Archive for the ‘game recap’ Category

The Starlin Castro era is upon us

Well Cub fans, heeeeee’s heeerrrreee!  The Chicago Cubs called up rookie phenom Starlin Castro today to shore up their lacking infield defense and ideally provide some offense spark. The 20 year old Dominican native made a historical first impression by belting a 3-run home run in his first Major League at bat, and following that up with […]

May 7, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: game recap, lineup, players, roster  No Comments

Fallout from the Cubs opening day blowout

Yes, it’s just one game, and no it was not lost due to the horrendously blown call on the trap by Nate McClouth on Marlon Byrd. Today’s 2010 season opener against the Braves in Atlanta was a lousy game from top to bottom. Cubs were twice doubled off base, committed 2 errors, pitchers walked 8 […]

April 5, 2010  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game recap, game strategy, lineup, Lou Piniella, players, roster  No Comments

Sam Fuld makes it easy on Lou

Yet another Cubs farm hand has been promoted to the big club, and making an impact.  When Lou Piniella finally sat star outfielder Alfonso Soriano yesterday, it was rookie Sam Fuld that call the call to play left field. He made things easy on Lou by going 2 for 4 with a double and a […]

July 2, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game recap, lineup, Lou Piniella, players, stats  No Comments

Lou has had enough with the tantrums

In the second installment of this season’s Cubs vs White Sox Crosstown Classic, tempers boiled within the Cubs family once again. Lou Piniella has apparently had enough of that, and frankly I think it is about time he took more control of this club. After two strikeouts and a routine fly out, Milton Bradley threw […]

June 27, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: game recap, Jim Hendry, Lou Piniella, observations, oldschool, players  No Comments

It was 25 years ago today

Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg made is bones to a national TV audience exactly 25 years ago today. Then a whispy, relative unknown to most fans outside Chicago, Ryno hit not one, but two game tying home runs off of former Cub Bruce Sutter in a thrilling victory over the rival St. Louis […]

June 23, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, game day, game recap, oldschool, on this date, other Cubs sites, players, rivalries  2 Comments

Carlos Zambrano announces his retirement

Chicago Cubs pitching ace Carlos Zambrano got his 100th career victory at Cincinnati on Friday. Everything about the game was quintessential Big Z. He was nearly unhittable, but walked 5 in 6 2/3 innings. He batted lefty against right handed Reds pitcher Micah Owings and couldn’t catch up to his fastball. So when he came to […]

June 6, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: controversy, game recap, oddities, players  No Comments

Did Lou concede yesterday’s game?

Cubs manager Lou Piniella filled out a most unusual lineup card yesterday. He started just two regulars (Derrek Lee & Kosuke Fukudome), one rookie’s first every MLB game (Bobby Scales), and his #5 starter (Sean Marshall) to face reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum. “We’re in a stretch of 20 straight games […]

May 6, 2009  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: game recap, game strategy, lineup, Lou Piniella, observations  No Comments

Ted Lilly takes No-No into the 7th

The game time temperature was 36 degrees, rainy, wind off the lake at 10mph. Cubs starter Ted Lilly didn’t seem to mind. He tooka no-hitter into the 7th inning on what was obviously a pitchers day if it favored anyone at all. Ted Lilly pitched a gem in pursuit of his 34th win as a Cub – […]

April 13, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: game recap, players, stats  No Comments