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I’m sure most if not all people know this, but when a team wins a World Series it’s not just the players who get rings. In the case of the Chicago Cubs it was reported that they bought 1908 World Series rings and pins. Now in a lot of cases employees have turned around and sold these rings on the secondary market. There are reports that the rings the Cubs just received could go for $80,000 or more if they where to be sold. Now the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family are trying to avoid that by making everyone who got a ring except the players sign an agreement saying that if the owner of the ring tries to sell or transfer your ring you must notify the Cubs in writing of the proposed transaction and a complete accounting of the terms. This is according to a memo obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The memo goes on to say “If the Cubs elect not to purchase the ring, then you may transfer it according to the terms you provided to the Cubs; however, each subsequent owner shall also be bound by these terms in the event of a subsequent proposed sale or other transfer.” Rings may also be given as gifts, but the same terms apply. How much would you get if the Cubs decide to buy your ring back? $1! Now players are expected to pay taxes on their ring while the Cubs will pick up the tax bill for the lower level employees.

Now the Cubs may be the first World series winner to do this, but this is not the first major award that has this type of stipulation. The Heisman trophy comes along with a set of rules after you win it and so does an Oscar.

Do you think it’s fair for the Cubs to make their employees do this? In some cases the ring could be worth more than that employee makes in an entire year. Please let me know what you think.

It appears as though former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in prison this morning. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of double murder. The report says that Hernandez died in his prison cell after hanging himself with his bedsheet.

While it’s sad to see a 27 year old man with a young daughter take his own life. You have to remember that he was convicted of killing a man and that’s why he was in prison.

The New England Patriots drafted Hernandez in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. Hernandez played in 38 games over three seasons with New England. He caught 175 passes for 1956 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. Marte tested positive for nandrolone, which violated MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is effective immediately. Marte is eligible to return in mid July. Marte addressed his teammates in a closed door meeting Tuesday afternoon, but he did not meet with the news media.

With Marte out until after the All-Star break; who will play centerfield? Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out yesterday and said that Andrew McCutchen will move back to that position. At the beginning of this season McCutchen was moved to rightfield so Marte could play centerfield.

I thought that the Pirates would bring up top outfield prospect Austin Meadows, but it was outfielder Jose Osuna who got the call up from Triple-A Indianapolis. Osuna is the Pirates 28th ranked prospect. Meadows is off to a very slow start at Triple-A. Meadows is hitting .146 with 1 home run and 5 RBI’s in 11 games at Triple-A. In 10 games for Indianapolis Osuna is hitting .250 with 1 RBI. In last nights game Adam Frazier started in rightfield.

While he is out Marte will not be paid, but even more interestingly if the Pirates make the playoffs Marte will not be eligible for them.

Are the Washington Nationals considering a change at closer? After Dusty Baker had to take current closer Blake Treinen out of the game in the 9th inning Monday night he used the term “this ain’t working” when speaking with reporters after the game. The Nationals bullpen has been struggling. Coming into last nights game they had the 4th worst bullpen E.R.A. in baseball at 6.25. Treinen lasted 1/3rd of an inning last night giving up two hits, two walks and a run before giving way to Shawn Kelley. Kelley got the final two pouts to pick up a save in Washington’s 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. While nothing is definite the Nationals could turn to Kelley or Koda Glover as the closer if Baker decides that he wants to make a change.

In other Nationals pitching news Joe Ross will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to start Wednesday’s game against Atlanta. The Nationals wanted Ross to start the season at Triple-A to limit his innings, but that blew up in their face when Jeremy Guthrie’s start went off the rails. Guthrie lasted just 2/3rds of an inning in that start. He gave up 10 earned runs on 6 hits and walked 4 for an E.R.A. of 135.00. Guthrie was designated for assignment after his start. Ross has made two starts in Triple-A covering 9 2/3rds innings. Ross is 0-1 with a 3.72 E.R.A. while striking out 9 and walking 3. Ross has to be an upgrade over Guthrie almost by default.

Here’s some better news for the Nationals. It appears as though starting shortstop Trea Turner will be returning from the disabled list soon; possible as early as today. Turner went on the disabled list April 8th with a hamstring injury, but he ran sprints, took grounders and batting practice before Sunday’s game and looks ready to return. Turner’s return could be big for the Nationals as one of the players trying to replace him Stephen Drew is also having hamstring issues leaving just Wilmer Difo as the only healthy option for the Nationals at shortstop. The Nationals face the Braves at 6:35 p.m. c.s.t. so you’ll have to check their line up and see if Turner is starting.

