Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 07/24/13

Game Ninety-Nine: Cubs (44-54) vs. Diamondbacks (52-48)

  • Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Chase Field, Phoenix

Jeff Samardzija (6-9, 3.91/1.28) vs. Ian Kennedy (3-7, 5.29/1.39)

The Cubs will shoot to get back in the win column tonight behind Jeff Samardzija as the trade rumors continue to surround the team.

Luis Valbuena and Nate Schierholtz are expected back in the starting lineup tonight with Ian Kennedy on the hill. The Cubs face lefty Wade Miley on Thursday. The Cubs have not hit with runners in scoring position on the trip and until they do it does not matter how many home runs they hit because the losses will continue to mount.

Tonight is a rematch of the game at Wrigley back on June 1. Ian Kennedy beat Jeff Samardzija on that Saturday night and Samardzija ran his mouth too much according to Kirk Gibson and Matt Williams. Samardzija can silence the D-Backs’ coaching staff tonight with a long, effective outing and a victory.

David DeJesus could return to the starting lineup tonight. The Cubs are expected to evaluate DeJesus early in the day to see if he is ready to come back from the DL. Unless a trade is made, look for Dave Sappelt to be sent out to make room on the active roster for DeJesus. Junior Lake should remain in the starting lineup. Could he give Alfonso Soriano a breather and make his first career start in left field?

Tonight it all starts with Jeff Samardzija

After a rocky start in Colorado, Jeff Samardzija settled down and put together a good outing his last time out. Samardzija seemed to be struggling with this mechanics over the first four innings but once he found a consistent release point he threw strikes. Samardzija ended up with his best performance in three starts. Samardzija allowed one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

The Cubs need for Samardzija to finish the season strong, his first start following the break was a positive step in that direction. Samardzija is 1-2 in his last three starts with a 7.50 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.

Jeff Samardzija is 4-5 in 10 road starts this season with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP and will get his second look of the season tonight at the Diamondbacks.

Jeff Samardzija rubbed Kirk Gibson and the Diamondbacks the wrong way when he faced them at Wrigley back on June 1. Samardzija ran his mouth according to Gibson and left in the seventh after allowing three runs on seven hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts. The Cubs were embarrassed on that Saturday night after the Carlos Marmol and the pen imploded and surrendered 11 runs in the last three innings.

Samardzija is 0-1 in seven games, two starts, against Arizona with a 5.63 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP … and at Chase Field, 0-1 in five games, one start, with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.

Diamondbacks Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Paul Goldschmidt – 0-for-5 with two walks
  • Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4 with a double
  • Aaron Hill – 1-for-3
  • Ian Kennedy – 1-for-2
  • Jason Kubel – 1-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Miguel Montero – 3-for-6 with a triple and two walks
  • Wil Nieves – one walk
  • Gerardo Parra – 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks
  • A.J. Pollock – 1-for-3
  • Martin Prado – 1-for-11
  • Cody Ross – 0-for-5 with two walks

Ian Kennedy has had a bad season and many are now wondering if his 2011 season was the exception and not the rule. Kennedy has dropped his last three games but put together a quality start his last time out. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts to the Giants. The D-Backs gave him zero run support and he was hung with the loss.

Ian Kennedy is 0-3 in his last four starts with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP and will face the Cubs for the second time this season.

One of Kennedy’s better starts and one of his three wins came at the Cubs expense at Wrigley back on June 1. Kennedy allowed four runs on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in seven innings. For his career, Kennedy is 3-2 against the Cubs in seven starts with a 6.65 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Ian Kennedy

  • Darwin Barney – 3-for-12 with a walk
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-6
  • Starlin Castro – 6-for-18 with two doubles and a triple
  • Dioner Navarro – 1-for-9
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Dave Sappelt – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Nate Schierholtz – 4-for-16 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 6-for-13 with a double, three home runs and three walks
  • Luis Valbuena – 1-for-10 with a double and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs activated David DeJesus from the 15-day DL and optioned Dave Sappelt to Triple-A Iowa

  • 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

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I found it interesting that the Dbacks have been competitive this year, despite only 1 starter with a winning record (the guy who beat us yesterday). Every other starter has a losing, and in some cases pretty poor, record.
    Shows you the power of having a #1 ace!

