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Yesterday’s News: There’s a Roach in the House!

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Donn Roach made his second career start, pitching in place of Wada last night. It was peppered with good things and bad things, as per usual for the Cubs. For some reason this Cardinals team just can’t be beat, as they are the first team to 50 wins this season.

The Good:

Donn Roach hit an RBI single that wound up being the Cubs’ only run on the night. Nobody was injured! Fun Fact: On Saturday, Roach became the 1,999th player to appear in a game for the Cubs.

The Bad:

Double plays. So many double plays. It seems like no matter where the Cubs put the ball, a defender was there. There were some good rips but there was better defense. Our defense looked a tad shaky, especially in the center field region. Fowler seems to be favoring his ankle still, and it was especially evident while he was tracking the balls hit to him. The offense has been struggling mightily in the last four games, and consequently they’ve lost their last four games.

Closing thoughts:

Michael Wacha (AKA Adam Wainwright, Jr.) became the second NL starter to reach double-digit wins, even though he took a liner off the quadriceps (good try, Starlin). Even though the Cubs are struggling right now, they will bounce back. They have been bouncing back all season, and doing it in style. It’s just too bad they have to slump against St. Louis when they should be gaining ground on them. But have no fear, Bryant, Rizzo, and Russell will break out, our pitching will line up (Neil Ramirez is rumored to be reinstated today), and the W flag will wave again soon.

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Sometimes Rain Is a Good Thing

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Last week my roommate and I went to Seattle and Vancouver. Surprisingly, it was hot and sunny each day we were there. Not surprisingly, nobody had air conditioning. You would think that two girls from Florida would be acclimated to that kind of heat. We weren’t. But we did climb two mountains (or very steep hills, depending on your definition of the word “mountain.”) and watched Felix Hernandez pitch vs. Tampa Bay. The Mariners snapped a 7-game losing streak that night. It was neat. Also, Safeco Field has good tacos. Who knew? Now, on to the Cubs…

The Good

Kris Bryant and Addison Russell both showed some defensive flair in the first inning, making two quick outs, while Kyle Hendricks struck out the third batter to end the inning. Hendricks was very good, his one mistake being a solo shot to Joey Votto. Otherwise he was hitting his zones and making the pitches he needed to make. Glad to see him pitching well again. Kris Bryant was majestic and full of #sparkle, as usual. He was called out at home on a single and a close play at the plate, but upon further review was called safe. Miguel Montero hit a home run. Everything looked pretty good for the first 5 innings. Motte was efficient in the ninth. Bryant and Montero reached base, Castro drove in Bryant to win it!

The Bad

Joey Votto homered. Castro made a bad throw. It rained. The game was delayed. FOR. TWO. HOURS. Close to three hours. And then James Russell came in, gave up a single, and then a home run. The game was tied. Eric Karros led the seventh inning stretch. Maybe the fans should just sing with no guest conductor. Addison got picked off second base in the 8th. Rizzo GIDP bottom 8, could have driven in the go-ahead run. There was a lot of sloppy baseball after the long delay. It was nice to see a Cubs win!

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Game 42 Notes – It Had Been A Long Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Cubs (9) @ Diamondbacks (6)

W: Jason Motte (2-1)
L: Enrique Burgos (0-2)
S: Pedro Strop (1)

It was noticeable from the beginning – Arrieta was on his B game tonight, while the D’Backs were on their A game. Even though, Jake Arrieta‘s B-game is better than most people’s B-games, it was obvious that he didn’t have his stuff.

The defense didn’t have their stuff, either. A couple of errors messed things up a bit. They were dumb, annoying errors, too, not even the ones where you can argue “but he has such great range” or whatever other excuses folks come up with. They were just boneheaded errors. The Cubs were looking like fools on defense.

Interestingly enough, Edwin Jackson pitched a clean inning. Who would have thought the between he and Schlitter, they’d both still be on the big league roster? And that Jackson is pitching… dare I say… well?  (An aside – Brian Schlitter‘s middle name is Patrick. What a nerd.)

