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Edwin Jackson followed his season model – nibbling and struggling early, throwing a ton of pitches through the first couple innings, and then settling down – and the Cubs came back from a mild deficit to win it in the 9th on a Luis Valbuena homer. It was the second time in a week that Luis Valbuena hit a would-be-game-winning homer, and this one held up.

Carlos Marmol, apparently freshly re-installed as the closer, did Carlos Marmol-y things in the 9th inning, but struck out Giancarlo Stanton with two on base to end the game.

Huzzah.

Unrelatedly, it’s probably time to give Anthony Rizzo a day off.

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  • ETS

    Wow, you’re glass half empty.

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  • Kyle

    Issuing five walks and taking none is freaking maddening.

    But that was an awesome win. Because it was a win, and wins are awesome.

    I’m going to do something completely, bat-ish crazy and say that I haven’t quite given up on this team yet.

    We’ve had some bad luck and a rough schedule. We’ve got three more against the Marlins and then four against the Padres, two teams that are legitimately worse than us. If we can make up some more ground in the next seven games, then .500 is back within spitting distance.

    • ETS

      hard to count out a rotation performing that well. Really, if marmol pitches well and fujikawa comes around and rizzo and sori start clicking and …. and …

      maybe!

    • SirCub

      Kyle, always the optimist! I’m with you, buddy. It’s a looooonng season, and I’m not going to let a couple weeks worth of bad luck (on top of bad play) discourage me. Let’s go Cubs!

      • FFP

        I liked that Kyle-post, too. I actually like most of Kyle’s posts, but:
        “But that was an awesome win. Because it was a win, and wins are awesome.”
        was awesome.

    • Ron

      I am with you too. This team is not terrible. With a little luck, who knows.

      • Hansman1982

        Well, this team isn’t 45 wins terrible.

  • Jimbo

    Not a math major, is it too early to talk about Rondon?

  • Die hard

    Trade Scherholtz while hot— Bears on clock

    • Hansman1982

      Wait, we didn’t score 6 runs. How’d we win?

      • Die hard

        You call that winning? That’s scraping by a team that belongs in A ball and Cubs in AA ball

        • TWC

          A win is a win is a win.

          • Hansman1982

            Pfft, when the Cubs win the World Series it better be by 10 runs a game, 4 perfect games and Sandberg subbing in the cripple from row 4 after the 3rd inning.

            Anything less just isn’t enough.

            Choosy Cubs fans choose blowouts.

            • mysterious4th

              Can we add Marmol striking out the side on 9 pitches each game? I mean if we are going to aim big might as well shoot for Pluto (screw the moon and Pluto is still a planet to me)

              • jt

                drinking the solar system kool-ade it seems?

  • Jeff

    The only team we can beat is a shittier one than us :)

  • Bob Johnson

    Glad I gave Luis a shout out earlier! With so many things going wrong with the team, he’s been one of the positives!

  • Rcleven

    Cubs had 34 AB’s tonight struck out 9 times. 26% SO rate.
    If this was one batter this would be discussion for a week.

    • mysterious4th

      Buttttttttttt atleast they were 2-6 with RISP. That looks great compared to what it has been. On the other hand it was against the Marlins. Ok, my points cancelled eachother out.

  • Bill S

    That 2nd to last pitch by Marmol to Stanton scared me for a split second.. 1-1 fast ball upper inside on top of missing his target badly. Can’t believe Stanton didn’t hit that ball 450 feet.

    • SirCub

      “That 2nd to last pitch by Marmol to Stanton scared me for a split second..”

      Yea, samesies. Except for with, like, every pitch he threw.

  • Die hard

    Whoa— Bears take Howie Longs other son tough kid lineman

    • #1lahairfan

      Did not see that coming either.

  • #1lahairfan

    Bears pick Kyle Long? I think we could have gotten him in the second round or traded back for him!

  • jt

    did anyone notice the fire in Luis’ belly?

    • Die hard

      He did grimace when rounding 3rd if that counts

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I did sip some Talisker after he hit it, but that was fire in my belly.

  • HoustonTransplant

    I hesitate to post about anything worthwhile hear, as I feel incompetent compared to some of you; I’m not a stats guy. I considered myself a hardcore fan until I started following BN regularly. But, thought I’d throw out what I was thinking about listening to the end of the game:

    It’s not as hopeful a feeling when a team “competes” with one the likes of the Marlins. It’s not as impressive if you can be in games against the good teams, but then allow the teams you SHOULD beat to hang around and play THEM close, as well.

    • HoustonTransplant

      Damn… hear = here. I’m better than that.

      • Alex S

        So then are the Reds a shitty team for not completely obliterating the Cubs this past series? Before you point to the fact that the Cubs got solid starting pitching throughout the series, take into account that Slowey had an ERA of 1.90 coming into today’s game.

        • Rcleven

          Such small sample size at this time of year most pitchers ERA don’t mean a lot. I will lay odds Slowey doesn’t finish with an ERA under 4.50.

          • Alex S

            Of course not, but that’s the point. Three or four games is a terribly small sample size in general. You can’t say that “They should beat up on this team” or “It’s incredible how we hung around with that team” because at a given point the Marlins might sweep the Tigers or some other “good” team.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Nobody is saying that based on this year’s stats. People are saying that the Marlins are an awful train-wreck of a team because of how these guys have performed in the past: except for Stanton, none of these guys would be starting on even average teams.

