Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Nationals – 08/21/13

Game One Hundred Twenty-Six: Cubs (54-71) vs. Nationals (61-65)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 185/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.69/0.69/4.04, 2-2, 4.91/1.39) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85/1.03/2.90)

The Cubs will try to get back on the winning track tonight behind Jake Arrieta. While the Nationals pounded out 14 hits on Tuesday night, the Cubs were still in position to win the game. But the offense has not figured out how to score runs without hitting the ball out of the park.

The Cubs have scored 12 of their 13 runs over the first two games of this series on seven home runs. The Cubs have hit 136 home runs this season, which ranks them second in the National League, just one longball short of the 137 they hit all of last season. The problem has been all season that if they are not hitting the ball out of the park, then they are not scoring. The team has scored 25 runs over their last 10 home games, and 18 of those 25 runs were scored in two games.

The Cubs have really struggled at home this season. The Cubs are 3-14 in their last 17 games at Wrigley and the biggest problem is the lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. The Cubs are 4-for-37 (.108) with RISP over the first eight games of the current 10-game homestand.

While Junior Lake has been one of the bright spots of late for the team, Lake’s 40 hits since July 19 lead all rookies, Anthony Rizzo looks totally lost at the plate. Rizzo is hitting only .174 with RISP this season, last in the big leagues for players with a minimum of 100 at bats with runners in scoring position.

While the Cubs try to figure out how to plate runners that are on base and in scoring position, tonight it all starts with Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta is coming off an excellent outing against the Cardinals in just his second start in a Cubs’ uniform. Arrieta threw strikes and shut down a very good Cardinals’ lineup for seven innings. Arrieta allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out seven.

Arrieta has struggled with his consistency in his career and tonight will be a good test for him against a team that is familiar with him.

Jake Arrieta has not faced the Nationals this season but is 0-1 in four career starts with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP … last year Arrieta had two no decisions in two starts versus the Nationals with a 1.38 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP (11 hits, two walks and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings).

Nationals Career Numbers against Jake Arrieta

  • Ian Desmond – 2-for-10 with a home run and a walk
  • Scott Hairston – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Bryce Harper – 4-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Adam LaRoche – 0-for-6 with two walks
  • Steve Lombardozzi – 0-for-2
  • Wilson Ramos – 2-for-5 with two walks
  • Denard Span – 2-for-5 with a walk
  • Kurt Suzuki – 1-for-4 with a double and a walk
  • Jayson Werth – 1-for-2
  • Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-9

Ross Ohlendorf has been on the DL since August 1 with right shoulder inflammation. Prior to his stint on the disabled list, the former Pirates’ starter gave up one run on six hits to the Mets over seven innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Ohlendorf pitched rather well for the Nationals in his 10 appearances this year.

Ohlendorf makes his third start of the season tonight and his first since July 26. The Cubs must make Ohlendorf work, the exact opposite game plan that was previously used against Ohlendorf.

Ross Ohlendorf is a perfect 2-0 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 2.75 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Ohlendorf dominated the Cubs last year as a member of the Padres staff and has three no decisions to show for this three career starts at Wrigley Field (5.06 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Ross Ohlendorf

  • Darwin Barney (.233) – 3-for-8 with a double
  • Brian Bogusevic (.324) – 1-for-6 with a double and two walks
  • Starlin Castro (.291) – 3-for-15 with two triples and a walk
  • Dioner Navarro (.285) – 1-for-1
  • Cody Ransom (.250) – two walks
  • Anthony Rizzo (.254) – 0-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Rizzo 1B
    Lake CF
    Schierholtz RF
    Murphy 3B
    Bogusevic LF
    Barney 2B
    Castillo C
    Arrieta P

    • Ripsnorter1

      Rizzo batting second…..what?
      DUH!

      One has to admit it: Murphy is playing way, way, way over his MiL stats.
      In fact, this is his best year in professional ball for power.

      AAA Iowa: 12 HR + 7 MLB HR = 19 taters thus far.
      Currently slugging .854. VERY NICE.

      Previous best:
      2004 6 MLB HR + 10 MiL HR = 16 taters
      2006 14 MiL HR + 0 MLB HR = 14 taters.

      Congrats to Donnie Murphy, aged 30.

  • Dorasaga

    I’ll be ripsnorter1′s REincarnation for this post, and show Cubs fans something completed unrelated to this game:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=330821126

    The BoSox just became nasty guests by making a slaughter house out of the least home-run possible park in baseball–the telecomm park of Bay Area. With whom? A group of young, unheard talent pool. Doubront batting ninth and into the eighth, Middlebrook, Nava, and oh, I don’t know them!

