Sunday Game Thread: Giants (8-4) v. Cubs (4-7)

Injury update: Steve Clevenger, who was going to get another start at 3B today, is instead on the sidelines with a strained oblique, suffered on the final, ugly swing in Saturday's loss. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.

The Cubs will go shorthanded today, then fill Clevenger's roster spot Tuesday, when Darwin Barney returns from his brief rehab stay in Iowa. (Barney went 1-for-4 in the I-Cubs' win Saturday.)

As for this afternoon's game at Wrigley, the Cubs go for the split in the series finale against the World Champs. Lineups after the jump.

Giants' Posey-less lineup v. Edwin Jackson (0-2, 5.73; coming off L in home opener to the Brewers, in which he got torched early): Pagan 8, Scutaro 4, Sandoval 5, Pence 9, Belt 3, Glanco 7, Sanchez 2, Crawford 6, Lincecum 1

Small Sample Terror Alert: Pablo Sandoval is 5-for-8 lifetime v. Edwin Jackson, including a double, HR and 5 RBI.

Cubs lineup v. Tim Lincecum (1-0, 4.91; just 1-3, 4.45 in his last 5 outings against the Cubs): DeJesus 8, Castro 6, Rizzo 3, Soriano 7, Schierholtz 9, Navarro 2, Valbuena 5, Gonzalez 4, EJax 1

 

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Cubs have signed Kevin Gregg to a minor league deal. Yes. They have.

odd it took so long for someone to sign him...spring training is "only spring training" but he had an awesome spring.

11ip 3h 0bb 5k 1er

I don't like when my jokes come true.

If Darwin is healthy enough to play in Iowa today, how is he not healthy enough to be available off the bench at Wrigley?

Is he eligible to come off the DL yet? Injury happened late in spring training. Gonzalez made a helluva nice defensive play in the game, about as much as you'd get from Barney.

Because Darwin Barney was injured in an MLB Spring Training game on Saturday 3/30, he could not be placed on the DL until Sun 3/31 (the assignment could not be backdated), so he won;t be eligible to be reactivated from the DL until tomorrow (Monday).

Jackson will give up his expected 3-4 runs, which should be more than enough to beat the Cubs.

"BruceMiles2112 #Cubs claim RHP Kameron Loe off waivers from Seattle"

whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhy?

i mean, seriously...

well, i guess if he snags onto the big club he can lead the team in homers...the wrong kind of homers.

i hope the cubs didn't take on his $1m price tag...he's not even worth MLB minimum wage.

Another diamond in the rough!!!!

CRUNCH: When a player is claimed off waivers, the claiming club MUST assume 100% of the player's contract & remaining salary.

lulz...side-by-side photos of lincecum with long hair + mitch from "dazed and confused"

not lulz...cubs down by 1 after 1/2 inning.

castro 2r HR...cubs lead by 1...no outs, bottom 1st. unf.

nate shureholds 2r HR...cubs lead by 3. unf x2.

1 out...lincecum has exchanged pitching wild and outside the zone with throwing meatballs into the strike zone. he's struggling to hit 90/91mph and there's not much movement on his fastball.

so much for that cubs lead...1 passed ball, 2 wild pitches (both in the 6th), and walks killed e.jackson

...more wild pitches, these for bowden...2 in the inning for him...navvarro isn't blocking any of this stuff. it's like watching todd hundley catch...

holy crap! another wild pitch as i type this...also not blocked.

5 wild pitches in this inning.

buchholz (BOS) no-hitter through 7...99 pitches, though.

no-hitter over...1st batter of the 8th.

Crunch'd

so much for the cubs not inviting casual/fair-weather/out-of-place singers for the 7th.

sure, julia sweeney lives in CHI...but it's been less than 4 years and you can tell she's never been to wrigley or seen many, if any, games.

"alright cubs fans, let's hear you! ...and giants fans, we want to hear you, too!"

-cringe-

TIE GAME IN THE 8TH!

...and the cubs lead on a sac fly...woo.

s.camp's 87mph fastball in for the save chance.

...and we're tied with a 2out solo HR...sigh...

...and the giants have a 2 run lead in the top 10th.

camptastic.

...make that a 3 run lead on a double.

it took 3 singles a balk (not in that order) to even get someone up in the pen.

camp finally out of the game.

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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 22 sec ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 10 hours 45 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 11 hours 3 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 11 hours 23 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 11 hours 39 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 11 hours 39 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 14 hours 31 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 17 hours 3 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 37 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 19 hours 35 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 21 hours 54 min ago view