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

      And a bullpen perhaps… I haven’t looked at their stats but they’ve got to e getting some pitching from somewhere other than 1 starter. But you are right that a dominant ace is very valuable. It’s been a while since we’ve had one and not a lot of prospects to run with that mantle anytime soon. Was Zambrano our most recent?

      • daverj

        The DBacks bullpen is a mess. Putz, Bell and Hernandez have been blowing games all season like the Cubs pen.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Dempster was close, as was Lilly in the division champ years of 2007-2008, but both always struck me as great complimentary #2s at best. Garza has #1 stuff, but overall history says he is a #2, but he sure pitched like a #1 for us this year! I was a Rich Harden fanboy, and he had #1 stuff, but couldn’t stay healthy.
        So I would say big Z was the last true #1, when he was in his prime years for us. I would have to say Prior in 2003 and Wood both could share #1 status, but Prior had the better statistical year. Except for a freak year from Lieber, I think you have to go all the way back to Maddux in the early 90s. Sutcliffe before that. Lots of gaps there…that explains the lack of championships, I think.

        • paulcatanese

          You pretty well summed it up, good post. I was amazed at the success that Harden had for a short time. And Wood and Prior were fantastic, two number ones, should have carried the Cubs over the hump, but?

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I blame AGon for booting the grounder. But I digress…2004 was the Cubs Dream Team…should have made us forget about 2003, with adding Maddux and Nomar and DLee. Ok…I am going to go cry in a fetal position for a few minutes.

        • John_CC

          Sorry, but none of those pitcher were true aces. Demo was really good in 2008 but not an ace. Z had the stuff but never harnessed everything at once, he had half season when he looked like he was putting it together but never made it happen. Z was not an ace. Prior was the closest the Cubs have come, he had it all, he was an ace, but alas…

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I didn’t say Demp was an Ace…said he was a #2 at best.

            Sorry, but Z was an ace. His best 5 yr period he averaged 15 wins, era in the 3′s, and WAR avg of 5+ per season. So, yeah, a bit more than just half a season.
            Kerry Wood had 2 Ace seasons…1998 and 2003. Sutcliffe was most definitely an Ace in 1984…16-1 record means you are pretty much dominant. I assume I don’t have to explain Maddux’s resume. Have a good night.

          • Denver Mike

            Respectfully disagree on Z…I watched easily over 50% of his starts over his career, and all anyone ever talked about was “if” he could put it together, and he never did. It’s easy to look back on stats in retrospect, and forget how he fell apart every time something bad happened, and how you could never count on him in a big game. #2 maybe, but not an Ace by a long shot.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            maybe it is the definition of “Ace”. If my best pitcher can beat the other teams’ best pitchers more often than he loses to them, then I think he is an Ace. Which is precisely what Z did. Should he have won 20 games a few of those seasons…sure. But because he didn’t reach his full potential doesn’t mean that 85% of Zambrano wasn’t still better than the vast majority of other pitchers in the league during that period of 2004-2008.

          • Denver Mike

            I want my Ace to start game #1 of the World Series, most of the time Z couldn’t even hold it together on Opening Day. Z in the playoffs? 5 starts, 29IP, 0 wins, 2 losses, 4.34 ERA, 1.483 WHIP

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I give up…can’t have a rational argument with irrational points of view.

            Z was 22 years old for 3 of those starts, in which he gave up most of the runs leading to that misleading ERA playoff stat. In 2007 and 2008, he gave up 1 run and 3 runs in his 2 playoff starts, respectively.
            I will take Z. You can have your fictional World Series pitcher.

          • Denver Mike

            FYI…just because I disagree with your point doesn’t make mine less rational. I still have a Zambrano jersey hanging in my closet (wore it to the Cubs/Rox game last weekend), I’m just not going to reminisce and pretend he was better than he was.

            It’s okay if you don’t want to engage in a friendly debate, just don’t get all hurt about it. Zambrano is probably hanging out on a beach in Venezuela right now if you wanna go celebrate the glory days with a Mojito.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            it was an irrational point because you used a misleading stat that you either didn’t research, or that you knew was misleading and posted it anyway. As if all “Aces” were incredible in the playoffs at 22 and in their first full season.

            5 straight easons with over 14 wins is awesome…doubt there were even 5 other pitchers in all of MLB that matched that production during that same period. Hardly reminiscing when the facts speak for themselves. It’s ok…you can have the last word if it makes you feel smarter.