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I’m sure by now you know that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. They had there parade yesterday in Chicago and they’re estimating that 5 million people attended. When Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011 he torn the team down and rebuilt it. I’m not sure how many people remember this, but the Houston Astros started their rebuilding process a season before the Cubs did. The Astros did make a playoff appearance in 2015. They beat the New York Yankees 3-0 in the wild card game and advanced to the ALDS. The Astros had a 2 games to 1 lead in that series, but eventually lost 3 games to 2 to the Kansas City Royals. The Astros stumbled a bit last season finishing 3rd in the AL West with a record of 84-78. Since both of these teams where on the same track I thought we’d take a look at how they ended up being built.

In the 2010 draft the Astros took Delino Deshields Jr. #8 overall. The Cubs who weren’t rebuilding yet took Hayden Simpson with the 16th pick. Deshields Jr. never played for the Astros as the Texas Rangers selected him in the 2014 Rule 5 draft. Simpson never pitched above high Class-A and was out of baseball after the 2013 season. The Cubs had the #9 pick in the 2011 draft and they took Javier Baez. This was not a Epstein draft pick as he didn’t take the team over until October. The Astros selected George Springer two picks after Baez at #11. Baez has had short stint with the Cubs in 2014 and 2015, but in 2016 he played in 142 games. He’s been called a super utility player by the Cubs as he played all 4 infield spot and 2 games in leftfield. Baez was also named the Co-MVP of the NLCS. Springer also debut in 2014 and finished 8th on Rookie of the Year voting. He lost time to injury in 2015, but came back to play in all 162 games last season. It looks like both teams found long term players in this draft. In 2012 the Astros had the 1st pick in the draft and they used it on shortstop Carlos Correa. With the 6th pick in the draft the Cubs selected Alberto Almora Jr. Correa is considered one of the if not the best young shortstop in baseball. He debuted in 2015 playing in 99 games and winning the Rookie of the Year award. Almora Jr. saw his first major league action in the 2016 season playing in 47 games. Almora Jr. was on the Cubs post season roster; so he’ll get a ring. Correa looks to be a star for a long time, but the book is still out on Almora Jr. In the 2013 draft the Astros had the 1st pick and the Cubs where right behind them at #2. The Astros used that 1st pick on pitcher Mark Appel while the Cubs went with Kris Bryant. Appel has yet to make it to the major league. In December of 2015 the Astros traded Appel to the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a 7-player deal that brought reliever Ken Giles back to Houston. Appel was injured last season making 8 starts for Lehigh Valley the Phillies Triple-A team. After the issues of when Bryant should be brought up ended he went on to play 15 games in 2015 and win the Rookie of the Year award. Bryant has been an All-Star in both of his major league season and has a chance to be named the 2016 MVP. The Astros where able to turn Appel into relief help that they needed, but when you pick a guy #1 you expect him to anchor your staff for years. Bryant on the other hand looks to be a long time fixture in the middle of the Cubs line up. In the 2014 draft the Astros again had the #1 pick in the draft and they went pitching again taking Brady Aiken. The Cubs selecting 4th in the draft surprised everyone with the selection of Kyle Schwarber. Aiken and the Astros where never able to agree to contract terms. There was some issues over Aiken’s arm and he did end up having Tommy John surgery. Aiken ended up re-entering the in 2015 where the Cleveland Indians picked him in the 1st round with the 17th pick. Schwarber spent about a year and a half in the minors before being brought up to DH in an inter-league series. He did so well that he never went back to the minors. Schwarber ended up playing in 69 games in 2015. He only played 2 regular season games in 2016 because of a knee injury, but he made it back to be the Cubs DH in the World Series. I understand that the Astros didn’t want to pay a injured pitcher top dollar, but why did they draft him with the 1st pick then. The Bottom line with Schwarber is he can hit. If the Cubs can find a position for him he can be a big time run producer for them. Since Houston was unable to sign Aiken they received a compensation at #2 and then had their own pick at #5. With the 2nd pick the Astros took Alex Bregman and then with the 5th pick they selected Kyle Tucker. The Cubs had the 9th pick in this draft and took Ian Happ. Bregman made his major league debut last season paying in 49 games. Tucker is still working his way through the Astros minor league system. He spent most of the season in Class-A, but was moved up to High Class-A at the end of the season. Happ is also working his way to the big leagues. Happ started last season in High Class-a, but was called up to Double-A. While the jury is still out on both Tucker and Happ; Bregman has shown that he can play at the major league level and it’s been reported that the Astros may try him as their everyday leftfielder next season. As the teams improve you’ll notice there draft positions get lower. In last seasons draft the Cubs didn’t have a 1st round pick as it went to the St. Louis Cardinals for the Cubs signing of John Lackey. The Astros where picking at #17 and they selected Forrest Whitley. Obviously Whitley’s career is just beginning as he’s pitched in just 8 Rookie League games. It will be a few years before we know how this draft pick worked out for Houston.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the Cubs didn’t select one pitcher with a 1st round pick. The Astros have taken three and two didn’t work out. Appel is now with the Phillies. Aiken never signed and is now with the Indians and Whitley was just drafted.

