Cubs Vs. Brewers: Chicago Avoids Sweep With Thrilling Walk-Off Victory

The Cubs avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Brewers on Thursday with an Alfonso Soriano walk-off single in the ninth inning on Thursday.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Final Score: Chicago Stuns Milwaukee With 9th Inning Comeback Victory, 12-11

On a day when Chicago pitching gave up a whopping 11 runs on 17 hits, the Cubs still managed to pull off a miracle ninth-inning comeback victory over Milwaukee on Thursday, 12-11.

Chicago entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 11-9 on the scoreboard with things looking bleak, but picked up a quick RBI single from shortstop Starlin Castro, followed by an RBI double by infielder Anthony Rizzo that knotted the score. Veteran outfielder Alfonso Soriano then stepped to the plate with one out and a pair of men in scoring position and proceeded to drive in his 79th run of the season to pull off the stunning comeback.

Bailed out from a loss on his record, Cubs starter Brooks Raley was pounded for seven runs on 10 hits over just four innings of work by Milwaukee hitters. The 24-year-old Raley now sports an inordinately-high 8.14 earned-run average through five career starts to open his career, and will need to be much sharper the next time he takes the mound in order to remain in the rotation.

Next up for the Cubs is a three-game set at Wrigley Field with the San Francisco Giants. Chris Volstad will get the ball on Friday in game one looking to win his second consecutive outing.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Lineups: Alfonso Soriano Gets Day Off

The Chicago Cubs look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs will give LF Alfonso Soriano a day off; David DeJesus will slide over to left and Bryan LaHair will get the start in right. 3B Josh Vitters will sit his second straight game as the Cubs will turn back to Luis Valbuena in an attempt to get any production from the hot corner.

Chicago will send Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA) to the mound to make just his fifth start in the majors. The Brewers will start Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19) who they are looking to move by Friday if they can find a suitor.

The Cubs full lineup for the 1:20 p.m. CT game is below:

1. David DeJesus - LF
2. Luis Valbuena - 3B
3. Starlin Castro - SS
4. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
5. Bryan LaHair - RF
6. Steve Clevenger - C
7. Brett Jackson - CF
8. Darwin Barney - 2B
9. Brooks Raley - SP

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Chicago Cubs Could Soon Shut Down Jeff Samardzija Due To Innings Limit

Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has put together an impressive 2012 season, but his year might be cut short by the organization in the near future. Samardzija transitioned from the bullpen to the starting rotation this season, so there is talk that Cubs might impose an innings limit for the year on the 27-year-old hurler. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says 175 innings may be the threshold, but Cubs' pitching coach Chris Bosio didn't commit to a number:

A hard date has not been set on when the organization will pull the plug on Samardzija. A good guess would be the middle of September, or at 175 innings.

"I think from the organization's perspective it is a case-by-case thing," Bosio said. "With a young staff we are very pitch-count cautious as well as side throwing and the times we get our relievers up. We monitor everything to ensure the health of these guys for now and the future."

Samardzija has posted a 4.03 ERA and an 8-12 record over 158.2 innings so far in 2012.

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Darwin Barney Sets National League Errorless Streak After Reversed Call In Chicago Cubs Loss

The Chicago Cubs dropped to 31 games below .500 after a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, but the big story of the night belonged to Cubs' second baseman Dawin Barney. He set the National League single-season record with 114 straight error-free games at second base -- even though he did commit an error (at least for a while).

Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue has the breakdown of what happened and how the course of events broke just right for Barney in the end:

Stolen base, error to Castillo, error to Barney. But wait! Darwin Barney is on a consecutive-game errorless streak and this particular game is important, because if he gets through it without an error, he'd break the National League single-season record for such things; that record was set in 2010 by David Eckstein.

The official scorer, a retired sportswriter named Bob Rosenberg, ruled E-4; Barney's streak was over. Or was it?

It didn't take very long for Rosenberg to change his ruling to E-5, an error on Valbuena for missing Barney's throw. I have watched the replay of this play several times and the second call appears to have been correct; the throw might not have gotten Segura, but Valbuena should have caught the ball. (Thus, the asterisk in this post's headline.)

