Game 100: White Sox 1 – Cubs 3

The Cubs win their second straight game against their crosstown rivals.

The scoring started early when Melky Cabrera hit a double to right field bringing home Tim Anderson to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

The Cubs would strike back against the Sox ace Chris Sale. After a Fowler walk, Kris Bryant hit a RBI double off the wall to tie the game at one.

Chris Sale got into a bit of a jam in the 3rd inning. He hit Dexter Fowler and walked Kris Bryant to start the inning. After a Rizzo flyout, Ben Zobrist singles up the middle to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Lackey was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 6th. He went six innings allowing one run and four hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Sale also went six innings. He allowed two runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.

The Cubs got to show off their new bullpen power trio of Strop Rondon and Chapman. Rondon allowed a leadoff double in the 8th inning. After retiring the next two hitters Joe Maddon went to closer Champman to record the final out in the 8th which he was able to do by striking out Melky Cabrera.

In the bottom 8th, Ben Zobrist led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on an error by Adam Eaton. After yet another Contreras ground out, Addison Russell hit a grounder to the shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson tried to fire home but lost the grip on the ball and was forced to throw to first, allowing Ben Zobrist to score giving the Cubs a huge insurance run.

Chapman was able to shut down the White Sox to give the Cubs a 3-1 victory.

Up Next: The Cubs welcome the Mariners for three games beginning tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled at 1:20pm

Final Thoughts: Today we were able to get our first look at the Cubs power trio. Although Strop and Rondon weren’t as sharp they were able to get the job done. Just imagine how scary this bullpen will be when the trio on top of their game.

Game preview 101: White Sox at Cubs

The Cubs bat exploded in last night’s victory over the Chicago White Sox. They look to even up the season series.

On the mound for the Cubs is right-hander John Lackey. John Lackey has not won a start since June 8th against the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 7-7 with 3.79 ERA while striking out 133 and walking 40 (130.2 IP, 3.88 FIP, 1.619 WHIP)

Cubs lineup:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Bryant 3B
  3. Rizzo 1B
  4. Zobrist RF
  5. Contreras C
  6. Russell SS
  7. Baez 2B
  8. Szczur LF
  9. Lackey P

The White Sox will send their ace Chris Sale. Chris Sale is returning from his suspension for cutting up his team’s throwback jerseys. Chris Sale is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 129 and walking 29 (133 IP, 3.70 FIP, 1.008 WHIP).

White Sox lineup:

  1. Eaton RF
  2. Anderson SS
  3. Cabrera
  4. Abreu 1B
  5. Frazier 3B
  6. Shuck CF
  7. Navarro C
  8. Sanchez 2B
  9. Sale P

Game Time: 7:05pm CST

Broadcast Information: CSCh (Cubs), WGN (White Sox)

Game 100: White Sox 1 – Cubs 8

Cubs bats finally come to life as they beat the White Sox 8-1.

The game was scoreless through the first four innings then Anthony Ranaudo hits a solo home run for his first career hit.

The score would remain the same until the bottom of the 6th inning, Kris Bryant hits a solo shot to tie the game at 1. This was also the Cubs first hit of the night.

After a Jason Heyward walk, Javier Baez hit a bomb to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th.

That was the end for Anthony Ranaudo He went 6.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while striking out three and walking four. Jason Hammell went 7 innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two.

The Cubs offense came to life in the bottom of the 8th. After Bryant got hit by a pinch and a Rizzo single, Ben Zobrist hit a double to left center scoring Kris Bryant. Extending the lead 4-1.

Jacob Turner came into the game after Carson Fulmer walked Montero. He got to face Addison Muscle… I mean Russell! He hit a grand slam to screw the closer and give the Cubs an 8-1 lead.

The story here will be Aroldis Champman making his Cubs debut. I’m gonna be honest I was afraid that he was going to hit someone and they would die but it didn’t happen! Woohoo! Champman had a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game

Next: Both teams play again tomorrow as the Cubs look to even up the series. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05pm CST. CSCh (Cubs), WGN (White Sox)

Fun Fact:

Final Thoughts: Missed most of the game because I was at a concert, but as soon as I arrived home the Cubs started scoring! Not saying I’m good luck but I’m good luck!