So how did the Cubs build their starting rotation? Jon Lester was signed as a free agent to a 6-year $155 million dollar deal with an option for a 7th year in 2014. Jake Arrieta was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade. John Lackey was signed as a free agent to a 2-year $32 million dollar deal before the 2016 season. Kyle Hendricks was acquired in a trade with the Texas Rangers and Jason Hammel was signed as a free agent to a 2-year $20 million dollar deal with an option for a 3rd year in 2014. Hammel has also factored in the Cubs success as he was part of the a trade that sent Hammel and Jeff Samardzjia to the Oakland A’s for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily. McKinney ended up being part of the deal with the New York Yankees that brought Aroldis Chapman.

It appears as though the question is do you draft pitching or do you sign pitching. Both have there draw backs. If you miss on a draft pick you get nothing out of that player, Now if you miss on a free agent signing paying a player big money who you’re not getting anything out of them. As teams try to rebuild; the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers started rebuilding this past season it will be interesting to see if they go the draft route with pitchers or if they’ll invest in free agents. Since most leagues are copycat leagues you have to expect that teams will look to sign starting pitching. Of course signing the right starting pitching will be the key to teams success.

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In the series finale with the Brew Crew, Jake Arrieta takes to the mound searching for his 15th win of the season.  He is 1 – 0 against the Brewers seeing them last in April.  He takes on Zach Davies who faced the Cubs last on July 23 and took the W.

Today would see another great start at the plate for the Cubs but not so great for Davies as he only goes four innings.  In the first inning, he gives up a single to Kris Bryant, then a double to Anthony Rizzo.  Bryant scores on Ben Zobrist’s ground out to first.  Rizzo scores on Addison Russell’s single to center.  The third inning would start with Matt Szczur leading off with a single and then being brought home Byrant’s 29th home run of the season.  With two outs and two men on, Wilson Contreras doubles to right bringing in Zo for the fifth run of the day.  In the fourth, Szczur leads off with a double and scores on Bryants double.  Bryant then scores on Rizzo’s double.  The Cubs have earned 7 runs after four innings.

Jake would get through the first three innings with only one walk.  In the top of the fourth he would give up two, two out walks then gives up a three run homer to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, his 11th of the year.  He gets out of the fourth but  after four innings the Cubs are up 7 – 3.  Jake gives up two more walks in the fifth inning but retires the next three batters to get out of the inning.  He does however give up a leadoff home run to Hernan Perez in the top of the sixth and walks Chris Carter for the second time.  He gets the next two outs but then gives up back to back walks to Ramon Flores and Keon Broxton.  With the bases loaded, Maddon decides to bring in Spencer Patton who gives up an RBI base on balls to Jonathan Villar but gets out of the inning.

The bottom of the sixth, Craig Counsel decides to bring in Blaine Boyer who gets out of the inning but not before giving up a solo homerun to Kris Bryant for his second of the day and his 30th on the year.  The Cubs are now up, 8 – 5.  Spencer Patton remains in the game for the seventh and makes it a five pitch inning as does Carlos Torres in the bottom half of the inning.

