Game One Hundred Six: Cubs (48-57) vs. Brewers (45-61)
- Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 186/844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Jake Arrieta (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Tyler Thornburg (1-0, 2.95/1.20)
Weather permitting … The Cubs will try to get back in the winning column tonight after losing two games to the Brewers in a 24-hour time span. The Cubs have struggled mightily against Milwaukee this season and have lost seven of the first 10 games against their division rivals.
Jake Arrieta was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to make the start tonight. Arrieta is up for the day but has no plans of returning to the minors. Arrieta was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles, along with Pedro Strop, for Scott Feldman.
The Cubs have to figure out how to hit with runners in scoring position. After going 4-for-13 with RISP and leaving 13 men on base, the Cubs are 13-for-97 with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break.
Game two all starts with Jake Arrieta …
Jake Arrieta is making his Cubs’ debut tonight. Arrieta started the season in the Orioles’ rotation but struggled mightily and ended up being sent down. Arrieta was 1-1 in four starts in April with a 6.63 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 14 runs on 15 hits with 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 19 innings. Arrieta made one start in June and surrendered five runs on 10 hits with one walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Jake Arrieta has made five starts for the I-Cubs since coming to the organization in the Scott Feldman trade at the beginning of the month. Arrieta posted a 1-2 record with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Arrieta has had two very good outings, two not-so-good starts and one that was cut short due to rain. Arrieta picked up his first win in his last start after allowing one run on four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. In 22 1/3 innings with Iowa, Arrieta has allowed 14 runs, 10 earned, on 24 hits with 25 strikeouts and 10 walks in 22 1/3 innings.
Jake Arrieta makes his first start against the Brewers tonight. Yuniesky Betancourt (0-for-2) is the only player on the Brewers active roster that has faced Arrieta in a big league ballgame.
The Cubs will get their first look at Tyler Thornburg tonight. Thornburg has been pitching out of the Brewers pen and will make his first start of the season. Thornburg has a very good arm and was ranked by Baseball America as the second best prospect in the Brewers’ system prior to the season.
Tyler Thornburg was 0-9 in 15 starts for Triple-A Nashville with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. In 74 2/3 innings, Thornburg gave up 90 hits with 29 walks and 87 strikeouts.
Thornburg’s fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range and he can run it up to 97 mph. Thornburg throws an overhand curveball and a deceptive changeup.
The Cubs must make him work and not let him get comfortable. He struggles repeating his delivery and is prone to issuing walks and falling behind in counts. If the Cubs are aggressive, he will dominate them.
MLB Bloopers: Deluxe Doubleheader DVD Giveaway
A&E Networks and Major League Baseball have teamed up to announce Major League Baseball Productions Films are now available on iTunes.
Baseball fans are now able to experience their favorite films in an entirely new way, as titles from the Major League Baseball Productions Film & Video Archive are now available on iTunes. Over 100 titles are now live on iTunes, which already includes hundreds of classic games as well as podcasts and award-winning mobile apps from MLB Advanced Media, including MLB.com At Bat, the top grossing sports app of all-time.
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 one question 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 Two – July 30, 2013
Number of strikeouts for Jake Arrieta
- Tie Breaking 1) Amount of earned runs allowed by Jake Arrieta
- Tie Breaking 2) Amount of hits allowed by Jake Arrieta
- Tie Breaking 3) Amount of walks allowed by Jake Arrieta
- Tie Breaking 4) Amount of home runs allowed by Jake Arrieta
- Tie Breaking 5) The final score between the Cubs and the Brewers
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