That was almost very ugly. I guess it was ugly for a while. The Cubs took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but Jeff Samardzija gave up five over the next two innings, and then Kevin Gregg put together one of his worst outings of the year (though he gave up just one earned run), and that lead was gone. That feels like a game the Cubs (Cubes?) would always lose. But Nate Schierholtz came through in the 12th.

Speaking of Schierholtz and fellow outfielder David DeJesus …

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  • Danny Ballgame

    Now that was Cubs baseball. Almost lost my mind

  • tbone

    I think Gregg has officially turned back into a pumpkin. Too bad since he seems like a good guy. He surprised us for a while though.

    • CubsFanSaxMan

      His “Goggles” must be foggy!

      • Jay

        Considering this is Kevin Gregg we’re talking about, this reversion to form should surprise nobody.

        • tbone

          He had a good run though. He just isn’t commanding his pitches like he was earlier in the year.

        • ssckelley

          No, but I wish the Cubs would have sold high on him.

          • Illini Iceman

            So you think all the other GM’s didn’t realize it was probably just a hot streak and were going to give a big return for a guy that was on waivers a couple months ago? The Cubs will still be able to move him because he still has value as a 7th / 8th inning set up guy but the return will be modest.

            • Fishin Phil

              Now that Kenny Williams is no longer GM for the White Sox, I don’t think any GM was dumb enough to overvalue him.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            heh, replace “would” with “could”, for all the reasons listed, and we would all agree with you!

      • King Jeff

        He switched to glasses, which I think is the problem. He just needs to go back to wearing the goggles.

  • Kramden

    If he could’ve only turned back into a pumpkin AFTER the trading deadline (sigh).

    But, it turns out…. He really IS a Cub.

  • @cubsfantroy

    9 walks and they still won! That is pretty amazing.

    • Rcleven

      The Cubs have gotten into AZ at a good time. The Snakes are 1 and 11 in their last 12 games.

  • JB

    Only 9 games under .500. Is this going to be the high water mark with all the player movement?


  • jpeck

    I like that outfieldto start in 2014.

    • Jp3

      I would bet that to try and gain some kind of leverage with Soriano management said as much. Hey Sory we love you but it’s time to move on and we’ll probably start platooning you with Dejesus, Sweeney and Schier power next week OR you can go to one of the places of your choosing and win a title… Your move Sory

      • Jay

        I think at this point the Cubs and Yanks are simply haggling over the money left on his contract. Since Sori finally gave his consent, I’m pretty sure it’ll get done.

        • X the Cubs Fan

          It has to go through the MLB first, because of the money involved.

    • On The Farm

      I am hoping Vitters can continue his trend where he tends to struggle after his first promotion, but during his second go around he looks much better. I would be nice to see him back before September. Of course that would mean he would need to absolutley kill the ball in AAA.

      • Jp3

        He more or less killed the ball last year in AAA and I think as long as he looks like he does now for a month at the most he’ll be up in LF or RF soon as one of our OF on the roster gets traded. They’ll want to see what he’s got to offer at the big league level going into next season

        • On The Farm

          Good call. I just looked at some of his stats and his wOBA currently (2012) is .375 (.374), his wRC+ is 122 (121), his BB% is 10.9% (up from 6.4%). So he has shown even an improvement from last year. Granted this years results should be taken with a grain of salt since he has yet to hit the 100 PA mark. Still all signs point to encouraging results.

      • Ivy Walls

        Unless he is part of a package these next six or so days, I think Vitters will be probably be recalled sooner, Ransom will be dealt in a small deal, he has some value to a team needing a RH bat off the bench against LHP, This will open a spot on the 25-man, and if Vitters can also spot some time in the OF he could see some AB’s.

        • On The Farm

          Assuming Ransom is traded at the deadline I am not sure if that opens up enough ABs for Vitters. Ransom only plays against LH, and Scheirholtz is already part of a platoon. I just don’t see how they can get enough RH ABs for both Lake and Vitters. I hope they can because it would be nice to see what Vitters can actually do.

  • Eric

    Lake continues to hit. Good to see a 2-out RBI.

    • Austin8466

      Both of his hits were doubles. This kid is playing out of his mind. Lake-mania!

    • Gregorius

      The early sac bunt down the 3rd base line. Good to see a young Cub executing basic plays.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        Except that sacrifice bunting by position players is bad baseball tactically…..

        • DocPeterWimsey

          (I missed the play, but my guess is that Lake actually was bunting for a hit; after last year, I don’t think that Sveum will repeat that mistake!)

          • Scotti

            Correct, Lake was bunting for a hit. He bunted it just a tad too hard.

        • Edwin

          Most of the time, yes. But not always.

        • MichiganGoat

          This entire conversation was greatly debated last night, some believe Lake should be bunting for hits more often and provided some references to support the claim. I believe a bunt is always a risky hit and is more likely to result in an out out.

  • jpeck

    Pirates want schierholtz. I say it has to be a great deal otherwise keep S.Holtz

  • On The Farm

    Hooray for regression to the mean!

  • When the Music’s Over

    Shark continuing to struggle is beginning to get more than mildly concerning.

    • willis

      He was dynamite last Friday. But last night was a struggle. Concerned? Kind of but not too much. He’s a great piece for a rotation, he just isn’t a 1/2 consistently. But imagine putting a strong arm next to him at the top…wait a second…oh yeah.

      I kid, but hopefully that’s the top priority going into next season, adding another power arm to the rotation.

      Ugly game, great win.

  • Mike

    Shark didn’t give up 5 runs. 2 unearned due to Barney, then Sveum’s genius move of having Blake Parker pitch to Goldschmidt. Shark gave up nothing.

    • Ivy Walls

      Samardzija’s hole is that he uses too many pitches and gets too deep into counts. This he will have to improve on next year as he approaches the August 1st date. That will be Theo/Jed FO big decision as to ‘what to do’ instead of fixated on building talent inventory.

    • PRcajun

      E: Barney (3, fielding)!!!!!! That’s it…blow the whole thing up!

      • fortyonenorth

        Didn’t see Barney’s error last night–what happened?

        • Cyranojoe

          Ball shot up the middle on low fast hops, Shark swiped at it barehanded and missed, it headed straight over 2nd base, and Barney was in perfect position as it approached… he jumped up, expecting the ball to pop as it hit the base, but instead it went low and ran under him. Not even sure it was an error, frankly. Tricky play.

  • Ivy Walls

    Even in the Mountain Time Zone the midnight ending was worth it because of Schierholtz’s 5 RBI game…Watching Rizzo make it from first base was really something. Finally no one is mentioning how Rondon actually contributed to the cause instead of merely keeping a chair warm to satisfy the Rule 5 success story.

    • cubmig

      Glad you mentioned Rondon. He hasn’t been one to invoke high confidence, but last night He made it look so EZ. Frankly, I worried each time he faced a Snake. But am glad he came out smelling like a rose from that “mess”. “Buen Hecho Hector Rondon.”

  • mudge

    Yes, Rondon looked at home out there, he may have turned a corner.