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Jason Hammel with a W in his Cubs debut as they avoid the sweep

The Cubs played the Pirates today as both teams were coming off a 16 inning marathon that ended after midnight 

Jason Hammel made his debut for the Cubs as they tried to avoid a sweep.  Here are his number in 6.2 innings of work:  2 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts on 98 pitches.

He had good control and was able to contain the Pirates hitters.  This was also the first time in the series that any starter had the lead early in the game.

Also in all 3 games starters and the bullpen from both sides was very solid.  Going to be honest that the first two games brought back flashbacks of last year but after last night it seems that the Cubs are gonna hang in there and not give up.

Well Travis Wood to take the mound at beautiful Wrigley Field tomorrow afternoon.  Always exciting when the Cubs have the home opener every year.  Until tomorrow Cubs fans.

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Travis Wood gets a no decision as the Cubs come back and win

Travis Wood started tonight as the Cubs were hoping to end a skid against the Brewers tonight.

Here are his numbers:  6.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 were earned, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts on 102 pitches.

He ran into trouble in the 2nd when he gave up 3 runs.  One of them was an error.

Thankfully after that inning he settled down and kept the Cubs in the game.

After the Brewers scored it pretty much looked like it was going to be one of those nights at Wrigley.  Wood got the no decision when the Cubs tied it at 3.

Let’s hope we see some more solid pitching but also some solid hitting also for the starters. Helps if you pitch a good game with the lead and giving them some run support.

Let’s take the series tomorrow.  Until tomorrow Cubs fans.

Jeff Samardzija with 8 solid innings as the Cubs get a W in the season opener

Jeff Samardzija started today’s game as he was given the starting job for Opening Day against the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon.

Here are his numbers for today’s ballgame:  8 innings, 2 hits, no runs, 1 walk and 9 strikeouts on 110 pitches.

He got some run support but not a whole lot as the Cubs faced AJ Burnett.  Pretty much he pitched a real good game despite having an early high pitch count.

His control from start to finish was very solid and made pitches when they were needed.

When you get the nod to start Opening Day and are able to contain guys like McCutchen, Alvarez and Garrett things will look up.

Very impressive way to begin the Cubs 2013 season in which they are slated to finish at the bottom.  However this is a different starting rotation compared to last year.  Coincidentally for Samardzija, he had made his last 2012 start in PNC Park.  

Well off day tomorrow and Edwin Jackson will make his Cubs debut on Wednesday night.  Until next time Cubs fans.