Patton remains in for the top of the eighth and gives up a leadoff double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis who scores on Ramon Flores’s one out ground out.  Patton walks pinch hitter Manny Pina and that would be enough as Justin Grimm enters the game.  He gives up a single to Villar but gets Scooter Gennett to ground out to Rizzo to end the inning and we go to the bottom half of the eighth.  Corey Knebel joins the game and his first batter is Javier Baez who grabs a single to leadoff.  With one out, Matt Szczur walks to bring up Kris Bryant who has two homeruns today.  He sends a line drive to left field driving in Baez and going 5 for 5 today picking up his 78th RBI.  Rizzo and Zobrist fly out to end the inning.

We go to the top of the ninth with Aroldis Chapman taking to the mound for another save opportunity.  He strikes out Ryan Braun for the first out.  Hernan Perez next up and he singles.  Chapman gets Chris Carter to strike out for out number two.  Nieuwenhuis grounds out to end the game giving Chapman his 27th save of the year and the Cubs get their 13th sweep of the season!

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Dan the Man

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Game 1.

The first game of a day night double header and Trevor Cahill gets his first start of the year against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Former Cub, Matt Garza gets the nod for the Brew Crew in his first start of the season against his former team.

Cahill goes five solid innings only allowing four base runners on two hits and two walks.  He strikes out three batters and gives up no runs.  Matt Garza would counters with five full innings also.  Garza strikes out two batters and walks three batters.  He gives up five hits and that starts in the first inning with a leadoff single to Dexter Fowler.  Kris Bryant reaches but forces Fowler out.  Anthony Rizzo sends him to third on his single.  Garza then loads the bases with his first walk of the game to Ben Zobrist.  Addison Russell drives in the first run of the game with a sac fly to left.

Garza scores his second walk in the bottom of the third to Fowler.  With one out, Rizzo grabs another single and each runner advances on Zo’s force out.  With Russell at the plate, Garza throws a wild pitch and Fowler scores the second run of the game.

In the bottom of the fourth, Chris Coghlan leads off with a double and advances to third on Miguel Montero’s single.  Coghlan is able to reach home and scores the third run of the game as Cahill helps himself out with a sac bunt.  Dexter walks again but Garza gets out of the inning.  Garza has a 1-2-3 ground out fifth and that would be all for him.  The Cubs score the fourth run of the game in the eighth after Damien Magnifico walks Zo then hits Russell and let’s both runners advance on a wild pitch and Zo scores on Coghlan’s sac fly.

To finish off  the Brew Crew, Mike Montgomery grabs his fourth hold of the year in two innings gives up a hit, a walk and strikes out three.  Hector Rondon takes one inning and only walks one and also gets a hold.  Joe Smith gets one out in the ninth and walks two but is pulled for Aroldis Chapman who strikes out one and ends the game for his 25th save of the year.

Game 2.

Jason Hammel gets the nod for game 2 as he takes on Chase Anderson.  Hammel must have been eating his Sea Salt Chips as he goes seven innings only giving up two hits, three walks and strikes out seven.  He has definitely broke his old ways of declining after the All Star break.

Chase Anderson for the Brew Crew leaves the game after two batters with an injury.  Jhan Marinez takes over him going 2 & 2/3 innings.  He walks three and and gives up four hits but the Cubs only score one run in the third on Kris Bryant’s single to left that brings in David Ross.

Rob Scahill enters the game in the sixth for the Brewers and gives up a leadoff double to Zo who scores on Wilson Contreras line to right.  Javier Baez steps in the box and launches his 13th home run of the year putting the Cubs up again by four.

Justin Grimm takes on the eighth and giving up only one hit and strikes out one.  Top of the ninth and the Cubs are up by four and Joel Maddon decides to go with Travis Wood.  He gets the first out on a bouncer to third.  Chapman is up in the pen just in case as Wood gets the second out of the inning.  The Cubs have a chance to pull off the first double header shut out sweep as Len and JD brought up but almost as quickly as they said it, Wood gives up a solo home run to left to Hernan Perez.  Chris Carter gets a bloop single to to center just out of range for Zo.

That would be it for Wood as Maddon decides to bring in Chapman for the final out but allows Carter to advance on a high fast ball off the back stop.  Jake Elmore takes eight pitches and walks.  Keon Broxton steps in the box and sends a slow bouncer just out of reach of Chapman halting Bryant from picking it up.  Bases Loaded for Maldonado and he gets called out on strikes as Chapman saves both games today not with out making it an exciting ending.  Jason Hammel gets his career high 13th win of the season.

