Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Holy cow! The Cubs beat the Reds 7-6 on a two-out, walk-off wild pitch. Anthony Rizzo got the Cubs on the board early with a first inning grand slam, and John Lackey tossed a quality start (6 IP, 6 K, 1 ER).

The Cubs built a 6-1 lead before the Reds got to the Chicago bullpen for five runs, tying the game in the 8th.

In the 9th, the Cubs got the first two batters aboard. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Ben Zobrist got hit by the 0-1 pitch, apparently loading the bases with nobody out.

Cue the Ump Show.

First base umpire Chris Conroy overruled the call, saying that Zobrist, who had squared to bunt on both pitches he saw, had offered at the pitch. Zobrist definitely jumped to avoid getting hit, but not even Henry Rowengartner would have offered at that pitch, considering that it was nearly thrown behind him.

Joe Maddon got tossed for arguing (and he got his money's worth), Zobrist grounded out, and Almora struck out, bringing Kris Bryant to the plate. The first pitch to KB was in the dirt, kicked toward the Cincinnati dugout, and brought Javy Baez home to score the winning run. Whew.

From Joe's postgame: "I don't even know what to say about that call ... that call cannot be made under those circumstances ... that's asinine ... it almost cost us the game ... that was wrong ... to influence the game like that is wrong ... you can't make that mistake." Amen, brother.

The four-game series wraps up Thursday at Wrigley. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


Monday, August 14, 2017

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Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs offense was on display Monday night at Wrigley, as they crushed the Reds 15-5. Bryzzo went back-to-back, and Rizzo had a 3-for-5, five RBI night. That's Cub.

Jon Jay went 3-for-5 with a BB, RBI, and three runs scored while Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Tommy LaStella's 3-for-5 night raised his season average to .313.

J-Hey also went 2-for-4, Javy Baez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer off of Scooter Gennett (yes, you read that correctly), and Mike Montgomery stroked a two-run double in a six-run seventh inning.

Jose Quintana had a solid start (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 K) before turning the game over to the Cubs bullpen.

Game two of the four-game series is Tuesday in Chicago. Follow CMN on Twitter!

Go Cubs go!


Sunday, August 13, 2017

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Holy cow! The first place, defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs beat Arizona 7-2 behind a quality start by Jake Arrieta and homers from Javy Baez, Ian Happ, and Kris Bryant.

The Cubs scored early and didn't look back, adding four insurance runs in the 7th, when Javy & Happ went back-to-back. KB added the final Chicago tally in the 9th. 

Arrieta's tossed his sixth quality start in a row. During that stretch, he's got a 2.09 ERA a 33/10 K/BB ratio. That's Cub.

The Cubs now return to Wrigley for a seven-game homestand that starts on Monday vs. the Reds.

Go Cubs go!


Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Holy cow! The Cubs beat the D-Backs 8-3 Friday night behind 2 RBI from Alex Avila, a 3-for-3 night from Kris Bryant, and another strong outing from the bullpen.

John Lackey had a strong start (5.1 IP, 3 ER, 7 K), but the Cubs' bullpen was lights out (3.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K).

Chicago took an early lead and never looked back, with Schwarber and Avila hitting back-to-back homers in the 6th to put the game away. And ... five of the North Siders' eight runs scored with two outs. That's Cub.

The weekend series continues Saturday in Phoenix.

Go Cubs go!


Thursday, August 10, 2017

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The last three series have been tough.  Here's hoping that Willson is healthy soon and that the Cubs can get back on track in Phoenix.


Go Cubs go!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Hey hey! The first place Cubs downed Washington 7-4 at Wrigley behind Alex Avila's first homer as a Cub, another round-tripper by a red-hot Willson Contreras, and nice offensive days from Jon Jay and Kris Bryant.

John Lackey had a solid start (5 IP, 2 ER) and the bullpen was sharp, tossing four innings of one hit, one run ball. Wade Davis picked up his 23rd save in 23 chances. That's Cub.

The rubber game of the series is Sunday at Wrigley.

Go Cubs go!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Rubber game vs. the D-Backs Thursday at 1:20 at Wrigley.  Jose Quintana on the mound for the Cubs.

Go Cubs go!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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Holy cow! The first place Cubs busted out the bats on Tuesday, kicking off a six-game homestand with a 16-4 routing of the D-Backs. Jon Lester hit his first career homer and Anthony Rizzo belted two. Ian Happ and Javy Baez also homered while Albert Almora drove in three.

Lester struggled to complete 4 innings; despite striking out 9 (including his 2000th career K), he piled up 104 pitches and gave up 3 ER in four frames. The Cubs' bullpen combined for five innings of one-run relief to pick him up. That's Cub.

The series continues Wednesday at Wrigley.

Go Cubs go!