    I sooo want the Cubs to be in there position a year from now. That’s not too much to dream, am I?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with #19

  • texcubnut

    Rizzo!! That’s a good sign!

    • cubtex

      It is long overdue for Rizzo to be taken out of middle of the lineup. Hopefully he can relax a little more now. If it were me, he wouldn’t hit 3,4,5 the rest of the year. Let him get some success and confidence first. He could always be tried there again at some point next year but don’t rush it. The last 37 or so games just get him to hit and not think.

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

      3-5, he needs to finish strong and I believe he will. When rosters expand some of the glare will be removed from him and I think he will be better. Also I think some of the young guys like Ha are better than what we have now. I expect that when he is playing with other players that are less than mediocre he will do much better. Hard to get jacked up when you’re a 2nd year player and the best hitter in a team.

  • Dorasaga

    This is turning into a looong game.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Both walks Arrieta issued in the second scored

  • RickinMSP

    Looks like we are seeing the pitcher the Orioles gave up on.

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

      Tonight we are. Last week we certainly didn’t. Hopefully he can become consistent. To me success next year depends a lot on him.

      • cubtex

        God help us one and all if you are banking on the success of the Chicago National League ballclub next year on one Jake Arrieta.

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

          Absolutely I am. If he can conaistently pitch like e is capable we could be much improved next year. I think working with Bosio has a good chance of helping him reach his potential. He’s got loads of talent. Just needs to be the pitcher from last week more than the pitcher from last night.

          • cubtex

            Arrieta won’t make or break next season. IF he makes the rotation it will be as a back end guy. I know we all want to get excited about every little thing because there is so much mediocrity on the mlb level but look at Arrieta’s track record. He had some very good starts in Baltimore too…..but he had too many like last night. They need several offensive upgrades to even come close to .500 next year. This team is still several years away.

          • cubtex

            I love these man crushes you get on these players :) Loux, Arrieta, Hendricks, etc. You have called all 3 of these aces at some point over the last couple of weeks or months :) I would be happy if any of them turned into a decent back end guy.

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

            Potential or “can be,” has always preceded ace. And I din’t remember saying that about Loux. I have said he can be a good MLB pitcher if he stays healthy, but I don’t believe I called him a potential ace like Hendricks or Arietta…

          • cubtex

            You did but I don’t care. I love the passion you have as a fan. I get a kick out of all your posts. Don’t change! I wish all my employees were as positive as you are about our Cubs. I do a motivational meeting once a week for my employees and have them all set goals weekly, quarterly and yearly. You can’t get everything you want in life with a positive attitude….but you will get more out of life with a positive attitude than a negative one!

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

            Thanks Ray! I love to hear that. I’m pretty much an eternal optimist. Sometimes I can be a bit naive but I try to focus on the good in situations and in people. I just believe it’s a choice and I’m a lot happier doing so. Very little in this world is under my control anyway, just how I choose to react to it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just hit a 3-run HR

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs turn a 5-6-3 double play

  • CubbyDenCritic

    6-1 Nationals…..I picked the wrong night of stop sniffing glue.

    • triple

      I enjoy the Airplane references

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Dempster is taking his 5 days suspension as a Man….not protesting it at all.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Watkins into the game with Villanueva in a double switch in the fifth

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a pitch from Villanueva … 57 mph eephus pitch

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Only weeks away until we see…….Ha, Vitters, Jackson, Raley, Coleman, and “Special Guest Star” Scott Baker.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a BOMB onto Sheffield … that was a SHOT

    • CubbyDenCritic

      The word “Bomb” is not safe to say these days in public forums…….next thing you know, FBI will knock your door down, SWAT teams with their red gun lazers on you and some dog barking in your face………just say the word “smash” when describing a long HR.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I will keep that in mind …

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Neil, are you looking out the window now?….check if your phone is tapped.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo #20

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Many predicted 25-30 range for Rizzo.

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

        I think 25 is a safe bet.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs scored a run on a base hit

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Who will be the 2014 starters for the Cubs?…….Samardzija, Jackson, Wood, Arrieta, Rusin, Villaunueva………others to think of….Baker, Cabrera, Hendricks, ……..need to upgrade this staff with either free agency or trades…….if free agency, look more of cheap pick ups similar of Feldman signings……if trades, then look for a star player getting moved.

