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A Winning Streak Has Begun

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MVPJason Hammel (.306 WPA)

The Cubs finally put a winning streak together tonight beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2. Jason Hammel once again proved he was a great offseason acquisition stiffening the Diamondbacks for seven innings. He really knows how to pitch and has provided the young staff with great insight on how to pitch in certain counts and get out of jams. Hammel is 3-1 on the season and looks like a possible mid-season trade candidate if he keeps up this hot start. Justin Grimm provided Cubs fans with another great outing out of the bullpen. This has helped ease some of the pain caused by Jose Veras.

Grimm’s earned run average is under 1 at .84. Grimm had a very efficient outing of 18 pitches and 12 strikes which included a strikeout in his only inning of work. Overall the offense did an admirable job of hitting with runners in scoring position going 5 for 12 which is way above average for the Cubs this season.  Mike Olt had a clutch two out three run homerun in the fifth that spelled the end for Brandon McCarthy’s night. Luis Valbuena really stood out at the plate seeing forty pitches over five plate appearances. He looked great in the leadoff role and really set the table for the rest of the lineup. Rizzo continued his hot play going 1 for 3 and registering two walks while seeing 34 pitches. Starlin Castro provided the cubs with not only offense but great play in the field providing a diving stop and throw to first in the seventh inning.

Looking forward tomorrow’s matchup the Cubs send Jeff Samardzija to the mound as he looks to register his first win on the season against Wade Miley.

  • PLCB3

    I like Joe’s prediction for the Arizona series. Now let’s give Wrigley a win on its 100th birthday today. Happy birthday, Wrigley Field

    • I’m fairly certain the field wasn’t birthed.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Are we sure there wasn’t just a hole in the ground way back when and then suddenly a baseball park came out of it?

  • AC0000000

    I like Joe’s prediction for the Arizona series. Now let’s give Wrigley a win on its 100th birthday today. Happy birthday, Wrigley Field

    • I’m fairly certain the field wasn’t birthed.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Are we sure there wasn’t just a hole in the ground way back when and then suddenly a baseball park came out of it?

  • Not a lot of wasted effort in Olt’s swing…and flat through the zone. I hope the guy keeps thumping.

  • Not a lot of wasted effort in Olt’s swing…and flat through the zone. I hope the guy keeps thumping.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am glad that the Cubs will not be participating in the Milwaukee Bucks season of one and done anymore.

    • PLCB3

      Huh?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The Bucks failed to win two in a row all season.

      • PLCB3

        I see what you did there. That explains why after Philadelphia’s historic and folkloric losing streak, they STILL didn’t have the worst record in the NBA.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I am glad that the Cubs will not be participating in the Milwaukee Bucks season of one and done anymore.

    • AC0000000

      Huh?

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        The Bucks failed to win two in a row all season.

      • AC0000000

        I see what you did there. That explains why after Philadelphia’s historic and folkloric losing streak, they STILL didn’t have the worst record in the NBA.

  • Seymour Butts

    I’m more than a little curious about how Hammel stiffened the Diamondbacks for seven innings.
    I guess that happens from playing hard.

    • Yeah, no idea either. I was just listening to the audio feed though.

    • Hm.

  • Seymour Butts

    I’m more than a little curious about how Hammel stiffened the Diamondbacks for seven innings.
    I guess that happens from playing hard.

    • Yeah, no idea either. I was just listening to the audio feed though.

    • Hm.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Have to agree on Valbuena’s solid at bats last night. I guess I never really paid much attention to it before, but Len and JD were talking about it in his first at bat and he certainly worked the count each time he was up.

  • Mark_from_Toronto

    Have to agree on Valbuena’s solid at bats last night. I guess I never really paid much attention to it before, but Len and JD were talking about it in his first at bat and he certainly worked the count each time he was up.

  • PLCB3

    Jose Marmol is going to blow this game. Lovely.

    • Seymour Butts

      Carlos..is that you?

  • AC0000000

    Jose Marmol is going to blow this game. Lovely.

    • Seymour Butts

      Carlos..is that you?

  • Guest

    CUBS WIN!!! First series win of the year and first 3-game winning streak. Lets’ get the sweep tomorrow.

    • Seymour Butts

      Troll.
      If we weren’t Cub fans, that might smart.

      • PLCB3

        That was me. I had it written out ready to post when they were 1 strike from victory. I hit post by accident.

      • Eddie Von White

        Some things are better left unsaid.

      • PLCB3

        No mockery was intended at all. I was getting ready for the Cubs to win and Carlos Veras blew it.

  • Guest

    CUBS WIN!!! First series win of the year and first 3-game winning streak. Lets’ get the sweep tomorrow.

    • Seymour Butts

      Troll.
      If we weren’t Cub fans, that might smart.

      • AC0000000

        That was me. I had that written out ready to post when they were 1 strike from victory. I hit post by accident. No trolling intended. I don’t understand why when you hit delete it doesn’t delete the comment and it just says guest.

      • Eddie Von White

        Some things are better left unsaid.

      • AC0000000

        No mockery was intended at all. I was getting ready for the Cubs to win and Carlos Veras blew it.