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Archives: June 2013

June
30th

Cubs 7, Mariners 6 — Bonderman has bad start, Ibanez homers again

The Chicago Cubs’ nightmare bullpen almost delivered another dream scenario to the Mariners.

The Cubs sent middling reliever after middling reliever to the mound in Sunday’s late afternoon heat.

Home run Raul Ibanez. Two-run homer Kyle Seager. An afternoon snoozer turned taut, nearly close enough to catch the attention of those in the beer garden.

But, no tie, extra innings or walk-off Sunday. The Mariners rally from 7-1 down halted in the ninth when Cubs closer Kevin Gregg zipped through a 1-2-3 inning. The 7-6 Chicago win gave the Cubs a 2-1 series win. Worse, it ended

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June
29th

Cubs 5, Mariners 3 (11 innings) — Ackley sprains thumb, is day-to-day

The Mariners are running out of space in the medical room.

Dustin Ackley joined fellow injured outfielders Franklin Gutierrez, Michael Saunders and Michael Morse when he sprained his thumb while trying to make a diving catch Saturday afternoon. He’s day-to-day.

Two innings later, Alfonso Soriano provided the 11th-inning insult to injury when he hit a two-run homer off Oliver Perez to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-3 win over Seattle at a well-populated Safeco Field.

Ackley came charging in, dove, and came up short in the top of the ninth. His momentum pushed his gloved into the

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June
29th

Ryan pledges support for Miller, says he’s ‘sick to his stomach’ about not performing

A single dismal at-bat gives Brendan Ryan enough to chew on mentally after a game. Losing his starting position really feeds the beast.

The promotion of Brad Miller has put Ryan and his world-class defense on the bench. The problem for Ryan is simple and lethal to hopes of playing time: he hasn’t been able to hit.

Ryan is hitting .196 after hitting .194 last season. He will be used as an utility infielder going forward.

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