Sometimes you finish a marathon, and sometimes you WIN a marathon. Bam.

Jeff Samardzija was not at his sharpest today – 14 base runners in 6 innings – but the Cubs’ offense came back late to tie things up, and then they outlasted the Reds in 14 innings, with Julio Borbon providing the walk-off heroics. It didn’t give the Cubs the series, but at least it prevented the sweep. Moral victories!

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  • King Jeff

    Finally beat those stinkin Reds at Wrigley. What was that, 12 in a row they had won before today?
    Great game by the bullpen, and some big, timely hits.

  • http://Bleachernation Rudy

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  • wvcubsfan

    Who are those players you highlighted? They appear from the box score to be relief pitchers. i know that there are no pitchers who can adequately throw a baseball on our team in that role; I read that on the internet so it must be true.

  • Schrodinger’s Cat

    I guess you can say it was a “Red Wetting” for the Cincy bullpen today.

  • dying cubs fan’s last request

    Bullpen did great today.

  • ryanissamson

    Wow, that was weird.

  • willis

    Two very impressive things from today, well three-Castro with three hits. Hopefully that gives him the confidence boost he needs to get out of this slump. Just let it rip dude.

    Schierholtz-dude seems to have a pretty good game almost every game. Nice surprise he has been this year.

    Bullpen-especially the last four innings, very impressive. Seeing Rondon and Parker throw four innings with no runs and 7 strikeouts is great to see.

  • Jp3

    So… Shark went 6 innings and gave up 5 runs 10hits and 6 Ks, meanwhile our bullpen goes 8innings 3 hits and K’d 13??? So who is our ace again?

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  • Justin

    Good to see Castro get some hits and steal a couple bags. Hopefully this gets him going.

  • Stevie B

    Gregg should net us a ______ prospect….?

    He’s obviously figured something out…and I’m not kidding.

    • Brett

      A non-nothing prospect. Even better if he’s packaged with another player.

      I’m as shocked as anyone.

      • cubmig

        Re: Gregg: It’s the kind of unpredictability we need a hell of lot more of from just about everyone else on this team.

  • nkniacc13

    B prospect. He pitched well in ST the dodgers just didn’t have room for him. Bet they wish they had kept him now

  • nkniacc13

    I still think the Cubs other than maybe Garza the Cubs may send multiple players/ prospects in deals to get a better return

  • North Side Irish

    Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) tweeted at 6:24 PM on Thu, Jun 13, 2013:
    Yes. Assuming Bryant signs soon, the #Cubs will have 4 in the top 25. RT @Demarrer2790 @ProfessorParks Do the Cubs have 4 in the top 25?

  • Blublud

    Our BP sucks, but yet we have 4 guys in the pen with sub 4 ERA’S. We are 2 guys from having a decent Pen.

    • Rich H

      Our bullpen doesn’t suck. Marmol sucks. Camp sucks. Rondon almost has his 90 days and should be heading to the DL soon. The rest are doing OK not great but you can not pitch the same 3 or 4 guys every game.

      • nkniacc13

        I just don’t think they play that game as much this year with Rondon that they did last year

        • cjdubbya

          Of course not, but that’s because Rondon’s much closer to being MLB-caliber than Lendy Castillo, who’s scuffling at Kane County a year after suiting up at Wrigley.

    • jt

      entering today’s game The 2013 Cubs BP had an ERA of 4.27.
      lg avg reliever’s ERA was 3.65.
      Gregg and Russel have been around 1.30 ERA in their 43.1 IP.
      So that puts the rest of the BP’s ERA about a run higher than lg avg.
      That sucks.

  • nkniacc13

    Part of why the BP seems to stink is because the cubs don’t score a ton of runs so when they have a lead its usually 1 run and then the bullpen gives that up.

  • Die hard

    6 does the tricks.. Castro saw more fastballs being up there… Worried about Smardzja tho.. Arm weary

  • John

    Another 2 hits so far for Albert Almora in tonights game. I think its time to call him up to Daytona hes proved he can hit low A pitching.

    • Kramden

      I agree…. Ditto for Baez & Soler. What’s the point of waiting when they can be further challenged and hopefullybgain more confidence.

      • Kramden

        Not like Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa don’t have a lot of dead weight non-prospects that are clogging up their rosters.