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Dan the Man

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Kyle Hendricks as who some would refer to as the best pitcher for the Cubs right now takes the mound looking for his 12th win of the season and to continue the Cubs wining streak.  He would be taking on rookie Luke Weaver in what starts as a pitcher’s duel.

Kyle would hit Stephen Piscotty in the first but strikes out the other three batters he faces to end the inning.  Luke starts his career out by striking out Fowler and Bryant and gets Rizzo to groundout to end the inning.  Kyle then gives up a leadoff hit to Yadier Molina but strikes out the remainder of the batters he faces.  Ben Zobrist leads off the bottom half of the second with a double and Addison Russell drives him in with a deep fly ball to left for his 14th homer of the season.  Weaver then loads the bases on two outs but gets out of the inning.

Both pitchers would get into a groove making quick of their opponents through five innings.  It would be the Cardinals who strike back in the top of the sixth with Brandon Moss’s two out home run to right center putting the Cardinals within 1 run.  Hendricks then gives up another solo home run in the top of 7th to tie the game at 2 to Jedd Gyorko.   Weaver only made it through four innings as Alex Reyes would take over for him in the bottom of the fifth.  He is able to hold the Cubs through the end of the 7th.

Carl Edwards Jr, replaces Kyle in the top of the 8th and gets the first out but almost as quickly loads the bases for Yadier Molina.  Molina strikes out but the ball would get passed the Contreras to put the Cards ahead by one.  Carl then walks Peralta to load the bases again and then Gyorko gets an RBI walk for the fourth run of the game.  With two outs Joe Smith replaces Carl to face Randal Grichuk who takes Smith deep for a grand slam but he does retire the next batter to end the inning.  Cardinals now up 8-2.  Kevin Siegrist takes over in the bottom half of the 8th retiring Fowler, Bryant and Rizzo without a hitch.

Mike Montgomery takes over in the top of the 9th gives up a two out single but gets out of the inning.  Cubs have one last chance as they take on Seth Maness who gives up back to back singles to Zo and Russell.  Zo scores on Heyward’s single who’s throwing error by Maness allows Russell to reach third as Heyward goes to second.  Zack Duke looking to redeem himself for the Cards joins the game getting the next three batters out but Russell does score but the Cubs go down 8-4.

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Dan the Man

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As the Angels of Anaheim travel to play the Chicago Cubs of Wrigleyville Jared Weaver takes to the mound looking to go above .500 for his ninth win of the year.  The Cubs and John Lackey look to stop that as John is also looking for his ninth win of the season.  

John does start off quickly with an out and then gives a solo home run to Kole Calhoun.  He gets the next two outs and continues that streak into the second retiring five straight with the last two outs of the second being strikeouts.   Lackey continues to strike out the first two batters in the top of the third and retires his eighth straight batter. 

Weaver would give up a full count walk to Anthony Rizzo but he would end the inning trying to steal second base.  Jason Heyward grabs a two out single in the bottom of the second but doesn’t cross the plate.  Weaver makes it a quick bottom of the third but not before giving up a leadoff solo home run to Wilson Contreras.  

Lackey starts the top of the fourth and makes it a quick and positive one, striking out Mike Trout.  Rizzo leads off the fourth with a double.  Rizzo scores on Ben Zobrist’s double.  Jorge Soler pushes him to third but Heyward pops out.  Addison Russell sends a fly ball to Trout for a sac fly scoring Zo.  Cubs are now up 3 – 1.

The top of the fifth starts and Lester gets the first two outs.  But Ji-Man Choi’s ground ball out is challenged by Mike Sciocia and is overturned for the first hit for the Halos since the home run in the first.  Lackey gets the next two outs to end the inning.  Lackey leads off the bottom half of the inning with a ground out and Dexter Fowler pops up the first pitch he sees, but he’s out on fan interference.  Kris Bryant takes the first pick yard for his 28th home run of the year.  Rizzo then takes a 2-1 pitch for his 34th double of the year.  Zo grabs a base on balls for Jorge Soler who sends a soft grounder to Pujols who tosses it Weaver who drops it for an error allowing Rizzo to score.  Heyward goes down swinging to end the inning.  

Cliff Pennington leads off the sixth with a walk and with one out gets caught trying to steal second which would have worked out better if he had waited on Kole Calhoun’s single to right.  Jarod Weaver does not make it to the bottom of the sixth being replaced by Mike Morin and catches Russell watching strike three for the first out.  Lackey gets called out on strikes to end the inning.  

