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The Cubs were going to let Matt Garza go longer on Sunday than the 80-pitch limit imposed in his first start. He went long enough to get mad. Welington Castillo hit a game-winning RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning Sunday to power the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Reds, and snap a six-game losing streak. A Beach Boys concert was planned for after the game. Garza provided the fireworks in the Cubs clubhouse.
There was some friction in the Cubs sixth as Johnny Cueto threw a ball over David DeJesus’ head. Cueto seemed to take exception to DeJesus stepping out of the batter’s box in the first. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson issued a warning to both benches. Garza took exception to Cueto’s actions.
“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guy’s heads,” he said. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky that retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary. You play each game like it’s a new one. That’s [nonsense] on his part — just total immaturity. If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and I’ll definitely find his.
“I took total disrespect out of that,” Garza said. “[DeJesus] has never done anything wrong, he just plays the game the right way. If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me, and I’ll definitely return the favor. I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We take it game by game. Hopefully, he learns to grow the [heck] up. That’s totally uncalled for.”
Garza wanted to make sure Cueto got the message.
“I hope he hears this because I really don’t care,” Garza said. “If we want to retaliate, we could’ve and lost a bullpen guy but we don’t need that. We play the game the right way. We’ll take our lumps when we take them and hand them out when we hand them out. I think we responded well to the warning and just play the game well.”
There’s no history between Garza and Cueto.
“I just didn’t like what he did,” Garza said. “I don’t know what happened but the guy is an always down in the zone guy and he threw into the arm side away box and that takes effort. As a pitcher, that takes a lot of effort. I don’t know what the deal is between him and [DeJesus], but he needs to cut it out because I’ll stop it. I’ll stop it. And that’s just the way it goes. He wants to do it like that, so be it.”
Garza said his message could be a warning or nonsense — he wasn’t sure how Cueto would take it.
“If the game was played that way, I don’t like it like that,” Garza said. “You don’t go intently and try to injure somebody. Hopefully the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully, his players will warn him. It is what it is, they run their own show. We’ll see him again down the line.”
Davidson told Cubs manager Dale Sveum that he didn’t feel Cueto was trying to hit DeJesus, but was just miffed at how long the outfielder took in the box.
“I think he was just goofing around throwing up over his head,” Sveum said. “I said, ‘Why don’t you throw him out of the game then?’ [Davidson] said he knew [Cueto] wasn’t trying to hit him.
“It probably woke us up as much as anything,” Sveum said. “It woke our dugout up.”
Back to the game. With the game tied at 4 and two outs in the 10th against J.J. Hoover, Scott Hairston walked. Castillo then lined the ball into the left field corner to score Hairston.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs players gave each other a little pep talk during a recent team meeting on this road trip. The topic? Be patient at the plate, work the count, have good at-bats.
“The team came together and we had a little meeting about our approaches at the plate,” David DeJesus said. “We just have to stay with [the approach] and trust it. If one at-bat goes bad, don’t just throw it away — just keep going. It’s going to work in your favor. Just keep trusting it.”
The season hasn’t gone the way the Cubs expected, and the players talked about that, too.
“We’re saying, ‘It’s a long year, we have plenty of games left, but we have to keep battling and can’t give up just because we have a couple bad outcomes,’” DeJesus said. “We can’t throw away what we’ve worked on since Spring Training. You have to go up there and have the same approach every at-bat,” he said. “You can’t just go up there swinging. We have to keep working and keep understanding.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Double-A Tennessee will join outfielder Ty Wright in his efforts to raise funds for the victims. The Smokies will hold several events throughout the current homestand with proceeds going to the American Red Cross relief efforts for the Oklahoma tornado victims.
“After watching the coverage of the tornado, it was tragic to see,” Wright said. “I played baseball for Oklahoma State for four years and Oklahoma is like a second home to me.”
The Smokies will donate $10 for every hit they collect during their current five-game series. On Saturday, the Smokies will hold a memorabilia auction on the concourse, featuring signed memorabilia from the team, the Cubs, and other Minor and Major League teams with 100 percent of those proceeds going to disaster relief and the Red Cross. Former Smokies Darwin Barney, Andrew Cashner and Tyler Colvin have all pledged to donate items to the auction.
The Smokies will present the American Red Cross a check, on Wright’s behalf, prior to Monday’s game.
