Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Cubs 7 Pirates 4

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Cubs 7 Pirates 4

The Cubs took advantage of a floundering Pirates team today (Yarrrr!!!!) and beat the Pirates 7-4. Chris Rusin got his first major league win and Starlin Castro sent his detractors back into the weeds with 4 RBI. Castro got the Cubs on the board in the third inning when his 3rd inning single drove in Luis Valbuena. The Cubs would extend it to 4-0 the next inning off of an Anthony Rizzo double and an Alfonso Soriano single. The Pirates would pull within run off of Rusin, reliever Jaye Chapman, and a sluggish James Russell. But Starlin Castro’s 3 run line shot into the left field bleachers would salt the game away. So take your hat off when you’re talking to me and be there while we feed the tree.




Chris Rusin had his best start as a Cub in getting his first win and the key was the pace with which he worked. Rusin pitched as if his car was parked in front of the firehouse on Waveland. Quick, quick, quick. The result was 4 hits and no walks while striking out 6 in 5 innings. Once again at the first sign of trouble Sveum got Rusin out of there after the first two batters got on in the sixth.  Either Sveum is really trying to get Rusin a win (not likely) or Sveum doesn’t expect anything more than 5-6 innings out of him. But as long as Rusin pitches with that kind of pace, he’s going to have the best chance to succeed. Chapman finally came back to earth with his first poor outing, allowing Rusin’s 2 runners and another to score. Then Russell, Corpas, Camp and Marmol in the been there, done that formation.




Nice to see Anthony Rizzo back in the lineup after a scary collision and fall against Houston on Tuesday night. Rizzo had a nice double to knock in two in the 4th inning. The hit was key as it A) came with the bases loaded and B) came against a left handed pitcher brought in exclusively to pitch to him.  And while he didn’t make the double play, Rizzo made a very nice defensive play n the 6th. Rizzo scooped the ball, ran to the base and fired the ball to home in one action. Safe to say he’s fully recovered.




Maybe it’s just me, but ever since Starlin Castro signed his extension, his detractors and haters, of which there are way too many, seem to have doubled their efforts. The cries when he makes an error or doesn’t draw a walk have gotten louder and more frequent. And when Castro didn’t backhand Starlin Castro’s ground ball in the 4th I was afraid of an encore. But Castro carried the Cubs today. And that line shot home run, which came as the Cubs saw their lead shrink to just one run, not only came at the right time, but is the type of Home Run that Castro could hit an easy 15-20 times a year. Will it inflate his homerun totals and not represent his true power? Yeah. Will I care? Noooo.


Kind of sad to see the Pirates take up residence in Davy Jones’ locker for a second year in a row. They’re a team you should like- they’re young, they hustle. But pitching has gone south. Whatever. It’s a win after an off day, which is something the Cubs don’t usually do. (I believe they’re now 5-14 after an off day) and they took my mind off of my Bears hangover, for which I’m eternally grateful. Jason Berken makes his Cubs debut in an abbreviated tryout to get invited to next year's camp. Until then.





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  • I'm both glad and sad when they win. Can't get over the feeling
    (first after Garza's injury before the trade deadline) that the Cub's
    2 best chances to improve the system are gone.

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    In reply to emartinezjr:

    This is a hard win not to like, since it's based largely on Castro with an assist from Rizzo, but, yes, we look to be giving up the #2 slot. Which is just so Cubs.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    If you want a win, you want it like it happened today. Good pitching from Rusin, solid offense from Castro and Rizzo.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Castro is a different hitter up there. If he doesn't get hurt, this will probably be the last year in a very long time we are even in the running for the #2 pick.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I get that feeling too. I don't think the Cubs are contenders next year but getting the feeling they'll be outside the top 5 picks -- especially if they keep Garza and pick up a FA pitcher or two.

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    In reply to emartinezjr:

    Rockies win, giving the Cubs a little more breathing room. But the real highlight to this one: the Rockies won by scoring 5 runs in the first off of -- wait for it -- Andrew Cashner. That trade is the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Only 2 games behind Colorado in the loss column! Could be down to 1 before the night is through. Go Cubs!

  • Here is a question for those who can answer this....which Pirates of Caribbean ride is better.....Disneyland or Disney World?

    Jason Berken pitches Saturday....Volstad on Sunday......

    Is Castro the next Jeter ? .......think about that for awhile.

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  • Len said Volstad. But you're right, it is Berken. Probably doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.

    I only went to the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disney World as I was thrown out of Disney Land for having holes in my jeans. But Disneyland pretty much sucks... So I'll say Disney World.