 

 

Red Line to Addison! White Sox at Cubs preview

The Crosstown classic moves to Wrigley field today for the final two games. The White Sox have won the first two games clinching another Crosstown Cup victory.

On the mound for the Cubs is right-hander Jason Hammel. Hammel is 9-5 with a 3.35 ERA while striking out 90 and walking 33 batters (107.1 IP, 4.37 FIP, 1.109 WHIP).

Cubs lineup:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Bryant 3B
  3. Rizzo 1B
  4. Zobrist LF
  5. Montero C
  6. Russell SS
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Baez 2B
  9. Hammel P

The White Sox will send Anthony Ranaudo. Ranaudo was acquired by the White Sox from the Texas Rangers in May. He will be making his White Sox debut. He is 1-0 with a 17.18 ERA while striking out two and walking eight (3.2 IP, 12.14 FIP, 2.727 WHIP). Keep in mind this is a very small sample size.

White Sox lineup:

  1. Eaton RF
  2. Anderson SS
  3. Cabrera LF
  4. Abreu 1B
  5. Frazier 3B
  6. Shuck CF
  7. Navarro C
  8. Saladino 2B
  9. Ranaudo P

Game Time: 7:05pm CST

Broadcast Information: ESPN, CSCh (White Sox), WGN (Cubs)

 

Game 99: Cubs 0 – White Sox 3

The Cubs could not get anything going in this one as they lose 3-0 against the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox got on the board in the first, Jose Abreu singles to left field to drive in Adam Eaton giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead.

The score would remain the same until the 5th inning, Adam Eaton hit a solo home run to right field putting the White Sox up 2-0.

After the two-out bloop single Travis Wood came in for Kyle Hendricks. Kyle Hendricks had another great outing going 5.2 innings allowing three runs while striking out seven and walking two. Travis Wood then walked the next three batters to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead before getting Adam Eaton to ground out to end the inning.

James Shields went 7.2 innings allowing no runs while striking out five and walking four.

David Robertson came in the ninth inning to close the game.

Up Next: Both teams play tomorrow at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05pm CST. ESPN, CSCh (White Sox), WGN (Cubs)

Fun Fact: Kyle Hendricks allowed a run for the first time since June 29th against the Cincinnati Reds

Final Thoughts: This game was all White Sox. James Shields of 2011 was on the mound tonight. The Cubs could not get anything going at all offensively. The White Sox now have a .500 record.

Clayton Richard has been designated for assignment

This could be the end of the Clayton Richard experiment. Today the Cubs designated for assignment left-hander Clayton Richard to make room for newly acquired Aroldis Chapman.

The Cubs acquired Clayton Richard last season from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  This season the 32-year-old struggled, he was 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA with striking out 7 and walking 7. His WHIP was at a career high  2.143.

According to Jesse Rodgers, Cubs hope he can clear waivers so he can pitch in the minors.

 

Whatever happens, we wish Clayton Richard the best!

Game 99 Preview – Cubs at White Sox

The Cubs look to bounce after dropping a thriller last night against their crosstown rivals.

On the mound for the Cubs will be Kyle Hendricks. He looks to continue his dominance on the mound. The Cubs have won his last 6 starts. Hendricks is 9-6 with a 2.27 ERA while striking out 96 and walking 30 (1111 IP, 3.32 FIP, 1.036 WHIP).

The Cubs lineup:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Bryant DH
  3. Rizzo 1B
  4. Zobrist LF
  5. Russell SS
  6. Heyward RF
  7. Baez 2B
  8. Montero C
  9. La Stella 3B

The White Sox will send right-hander James Shields. Shields is 4-1 with a 4.99 ERA while striking out 81 and walking 48 (115.1 IP, 5.26 FIP, 1.509 WHIP).

The White Sox lineup:

  1. Eaton RF
  2. Anderson SS
  3. Cabrera LF
  4. Abreu 1B
  5. Morneau DH
  6. Frazier 3B
  7. Shuck CF
  8. Navarro C
  9. Saladino 2B

Game Time: 6:10pm CST

Broadcast Information: ESPN, CSCh (Cubs), WGN (White Sox)\

Addison Russell the All-Star

Today the All-Star rosters have been announced. The Cubs will be sending seven players to the Midsummer Classic including five starters. One of those starters is shortstop Addison Russell.

