View From The Bleachers

July 28, 2012

Game 98: Let The Games Begin

Filed under: Featured,General — Katie Cernek @ 7:16 am

Box Score / Highlights  / Condensed 

The Game: Where to begin? There were so many things that were great and so many things that were terrible. Each inning had unexpected twists and turns that cannot be divided into “good” and “bad” because they were all mixed together. The game had some promise through the first four innings. The Cardinals would take the lead, then the Cubs would come back to tie it, but by the 7th inning it was over.

Pitching: Travis Wood pitched a doozie. He gave up 5 home runs – one per inning – and 8 ER while taking the loss. He was done after 5 innings. Jeff Beliveau made his Wrigley Field debut, striking out 2 and walking one in a scoreless frame. Manny Corpas had the only hiccup, giving up a run, while Russell and Camp finished the game with no problems. Camp did have a great pickoff at first base, catching Jon Jay off guard. It was great. 

If Wood hadn’t dished up those 5 home runs, the pitching would have been good. If only…

Batting: The offense was great. DeJesus started off the bottom half of the first with a triple. Castro hit an RBI single to drive him in. Rizzo hit a two-run blast. It was beautiful and exciting. Lance Lynn had held the Cubs to 2 runs in his previous starts against them, but gave up 3 runs in the first inning of today’s game. 

The Cubs had 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run. With all the hitting that was happening, you would think the wind was blowing out. But no. It was blowing in.

Summary: The game had some promise early on, but the home runs killed us. Thankfully the game wasn’t a blow out. The score easily could have been much higher with the hit parade that was happening out there.

I actually got to witness this game in-person, thanks to Mastercard. Nearly everyone who has access to a television has seen their “Priceless” commercials. Well, they are bringing the Priceless experience to Chicago. Anyone who is a Mastercard cardholder has the opportunity to experience the greatest opportunities Chicago has to offer. The experiences range from exclusive dining privileges to meeting iconic Chicago sports figures, and multiple other events.

If you are a Mastercard cardholder and would like more information, or if you don’t have a Mastercard but are curious about the perks of being a cardholder, check out:

They gave a short presentation about the Priceless program, and had representatives from the Chicago Bears, the Cubs, the American Girl Doll Place, the Magnificent Mile, and the Gilt Groupe all share a bit about their organizations’ involvement in the program. It made me want to go open an account with them just for the possibility of doing all the fun things they talked about!

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec

  • Doc Raker

    You attended a seminar on where and how to spend money in Chicago using a credit card? Sounds priceless. You do know you have to pay the money back?

  • Katie

    This is why I don’t have a credit card. Also, guess who stopped Tony Campana as he was driving out of the player parking lot? 

  • Cubs Future

    For anyone interested in what is happening in the minors or specifically to Ha, he is okay.  They are labeling it a concussion but nothing broken after a violent collision with the wall.  He was on the field for about 15 minutes the other night.  So we know concussions can be bad, but he could have been much worse.  Szczur took his spot in AA which is where he needs to be after a hot extended streak to get him near .300 after a very slow start.  Junior Lake is picking up the pace in AA as hitting over .350 over last 10 games that includes 3 homers and a whopping 12 RBI.  He is striking out a lot with not a lot of walks though.  Baez is continuing to tear it up in Peoria with yet another homer.  He walked for the first time in almost a month and has had a lot of strikeouts, but that gets masked by him hitting like .340 and 11 homers in a shortened season.  Not to mention the 19 SB vs 3 CS.  Vogelbach hasn’t hit his first homer in Boise yet, but is coming up with a hit or two every time out  as he is 8-16.  Soler added a couple of hits yesterday and got his second stolen base.  He is hitting just a little under .300.   A lot more guys are doing well including some pitchers.  I’ll leave it to the big guys to do more analysis on the minors as they see fit.  But I just have to check every day to see how the minors are doing.  Even Rohan who Joe says is not much, just hit his 4th homer since his callup to AA (about 80 AB).  Not a major prospect, but better than what he was doing.  Lots of good things across the board to get excited about.

  • jswanson

    A juvenile justice officer? 


    I’m finally home! I got back yesterday around 6PM. I got into IL around 3, and it took me 3 hours to get home. I managed to listen to the Cubs game on WGN Radio, it felt so good to hear Pat Hughes

  • Eddie Von White

    Pat is music to the ears.

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