Cubs Improve Approach, Play Longball and Beat the Reds – Cubs 8, Reds 4

Game Sixteen: Cubs 8, Reds 4 WP – Edwin Jackson (1-1) LP – Tony Cingrani (1-2) Save – None What Rick Renteria said to his team on Friday worked for at least one day as the Cubs played one of their better games of the season and snapped the team’s five-game skid with a win […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/12/14

Game Eleven – Cubs (4-6) vs. Cardinals (5-5) Game Time – 1:15pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184, 844 Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 4.26/1.58/4.51) vs. Adam Wainwright (1-1, 1.29/1.00/2.24) It’s a quick turnaround for the Cubs after another late finish and extra […]

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Rick Renteria addressed his bullpen, and specifically the closer situation on Saturday morning. After Friday night’s game in which Jose Veras could not find the strike zone and was charged with his second blown save of the season, Renteria said he was going to stick with Veras as his closer. Rick Renteria changed his mind […]

Castillo Crushes the Cardinals – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

Game Ten: Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 – 11 innings WP – Justin Grimm (1-0) LP – Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) Jeff Samardzija finally received some run support and was in line for the win after the Cubs scored two runs in the eighth inning. But Jose Veras blew his second save […]

Cubs Survive the Slugfest and Hammel the Pirates – Cubs 7, Pirates 5

Game Eight – Cubs 7, Pirates 5 WP – Jason Hammel (2-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-2) Save – None On a night with the wind blowing out, the Cubs hung on and beat the Pirates. The Cubs built a 7-1 lead behind an excellent game from the offense and a dominant performance by Jason […]

Cubs Can’t Overcome Edwin Jackson – Pirates 7, Cubs 6

Game Seven – Cubs 6, Pirates 7 WP – Tony Watson (2-0, BS 1) LP – Pedro Strop (0-1) Save – Jason Grilli (2) Edwin Jackson had a bad outing and his teammates could not dig out of the hole he put them in. The Cubs battled back all night and tied the game two […]

Cubs Offense Breaks Out and Beats Burnett – Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Game Six – Cubs 8, Phillies 3 WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-2) LP – A.J. Burnett (0-1) Save – None The Cubs used a pair of four-run innings and a solid start by Carlos Villanueva to salvage the finale of the three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense matched their season […]

Cubs and Hammel Nail Down First Win – Cubs 3, Pirates 2

Game Three – Cubs 3, Pirates 2 WP – Jason Hammel (1-0) LP – Wandy Rodriguez (0-1) Save – Pedro Strop (1) The Cubs posted their first victory of the season on Thursday afternoon at PNC Park and handed Rick Renteria his first win as a big league manager. The Cubs jumped out to an […]

A Veras Frustrating, Extra Long Loss – Pirates 4, Cubs 3

Game Two – Cubs 3, Pirates 4 – 16 innings WP – Stolmy Pimentel (1-0) LP – Carlos Villanueva (0-2) Save – None The Cubs and Pirates played extra innings for the second straight game after the Cubs battled back and tied the game at two with a pair of runs off the Pirates’ pen […]