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Game 2 of the the series with the Cubs taking on the Diamondbacks who would send Edwin Escobar to the rubber against Jason Hammel.  Hammel would start the game off getting the first two men out.  He would give up a two out walk to Paul Goldschmidt.  With Paul on first Jake Lamb with a 1-0 count, Jason tosses one up and Lamb sends one to right center for his 10th home run of the year.  Dbacks up 2-0.

Bottom of the first, Dexter Fowler takes Edwin to a full count and sends one deep to left field for his 7th home run of the season but that would be all for the Cubs after 1, it’s a 2-1 ball game.  Both men would calm down in the second not putting a base runner on.  In the top of the third, Hammel would give up a two out walk to Brandon Drury but that would be all the action.  Fowler would get a 2 out single but that would be all the action for the Cubs.  Jason continued to keep the Dbacks at bay.

Anthony Rizzo would get a 1 out single to left field, then Ben Zobrist would walk.  Jorge Soler sends a deep fly ball to left-center that bounces off the warning track and gets stuck in the ivy for a ground rule double giving him an RBI scoring Rizzo.  Arizona decides to intentionally walk David Ross to get to Jason Hammel.  Hammel would turn it against them by sending one right up the middle adding two more runs to the board.   After 3 and 2/3, Edwin would be pulled from the game for Randall Delgado who would end the inning striking out Fowler.  Hammel would continue to hold the Dbacks with out a base runner.  Delgado copies Hammel in the bottom half of the inning.  Hammel continues the same in the top of the 6th.  In the bottom half of the 6th, Delgado gets the first two batters out but gives up a single to Addison Russell but would get Ross to line out to center to end the inning.  Cubs up 4-2

Jason Hammel would continues into the 7th mowing down 12 consecutive batters.  Josh Collmenter enters the game for the Diamondbacks and would get all three batters out in a row.  Pedro Strop enters the game in the 8th inning for Jason Hammel and gives up a lead off home run to Yasmany Tomas but would get the next two batters out.  However, he would give up singles to Jean Segura and Brandon Drury.  This would prompt Maddon to bring in Trevor Cahill who would walk Goldscmidt only to get himself pulled from the game for Travis Wood who would get Rickie Weeks to line out to end the inning.  Cubs are still up 4-3.

The bottom half of the 8th inning would see Daniel Hudson enter the game for Arizona striking out Kris Bryant but would give up a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo, his 13th of the year.  Zobrist would walk and Javier Baez would reach first on a fielding error by shortstop Nick Ahmed but would get Russell and Ross to strike out to end the inning.

Hector Rondon enters the 9th with the save opportunity on the line.  He gets Wellington Castillo to fly out to right for the first out, then gets Chris Herrmann to fly out to left.  Yasmany would be the Dbacks last hope but would line out to Zobrist to end the game.


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An Afternoon W

Posted: May 27, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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The Cubs are back home after a day off to take on the Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher Adam Morgan.  Jon Lester would make it a quick first half but not Morgan.  He’d give up a one out double to Ben Zobrist who would score the first run of the on Jorge Solers’s two out single to left. The Phills would give Lester a little trouble with two singles in the second but not enough to produce any runs.  Morgan would have a 1-2-3 second.  

Lester would give up give up a leadoff single in the third to Peter Bourjos.  He would move to third on Freddy Galvis’s fly ball to Dexter Fowler that is dropped and scored as an error.  Bourjos would tie the game on Maikel Franco’s sac fly to right.  Ben Zobrist would be the only one to reach a base in the bottom half of the third. 

Lester would give up one hit in the fourth to Tyler Goeddel.  Jorge Soler would lead off the fourth with a solo home run to left center.  With one out Addison Russell would walk and Javier Baez would single.  With a 1-0 count David Ross would get one tossed to him launching his 100th career home run.  With two outs, Dexter Fowler would triple but wouldn’t cross the plate.  Cubs are now up 5-1. 

Lester would give up a single and a walk in the top of the 5th but no runs would cross the plate.  With Morgan still in the game, Kris Bryant would lead off with his 11th single.  Andrew Bailey would enter the game getting the next three batters out.  Cubs up 6-1. 

The sixth inning would see Lester giving up a walk but no hits or runs.  Brett Oberholtz would come in for the Phillies, giving up a lead off single to Baez but after Ross’s strikeout, Lester would end the inning with a 1-6-3 double play.  

The seventh inning would be all for Leater after one out and a double to Odubel Hererra.  Trevor Cahill would come in and give up s single to Galvis then to Franco scoring Herrera.  Colton Murray comes into the game giving up a walk to Bryant but no additional runs.  

The eight inning would go by pretty quickly for both pitchers.  Hector Rondon comes into the 9th giving up a single but ending the game with 3-6-1 double play.  

It was a great outing by Lester sand the bullpen to continue thier winning streak.  Go Cubs Go!

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Cubs Hammel the Cards

Posted: May 24, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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Game 2 of one the top rivalries in baseball and the Cubs hope to break thier 3 game losing streak with Jason Hammel facing Michael Wacha (who I should not have started on my fantasy team).  

