Brace yourselves, the Cubs go for two wins in a row today behind Jeff Samardzija. I really hope the Cubs go on a tear right now, first things first, winning today and taking the series against the Padres. Here is how the Cubs line up.. warning, Jeff Baker is in there..
1. David DeJesus – RF
2. Starlin Castro – SS
3. Joe Mather – 3B
4. Alfonso Soriano – LF
5. Jeff Baker – 1B (REALLY? 5th!?)
6. Reed Johnson – CF
7. Darwin Barney – 2B
8. Koyie Hill – C
9. Jeff Samardzija – P
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/28/12, enjoy.
Daytona was off
Jose Rosario was outstanding Monday, unfortunately the Chiefs offense couldn’t provide any offense for him as the Chiefs fell 3-1 to Wisconsin. Rosario was lights out going seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits, while walking no one and striking out seven. 2011 first round pick Javy Baez made his Peoria debut and he didn’t disappoint. Baez was 2-for-4 in his first Peoria game, both hits were singles. Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-4 on the day with a double, and he stole his 12th bag of the season.
The Smokies fell behind early, and by a lot as Huntsville built up a 7-1 lead by the third inning which was too much for Tennessee as they fell 8-4. Dae-Eun Rhee was knocked around quite a bit, he only lasted two and one-third giving up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, while walking two. Rhee’s record falls to 3-2 on the season while his ERA sky-rockets to 5.50. Rebel Ridling continued his power surge as he went 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season. Luis Flores was 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two RBI’s.
Brooks Raley rebounded from his last outing to pitch very well to earn his first AAA win and extend the I-Cubs winning streak to four. Raley went five innings only giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two. The I-Cubs offense didn’t miss a beat with Rizzo sidelined. They pounded out 15 hits and 8 runs en route to the 8-2 victory. Five different Cubs had multi-hit games. Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI’s. Brett Jackson was also 2-for-5 at the plate with his 7th triple of the season. Dave Sappelt continues his resurgence at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
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So that’s all the Cubs needed to get a win, Jeff Suppan on the mound and a gale force wind blowing straight out to center, I’ll take it. The Cubs took 12 games of frustration out on the San Diego Padres staff as they pounded out 14 hits and 11 runs. To put that in perspective, the Cubs scored 12 runs on their six game road trip that ended yesterday, so to say this was well overdue might be an understatement. Travis Wood started and was knocked around, but I’m not going to put too much stock in his start, every fly ball was most likely leaving the yard and Wood is a fly ball pitcher, so it was bound to happen. Wood ended up going five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four. The bullpen actually did a nice job working the final four innings while only giving up one run. Randy Wells gave up that run in an inning and two-thirds but was the beneficiary of some crooked numbers to get the win. David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, and Ian Stewart all had two hits in the win, with DeJesus recording two triples, while Castro and Stewart each went deep and drove in three runs. Bryan LaHair and Alfonso Soriano each had three hits on the afternoon, with Soriano hitting his sixth home run of the season while driving in three runs. It feels good, no doubt, hope everyone is enjoying their holiday a little more. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Here are the standings for every level that is currently playing in the Cubs system (Low A – Triple A) — Boise kicks off in a few weeks, enjoy.
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I’m excited about this, you should be too. The Chiefs announced that Baez will join the team today, I’m guessing that Baez will be in the starting lineup at short. The 2011 first round draft pick of the Cubs tore the cover off the ball in extended Spring training and was rewarded with a bump to Peoria instead of going to Boise. Exciting ballplayer here, we’ll keep you posted on his progress.
Hold onto your butts. Carlos Marmol has been activated and is with the Cubs today. Rafael Dolis has been sent back to Iowa. Marmol will pitch out of the pen but he will not return to the closer’s role just yet.
A very Happy Memorial Day to you and yours and a great big thank you to all the troops serving and who have served to allow us to enjoy wonderful days like today. MLB honors the troops by scheduling the Cubs and Padres to play eachother, I’ll apologize on their behalf. Travis Wood takes the ball today looking to end the misery that is a 12 game losing streak.
Blod prediction? The Cubs won’t tie today.
San Diego Padres Lineup
1. Will Venable, CF
2. Chris Denorfia, RF
3. Yonder Alonso, 1B
4. Carlos Quentin, LF
5. Chase Headley, 3B
6. Nick Hundley, C
7. Everth Cabrerra, 2B
8. Andy Parrino, SS
9. Jeff Suppan, P
Chicago Cubs Lineup
1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, CF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Blake Lalli, C
9. Travis Wood, P
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.
Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off
The Chiefs did everything but win against Wisconsin as they surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to lose 3-2. Michael Jensen was outstanding on the mound for the Chiefs as he went six strong innings only allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight. Jensen’s ERA drops to 2.77 on the season, but he settled for a no decision. Taiwan Easterling was responsible for the majority of the Chiefs offense as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI in the losing effort.
The biggest news out of the Iowa game was of course about Anthony Rizzo, but not for what he did with his bat. Rizzo was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning leading many to speculate that he was on his way to Chicago. The news was much worse however as Rizzo actually exited the game because of a sore right wrist, hopefully that is nothing serious. The I-Cubs keep on winning though as they beat Memphis 5-1 behind a strong effort from Chris Volstad. Volstad improved to 2-0 with the win as he went seven strong innings. Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all had two hits in the victory. Carlos Marmol had an encouraging outing as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out the side.
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There is the potential to see some really bad baseball at Wrigley to start the week as the Padres are in town to take on the Cubs. These are two of the worst, if not the two worst teams in baseball. If anything the Padres could present the perfect opportunity for the Cubs to break out of their 12 game losing streak. Above all else the Cubs need to hit, it’s obvious, the main reason for the Cubs horrendous slide is the offense. The Padres are actually worse offensively than the Cubs, that doesn’t mean much because the Cubs just faced a team that was the worst in the league and they lit up the scoreboard (Pirates). The Cubs only need one win, once they get that I assume they will fall back in line with playing .500 baseball, but at this point who knows when this streak will end, hopefully tomorrow, full preview/breakdown after the jump, go Cubs!
Lots of rumors swirling right now, but it sound like Anthony Rizzo could be on his way to Chicago, here are the tweets from Iowa Cubs….
Interpret that how you want, we will keep you up to date with the latest as it happens. Go Cubs!
[UPDATE] Iowa Cubs now reporting that Rizzo tweaked his wrist on a swing, and is now day-to-day….things cannot get worse for the Cubs, this is absurd.