So there you have it. Barney broke David Eckstein's record under strange circumstances. Welcome to the weird 2012 Cubs season.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers: Chicago Hopes To Avoid Series Sweep On Thursday Afternoon

After dropping the first three games of their four-pack against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago Cubs may see a few brooms out at Wrigley Field in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs are also still trying to hit the 50-game mark for wins in 2012, which is a sad commentary on just how irrelevant the team has been this season. In the finale, the Cubs will turn Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64 ERA) and the Brewers plan to counter with Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19 ERA).

Here is a quick look at the game time and TV information for Thursday:

Game Date & Time: 1:20 p.m. CT Thursday

TV: CSN-Chicago

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Cubs Vs. Brewers: Chicago Bats Remain Cold, Cubs Lose to Milwaukee 3-1

The Chicago Cubs dropped their third consecutive game to Milwaukee on Wednesday night, losing 3-1. For the second night in a row, Milwaukee pitching held the Cubs to a single run, this time on just four hits.

The Brewers got on the board early, when a first-inning fielder's choice scored leadoff man Norichika Aoki. The Cubs tied things up in the second on a fielder's choice of their own, but the Brewers took a permanent lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Jean Segura. The Milwaukee shortstop then attempted a steal of second, took third on an errant throw by Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, and scored on a second Cubs throwing error by second baseman Darwin Barney. The error broke Barney's 917-inning errorless streak. The Brewers bullpen kept the Cubs in check from there.

Despite a solid performance, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija picked up the loss, dropping him to 8-12 on the season. Brewers starter Mike Fiers was credited with the win. John Axford recorded his 22nd save of the campaign. The Cubs and Brewers finish their four-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:20 p.m. CT.

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Cubs Promote Brandon Hyde To Director Of Player Development

Two weeks after firing former director of player development Oneri Fleita, the Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday that Brandon Hyde will officially be taking over the position according to CSN Chicago.

The 38-year-old Hyde, who spent nine seasons with the Marlins before joining team president Theo Epstein's staff as a minor-league outfield coordinator last winter, played four years with the White Sox before switching over the front office.

Hyde's promotion is just another move in a long line of shakeups from Epstein in his bid to overhaul his new franchise, as Hyde is reportedly said to already have a working relationship with the team's chief executive in charge of scouting and player development, Jason McLeod. While this hiring hardly comes as a shock considering Epstein's nature to reward 'his' guys, he did ultimately pass over the likes of Chicago international scout Alex Suarez and former Atlanta Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp.

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Cubs Release Arizona Fall League Roster, Jorge Soler Not On It

The Arizona Fall League is just around the corner, running from early October to just before Thanksgiving, and the Chicago Cubs have named their seven representatives for the roster. Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago had the list of the players, along with the note that Jorge Soler is not among the prospects that will be representing the team. Soler is one of the best prospect in the farming system, and he is eligible as the team is allowed to designate two Class-A players.

The full list includes OF Matt Szczur, INF Javier Baez, INF Rubi Silva, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Nick Struck, RHP Tony Zych, RHP Kevin Rhoderick and LHP Zach Rosscup. All but Baez are from Double-A Tennessee. Baez is from Single-A Daytona.

This will be the 20th anniversary of the Arizona Fall League. It promises to be an exciting one, as 24 players on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect list are currently set to be on the rosters that were announced on Wednesday. The Cubs will be represented on the Mesa Solar Sox AFL team.

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Darwin Barney Ties NL Errorless Streak During Chicago Cubs Loss On Tuesday

Darwin Barney tied a National League record with his 113th game at second base without an error Tuesday against Milwaukee, giving him the opportunity to set the record in Wednesday night's matchup.

Barney's only error of the season came back on April 17, 910.1 innings ago. Since, Barney's fielding percentage has climbed up to .998, best of any second baseman in the league, and now he's tied a record set by David Eckstein in 2010. Barney doesn't seem too impressed by the achievement, a feat which speaks more to Barney's consistency than anything extraordinary.

"Yeah, I didn't make any errors today," Barney said. "I take a lot of (pride in my defense). It's one of those things where when I was younger I felt that defense was my weakness and so I put a lot of effort into working on it and getting as solid as I could."

