Ivy's Roundup: The Cubs Walk the Plank

Ivy's Roundup: The Cubs Walk the Plank

We’ve been distracted a bit by the Draft but now that’s over with and we’re just waiting for the guys to sign already.  The Cubs spend an entire week in the great state of Pennsylvania, and so far they’re not having a very good time.  I suppose we should take a look at the series against the Pirates anyway…

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, PNC Park

Monday, June 9 – Cubs 2, Pirates 6

Edwin Jackson didn’t actually pitch that poorly, eating six innings and keeping the Cubs in the game despite giving up the four runs.  Like many other pitchers before him, Edwin found out just how difficult it was to keep reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen in check.  McCutchen hit a 2-run opposite shot off Edwin in the third inning, and followed that up with a run-scoring double in the fifth.  Carlos Villanueva gave up another two runs, and by the time Starlin Castro (the only offense of the night, it seemed) came up to bat again in the ninth to hit a homer, it was way too late as the Cubs dropped the opener.



Tuesday, June 10 – Cubs 7, Pirates 3

In this one, Anthony Rizzo got the party started with a long 2-run homer off lefty starter Francisco Liriano.  Liriano would leave the game early with discomfort in his left side, and the Cubs continued to tack on against the Pirates relievers.  Travis Wood pitched well enough although he got slapped around a bit, but was able to limit the damage.  The intriguing subplot was when Mike Olt was pinch-hit for in just the sixth inning, and his replacement, Luis Valbuena, promptly hit the go-ahead two-run double.  Olt isn’t really helping himself any, but he’s unfortunately in the doghouse right now and he’ll need to take advantage of any future opportunities he has or else this could put the Cubs in a bit of a pickle vis-a-vis his big league career.

Quite literally, a game of inches.

Quite literally, a game of inches.

Wednesday, June 11 – Cubs 2, Pirates 4

Jason Hammel had an uncharacteristically bad start, and it’s kind of funny we say it’s a bad start when all he gave up was four runs.  It could have been more, but the Pirates kept TOOTBLANing all over the place, which kept the Cubs close most of the game.  Unfortunately, the Cubs couldn’t take advantage of this situation as pretty much only Luis Valbuena could do anything on offense (by the way, he’s been pretty good at baseball this year).  Andrew McCutchen hit yet another two-run homer that COULD have been caught if Chris Coghlan had been able to hang on to the ball after a spectacular attempt to steal the souvenir away from the fans that he jumped into…oh well.

Much out. So TOOTBLAN. Wow.

Much out. So TOOTBLAN. Wow.

Thursday, June 12 – Cubs 0, Pirates 4

With the first plate appearance of the game, Cubs leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio injured his right ribcage and was replaced by Chris Coghlan the rest of the game.  This probably coincides with a call-up of Ryan Sweeney, but we’ll see for sure fairly soon.  The Cubs left about a thousand men on base while the Pirates kept getting hits off of starter Jeff Samardzija.  The Pirates also committed a couple of TOOTBLANs, including a great throw by Nate Schierholtz to nail Clint Barmes at home plate.  It was nice to see Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena continue to put the ball in play with some authority, but Anthony Rizzo seems to be in a mini-slump.  The game was delayed twice by rain.  By the way, regarding Junior Lake



Just not a good idea, and I was also advocating dropping Emilio Bonifacio in the order before he went and broke himself.  And thus the Cubs found themselves on the wrong end of yet another shutout, dropping another series and marking time until the trade deadline.

Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park

The Cubs don’t have to travel too far to get to their next opponent, Ryne Sandberg‘s Phillies.  I find it interesting that the Phillies have about twice the payroll of the Cubs and yet are barely better…it’s almost as though money doesn’t buy everything, but don’t tell some fans that.  Anyway, let’s take a look at the matchups…


Friday, June 13 (eww)
6:05 PM Central
Jake Arrieta vs. Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona)

Saturday, June 14
2:05 PM Central (weird time)
Edwin Jackson vs. David Buchanan

Sunday, June 15 (Father’s Day!)
12:35 PM Central
Travis Wood vs. A.J. Burnett

Go Cubs!

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