    Jeter is an interesting comparison but Castro might have a tad more pop and range. But Castro can't match El Capitan's focus or hustle....

  • In reply to felzz:

    How are you supposed to get your legs into your pants if there aren't holes?

  • In reply to felzz:

    Disneyland Pirates ride was built on 1700's New Orleans theme.....still good ride to be on.....All attraction rides at Disney World are bigger.......but I'll take Disneyland any day.......especially the Indiana Jones ride.

    Jeter had managers that focused their players on hustling all the time.......

    Now do a good job on reporting , but putting the blame on Len on his mistake of who will pitch is not an excuse.......Did you ever hear Walter Cronkite blame Huntley or Brinkley when he reported a mistake and blamed the guys over at NBC?....of course not....Cronkite re-re checked the facts before he reported........and don't say "it doesn't matter".......that does not look on a job resume or to a future employers.........if the Cubs were 40 games out of first place, and Rusin threw a no-hitter on the last day of the season, would it matter? sure does.

    So always check to make sure on what you are reporting on. is correct and true.......or you will be ending up working at FOX News sitting on a couch with a good looking blonde in a short skirt in the morning.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Well CubsTalk,

    I'm not sure the pantheon of great reporting will hold Cronkite, Brinkley and Felzz in the same wing but you're 100% correct. I should have checked the match-up myself. And while it won't matter in the long run, to state as such ( now actually twice) is even more heinous an action. I shall fix immediately.

    Although I'm interested in this good looking blonde in a short skirt on FOX. Is it that girl Carly who reads the emails on Imus's show? Because if it is then I'm just gonna ride the slippery slope of shoddy reporting. She's a honey. If you ever want to experience a truly "Blonde" moment, you tube "Carly gets punk'd on Imus". Utterly hilarious.

    Fixing now.

  • In reply to felzz:

    Forget the couch, I want a desk.
    You don't even have to wear pants when there's a desk.
    And yet the show must go on...

  • In reply to felzz:

    OMG Felzzy ... That was just toooo funny!!! Thanks for makin' me spit up my cawfee so early on a Saturday!!

    By the by ... I was fuming at Castro's hotdogging the error as Brenly was chastising him for same!! But gotta love the quick, gorgeous swing on the 3-run rope!! RizzOMG's double was a thing of beauty ... an inside FB from a lefty - he smoked it.

    Anyone know about rumors that the Convention will not be held at the Hilton this year???

  • I gotta say felzz you do a great job with the recap, keep it up. I'm looking forward to watching Berken pitch and looking for rizzo and the other young guys to keep me dreaming of this young core competing for a WS one day.

  • Nice to see a couple of the core guys do well today. The side effect is an unnecessary win. It happens.

    Why can't the other bad teams start playing good baseball down the stretch?

  • A bit on this punk called Castro in regards to the rest of mlb's shortstops. Did you know that he is 14th in BB and DB, 12th in OBP, and 8th in HR and AVG.? But wait, did you know that he is 1st in RBI and 3B (tie), and 3rd in slugging and hits? Fielding, you ask? Well, he's 1st in error... but, he's first in putouts and 2nd in chances and assists. All of this in an off year. He's 22 and improving. Not calling out this site, just the haters who won't shut up. Quit nitpicking and celebrate. This guy is special.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    ^ This!!!

  • A Belly reference in a recap? Now I've seen it all!

    And speaking of honeys, Tonya Donnely is a cutie, or used to be back in the day.

  • Yeah, Tonya Donnelly was a cutie. The band previous to Belly, Throwing Muses, had a couple good looking women. And they played good music too.

    Break the curse, couldn't agree with you more about Castro. Well done.

  • "Rusin pitched as if his car was parked in front of the firehouse on Waveland. Quick, quick, quick."


    The key is to pitch quick to keep your defense on its toes but not so quick that you lose focus on what you're doing out there. Zambrano was always a good one for that.

    Plus if you get in a rhythm it's easy to stay in it when you work fast. That's why you see hitters stepping out... their jock doesn't really need adjusting, they're trying to disrupt your rhythm.

    And then there's Steve Trachsel, the Human Rain Delay. It would have been hard not to yell "just throw the %$&*@ ball!!!" at him.

  • "and they took my mind off of my Bears hangover, for which I’m eternally grateful."

    Hey, felzz, I think you guys should start a Bears blog now. I know, "like we have nothing else to do". But think of the contribution you'd be making to mankind. Legacy.

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