          • Denver Mike

            You are an angry little man, perhaps if Z kept his head screwed on straight and went deeper than 6.1 IP in that “gem” he threw in 2008 (he gave up 7R, 4 were unearned) we wouldn’t have to hand it over to the dregs of the bullpen, who proceeded to give up 4 more runs in a game we were actually still in at the time. Ace indeed.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            You know this is a mssg board, right…you can’t actually see me? What’s next, fat mom jokes?

            You seem to be the angry guy…especially angry at ol Z for some reason. As if the Cubs are division winners in 2007 and 2008 without him…nope.

            If I remember, 2 pretty good pitchers named Prior and Wood threw up all over the field in games #6&7 in 2003. You know, the games that could have taken Cubs to the WS. But yeah…makes sense to save the vitriol for Z.

          • Denver Mike

            Till next time then I guess … hopefully then I can “win the internet” or whatever that means.

          • John_CC

            Sorry dude, but now are being irrational. D Mike already stated the basis of his argument and number of wins per season does not make an ace. And snide comments are lame, Mike has done nothing but present his argument in a very rational and polite manner. It’s a blog, man.

          • daverj

            If I get a vote in this … I don’t think Zambrano ever qualified as an Ace. He topped out as a good #2 with Ace potential that was never reached.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            While I disagree, you certainly do get a vote, and since you seem neither drunk nor irrational, I believe you have just won the internet. Congrats!

          • John_CC

            I might be drunk but Denver Mike is nothing if not rational in his argument.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Probably drunk, then. :)

          • John_CC

            Didn’t I already say that?

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            you typed “might be”…I was just confirming for ya.

          • John_CC

            Lol!

          • John_CC

            My sentiments exactly.

          • John_CC

            I didn’t see that you had Sutcliffe and Maddux at the end of your post. Maddux was the best pitcher of his era and one of the best pitchers ever to play. Sutcliffe was an ace, but now we are going way back.

            I will not apologize for Zambrano, like I said, he had everything it took except the head that it takes to put it all together. There is a big difference between putting up dominant numbers, which he did, and being a true ace in my book. There are not a lot of real aces pitching every year, I do not consider every dominant #1 pitcher an ace. Z got rattled and lost “it” way to often. He was never consistent. He never made me feel confident that the Cubs would certainly be in ever fame he started. Those are ace qualities and he didn’t have them because he was erratic. I just do not agree.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija does a good job getting out of the jam … with a little help from Angel Hernandez

  • JeffD

    Boy, after reading the article on the Trib website about Soriano taking 2 or 3 days to mull over a trade, I can’t help but think we’ve got ourselves another Ryan Dempster situation …

    • Denver Mike

      But how does one decide who to believe? Go to ESPN and the headline reads “Willing To Move …Alfonso Soriano says he would approve a trade to the Yankees if the Cubs can cut a deal” I’m not losing any sleep, I assure you that.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samardzija is looking good after the first inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo drives in another run. New stance is working well.

  • cubtex

    Congrats to Matt Garza! 7.1 IP 1 unearned run. I hope he helps Texas get over the hump!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Right there with you … it was good to see him pitch well and receive the ovation when he left the field.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake with another double and another RBI

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I think that Junior Lake will never see Iowa again…….

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Braves Hudson out for the season…..I wonder what the Braves would pay for Samardzija?….and how much more would the Diamondbacks pay not to have the Braves get him?

    • John_CC

      Beachy is coming back next week and will be an upgrade over Hudson. They don’t need Shark.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Schierholtz should bring us a top prospect pitcher…..

    • Denver Mike

      In a right handed world

    • daverj

      No he won’t. Maybe a low-middle end prospect.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a 3-run shot to right

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Maybe a Villanueva, Russell, Schierholtz trade to the Braves can net a few top prospects!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I had the Braves & Rays in the World Series…..I also had the Cubs with 88 wins….but with Junior Lake in town now, it cold still happen!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Think what Theo can do if he had Samardzija on the market and Arizona & Atlanta, both consider to be the favorites, trying to outbid each other.

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

      Put him out there! Do it…

    • daverj

      I think we’d get a lot less than many fans expect. Maybe the DBacks would deal Skaggs and Delgado for Shark, but that would likely be the upper limit (DBacks might not even do that).

