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Thomas Smith

2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 71

The Cubs drop a close one 3-2

It’s good to be back from a brief hiatus for a family vacation. Originally, I’d hoped to be back Sunday morning, which would have ended up perfect timing given the dramatic win on Saturday night. Unfortunately, I was at Newark Airport planning to fly home Saturday afternoon when a plane rolled off of the runway and shut down most of the airport and cancelling our flight. I’ll separately write up an overview of the games from June 4 through Saturday night....

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Al Yellon

Dodgers 3, Cubs 2: So close

Best news about this game: The Cubs are coming back to Chicago for a 10-game homestand.

Before I get into the details of the Cubs’ 3-2 loss to the Dodgers Sunday, let me tell you something that hopefully will help you put an admittedly bad 2-5 road trip into perspective.

When the Cubs embarked on this road trip, they were tied for first place in the N.L. Central with the Brewers. And now, after this bad trip... they are one game out of first place in the N.L. Central. In fact, the Cubs...

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets says enough is enough

They scored a whole ton of runs in Colorado over the weekend. Over the rest of baseball as well. The Yankees added another slugger. Dads and sons pay tribute to each other.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and a Happy Father’s Day for all those who are either a father or have a father.

The Rockies and Padres scored eight more runs as you slept last night. They did this despite there not even being a game, which makes it more impressive.

The Padres and Rockies made history by scoring a...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, June 17

‘Don’t bother arguing, Casey,’ and other stories

... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. The embedded links often point to articles that pertain to the scenes, such as reproductions of period newspapers, images, and/or other such material as...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Trent Giambrone homers for the third-straight game in an Iowa 1-0 win.

Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there. I guess that includes me as well.

Congratulations to catcher Tyler Payne, who was named to the Carolina League All-Star Game on Tuesday.

The All-Star Break starts tomorrow for Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs declawed the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), 1-0.

Starter Alec Mills allowed just three hits, all singles, over six innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Tony Barnette pitched a perfect seventh...

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Craig Kimbrel to join Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, will pitch on Tuesday

Cubs free agent acquisition Craig Kimbrel is scheduled to join the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Since signing with his new club, Kimbrel had been working at the Cubs’ complex in Arizona, but he will now travel to Sacramento for his first game action, which is slated for Tuesday, adds Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. The 31-year-old Kimbrel, fresh off signing a three-year, $43M contract, has yet to appear in a professional game this season, but that will...

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Al Yellon

Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers preview, Sunday 6/16, 6:05 CT

The Cubs go for a win over the best pitcher in baseball this year.

Happy birthday to former Cubs star Kerry Wood, who turns 42 today. (42? How can that be possible?)

Notes for Sunday:

HITLESS WONDERS: Saturday night marked the first time in franchise history that the Cubs won a game at Dodger Stadium with three hits or fewer. TONY THE SLUGGER: Anthony Rizzo last night hit his 19th homer, already only six short of his 2018 season total. Last year he hit his 19th homer on August 21 in the...

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Al Yellon

Cubs, Dodgers play on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

Sunday’s game threads are all in this StoryStream.

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Tim Huwe

Would a Robel Garcia callup to the Cubs make sense?

The infielder is hitting for power at Iowa.

This is a bit of a loaded topic. I consider it loaded, because the meaning of "Major League ready" has a definitive definition for each of you, and, for all practical purposes, your definition is no better or worse than any other. Nonetheless, Daniel Descalso has slumped, Addison Russell has baggage, and Nico Hoerner hasn't played a game since April. While Carlos Gonzalez has stretched the bench for the outfield, Garcia is the tempting option for...

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Al Yellon

Will the ‘intentional balk’ become a thing in MLB?

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen did it on Friday to give his team a perceived advantage over the Cubs.

Friday night, the Cubs trailed the Dodgers 5-3 in the ninth inning. With one out, Jason Heyward reached on an error that put him on second base.

After Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out David Bote, this happened [VIDEO].

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That’s right, Jansen intentionally balked, to put Heyward on third base. Why did he do that?

Jansen said his intentional...

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In wake of Hendricks injury, Cubs considering top prospect Adbert Alzolay

With Kyle Hendricks on the injured list, the Cubs may deploy a trio of pitchers to fill Hendricks’ starts during what the team hopes will be a relatively brief injury absence for the right-hander.  As president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters (including the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer) that the team was planning to use spot starters to give their veteran arms extra days of rest.  Tyler Chatwood and Mike Montgomery could be two of the pitchers filling in,...

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Al Yellon

Cubs 2, Dodgers 1: Anthony Rizzo saves the day

The Cubs first baseman won this game with a ninth-inning homer.

I’m going to start this recap of Saturday night’s 2-1 Cubs win over the Dodgers at the end, because that’s when the important stuff happened.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hit Kris Bryant with his first pitch. Then he threw two pitches to Anthony Rizzo that were well out of the strike zone. Just then, I thought, “Jansen’s going to have to throw a ‘get-me-over’ pitch and Anthony ought to be ready for that.”

Man,...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks is full of stars

Kid’s K’s birthday, the 100th anniversary of Cracker Jack, 1x4x9, and other bullets

Cubs win!

Final: #Cubs 2, Dodgers 1. #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/KKKdTTzmKf

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 16, 2019

The Dodgers didn’t throw the Cubs a bone until the sixth. It was a base oddity to see any Cubs on before that. Kris Bryant reached on an ‘error’ and that was it. He didn’t stick around long.

Hi wake up pic.twitter.com/Tuw0CjWlfZ

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 16, 2019

By now you...

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Josh Timmers

Minor League Wrap: Pelicans snap 9-game losing streak

The Pelicans break their losing streak. The Smokies win a tight one.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were scratched by the Sacramento River Cats (Giants), 7-6 in ten innings.

Matt Swarmer gave up three runs in the bottom of the first, but then he settled down and pitched well after that. Swarmer’s final line was four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out nine and walked just one.

The Cubs took a 6-5 lead in the top of the tenth on a Robel Garcia double, but Randy Rosario couldn’t...

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Watch: Anthony Rizzo's go-ahead HR in the 9th

Anthony Rizzo cranks a go-ahead two-run home run to right field off Kenley Jansen in the top of the 9th inning

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