Dexter Fowler leads off the game with his 15th double of the season and would move to third as Jason Heyward grounds out.  Fowler would cross the plate for the first run of the evening when Kris Bryant smacks one into left field.  Anthony Rizzo singles the Wacha loads the bases unintentionally walking Ben Zobrist.  Then Jorge Soler reaches first for an RBI walk. After Rizzo is forced out at home on Addison Russell’s ground ball to first base, David Ross would double bringing in two more runs. Then Jason Hammel helps his own cause doubling to center bringing in two more runs.  Batting around the order, Fowler lines out to end the inning.  Cubs score 6 to start the game. 

It would appear Wacha would curb the Cubs, until the 5th inning when Ben Zobrist leads off with a double, then Soler takes him deep to center field for his 4th home run of the year.  Wacha would be pulled for Tyler Lyons, who would get into trouble but would get out of the inning.  

Jason Hammel would prove tonight that he is for real and a deserved pitcher in this rotation. In 7 1/3 innings he would strikeout 4, walk 3 and give up only 4 hits.  Two of the hits would be doubles in the 8th allowing his only earned run of the night.  That’s when Maddon would take him out for Justin Grimm to end the 8th. 

Dean Kiekhefer would come into the 9th to hold the Cubs from adding to thier total. He’d hit Baez but get Soler to fly out. Russell would ground out on a very close call at first that Maddon would challenge to be overturned for a single.  Tim Federowicz pinch hits for Ross hit a soft fly ball to center scoring Baez.  Matt Szczur pinch hits for Grimm belting a stand up triple deep into center adding two more runs.  Then Fowler singles making it a 12-1 game.  Bryant would go down swinging to end the inning.  

Clayton Richard enters the bottom of the ninth.  He would load the bases on three straight hits, the first reaches on an error.  Ruben Tejada scores an RBI on a sac fly to right then Randal Grichuck singles to center adding another run.  He gets Kolten Wong to ground out but then hits Brandon Moss to prompt Maddon to bring in Trevor Cahill to end the game.   Great win tonight for the Cubs!!


Game four versus the Reds, Jason Hammel looking for his third win of the season against Alfredo Simon who is 0-1.  His last start was against the Cubs on April 13th, where he’d give up five earned runs and not make it through the first ininning.  I’d love to tease or lead you to believe that this start would be any different, it kind of was, he’d at least make it passed the first inning but not before giving up three runs.  Tommy La Stella would lead off with a double to center and score the first run on a single by Jason Heyward.  Heyward would steal second base with Anthony Rizzo at the plate.  He would send his a fly ball to right center, that would go under review for fan interfernce but would be upheld as his seventh home run of the season.  Soler & Montero would close out the inning with strike outs.  Hammel would come up in the second and reach on a ground ball to second.  La Stella would double and both men would score on a Jason Heyward line drive to  right field but he would end the inning getting caught stealing second.

Kris Bryant would lead off the third inning with a walk.  He would score on Anthony Rizzo’s second home run of the day and eighth of the season.  Jorge Soler would single and be pushed to second on a fielding error by Alfredo Simon.  Addison Russell would send a ground ball to center scoring Soler.  Drew Hayes would replace Simon retiring La Stella but the Cubs would be up now 8-0.  We move to the top of the sixth Hayes would meet La Stella again but this time Tommy would get his first home run of the season putting the Cubs up 9-0.

Jason Hammel would make it through six full innings only walking two batters and giving up three hits and striking out seven batters.  Adam Warren, Travis Wood and Hector Rondon would pitch the last three innings without giving up a walk or a hit.  Combined they would strike out five batters to give Jason Hammel his third win of the season.  All four pitchers would combine for a three hit shutout!

Excellent road trip for the Cubs, they are off Monday and start a six game home stand against the Brewers and the Braves.  Until Tuesday, #GoCubsGo


John 2.21; Not enough!

Posted: April 17, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio
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PIn the series finale between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies, John Lester would take on Tyler Chatwood, a strikeout pitcher.  Lester would start off the game, striking out former Cub, DJ LeMahieu but would give up an early single tomTrevor Story.  He would get caught stealing and Carlos Gonzalez would ground out to Rizzo.  Chatwood would retire the top three hitters for the Cubs, 1-2-3. Both pictures would make it through three innings, including Chatwood being able to strikeout the side in the bottom of the ninth, striking out the side.   Lester would answer that by striking out the first two batters in the top of the fourth but would give up a two out home run to Nolan Arenado.  He would make it through 7 1/3 innings before getting pulled after giving up a walk to Tony Wolters.  Adam Warren would replace Lester and would close out the eighth.  Justin Grimm would come into the ninth striking out Story and Cargo but just like Lester in the fourth, he’d give up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado, except he would strikeout Gerardo Parra to close the ninth.  For the Rockies, former Tampa Bay Ray, Jake McGee would come into the game, for a save.  Dexter Fowler would ground out but Jason Heyward would knock a double to right.  With two outs, McGee would hit Anthony Rizzo, putting two man on and Kris Bryant up to the plate.  Of course, everyone at Wrigleyville is thinking walk off Home Run!  The first pitch sends a rocket foul to left.  With a 1-2 count, pitchers count, McGee would get Bryant to go down swinging and the Rockies would take the series 2 – 1.

