Ivy's Roundup: Make my Split a Double

Ivy's Roundup: Make my Split a Double

It's been a relatively busy week for Team WSD and the Cubs have continued to play games as 2014 winds down with contention a fading hope (or let's be honest, we knew it wasn't gonna happen in late-May at the latest).  There have been some bright spots, some All-Star performances, and some great glimpses into what the future might bring.  Here's a look at those games we actually were following, but just didn't have time to recap until now...

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers - Wrigley Field

8/11: L

Brewers 3, Cubs 1

W: Gallardo (7-6) L: Arrieta (6-4)

 

Yovani Gallardo pitched a solid game for the Brewers, he struck out six and walked none over seven innings. Jake Arrieta was coming off a loss to the Rockies in which he gave up nine runs on 13 hits over five innings. After Mark Reynolds hit his 20th homer, Arrieta retired 13 in a row; Ryan Braun ended that streak with a leadoff single in the seventh. One out later, Ryan Braun tried to score on Scooter Gennett's double but was thrown out at home. Khris Davis then hit an RBI double to put the Brewers ahead, 2-1. The Cubs, who set a franchise record with 44 strikeouts in three games against the Rays the past weekend, struck out nine times against the Brewers and went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring positions.

 

8/12: W

Cubs 3, Brewers 0

W: Hendricks (4-1) L: Peralta (14-7)

 

Another game, another quality start for Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks. He took a shutout into the eighth before handing the game off to the bullpen. The Brewers loaded the bases on three singles with one out in the eighth to force Hendricks after 96 pitches, but Pedro Strop got Jonathan Lucroy to ground into an inning-ending double play. This was Hendricks' fifth straight quality start, and he's the first Cubs rookie to post that many in a row since Randy Wells in 2009; he began his run on July 22nd against the Padres. The Cubs took a one-run lead in the second on Justin Ruggiano's RBI single, and opened a two-run lead in the fourth on Arismendy Alcantara's RBI single. Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since July 22th and 26th of the season leading off the sixth inning to close the scoring.

 

8/13: W

Cubs 4, Brewers 2

W: Wada (2-1) L: Lohse (11-7)

 

Javier Baez hit his first Wrigley Field homer in the first of back to back homers with Anthony Rizzo, who hit his 27th to not get shown up by the rookie.  The offense led Tsuyoshi Wada to the win, despite allowing his own back to back homers in the 7th. This was the fifth time the Cubs have hit back to back blasts this season, and the first time Baez and Rizzo have done so. After the back-to-back jacks, Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse gave up a single to Castro and struck out Luis Valbuena. But Lohse apparently hurt his right ankle in the third, and was done after finishing the inning, striking out both Arismendy Alcantara and John Baker. Wada posted the seventh straight quality start by a Chicago pitcher despite giving up those back to back home runs by Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado with two outs in the seventh.

 

8/14: L

Brewers 6, Cubs 2

W: Fiers (2-1) L: Jackson (6-13)

 

Brewers’ starter Mike Fiers struck out a career-high 14 batters over six innings and became the first pitcher with that many strikeouts against the Cubs since the Diamondbacks' Curt Schilling struck out 14 on Aug. 22, 2003. Edwin Jackson wasn’t as impressive…again. He has thrown a no-hitter, he's pitched in the postseason, and yet he's struggled since joining the Cubs. Last year, he led the National League in losses, with 18, and on Thursday, he suffered his 13th loss of the season. Jackson was charged with five runs over 4 2/3 innings and his ERA rose to 5.74, highest among qualifying NL starters. It's the sixth time in 25 starts he's been unable to finish the fifth inning.  The Cubs split a series that they very much could have won against the division leaders, but that's baseball.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets - Citi Field

8/15: L

Mets 3, Cubs 2

W: Wheeler (8-8) L: Wood (7-10)

On a day when Rice was hanging out in Cooperstown and on his way to Boston, the Cubs were actually in New York City beginning their series with the Mets.  Ironically Rice started out in NYC and drove to Cooperstown that very morning before heading to Boston, but that's neither here nor there.

Rice did get to follow the game, and at first it was fine.  The Cubs scratched out two early runs.  But oh, the strikeouts!  And Travis Wood, despite having a solid enough start, walked too many people and only lasted 5.1 innings after giving up all the runs on a 3-run bomb by Eric Campbell.  That was unfortunately all the Mets needed to secure the opening victory.  Meanwhile, Starlin Castro kept hitting...

 

8/16: L

Mets 7, Cubs 3

W: Niese (7-8) L: Straily (1-3)

...and then Starlin Castro couldn't buy a hit in this game, ending his hitting streak.  The newest Cub, Dan Straily, who came over in the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade along with some other dudes, made his debut and except for two very bad innings, he was okay.  Between the Cubs wasting scoring chances, the ongoing strikeout issue, and Straily's own lack of command, however, he was chased in the 6th inning as he was responsible for all the runs, including an out that should have been recorded on Arismendy Alcantara's error on a would-be sacrifice fly by Juan Lagares.

 

8/17: W

Cubs 2, Mets 1

W: Strop (2-4) L: Mejia (5-6)

Remember when Starlin Castro's hitting streak ended?  Well, he decided to start another one.  After Pedro Strop blew the save by giving up the tying run (an unearned run after a rare Rizzo error), Castro belted a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth and that ended up winning the game.  Rice was at a nature walk and then at the Harpoon Brewery most of the day but got to follow it on Gameday.  Nice.

 

8/18: W

Cubs 4, Mets 1

W: Hendricks (5-1) L: Carlyle (1-1) SV: Rondon (18)

Repeat after me, kids...

"Kyle Hendricks is not Greg Maddux."
"Kyle Hendricks is not Greg Maddux."
"Kyle Hendricks is not Greg Maddux."
"Kyle Hendricks is not Greg Maddux."
But boy is he good despite not being Greg Maddux.  The Cubs split this series, and let's just end with this:

Yeah yeah, strikeouts blah blah, they'll figure it out.

 

Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants - Wrigley Field

Next for the Cubs is a three-game series vs. the Giants starting Monday evening. This starts the 1990s homestand, and we has a sad:

 

 

I guess we'll let the Cubs figure it out for themselves. I mean, Sammy Sosa was pretty cool. Here are the upcoming games, broadcast info and pitching matchups:

Tuesday, August 19
7:05 PM Central
Ryan Vogelsong vs. Tsuyoshi Wada
TV = CSN

Wednesday, August 20
7:05 PM Central
Jake Peavy vs. Edwin Jackson
TV = WCIU

Thursday, August 21
7:05 PM Central
Madison Bumgarner vs. Travis Wood
TV = CSN

 

 

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-Ivy

 

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