Apparently it’s going to get worse before it gets better as the Cubs are quickly becoming the worst team in baseball. The number now stands at 59, it has been 59 innings since the Cubs have held a lead in a game. Process that for a second, and watch out Orel Hersheiser, one more inning and you no longer hold a record…oh wait, not the same thing. It’s almost impossible that a team can go almost seven full games without accidentally scoring first, but the Cubs have done it in spectacular fashion. The Cubs actually had a shot at winning the game on Tuesday night, but they couldn’t get a clutch hit or clutch out if their life depended on it and they fell to the Astros 2-1 for their 8th straight loss.
Travis Wood was surprisingly good on the mound for the Cubs. He went 5 and 2/3rds of an inning only allowing two runs on two hits. Wood left in the sixth with a guy on first and two outs. Shawn Camp entered and played hero for the Astros as he committed a throwing error for no reason to allow the runner to get to second then just like that it was 2-1 and a dejected Cubs team limped their way home after that. The Cubs had nothing going offensively once again as they only managed one run on six hits. The lone run coming on a mammoth solo home run from Alfonso Soriano which tied the game at one in the fourth, that was exciting. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
We all know that Travis Wood is starting tonight, but to make room for him on the roster Welington Castillo was officially placed on the DL. Castillo is eligible to return on June 2.
The Cubs turn to Travis Wood to get out of this disastrous seven game losing streak. Wood is replacing Chris Volstad in the rotation after Volstad went 0-6 with a 7.46 ERA for the Cubs in 8 starts before being sent to Iowa last week. The Cubs offense needs to get going, it will be tough against Happ because he’s a lefty and that in it of itself is enough for the Cubs to have trouble. Here are the lineups, go Cubs!
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The young flamethrower celebrated becomming the Reds new closer by trying to drive as fast as he throws, he came up short, and was arrested.
Police in the Columbus suburb of Grove City emailed The Associated Press a copy of an arrest report showing the 24-year-old reliever was stopped after radar clocked him going 93 mph on northbound Interstate 71 shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday
Oops, people make mistakes, hopefully he learns from it because he is a tremendous talent.
Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/21/12, enjoy.
Crazy finish sees Peoria’s rally fall just short as they lost to Cedar Rapids 5-4 last night. Tied at two for most of the game Cedar Rapids plated three runs in the bottom of the 8th to lead 5-2. Peoria fought back with two runs in the top of the ninth but couldn’t come all the way back. Michael Jensen pitched well enough for the win but finished his night with a no decision after 5 and 1/3rd innings of work. Peoria couldn’t string any hits together, Paul Hoilman finished the night 2-for-5 and Oliver Zapata was 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.
Matt Loosen was really good again for Daytona as he went 6 and 2/3rds while only allowing one run on two hits. Loosen was in line for the loss but the D-Cubs pushed a run across in the 7th to tie it. Trailing 3-1 into the bottom of the ninth the D-Cubs came all the way back and walked off to win 4-3. Matt Szczur had a big hand in the win going 2-for-4 again as his average is now up to .265. Arismendy Alcantara, Chad Noble, and John Andreoli all had two hits in the victory.
For seven innings it looked like the Smokies were on their way to another win, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it as they surrendered five runs in the 8th en route to an 8-5 loss. Dae-Eun Rhee was in line for the win after going six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 at the plate with a walk and a run scored, he is now hitting .283 on the season. Rebel Ridling seems to be heating up as he went deep again for his fourth home run on the season, third in his last two games.
Jay Jackson didn’t have it last night as he only lasted three innings while giving up six runs on nine hits on his way to his fourth loss of the season as Iowa fell 8-2 to Tacoma. Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks, a double, and two runs scored. Blake DeWitt and Juan Apodaca each had two hits in the loss. The I-Cubs walked a total of 10 times, but only scored two times, inopportune to say the least.
