Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/19/13

Game Fifteen: Cubs (5-9) vs. Brewers (6-8)

  • Game Time – 7:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 188/844
  • Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 2.75/0.97) vs. Marco Estrada (1-0, 4.50/1.28)

The Cubs begin a ten-game, three-city road trip tonight with the first of three games in Milwaukee. After three against the Brewers, the Cubs travel to Cincinnati for three then finish the trip with a four-game series in Miami.

While the Cubs were dealing with the weather and the Rangers, the Brewers swept the Giants in Miller Park and should be quite the challenge this weekend. The Cubs have really struggled with Milwaukee over the last two-plus seasons. The two division rivals split the rain-shortened series at Wrigley ten days ago.

One of the many reasons the Cubs have not fared well against the Brewers is their inability to hit pitchers like Marco Estrada while allowing Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki to hit the ball all over the park.

After tonight’s match-up of Jeff Samardzija and Marco Estrada, Edwin Jackson will square off against Hiram Burgos. Burgos is the Brewers’ reigning Minor League Pitcher of the Year and will be making his big league debut. Scott Feldman faces Wily Peralta in the finale on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs difficult road trip all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija makes his fourth start of the season tonight and his first against the Brewers. Samardzija is coming off a so-so outing against the Giants last Saturday in which he struggled with his command. Samardzija did not have his best stuff and managed to allow only two runs on seven hits in six innings on a very cold day at Wrigley. Samardzija walked one and struck out five.

Over his last two starts, Samardzija has been just about as dominant as a pitcher can be, very sloppy and average while keeping his team in both games. Samardzija appears on the verge of taking his game to the next level. Tonight will be a good test for him.

Samardzija has allowed less than a runner per inning pitched this season while posting better than a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In 19 2/3 innings, Samardzija has allowed 13 hits and six walks while striking out 27 batters.

The Cubs’ number one starter makes his fourth career start against the Brewers tonight. Samardzija is 2-3 in 17 career appearances, three starts, with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Samardzija was 0-1 in two starts versus Milwaukee last year with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP (10 hits, two walks and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings) … at Miller Park for his career, 0-1 in nine games, two starts, with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Norichika Aoki – 4-for-6 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 0-for-2
  • Ryan Braun – 6-for-13 with a double, a home run and three walks
  • Marco Estrada – 0-for-2
  • Alex Gonzalez – 0-for-2
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 0-for-7 with two walks
  • Jean Segura – 1-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 1-for-6 with a walk

The Cubs will get another shot at Marco Estrada tonight. Estrada is coming off a quality start against the Cardinals in which he allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six innings. Estrada received a no decision in a 4-3 Brewers victory.

Teams are not being patient with the Brewers’ right hander. Estrada has walked only two batters over his first 18 innings of the season. Estrada will continue to eat innings until teams layoff his pitches. In his first three starts, Estrada has allowed 21 hits while striking out 21 batters.

Marco Estrada has dominated the Cubs over the last two seasons. Estrada beat the Cubs on April 8 and was a perfect 2-0 in four games, three starts, against the Cubs last year with a 1.00 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. For his career, Estrada owns a 3-0 mark in nine games, four starts, versus the Cubs with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Marco Estrada

  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-7
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-5 with a home run
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-12 with two doubles and a triple
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-12
  • Dioner Navarro – 0-for-1
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-9
  • Jeff Samardzija – 0-for-1
  • Nate Schierholtz – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-12 with three doubles and a walk
  • Luis Valbuena – 0-for-2 with a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update on Matt Garza: Garza threw a simulated game in Milwaukee on Friday afternoon. Garza will throw bullpen session on Sunday then report to Double-A Tennessee for a rehab start on Wednesday (Feb. 24)

    • SuzyS

      Feb. 24 ????

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thanks for catching … corrected

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brent Lillibridge cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A
    Iowa, Hisanori Takahashi cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Iowa, Cubs released RHP Jensen Lewis

  • Tom U

    Triple-A Iowa roster currently stands at 26, not including Ian Stewart, who is on a rehab assignment.

