Before we’re all fixated on our Chicago Blackhawks tonight, why don’t we look at the series that was and get ready for tomorrow’s series.
6/21 vs. Astros: W 3-1
6/22 vs. Astros: L 3-4
6/23 vs. Astros: W 14-6
6/21- Looks like Matt Garza has found a nice rhythm with Cubs’ catcher Dioner Navarro, who he was matched up with for the second straight start. He set season highs in innings pitched and strikeouts and earned his third quality start of the season. In his last two starts, Garza has given up one earned run over 15 innings. In this game, he pitched eight innings and gave up one run on four hits and struck out eight. There wasn’t much offense but with Garza’s dominant start, they didn’t need much. Anthony Rizzo, Scott Hairston and Darwin Barney all homered. Darwin Barney had a nice game overall going 3-for-4 and falling a triple short of the cycle. Matt Garza missed a chance for a complete game after he walked Jose Altuve to start the ninth. Kevin Gregg came in and successfully closed the game to earn his eleventh save.
6/22- Both starting pitchers (Bud Norris and Travis Wood) delivered quality starts, but in what has become a common theme, the Cubs wasted a solid effort by one of their starting pitchers and missed multiple scoring chances in their 4-3 loss to the Astros on Saturday. Cubs’ starter Travis Wood cruised for 5 2/3 innings with a three run lead before surrendering a game tying three run homer to J.D. Martinez in the sixth. Although there were a couple questionable calls by the umpires, the team can’t blame them for the loss because they had a chance to pull ahead several times. They left eight runners on base and only went 1-for-7 (RISP.) With the game tied at three in the ninth against Kevin Gregg, Justin Maxwell doubled to lead off and then moved up on Matt Dominguez’s sacrifice bunt. Former Cub Ronny Cedeño then bunted toward first and Maxwell was able to score the game winning run. It was only the fourth time in 25 games that Gregg allowed a run. There were some positives though; Nate Schierholtz hit his 10th. home run for the Cubs (career high) and Travis Wood picked up his 14th. quality start (most in Majors) despite the loss.
6/23- Ryan Sweeney is hot. And yes, you can take that as you’d like. I think all of us were surprised at the offensive outburst the Cubs had. Ryan Sweeney, who is currently filling in for David DeJesus, nearly doubled his RBI total for the season on Sunday, driving in a career-high six runs, including three on his third home run of the year. Anthony Rizzo knocked in four, adding a two run homer in the eighth inning to back Jeff Samardzija and lead the Cubs to a 14-6 pounding of the Astros and earn the series win and score in double digits for the first time all season. The Cubs are now 8-3 against American League teams this season. Jeff Samardzija went seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. The Cubs were 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position but they went 6-for-11 on Sunday. Astros starter Jordan Lyles was charged with eight runs over five innings.
Next up for the Cubs is a quick three game series in Milwaukee, here are the probable pitchers and game details:
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 @ 7:10 p.m. CT
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 @ 7:10 p.m. CT
Thursday, June 27, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m. CT
Matt Garza, RHP (2-1, 4.25 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta, RHP (5-8, 5.59 ERA)
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