By the 8th inning, the score was 6-4, Katie (that’s me), was nearly asleep, and then Jorge Soler did a thing where he hit the ball, the guys on base advanced, two runs scored, and he wound up on second base. Then, wouldn’t you know, the game was tied up!

There was a long time of the ballgame being tied, and then this awesome thing happened:

And then the bottom of the ninth was quick and painless. Rizzo had 6 RBIs, so Arrieta’s rough outing didn’t matter.

October is coming. Let’s go.



1957 – In his first big league at-bat, Frank Ernaga hits a third inning home run to deep left field off future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn in Chicago’s 5-1 victory over Milwaukee. The rookie right fielder follows his Wrigley Field round tripper with a three bagger in the following frame to become the first Cubs player to have hit a home run and a triple in his major league debut.

1969 – For the first time since the start of the season, a span of forty-one games, Don Kessinger does not reach base. The Cubs Gold-Glove shortstop grounds out four times and hits into a fly-ball double play in his last at-bat during Chicago’s 7-5 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium.

2001 – Cincinnati is finally shut out when Cubs’ starter Jon Lieber one-hits the Reds on 79 pitches, 3-0. The span of 208 of games without being blanked establishes a new National League record, with the 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers (212) being the only teams with longer streaks.

2011Jo-Jo Reyes makes his 28th straight start without recording a victory, tying the major league record shared by Cliff Curtis (1910-11, Braves, Cubs, Phillies) and Matt Keough (1978-79, A’s). The Blue Jays southpaw, who leaves the game trailing 5-0 to New York after just three innings of work, hasn’t won a start since June 13, 2008.

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Game 36 Notes – Six in a row!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Pirates (1) @ Cubs (4)

W: Jon Lester (4-2)
L: Gerrit Cole (5-2)
S: Travis Wood (1)

The Cubs have won six games in a row. This is not a drill. I repeat, the Cubs have won six games in a row.


Jon Lester has had a slow warmup, but I think he’s finally hitting on 5 of his 6 cylinders. Today, he notched his 1,500th strikeout, going 7 innings and giving up one earned run. He is still 0-for-forever batting, but it will come, I know it.

The bullpen was alright and definitely interesting. Brian Schlitter was awful, as per usual. He might be a reverse Samson – if he cut his hair, maybe he will do better. Phil Coke and Jason Motte weren’t too shabby in their respective outings, allowing 0 runs and maintaining the lead. The best part of the night, however was this:

Travis Wood is officially a member of the Cubs’ bullpen. Joe Maddon made it official in his post-game conference. I’m all for a Dennis Eckersley like rebound for TWood, with him being my current favorite Cub and all. Here’s to hoping his relieving career takes off.


First things first. If you are unable to listen to Len and JD broadcast games, I am so sorry for you. They are a real treat. Len is all business most of the time. JD seems that way on the surface. However, if you really actually listen to him, he has some glorious nuggets of wisdom to pass on. A lot of them are borderline NSFW and are 100% hilarious if you get past the dryness of his humor.

Addison Russell is going to be a perennial All Star, you heard it here first. This kid is unbelievable. He delivers at the plate, his defense is phenomenal, he has the cutest face I have ever seen, and he is quite funny. Check out this instagram video of he and Kris Bryant doing silly things, here.

And here is a clip of the incredible catch he made tonight:

Yeah, I’m definitely a Russell fan. However, until he starts using pine tar, I will not be sitting anywhere near the Cubs’ dugout. Three times in his last 25 plate appearances, the bat has slipped from his hands, and twice it’s gone into the stands. Tonight he hit some chick in the shoulder. Given, she was out of her seat during the AB, so she may or may not have deserved it. (She was unharmed.)

The Cubs also scored two runs in the seventh without needing a hit! There were some walks, some errors, some stolen bases, a balk… it was quite interesting, and quite nice to get those insurance runs with minimal effort on our behalf.

