Reds 2, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hero: Ryan Dempster (1-4) had his second straight solid start, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits while striking out four and walking none.

"I'm doing a better job of executing pitches," Dempster said. "I was able to keep the ball down, for the most part, today."

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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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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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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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Cubs 4, Nationals 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hero: Ryan Dempster (12-8), now 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his five August starts, allowed just two hits, walked one, and struck out eight over seven shutout innings.

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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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