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Posts in category "Game Recap"

A Whimper--Dodgers A Metric Ton Cubs 1

A Whimper--Dodgers A Metric Ton Cubs 1
Well there wasn’t much bang for the Cubs in their final game of 2017. The drama was removed quickly as the Dodgers flipped the script from games 1-4. Jose Quintana walked Chris Taylor after yet another lengthy, grinding at bat from the Dodger leadoff hitter to start the game. Justin Turner struck out which provided... Read more »

Play it Again, Jake--Cubs 3 Dodgers 2

Play it Again, Jake--Cubs 3 Dodgers 2
The Dodgers outplayed the Cubs for 3 games. They always responded instantly to any outburst from the limp Cubs bat, and then added some additional runs when needed. The bullpen has been invicible, and there was little that made you think the outcome would be much different tonight. That is all except for Jake Arrieta.... Read more »

Death by eye-level cutters: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1

Death by eye-level cutters: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1
It’s simple. The Cubs cannot continue to pitch like they have and put up plate appearances like they have and expect to win anything. If one of those two things improves, then they have a shot. If not, the season will be over in plenty of time for me to binge-watch Stranger Things when season... Read more »
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A Bit of a Downer--Dodgers 5 Cubs 2

A Bit of a Downer--Dodgers 5 Cubs 2
The Cubs had such a promising start to the evening. Jon Jay went down quickly on strikes to Clayton Kershaw, but a Kris Bryant single and Anthony Rizzo walk gave the Cubs an early scoring chance. Willson Contreras struck out looking and Albert Almora hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Jose Quintana... Read more »

What If?--Nationals 5 Cubs 0

What If?--Nationals 5 Cubs 0
This game had drama and intrigue for more than a day before the first pitch. The reason why the game was being played today. Who was going to pitch for the Nationals? Why did Stephen Strasburg have a change of heart? The narrative machine was in overdrive before Jake Arrieta‘s first pitch on a soggy... Read more »

Grand Larceny--Cubs 2 Nationals 1

Grand Larceny--Cubs 2 Nationals 1
The Cubs and Nationals have played three incredible baseball games. There are a few themes that have developed in these heart-stopping affairs. The starting pitching has been as good as advertised and more. The games have been incredibly tight with remarkable plays made by each side. One thing that changed was the amount of mistakes... Read more »
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When the Levee Breaks--Cubs 3 Nationals 0

When the Levee Breaks--Cubs 3 Nationals 0
Postseason baseball is finally here. I am not sure what the 6 other games that were played after game 162 was completed prior to the Cubs and Nationals, but I don’t recognize games averaging 12 runs as play off baseball. The Cubs and Nationals had two starters at the top of their game absolutely dueling... Read more »

Not a Very Nice Ending--Reds 3 Cubs 1

Not a Very Nice Ending--Reds 3 Cubs 1
The Cubs lost game 70 but that is okay. The Cubs are good enough, smart enough to make the postseason. And dog gone it people like this team. Well we like this team. Mike Montgomery drew the start to rest Jake Arrieta‘s achy hamstring for a little bit longer before the games mean something again.... Read more »

Spring Training in September: Cubs 9, Reds 0

Spring Training in September: Cubs 9, Reds 0
The Cubs continued to play out the last games on their regular season schedule against the Reds. Today had the feel of a Saturday afternoon in early March at Sloan Park. Being a home game, you got to see a couple at bats from the big stars. Then about the 5th inning came a slew... Read more »
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Division Champs! Cubs 5, Cardinals 1

Division Champs! Cubs 5, Cardinals 1
On a night like this, all it takes is a big inning. The Cubs got that in the 7th inning tonight after Michael Wacha had stymied them for six straight, looking the whole way like he was singlehandedly going to prevent the Cubs from celebrating in St. Louis. But while Wacha was doing his fine... Read more »