7/26 Cubs 3, Giants 2

Two runs scored on an error by Giants first baseman Brandon Belt with two outs in the ninth to give the Cubs a 3-2 victory Friday night. Trailing, 2-1, against Sergio Romo, pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled and pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro walked. One out later, Junior Lake reached on a fielder’s choice, forcing Navarro at second. Rizzo then lined the ball to right, through Belt’s legs, for an error. Borbon and Lake scored.

“It’s just a routine ground ball,” Belt said. “I did what I’ve always done in that situation. … That wasn’t the only mistake I made. Looking back on it, it cost us the game.”

The other blip came in the seventh. More on that later.

The Cubs picked up their 24th win on the road, one more than they won all last season away from Wrigley Field.

“Yes,” Sveum said emphatically. “And a lot more west of the Mississippi [River].”

Edwin Jackson did not get a decision but continued his much improved second half. He struck out five and did not walk a batter in the first six innings. Second baseman Darwin Barney made a great diving stop on Buster Posey’s hard-hit grounder and threw him out to begin the seventh. Jackson then walked Pablo Sandoval, and Hunter Pence doubled down the left-field line.

Belt was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Jeff Francoeur blooped a single to right, driving in Sandoval and Pence. That’s when Belt’s other mistake occurred. He thought about scoring, but Jackson, who had his back to the action on the field, got a break as the throw went past him, bounced off the wall and back to the pitcher, who made the tag.

“Jackson wasn’t even looking,” Belt said. “He had no idea where the ball was.”

Sometimes, things do work in the Cubs’ favor.

“I think he was frustrated,” Sveum said of Jackson. “The ball fell in, and he might have lost concentration there. You saw where the ball was and he ended up making the play.”

Catcher Welington Castillo yelled at his pitcher to get his attention but probably couldn’t be heard over the crowd of 41,797 at AT&T Park. What happened?

“I stopped to not run into Sandoval,” Jackson said. “When I stopped to not run into him, I went around him. By the time I could turn around, the ball was coming at me, and right in front of me. Sometimes the ball bounces in your favor, and sometimes it doesn’t. … It’s a crazy game. That was something that worked in our favor.”

It’s not a good idea to run into Sandoval.

“He’s a big man,” Jackson said. “Nobody wants that collision at home like that.”

— Carrie Muskat


One of the better game from Jackson…..good movement on jacjson’s pitches…….I even saw Dale crack a smile in the dug out in the 9th…………Sounds like Cubs will trade three more players…….Navarro, Gregg & Schierholtz…………….sends a clear message to future free agents who have down years that Cubs will offer you a one year contract and have you playing on a Playoff team by August.

Cubs Talk, you crack me up. The other day you predicted that Soriano would be the last player traded out of the list you gave. You come up with some wild ones, with no info backing them up.

Then you make comments like only you Theo and Jed know whats going down. All very funny. lol

How about you give us this info? Where do you think Gregg, Navarro and Schierholtz end up?
Any chance of Barney and his 269 OBP gets moved?

Thank you for your input, Cubs Talk. I read the same thing about possible trades of Navarro, Gregg and Schierholtz. Am hoping it doesn’t happen yet. We only have a few more days to agonize over trade rumors. I always have a hard time saying goodbye to Cubs I have been cheering on day after day. Sveum’s smile must have been nice to see. – he usually keeps a pretty neutral expression on his face. We were lucky last night, that is for sure.

A win is a win! Tough way to get there but ……. Done. On to the next win tonight. A sweep would be fun.

Updated 100 best prospects were listed by MLB…….Cubs have the #2 & #3 best third basemen in the minors (Bryant, Olt)…..#3 best first baseman (Vogelbach)……#4 best second baseman (Alcantara)…#4 best Shortstop (Baez)….#7 & #9 best outfielders (Almora & Soler)…….

top Cubs ranked in Top 100…..Baez #11, Almora #25, Soler #30, Bryant #40, Olt #63,

Read this on another site also, good to see the Cubs on top 100 prospect list.

Let me also add the Cubs have the #1 International Prospect….Eloy Jimenez.

Baez`s ba at Daytona was in .270`s, and is in .220`s at Kodiak. Is this what we can expect from him long term, i.e. low ba`s but with production, or do you expect him to hit for average also going forward?

I am going to wait & see on Baez. He did real well in Spring Training and some of that was against ML pitching towards the end, when pitchers were starting to get ready for the season. On the downside, looks like another free swinger thats afraid of taking a walk. The Cubs have to many of that type of hitter.
My hopes are high on Baez.

Soriano was 0 for 5 at the dish for his once and present club last night. Sound familiar?

Yankees won’t make the Playoffs…..

The Yankees taking this dude off our hands was a gift. We owe them one. And I expect big things down road from Corey Black.

I am also liking this trade for C Black, not forgetting the millions saved also.🙂

money put back into the minor league system…..if Black comes in as a #3 starter, Cubs did very well then.

You know the Phrase “there is a sucker born every day”….one of them was Yankees GM Brian Cashman……….

At least the future Cubs will be nothing like the Circus happening over in the Bronx……….

add the name of Ryan Braun to the list of Sosa, Palmerio, Bonds, McGwire……

what the 2016 Cubs roster might look like……

C – Castillo
1B – Rizzo, Vogelbach
2B – Alcantara Wilkens
SS – Castro
3B – Olt, Vitters
LF – Soler, Lake
CF – Almora, Jackson
RF – Bryant, Szczur

P – Johnson, Vizcaino, Cabrera, T Wood, Edwards, Hendricks, Roccup, Rondon, Strop, Arietta

Did not include Smardzija, Barney due I feel they will be gone by then.

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