Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 07/29/13

Game One Hundred Four: Cubs (48-55) vs. Brewers (43-61)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.94/1.31) vs. Kyle Lohse (7-7, 3.37/1.12)

The Cubs open an eight-game homestand tonight with the first of four in three days against the Brewers. It will be interesting to see if the Cubs can build off an excellent West Coast trip (6-4) as the trade rumors continue to swirl around the team with the trade deadline less than 48 hours away. The homestand wraps up with a four-game series against Yasiel Puig and the red-hot Dodgers next Sunday.

Due to the schedule makers and the All-Star break, the Cubs will play a home game tonight for the first time in 15 days. And a much-different team will take the field tonight than the one that faced the Cardinals on July 14.

The Cubs and Brewers will play four games in three days, weather permitting. After tonight’s single game, the two division rivals are scheduled to play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday to make up the game that was postponed back on April 10. The series concludes on Wednesday night.

The Cubs enter play tonight four games under .500 at Wrigley this season (22-26) and a good series against the Brewers could inch them closer to .500 for the season. The Cubs have struggled against the NL Central this season to the tune of a 15-28 record and are just 3-5 in the first eight against the Brewers this season.

After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Lohse, Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to face Yovani Gallardo in game one on Tuesday. The Cubs are expected to call-up Jake Arrieta to start the night game. Teams can add a 26th man to the active roster for scheduled doubleheaders. The Brewers have not announced their starter for game two. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to face Wily Peralta in the finale on Wednesday night.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija has pitched better since the break than in his two starts leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. But Samardzija really struggled with his command after the offense gave him a six-run lead in Arizona. Samardzija tied a season-high by walking five batters, the second time in four starts that Samardzija issued five free passes in the same game. Samardzija has really been struggling with his mechanics but has shown signs over his last two starts of becoming more consistent with his delivery and release point. Until he irons out his problems, his command issues will continue.

After holding the Rockies to one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, Samardzija lasted only 5 2/3 innings in Phoenix and was charged with four runs, three earned, on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Jeff Samardzija is 1-2 in his last four starts with a 6.85 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Over his last 23 2/3 innings, Samardzija has walked 15 batters with only 19 strikeouts and has given up 28 hits. Teams are hitting just under .300 against him (.298) so it would not be out of line to say tonight is an important start for Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija makes his second start against the Brewers this season. Samardzija lost the game back on April 19 after allowing four runs in the first inning. The big hit that night was by Ryan Braun, a three-run homer. Braun will not be a factor tonight. Samardzija is 2-4 in 18 career appearances, four starts, against the Brewers with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Brewers Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Norichika Aoki – 5-for-10 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Yuniesky Betancourt – 0-for-5
  • Juan Francisco – 1-for-3
  • Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-10 with a triple and two walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-5
  • Jean Segura – 2-for-6
  • Rickie Weeks – 2-for-8 with a double and two walks

The Cubs will get their second look of the season at Kyle Lohse tonight. Lohse has put together a solid season for a not-so-good Brewers team. Lohse has won his last two starts and the Brewers are 7-3 in his last 10 outings.

After tossing six innings of shutout ball against the Marlins on July 19, Lohse held the Padres to one run on five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings. Lohse has not issued a free pass in his last two games (11 innings) and has walked only eight batters in his last 10 starts. Lohse is 4-1 in his last five starts with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP (10 runs on 27 hits with three walks and 23 strikeouts in 34 innings) and is 2-5 in 11 road starts with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Kyle Lohse owns a 5-4 record in 17 starts against the team that selected him in the 29th round of the 1996 draft with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP … in five career starts at Wrigley, Lohse is 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Lohse

  • Darwin Barney – 5-for-19 with a double
  • Julio Borbon – 0-for-1
  • Welington Castillo – 2-for-9 with two doubles
  • Starlin Castro – 5-for-20
  • David DeJesus – 12-for-26 with a double, a triple, a home run and a walk
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-2 with a double
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-7
MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD Giveaway

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The available programming includes The Best of the Home Run Derby and “Prime-9: All-Star Moments”, Official World Series Films dating back to 1947, including the 1969 and 1986 films; the first season of “This Week In Baseball,” which originally aired in 1977; a documentary offering a fresh perspective on Jackie Robinson’s life and career; recent productions including a comprehensive film chronicling every era of World Series play and documentaries created to celebrate notable anniversaries for the Mets, Astros and Red Sox; bloopers titles highlighting the funniest MLB moments; and many other titles.

Any of these films can now be downloaded from the iTunes store (www.iTunes.com/MLB). Prices range from $1.99 for individual episodes of “Prime 9” and “This Week In Baseball” to $19.99 for the Official 2012 World Series Film in HD.