      Who would you want from the Braves? Alex Wood would have to be in the package. Who else?

  • Denver Mike

    Ugh…I am not trying to be sour on a night where we have a 6-0 lead in the 5th, but Shark is still driving me nuts. 80+ pitches though 5IP?!? He really has to learn to keep the walks down, as he will never be a #2 (his ceiling IMO) if he can’t consistently be counted on for 7IP at a minimum.

    • Denver Mike

      Keep picking at those corners……..

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Ump blew that strike call….Angel Hernandez is brutal.

        • Denver Mike

          Then don’t give him the chance and quit picking at the corners, Maddux (unfair comparison I know) was the master at adapting to the zone the ump gave him on any given night. By the 2nd/3rd inning he knew the calls he was going to get, and pitched there. Shark can get that bull-headed mentality sometimes and it just gets him into trouble.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    This is why Samardzija will never be an “Ace”…..he needs to forget bad calls and be a pitcher……and his pitch count is high in every game…….sooner or later, the arm is going to fall off.

    • Tbarker

      Power pitchers all have high pitch counts………why? They strike guys out. Tale a look at the pitch counts for Verlander, Kershaw, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Harvey etc

      • Denver Mike

        I agree, but you can pencil in every single one of those pitchers for 7+ innings every time out which is why they are Aces. Samardzija…not so much

        • Tbarker

          The only one of those mentioned who has more innings is Kershaw and he is the best pitcher on the planet right now. Samardzija has the stuff to become an ace, will he, it is yet to be determined.

          • Denver Mike

            Actually, every one of those pitchers has more innings than Shark right now except Verlander, and his track record leads me to give him the benefit off the doubt. On top of that, Scherzer, Bumgarner, Harvey, and Kershaw all have sub-3.0 ERA and sub-1.0 WHIP which puts them on a different level entirely. I would trade Shark and a top 5 prospect (minimum) for any one of those guys outside of Verlander, and that’s only because he is already 30 years old with almost 1700 inning on that arm.

          • Tbarker

            Define more??

            Scherzer 137.2
            Samardzija 137
            Harvey 137
            Bumgarner 132

            Now, do you want to talk about lifetime innings? This does not only mean MLB, Samardzija has the least of all of them, age is inconsequential in this case.

          • Denver Mike

            I misread on Shark because I thought he had 21 starts vs. 20 for the rest of those guys … my bad. Regardless, after tonight Shark has a 3.94 ERA vs. sub-3 for the rest of the pack. I still root for Shark every time out, and will continue to do so the rest of his Cubs career, I was just looking for him to take a step forward this year and he hasn’t so far.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            At least we agree on Shark…that’s something I guess.

          • Denver Mike

            Do I get a t-shirt?

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Yes. It says “I’m not really irrational, the high altitude just makes me light-headed”
            Not the greatest shirt, but I think it works on you. (and it is in Cubs colors)

          • Denver Mike

            Now THAT is funny! I’ll take it!

          • Tbarker

            Certainly, I am not suggesting he is as good as those guys, today. His case is different than most pitchers. He threw very little in High school and College. He just developed his slider last year as a secondary pitch. His change up is still a work in progress but is slowly becoming a third pitch. His ERA does not tell the story of his development. The bullpen has allowed an inordinate amount of runs. He has every tool to be an ace, time will tell.

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

    Hate to woulda, shoulda, coulda…but u have to wonder what the Garza sweepstakes might have looked like after Hudson’s injury tonight. Would the Braves have entered hot and heavy? Oh well, too bad for Tim. He seems like a good dude. And sort of the last man standing from the “big 3,” days of the A’s.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      I said earlier….Samardzija can be had…..which would bring Arizona into the mix……

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

        I hope so. You have to think it would be a top package.

        If the D-Backs would give up Bradley and another prospect or two I would pull the trigger. Bradley looks like a future ace.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          At least 4-5 top prospects….3 at least in the top six farm system……based what we got for Garza, and Shark is under control for 2 more years…..Theo needs to be blown away.

        • daverj

          I don’t think AZ would deal Bradley straight up for Shark. I sure wouldn’t if I were them.

      • Denver Mike

        I can’t believe for a second they are any more likely to give up the Skaggs/Bradley package tonight than they were 3 weeks ago. If anything are still laughing…

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

          I’d take one of them plus some guys from lower in the system. Getting both of those guys is a tad unreasonable.