The MLB record of 141 games held by Placido Polanco is within Barney's reach before the end of the season.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Hopes To Break 6-Game Skid Vs. Milwaukee

The Cubs have lost six straight against the Brewers, a streak Jeff Samardzija hopes to break when he takes the mound for Chicago Wednesday night.

Chicago has dropped the first two games of a four-game set, but had also been swept in a quick trip up to Milwaukee last week and had dropped the final two games of a series in Wisconsin back in June. The Cubs might not be having the best year, but even as such, the Brewers have really had their number, winning 11 of 14 matchups between the two squads thus far this season.

Samardzija has put together a decent stretch of pitching: in his last ten starts, he's allowed less than two earned runs in seven, while pitching at least seven innings six times. But as is typical on a team whose sole run Tuesday came on a solo shot by the pitcher, the offense hasn't been there in support for Samardzija, as the strong stretch of pitching has only seen Samardzija win two games. He'll face off against Mike Fiers, who struck out 10 in 6.2 innings his last start against Pittsburgh.


Current Series

Brewers lead the series 2-0

Mon 08/27 WP: Marco Estrada (2 - 5)
LP: Justin Germano (2 - 4)
4 - 15 loss
Tue 08/28 WP: Yovani Gallardo (14 - 8)
SV: John Axford
LP: Travis Wood (4 - 11)
1 - 4 loss

Milwaukee Brewers
@ Chicago Cubs

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012, 7:05 PM CDT
Wrigley Field

Michael Fiers vs Jeff Samardzija

Clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

Complete Coverage >

Thu 08/30 1:20 PM CDT


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Cubs Vs. Brewers Final Score: Offense Struggles In 4-1 Loss

The Chicago Cubs' offense was dominated by Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday night as the Cubs lost 4-1 to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Gallardo went seven innings, struck out nine batters and gave up just one run on a home run hit by opposing pitcher Travis Wood. It was the third home run Wood has hit in his career.

Aside from Wood helping his own cause, the Cubs had two other hits, coming from shortstop Starlin Castro and third baseman Luis Valbuena.

Milwaukee took the lead in the third inning on a three-run home run by shortstop Jeff Bianchi. The Brewers added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Norichika Aoki scored as Rickie Weeks was caught taking second base.

Wood threw seven innings for the Cubs, giving up just the three runs on five hits. Wood is now 4-11 on the season.

With the loss, the Cubs have now dropped their last seven games against their NL Central rival Brewers and are 49-79 on the season. The two teams will play the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field.

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Reliever Alex Hinshaw Dropped By Cubs

Southpaw reliever Alex Hinshaw was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs Tuesday evening, clearing space on the North Siders' roster to call up right-hander Blake Parker. Hinshaw was a Cub for nine days, since Chicago claimed him on waivers from the San Diego Padres on Aug. 19.

Hinshaw, 29, made his second appearance as a Cub Monday night. He allowed three Milwaukee home runs without recording even one out. Hinshaw had recorded a 4.50 ERA in 28 innings this season before coming over from San Diego.

Parker, a 27-year-old out of the University of Arkansas, was a 2006 Cubs draftee. He debuted this May and has worked 4.1 major league innings to date, allowing three runs and registering no decisions.

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Starlin Castro Extension Official: Seven Years, $59 Million For Cubs Shortstop

The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro officially agreed on a contract extension Tuesday, for seven years and $59 million, according to ESPN Chicago. The deal includes a $16 million club option for the 2020 season, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Castro, 22, debuted in May 2010, and has since made two All-Star appearances. He led the National League in hits in 2011 with 207 and in plate appearances with 674. Castro owns a .296/.334/.421 line in 1,761 career plate appearance, and is hitting .276/.311/.418 during the 2012 season, with 21 steals in 32 attempts.

Before signing the extension, Castro was eligible for arbitration in 2013 and for free agency in 2017.He gives up at least two years of free agency

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Starlin Castro Contract: Details Of New Deal For Cubs Shortstop Emerge

As reported by ESPN's Bruce Levine, Starlin Castro and the Chicago Cubs may be close to agreeing on a 7-year contract.

The terms of the contract, according to Ken Rosenthal, are the following: seven years, $60 million with a $6 million signing bonus. Per year, Castro will make $5M, $5M, $6M, $7M, $9M, $10M, and $11M. There will be an option for an eighth year at $16 million.