A&E Networks contacted the CCO and asked for us to let our readers know the films are now available for download on iTunes and have set aside two copies of the “MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD” for us to give to our readers.

Beginning on Monday night, July 29 and concluding with the second game of the day-night doubleheader against the Brewers on Tuesday night July 30, the CCO will conduct a contest and the winner will receive a copy of the DVD set from A&E.

Here is how the contest works:

There will be only (1) winner per day. All entries must be posted in the comment section with a time stamp prior to first pitch. All entries made after first pitch (7:05pm CDT) will NOT be valid. If any rules are not followed then those entries will NOT be valid. The first day winner will NOT be eligible for the second contest. All entries must include answers for all questions and failure to do so will make that entry invalid. Only (1) entry per day, per person, per IP address.

There will be two questions posted in the game previews on Monday, July 29 and the second game of the doubleheader on Tuesday, July 30. The person with the correct answer for the first question will be that day’s winner. The tie breaking procedure will follow the order in which the questions are asked, not bases on the amount of correct answers. All answers must be exact, close is not good enough. If more than one entry has all (6) questions answered correctly, the winner will be determined by the time stamp as answering the questions first and correctly.

The winner will be posted in the comment sections of that day’s game preview. The will have to email the CCO with a correct mailing address. A&E Networks will send out the DVD set to the winners within the continental US only.

Contest One – July 29, 2013

Number of strikeouts for Jeff Samardzija

  • Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Jeff Samardzija
  • Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Jeff Samardzija
  • Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Jeff Samardzija
  • Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Jeff Samardzija
  • Tie Breaking 5) The final score between the Cubs and the Brewers

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

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

  • paulcatanese

    Glad to hear Sveum indicate he hasn’t been asked to showcase any player for trade purposes. Hard to do that , they usually screw up in that situation.
    And on the same side, his interview on MLB, he praised
    Soriano again as well as the players in the clubhouse when they watched him hit a home run and later had the walk off single.

    • matthew8510

      ya and sveum said 100% garza will start also i dont believe it

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Vitters on the DL.

  • Brp921

    1. 8 strikeouts
    Tie breakers
    1. 3 earned runs
    2. 7 hits
    3. 4 walks
    4. 0 home runs
    5. Cubs 7 Brewers 4
    7:03 eastern time

  • cubtex

    It’s nice to sweep any team. I read where someone said something about wild card and Cubs in the same sentence? Wow….got to love Cub fans. Lets review this sweep of the Giants. The Cubs scored 4 earned runs in 3 games. Repeat….4 runs. Yesterday a solo shot by your pitcher and catcher who now has 3 HR’s for the year. Saturday they won on a shutout by Chris Rusin. Great game but no offense to Chris Rusin, it is highly unlikely to count on that again. This Cubs team has an anemic offense. They have an extremely difficult time hitting with RISP. They will be 20 games under .500 this year. Enjoy the small win streaks but this is not a good team especially losing their ace and #4 hitter.

    • Brp921

      You obviously need some koolaid :)

      • cubtex

        I am drinking something a little stronger with dinner tonight :) just being realistic with this years team. Look at the stats.

        • Brp921

          I have to agree, I was just joking.

    • That One Guy

      They will finish better than 20 games below .500. They would have to go 23 – 36 to finish the season 20 games under and I think they will do better than that so long as Jeff is not traded. BUT, even if they do finish 71 – 91, that would be a 10 game improvement.

      • cubtex

        Yes. No doubt they will have a better record.

    • BosephHeyden

      As I mentioned yesterday, the Cubs really don’t have to play all that great to win games. It seems like every other team in the majors is doing a great job of beating themselves. They should sweep the Brewers. But the wild card talks, possible but unrealistic as they are, will likely die against the Dodgers, because they are one of the teams playing like they want to make the playoffs and get far in them.

      • cubtex

        In August. 7 games against Dodgers. 6 against Cardinals. 4 against Nationals and 3 against Reds. They can’t beat those teams scoring less than 2 runs per game.

        • BosephHeyden

          The Nationals…they might. They’re pretty bad. But you’re right about the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Reds.

    • Denver Mike

      I prefaced that statement with “This will never happen”, and finished with “…just re-reading this post I’m starting to think the beer I just drank was spiked…”

      Haha, still makes me laugh today … but judging by the 7 up arrows I’m not the only loony tune around here!

