          • John_CC

            Tough when someone calls you names, but it’s better to ignore that crap, Tony.

          • John_CC

             Seriously bro, cool down.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Hey man, please stop the language and name calling. Thank you.

      • John_CC

         You don’t have a vote.

    • BosephHeyden

       The throw to LaHair really wasn’t that close.  Parker bobbled the pickup and threw it away.  It’s first-game jitters, perfectly understandable for a young player, and the fact he gave use close to two innings gives him a very small pass.

      • GaryLeeT

        I am watching the game, and saw the throw in slow-mo. LaHair completely alligator armed a throw, that did not touch the runner.

    • RMercer69

      No way he should have had that. It was a late throw into the baseline with runner bearing down on him, he would have broken his wrist like DLee

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, LaHair could have had that throw.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cubs’ all-walk team:

    Marmol
    Maine
    McDougal

    Does it have something to do with the last name starting with the letter “M”?

    Astros have a reliever I’d like in our pen: Wilton Lopez

    21 Games
    23 IP
    16 K
    0 BB
    1.66 ERA
    0.69 WHIP

    That would be sooooooooo nice for us.

    • CubsTalk

       Teams really do not trade within a division during the season……and who would you want to give up to get Lopez?…..B. Jackson?…..come on man, think!

      • Tony_Hall

        Talk about needing to relax….he wasn’t suggesting a trade. It was a classic Rip post about a division rival.

        • CubsTalk

          they say Cubs fans are the most educated people in baseball…..some of you here make White Sox fans sound like Rhodes Scholars……I must be dealing with XBox geeks who never played a real baseball game in their life…..who know nothing about the basis game of baseball…….who must be related to Jim Hendry!

          • Tony_Hall

            Because you didn’t understand what Rip was saying, you have to attack me and others as “XBox geeks who never played a real baseball game in their life…”   

            Did you ever think, that most of the responses to your posts are negative…because of they way you present your thoughts (if we can actually call them thoughts).

            I agree with John…you are a joke man!

          • John_CC

             O great, here we go again.

            Seriously, Talkie, why don’t you just calm down and learn a little bit about the folks here that like to converse regularly before starting this crap. There are quite a few very knowledgeable posters, both with high level player experience and not.

            But of course now you know more than everyone else and I’m sure had a great MLB career too.

    • Tony_Hall

      Rip – I need those tips, while a player is still a free agent in fantasy baseball, not after they are already on the best team in the leagues bullpen.

      As far as the Astros, for a team that is rebuilding and going young, they actually have quite a few relevant players in fantasy baseball this year.

      • Ripsnorter1

        They do. I am watching them rough up the Brewers tonight. Altuve, Lee, Johnson, Lawrie, Norris, Rodriguez, Myers, Lyon–not too bad. 

        Worst record in MLB: Twins with 14 wins. 
        Next up: Cubs with 15. And to think that if we had a 4th starter that could go .500 we’d be .500.

        Who do you figure, if they do remove Volstad, will get the shot at being a ML starter?

        • Tony_Hall

          I said Travis Wood earlier, based on timing, already had 1 good start, and what they paid for him.   They will want to get him major league starts this year, to be able to determine if he can fill a rotation spot next year.

          • Ripsnorter1

            They really should.

            Altuve with 3 hits tonight….hitting like Castro…only 10 BBs this year. 

        • John_CC

           Even though I don’t have a vote, I am going to vote for Coleman.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Coleman changed his windup this year. I suppose he’s trying to add some more deception, movement, something. If he could just pound the zone, he might not get pounded. 

  • BosephHeyden

    Ty Wiggington just gave us a gift of an out:  high fastball that kept getting higher on a 3-2 pitch and he just takes an ugly hack at it.  If you want a pitcher that needs to go, Bowden is it.  DFA him.  If another team claims him, great.  If not, let him get some time in the minors and, when he better control over whatever it is he’s trying to throw, give him another shot.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I agree about Bowden. He could use some MiL seasoning, imo. 

      Byrd hits first HR tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo with his first homer of the season

    • CubsTalk

      Did more tonight than what Soto would have.

    • paulcatanese

      More impressive with his at bat in the ninth, he had a good night with the bat, even with hitting into the DP.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice to see Castillo with a good AB.

  • CubsTalk

    It is a sad state of affairs when we have XBox geeks who think they know baseball by playing on their computers. and never really sat down and study and learn about the game…….little fat lazy geeks who never play the game on the field more than five times a year, but rather to see if they can strike out Albert Pujols as being Matt Garza on a screen……… you little geeks are no true Cubs fans…..just immature boys who know nothing about the game of baseball.

    • John_CC

       Is this Anthony??

  • RICK

    Nothing will help this Cubs team. No pitching whatsoever. So lets just wait until next year

    • CubsTalk

      This is a building year…..we just need to find a foundation to build on…….we need a team leader who others players can look up to……right now, there is no one on this team as a leader.

  • Dorasaga

    Finally! Let’s get more runs!

  • CubsTalk

    Lets keep Soto on the bench.

  • John_CC

    I LOVE how these Cubs scrap all game long! Man o man. It is so great to watch a team that doesn’t quit trying. Last year, that team just laid down. Once they get a couple guys in the pen with the same kind of heart (and ability) this will be a fun team.

    Now, I’ll gladly give up Halladay’s W for my fantasy team to see the Cubs beat Paplebon. I can’t stand this guy.

  • Dorasaga

    BARNEY!

    • Dorasaga

       Jammed but knew where to place the ball in play, all the way to center field!

    • CubsTalk

      Now we need to move him around those bases with one out to go.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 8-7 to Phillies Thursday night

    Chris Volstad: 4R, 6H, 3BB, 2K in 2IP; Starlin Castro: 1-for-3, HR, 2RBI, SF; David DeJesus: 2-for-4, 2B, R; Welington Castillo: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 4RBI, 2R

  • Baron_S

    Man, How many chances does Volstad get?
    this is his 8th start now!! hes been terrible in all 8

    • CubsTalk

      Volstad needs to be moved to the bullpen…….lots of work needs to be done between now and his next schedule start……..4 out of the 5 starting pitchers give quality starts except for Volstad….plus the bullpen failed again……Jed needs to burn the lamp oil in the next few days.

  • CubsTalk

    Bring on the White Sox……the NATO protesters…….XBox geeks….. the Cubs can handle them all!

    • Dorasaga

      You need to stop these political stuffs and name-calling of other fans.

      • CubsTalk

        What makes America great?…..one can say anything they want on any matter………its called Freedom of Speech…….ask Joe Ricketts and his views on President Obama.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I am all for freedom of speech, that is what this wonderful country is built on. I do not condone name calling and posters attacking others on this site. You are welcome to make your points without using abusive language and name calling.

          Thank you for your understanding.

          • Bothevolfan

            Neil, nobody should ever reply to his comment. No matter what he says. He will tire and find something else to do.

        • Dorasaga

          This is a private site established by Neil and friends for Cubs fans with a common goal. Neil had specifically urged us to not talk politics.

          I respect your opinions, and hope you are not hopeless, for what drew you here should stay with you, not grudges against all fans who disagree with you.