I went on my lunch break yesterday afternoon to see that the Cubs were winning 5-0. I didn’t bother to check the score again until I got home to watch highlights on Cubs.com. Imagine my mild surprise to see that the Cubs had once again blown an at least five run lead for the second time in a week. Dale Sveum is either becoming delirious or drinking during games.
“Twice in one week, to see this kind of game, and this one at home, with your big horse [Jeff Samardzija] on the mound, cruising along and all of a sudden he starts misfiring and gets the ball up [it's tough],” Dale Sveum said. “We can’t get a big hit to walk them off or get the chance. Michael Young hits the outfield grass [with his game-winning single] — we’re having trouble doing that at home.”
Jeff Samardzija is super sorry, dudes.
“Any time you get the early runs, you can be aggressive and attack the zone,” Samardzija said. “It allowed me to cruise through the middle innings. I obviously had the hiccup in the sixth.”
On the positive side, Starlin Castro had a two run double and Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz each homered. It’s the first time since 1973 that the Cubs have had two left handed batters with 20 home runs in the same season. Also, Ryne Sandberg received a nice round of applause at the beginning of the game, but Julie’s prediction of the end times didn’t happen, at least not yet.
Today’s game will feature the fourth Cy Young Award winning starter the Cubs have faced in the last five games, Cliff Lee (11-6, 3.07). The Cubs will counter with their own lefty, Chris Rusin (2-3, 2.64). There are no lineups posted as of yet, but Lee’s lefty splits look about the same as those against right handed hitters, so I think we may see at least Rizzo in the lineup today.
Game time is 3:05 Central. Broadcast networks CSN and MLBN, so any out of market folks may be able to watch.