Feldman’s Revenge and a Cubs Win – Cubs 9, Rangers 2

Game Thirty-Two – Cubs 9, Rangers 2

WP – Scott Feldman (3-3) LP – Nick Tepesch (2-3) Save – None

wflag-pubThe Cubs ended their four-game losing streak with an impressive win over the Rangers on Monday night. Scott Feldman was the story in the make-up game with his former team, but Monday’s win was a total team effort. The Cubs scored a season-high nine runs while Scott Feldman threw seven-plus innings of shutout ball.

The Cubs scored a season-high five runs in the fourth inning, all with two outs, that turned a one-run game into a comfortable six run advantage. The Cubs tacked on a run in the seventh then added two in the eighth on Anthony Rizzo’s ninth homer of the season.

Scott Feldman picked up where he left off against the Padres. Feldman pitched into the eighth inning before he had to leave with a hand cramp. Feldman was able to control his emotions while allowing only three baserunners. Feldman struck out three, surrendered just two hits and a walk. The Rangers did not put two runners on base while Feldman was on the hill. Feldman threw 104 pitches, 63 for strikes, in route to his third straight win.

Scott Feldman (1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) also drove in the Cubs’ second run of the game and his run scoring single appeared to relax the offense. After Feldman singled and plated Luis Valbuena, Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo collected two-run singles that capped the Cubs’ five-run fourth inning. The five-run fourth marked a season high for runs scored in a single inning and equaled the total of runs scored by the Cubs in the fourth inning this season (31 games).

Anthony Rizzo (3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk and four RBI) drove in four of the Cubs’ nine runs. Rizzo singled in a pair in the fifth and hit a two-run homer off Derek Lowe in the eighth, his ninth home run of the season. Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with two RBI, a walk and three runs scored) not only drove in two runs but scored three more. Luis Valbuena (3-for-4 with a double and a run scored) notched his second three-hit game of the season.

David DeJesus (1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored) was on base three times on Monday night.

The Cubs also showed patience at the plate. The Cubs walked seven times, three intentional, while pounding out 11 hits. The offense worked deep counts and forced the Rangers to throw 175 pitches.

With Monday’s win, the Cubs posted a series victory over the Rangers and improved to 12-20 on the season.

The Cubs got on board in the opening frame after Scott Feldman retired the Rangers in order to start the game. David DeJesus singled to center on a 2-2 pitch from Nick Tepesch. Castro flied out to center for the first out. DeJesus took off for second on a 3-1 pitch to Rizzo. Geovany Soto’s throw was low and skipped past Elvis Andrus. DeJesus advanced to third. Anthony Rizzo walked with one out.

Alfonso Soriano hit a 2-2 pitch to Moreland at first. Moreland threw to second to force Rizzo but Soriano beat out Andrus’ throw and DeJesus scored, 1-0 Cubs. Soriano appeared to get picked off first. He slid around Moreland’s throw and Andrus’ tag and was called safe. Replays showed Andrus tagged Soriano before he touched the base. Nate Schierholtz struck out swinging for the third out.

Scott Feldman worked around a one-out single by Geovany Soto in the second inning. Feldman needed 28 pitches, 18 for strikes, to complete two innings of work on Monday night.

The Cubs wasted a chance to tack on to their 1-0 lead in the third. DeJesus walked with one out and advanced to second on when Ian Kinsler misplayed a hot shot off the bat of Starlin Castro. Castro ripped a 0-1 pitch between the legs of the second base umpire. Rizzo struck out swinging for the second out and Soriano flied out to deep left to end the inning.

Feldman kept the Rangers from tying the game in the fourth inning after Nelson Cruz singled with two outs, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Welington Castillo. Feldman induced a grounder to Barney off the bat of Mitch Moreland to end the inning. Feldman threw 57 pitches, 35 for strikes, over the first four frames.

The Cubs put their best inning of the season together in the fourth … and it all started with the bases empty and two outs.

