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August 26, 2012

Game 126: Starlin Catalyst To Volstad’s Win

Filed under: Featured,General — Jedi Johnson @ 8:33 pm

Rockies 0 @ Cubs 5 (Final in 8)

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Chris Volstad
Vying to become the No. 2 starter for the Cubs (at least for the rest of the season), Volstad tamed the Rockies lineup for 6 innings. When Dale trotted him back out for the 7th, Jeremiah and I were skeptical of his ability to maintain the slim 2-0 lead. Volstad was yanked with two on and two out, but Corpas made quick work of his one batter – getting a forceout at second to finish the 7th. Volstad’s final line; 6.2 IPs, 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 BBs, 3 Ks, 101 pitches. It was his best outing as a Cub – by a lot.

Starlin Castro
It wasn’t Alfonso Soriano’s day at the plate – he made the final out in four different innings. But that meant that Castro led the Cubs’ attack in four different innings. His line; 2-for-3, 2B, BB, K, 3 runs scored. Starlin had a lot of help scoring those runs from ‘useless’ productive outs.

After a double in the 2nd, he advanced on a flyout and scored on a groundout. After a walk in the 6th, he advanced to second and then to third on back-to-back groundouts, ultimately scoring on a single. And after an infield single in the 8th, he advanced to third on successive walks that loaded the bases, scoring on Mather’s pinch-hit sacfly. The Cubs scored Castro 3 different times with just one hit while he was on base (and 2 walks to go with 5 ‘productive’ outs).

Eighth Inning
After Castro scored the third run of the game in the 8th, William Harris uncorked a wild pitch that scored Brett Jackson (sliding head first into home) and surrendered a single to David DeJesus that scored Barney. When we took a series from the Astros in the middle of the month I declared us #29! After the 8th inning today, I’m going to revise that…We’re 28! We’re 28!

Volstad’s Drought
The win was Volstad’s first since July 10, 2011 as a member of the Florida Marlins – a team that no longer exists!  On that day:

  • Gas was $3.62/gallon (now $3.76)
  • First Class Postage was $0.44 (now $0.45)
  • NASA was flying manned missions into space
  • Muammar Gaddafi and his blonde lady-bodyguards ruled Libya
  • Amy Winehouse was alive
  • So was Kim Jong-il
  • Jerry Sandusky was just some guy you’d never heard of
  • And the Cubs lost on 7/10/11 to then future and now former Cub Paul Maholm and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Baker hit fourth that day. The Cubs used 14 players in that loss and only Castro, Barney, Soriano, and Russell are still with the MLB team.
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  • Buddy

    Ah, the good ol’ days of 2011. I remember them like they were only last year. 

  • RichBeckman

     Volstad finally gets a win! A deserved win at that! I bet he feels good tonight!!

  • Seymour Butts

    Half way to 2!

  • Cubs Future

    Although small sample and a long way to go, but maybe Brett Jackson is starting to figure things out.  1-2 and 2 Walks and NO STRIKEOUTS.  I remember reading people were hoping for something of line where the OBP was 100 points higher than BA and Slugging would be 100 points higher than that.  A lot of people were calling them crazy for asking for something like that.  Now they had a BA of more like .250 if I remember correctly.  But his line of .206/.306/.429.  He is making progress and is putting a string together even if against a low level team, but baby steps.

  • BLPCB

    Back on that day, I was still calling our president Obama. A year later, everyone here calls him Barry.

  • http://twitter.com/JCStats Josh Cornwall

    If you take the square root of Volstad’s wins in the last calender year, you’d get the same number of wins. He’s going to be stuck at one until next year. 

  • Jedi

    And that’s when we’re being nice.

  • Doc Raker

    Good for Chris Volstad, if he can pitch until 2312 he will be a 300 win pitcher which will get him into the Hall of Fame.

  • Verncrowe5

    What a VolSTUD!

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    King Chris throwing zeros.  I can’t say I’m surprised.  

  • Eddie Von White

    Wow – one win turns him into a King and a stud. I need fans like you guys. 

  • Josephine

    Yay for Volstad! ^^

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Are you very tall?  King Chris is tall as hell.  

  • Cubs Future

    I thought everyone was talking about King Felix of the mariners.  I always seem to get those two mixed up and must not be alone.  LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/randall.pennington.7 Randall Pennington

    Geezz, Volstad should just change his name to Rudy as many people that are cheering for him. Hey, Vince Vaughn is pretty damn tall and a Cubs fan! He could play Chris in he Rudy remake. Volstad! Volstad!

  • Eddie Von White

     I am 6 foot 3 inches tall and according to my wife, quite studly. I am sure Stephanie Seymour would agree with her.

  • Seymour Butts

    But if you SQUARE the same number, you get the first in a long sting (at least a string) of successful outings. And it’s a prime number.

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