  • RynoTiger

    uh oh..I think The Shark is ready to walk over and punch Barney. Barney’s gonna become The Shark’s Gatorade jug.

    • paulcatanese

      I realize the Shark is highly competitive, but he(Shark) should realize that their are cameras out there, and that was brought up by the MLB announcers, and that is a no, no. Never show up the teammate, especially on National TV.
      Barney could come back and let the Shark know that if he didn’t let someone hit the ball, the error wouldn’t have happened.
      They also praised the Shark and said he easily could become an Ace, if and when he can channel those emotions towards his pitching, and he can’t fail. I agree with that.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Castro has to remember that Lake is in LF now…..Lake can take these flies now and Castro needs ot back off.

    • paulcatanese

      I am sure Castro was reminded of that when Lake threw the ball towards second and Castro cut it, almost took Castro to second base with the force of the throw, now that was classic.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Okay…Barney made another error this season…time to trade him.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I see my friend is back…the guy who sucks his thumb when he not giving me the thumbs down……..keep them coming baby…….LOL

    • Denver Mike

      That’s pretty funny that someone would take the time to do that. I disagree with most of what you say :), but would rather point out why than do it anonymously!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        You know why i like you Denver Mike?…you got “Balls” to argue my points…..not one of these other “Kiss A**” we always see here…….different views always gives thought to a baseball conversation.

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

          I don’t see much a**-kissing here! Which site are you referring to?

          I do see a lot of classy kudos at the end of debates and respect for one anothers opinions.

  • AaronOR

    At what point does the league figure out Junior Lake and he cools off! It has been fun to watch so far!

    • RynoTiger

      Never. Junior Lake is the new Chuck Norris.
      Knock, Knock..Who’s there? Junior Lake. Junior Lake who? Junior Lake is the new Chuck Norris, are you deaf?!

      • CubbyDenCritic

        For a second, I thought we had one of the Zimmerman lawyers here.

        • RynoTiger

          the response needs some work. I don’t think the lawyers stood out enough to have a national personality to make them a good punch line reference.

    • John_CC

      Soon.

      I love the kid too, but you guys are setting yourselves up for major disappointment.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree John with Lake coming down to earth, I just hope it’s not too far. Maybe he is so young that he doesn’t know it’s hard up at the bigs:)

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If you are Theo, he is asking three top prospects in return for Shark….plus two-three more mid level prospects……..you either in the playoffs or out of the playoffs……and Pitching is the Name of the Game!.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I think you are overrating Shark a bit, imo…if Dbacks would give us Collmeinter (sp?) straight up for Shark, I would do it. He had a good year as starter in 2011…seemed a part of the future, then got moved to bullpen in 2012 after faltering, and now good in relief. Reminds me of Sean Marshall…a guy that just needed time to find his groove.

      • bpot92

        You would take a reliever for Shark straight up? I agree about maybe overrattinghim as he needs to learn when to strike guys out vs pitch to contact but O would not do that trade

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          the “reliever” won more games as a starter in his main season as a starter, than Shark ever has. With a better ERA. He also has performed well in the bullpen, both last year and this year. He is also 27, a year younger than Shark. So, yeah, I would take the guy with the better track record. AZ can have the slightly taller guy with the bad mullet with unfulfilled potential.

          • bpot92

            What I am saying is there isnt a GM in this league that would probably trade a 28 year old starter with #2 potential for a solid reliver ( isnt even a closer). The shark has 474 innings pitched vs 199 innings and also advanced stats dont like Coolementer as well as traditional stats do. Remember the Shark is playing on a worse team with worse defense ( according to fangraphs and baseball reference). Also Collementer’s stats 2.68 3.50 4.23 ( ERA FIP XFIP) indicate that he is around the same as Shark but with way fewer innings pitched. Samardzija’s libne is as follows: 3.94 3.67 3.47. Id take the extra 80 innings he has pitched this year ( 55 vs 133) for the same production with a chance to get better if he can learn when the time to strike out a guy and when the time to try and get a quick out is. All I am saying is he has more value than a reliever that is getting slightly lucky in BABIP. Collementer BABIP is .247 which is way above average and probably unsustainable. Is

            The average BABIP for pitchers is around .290 to .300, and pitchers have much less control over their BABIP than batters. To what degree pitchers can influence their BABIPs is still up for debate, but it has been proven that pitchers with high strikeout rates tend to generate weaker contact and, therefore, allow fewer hits on balls in play. The same is generally true of relievers, as they can dial up the intensity over shorter outings.