        It’s time already…. These guys can continue to learn and refine their games at a higher level just as much and even moreso than where they’re at.

    • nkniacc13

      I think maybe part of Almora’s movement may be dictated on weather. You don’t want to promote him to Daytona just to have him miss a whole bunch of games due to weather. I think Baez and maybe Soler are not moved up because of the need to create spots that makes sense for all involved not just those 2/3 but in Baez situation who he would be replacing

  • Rich H

    Is this where we start seeing the 2nd year wear and tear on Shark that was predicted ? I think it was just a bad start but everything was up today and he was not really laying it in there.

  • nkniacc13

    wasn’t it june last year that he struggled?

  • Dustin S

    A nice comeback, but the best thing about today was Castro driving the ball up the middle. That’s when you know he’s starting to get his mechanics and timing right.

  • 70’scub

    Good to see Castro get extra base hits, swiping bases and scoring runs.

  • JM

    Nice to see the team come from behind for a win. Seeing Castro hit was what I was most impressed with. Hopefully it’s the start of a nice June.

  • Die hard

    In the grand scheme of things baseball seems insignificant considering POTUS announcement tonite to aid Syria rebels meaning could be face to face with Russia… For history buffs similar taking sides led to WW1

    • Kramden

      Newsflash… In the grand scheme of things baseball is more significant and enduring than all the bullshit you’re stressing about and have no control over.

      • Die hard

        We have less control over how the Cubs are run… Can’t vote them out of office

    • Luke

      History buff – and one who specialized in Eastern European history and international relations at that.

      This is no where remotely close to beginning to be barely related to anything vaguely similar to a passing resemblance of a bad recreation of a poor memory of what the global situation was at the beginning of World War 1.

      Unless you boil it all the way down to “some countries did stuff and some other countries did other stuff”, the difference make that comparison roughly as totally absurd as comparing Tony Campana to Mohammad Ali just because they both wear gloves and hit things (although only occasionally in the case of Campana).

      Which probably means I can expect a classic die hard epigram comparing Campana to Ali any day now…

      • Die hard

        Campana hits like a butterfly and buzzes on the base paths like a bee…

      • Oswego chris

        Luke, with your background…interested to hear your opinion on Syria…

        Sorry…everyone else can talk about Cubs prospects, I just want to hear what Luke has to say

        • Luke

          Might be something better left for the message boards.

          Briefly – It’s ugly and messy, but proxy wars usually are.

          • fromthemitten

            World War I happened for four MAIN reasons

            Militarism – Military culture was huge in countries like England it was considered super manly and awesome if you were rich and became a military officer it was a huge status symbol if you had an officer in your family.
            Alliances – Bunch of treaties signed in 19th century dragged a bunch of countries that would usually have no interest into the war making it even bigger.
            Imperialism – They ran out of third world countriest to conquer so naturally they wanted to conquer each other.
            Nationalism – Germany reunited only a few decades before the war broke out and they were looking to establish a national identity and pride by beating the shit out of their neighbors

            • fromthemitten

              I should note that I have a BA in History and took a graduate level course on WWI. I would recommend watching “Oh, What a Lovely War!” it’s satirical but sometimes satire is the most honest medium of pointing out how absurd the war was:

            • kuvihorken

              I took history in tenth grade too.

              • fromthemitten

                and I student taught 10th grade history *pat pat*

                • Cyranojoe

                  “Pat”. Yup, that about sums it up.

                • hansman1982

                  I once taught another student something about 10th grade history…

                  *pat pat pat*

            • YourResidentJag

              Good analysis and spot on.

          • Die hard

            A player like Yu Darvish whose family is from Iran must be torn about POTUS wag the dog deal with MCCAIN et al to ramp up Syria moves in exchange for Senate backing off Benghazi investigation … Do Cubs face Darvish again?

      • catcub

        Also have a background in Eastern Euro-history (was briefly a military attache to Moscow in fact), couldn’t agree more with Luke: Russia doesnt go to war over this. Its also somewhat less enjoyable than cubs baseball right now…

        • Die hard

          Does Iran allow Syria to fall to a group allied with Israel?

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            • willis

              The thing is they aren’t affiliated with Israel. They are getting backed by Al Queda, so, that’s the anti-Israel.

              Regardless, it’s a mess. There’s no right answer there.

            • hansman1982

              Trolls Without Borders.

