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August 2017



Rizzo, Bryant combine for three homers as Cubs drop 17 on Phillies

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It’s Players Weekend, so instead of actual last names being plastered on most jerseys, nicknames are being used. For the Cubs, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant by any other names are still really good.
Rizzo, known as Tony, and Bryant, known as KB for the weekend – although probably should have been named Bryzzo – combined to club three home runs as the Cubs rolled to a 17-2 win over the Phillies.
It has been an up-and-down couple of days for the Cubs, losers of two in a row entering Saturday. Only a Kyle Schwarber home run paced the Cubs attack in a 7-1 loss to Philly on Friday night. One day later, the Cubs totaled 14 hits and six home runs, including two by Tommy La Stella, known creatively on his jersey as La Stella.
Ben Zobrist, or Zorilla, hit the sixth home run for the Cubs.
Overshadowed in all of this was the pitching effort by Kyle Hendricks, who improved to 5-4 with seven strong innings pitched with two earned runs on six hits allowed and eight strikeouts.
With the National League Central in a bit of a struggle this season, it really feels like the Cubs are on some kind of uncomfortable cruise control. Both the Brewers and the Cardinals were winners on Saturday, so the Cubs still hold a 3-game lead in the division over the Brewers.

Hoskins’ Hot Start

Rhys Hoskins is absolutely on fire. After being called up on Aug. 10, he has 10 home runs in 17 games. He accounted for Hendrick’s only real blemish of the night, a two-run home run in the first inning.

Jimenez Homers Against Smokies

Yeah, the Cubs may be in first place. But it hurt a little to see Eloy Jimenez launch a homer into orbit as a Birmingham Baron, the White Sox’s AA affiliate. He finished the day 3-for-4 with a homer, 2 RBI and two runs. He’s going to be good, but … so are the Cubs. Rest easy.

On Deck

John Lackey (10-9, 4.90 ERA) goes up against recently-called-up RHP Nick Pivetta, who is 4-9 with a 6.73 ERA. Pivetta has lost four straight. The Cubs and Lackey should step up and take the series.
Time: 12:35 CDT
TV: Comcast Sports Net Chicago
Radio: 670-AM The Score

Class AAA – Memphis Redbirds 4, Iowa Cubs 2

SP – Scott Carroll L (1-1), 5 IP. 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
SS – Elliot Soto 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
3B – Chris Dominguez 2-3
2B-3B – Chesny Young 1-4, R, 2B

Class AA – Tennessee Smokies 10, Birmingham Barons 3

SP – Steve Peraksils W (5-2), 5 IP, 6 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)
RF – Jeffrey Baez 4-5, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI
SS – Carlos Penalver 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
C – Cael Brockmeyer 2-4, 2 R
LF – Charcer Burks 1-4, HR, RBI, R
CF – Trey Martin 1-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI

Class A Advanced – Carolina Mudcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

SP – Duncan Robinson ND, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
RP – David Berg L (1-3), 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
1B – Tyler Alamo 2-4, R
C – P.J. Higgins 1-4, RBI
RF – Robert Garcia 2-3

Class A – South Bend Cubs 7, Lake County 6

SP – Erling Moreno ND, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
RP – Yapson Gomez W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
C – Tyler Payne 2-3, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
2B – Yelier Peguero 1-3, 2B, R
RF – Chris Pieters 2-4, 2B, 2 R
3B – Austin Upshaw 2-3, R, RBI


  • Doug S.

    Hendricks knew immediately that Hoskins hit it out and looked down. An overall great job by Hendricks. 2 hits in the top of the 7th and actually pitched in the bottom. Fun game to watch.

    It would be great to see our starters get 7(+) more often and less you know who and who.

  • LaStella can hit

  • Whoa.. Chris Pieters went 2-4, huh.

    • Doug S.

      I kept looking for Donnie Dewees to show up. Traded to the Royals, that’s why not.

  • Doc Raker

    Please let me know if any of you purchase one of these cheesy nick name jerseys so I can mark you down as a dumbass.

    I would like to see a line up that is performance based, LaStella, JJ and Almora need to be in the line up. Russell and Schwabrist have not earned a starting role on this team.

    • Sherm

      I have never owned a jersey with another man’s name on it. Not disrespecting those who do, it’s just not my style.

      Re: the Schwarber experiments
      1. Batting leadoff – failed
      2. Batting second – failed

      Today, the black hole in the Cub offensive lineup (as made up by Joey) those hitting 7-8-9-1-2 were a collective 1 – 16. The one hit? John Lackey. Heyward, Schwarber and Zobrist need to sit. Rivera needs to be DFA’d and Caratini recalled. (Whoever cited his excellent framing forgot to the mention the fact that he can’t block pitches. Or hit.)

      Mike Schmidt said today he can’t understand these young players. He said is no one managing them? He said that no one had to TELL Juan Samuel to move runners over but if he hadn’t KNOWN it…they sure WOULD have. He was referring to players on both sides. I agree. What the hell has happened to good fundamental baseball?

      • Doug S.

        The unblocked pitches are a great point. Watching Lackey unravel is very ugly.

        That was one of the weirder triple plays I’ve seen. Started with a bumble, ended with 3 fist pumps after the review.

        Wasn’t home, the Len show audio was on at the sports bar. Haven’t listened to those clowns in a while. It’s as though you’re in school and by mistake take a seat in a class years behind.