John gets right back into the groove by getting two batters to ground out and the last to line out.  Fernando Salas joins the Halos in trying to hold off the Cubs in the bottom of the seventh getting Fowler to ground out to start it off.  He then strikes out Bryant and Rizzo to end the inning.  

Lester remains in the game for the top of the eighth making it a quick 1-2-3 inning.  Another Angels pitcher A.J. Achter retires the only three batters he sees.  Pedro Strop replaces Lackey in the top of the ninth getting the first out quickly.  Almost as quickly comes the second out and with Chapman warming up, just in case the crowd gets out the seats and gets loud as Trout steps in the box and gets called out on strikes.  

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Dan the Man

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Wrapping up their trip to Oak Town, Kyle Hemdricks gets the nod trying to grab his 11th win of the season.  He’s taking on A’s 24 year old Valparaiso, IN native, Sean Manaea who’s looking for his fourth win of the season.

Manaea would give up a singe I’m the first to Kris Bryant but ends up picking him to end the first inning.  The second inning would see Ben Zobrist doubling and Jorge Soler singling but no runs score.  The third inning would see Matt Szczur doubling and Dexter Fowler and Bryant walking to load the bases.  Zo would ground into a double play to end the inning.  Manaea would retire six straight to make it through five unscathed.

Through five innings Hendricks gives up a single in the first and second but then retires the next nine batters straight.  Bryant leads off the top of the sixth with his 27th home run of the season for the first run of the game.  Kyle retires his 12th straight batter in the bottom of the sixth.

Jorge Soler leads off the seventh with his seventh home run of the season.  This prompts A’s skipper to make a call to the pen and bring in Ryan Dull.  He gets the first out but gives up a single to Javier Baez who does get caught stealing.  Szczur singles on a close play but is challenges and over turned to end the top of the seventh.  Kyle adds three more to the list after not allowing a hit since the second inning.  

The A’s decide to bring in Andrew Triggs for the eighth to see Dexter Fowler who leads off with a single.  Kris Bryant reaches first on a walk promoting another pitching change.  Marc Rzepczynski enters the game to try prevent the Cubs from adding to the board but he gives up an RBI double to Anthony Rizzo.  Ben Zobrist grabs an intentional walk to load the bases and Liam Hendriks is brought in to strike out Addison Russell, then  Jorge Soler.  Wilson Contreras grounds out to end the inning.  

Marcus Siemen takes Kyle out of the game after 100 pitches as he hits a one out solo home run.  Kyle gets a standing Ovation from all the Cubs fans in attendance as Pedro Strop enters the game to end the eighth.  

Chris Smith, first star since 2010 enters the game to hold the Cubs from adding to the board.  He gets the first out but Szczur lays down a bunt for a hit.  Fowler gets called on strikes.  Kris Bryant gets into a full count, takes the next three pitches foul but flys out to end the inning.  Aroldis Chapman to enter the game for the save opportunity.  He gets the first two batters to ground out. Stephen Vogt steps into the box and takes would be strike three to left for a single.  Khris Davis gets called out a 104 mph fast ball for the save.  

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Both teams donned throwback jersey honoring Oakland’s 1981 days.  Jake Arrieta looks to get back into form and start August off with a winning record as he seeks win number 13.  Sonny Gray steps to the mound  trying to get a little closer to .500.  

Both pitchers have a quick first inning.  The second is followed by a couple base runners but no runs.  It’s the top of third that starts with back to back single to Wilson Contreras and Dexter Fowler but Gray gets the next two outs.  Ben Zobrist at the plate and he sends a line drive to center driving in both Contreras and Fowler.  The Cubs grab two runs to help put Jake a little closer to that first win in over a month.  The bottom half goes by quick.  

Gray bounces back in the fourth not allowing a base runner where Jake allows a walk.  The same for the fifth as Gray again doesn’t allow a runner but Jake gives up a single.  Manager Bob Melvin decides to bring in Liam Hendriks who starts the inning off by giving up a double to Anthony Rizzo.  He then scores on Addison Russell ground ball to third.  Russell scores on Jorge Soler’s double.  The Cubs grab runs three and four to put Arrieta that much closer to a W.  

Jake for the first time since May 14 goes eight innings only allowing four base runners on three singles and a walk with four strike outs 

The Cubs would see Patrick Schuster and John Axford.  In those three innings the Cubs reach on three walks but don’t add anymore runs to the board.  Cubs take two in Oakland and have one more before heading back home.  