Bill Madlock was the guest conductor for the seventh inning stretch. He mentioned that Steve Carlton was the toughest pitcher he faced, yet he hit .311 off him. He was enjoyable to listen to and seemed like a nice guy.

The Cubs have won six straight. Wood is a reliever now. Tsuyoshi Wada may be called up in the very near future. Exciting things are happening in Chicago. We are good. Let’s go, Cubs.



1977 – At Wrigley Field, the Cubs tie a franchise record, hitting seven home runs during a 23-7 pounding of the Padres. Larry Biittner goes deep twice with Dave Rosello, Gene Clines, Bobby Murcer, Jerry Morales, and Steve Ontiveros also clearing the ivy.

1979 – The Phillies beat the Cubs in a fifty-hit slugfest in the Windy City, 23-22. The 11 home runs hit in the game tie a major league mark, established by Chicago and their opponents playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field in both 1967 (Reds) and 1977 (Mets).

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Game 29 Notes – Let’s Pretend This One Didn’t Happen

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Cubs (4) @ Brewers (12)

W: Kyle Lohse (2-4)
L: Travis Wood (2-2)

Elation. Agony. Tears. Desperation. All of those things were involved in one way or another in tonight’s game.

The first few innings were fun. The Brewers scored a couple runs, and then this happened:

It was glorious. Beautiful. Picturesque!

And then the game got real ugly, real fast. Travis Wood fell apart, Edwin Jackson happened (I don’t know why he keeps happening), Phil Coke choked, and, as ridiculous as it sounds, the Cubs could not get a handle on Kyle Lohse and the Brewers’ pitching. The Cubs were so disjointed that Anthony Herrera pulled a Junior Lake circa 2014:

The second most exciting part of the evening was when David Ross (yes, the catcher) pitched a 1-2-3 inning. His inning was the most efficient Cubs pitching since the first. Check out his stuff:

The last position player to pitch for the Cubs was John Baker last season. Before that, it was Joe Mather (did you forget about him? I forgot about him.) Ross looked a little bit like a Dad throwing a coach-pitch little game.

Len and JD provided some comic relief between pitches with presidential impersonations of Tricky Dick Nixon and Ronald Reagan (“I am not a crook!” in reference to a missed call and “Tear down this wall!” in reference to KB’s home run.)

Other than that, the game was pretty deflating and frustrating. The Cubs lost to the worst team in baseball. The bullpen is horrendous. The team we had two weeks ago has disappeared into oblivion and we’re back to last season again. I know it is early, and in baseball you just never know, but it’s disconcerting when the team plays this badly against a bad team. The bullpen AND our 4 & 5 starters need some revamping. I expect some DFA’s to happen in the near future. (Edwin Jackson, anyone?)

On the bright side, Dexter Fowler is warming up nicely, and Rizzo has a great stretch at first base. Kris Bryant‘s potential keeps rising. Addison Russell is continuing to give Bryant a run for his money.

They’ll get it figured out. Joe is a smart guy. Theo is a whiz. Let’s leave this one here and keep moving forward.


3. – C.J. Edwards  (AA) – 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 K

4. – Kyle Schwarber  (AA) – 1-for-4, 1 K

5. – Albert Almora (AA) – 1-for-4

6. – Gleyber Torres (A) – 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K

7. – Duane Underwood (A+) – DNP

8. – Billy McKinney (A+) – 0-for-4, BB, K

9. – Pierce Johnson – Injury Rehab

10. – Jen-Ho Tseng (A+) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 K

11. – Eloy Jimenez (EXST)

12. – Jake Stinnett (A) – DNP

13. – Carson Sands (EXST)

14. – Jeimer Candelario (A+) – 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI

15. – Dan Vogelbach (AA) – 0-for-4, 1 K

16. – Justin Steele (EXST)

17. – Mark Zagunis (A+) – 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

18. – Victor Caratini (A+) – 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

19. – Corey Black (AA) – DNP

20. – Dylan Cease  (EXST)


Nothing notable today, so let’s go out and make something happen so we have something to add.

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