        Post game show played on soundless with DeJesus and somebody. Are either of them any good?

      • Michael S.

        If it’s the bald guy, that’s David Kaplan. He’s a bit of a meathead. If it wasn’t him, it was probably Luke Stuckmeyer, who comes off as the younger brother who wants to be just as cool as his older brother, but misses the mark by roughly a mile. If not either of them…no idea.

        DeJesus isn’t bad per se, he just…doesn’t have the right voice for that line of work.

      • Doug S.

        A little research and it’s Kelly Crull. Had not heard of her.

      • Michael S.

        Huh. Never seen her do postgame except for on-field interview type stuff at Wrigley. Or that silly trivia show that occupies rain delays.

      • Doug S.
      • Doc Raker

        Zobrist leading off- failed
        Zobrist batting second- failed
        Zobrist batting 4th failed
        Heyward batting anywhere- failed

      • Adam Peters

        Chicks dig the long ball, Sherm.

        Fundamentals schmundamentals.

      • Chicks dig winners.

  • Doc Raker

    John Kruk in the Phillies booth said, “When is the last time you saw a guy hitting at the top of the line up get sent down and then when he came back up he hits at the top of the order again, Schwarber is hitting .199. Amazing.” Side kick says, “He has had a couple days above .200 during the season.”

    So just to review, a team on pace to lose 100 games is mocking our line up.

  • Sherm

    Check the box score of today’s game in Cincinnati.

    Joey Votto 0 0 0 0 5 43

    0-0 with 5 walks. Saw 43 pitches.

    That’s just weird. Thought I’d share it.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Baez walks and J. Wilson gets out every batter he faces. Who does Lackey have to blame for this loss?

    • Michael S.

      Anybody but himself!

  • Kyle

    Zo and Schwarbs a combined 9-47 (.191) against the triple A pitching of the Reds and Phils. The obvious choice for 1 & 2 in the batting order. Is Maddon trying to prevent Bryant and Rizzo from getting RBI’s?

    • Bryzzo1744

      I think he’s Dusty Baker in disguise. Neifi and Patterson would hit 1-2 in front of Lee and Ramirez.

    • Sherm

      Graphic yesterday showed that Schwarber is hitting .168 with RISP.

      Remember WAY back a few months when Maddon was ALL ABOUT the first two hitters batting there because that way the BEST hitters get MORE at bats?

      Bryant might end up with more home runs than RBI’s. Okay, that’s impossible, but I’m using hyperbole to make a point. With the (FAILED) pitcher batting eighth thing, and the lousy lead-off and 1-2 “punch” (is it still a punch if it’s impotent? Doubt it. 1-2 bust is more like it) Bryant is on his way to 32 homers and 70 RBI’s. Bryant HAS scored a lot of runs (you’re welcome, Rizzo) and has just been the beneficiary of bad situational baseball, and a poorly thought out lineup card.

      What did Theo say? If you’ve got Schwarber stock, I’m buying? Something like that? He can have all of mine. I think they’ve either ruined this young hitter, or he may simply just be a year or two away from hitting his stride. Whatever it is, letting him flail away and fail is NOT good for him. He AT PLATE decision making – one of his early strengths – has become terrible. Did anyone else see the 3-1 fastball he took right down the middle of the plate? Why?

      Since no one is recapping yesterday – I have more ranting to do. Almora catches the ball that Heyward misses. Period. End of story. Quick, someone wake up Maddon and TELL him that he has a great defensive centerfielder. Oh, and the guy can also hit a little. Better than Schwarber and Heyward, anyway. The outfield should be Happ, Almora, Jay. Why can’t Cub management see that?

      They are LUCKY to be in first place, but I have my doubts about whether they can maintain the lead.

      • Adam Peters

        This whole Schwarber thing is looking a lot like the days of Dusty running Korey “K-Patt” Patterson out day after day when he would strike out 4 or 5 times every game. The difference, of course,is the Cubs sucked then and no one was laboring under the delusion that they were going to the playoffs, let along the World Series for the second year in a row.

        I totally agree about Almora. The Cubs outfield defense is a goddamned joke (excepting Heyward when he’s in RF). Does no one remember why the Cubs were so good last year? It wasn’t all about hitting home runs.

      • Last season was about seeing a lot of pitches, taking walks, getting base hits, taking good fielding routes, making solid throws, hitting the ball hard, hustling out grounders, and sliding directly to bags. Either that or fundamental baseball.. can’t remember.

      • Sherm

        I call it schmundamental

      • Eddie Von White

        They lost that lovin’ the respect the 90 feeling.

      • Bryzzo1744

        1. The pitching was better
        2. The offense actually hit. They worked counts and got on base at a higher rate

      • Sure, they had a lot of strikeouts. Last year’s team worked counts though, and hit a lot of home runs. It was either walk, K, or HR for those guys.

      • Bryzzo1744

        Runs up the pitch count which gets them into the bullpen faster

      • Sherm

        Well, the bullpens WERE closer, so…

      • cap’n realist

        But not as dance off friendly

      • Doc Raker

        To Peter Adams point, in 2016 the Cubs lead the league in recording outs on batted balls, i.e. good defense which makes the pitching better. How does a manager and organization that so valued good defense and good AB’s put out a line up with such poor defense and poor AB’s in the 1 and 2 hole.

        Where is the King of the Nawth to explain it all to us whiners