Ivy's Roundup: Nothing's Ever Easy

Ivy's Roundup: Nothing's Ever Easy

Here is the recap for the Cubs’ short home series against those damn Yankees:

5/20: W

Cubs 6, Yankees 1

W: Hammel (5-2) L: Tanaka (6-1)

Masahiro Tanaka hadn’t lost a regular-season game since August 19, 2012 — a span of 42 starts between Japan and the U.S.  Despite having the worst record in Major League Baseball entering play Tuesday, the Cubs became the first team to beat him in almost two years, pulling off a 6-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The Cubs also became the first MLB team to face Tanaka twice after the 25-year-old righty tossed eight shutout innings against the Cubs in New York last month. Tuesday, it was a different story, the Cubs hammered out eight hits. Luis Valbuena, Mike Olt and John Baker – who went a combined 0-for-9 with six strikeouts against Tanaka in the Bronx – did most of the damage with six hits. Valbuena went 0-for-3 in New York against Tanaka, but Tuesday night he became the first player to get three hits off Tanaka in a single game. Jason Hammel picked up the win, although the game did not start well for him. He deflected a comebacker by leadoff man Brett Gardner off his right hand in the first. Hammel stayed in the game, although his first warm-up pitch sailed over Baker. Hammel admitted that the first warm-up pitch did scare him a little, and gradually his hand became stiff and sore. The right-hander did have trouble handling his breaking ball, but otherwise, no problems. Hammel gave up one run on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six.

5/21: L

Cubs , Yankees

W: Not Jeff Samardzija L: Jose Veras

So this was supposed to be the game that Jeff Samardzija FINALLY won.  Except he didn’t, because reasons.  Let’s start with the offense only scoring two runs (which should have been enough), leaving the closer, Hector Rondon, only a two-run lead to protect in the 9th inning.  Normally this would be an easy proposition, but Rondon had worked in the last two games, and three of the last four.  He couldn’t locate his pitches and got into trouble  by loading the bases with no outs.  He could have escaped with just one run given up, except that Darwin Barney threw the ball away on a grounder by Ichiro Suzuki, leading to the tying runs scoring and another four innings of baseball.  The bullpen (who have been pretty good except for that guy we’re about to talk about) held up while the offense sputtered, but Jose Veras would crap the bed in the top of the 13th and that was all the Yankees needed to earn a split that they had no business getting.  The win still counts, unfortunately, and that means the Cubs still don’t have a four-game winning streak.

Looking Ahead: Cubs going to San Diego

The Cubs will be away from the Friendly Confines for a while. They kick off their 10-game road trip tomorrow night as they make their first West Coast trip and face the San Diego Padres.

Here are the upcoming games and probable pitchers:


Thursday, May 22, 9:10 PM CDT, Petco Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP vs. Eric Stults, LHP
TV: CSN Radio: WGN 720

Friday, May 23, 9:10 PM CDT, Petco Park
Edwin Jackson, RHP vs. (Robbie Erlin is on the DL!), Tim Stauffer, RHP
TV: WGN Radio: WGN 720

Saturday, May 24, 9:10 PM CDT, Petco Park
Travis Wood, LHP vs. Whoever’s replacing Andrew Cashner
TV: WGN Radio: WGN 720

Sunday, May 25, 3:10 PM CDT, Petco Park
Jason Hammel, RHP vs. Ian Kennedy, RHP
TV: WGN Radio: WGN 720


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