May 4, 2011 |
At least the Dodgers didn't have to worry about who would be their closer Wednesday. On a day when incumbent closer Jonathan Broxton and hot-hitting Andre Ethier joined third baseman Casey Blake on the sidelines because of elbow problems, the Dodgers used a patchwork lineup that included only one player, Matt Kemp, batting over .250. That proved no match for Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano (4-1), who held the Dodgers to one run through eight innings, and home runs by a trio of Cubs powered Chicago to a 5-1 win in an afternoon game at Dodger Stadium.
May 2, 2011 |
As Jerry Sands' double bounded through the gap toward the right-center field wall in the fifth inning, driving in two runs, the rookie's parents and grandfather stood and roared along with the rest of the Dodger Stadium crowd. They barely had time to get back on their seats when the next batter, Andre Ethier, had them standing again with a hard liner at the shortstop that went for a hit, driving in Sands and extending Ethier's hitting streak to 28 games. And a solid outing by starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw gave them even more to celebrate as the Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-2, ending a losing streak at two games and climbing back to .500 at 15-15.
September 15, 2008 |
MILWAUKEE -- Bernie Brewer wasn't at Miller Park on Sunday night, and the famous racing sausages decided to sit this one out too. But the pro-Cubs crowd of 23,441 who showed up for the first makeup game of the hurricane-affected series between the Cubs and Houston got a chance to watch Carlos Zambrano make history. Zambrano threw the Cubs' first no-hitter in 36 years in a 5-0 victory, stunning the Astros and making a triumphant return to the mound after an 11-day layoff since his last start.
September 14, 2008
The Chicago Cubs have a remarkably relentless lineup. The National League does not use the designated hitter, and yet the Cubs have a higher batting average from the bottom three spots in their batting order than any team in the major leagues. The Angels, with the best record in the major leagues, have the next-to-lowest batting average of any American League team in those spots. The Cubs, with the best record in the NL, have most commonly batted catcher Geovany Soto seventh and outfielder Reed Johnson eighth.
August 31, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- Jayson Werth hit two home runs, Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading 37th home run and the Philadelphia Phillies ended the Chicago Cubs' winning streak at seven games with a 5-2 victory Saturday. Werth also hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning. Howard and Werth connected against Neal Cotts in the eighth inning to put the Phillies ahead, 5-1, and reliever J.C. Romero cut off a Cubs rally in the bottom half of the inning by striking out the side, including Geovany Soto with the bases loaded.
August 27, 2008 |
at San Diego 9, Arizona 2: Brian Giles and Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in three runs as the Padres denied Brandon Webb his 20th victory. Rookie Chad Reineke (2-1) combined with five relievers on a three-hitter. Cincinnati 2, at Houston 1: Bronson Arroyo pitched Cincinnati's first complete game of the season. Colorado 7, at San Francisco 2: Chris Iannetta and Garrett Atkins drove in two runs apiece and the Rockies, who made an impressive late-season charge to win the NL West last season, pulled within six games of first-place Arizona and are only three games behind the Dodgers for second place.