Rosenthal also reported incentives that could make the deal worth up to $79 million if Castro wins an MVP award, or finishes in the top 5 twice.

The third-year shortstop leads his team in batting average (.276), and has not missed a game all season. He is also second on the team in RBI (63) and stolen bases (21).

Castro is only 22 years old, and he gives up two potential free-agent years by signing the deal.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Probable Starters, TV Schedule, And More

After a brutal 15-4 loss on Monday in which they allowed five home runs, the Chicago Cubs will look to rebound on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers have had the Cubs' number all season, beating them in 11 of 14 contests, including the last seven in a row.

To stop the bleeding, the Cubs will turn to starter Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76 ERA), who has been dominant at times, but dreadful at others.

Wood will need to be on his game, as the Brewers send their ace, Yovani Gallardo, to the hill. Gallardo struggled earlier in the year, but he has posted five consecutive quality starts, lowering his ERA to 3.62 on the season.

The Brewers' bats have been hot recently, and none more so than that of Aramis Ramirez. The third baseman has posted nine RBI and three home runs in his last four games.

Tuesday's game starts at 7:05 CT, and can be found on WGN and FSWI.

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Cubs Vs. Brewers Final Score: Chicago Falls Apart Late In 15-4 Loss

Justin Germano allowed five earned runs over five innings in the start as the Cubs fell to the Brewers 15-4 at Wrigley Field on Monday night.

An RBI-single from Starlin Castro capped a three-run third for the Cubs, giving them a 3-1 lead after three innings, but the Brewers scored three in the top of the fifth and didn't trail the rest of the night.

The Cubs trailed 6-4 entering the ninth inning, but a dreadful nine-run ninth blew the game open for Milwaukee. Alex Hinshaw gave up five runs, including three home runs, without recording an out, while Lendy Castillo gave up four runs while recording two outs.

Castro went 1-for-4, while Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two walks.

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Cubs Acquire C Anthony Recker In Minor League Trade

The Cubs and Athletics swapped minor league catchers in a trade on Monday, sending Blake Lalli to Oakland for Anthony Recker.

Recker was on Oakland's Opening Day roster, but was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento after 13 games played with a .129 batting average. In Sacramento, the 28-year-old has hit .265 with nine home runs, 19 RBI and a .358 on-base percentage.

As for Lalli, he made his Major League debut with the Cubs earlier this season. He went 2-for-15 in six games before being sent back down to Triple-A Iowa, where the 29-year old hit .259 with seven home runs, 40 RBI and a .293 on-base percentage.

Recker was assigned to Iowa after the trade.

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Chicago Cubs Designate Scott Maine For Assignment

The Chicago Cubs have designated relief pitcher Scott Maine for assignment on Monday, as the team announced. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Anthony Recker, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics earlier in the day.

Maine, 27, appeared in 41 games with the Cubs over the past three years. This season, he's split time between Chicago and Triple-A Iowa with mixed results. In the big leagues, he has a 4.79 ERA with big strikeout numbers in 20.2 innings, while he's got a 2.88 ERA and middling strikeout numbers in 34.1 minor league innings.

The Cubs originally acquired Maine in 2009 as part of the deal that sent Aaron Heilman to the Arizona Diamondbacks. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, the Cubs can either trade him, release him or option him to the minors.

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Brewers Vs. Cubs Lineups: Josh Vitters Gets Nod At Third Base

The Chicago Cubs have settled into a consistent starting lineup lately after making numerous tweaks over the course over the season, but they still haven't found a regular third baseman. Josh Vitters is starting for the team on Monday, but the former first round pick has struggled badly in his first MLB stint.

Since being called up, Vitters has split time at third base with Luis Valbuena, but neither has been able to hit at all in the big leagues this season. Vitters has a .102/.118/.204 line in the first 51 plate appearances of his career, so it's obvious that he still has some work to do.

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  1. David DeJesus, RF
  2. Josh Vitters, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  5. Starlin Castro, SS
  6. Steve Clevenger, C
  7. Brett Jackson, CF
  8. Darwin Barney, 2B
  9. Justin Germano, P
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Brewers Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Hosts Milwaukee On Monday

The Cubs begin a series against Milwaukee on Monday.

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