Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cubs lose 8-4 to Tigers; Ian Stewart to DL; Photo gallery from Wednesday's game

The Cubs lost 8-4 to the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field Wednesday night.  The series is now tied 1-1.  Matt Garza started for the Cubs and blew a three-run lead in the sixth inning, which started when Joe Mather, who replaced Ian Stewart in the lineup at the last minute, made an error on a potential double play grounder.

Garza gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out five in six innings pitched.  Tonight's crowd of 41,326 was the largest crowd of the season at Wrigley.  I was at the game and can attest that it was a full house, which was surprisingly full of Tigers fans who would continually chant in groups, "Let's go Tigers, let's go!"  It was extremely irritating, in my opinion!

Matt Garza was doing well until the sixth inning in Wednesday night's game against the Tigers (photo from
Cubs manager Dale Sveum confirmed that third baseman Stewart is headed to the disabled list with a sore left wrist.  "He's been battling as much as he can through it," Sveum said. "It just got to the point today where it was pretty bad.  Took him out of the lineup and we're going to get it evaluated.  We'll put him on the DL (Thursday) and go from there."

The Cubs and Tigers will play the rubber game of the series at 1:20pm CT on Thursday.  Travis Wood will make the start for the Cubs and try for his first win of the season. 

On another note, Men's Journal magazine asked 100 MLB players questions such as, "Who's the most hated player in baseball and Which city has the best groupies?"  (The answers are A.J. Pierzynski and Chicago).  Here's a link to the survey results, which are pretty entertaining and accurate, for the most part!

Here are some photos I took at the game:

Matt Garza on the mound
Starlin Castro ready on defense
Bryan LaHair
Alfonso Soriano in LF
David DeJesus in RF
Darwin Barney and Prince Fielder at 1st base
Joe Mather on 2nd base
Tony Campana at the plate
Tony Campana after almost being hit by a pitch
Wrigley Field's turf is looking pretty rugged after the Roger Waters and Brad Paisley concerts last weekend

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