Today, was a pitchers duel, from the starters to the bullpens.  The Rockies would strikeout fourteen times, where the Cubs only nine times.  Between both teams there were only eight hits.  This duel in front of 41,678 only lasted two hours and thirty eight minutes.  Of course not that great as a Cubs fan but a baseball enthusiasts dream game.  Tomorrow the Cubs head to St Louis for a three game series, for the season opener of one of the top three biggest rivalries in the MLB.


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Jason Hammel gets his second start of the season hoping to improve to 1 – 1. His last start in AZ was a solid outing where the Cubs bats were silenced for the evening post Schwarber’s season ending injury.  With the fastest guy in the league Billy Hamilton, leading off with a base on balls. He gets an out with Eugenio Suarez and with Joey Votto batting Hammel throws to first to pick off Hamilton!  He would give up a single to Votto but would get out of the inning.  In the second he’d give a double to Jordan Pacheco but would get out of the inning. Hammel would get support in the bottom of the second Rizzo would fly out but Kris Bryant would launch his second homer to left center off Raisel Iglesias.  He was able to keep the Cubs at bay until the bottom of the fifth when Russell would reach on a line drive to center.  Hammel would help himself with a double scoring Russell, he would score on a sac fly by Ben Zobrist.  Blake Wood came into the sixth giving up two hits.  

Hammel would come out after six, with 4 walks, 4 hits and 3 strikeouts.  Travis Wood would cruise through the seventh and would come out in the eighth for Pedro Strop who would get s 1-2-3 inning also.  

J.J. Hoover would start the bottom of the eighth walking three, giving up three with four earned runs managing only one out.  Montero, Russell and Szczur would rack up an RBI each.  Fowler would get two on a grounder to right.   Jumbo Diaz would come in to get the last two outs.  

Justin Grimm would come into the ninth and make it exciting.  He would give up a single to Jay Bruce. Adam Duvall would double.  With one out Tucker Barnhart would ground out to short scoring Jay Bruce.  With two outs, Scott Schleber would pinch hit for Jumbo but would watch strike three as the Cubs win thier fifth straight game putting them up in the standings at a league leading 8-1!  

Combined the team is showing patience at the plate only striking out 4 times.  The bullpen would hold the lead together giving Jason Hamel his first victory of the season and dropping his ERA to .75.  After 3 hours and 7 minutes, 34,898 fans were singing “Go Cubs Go!”

I really try to keep my emotions out of these recaps but damn this one is difficult to contain because well spoiler alert, CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN!!!  Now they’ve one on opening day in Anahiem and won 3 out of 4 in Arizona but there’s nothing like a win for the Cubs at Wrigley.  Now I wasn’t there but the excitement deep within my gut was still there watching them get their first win at home today!  

So let’s go!  John Lester opens up the season at home with a single to leadoff man Zack Cozart who would advance to third on a Joey Votto single to left field.  He would then score the first run on a ground out by Brandon Phillips.  He would make it through the second but would give up a home run to Billy Hamilton putting the Reds up 2-0.  Brandon Phillips would lead off in the fourth with a single and would reach 2 on Devin Mesoraco’s ground out that was scored 1-6-3, which means Lester touched it, Addison Russell picked it up and threw it to Anthony Rizzo.  Phillips would then steal third and score on Brandon Finnegans single to center.  But that would be all she wrote for the Reds as Lester would allow one base runner in the fifth and sixth.  Trevor Cahill would start the seventh off with a double to Adam Duvall but would stop him from advancing and would close out the inning.  

Reds starter Brandon Finnegan would coast through six only allowing base runners on walks with out any real damage until the seventh, which he would get through two but would give up a line drive single to center by David Ross.  After a visit to the mound, he would walk Matt Szczur and get pulled for Caleb Cotham, only to walk Fowler and get replaced himself by Chicago area native Tony Cingrani.  Jason Heyward would send a line drive to right scoring Ross & Szczur.  He would get out of the inning to come back in the eighth.  The top of the eighth would see former Yankee Adam Warren come into the game giving up a single to Joey Votto but finishing the inning out strong.  

Cingrani would get Rizzo to ground out but would walk Zobrist then hit Soler.  Jumbo Diaz would come into the game and all but almost immediately give up a two-run home run to left center, putting the Cubs up 5-3.  Ross would ground out and the guy that would take Starlin Castro’s crowd exciting, player clapping, mascot dancing walk up music, Munenori Kawasaki would line out to right.  

But the excitement doesn’t stop there!!!  Hector Rondon would come into the ninth getting Jay Bruce, Adam Duvall & Scott Schebler to not only strikeout but would recieve three backwards K’s to get his second save of the season, giving Adam Warren his first win in front of 40,882 people all singing “Go Cubs Go, Go Cubs Go, Hey Chicago, Whattaya Say, The Cubs Are Gonna Win Today!” 

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