The Cubs closed out the first half with a plop – a game in which they came back multiple times, only to have the Cardinals close it out with a four spot in the 9th (off of Kevin Gregg … hopefully folks buy into the “closers in a non-save situation give up lots of runs” thing). Travis Wood didn’t get his team record 18th quality start before the All-Star break. Matt Guerrier had a rough outing for the first time with the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano had a bad game. Anthony Rizzo wasn’t much better. At least Darwin Barney was awesome.

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  • Melrosepad

    Went to the I-Cubs 5.5 hour, 18 inning game earlier on Sunday that ended 5 to 1 and made it back home in just enough time to see the Cubs tie it in the 8th. Watching the 9th was almost like Déjà vu. Both games won by 4. About my only joy was watching Ian Stewart go 0-6 with 3 strikeouts and Jake Arrieta go 6 IP with 1 ER and 9 Ks.

  • MichiganGoat

    I’ve come to the realization that is Molina (not Duncan, LaRussa, or Pujols) is why the Cardinals (and especially their staff) have been so consistently good over the last 10 years.


    • ssckelley

      The ESPN announcers are still raving about him. The man is a god the way he plays through pain.

      • MichiganGoat

        they just want to stay off his hit list… never cross a man with a neck tattoo

        • BluBlud

          I have a neck tattoo, so remember that next time we debate. :)

          • MichiganGoat

            A neck tat of Campana’s face and “I love you little Campy” does not produce fear.

            • TonyP


  • sven-erik312

    The Cubs are a much better team than they were last year. Recently they have been playing at the level they “should” have been for the entire first half. Yes, you can lay blame on whatever you want for last nights loss. But, the Cards are a stronger team this year. Our turn is coming. And by the way, we did split the series. I’m proud of that. The Cubs, not yet a contender, are no doormat.

  • baldtaxguy

    RISP 8-16 and a bunch of 2-out RBI’s – Cards deserve tip of the cap, very impressive game last night. Molina is the Terminator – He. Will. Not. Stop!!

    • baldtaxguy

      Sorry, “…2-out RsBI…”

      damn lack of edit button

  • EricR

    Wood isn’t superman. He can’t do it every time. He’s had a hellofva first half and I’m proud of him. That was a great pickup by the FO.

    • Mat B

      He was still pretty good against an offense that knows what it’s doing.

  • Rooster

    I went to Grand Rapids yesterday to watch the Kane County Cougars vs the Whitecaps. Albert, Vogelbach, and Baker were the players that I wanted to see. Vogelbach is pretty much an exact clone of John Kruk only younger. Dan had a so so day. He crushed one to right center where the CFer trapped it on a line drive. Albert kept grounding out to 2nd and 3rd. Vogelbach was in stealth mode and stole 2nd base. Baker got shelled in the first inning giving up 2 sharp singles, a double and a mammoth blast. He topped out at 92 but sat in the 88-89 mph for most of the game. I love the name of their 1st baseman…ROCK SHOULDERS. Almora signed autographs while Vogelbach did not. Albert was a very down to earth and acknowledged the fans like Sosa used to. Albert almost made a spectacular catch in left center against the wall but the ball popped out of his glove. The kids going to be special. Dan seemed to be the master at fouling off the most pitches. They lost 5-2 but it cool to see the youngsters. Living in Michigan I don’t get to see them too often so that was a treat.

    • MichiganGoat

      I really wanted to go to that series but family got in the way. I hope you at least stopped and enjoyed some of GR fine brews.

  • ETS

    I can live with molina beating us. I at least somewhat can respect him. I can’t live with giving up infield singles to someone who was 0 for his last 29.

    • MichiganGoat

      Every now and then you just get Campana’d

  • Die hard

    Cards are playing LaRussa ball of taking advantage of every weakness or lapse… Squeeze play example …. Sveum didn’t alert players to possibility … Too busy watching his beard grow… He is not mgr of future… Also seeing Theo drumming his pencil in office not necessary… What is he? The maestro of this poor orchestra?

  • mudge

    Molina’s a baseball genius. I admire the hell out of him. Game over when you pinch hit for Strop.

    • willis

      Yeah, I wondered about that too. Bases empty, just got the lead, and on a night like last night, when the Cards were hitting everyone and everything, I was hoping after one pitch to just let Strop stand up there for three pitches and come back out for the 7th. He has his issues, but he is just nasty enough to give them a chance against that lineup. Instead, he was lifted and Guerrier was put in and promptly shelled, as expected. Definitely a move to question.

      All in all though the Cardinals just were locked in and taking a great approach from the jump last night. As much as I hate that organization, you can’t help but respect them. They play hard, smart, always have great pitching and have a stocked system. They are literally the best organization in baseball.

  • CubsFanSaxMan

    It seems that Molina has always been a pretty good receiver and works well with the pitchers. But, when did he learn to hit!?!? The Cubs need to somehow tap into that voodoo magic.

  • Spencer

    Did you guys know Molina could’ve been 6-6 last night?

    • ncsujuri

      I think I may have heard that somewhere….

    • Stinky Pete

      Huh. You would think the announcers would have noted that once or a million times.

  • Mat B

    I wish Barney could hit .265. His defense is so much above any standard set, if he could hit between .260 & .275, he would be a very valuable player.

    • On The Farm

      He did hit .276 in his rookie campaign, so its possible for him to do it, however he seems to be regressing (or pitchers are figuring out where the holes in his swing are and there is enough tape on him now) since he hit .254 last year, and is at .222 this year.

  • cubzforlife

    Molina is a great catcher, no doubt. The good news is he’s breaking down. When the Cubs are ready Molina will not be the same guy.

    • On The Farm

      Yeah, but by then they will have some other catcher that is an up and comer and Yadi will still be clutch, but they will have some new guy that will be just as good as him, because Yadi will teach him everything he knows. Damn Cardinals.

      • cub2014

        Molina will be at 1B in a couple of years IMO

      • Jono

        yep. At this point we should just assume that they’ll bring up an awesome young player at any position where the lose a guy. They’ll be good forever. I hate that F-ing team

  • EB

    It bothers me that Matheny, who had never managed prior to last year, was given a god-given team and now gets to take all of the credit.