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Dan the Man

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Jason Hammel is hopefully eating a ton of potato chips for this game as it should be a hot one and he needs to retain as much as H2O as possible.  He went 3-2 in the month of July and looks to take his win streak to 4 games with the possibility of a career high 11th win.  He is taking on Jose Fernandez looking for lucky number 13 in his second career start against the Cubs.  He went seven innings giving up only one run on four hits, but strikes out 13 giving Hammel his fourth loss of the year.

Hammel doesn’t start off too smoothly as he walks the bases loaded with two outs to start the game but on the sixth batter he gets out of the inning.  Fernandez tosses one up for Fowler allowing him to bag a triple his fourth of the year.  Wilson Contreras derives him in with a single to shortstop.  After Rizzo strikes out and Ben Zobrist ends the inning grounding into a double play. 

Addison Russell singles in the second but no one scores in the second.  In the bottom of the third, Dexter Fowler leads off with a single and steals second with Contreras at the plate and makes it to third on Wilson’s line drive to left.  Fowler scores again as Anthony Rizzo flies out to left.  Wilson would try to take second base but is thrown out ending the inning.  Cubs up by two.  

Chris Coghlan leads off the fifth with a ground ball single to center.  Fernandez gives him second base as he balks.  He gets the next two outs but it would Fowler who steps in the box and drives in his first run of the game with a single to right.  Contreras and Rizzo both walk but Zo strikes out to end the inning.  

After Hammels rocky start to the game, he would only allow three more base runners through the top of the sixth.  He would strike out three walking two with four hits as Maddon brings in Pedro Strop in the top of the seventh.  He gives up a single to Derek Dietrich who ends up at third as Chris Johnson sends a ground ball back to Strop who throws it away as he try’s to get Derek out at second.  Adeiny Hechavarria sends a ground ball to left scoring Derek.  J.T. Realmuto sends a grounder to right scoring Johnson putting the Marlins within one run.  Strop strikes out Martin Prado but that would be enough for  Maddon to take the trip to the mound bringing in Travis Wood to end the inning.  

Kyle Barraclough replaces Fernandez in the seventh only allowing one base runner.  Hector Rondon joins the game in the bottom of the eighth striking out Giancarlo Stanton.  Marcell Ozuna sends a line drive to right but gets picked off for the second out of the inning.  Rondon gives up a single to Dietrich but ends the inning when Johnson lines out to left.  

Mike Dunn enters the game in the bottom of the eighth getting the first two outs but Matt Szczur breaks it up by singling but Javier Baez goes down swinging.  

Maddon of course brings in Aroldis Chapman to close out the game.  He gets Hechavarria to ground out for the first out.  Then he strikes out Jeff Mathis.  J.T. Realmuto ends the game by grounding to third giving him second save for the Cubs.  

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The second series of the season for the Marlins and the Cubs and Adam Conley in his first start this season in Wrigley Field.  Kyle Hendricks searching for his 10th win of the season puts together his best start since May 28th against the Phillies.

Kyle pitches a complete game, his second of the year since the start against the Phils.  Kyle gives up seven hits but only walks three.  He strikes out five batters and it’s a start that the Cubs definitely needed to give the bullpen a much needed rest.

Adam Conley would not be on like Kyle.  He starts the game by walking Dexter Fowler but gets Kris Bryant to flyout.  Anthony Rizzo launches his 30th double of the year pushing Fowler to third.  With two outs, Addison Russell sends a line drive to right scoring both runners.  Jason Heyward singles and Conley loads the bases by walking Contreras but gets out the inning by striking out Matt Szczur.  The Cubs are up by two.

Conley wouldn’t allow another run through four innings but Donny Baseball decides to pull him after four and brings in Dustin McGowan for the fifth.  He gets the first out but walks Contreras and gives up a single to Matt Szczur.  Kyle Hendricks helps himself out by driving in Contreras for the third run with Szczur landing at third.  Dexter Fowler adds another run by sending a fly ball to center scored as a sacrifice.

Anthony Rizzo leads off the bottom of the sixth with a monstrous triple to right and scores on Javier Baez’s sac fly to left credited to Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan.  The Cubs would add a few more hits over the next couple of innings but they wouldn’t need to come out in the bottom of the ninth after Kyle Hendricks finishes them off.

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