Ivy’s Round-Up: Rocking the Rockies

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The Cubs were able to keep the momentum going after winning their last two games against the Nationals. With the win last night the Cubs took two of three from the Rockies for their first series win at Wrigley Field this season. They’ve gotten into a nice little rhythm, winning four of their last five games and everyone seems to be swinging the bat better, even Darwin Barney…shocking, I know. Here is a recap of the Rockies series.

 

5/13 vs. Rockies W 9-1

5/14 vs. Rockies L 4-9

5/15 vs. Rockies W 6-3

 

5/13- Travis Wood seems to be a different pitcher this season compared to last. He struggled early in Spring Training in 2012 and started off the season in Triple-A, but this season it’s been a whole different kind of Wood. He pitched his eighth consecutive quality start (first left-hander to do that since 1919) and also hit an RBI double. Wood held the Rockies to two hits and walked three giving up no runs over seven innings. There was plenty of offense although Wood didn’t need that much. Alfonso Soriano hit a two run homer, his 376th. career homer, which ties him with Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk (69th. all time list).  Starlin Castro, Nate Schierholtz and David DeJesus all drove in two runs each to back Wood and give the Cubs the 9-1 win.

5/14- I attended this game, my second of the season, and it wasn’t pretty. Carlos Villanueva has struggled his last two outings after a great start, therefore not making a very good case to stay in the Cubs’ rotation after Matt Garza returns. Carlos Villanueva allowed seven runs on twelve hits, including two home runs over five innings of work. On the other hand Rockies’ starter Jeff Francis was very efficient. He had great command, and threw a lot of first pitch strikes. He held the Cubs to one run on three hits and struck out seven in six innings. Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez had a great night; he went 5-for-5, including two homers, which were career-highs for him. He seems to play very well against the Cubs though; he has a career .427 average against them. The only positive on the Cubs side was seeing Darwin Barney go 3-for-4 including a solo homer in the fifth and an RBI double in the ninth inning, but the Cubs couldn’t complete the comeback and came up short, thus ending their three game winning streak.

5/15- Jeff Samardzija finally got back in the win column after taking matters into his own hands. The righty held the Rockies to two runs and struck out seven over eight strong innings and also hit a two run homer to give the Cubs the lead. He got into a good rhythm early, needing only nine pitches to get through the first inning. This was the 24th, quality start by a Chicago pitcher this season. Offensively, David DeJesus led off the game with a solo homer and the Rockies would tie it up in the second but Samardzija made sure it wouldn’t stay that way; Darwin Barney doubled and Samardzija hit the first pitch from former White Sox pitcher Jon Garland into the bleachers for his second career home run. His other homer was in 2009 vs. the Brewers. Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo added RBI singles and Alfonso Soriano added another run on a fielder’s choice. Kevin Gregg came in, in a non-save situation and made things interesting towards the end, but he was able to close it out without jeopardizing Samardzija’s win.

 

Looking Ahead

The!Cubs continue their home stand with three games against the Mets beginning tomorrow afternoon. Here are the probable pitchers and game details:

 

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

Friday, May 17, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. CT

Matt Harvey, RHP (4-0, 1.44 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson, RHP (1-5, 6.02 ERA)

 

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 12:05 p.m. CT

Jeremy Hefner, RHP (0-4, 4.61 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman, RHP (3-3, 2.53 ERA)

 

New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs

Sunday, May 19, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. CT

Dillon Gee, RHP (2-5, 6.13 ERA) vs. Travis Wood, LHP (4-2, 2.03 ERA)

 

Thank you so much for reading and as always, Go Cubs!

-Ivy

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