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Another game, another eight innings of scoreless baseball from the Cubs offense. That is now three games in a row where the Cubs offense couldn’t score any runs from inning number one to inning number eight. Of course the Cubs came to life in the ninth inning when the game was already decided with the Astros leading 8-0. Hopefully the feeling of scoring runs in the ninth was something the Cubs liked and that carries over to today, because they need it.
Matt Garza was awful, can’t blame the guy, he knows if he makes one mistake the game is probably over with the way the Cubs bats are going. But Garza made many mistakes as he only lasted three innings while giving up seven runs on five hits for his second loss of the season. One bright spot was the work of Randy Wells out of the bullpen. Wells went five innings, only allowing one run on three hits while saving the bullpen from any unnecessary work. I mentioned the Cubs “exploding” for four runs, well the final score was closer than the actual game. The Cubs put together a few hits, and got the help of a bank of lights to push across four runs in the ninth inning. It was a good day at the plate for guys that aren’t usually in the spotlight as Koyie Hill and Adrian Cardenas each had two hits in the defeat. Blake Lalli chipped in with his first major league hit, which scored two runs in the ninth. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Odds are you haven’t, but you really should take notice. We introduced Javier Baez to you here,
The Cubs selected 19-year-old Javier Baez, in the first round (9th overall) of the 2011 draft out of Arlington County High School in Florida. Unlike Rizzo and Jackson, there are not many numbers to go off of when looking at Baez. His high
school numbers are ridiculous however, where he hit .711 with 20 home runs. He did have an opportunity to play briefly with the rookie level AZL Cubs before moving to Boise for a couple of games. Baez, who was drafted as a shortstop will continue to play there, but it appears a move to third base might better suit his defensive skills. Not saying he will be a bad defensively, but what will separate Baez from others is his bat. Unfortunately the sample size is too small to get an accurate prediction, but by all accounts his offense has the potential to be special.
Currently Baez is playing for the Cubs extended spring training squad in Arizona, and he’s putting up some big numbers. Baez was 2-for-4 today with two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, he finished with six RBI’s. Baez cam into the game hitting .329 coming into the game with 82 plate appearances. Baez now has 8 home runs, and 26 RBI’s in 24 extended spring training games. The sky is the limit for Baez, I would expect him to play for the Boise Hawks once extended spring training breaks and Boise opens their season. One thing is for sure, you might not want to miss what Baez is doing, we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
** Thanks to the CubReporter and Arizona Phil for doing a fantastic job tracking the extended spring training Cubs, he has a great site, go check it out here.
[UPDATE] – Reports from the Tribune say that Baez is close to being optioned to low A Peoria, not Boise. Cubs are really taking notice of Baez’s play.
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Well Dale Sveum promised lineup changes and he delivered!…. by sitting Barney and replacing him with Cardenas…. Not exactly the changes a lot of fans were expecting or hoping for, guess that flight from Houston gave Sveum some extra time to think about it. Here is the full lineup as the Cubs look to Matt Garza to be the stopper tonight.
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The 2012 all-star game is right around the corner, well a month and a half away, you should go vote for the Cubs you feel deserve to be there. Spare me the joke, I know this season is not progressing the way we hoped but a few guys have played well enough to be there. Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro come to mind, so get over to the website (link below) and vote for your favorite Cubs!
Usually whenever the Astros show up on the schedule (surprised they haven’t yet) you could expect to take two out of three, maybe even sweep, that’s probably not the case right now. For one, the Cubs are struggling, starting pitching, bullpen, offensively, you name it the Cubs are bad at it right now. Conversely the Astros are playing well at home as evident by their 13-10 record so far this season. If the Cubs are going to get things turned around here they are going to have to do it on the road as they are going to spend a lot of time away from the Friendly Confines. That has not been a good thing for the Cubs as they are 6-11 on the road so far this year. So it’s imperative that they get off to a good start on this trip and this upcoming stretch of games tonight. In order to do so the Cubs bats are going to have to get going, and looking at the Astros pitching that might be harder than expected. Regardless of how well the starters and bullpen pitch, or how poorly they pitch, if the Cubs can’t score they aren’t going to come out with a favorable result. Full preview/breakdown after the jump.