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Cubs avoid sweep with 3-2 victory over Rays

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo hit a game-ending RBI single in the 12th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. The last-place Cubs struck out 17 times, running their total to 44 for the weekend series, but Rizzo and touted rookie Javier Baez had two hits apiece to key a 13-hit attack. Carlos Villanueva (5-6) pitched a scoreless...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel too bad. 2. Anthony Rizzo actually had a better game than Valbuena, going 1-2 with...
Via Obstructed View
28 days ago  |  Discuss

A Closer Look At Kyle Hendricks’s Debut

Kyle Hendricks was the “other” prospect in the Ryan Dempster trade behind Christian Villanueva. Ostensibly part of Theo’s “get an arm in every trade” mantra, scouts didn’t think that highly of him, but he showed good control in the minor leagues. Hendricks made his major league debut last Thursday for the Cubs. After a rough first-inning, he settled down and finished...
Via Obstructed View
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Mookie Betts Hits His First Major League Home Run At Fenway Park (Video)

BOSTON — Mookie Betts hit his first major league home run Wednesday at Fenway Park. Betts, playing in his fourth big league game, had been 1-for-10 before Wednesday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs. Reliever Carlos Villanueva gave Betts a pitch he could handle in the fifth inning, and the 21-year-old launched it over the Green Monster for a two-run homer. Betts hit eight...
Via NESN.com
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Speedy Billy Hamilton beats out a grounder, to first base

During Sunday's game against the Cubs, speedy Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton had an infield hit. That doesn't sound very impressive, until you see it for yourself. Hamilton hit a ground ball off pitcher Carlos Villanueva that first baseman Anthony Rizzo fielded cleanly approximately 7 steps behind the bag. Hamilton raced down the line and beat both Villanueva and Rizzo to the base.
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

At last! Cards bust out bats in 10-4 win over Chicago

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals found a cure for their ailing offense Saturday afternoon in Cubs right-handed picther Carlos Villanueva. Mike Matheny's lineup broke out for nine runs on 10 hits against the Chicago starter, who lasted just three innings. The Cardinals recorded a season-high 10 runs and 13 hits in the 10-4 victory at Busch Stadium. "This hitting thing is a hard...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs option Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs called up left handed starting pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa, which resulted in the Cubs sending down reliever Brian Schlitter. Rusin and Carlos Villanueva were battling for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation for the Cubs during the final stretch of Cactus League ply. Villanueva did just enough to take the job away from Rusin, who started...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cards looking to finally provide Waino with some offensive support

After having the NL's best offense a season ago, the St. Louis Cardinals are having plenty of trouble pushing runs across in 2014. That's especially been true when Adam Wainwright takes the mound. St. Louis looks to avoid a third straight defeat Saturday as Wainwright faces the visiting Chicago Cubs, who are seeking their first back-to-back victories of the season. The Cardinals...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Weekly Recap – Week 1

Chicago Cubs Baseball - Welcome to Sports Mockery’s Chicago Cubs weekly recap. We will hold each other’s hand and get through this painful season together, reminding each other that the good times and winning ways are right around the corner! Opening Day The Cubs played the Pirates on opening day, and Jeff Samardzija lost again, despite pitching really well. Samardzija has zero...
Via Sports Mockery
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday 6: Phillies vs. Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (3-2) at Chicago Cubs (1-4) Starting Pitchers: PHI: RHP A.J. Burnett (0-0, 1.50) vs. CHI: RHP Carlos Villanueva (0-2, 13.50) Time: 2:20, Wrigley Field TV: CSN Weather: Partly Cloudy, 54 Media: Twitter and Facebook A Note for Tonight: The Phillies will be looking to bring out the brooms on Sunday afternoon, as they attempt to sweep the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley...
Via Phillies Nation
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs’ 1st Game Shows A Deeper Meaning

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Shelly Tsirulik In another close Opening Day for the Cubs, the Pirates emerged victorious by the score of 1-0. Neil Walker’s 10th inning blast off of Carlos Villanueva had the home crowd celebrating what is sure to be a successful season for the Pirates. Cubs fans immediately found themselves wishing for more time, knowing that sooner or later the...
Via TopSportsReport
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanueva named 5th starter, Rusin to AAA

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Via cubs.scout.com
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva. Villanueva posted a 5.60 ERA during the spring. Chris Rusin, one of his competitors, finished at 7.45...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #4

The Cubs got destroyed by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon because Chris Rusin decided to throw batting practice:   It’s okay, because things happened in the land of roster moves.  Maybe that means Rusin will go somewhere far away and Carlos Villanueva will keep the seat warm for Jake Arrieta. The Cubs play their last game of the preseason in Cubs Park against...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot Sports Take: Countdown to Spring Training, #11 & #10