* Cubs outfielder David DeJesus announced a “mystery ball” event on Wednesday at Wrigley Field to raise money for victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Tickets are $40 per ball, and all proceeds will go to the families affected by the deadly storm. The Cubs play host to the White Sox in an Interleague game that day.
* Triple-A Iowa also is chipping in. The Iowa Cubs front office and a group of the players’ wives and girlfriends will hold a memorabilia auction on Friday during the game against the Oklahoma City RedHawks, and all proceeds will be donated to the Oklahoma City Red Cross.Fans will have a chance to bid on autographed jerseys, baseballs, bats, and various other equipment in the concourse at Principal Park in Des Moines. The silent auction will start when the gates open at 5:35 p.m. CT, and run into the middle of Friday’s game.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs are wasting good starting pitching and Dale Sveum said he may abandon his lineup platoon against left-handed starters to try and shake things up. Entering Thursday’s game, Chicago starters had posted 28 quality starts this season and had a 1.98 ERA in those games, yet the pitchers had won only 11 of those contests; the team has won 16 total.
“It’s mind boggling,” Sveum said. “Some of the stats we have are really strange. To have this good stating pitching and be nine games under .500 and have a run differential of five — there are certain things you can’t explain other than just not being able to put games away. Hitting with men in scoring position, getting that run in, getting that big inning here or there, we’re just snake bit on that and not getting that stuff done.”
The Cubs are batting .214 with runners in scoring position, lowest in the NL. Only the Mariners are worse at .206.
“It’s just understanding that the pitcher is on the ropes, not you, and I think that’s our biggest problem in those situations,” Sveum said. “We’re letting [the pitchers] dictate the at-bat and we’re not dictating those at-bats.”
Sveum has been platooning batters, and sitting left-handed hitting David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz against southpaw starters, but said Thursday he may change that approach.
“We talk about hundreds of things when things aren’t going well,” Sveum said of his options. “The fact of the matter is we’re pitching well — we’ve had a few hiccups in the bullpen — and we’re catching the ball and hitting, but not scoring runs.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Anthony Rizzo picked up his 20th extra-base hit of the season with a double in the first. He is batting .392 since April 26 with nine doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs.
* Jeff Samardzija picked up his first win since Opening Day, ending a five-game losing streak. His two-run homer was the first by a Cubs pitcher since Travis Wood did so Aug. 28 against the Brewers.
* David DeJesus notched his 500th career RBIs with his first inning home run.
* The Cubs have 24 doubles in the last six games, and lead the Majors with 92 doubles.
* Darwin Barney made a great defensive play in the fourth when he snared Carlos Gonzalez’s hard hit ball up the middle and threw in time to first.
“The one thing you do with Barney on defense is you don’t worry about it,” Dale Sveum said. “He’s either going to make a great play, and he never messes up any routine plays, even the pivot around second base.”
* Matt Garza makes a Minor League rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.
“It’s only going to get better when we get him back here,” Samardzija said. “Obviously, we want him to be healthy and that’s the most important thing.”
– Carrie Muskat
Check the standings. The Cubs are no longer in last place in the NL Central.
Jeff Samardzija smacked a two-run home run and struck out seven over eight innings to pick up his first win since April 1 and lead the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Wrigley Field. David DeJesus hit a leadoff homer in the first to help the Cubs take the series and back Samardzija, who raised his season strikeout total to 64, which ranks among the top five in the National League.
Samardzija needed a win. This is the right-hander’s second full season as a starter, and he’s still going through some growing pains.
“He used the whole four corners of the plate,” Dale Sveum said. “He pitched up, he pitched in, he pitched away, used his slider, used his split, used a lot of cutters tonight. He used his whole repertoire tonight. He knew what he was doing tonight; he was pitching.”
Samardzija got off to a good start, needing just nine pitches to get through the first. He got some more help from DeJesus, who opened the Chicago half with his fifth home run and 14th career leadoff homer. The Rockies tied the game in the second but Samardzija answered in the Cubs half. With two outs, Darwin Barney doubled and Samardzija launched the first pitch from Jon Garland into the left-field bleachers for his second career home run and a 3-1 lead.
“That was huge at that time,” Sveum said. “For him to come through and pick us up like that was huge.”
Said Garland: “He’s a good athlete, a pretty good player. It was a cutter out over the plate. It was the first pitch and I was trying to get it over the plate. He was looking off-speed and got it.”