Luis Valbuena pulled a 3-1 pitch into right field for a double. Nick Tepesch missed on the first two offerings to Darwin Barney. Ron Washington then helped the Cubs. Washington decided to intentionally walk the slumping Barney and put runners on first and second with two down.

Scott Feldman made his former manager pay. Feldman drove a 1-2 pitch into the gap in left center. Valbuena scored easily as Barney held at third with one down. Leonys Martin did an excellent job of cutting the ball off and keeping it from rolling to the vines. With runners on first and third with two down, DeJesus worked a walk.

Starlin Castro stepped in with the bags juiced and two outs. Castro pulled Tepesch’s first pitch into left field. Barney and Feldman scored, 4-0 Cubs, and Castro advanced to second on the throw. Anthony Rizzo drove a 0-1 pitch into left. DeJesus and Castro scored, 6-0 Cubs. Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning.

At the end of four complete, the Cubs led 6-0.

Scott Feldman issued a two-out walk to Martin in the fifth … but that was all. Feldman threw 77 pitches, 46 for strikes, over the first five innings. Feldman then retired the Rangers in order in the sixth. Feldman threw 90 pitches, 54 for strikes, in six innings on Monday night.

The Cubs tacked on in the sixth inning against Michael Kirkman. Starlin Castro worked a one out walk and advanced to third on a double to left by Anthony Rizzo. Kirkman intentionally walked Soriano and Ron Washington went to his pen for another southpaw, Joseph Ortiz. With the bases loaded and one down, Nate Schierholtz drove a 3-2 pitch from Ortiz into left center. Castro tagged and scored the Cubs’ seventh run of the game. Castillo struck out swinging to end the inning.

Scott Feldman took the mound to start the eighth with a 7-0 lead. Feldman missed on his first offering to David Murphy then after the second pitch he called out the trainer. Feldman left the game shaking his hand, it appeared to be a cramp. James Russell replaced Feldman, recorded to quick outs then turned the game over to Rafael Dolis. Ian Kinsler flied out to center for the third out.

The Cubs made it 9-0 in the eighth. Starlin Castro reached on an infield single to second then trotted around the bases when Anthony Rizzo pulled a 3-1 pitch from Derek Lowe into the bleachers in right. Rizzo’s ninth longball of the season made it 9-0 Cubs. Lowe retired Soriano, Schierholtz and Castillo in order to end the inning.

Rafael Dolis stayed in for the ninth and the Rangers broke up the shut out.

Elvis Andrus doubled to left to start the ninth. Adrian Beltre then pulled a 0-2 pitch toward third. Luis Valbuena fielded the ball but airmailed his throw to first. Andrus scored and Beltre ended up at second on the error. Nelson Cruz grounded out to third and Mitch Moreland grounded out to second.

Geovany Soto collected his second hit of the night and first RBI of the season with a single to center. David Murphy grounded out to Castro to end the game.

The Cubs open a two-game series with the Cardinals on Tuesday night … Travis Wood versus Lance Lynn in game one.

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  • paulcatanese

    Just the way it was drawn up, a good team win. Walks, hits, pitching, running the bases. They did it all today.

  • triple

    Feldman is not Volstad!

    • Tony_Hall

      No not at all, but you will never hear the people who were saying that actually admit that they were wrong. Feldman looks like your typical AL pitcher who comes to the NL and improves their numbers.

      2.70 ERA
      1.12 WHIP
      .206 BABIP

      And this is after having 3 not so good starts to start the year and 3 now that he has looked very good.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Besides Feldman is too short to be Chris Volstad.

      • Ray Ray

        Ye the King of small sample sizes :))))))

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Works both ways Ray!

          • Ray Ray

            I tend to look at players with track records in the majors. If they don’t have one….like a Rizzo or LaHair etc. That’s what you go on. Players like Soriano, you look at their body of work and track record.

