Tagged: 2011

Cubs Outplay Arizona on the Diamond

The Diamondbacks led off Randy Wells with a home run off the bat of Willie Bloomquist to take an early 1-0 lead Monday, but that was all they would touch Cubs pitching for.  Alfonso Soriano tied the game with his second home run in as many days, and of the season, leading off the 3rd inning.  The Cubs loaded the bases in the 4th inning, and scored the go-ahead run on a Carlos Pena sacrifice fly.  Carlos Pena made a nice defensive play to make the first out of the 7th inning with a putout to Sean Marshall.  Kerry Wood got into a jam in the 8th after a Starlin Castro error, a single, and an intentional walk to load the bases, but managed to escape the inning unharmed, much like he did yesterday.  In the 8th, Geovany Soto doubled off the left field wall to score Aramis Ramirez.  Later in the inning, Soriano singled to score Soto and give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.  Carlos Marmol came in to pitch the 9th inning after a loss and a blown save Sunday, and earned his 2nd save of the season as the Cubs won 4-1.

The Cubs are now 2-2 and pull ahead of St. Louis to break the tie for third place, dependent on tonight’s Pittsburgh-St. Louis game.
As of the end of the game today, the NL Central standings are:
1) Cincinnati Reds     3-0  0GB
2) Pittsburgh Pirates  2-1  1GB
3) Chicago Cubs        2-2  1.5GB
4) St. Louis Cardinals 1-2  2GB
5) Houston Astros       0-3  3GB
6) Milwaukee Brewers  0-4 3.5GB
Triple-C Three Stars of the Game:
#3) Alfonso Soriano
#2) Randy Wells
#1) Geovany Soto
Next Game: vs. Arizona at 1:20 PM Tuesday on Comcast SportsNet
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Cubs Move into Tie for 2nd with Comeback Victory over Pittsburgh

The Cubs moved into a tie for 2nd, and potentially 1st by the end of action tonight, on Saturday with a comeback 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.  Pittsburgh opened up the scoring in the first with a Pedro Alvarez single into Right Field scoring Jose Tabata.  Tabata would score again on a Neil Walker double in the 3rd before Garrett Jones hit a solo shot, chasing Carlos Zambrano, to make it a 3-0 ballgame in Pittsburgh’s favor.

But in the 8th, Starlin Castro doubled into the ivy on the outfield wall to score Kosuke Fukudome.  On the following play, Castro scored on a Marlon Byrd reach by error for the second consecutive game.  Alfonso Soriano earned the equalizer, in much the same fashion the Blackhawks had late in regulation of their OT victory Friday, with a single to knock in Geovany Soto.  Tyler Colvin walked to load the bases for pinch hitter Blake DeWitt, who proceeded to hit the game-winning double scoring Soto and Soriano.
Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless 7th inning after Zambrano was taken out in a 2-2 count to Ronny Cedeno with no outs in the inning.  Sean Marshall followed with a scoreless 8th inning and a win before Carlos Marmol came in and struck out all 3 batters he faced to earn the save and send the Cubs to a 5-3 victory, their first of the season.
Triple-C 3 Stars of the Game:
#3) Cubs Bullpen (Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall, and Carlos Marmol)
#2) Starlin Castro
#1) Blake DeWitt

Opening Day is Here!

The day we’ve all been waiting for since last October, or, if we are lucky enough, since October 14, 1908, is finally here.

Will today be like 2008, when a rookie, Kosuke Fukudome’s, 9th inning 3-run Home Run tied the game 3-3, only to lose in the 10th innings but starting a magnificent season of Chicago Cubs baseball?
Or maybe like 2009, when Alfonso Soriano hit the second pitch of the season out of the park as the Cubs put up huge numbers and won, but at the start of a disappointing season?
Or maybe, and hopefully not, like 2010 where the offense picked up its game only for the pitching to falter as the Cubs lose 16-5 to start another disappointing season highlighted by rookies Andrew Cashner, Starlin Castro, and Tyler Colvin?
Or maybe the 2011 Cubs write their own story against the Pittsburgh Pirates and simply “Win one for Ronnie”?  Only time will tell, but today’s game should be exciting regardless.

Darwin Barney Wins Opening Day Second Base Job

According to Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat’s twitter, the Cubs have selected Darwin Barney to start on Opening Day at second base.  Barney made his major league debut last season and is applauded most for glove, while showing that he can hit this spring.

The line-up for Opening Day will be:
RF #1 Kosuke Fukudome
SS #13 Starlin Castro
CF #24 Marlon Byrd
3B #16 Aramis Ramirez
1B #22 Carlos Pena
C   #18 Geovany Soto
LF #12 Alfonso Soriano
2B #15 Darwin Barney
P   #46 Ryan Dempster

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