Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 04/13/13

Game Eleven: Cubs (4-6) vs. Giants (7-4)

  • Game Time – 12:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: FOX Saturday Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (1-1, 2.63/0.80) vs. Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32/0.88)

Updated: 10:05pm CDT – Cubs placed Kyuji Fujikawa on 15-day DL with muscle sprain in right forearm. Cubs recalled RHP Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs will shoot for two in a row against the defending champs this afternoon. Dale Sveum’s team has had a lead in each of the first two games before the pitching staff gave the runs right back. While Friday’s game ended on a positive note with Starlin Castro’s walk-off double, the bullpen must figure out how to hold a lead if they are given one today.

The bullpen issues have been frustrating, to say the least, through the first ten games. Most figure the Cubs will finish the year at the bottom of the central division but losing a game late will not help build a winning culture.

Runs figure to be at a premium this afternoon with Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner on the bump.

Look for Dale Sveum to run out his right-handed lineup this afternoon against the lefty, Madison Bumgarner. The Cubs have struggled against southpaws this season. The offensively challenged Cubs could have more problems today unless Dave Sappelt and Scott Hairston have big days. The Cubs were looking for Sappelt and Hairston to provide run production against lefties and both players have not produced yet in limited action.

The Cubs were scheduled to honor Darwin Barney in pre-game ceremonies this afternoon. But due to Barney beginning a rehab assignment today with the Iowa Cubs, Barney received his Gold Glove award on Friday. The team is still handing out replicas to the first 10,000 that enter the old ballyard.

Can the Cubs beat the Giants on back-to-back games? It all starts with Jeff Samardzija …

Jeff Samardzija is coming off an extremely dominant four innings in his last start. Samardzija lost it in the fifth then left with two outs in the sixth inning. Samardzija struck out a career-high 13 batters, walked four, hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches that helped the Braves tie the game in the fifth. Samardzija ended up allowing four runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings and took another step forward in his development.

Samardzija admitted after the game that he could have done more to put his team in position to win the game. Samardzija has tremendous stuff and with a little more experience and maturity he could become the number one the Cubs are looking for to lead their rotation for the next several years.

Jeff Samardzija has allowed just six hits and five walks while striking out 22 batters in his first 13 2/3 innings of the season.

For as good as Samardzija was last season, he was even better at Wrigley Field. In 12 starts, Samardzija posted a 4-4 record with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP while teams his more than 30 points lower against him at home.

Jeff Samardzija makes his second career start against the Giants this afternoon. Samardzija does not have a decision in six career appearances, one start, versus San Francisco (2.53 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP). Last season, Samardzija faced the Giants in the Bay and held them to two runs on seven hits with five walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

Giants Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Joaquin Arias – 1-for-3
  • Brandon Belt – 1-for-2 with a walk
  • Gregor Blanco – 0-for-1
  • Brandon Crawford – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Angel Pagan – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Hunter Pence – 2-for-5 with a double and two walks
  • Buster Posey – three walks
  • Pablo Sandoval – 0-for-1
  • Andres Torres – 0-for-3 with a walk

Madison Bumgarner is one of the best southpaws in the game, and he is off to a good start to the season. Bumgarner dominated the Dodgers in his first start (eight innings of shutout ball, two hits, six strikeouts and no walks) then beat the Rockies in his last outing. Bumgarner struggled a little and issued six walks but still put his team in position to win the game.

Bumgarner had problems on the road last year (6-8 in 17 games with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP) but took care of the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his first start.

As with the case with a majority of the Giants’ staff, Madison Bumgarner has had a lot of success against the Cubs over the course of his career. In six starts, Bumgarner is 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 1-2 in three starts with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Madison Bumgarner

  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Starlin Castro – 8-for-18 with a double
  • Steve Clevenger – 0-for-3
  • Alberto Gonzalez – 0-for-3
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-9 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-2
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-13 with three doubles, a home run and three walks

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:


  • Neil

    Rafael Dolis in clubhouse. No roster move announced

    • Dorasaga

      Thanks, Neil and Tom, for informing us the advancement through all organizational levels. Feel like we are there with them. Keep them coming; good stuff.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Kane Co. – Ian Dickson (0-0, 3.60) Game 1
    Felix Pena (0-0, 0.00) Game 2
    Daytona – PJ Francescon (1-0, 0.00)
    Tennessee – Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 9.00)
    Iowa – Barret Loux (0-1, 54.00)

    A few general comments them some team-by-team notes:

    Looking forward to seeing Kane Co. on today. However, it seems like Wisconsin, who has the only video feed in the Midwest League, hasn’t wiped the lens on their centerfield camera since the Carter Administration.

    For those looking for answers for the systems overall poor pitching performances: Before falling back on the “lack of talent” response, consider that all of the Cubs’ levels are going with an unusual 6 man rotation. This flies in the face of the typical 5 man rotation (with a short leash) or a 4X4X4 piggyback rotation to start the season. The minor league pitchers may have not adjusted to this, with only Eric Jokisch and Austin Kirk seemingly not effected.

    For those who may not know, in order to limit innings and pitch counts early on, the 4X4X4 piggyback system takes 8 starters and pairs them off in twos. Those 2 starters will piggyback each other, pitching four innings per game and rotating the starting assignment.

    Iowa – While the pitching at this level has looked bad, take into account that the only two teams the I-Cubs have faced are Albuquerque and Round Rock. Both of those teams could be better than the Houston Astros.