          • Tony_Hall

            So on young players who are on an upward trend you use past history and on older players on the downside of their career you use their past history….makes perfect sense.

          • Ray Ray

            So now you are a savant and you know when a player is on the rise or fall? What was Bryan LaHair on last year?

          • Tony_Hall

            You predict failure for so many players, are you being savant….

          • Ray Ray

            I don’t predict failure. I don’t pencil young players who haven’t had success for more than 1 year in the all star game. I want Rizzo to succeed. He has a long way to go is what I am saying. I want Feldman to pitch like he did his last 2 starts but his track record says it is unlikely

          • Tony_Hall

            I am going to pencil Matt Harvey into the All-Star game is that premature?

            If you watched Feldman the last 2 starts you would have seen a clear difference in his arm slot and his keeping on top of the ball, creating much sharper pitches. This is a positive change, that should change his numbers, along with moving to the NL. Sometimes eyeballs are the best judge, sometimes stats, but the ones that use both are the ones I trust the most. My eyeballs tell me he looks very sharp and at the beginning of the year they told me he was under everything, throwing a bunch of fluff pitches. So to use his track record as the barometer of his future performances versus what the eyeball test is telling us, just doesn’t make sense to me. He is looking like he will stay in the rotation when Garza comes back

          • Ray Ray

            Who do they drop then? I agree Harvey is special. So was Prior but we know what happened to him. Look at Strassburg this year. What about Mike Trout? He might never put up anywhere close to the numbers from his rookie year.

          • Tony_Hall

            Most likely Villaneuva will go to the swing man like they signed him to be. He has been coming back to earth the last few starts and is more suited to do that role than anyone else. Plus, he is signed for 2 years, they don’t need to audition him for other teams to trade him right now.

            Injuries happen to players. Prior ‘s issues started when he had that collision running the bases against the Braves. I still believe that is what caused his down fall. Mike Trout is doing just fine this year and will put up big numbers, but he had a season for the ages as a rookie, it was never done before and may never be done again by anybody, let alone just him. But even with a slow start he is 275/340/504/844 with 5 HR’s and 22 RBi’s, 5 SB’s. Most people would be happy with those numbers.

            No one can know for sure when a player is going up or down in their career, things happen along the way, these guys are people as well that have all the issues anybody has in life that can effect their job performance. And in baseball, there is more failure than success, that is why I can’t stand all the negativity people throw out there, as in baseball it is the easiest thing to find, fault in players, managers and front offices.

          • Ray Ray

            It is a tough game and that is why I am so cautious. I have seen firsthand so many players who I thought woul have a long successful career fizzle. Believe it or not I was once like you. I would get excited about a player who has immediate success and end up out of baseball after a couple years. Jerome Walton, Steve balboni, joe charboneau etc

          • Tony_Hall

            That is a very sad outlook and I am sorry you are so jaded, from past failures of players.

            Nobody is ever guaranteed a long career just because they are good for a year or two. But if you need a player to be good for a long career before enjoying them as a player, you will never enjoy baseball again. The game is so much more sophisticated today, with all the stats and video to go along with all of the scouting being done on every little thing these guys do. Every time a player fixes one thing the other teams will figure out how to get them out again. It also explains why you are so negative about everything. With these type of expectations no one can satisfy you.

            Try to enjoy the game for what it is, a game. Go watch some kids play the game and relearn what is fun about it. My son is now playing High School Freshman and 15U summer ball. I have coached him since he was 6. It is so much fun to watch kids play the game, grow in the game and develop into better players. This doesn’t change just because they get into college or the minors or even the majors. Players are still working hard to get better. Try to think of each player as having worked hard for a long, long time to get to the majors. It is not easy, there are so many kids playing baseball, that the odds of making your high school team or so slim, then to make a college team weeds more out. Then to get into the minors you are a small select percent of players. The few that even get a cup of coffee at the majors are such good baseball players that it is hard to comprehend. The amount that go on to long careers that are great, that you would enjoy watching, well we call those Hall of Famers.