Samardzija’s other home run was Sept. 23, 2009, against the Brewers.
“I need to slow down around the bases and enjoy it a little bit,” Samardzija said of his fast-paced trot. “It doesn’t happen too often. We work a lot on hitting. [Pitching coach Chris] Bosio has us out there hitting every day in the cages. In the National League, it’s an important at-bat. There in the sixth when I got that bunt down, those are important plays in the game and we ended up putting up a three-spot. You can’t accept the out as a pitcher.”
The Cubs added three more runs in the seventh. They’ve now won back to back series for the first time this season.
“We’re playing great baseball and not shooting ourselves in the foot and we’re just looking to keep it going, keep the momentum going that we’ve built up in the last couple weeks,” Samardzija said. “It’s exciting now, it’s exciting in the locker room and fun to play with these guys.”
– Carrie Muskat
* David DeJesus’ leadoff home run Monday was the 13th of his career.
* Starlin Castro singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 14 games, tops in the Major Leagues and matching his career high.
* Carlos Marmol threw two scoreless innings, and now has six straight scoreless outings dating to April 8.
* Luis Valbuena has hit safely in nine of his last 13 games.
* Cubs starting pitchers rank third in the NL with a 3.11 ERA, but they have a 3-10 record. The relievers rank 12th in the NL with a 4.86 ERA. The team is batting .147 with runners in scoring position.
* Matt Garza will make a Minor League rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee, weather permitting.
* Ian Stewart was 1-for-3 with two RBIs Monday for Triple-A Iowa, and now is 2-for-20 in six games.
* On Tuesday, Carlos Villanueva faces Tony Cingrani at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
– Carrie Muskat
What is it about those last three outs? Carlos Villanueva may want to take Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos Marmol and the rest of the Cubs bullpen out to dinner. Perhaps if Villanueva butters them up, he’ll get a win. For the second straight start, Villanueva missed a potential “W” because the bullpen imploded. But the Cubs rallied this time as pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a game-tying home run leading off the ninth and Starlin Castro smacked a walk-off RBI double to score David DeJesus from first and lift the Cubs to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Giants.
“I’m happy just getting the [team] ‘W,’” Villanueva said. “The atmosphere in our clubhouse right now, I wouldn’t change that for the world.”
The right-hander shut down the Giants for 7 1/3 innings, but they took a 3-2 lead in the ninth against Fujikawa on an RBI single by Pablo Sandoval and a two-run double by Brandon Belt. It was Fujikawa’s second save situation since taking over the closer’s duties from Marmol, and he’s now 1-for-2.
“[It was his] command again,” manager Dale Sveum said of Fujikawa. “He’s not getting the swings and misses with his split. I thought he threw some good splits and they were laying off of them. The command and life of the fastball wasn’t there again. He couldn’t get strike one.”
Said Fujikawa: “As you can see, [my command] wasn’t too good.”
The Cubs rallied in the ninth against Giants star closer Sergio Romo. What is it about the ninth inning?
“Guys lock in,” DeJesus said. “Those are the situations where you want to shine your best. That’s why that closer role is such an important job and it’s a tough job because these guys are going up there with the purpose of trying to win the ballgame.”
Last Saturday, Marmol served up game-tying and walk-off home runs to the Upton brothers in Atlanta and lost his job as the Cubs closer. Now, Fujikawa struggled.
“I told Ryo [Shinkawa], his interpreter, to tell him that I believe in him, and we believe in him and he’ll be fine,” Villanueva said. “[Fujikawa] is very apologetic and he feels bad, and we can tell. We need him, and as long as we communicate that to him, times when things aren’t going well, that’s why we’re teammates and we’re a team. We love ‘Fuji’ and we know he’ll do well.”
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs play host to the Rangers on Tuesday at HoHoKam Stadium. Chris Rusin will get the start. Here’s the lineup (which you will also see Opening Day, just without the DH):
– Carrie Muskat
You can join David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo — if he’s back from the World Baseball Classic — to raise money for the David DeJesus Family Foundation at an event March 20 at American Junkie in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 9-11 p.m. MT. General admission $50, VIP pre party $150. Guests will include celebrity bartenders Wade Miley, Adam Eaton, David Hernandez, Javy Guerra and Casey Kelly. The fundraiser is to raise money to help provide comfort and aid to families in crisis who suffer from illness, poverty or disaster and lack access to basic human needs.
– Carrie Muskat