As life tends to do now and then, things get busy and we are unable to do the series break down. But never fear, Ivy has you covered with a week's worth of recaps.Here is the recap of the last series vs. the Giants and Orioles:
Cubs 2, Giants 1
W: Wada (3-1) L: Vogelsong (7-9)
The Cubs and Giants played 4 1/2 innings Tuesday when a sudden torrential downpour stopped the game. The Wrigley Field grounds crew, who is usually on top of their game, had difficulty putting the tarp on, and the infield was left soaking wet. When the rain did stop, the crew tried to repair the damage, but the field was determined unplayable, and the game was called after a four-hour, 34-minute delay. The Cubs led, 2-0, after 4 1/2 innings but the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the game would resume in the bottom of the fifth. MLB cited Rule 4.12 (a)(3), blaming a "malfunction of a mechanical device under control of the home club." Cubs’ Jacob Turner started the Giants' sixth inning and retired the first two batters. Adam Duvall then doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Joe Panik's single. That is all that the Giants would put together offensively. As for the Cubs; Anthony Rizzo's two-run home run in the first inning Tuesday was enough to give them the 2-1 victory on Thursday.
Giants 8, Cubs 3
W: Peavy (3-12) L: Jackson (6-14)
Anno and I attended this game, and as soon as we saw who was pitching we knew it would be a long night…and it was. Edwin Jackson put up his shortest start of the season. He threw 61 pitches over 2 2/3 innings; he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts against 18 batters. Jackson has had 26 starts this season and only seven have been quality starts. He has averaged 6.3 hits, 4.7 strikeouts and just over 5 1/3 innings per outing. He has allowed four runs or more in 12 starts, and his only scoreless outing was a win over the Brewers on May 17th. Offensively, the Cubs came within two when Chris Valaika hit his first homer of the season, a two-run homer. Luis Valbuena added a solo shot, he went 3-for-4 and finished a double shy of the cycle. The bullpen had to finish the final 6 1/3 innings. Carlos Villanueva, Wesley Wright and Kyuji Fujikawa combined to allow just one earned run on six hits, eight strikeouts and no walks.
Giants 5, Cubs 3
W: Bumgarner (14-9) L: Wood (7-11)
Madison Bumgarner struck out a season-high 12 batters. Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo were the only ones that could muster up anything against him when they hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning. On the other, Cubs’ starter Travis Wood is now winless in his last 12 starts, giving up 40 earned runs over 66 innings in that stretch for a 5.73 ERA. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval had a great game against the Cubs; they combined to go 7-for-8 and drove in three runs to lead the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the Cubs.
Cubs 4, Orioles 1
W: Arrieta (7-4) L: Gausman (7-5)
Jake Arrieta was the Orioles' fifth-round pick in 2007. He was dealt to the Cubs along with Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger in July 2013. He has been everything the Cubs had hoped for and more. Arrieta gave up one run on four hits over seven innings, and Javier Baez and Luis Valbuena each hit a solo home run to lift the Cubs to a 4-1 W over the Orioles. Nelson Cruz would be the only O to get to Arrieta; he hit a home run with one out in the seventh. The Cubs added a run in their half when pinch-hitter Chris Valaika doubled and scored two batters later on Arismendy Alcantara's infield single. Luis Valbuena hit his 12th. home run with one out in the fourth, Ryan Sweeney later doubled and scored on Watkins' single. Javier Baez also added a homer, hitting his sixth home run of the season.
Cubs 7, Orioles 2
W: Grimm (4-2) L: Norris (11-8)
Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks started the game but could not end it. The Cubs had to wait for another long rain delay, a three-hour, nine minute delay to be exact. Hendricks' streak of quality starts ended at six due to the delay, which he knew was coming. Ricky ended up using four relievers, led by winning pitcher Justin Grimm, who pitched 3 1/3 hitless innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Wesley Wright followed with 1 2/3 innings, striking out two. Rookie Neil Ramirez pitched a one-hit eighth and rookie Zac Rosscup finished off the Orioles in the ninth. Javier Baez had three strikeouts but was able to erase that with a solo home run in the seventh. Baez also homered Friday; it was the first time in his career hitting homers in back to back games.
Cubs 2, Orioles 1
W: Wada (4-1) L: Gonzalez (6-7)
We have talked about the less than stellar seasons that Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson have been having, but really, the Cubs have had really good starting pitching in the form of Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada. Wada had a no-hitter going, which was erased by Steve Pearce home run. Wada did set a career high eight strikeouts and gave up only that home run over 6 1/3 innings as the Cubs beat the Orioles, 2-1, to sweep the Interleague series. Wada got all the run support he would need in the fifth when Arismendy Alcantara hit his fourth homer of the season and Chris Coghlan doubled in the sixth and scored one out later on Anthony Rizzo's double. This was the Cubs second sweep, the last one came against the Red Sox in Fenway Park, June 30-July 2.
Next the Cubs head to Cincinnati for a three-game series vs. the Reds starting this evening. I hear there is someone very special joining them. Here are the upcoming games and probable pitchers:
Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds
Tuesday, August 26, 6:10 PM CDT, Great American Ball Park
Travis Wood, LHP vs. Johnny Cueto, RHP
Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday, August 27, 6:10 PM CDT, Great American Ball Park
Jacob Turner, RHP vs. TBA
Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, August 28, 11:35 AM CDT, Great American Ball Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP vs. TBA
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!
Tags: Anthony Rizzo, Arismendy Alcantara, Carlos Villanueva, Chris Coghlan, Chris Valaika, Edwin Jackson, Jacob Turner, Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez, Justin Grimm, Justin Ruggiano, Kyle Hendricks, Kyuji Fujikawa, Luis Valbuena, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Welington Castillo, Wesley Wright, Zac Rosscup