Well that didn’t take long, the Cubs were swept for the first time in this young 2013 Season thanks to the Atlanta Braves. Even though it was warmer in Atlanta compared to Pittsburgh, that wasn’t enough to get the Cubs’ bats going. Atlanta had a good combination of great starting pitching, timely hitting and good outing by their bullpen which easily gave them the series sweep. Let’s get into the recap of games.
Braves 4, Cubs 1
W: Minor (1-0) L: Feldman (0-1) SV: Kimbrel (2)
Cubs hitters were fooled by Mike Minor, who apparently has come out to prove himself after his struggles last season. The lefty pitched a great, efficient game to keep the Braves in the game, he gave up only one run, struck out seven in his 7 1/3 innings of work. Scott Feldman on the other hand didn’t have great command. He threw 102 pitches in just 4 2/3 innings. The Braves were up by one run and Feldman was one out away of getting out of the fifth inning but he then loaded the bases (walked two and hit another) which set up Juan Francisco’s single that brought home another two runs and gave the Braves the 4-1 advantage. The only Cubs offense came from Scott Hairston, who led off the fifth inning with a homer off Mike Minor.
Braves 6, Cubs 5
W: O’Flaherty (1-0) L: Marmol (0-1)
Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva had an impressive solid start allowing only one run on six hits, while striking out six in his 6 2/3 innings pitched. The Cubs bats seemed to have a little bit more life and Anthony Rizzo hit his second homer of the season, another two-run homerun just like on Opening Day. The Cubs were leading 5-1 on the bottom of the eight but Fujikawa made it a one-run game and was replaced by Marmol to get the save. We all know how that ended. While I don’t defend Marmol nor think he should be our closer, I thought he got all the blame put on him when it really wasn’t completely his fault. We all knew this was coming and it took five games for Carlos Marmol to lose his job to Fujikawa.
Braves 5, Cubs 1
W: Hudson (1-0) L: Samardzija (1-1)
Jeff Samardzija seemed like he was going to continue where he left off on Opening Day. He did his best Kerry Wood impression but fell short. He had a career high 13 strikeouts and went 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits. The Braves’ Tim Hudson allowed only one run in his 6 2/3 innings of work. David DeJesus’ double brought home Anthony Rizzo which was the only run the Cubs were able to produce. With the loss, the Cubs finished the road trip 2-4; we all know that the offense has been the major problem for them here at the start of the season. They head into Monday’s game batting a combined .175. The Cubs are finally back in Chicago for their home opener against the Brewers. It will be the 100th. Season of baseball at Wrigley Field, hopefully them being home will spark those bats up some more!
Here are the upcoming games:
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
Monday, April 8th. at 1:20 p.m.
Marco Estrada, RHP (0-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson, RHP (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
Tuesday, April 9th. at 7:05 p.m.
Wily Peralta, RHP (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Travis Wood, LHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Wednesday, April 10th. at 7:05 p.m.
Kyle Lohse, RHP (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Scott Feldman, RHP (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!