              And, yes, the Marlins will undoubtedly sweep a good team this year. That will not be because they “got good” for a weekend or something. Teams play 50 or so series a year: that makes it improbable that they will not sweep a clearly better team at some point.

  • cubmig

    How far did that HR ball travel? Anyone know……?

  • koyiehillsucks2

    Today’s marlins pitcher has had a good year so far but i expected a better offensive showing than today, rizzo looked terrible and skriano wasn’t much better… at least they got hits with risp…

  • Jimmy James

    If I coached against the cubs I would find out if I could send guys to the plate without a bat…not convinced marmol could throw three strikes before four balls…thank heavens for free swingers

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Dear Santa. Please use your TARDIS and erase the “closer” concept from all baseball managers’ minds. Sorry that I haven’t said any prayers to you in nearly 50 years, and thanks for those socks in 1968.

    • Hansman1982

      I’m not sure even Santa Doctor could answer your prayers. Maybe the flying sharks, by Santa Doctor killed them.

  • Scott

    They need to move Rizzo to the 5 spot. There’s too much pressure on him batting cleanup.

    • Patrick W.

      I will not jump on this.

  • Rizzo44

    Poor Rizzo again… Valbuena anyone??

  • @cubsfantroy

    Rizzo is killing me. He needs to figure out his swing.

  • DPRagen

    Anthony Rizzo’s cumulative major league batting average is .234. Cause for concern?

    • Kyle

      A little, but as long as the power and walks are there, I won’t panic.

  • mudge

    Trade Rizzo for Adam Dunn.

  • Jamie Weiss

    I was pleasantly surprised that Sveum used Rondon in a major league game, let alone a tie game in the 7th! Maybe TheoJed reminded him that Hector was on the roster…

    I’m not a major stat head, and I do get the importance of a pitchers, whip, ERA+ and the rest of it, but I’ve always thought that Edwin Jackson pitched just well enough to lose most of the time, and I think that’s true, stats be damned.

    After the Cubs tied the game in the top of the 6th, Jackson hit the first batter he faced in the bottom half on a 1-2. Does he have his head up his ass? Can he not concentrate? I think he will be extremely maddening to watch for the duration of his contract.

    Nice win, though!

    • Rcleven

      Have to look at Jackson this way. Jackson is a innings eater. As bad as he looked early, he only gave up 3 runs in the six innings he pitched, qualifying for a quality start. He kept us in the game and allowed us to win the game. I’ll take that from all the starters any time.

      • Eternal Pessimist

        I think Jackson is a pretty decent pitcher and will pitch just well enough to lose only if our batting doesn’t improve to give us close to 5 runs per game.

  • mudge

    Jackson, Jackson’ll warm to Chicago and do well here say I.

  • jt

    Rizzo has not had a BB in his last 32 PA’s and only one in his last 42.
    Not sayin’ it means much
    Not sayin’ it’s without meanin’

  • willis

    Eh…quality start? So say the numbers.

    Win, that’s all that matters.

  • willis

    BTW, Valbuena has shown to be a little clutch. But he’ll be benched soon. Sigh.

    • koyiehillsucks2

      you have to bench him. Stewart is hitting a cool .100 in iowa. Considering how good he has been the last few years you have to let him play!

  • fester30

    So… I kinda thought the FO and manager were the kinds to value patient at bats, taking walks, and reducing strikeouts. Only the White Sox have taken fewer walks than the Cubs in the entire MLB. Only six teams have struck out more. While I understand that the talent on the current team leaves something to be desired, I’m just not seeing the results of organizational dedication to plate discipline.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      The problem is if pitchers don’t fear you, they don’t nibble. They come right at you. That reduces walks dramatically, no matter how disciplined you are.

      • MichiganGoat

        You mean you can’t walk if they don’t throw you balls… Hmmm I never made the connection.

        Opposing Team’s Scounting Report: Just throw strikes they can’t really hurt us anyways.

      • Die hard

        Well recall Fergie Jenkins was able to do both as he came at you with nibbles they couldn’t decide to hit or pass and he didn’t fear any hitter being the elite hockey player who was good enough to get try out with Canadiens … So it’s all in the makeup of the pitcher and the stuff he had— Greg Maddux comes to mind too

      • DocPeterWimsey

        But is the Cubs’s primary problem that their batters do not hit hittable pitches, or is the Cubs’ primary problem that their batters swing at pitches that they don’t hit well? It seems to me that the latter is the problem. The Cubs seem to have a lot of PAs where a pitcher throws 4 non-strikes, but there is no walk. They put a lot of non-strikes into play: but usually not with great results.

        At any rate, we won’t see the results of the organizations new-found dedication to pitch-recognition for a while. The Cubs have been signing players with this tool in mind for all of one year: it will take a few more before we see positive results.

  • cubchymyst

    Who is the current back up first base men on the Cubs?

  • DONNIE621

    Yeah Rizzo can have a few days off. His defense is shaky too. The more he struggles the worse he looks.

  • Jeremy

    Rizzo is a strikeout machine… We could call him the golden goose egg for his number of O’fers this season.. or the K king for his number of multiple strikeout games…

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