    Although there are a lot of vets on the squad, the only players that look like major leaguers are Logan Watkins and Brett Jackson. Luis Flores is also coming along well

    Tennessee – It appears that the organization will be playing this roster game all season, as IF Elliot Soto received a 7 day vacation on the DL in order to bring in Anthony Giansanti. These two, along with Jonathan Mota and Johermyn Chavez, with probably rotate this way until after the draft signing period.

    Daytona – You may want to credit moxie for a part in Wednesday’s Jorge Soler incident. Daytona, the second youngest team in the FSL was taking charge of the game against Clearwater, the oldest team in the league, when the scuffle that started things occurred .

    Players that look like early promotion candidates include Stephen Bruno, Taiwan Easterling, and Austin Kirk.

    Kane Co. – Taking advantage of a “snow day”, several Cougars, including Ian Dickson, Rock Shoulders, Trey Martin, Tayler Scott, Pierce Johnson, Brian Smith and Bijan Rademacher, bonded while taking in a showing of “42”.

    • Dorasaga

      By any chance, is Austin Kirk from Kansas state? I wonder if he’s related to Andy Kirk (Detroit), also a Kansas kid.

      • Tom U

        Kirk was drafted in 2009 from Owasso High School in Owasso, OK.

  • Neil

    It appears Fujikawa could be headed to the DL, nothing official yet

    • Tom U

      If that does happen and Rafael Dolis replaces him, look for LHP Zac Rosscup to be moved up to Iowa.

  • Neil

    Updated: 10:05pm CDT – Cubs placed Kyuji Fujikawa on 15-day DL with muscle sprain in right forearm. Cubs recalled RHP Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa

    Sveum said the Cubs will use the ole closer by committee and Marmol will not be part of the mix.

    • BosephHeyden

      As it should be. At least they’re making common sense decisions early instead of avoiding them until the middle of the season.

      • Raymond Robert Koenig


  • SomeGuy27

    I hate the early Saturday starts. I live in Kansas and because of the TV deal I never see the Cubs on Saturdays because the local Fox affiliate always pulls a game from outside the region. There are three games going right now, two on the East Coast and one (Cubs) in the midwest–I’m stuck watching Braves/Nationals–admittedly two good teams, but not in region nor who I want to watch. That’s why I have DirecTV Extra Innings. Bah!

    • Denver Mike

      I go through the same thing all season as well. I bought the MLB Premium package but am blacked out when the Cubs are on national tv even if I can’t get in here in CO. I sat through the entire pre-game show this morning not knowing which game I was going to get, but much to my surprise they are showing the Cubs game today!

      • SomeGuy27

        That’s because your local affiliate decided to broadcast the regional game. Our affiliate just sucks. Last year, we had a Saturday with 4 regional games including Cubs/Cards and a Tex Rangers game but were blacked out for a Baltimore/TB tilt.

      • paulcatanese

        Total surprise, I’m getting the game, didn’t know it until the sixth inning, very rare to get it on that channel. I know what you are talking about. Thankfully McCarver is retiring after this year, I would vote him as the worst announcer ever.

    • Dorasaga

      You didn’t miss much. I’m watching it online, via StreamTorrent (google the free version).

      JBuck and the now senile McCarver are uninteresting, and just now FOX decided to show a clip feat. Nolan Ryan instead of real baseball going on. The inning ended right away A.S.A.Clip.Played.Through. What a shame.

      • triple

        And yes TIm McCarver actually called him “Jeff LaMarzjia!” What an idiot!

      • SomeGuy27

        The whole Buck and McCarver doing Cubs games thing rates a thread in and of its self. Talk about dealing with the enemy.

        • EqDoc

          They are just so frigging DULL! I feel like they suck all the energy out of the game…

  • Dorasaga

    Gonzalez could have completed that DP if he made a straight throw to 1st, but instead he took Rizzo off the bag for a second.

  • Ray Ray

    I hope the Cubs are careful with Shark’s pitch count this year. There is no sense in a year like this to not demonstrate caution. He jumped up to 174 last year(which was a huge jump). He threw 110 pitches in his first start, 105 in his second and is over 90 now in the 6th.

    • Ray Ray

      OK. Glad they didn’t let him start the 7th.

  • paulcatanese

    Defenetly Castro’s ball, Lillibridge had no business at the angle he had to the ball. Very,very lucky no one was hurt.

    Few plays before that the low throw on the double play attempt cost the Cubs.Yet Lillibridge is still run out there.

  • Dorasaga

    SORIANO, *clap, clap*

  • GaryLeeT

    On the bright side, at least a drawn out 6th probably means that Bumgarner will only pitch though the 7th.

  • Dorasaga

    I like Marmol, but he’s a downer. If that leadoff walk comes back to cross the plate, and the Cubs gain a run later, then this walk would mean huge.

    • Dorasaga

      And Castro made a bad throw.

    • Dorasaga

      But Senior Nasty came back with good sliders. Two more runs to win!

  • Dorasaga

    Cowards walk intentionally.

    • Dorasaga

      First pitch swing, aiyayaya!

  • Tom U

    Dan Vogelbach with his first HR of the season, a solo shot, draws Kane Co. one run closer. Down 7-6 to Wisconsin, men on 1st and 2nd, no one out in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

    • Tom U

      Kane Co. loses Game 1 7-6

  • Dorasaga

    Great Kungfu catch by Pablo.

    • Dorasaga

      His head hit the cupholder, methinks.

  • RynoTiger

    For Clevenger did that look like it could be the same injury he had last year?
    well Cody Ransom is available as a bench guy if need be for 3B

  • Neil

    Cubs lost to the Giants 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Look for Clevenger to be placed on the DL, that was painful to see.