          • Ray Ray

            Tony, I have played the game since I was a kid. Played throughout college and beyond that. Never made it to the majors but I think I have an idea on how hard it is to make it. It is not a jaded outlook. It is reality. I enjoy the game more than anyone but I don’t let a little success cloud my judgement on the reality of baseball. I am happy your son is playing baseball. Enjoy that time because before you know it, it will be over. I too coached one of the top select teams in the nation for years. We traveled all over the country and I had several of my players go on to play college ball and get drafted. I have had 3 of my kids get some time in the majors. I think I know how difficult this game is.

          • Ray Ray

            This also explains why you enjoy short term success since you have a 15 year old playing High School. As I said..enjoy every minute. Baseball is a great game and if you enjoy thinking every player who has a good start or 2 or a good month of baseball will be one of the greats of the game….I got no problem with that. Whatever floats your boat. Now I know where you are coming from as well. I think this explains alot of our differences.

          • Tony_Hall

            Who ever said that a good start would make them a great of the game ? It means they are playing well now and as a fan it is OK to enjoy it.

        • triple

          And you liked the looks of Brandon McCarthy and Joe Saunders way better than Feldman!!! Their combined 2-7 W/L record and ERA in the 6 and 7 ranges makes you look really smart!

          And how’s Placido Polanco doing? His stats aren’t even worth posting, while the Cubs are getting good production out of their 3B tandem. He’s really helped Miami turn the corner with no power, no BA, and no OBP worth posting.

        • Tony_Hall

          Yet you do it. Maybe I need a disclaimer at the end of my posts to keep you from making these comments…..oh wait, I did.

    • Ray Ray

      Yea Vostad has a career 4.90 ERA and Feldman has a career 4.71. He is not Volstad

  • Tony_Hall

    Not sure what Rizzo will look like when he stops pressing and striking out all the time, but this guy has been pretty good so far.


    T3rd in NL with 9 HR’s
    T7th in NL with 9 2B’s
    T4th in NL with 25 RBI’s
    16th in NL in OPS

    • Ray Ray

      Here is the deal with Anthony Rizzo in his brief MLB career. He is a guess and mistake hitter. Hopefully he will improve but he has a long way to go to be a middle of the order bat on a good team. He is more of a #6 right now. Sorry Tony….I don’t make up these stats.
      Anthony Rizzo

      With RISP .167
      With 2 strikes .159

      Let’s break down in different counts that he gets in a hole with.

      0-1 .193
      0-2 .143
      1-2 .171
      2-2 .160

      That is the stat of a guess hitter who struggles when the pitcher has an advantage. Do you think most #3 hitters have these type of stats?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I think Rizzo is going to get better and better. I see him as a future all-star. He’s got a sweet swing and so far he has been making adjustments. I think his future is very bright. No, he isn’t a #3 hitter now, but I believe he will be sooner than later.

        • Ray Ray

          I hope you are right about Rizzo but the evidence isn’t there yet. By the way….I have seen a lot of players in my day and a lot who I would say had sweet swings. Billy Williams etc. But Anthony Rizzo and sweet swing don’t go hand in hand in my eyes.

        • DWalker

          The Rizzo of May is not looking like the Rizzo of April. I don’t think for an instant that Rizzo’s April stats will be indicitive of what we see the rest of the year either. He will not be as good as he has been lately, but I don’t think he’s going to regress to a sub .225 avg or a sub 850 OPS like he had in April. He looks like a totally differnt player than he looked a month ago.

      • Tony_Hall

        Isn’t this the same small sample sizes you complain when everyone else uses?

        • Ray Ray

          Please read my post carefully before you respond.

          • Tony_Hall

            You said brief, just like I said I don’t expect Feldman to maintain these stats through 30+, should you read my post more carefully then?