Most Cubs fans are the only people who agree with him being an All-Star while the rest of the baseball world think it’s a joke. This is clear sign that the MLB needs to change the way All-Star ballots are submitted. The All-Star game is now a social media marketing campaign for ball clubs. We want to see our guys on the field instead of the best.

But Oscar what about his defense?” 

While Russell never fails to amaze with his glove, I wouldn’t consider him the best defensive shortstop. That award would go to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Crawford has a DWAR (defensive wins above replacement) of 2.2 compared to Russell’s 1.1.

“How can we fix All-Star voting?”

We have to eliminate people voting for player’s of the same team, that way we can ensure the best players get voted in. A rule should be placed on the ballot that fans cannot vote for more than three players on the same team.

I’m not trying to bash Addison Russell, I think he’s a fantastic player and he will get into another All-Star game but this year was not his year.

What are your thoughts on the All-Star rosters? Leave a comment down below

 

A game to remember Cubs 7 – Reds 2

By far one of the weirdest games I have ever watched. In a 15th inning affair, the Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-2.

Ben Zobrist led off the game with a solo to left field giving the Cubs an early lead. The game would remain the same until Lester drove in Matt Szczur with a single to center giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Jon Lester was on top of his game tonight, but Billy Hamilton hit a solo shot to left field making it a 2-1 game. Lester went 7.2 innings allowing one run, three hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Hector Rondon blew the save when Suarez hit a two-out single to left field a banged up Brandon Phillips scored on a close play at the plate.

In the bottom of the 13th things started to get weird. Travis Wood came in to replace Chris Coghlan in left field as the Cubs had no position players on the bench and Joel Peralta replaced Trevor Cahill on the mound. A fantastic play by Zobrist caused the game to go the 14th.

In the bottom of the 14th things got weird again. Spencer Patton came into pitch for Joel Peralta. After a Brandon Phillips fly out, Travis Wood came in from left field to pitch moving Patton to left field. Wood got Jay Bruce to ground out then Wood went back to left field and Patton came back to pitch. Duvall then grounded out to end the inning.

After getting no-hit by the Reds pitching staff the last 9 innings of the game, the Cubs offense exploded for 5 runs in the top of the inning thanks to a Kris Bryant RBI single, and a Javier Baez grand slam.

Finally, in the 15th inning Pedro Strop came in to play left field and Travis Wood came in from left field again to close the game and give the Cubs their 50th win of the year.

Up Next: Both teams play tomorrow at 11:35 AM on WGN

Fun Fact: Travis Wood was the first Cubs pitcher to play left field since Sean Marshall did it back in 2009 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Final Thoughts: Today proved how weird baseball can be at times. Three different pitchers played left field today for the Cubs, yes you read that correctly THREE. The Cubs were couldn’t get a hit from the worst bullpen in the MLB for 8 innings then score 5 runs cause that’s just how baseball works.

 

 

Even Joe Maddon is human

The Cubs dropped both games of the doubleheader today against the Sand Diego Padres. In both games, Joe Maddon made some questionable decisions that did not work out.

In game one, Joe Maddon pulled starter Kyle Hendricks after giving up a two-out bunt single to Travis Jankowski in the seventh inning. Before the bunt single, Hendricks retired 10 batters in a row.

Pedro Strop came in to replace Hendricks, he was able to get the ground ball he was looking for but Javier Baez made his second throwing error of the game. After walking Matt Kemp, Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to give the Padres the lead.

Joe Maddon’s decision to remove a pitcher that was on a roll, along with the Baez error cost the Cubs the game.

His second questionable decision came in the second game. In the eighth inning,  Joe Maddon decided to let a struggling Jorge Soler bat in a two-out bases loaded situation. Soler ended up striking swinging.

Did I mention they were down 1-0? In this situation, it was obvious to ask Addison Russell to pinch hit. Addison Russell has been arguably the best hitter in clutch situations this season. Jorge Soler has been struggling all season hitting .175 so far.  Giving Russell a day off should not be used as an excuse because Tommy La Stella and Ryan Kalish were available on the bench

Usually, Joe Maddon looks like a genius but today he proved that not everyone is perfect. Even the best managers make mistakes.

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