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

      Arrieta
      Vizcaino
      Shark
      Hendricks
      Wood/EJax

      • Denver Mike

        Haha, it never hurts to think outside of the box boardrider. Somehow I don’t think Wood/EJax ill be duking it out for the #5 spot. I personally think 2014 will look something like

        Shark
        EJax
        Wood
        FA
        Rusin/Arrieta/Hendricks

        I’m not saying they will perform in that order but sometime salary dictates your roster spot (EJax).

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

          You are probably right. But I predict Arietta will continue to benefit from working with Bosio and come in and make his presence known in spring training. I believe he will be near the top of our rotation.

          I also see Vizcaino in there, at least by June or July. And if he’s there it means he’s healthy and can handle it and if he’s healthy and can handle it he’s the best pitcher on the team.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Anthony Rizzo (24) second youngest Cubs left-handed hitter to reach 20 HRs in a season since 1900. Billy Williams (23) hit 25 in 1961.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Getting mention with the likes of Billy Williams is an accomplishment.

    • cubtex

      I am trying to think of any other young lefthand hitters from 1970 on. Palmero( he wasn’t juicing yet) Choi, Mel Hall, Scott Thompson, Damon Berryhill(switch, does that count?) any others anyone can think of?

      • Bredstik

        Dwight Smith?

        • cubtex

          The great Pete LaCock.

          • Brp921

            The son of Peter Marshall Host of Hollywood Squares.

          • cubtex

            Trivia question for those under 35 years of age. Who is Pete LaCock’s father? His name and profession?

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

            The Hollywood Squares dude from back in the day! Peter Lacock

          • cubtex

            1/2 right. brp got it

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Look below …

      • Bredstik

        Mark Grace – not sure why I didn’t think of him immediately.

        Rick Wilkins.

        • cubtex

          Brooks Kieschnick, Corey Patterson

          • Bredstik

            Nice. What about Derrick May & Davey Martinez?

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

          Poor Hee Sop. Man zhe looked promising before that disaster run in with Woody. He was never the same.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        And there’s another one of the many problems that has existed for the Cubs.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I just wonder if Theo is making progress with his “Theo Program” in the minor league system……by reading reports, I see besides Alcantara, an OF named Silva is making great strides……..I wonder if Tom U. can make a ranking of position players and pitchers in the Cubs minor league system some time in the future……I like to see who is ranked ahead of other players.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      We have a lot planned when the minor league season is over.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just went deep again … 4-for-4 on the night, so far, with two HR and a RBI single

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Next April, Iowa….then Wrigley by July.

      • GaryLeeT

        As a player that has already done very well in a full spring training with the big league club, I am expecting Baez to get a look see with the Chicago Cubs this September.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Gary, I don’t think that will happen and it has more to do with the roster than his performance. Baez is not on the 40-man roster and does not have to be added to the roster this winter. The front office could use that roster spot this off-season in a better way and see what happens in the spring.

    • Dorasaga

      I hope for a Youtube vid uploaded…

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I think there is a White Sox fan here giving the thumbs down tonight……….it seems they cannot give a educated reply on their argument why they think different.

  • Dorasaga

    Well, that was a long inning. I’m glad Bowden kept the team in the game, at least.

  • Brp921

    That ball should have been caught.

  • cubtex

    Typical Russell. Bring up Rosscup

  • Bredstik

    I’m sure we all saw that Hairston SHOT coming…

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yep …

      • RynoTiger

        unfortunately, Dale just isn’t showing growth and learning as a manager. we as fans know that Russell should not face right handed hitters, but Dale still uses him like that and it’s not gone well at all. I’d be fine with dumping Dale now.

  • Denver Mike

    James Russell is just terrible

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

    What in the heck is Russell doing facing righties late in a tie ballgame?

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

      And now why mess around in the 8th of a game that looks like we could get back in? Strop-Gregg…

    • triple

      I’m glad I forgot to set the dvr to record today’s game, especially since I wanted to get a look at Arietta. And James Russell should never face any righties any more – period.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Its Rondon vs. Rendon

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez just drove in his fifth run of the night with a sac fly

  • Dorasaga

    Clippard has this football throw. Watching his mechanics only made this game less bearable, because we know he’s been so good for so long, and of course, the inning ended with a Castro free-swing linedrive towards the short.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 11-6 to the Nationals
    on Wednesday night – Jake Arrieta: 6R, 5H, 4BB, 5K in 4IP (78 pitches, 44
    strikes)

    Rizzo: 3-4, 2 HR, 3RBI, BB; Lake: 2-5, 2B, R; Schierholtz: 2-5, R;
    Murphy: 2-5, RBI; Russell/Rondon: 5R, 5H, 2BB, 2K, 3IP

  • GaryLeeT

    The worst pen in the NL hold true to form.

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