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Yasiel Balaguert singled, doubled, and walked, drove-in three runs, and scored another, and Xavier Batista drilled a two-run double, walked twice, scored a run, and notched another outfield assist (he now has five in 17 EXST games), leading the Cubs a 9-4 victory over the Giants in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Indian School Park Field #4 in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Cubs drew 11 walks in the game (and five of the runners scored), with each of the first eight batters in the starting lineup drawing at least one base on balls. The 11 walks were (by far) the most for the EXST Cubs in any one Cactus League Extended Spring Training game in 2012. (The previous high this season was six, and they did that twice, once in their very first game on April 9th, and then again yesterday).
Of course it helped that Javier Baez wasn’t in the lineup today, since the Cubs 2011 1st round draft pick has yet to draw a walk in 101 professional Plate Appearances (includes AZL Cu...
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Some Cubs fans entered the season with relatively high expectations for Bryan LaHair. Others weren't optimistic at all. I was somewhere in between. I was fairly certain LaHair's numbers were so damn good at AAA that it indicated he should probably be about a league average ballplayer at the MLB level. To this point we've [...]
A visual analysis of Bryan LaHair’s swing.
Yes. Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair will sustain his success. The Cubs have indeed caught lightning in a bottle.
LaHair is leading the MLB with a .510 BABIP and is third behind Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton with a 36.4% HR/FB ratio. Fans of Chicago’s northside and fans of regression to the mean have begun to pay extra close attention...
Whether or not the Cubs win this game, the sentiment still stands.
Asking someone for their phone number can take courage, and rejection is never easy. Most people also don't need to worry about getting rejected too publicly, either, althought one's friend's might giggle when watching the rejection from across the room. One Chicago Cubs fan was unlucky with his advances towards a ball girl at the Chicago Cubs game, according to some...
Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol left the game against the Milwaukee Brewers with two outs in the seventh inning Friday night with a strained right hamstring.
Marmol, who lost his job as the Cubs' closer last week, had given up a run on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning. He had a 1-2 count on Corey Hart when catcher Wellington Castillo visited the mound and summoned...
Well, well, well. This team ain’t so awful. In fact, they are not half-bad. Heck, they are even somewhat mediocre and, while we’re at it, they can be downright entertaining.
After a grotesque and gut-wrenching 3-11 start, the Cubs have won 10 of 17 and head to Milwaukee to face a surprisingly struggling Brew Crew. So, with the impending series in Milwaukee, I just have...
Iowa Offense Eruption! The boys in Iowa decided to explode all of the face of Fresno by jacking out 13 runs. Rizzo hit two long hard ones out and Vitters showed off with a dong of his own. Brett Jackson took two easy bases on balls before smacking the ball around for a triple. All [...]
MESA, Ariz. The city of Mesa and Chicago Cubs announced a July 11 ground-breaking event to begin construction of a new spring training facility. Mesa, the Cubs and Arizona State University also announced that they are in final stages of an agreement that will make the complex the new home for the ASU baseball program.
Officials also released initial renderings of the new stadium...
RHP Carlos Marmol left Friday's game after facing four batters in the seventh inning. The Chicago Cubs say he has a strained right hamstring. He will return to Chicago Saturday for an MRI, and it looks like he could be headed to the disabled list. Marmol was trying
to regain his stride after losing his job as closer.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Paul Maholm outpitched Tim Hudson to win his fourth straight start, Bryan LaHair hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Wednesday.
Maholm (4-2) allowed three hits in seven innings and combined with James Russell and Rafael Dolis on a four-hitter.
Maholm walked three and struck out three as Chicago took two of...
I liked the Brewers chances of winning the NL Central this year, even without Fielder, given the loss of Pujols and Carpenters injuries and my general distrust of the Reds pitching staff. They've had some awful luck so far though, and it looks like it's not going to happen. They've lost three of their key [...]
- WWE posted the following video of Hornswoggle and Natalya at an anti-bullying rally in Greensboro, North Carolina on Monday afternoon:
- The dark main event after Tuesday night’s WWE SmackDown tapings in Roanoke, Virginia saw Randy Orton defeat Kane with the RKO.
- As noted before, WWE Champion CM Punk threw out the first pitch and sang during the 7th inning stretch at last...
Cubs go with the right-heavy lineup against struggling southpaw Randy Wolf.
Which will happen first?
Dempster wins a game
- On Tuesday night, WWE Champion CM Punk threw out the first pitch and also sang in the 7th inning stretch at the Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves MLB game.
In celebration of Punk singing at the game, Dimo’s Pizza in Chicago is bringing back their vegan Anaconda Vice and not-at-all-vegan Go To Sleep specials starting today through May 14th.