    Someone else will have to go off the roster. First baseman Brad Nelson is relatively safe, so either Edwin Maysonet, Donnie Murphy, or Tim Torres is a suspect. OF Darnell McDonald could also be in the mix.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Samardzija – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Rays acquired Jeff Beliveau from the Rangers for cash considerations on April 16

    http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/transactions.jsp?c_id=tex#month=4&year=2013&team_id=140

  • Tony_Hall

    For those of you like me outside of WCIU, I am getting the game on RMNTV on Charter Cable channel 16. Maybe more of the outlying cable companies have realized that these WCIU games are not shown everywhere.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Well, that didn’t take long …

  • Tony_Hall

    Beautiful AB by Soriano!

    • triple

      Not getting to watch the game, what did he do?

      • Tony_Hall

        Took an outside pitch and hit into the hole where the 2B vacated with the shift. It looked like he just punched it through, like he was actually trying to do it. Which is something I have never seen him do intentionally.

        • triple

          Nice! thanks.

  • Tony_Hall

    Castillo can just plain throw the ball.

  • Tony_Hall

    Valbuena with his 2nd HR of the year.

    Average up to 243 but his OBP is a very good 378.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent AB from Samardzija, just the third walk issued by Estrada this season

    • Tony_Hall

      I think some of our everyday batters could learn a thing or two by watching that AB.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Agreed

  • Tony_Hall

    Another good AB by DeJesus, leads to a 2 run HR.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Beat me to it … very good at bat

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    11 games for Castro

  • Tony_Hall

    Thank you to the law enforcement officers who pursued the Boston Marathon bombing suspects this week. They risked their lives to protect all of us, and have now captured the 2nd suspect.

  • Tony_Hall

    Estrada seems to struggle when trying to throw inside to left handers. Finally hits Valbuena after throwing pitches at Rizzo and Schierholtz earlier.

  • Ray Ray

    Those watching Matt Harvey vs Strassburg on MLB channel. Wow! Harvey is impressive.

    • Tony_Hall

      And just think he was the 7th pick in the 2010 draft, right after Barret Loux. Of course we took Hayden Simpson 9 picks later.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castillo shows off his arm again throwing out Segura at first on the bunt attempt

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with #5, first off a lefty

    • Bredstik

      It was a BOMB too. Nice to see it off a lefty, even if it was Gorzo.

      • John_CC

        Do you have a thing for gorzelanny?

        • Bredstik

          Something about former crafty Cub lefties with difficult names to spell…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Never seen anything like what just happened in the eighth inning … will try to describe in the recap.

    • Bredstik

      I can’t imagine anyone has ever stolen a base & then been out stealing the same base in the same inning. If so, no way it was from the same at bat.
      I really really want to know how they score that. Segura may have single handedly disproved that “you can’t steal first base!”

  • Ray Ray

    Great stuff by Harold Reynolds on MLB tv describing how Barney was behind bag on steal attempt by Segura and that is why runner was safe. Barney has done this countless times the last couple of years. Barney got in better position the second time(straddling the bag) and Segura was out. Great stuff by Reynolds pointing that out.

  • Ray Ray

    Bourbon pinch running

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Here comes Borbon

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Borbon out trying to steal second to end the game

  • Ray Ray

    Slid too early

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Willie Mays Hayes style …

      • Ray Ray

        Haha. The MLB crew are having a field day with Cub highlights!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-4 to Brewers on Friday night – Jeff Samardzija: 5R, 4ER, 6H (2 HR), 1BB, 4K in 7 IP (99 pitches, 73 for strikes) … Rizzo: 1-4, HR; Soriano: 3-4; DeJesus: 2-4, HR, 2RBI; Valbuena: 1-3, HR, HBP; Cubs offense: 0-7 RISP, 5 LOB

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

    I had been listening on the radio so I didn’t see it. But what in the world happened in the bottom of the eighth? The same base was stolen twice?

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

      GIF of the play –> http://i.imgur.com/soCGtnu.gif

      • Ray Ray

        It looks like the umps screwed up the call. Valbuena tagged Segura first and he called Braun out.

        • Vivid_Reality

          From what I have read the rule is if two players end up on the same base the lead runner is safe and runner behind is out.

          • Ray Ray

            you are correct. I got confused myself :) One of the sports guys said on TV that Valbuena tagged Braun first and that is why he was out. It was a wild play!