Randy Wells pitched six strong innings and Marlon Byrd drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Mike Quade has a tough road ahead in trying to find the proper balance of winning and developing unproven talent that may affect the organization’s future.
Madison Bumgarner matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, Jeff Keppinger and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive homers in the fourth inning, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Wednesday to snap a three-game skid and avoid a sweep.
Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the eighth to remain perfect at home, Corey Hart homered for the second time in as many days and the Milwaukee Brewers swept the Chicago Cubs with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Craig Kimbrel tied a major league rookie record with his 40th save, Jason Heyward hit his first career grand slam, and the Atlanta Braves hung on to win their sixth straight, beating the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Hanigan hit a tiebreaking single off Sean Marshall in Cincinnati’s two-run eighth inning and the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Sunday.
Alfonso Soriano hit two of the Cubs’ season-high six home runs and the Cubs had a season-best 23 hits in an 11-6 victory over the fading Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker’s game-winning single in the 10th inning helped Chicago complete its first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field in nearly two years as the Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Sunday afternoon.
Randy Wells pitched six strong innings to earn his first win since April 4 and Geovany Soto added a solo shot and an RBI single in the ninth to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the major league-worst Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon.
Greg Dobbs hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning, leading the Florida Marlins to 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Over the past few weeks, conversations about the Chicago Cubs have been more about trades and becoming competitive for future than they have been about this season. And that’s not something the team is surprised to see.
Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd has been playing for the organization’s Triple-A affiliate this week, trying to get ready to return to the lineup. Byrd was placed on the disabled list in late-March, after being hit in the face with a pitch while the team was in Boston.
Playing with the Iowa Cubs Monday in his first rehab start, Byrd was hit on his side in his second at-bat against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
For many, the Chicago Cubs’ trip to Fenway Park earlier this season will be remembered as the the Cubs’ first trip back to Boston since the 1918 World Series. But for Marlon Byrd, at least, the trip will be remembered for one individual pitch.
This Cubs are in the middle of a stretch that could either officially end any small hope of the team being competitive this season, or could start stir up some optimism among their restless fans.
After losing to the St. Louis Cardinals on June 5, starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano went on a postgame rant where he called the team’s performance this season “embarrassing” and compared them to a Triple-A team.
As a major league manager, Mike Quade has to be able to read his players and understand how to handle each situation in order to prevent it from becoming a bigger issue. Some managers take an aggressive route, and some like to work behind closed doors.
On May 21, Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd was hit in the face with a pitch from Boston’s Alfredo Aceves. The scary incident saw Byrd suffer facial fractures and be placed on the disabled list.
Every time a batter steps to the plate there’s a chance that they’ll get hit with a pitch. And by the time they reach the the majors, players have been hit countless times. But very few every get hit like Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd did at Fenway Park.
The Chicago Cubs have called up outfielder Lou Montanez from Triple-A Iowa, the team announced on Tuesday.