            Even then, though, high strikeout pitchers still have career BABIPs just slightly lower than the typical .290 to .300 range. Think Justin Verlander (.285 career BABIP) or Clayton Kershaw (.279 career BABIP).

            And if any pitcher is posting an extremely deviant BABIP, expect them to regress toward league average.

            His ground ball rate is also only 30% so that is almost 15% lower than Shark so he is getting somewhat lucky…

  • Denver Mike

    Stick a fork in him

  • CubbyDenCritic

    okay, get him out of there Dale!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Shark will never be an “Ace”…….but he can give the Cubs a big Prospects return in a trade.

    • RynoTiger

      I’ll see your never and raise you a “could be” with time and experience.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    it is getting late boys & girls and all thumb suckers….some of us has to go to work.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Goldschmidt makes it a one-run game in the sixth

    • Denver Mike

      Samardzija is about to go Zambrano-style on someone or something in that dugout

  • Denver Mike

    So it appears Baez continues to rake at AA

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

    Listening on radio, as they came back from the pitching change I fully expected to hear. “Pedro Strop has entered the game.” When Parker was announced I thought, “I don’t agree with this move.” I don’t always like being right.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hate to say this but Parker cannot be used against hitters like Goldschmidt. He just doesn’t have the stuff to face elite hitters.

  • Denver Mike

    Wow, didn’t expect Guerrier to battle back from 3-0 on that one, especially after the leadoff man getting on. Now he seems to have a bit more life on the mound…throwin junk!

  • Denver Mike

    I have no idea so I’m deferring to the gallery, is Sveum overthinking here by bringing Russell in?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I did not think so at the time.

      • Denver Mike

        I was doing a bit too much multi-tasking to make a definitive call … it seemed like Guerrier was a little wild tonight, and in a 1 run game I can understand going with the matchup. But with so much criticism over how he manages the pen, I figured I would rather defer than judge :)

  • RynoTiger

    it’s painful to watch Castillo bat. if we get rid of Navarro, who provides some offense from the Catcher’s position?

    • daverj

      There is not much catching help on the horizon. I think we have to hope Castillo starts to hit.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Schierholtz with a double to left that plated Rizzo

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    just realized I have been calling “Nate Schierholtz” as “Nick”. My bad. I promise to get it correct now. Of course, he will probably be traded tomorrow after his heroics tonight.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the DBacks 7-6 in 12 innings on Wednesday night – Jeff
    Samardzija: 4R, 3ER, 6H, 5BB, 5K in 5.2 IP (118 pitches, 70 strikes), 1-3

    Schierholtz:
    3-6, HR, 5RBI; Rizzo: 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2BB, 3R; Lake: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R; DeJesus:
    2-6, 2B, 2R; Castro: 1-5, BB

  • bpot92

    Is it me or does it seem like Lake is swinging at the first close pitch ALOT. One double and his last ground out, both on the first pitch… Could lead to pitchers throwing something just close enough for him to swing but not close enough to do anything with.

  • SirGladiator

    Looks like Gregg is turning into Marmol, too bad we didn’t trade him when we had the chance, it was pretty easy to see it coming. On the upside, it’s another night of ‘Puig who?’ as Lake completely owned Mr Kennedy….Kennedy. Schierholtz with 5 RBIs, a 3 run bomb, the game winning hit in the 12th, his trade value just skyrocketed, if we want to trade him. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Cubs uniform long term, but if somebody wants him bad enough to way overpay, I’m down with that. Most teams with a 6-0 lead can feel comfortable, but as a Cubs fan you know that a collapse is coming, it never fails, and it sure didn’t tonight. The pleasant change was that after the collapse we kept it together long enough to get the win anyway. I think tonight Barney has played himself off the team, he was never a great hitter but he used to have great defense. His defense is now terrible, he had to go, we’ve got to bring somebody up, or otherwise acquire a 2Bman, this guy is the worst player on our team right now, we just can’t keep him around. But despite all the negatives, there were a lot of positives, the greatest being CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!