Ivy's Roundup: You say goodbye, and I say hello

Ivy's Roundup: You say goodbye, and I say hello

If you’re just coming back from the Stone Age where there was no internet or people who cared about sports, this happened.  If you want some cheering up though…


Now that you’re done catching up, let’s see how the Cubs did in their series against the Washington Nationals over the Fourth of July weekend…

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, Nationals Park

Mitchell Layton, Getty Images

Mitchell Layton, Getty Images

Friday, July 4 – Cubs 7, Nationals 2

This was a super-early start (11 AM on the East Coast!) as the first game to be played on the Fourth of July holiday, but the good news was that it was done before 1 PM and I got to hang out with the family the rest of the day.  Jason Hammel was superb and the offense was firing early and late.  Hammel was taken out early in what seemed to be a pretty innocuous situation (close game, pitch count getting up there, man in scoring position) but he did kind of grouse about it.  Later on, we would realize why.  Nice knowing ya, Jason, and maybe we’ll see you again during free agency (but probably not).  Cubs momentarily had a positive run differential for the season after this game.

Saturday, July 5 – Cubs 0, Nationals 13

I missed most of this game but did see that the Cubs had busted up the no-hitter early.  I spent most of the day recovering from the late night fireworks and hanging out with the family in Chinatown (mmm, dim sum).  Right about when I got to Costco, I saw that the Cubs were down a touchdown, and ultimately they lost by two scores but did block the extra point at the end.  Carlos Villanueva and recent call-up Chris Rusin were the bullpen-saving sacrificial lambs on the first day after Hammel and Jeff Samardzija were traded.  It was just one of those days, but it’s ripe for meatballishness, eh? By the way, I found this hilarious…


They're just really sad because they miss their friends, who are off to Oakland.  (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

They’re just really sad because they miss their friends, who are off to Oakland. (Rob Carr, Getty Images)

Sunday, July 6 – Cubs 1, Nationals 2

Jake Arrieta got the start today and was down early on a misjudged Denard Span “double” that Justin Ruggiano got a bad jump on followed by a groundout that Luis Valbuena couldn’t corral and gun down Span at the plate.  Isn’t that always the way?  The Cubs were the victim of a weird umpire “I don’t know” challenge when Ryan Sweeney ran past Adam LaRoche and nobody knew whether LaRoche had applied the tag.  Washington had to use a challenge because the umps couldn’t initiate their own review for some stupid reason.  Later on Luis Valbuena bounced to first and LaRoche fielded it on the line before it went foul (it was close) and Cubs manager Rick Renteria couldn’t challenge.  Replay is cool and all but there are some kinks to be fixed, though I think that is within the spirit of the fair/foul rule per Rule 2.00. The Cubs did tie the game to get Arrieta off the hook on a Starlin Castro “sacrifice fly” that was more a result of Span’s noodle arm.  It was interesting because Chris Coghlan was stopped at third in the previous at-bat to rob Anthony Rizzo of an almost certain RBI, but then went on a much closer play.  Pedro Strop pitched the eighth and gave up the eventual game-winning run and that was the ball game and the series.

In case you were wondering, I was rooting for Jeff Samardzija in his Oakland debut and he didn’t disappoint, going seven innings while allowing only a single run.  Go A’s.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, Great American Ball Park

It doesn’t get much easier for the Cubs with a FIVE-game set in just four days in Cincinnati against the Reds with their pitching situation in disarray for the moment.

But baseball must go on, and so must we.  Let’s check out the matchups that we know about…

Monday, July 7
6:10 PM Central
Edwin Jackson vs. Mike Leake

There’s a doubleheader on Tuesday, and Johnny Cueto will start one of those games but we don’t know which just yet.  The likely starter for the night game would be Tsuyoshi Wada, and here’s an update:


Tuesday, July 8 (Day Game)
12:10 PM Central
Travis Wood vs. Johnny Cueto

Tuesday, July 8 (Night Game)
6:10 PM Central
Tsuyoshi Wada vs. David Holmberg


Wednesday, July 9
6:10 PM Central
Dallas Beeler vs. Alfredo Simon

Thursday, July 10
11:35 AM Central
Kyle Hendricks vs. Homer Bailey

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