              • Jp3

                Man just when this was getting really interesting Luke went all minor league baseball on us…. I don’t come to this site for all things cubs **kicks rocks**. I come for Syria’s news

      • jt

        “This is no where remotely close to beginning to be barely related to anything vaguely similar to a passing resemblance of a bad recreation of a poor memory of what the global situation was at the beginning of World War 1.”
        top 10 list of great sentences ever written

    • MichiganGoat

      Best non sequitur thread in quite some time – Luke your Ali v Campana analogy deserves remembering and repeating. MIND BLOWN this thread was perfect nightcap for my nightcap.

  • BABIP (MichCubFan)

    Just thought of this on my way home. Right now we have the Big 4 prospects (after Bryant signs), P. Johnson, Alcantara, Vogelbach, along with many other good prospects. There is not a substantial prospect that is going to go into the majors next year. B. Jax, Watkins, Lake, and Loux…none of them rated super high in out system. (Jackson has fallen out of the top 10 for most people). But next year after we probably have a top 5 draft pick our farm system is going to be stacked.

    I don’t really mean anything by that. I would rather have that talent graduating to the majors. We are simply going to have a very good/highly rated system at this time next year.

    • cubchymyst

      That is the dream right, start stacking the system with good prospects. Once these top ones graduate hopefully the scouting department will find diamonds in the rough which other teams miss, which hopefully Rob Z and the BYU kid will prove to be, so that even when the Cubs start drafting towards the end of the rounds the farm system is still being infused with good prospects.

    • jt

      It will be interesting as to how they add to or subtract from that list at trade deadline.

  • Die hard

    Imperialism was the root cause of WW1 — large countries wanting to expand influence in the world by manipulating smaller countries or opposition groups within such countries…Sounds like what’s starting to brew with Russia already all in and Iran using Hezbollah to push agenda and US Britain and France using the opposition to create a new ally against Iran…

    • mudge

      this sort of thing is always going on.

      • MichiganGoat

        This is nothing compared to the turmoil that is inside die hard’s mind.

    • Jeremy

      more like bad treaties and alliances caused WW1 and just plain stupid political leaders on all sides.

    • Rich H

      The treaties were the “root” cause of World War I but all 4 of the things that have already been mentioned are in the conversation as well. In Syria we are a long way from our Duke Ferdinand moment. Not saying it couldn’t happen just that we are a long way diplomatically from being in that kind of kill box.

      • Jeremy

        everything you wrote is correct. I just wrote out the top one, and yes we are far from some kind of WW1 break out

  • Oswego chris

    Okay…this is it for this topic and then back to the Cubs…I just did a little research…Syria is a mess…tons of different groups…reminds me of Monty Pythons Life of Brian, where there are two groups- The Judean People’s Front and The People’s Front of Judea…they hate each other more than the cause they are fighting for…

  • 70’scub

    Late night recap Castro 3 hits, swipes two bases and scores 2 runs. Maybe he is in his first MLB slump and not washed up at 23 years old. Maybe coaching him at this age will allow the young man to grow into a more complete hitter! This is the NEW Cub process of developing young talent.

    • thatriot

      or maybe he had 2 errors, struckout, and is still hitting .240…..

      • kuvihorken

        thatriot…….. ryan..theriot? i hope it is you. the greatest cubs SS of all time.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Everyone loses in religious based wars. That is why we must leave the Middle East and become totally energy independent.

    • fromthemitten

      The Syrian civil war is not due to religious reasons….

  • Mysterious4th

    Damn it Gregg your ERA is not acceptable! And only 2 strike outs tonight?! Geez you should have had 3!

    The bullpen seems to have settled down a bit since Villenueva went to the ‘pen and Gregg is doin a lot better then what I thought he’d do. Small steps… (I know it still sucks but not nearly as bad as it has been)

  • The Future

    I don’t know what is sadder, that Rizzo went 0/5 or that Castro had 3 hits and his average when UP to .243?

    • gocatsgo2003

      Sometimes baseball players have hitless days? Bah. Send him down!

      PS — Even though Rizzo clearly has been struggling at the plate over the past couple of weeks, his line is still .135/.347/.162 for that timeframe; Clearly you want slugging MUCH higher for your 3-hitter, but at least he’s still finding ways to get on base. And a .161 BABIP over that time period doesn’t help much, either.