Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Heroes: Carlos Pena (home run) Kosuke Fukudome (double) each contributed three hits and bookended a dramatic two-run ninth inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (2-1) to lead the Cubs (15-17), as Pat Hughes described it, "to their most gratifying victory of the season."

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Reds 5, Cubs 4

By Chris Rewers on Friday, May 6, 2011

Heroes: Sean Marshall (0.64 ERA) and Kerry Wood (1.50) combined for 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief. They allowed one hit, struck out two, and walked none.

Cubs relievers have not allowed a run in their last 17 2/3 innings over nine games.

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A Contrarian View of the NL Central

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 31, 2011

I remember fondly throughout my childhood the February day in which my father would bring home a stack of baseball preview magazines.

I would devour those things and have continued the practice into adulthood. All of that reading material has helped me get through those final few weeks without baseball, but I learned long ago that such publications should not be believed as gospel.

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Garza Trade Good for Cubs

By Chris Rewers on Friday, January 7, 2011

The acquisition of pitcher Matt Garza by the Cubs, along with two minor leaguers, from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for five prospects - that include right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielders Brandon Guyer and Sam Fuld, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, and catcher Robinson Chirinos - is a brilliant and gutsy move by general manager Jim Hendry.

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Cubs 3, Reds 2

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, August 28, 2010

Hero: Kosuke Fukudome entered the game with just one hit in 16 lifetime at-bats against Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo (14-8), but went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer Saturday.

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Reds 7, Cubs 1

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 27, 2010

Hero: Rookie reliever Marcos Mateo had his best of his eight major league outings, striking out all three hitters he faced, in the bottom of the eighth.

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Reds 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 6, 2010

Hero: Tom Gorzelanny (6-6) was a tough-luck loser after allowing three runs - all earned - on four hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked four.

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Cubs 15, Brewers 3

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hero: Geovany Soto went 3-for-5, scored three times, and knocked in five. Soto hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off former Cubs right-hander LaTroy Hawkins.

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Reds 12, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Friday, July 2, 2010

Hero: WGN-TV production chief Bob Vorwald should be proud of Friday's Cubs telecast which included stunning overhead shots of Wrigley Field and the surrounding area on a gorgeous, sunny day. It looked absolutely fabulous in HD. The Cubs' disgraceful effort did not do the telecast justice.

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Sincerely, JCB

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