We continue our countdown of the 20 Hottest MLB players and you get two today since yesterday I was unable to blog because of, well, life. Here are today’s picks: #11 – Carlos Villanueva #33|P|Chicago Cubs Born : November 28, 1983 Birthplace: Santiago, DR Height: 6’2″ Weight: 215lbs. Bats: Right. Throws: Right MLB Debut: May 23, 2006 (Brewers) He’s been with the Cubs since...
Via World Series Dreaming
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

To Tender or Not to Tender - That is the Question, Bard

The Cubs MLB Reserve List (AKA "40-man roster") is presently full. Of the 40 players on the Cubs MLB Reserve List, eight (Starlin Castro, Kyuji Fujikawa, Edwin Jackson, Chang-Yong Lim, Anthony Rizzo, Jorge Soler, Ryan Sweeney, and Carlos Villanueva) are signed for 2014, and 32 (see list below) are under club control but are unsigned. The Cubs must decide by Monday (December...
Via Cub Reporter
December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Frozen by 57-MPH Curveball From Carlos Villanueva, Says He’s ‘Never Seen a Pitch That Slow’ (Video)

It doesn’t have to be fast, as long as it gets the job done. Jayson Werth found that out the hard way Wednesday night, when a pitch from Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva that looked like it belonged in the Little League World Series left the Nationals outfielder frozen to the ground. After firing in a 90-mph fastball for strike one, Villanueva dialed the speed way down for his second...
Via NESN.com
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch Jayson Werth react to a 57 MPH strike by Carlos Villanueva

And so, Jayson Werth continued his ******* crazy August last night, blasting a 3-run HR Wednesday night at Wrigley. And then there was Werth's fantastic reaction to a ******* crazy 57-MPH strike by Carlos Villanueva (Vine by @recordsANDradio above). Werth in August, via Dan Kolko shortly after his HR: Check out these insane numbers put up by Jayson Werth in August: .459...
Via Nationals Enquirer
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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Jayson Werth frozen on 57-mph curveball

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva broke off a 57-mph curveball on Jayson Werth Wednesday that left the Washington Nationals outfielder more frozen than Ted Williams’ head. Werth clubbed a 3-run home run earlier in the game, so no doubt Villanueva wanted to pitch him carefully in the at-bat. He threw him two called strikes to […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Arrieta keeps fresh start going as Cubs blank Cardinals 7-0

Carlos Villanueva is quick to say he’ll have no complaints next season if he’s popping champagne in the clubhouse as a member of the Cubs bullpen. It would mean Villanueva had done his part paving the way for his rotation replacement Jake Arrieta. ‘‘I saw him pitch in Baltimore and here and he’s got great stuff’’ Villanueva said Friday in his first comments since...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers can clinch series with doubleheader sweep

The Chicago Cubs' winning streak is over, yet their run of impressive starting pitching performances isn't. Carlos Villanueva and newcomer Jake Arrieta will try to keep that going in Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. With Jeff Samardzija going seven shutout innings in Monday's 5-0 series-opening defeat, Cubs starters...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Miley gets ball as D-backs seek series split with Cubs

Although they couldn't come through late in their last game, the Diamondbacks have shown the ability to score runs against the Cubs. They could be primed for another big day against struggling Carlos Villanueva on Thursday night when they try to earn a split of this four-game series at Chase Field. Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run home run and Cody Ross added a game-tying sacrifice...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies deadline trade targets: Schierholtz, Villanueva

Our look at potential trade targets of Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies continues with a pair of Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Villanueva. Schierholtz, whom the Phillies non-tendered over the winter after acquiring last July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, has had the best first-half of his career after finally getting to play every day. Schierholtz has hit .269...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Villanueva Has The Best Mustache In Baseball

Carlos Villanueva has a heck of a mustache.  I mean, just look at that thing.  Signed in the offseason to be a long reliever/plug ‘n play starter, Carlos Villanueva has stepped into the starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs and made an instant impact.  Dubbed by Cubs color man, Jim Deshaies, as the “best mustache in baseball”, Villanueva is the owner of a 3.02 ERA and a...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds hope that Wrigley Field changes recent road woes

Struggling to win away from home, the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to change their fortunes by adding to their recent dominance at Wrigley Field. The Reds, though, will face the pitcher who started them on their current hitting slump, Carlos Villanueva, when they try to match their longest road win streak against the Chicago Cubs on Friday. With three wins away from home, Cincinnati...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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