  • cubtex

    For those who cannot get Cubs game tonight……Matt Garza is pitching on ESPN

    • paulcatanese

      Caught part of that, ended up an all ex-Chicago effort, Garza, AJ, and Soto. Good game. Texas could not have won without the ex-es:):):)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Bruce Levine is reporting that Schierholtz, Gregg & DeJesus are in play for the trade dead line…..I myself believe DeJesus will stick around to lead this clubhouse for another season……..also….Levine says that Theo will listen to offers on Starlin Castro after next season……….less than 45 hours to go on the non waiver trade dead line period……..which playoff bound GM will break and give in to Theo?

    • cubtex

      Which GM will break for Schierholtz Gregg or DeJesus? Lol. These are not big trade chips.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Some last minute dead line deals….

        Doyle Alexander for prospect John Smoltz….

        Larry Anderson for prospect Jeff Bagwell…..

        those guys were not major trade chips either!

        • Brp921

          Doyle Alexander won almost 200 games and was a difference maker for Detroit that year.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            John Smoltz is heading to the HOF !

          • Brp921

            Yeah, no doubt about it but in 1987 he was a minor league pitcher drafted in the 22nd round. Great trade for the Braves now, but at the time Detroit was getting a bigger name than Dejesus, Gregg Or Schierholtz.

        • daverj

          The Bagwell deal was made in a different world … the top prospect for middle reliever deals don’t happen anymore.

  • Denver Mike

    I’m never going to win this because I have been far too jaded by Shark’s recent performances, but here it goes:

    7 Ks

    Tiebreakers
    1) 4ER
    2) 6H
    3) 4BB
    4) 0HR
    5) 4-3 Brew Crew

    Edited at 6:06 Mountain

    • Brp921

      You forgot strikeouts

      • Denver Mike

        Hahaha, I never read instructions!

      • Denver Mike

        Didn’t get my own timezone right either, rough Monday!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Well, guess what … you won. Please email your address to neil@chicagocubsonline.com

      • Denver Mike

        Go figure huh? I can’t even win on scratch tickets, so I must have been due. Thank you Shark, and more importantly thanks Neil!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re more than welcome

    • Brp921

      Never mind about the strikeouts lol.

      • Denver Mike

        Lol, I was just thinking about that! Good looking out Brp, you can borrow it when I’m done!

        • Brp921

          Congrats!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The contest is closed … no more entries will be allowed

  • John_CC

    9 Ks
    1) 2 ER
    2) 7 H
    3) 2 BB
    4) 0
    5) 3 – 2 Cubs

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Yahoo Sports saying A-Rod will get a 2 year suspension.

    • Denver Mike

      I wonder if the Yankees can appeal and ask for more … I’m sure they would if they could!

      • Brp921

        Braun got off easy!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with a single to left. Good adjustment by Lake between the two at bats.

  • cubtex

    Does anyone know where the Cubs rank with RISP as a team? Can’t imagine a team that’s worse.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cubs rank 29th in baseball with a .226 avg with RISP before tonight. Pirates are last at .222

      • cubtex

        Thank you for that info Neil

  • Denver Mike

    I started to write this last night, but the girlfriend came home so….ya know.

    With all of the position prospects ranked so high in our system, I have been thinking a lot about pitching. With many thinking 2015 will be the first time we try to make a legitimate push for the playoffs, here is how I see us stacking up based on what we have on the roster currently:

    #1 – Open
    #2 – Open
    #3 – Shark
    #4 – EJax
    #5 – Wood

    I expect we can fill one of the two open spots via FA, or more likely a trade, so I look within the upper levels of our own system for answers on who can be a #1 or #2, and I find…..

    AAA
    Rusin – looks good, but most certainly not a 1/2, likely headed for the bullpen (not to mention I always confuse him with Raley)
    Raley – (or is it Rusin?) don’t know much about him but also seems destined for the pen from what I read
    Loux – Based on his walks, I’m gonna say BP (not Batting Practice mind you…I hope)
    Arrieta – Could be a top end guy, but I’m not ready to put any bets down
    Grimm – I just haven’t seen enough to say

    AA
    Jokisch – Looks like if he cuts down his walks (and longballs) he could be something
    Hendricks – Can’t complain about anything I see here, but doesn’t get much press so his upside must be more of a #3?
    Cabrera – See Jokisch
    Beeler – See Jokisch/Cabrera
    Rhee – The most intriguing of the guys on this list from what I can tell … any scouts out there want to offer an opinion?

    Faces change so quickly with this team that I won’t consider anyone below AA for 2015 right now. So I ask those more informed than I, who do we turn to? Is there a potential #1/#2 guy on this list, or maybe someone I am overlooking? I figure if there was someone with that potential I would think they would get more press around here.

