Results tagged ‘ Anthony Rizzo ’

7/29 Cubs 4, Rockies 3 (16 innings)

* Tuesday’s game lasted 6 hours, 27 minutes and marked the longest game by time in Cubs franchise history, breaking the 6:10 game, Aug. 17-18, 1982, vs. the Dodgers (21 innings).

* John Baker became the first Cubs position player to pitch in a game since Joe Mather did so Aug. 27, 2012, vs. Milwaukee. Baker is the first position player to earn a win since Baltimore’s Chris Davis did so, May 6, 2012, at Boston. The previous NL position player to earn a win was Philadelphia’s Wilson Valdez, May 25, 2011, against the Reds. According to Elias, Baker is the first Cubs position player ever to get the win as a pitcher in a game.

* Chicago’s bullpen tossed 12-scoreless innings, scattering just three hits while striking out 14.

* The Cubs improved to 5-6 in extra-inning games this season.

* Starlin Castro’s sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the 16th gave the Cubs their first walk-off win since July 11 vs. Atlanta.

* Anthony Rizzo has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, going 18-for-56 (.321). Rizzo is 15-for-43 (.349) with five home runs and nine RBI in 11 games since the All-Star break.

* Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-7 and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 home games (.419/18-for-43). This was his fourth game with at least four hits. Bonifacio tied the game at 3-3 with a fourth-inning, two-run homer.

* Edwin Jackson did not get a decision. He gave up three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four in four innings. It was the fifth time in 22 starts this season where he did not last at least five innings. In six July starts, Jackson went 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA (25 ER/30.0 IP). Opponents hit .328 (40-for-122).

7/28 Cubs 4, Rockies 1

* Tsuyoshi Wada picked up his first Major League win Monday, giving up one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out six. The lefty has increased his strikeout totals in each of his first three big league starts.

* Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs, and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, going 16-for-49 (.327). He is batting .315 at home this season, 63 points higher than his home batting average from last year (.252).

* Arismendy Alcantara has a .324 batting average with four doubles and six RBIs in nine games at second.

* Justin Ruggiano is batting .390 with 10 runs, eight doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in his last 24 games since June 25.

* Emilio Bonifacio has hit safely in eight of his last nine games at Wrigley Field, going 14-for-36 (.389) with four multi-hit efforts during the stretch.

7/23 Rizzo’s get well wish

When Anthony Rizzo crossed home plate after hitting his 24th, and then his 25th home runs, he touched his fingers to his lips and then pointed to the sky. It was a message to a 22-year-old cancer patient who the Cubs first baseman had met earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, Rizzo made his monthly visit to the cancer ward at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and met one of the patients, Mike, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Mike is a “huge Cubs fan,” Rizzo said Wednesday, and the first baseman didn’t exactly promise he would hit a home run, but said he’d try.

Rizzo not only hit one, but notched his seventh career multi-homer game, and third this year, and has set a career high in homers this season, topping the old mark of 23, set last year.

Meeting Mike brought back some memories for Rizzo, 24, who was diagnosed in 2008 with Hodgkins lymphoma, and battled back.

“This one hit more at home for me,” Rizzo said about meeting Mike, his mother, and his girl friend. “I usually don’t get flashbacks, but I did this time.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/22 Rizzo hospital visit

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Anthony Rizzo took time Tuesday to visit patients at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital in Chicago.

7/21 Rizzo named NL Player of the Week

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending July 20. Rizzo, who made his first All-Star appearance last Tuesday, led the Majors with three home runs, 14 total bases and a 1.273 slugging percentage. He was tied for third in the NL in RBI with four. Rizzo hit two home runs on Friday against the D-Backs, then added his 23rd on Sunday. He has now matched his career high in home runs, set last year.

7/11 All-Stars

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Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo show off their National League All-Star jerseys on Friday at Wrigley Field.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Corbin)

7/10 #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo hit his 20th home run Wednesday night in the Cubs’ 4-1 loss to the Reds. Rizzo is the first Cubs left-handed hitter with 20 home runs before the All-Star break since Rick Monday hit 20 in 1973, and the first player in team history to do so since Derrek Lee belted 27 in 2005.

“I’m just being aggressive,” Rizzo said. “Teams are going to pound me in, and I know that’s what they’re going to do. Let them do it, and if they miss, I try to take advantage of it.”

He found out prior to Wednesday’s game that he had passed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the online voting for the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote. He will know Thursday whether he’s going to the All-Star Game. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT.

“It’s really cool,” Rizzo said of the fans’ support. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the fans keep going. I’m really appreciative for all of it. We’ll see what happens.”

If you use Twitter, your vote will count from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT if you use #VoteRizzo. And you can vote as often as you want — there are no limits.

Go to Cubs.com for more information.

– Carrie Muskat

7/9 Vote Rizzo for Final Vote

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has received more than 3 million votes so far in the online voting in the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, but he needs more.

According to the latest results posted Wednesday, Rizzo trailed the Rockies’ Justin Morneau in the bid to join the National League All-Star team next Tuesday in Minneapolis. Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

Morneau is vying to play in the All-Star Game hosted by his former team, the Twins, and is holding off Rizzo and the Braves’ Justin Upton. All three have received more than 3 million votes each.

The current standings are:

National League

1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League

1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

* On Thursday, Twitter support for Rizzo will count in the last six hours of balloting. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT Thursday, all tweets with a designated player hashtag will be tabulated in official vote totals. So, Cubs fans should tweet #VoteRizzo.

7/8 Final Vote update – #VoteRizzo

Anthony Rizzo is second in the Final Vote balloting, trailing the Rockies’ Justin Morneau. More than 15 million votes have already been cast.

Voting is held exclusively on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club websites.

In the National League race, Morneau has jumped out to an early, but narrow, lead, trailed most closely by Rizzo and Justin Upton of the Braves. Anthony Rendon of the Nationals and Casey McGehee of the Marlins are in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Current standings are:

National League
1.Justin Morneau (COL) – # VoteMorneau (N2)
2.Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – #VoteRizzo (N4)
3.Justin Upton (ATL) – #VoteJUp (N5)
4.Anthony Rendon (WSH) – #VoteRendon (N3)
5.Casey McGehee (MIA) – # VoteHitsMcGehee (N1)

American League
1.Chris Sale (CWS) – #TargetSale (A5)
2.Garrett Richards (LAA) – #VoteGRich (A4)
3.Rick Porcello (DET) – #PickRick (A3)
4.Corey Kluber (CLE) – #VoteKluber (A2)
5.Dallas Keuchel (HOU) – #VoteKeuchel (A1)

7/7 Rizzo and Final Vote

Want to see Anthony Rizzo in the All-Star Game? Here’s your to-do list:

1. Visit http://www.cubs.com/vote
2. #VOTERIZZO
3. TEXT “N4” to 89269
4. #VOTERIZZO
5. Visit http://www.mlb.com/vote
6. #VOTERIZZO

Vote early and often. Voting ends Thursday. You can vote more than once.

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