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Posted: May 10, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio
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So the Cubs had yet another rainout giving me the night off but we go with the same two men in the rotation.  John Lester would take on young right hander Ceasar Vargas. Both men would easy 1st innings and Lester would carry that into the 2nd.  Vargas would get Rizzo to ground out to leadoff the inning.  Zobrist would send a line drive to to right landing the first hit of the game.  Javier Baez would lay down a surprise perfect bunt advancing Ben to second.  Addison Russell would send a line drive over the right fielder getting himself a double but on the throw home Russell would try to get to third not realizing that Baez was still on third.  He would slide into third but the throw and questionable tag would make two outs.  David Ross would walk but Lester would end the inning on a fielders choice.  

Lester would start the inning with a pop out but would walk former White Sox, Alexi Ramirez.  Then with two outs, he would hit John Jay but get Will Myers to strike out.  Dexter Fowler would lead off with a smack up the middle for a single.  With the shift on, Heyward would take the pitch and put in play with nobody at third.  With no men out and a slight shift in the outfield, Chris Bryant would pull a double down the line in left, scoring both runners. Rizzo would send one right back at the pitcher but with Ramirez covering second, he stops a possible single and another run scored but Kris would advance to third. Zobrist would squeeze one right in between 1st and 2cd scoring Bryant.  With one out, Baez would send a line drive to left in an inning that looks more like batting practice.  The Padres would intentionally walk Russell. With bases loaded, David Ross would send Matt Kemp through the warning track making the grab but Zobrist would tag and score.  Lester would fly out to end the inning. Cubs after 3, 5-0.  

With two outs in the top of the fourth, Melvin Upton, Jr would not only get the first hit but also the first run with a solo shot to left field.  Fowler would lead off the bottom half with a walk but would be out on Heyward’s fielders choice scored 4-6.  Rizzo would get his first hit of the game pushing Jason the third base.  Zobrist would make it 3-3 for the night knocking in Heyward, Rizzo to third.  Baez woul fly out to Kemp to end the inning.  Cubs, 6-1

Top of 5, Lester goes in with a solid lead, giving up a first pitch single to Jose Pirela.  Ramirez would double to center scoring Jose thier second run of the night.  However, after reaching second, Ramirez would be taken out of the game.  John Jay would double to right scoring pinch runner Adam Rosales.  Lester would get Myers to fly out and get Matt Kemp to watch strike three go by.  Cubs 6, Padres 3.  

Luis Perdomo would come into the fifth and get Addison Russell to strikeout.  Ross would send a bouncer back to the pitcher and Lester would end the inning with a ground out.  In the top of the sixth, Lester would have an easy 1-2-3.  Fowler would lead off with a walk but get caught up in Heyward’s double play and Bryant would strikeout to end the inning.  

Trevor Cahill would come into the 7th and strike out his first batter, walk his next, then get a called third strike.  Clayton Richard would come in for Cahill and give up a single to John Jay, prompting another pitching change for the Cubs.  Pedro Strop would come in and we finally got an update on Alexi who left with an injured leg.  First pitch Will Myers sends a shot screaming to Baez and would reach on an error to load the bases for Matt Kemp who would fly out to end the inning.  Rizzo would leadoff with a walk and Zobrist with his fourth hit of the night. With one out Russell would finally hit that triple to right field scoring two.  Cubs add to thier lead 8-3.  

Top of the eighth coming up.  Justin Grimm would come in and walk Derek Norris and give up a single to Melvin.  No outs two men on, he gets Brett Wallace swinging on strike three.  Pirela would single to load the bases and that would be all for Grimm.  Adam Warren would come in and strikeout Adam Rosales but gives up a monster grand slam to Alex Dickerson, his first home run of the season.  John Jaynwould ground out to end the inning.  Cubs 8, Padres 7.  Bottom of the eighth just one run separates the two.  Mike Quackenbush comes into the bottom of the eighth and has a 1-2-3 inning.  

Padres will get there last chance to tie or take the lead otherwise this game is over and we play two tomorrow.  Hector Rondon comes into the game and gets Will Myers looking.  Then gets Matt Kemp swinging.  Derek Norris steps into the box and grounds out to short to end the game!  Eight in a row!   “Go Cubs Go!”


Two in a row, two to go

Posted: April 22, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized
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John Lester seeks to get his second win of the season on the road at Great American Park against 24 year-old Jon Moscot.  Moscot would get out of the first unscathed but would walk Heyward and Rizzo.  Javier Baez would lead off the second with a single, he would steal second and advance to third on a ground out by Addison Russel.  David Ross would send a sac fly to right scoring Baez. Moscot would get out of the inning and get through the third no problem.

Anthony Rizzo would lead off the fourth with his sixth home run of the year that would go about 10 rows up into right field.  Ben Zobrist would walk but would be forced out by Baez’s ground ball to short.  Russell sends a ground ball to right advanceing Baez to third.  David Ross would take one for the team and lay down a bunt scoring Javi.  Moscot would make a throwing error advancing Russell to third.  John Lester would copy Ross and also lay down a sac bunt, scoring Russell.  After four innings the Cubs would be up 4-0.

John Lester would cruise through the first five innings giving up one walk and three singles and with the help of Javier Baez’s stellar defense would get through those innings with out a run.  He would give up a lead off home run to Zachary Cozart, his first of the year in the sixth.  He would finish up the sixth and make it through seven innings.  Through seven, he would give up five hits, one walk and one earned run with four K’s on the night.

Pedro Strop would come into the eighth knocking them down in order.  J.J. Hoover would come into the top of the ninth, to ho,d the Cubs from scoring any more runs.  He would throw a curve ball to Baez, who would send a line drive to left, cracking his first home run of the season.  Russell and Ross would get two outs in the ninth.   Tommy La Stella would pinch hit for Strop singling to right.  Fowler would get his first hit of the night on a double to center, scoring Tommy.  Jason Heyward would send his third double of the season to right field.  Kris Bryant would also hit a double scoring Heyward.  The Reds would bring in Ross Olendorf to try and get the last out on Anthony Rizzo.  He would get him to pop up shortstop.

Justin Grimm would come into the ninth with an 8-1 lead, hoping for a quick ninth inning.  He would get Eugenio Suarez to ground out on four pitches but would hit Joey Votto.  0-3, Brandon Phillips would send a quick shot back to Grimm, advancing Votto, but not hard enough to get the hit.  Devin Mesoraco would come up with two outs and send a line drive to Russell ending the game giving the Cubs their twelfth win of the season and Lester his second win of the season.

With eight days left in the month and seven games left, I cannot remember the last I have seen the Cubs off to a start like this.  It was exciting to watch Sammy Sosa and Moises Alou, Derick Lee and Aramis Ramirez, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior but I cannot remember seeing a team like this.  This is a team that Theo builds, a mixture of youth and veterans.  It’s exciting but I hope it’s not just #ItsOnlyApril.

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