    I’m not in love with what it might cost to get Price, but assuming he can fill one of the two open spots at the top, who else do we want to see up there with him? I’d love to start mixing up a batch of 2015 Kool-Aid now (extra sweet or course), but need some reasons to start drinking!

    Any thoughts?

    • Denver Mike

      Rhee’s line tonight: 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks

      Not too shabby

      • Tom U

        Rhee used to be a flamethrower prior to his TJ surgery. He now sits in the low to mid 90’s with a decent breaking pitch.

    • Brp921

      How about Matt Loosen or Pierce Johnson in the three hole moving Shark up a spot or possibly even two. Viscaino might be a long shot. Hopefully we can get a young stud in a trade.

      • Denver Mike

        Loosen, although he has struggled during his first taste of AA ball, was lights out before the promotion so he does appear to be a possibility.

        I have liked what I’ve seen from Johnson as well. I guess because he is still at Daytona I didn’t really give him much consideration, but like many advanced college pitchers could probably make the jump from AA if he was lighting the world on fire.

        There is still time for development so they are definitely two to keep an eye on.

        • Brp921

          Johnson may be a mid year call up in 15.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Price is a free agent in 2016…so his first year as a Cub would be 2017……Cubs not ready now to sign any big time F/A starting pitchers…will see more signings as we saw last two years…..guys who are rebounding their careers……….if Rays would trade Price, Cubs need to give up Almora, Baez to start off…..and maybe a Johnson……I am not for that…..neither would Theo……..lets wait & see how the Cubs do the next two years……many our big prospects will not arrive until 2016…..long way to go…..but if Theo wants to speed up the rebuilding process, trade Samardzija for two or three top starting pitching prospects.

      • Denver Mike

        I don’t expect Price to ever hit FA. The Rays don’t ever let anyone of value walk away for nothing so I fully expect them to trade him for prospects before that deal is up, and you are correct the price tag will be very large.

      • daverj

        Price is a free agent after the 2015 season.

  • Tom U

    Thanks to Neil for doing such a great job on the Down on the Farm report. Just begining to settle down right now after a very busy day.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thanks Tom

  • CubbyDenCritic

    CBS Sports John Heyman is reporting that Samardzija is on the trade table,and if any team wants him, the opposing GM has to let Theo choose the opposing players in the entire farm system

  • cubtex

    Geovani Soto walk off HR in bottom 9th. Ex Cubs with walk offs all over baseball.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      A.J hit one before that….bailed out Garza from a loss.

      • cubtex

        I was watching

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Soto hitting 210…….who did we get for him?

          • cubtex

            I think it ended up to be Barret Loux

          • calicub

            boardrider?

          • J Daniel

            Mia

    • paulcatanese

      See my reply to you above:)

  • Denver Mike

    Not the best steal choice by Lake, but at first glance I feel like they missed the tag.

    • paulcatanese

      Could not get the game, but have seen Lake in his steal attempts.
      He certainly has the speed, but like most that are just up from the minors he still is learning to read the pitchers and has some trouble with the jumps to steal. He will learn , quickly.

  • RynoTiger

    I think Junior Lake should run the bunting tournament next spring training and how the others how to really bunt for a hit.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Cubs Video guy will be disappointed he is losing his spring gig.

    • paulcatanese

      He does bunt well, and so does Borbon, (if he’s still around) they could give a clinic from both sides of the plate.
      Don’t know how much good it would do as I don’t think the Cubs are that much into it.

  • Tom U

    I’m not sure if it was reported here, but Brett Jackson was the DH tonight in Tennessee’s 8-4 victory. Jackson was 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Arismendy Alcantara was 3-4 with 4 RBI.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Cardinals pitching in a tail spin……that’s too bad.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Denver Mike is tonight’s winner. Check back tomorrow tonight for the second contest.

  • Thomas D

    Just got off work and see its been a pitchers duel, is that right or are the stats not showing right?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cubs wasted numerous chances. Samardzija pitched a good game.

      • Thomas D

        As usual thanks neil always keeping us updated

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          You’re welcome. Samardzija looked very good tonight.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    We can sweep the World Series Champs in their stadium…but we cannot beat the last place PED using Brewers in our field!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 5-0 to the #Brewers on Monday night – Jeff
    Samardzija: 0R, 3H, 2BB, 7K in 7IP (109 pitches, 65 strikes)

    Anthony Rizzo: 2-3, BB; Junior Lake: 2-4; Pedro Strop: 5R, 3H, 1BB, 1K in 0.1 IP; Cubs: 1-8 RISP, 9 LOB