Ivy’s Roundup: Snakebitten

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Let’s get this outta the way before the Cubs play the AngLOLs in Anaheim…

5/31 vs. Diamondbacks: W 7-2

6/01 vs. Diamondbacks: L 4-12

6/02 vs. Diamondbacks: L 4-8

 

 

5/31- It was like a home run derby for the Cubs as Alfonso Soriano (two-run shot), Scott Hairston (grand slam)  and Cody Ransom (solo homer) all hit homers to back Matt Garza and allow him to earn his first win of the season and give the Cubs their fifth straight win. Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings and held the D-backs to two runs on six hits; he struck out four and walked none. Friday’s outing extended Garza’s streak of surrendering three or fewer earned runs at Wrigley Field to 19 consecutive starts, dating back to June 2011. In that stretch, Garza is 8-4 with a 2.01 ERA. The Cubs came out swinging right off the bat with Soriano hitting his two run homer in the first. The Diamondbacks decided to walk him in the third inning instead of facing him while the Cubs already had runners at second and third. Scott Hairston made them regret that decision, sending Arizona’s starter Wade Miley’s slider to left field for a grand slam. Travis Wood hit a grand slam just the game before; that was the first time since 1998 that the Cubs hit grand slams in back to back games. The Cubs closed May on a high note, and ended with a 13-14 record.

6/01- This was a game from hell, and left us questioning which Cubs team is the one we are going to see most in this 2013 season. Is it the dominant one that gets timely hits or the one that doesn’t show patience at the plate and has a bullpen that blows the lead? It was the second consecutive inning in which the Cubs were handing out too many walks. Jeff Samardzija was pulled in the seventh after giving up two walks, then James Russell took over and he walked another. Arizona’s Jason Kubel came up to the plate and hit a bases clearing double that gave Arizona the 4-3 lead. Carlos Marmol then came in and in the eighth gave up a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt which gave the Diamondbacks the 8-4 lead. Jeff Samardzija pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out eleven. He had two bases loaded jam situations in which he was able to escape, but that resulted in a high pitch count (115). The Diamondbacks added another four runs in the ninth and ended up with a total of 17 hits and the win which snapped the Cubs 5-game win streak.

6/02- Edwin Jackson’s struggles continue as he pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on twelve hits and walked three, which allowed the Diamondbacks to take the series from the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs biggest acquisition hopes to change things on his next outing, as of right now he is 1-7 with a 7.87 ERA in nine starts at Wrigley Field. As the game started, it seemed as though the Cubs would get back to the way they had been playing. They had the bases loaded but they were able to only walk away with one run.

Looking Ahead

The Cubs now head to Anaheim to pay a visit to Albert Pujols, for a quick two game road trip. Here are the probable pitchers and game details:

 

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 @ 9:05 p.m. CT

Scott Feldman, RHP (5-4, 2.82 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver, RHP (1-1, 3.71 ERA)

 

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 @ 6:05 p.m. CT

Matt Garza, RHP (1-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas, LHP (5-3, 3.34 ERA)

 

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

-Ivy

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