June 2012

Cubs Bid For Sweep Ends In Disaster

Certain games you just forget and move on, I think losing 17-1 would be one of those games.  Nothing went right for the Cubs as the Mets turned a 1-1 game into a laugher in just a matter of three innings.  Entering the fourth inning the game was tied at one, then the Mets went on an offensive binge, scoring three in the 4th, six in the 5th, and six in the 6th, and just like that it was 16-1, yikes.  Jeff Samardzija was god awful, and Casey Coleman was probably worse.  Samardzija gave up nine runs on six hits in 4.1 innings while walking four and striking out one.  Talk of a possible all-star appearance has officially been thrown out the window as Samardzija falls to 5-7 on the year with a 5.05 ERA.  Coleman came in to put out the fire, instead he doused it with gasoline.  He lasted only 1.2 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one. 

The Cubs were not much better at the plate as they only managed nine hits and one run against Jonathan Niese and the Mets pen.  Anthony Rizzo was 1-for-4 with a double, nice to see him swing the bat well against a lefty as that was his big stumbling block last year.  Darwin Barney also had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  These games happen, the good news is that it only counts as one loss.  Still a good series for the Cubs, taking two out of three from a solid team is definitely a positive.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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June 27, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Mets

The Cubs go for the sweep this afternoon as they send Jeff Samardzija to the hill.  Shark has struggled recently with his command, and has not been able to go deep in games because of it.  Day two of the Anthony Rizzo era is here, the Cubs will line up as follows.

1. Mather – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Baker – RF
6. Soto – C
7. Barney – 2B
8. Valbuena – 3B
9. Samardzija – P

Ugh, I would rather see Samardzija hit 5th than Jeff Baker.

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Randy Wells Designated For Assignment, Cubs Recall Dolis

Figured this would happen after the latest debacle, the Cubs have designated Randy Wells for assignment.  In turn they have called up Rafael Dolis, hopefully Dolis has his location issues ironed out, if he does it could be another plus arm in the pen.  I doubt we will ever see Randy Wells in a Cubs uniform again.

Thanks for reading,
– George

6/26: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A look at the minor league system for Tuesday, June 26.

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 The Cubs lost 9-4 to the Dodgers on Tuesday night.  The Offense for the Cubs was pretty good as they had 10 hits and four runs.  Left fielder Trey Martin Led off on Tuesday and went 3-for-5 including a double and two runs scored.  Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .412.  Bijan Rademacher hit his first home run of the season and Daniel Lockhart had a triple and had an RBI.  Alvido Jimenez struggled big time and took the loss on Tuesday.  Michael Hamann, Ethan Elias, and Daniel Adrian all pitched well in relief.

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 Boise dropped another on Tuesday losing to Spokane 3-1.  James Pugliese took the loss allowing two rus on three hits in 4.2 innings.  Hayden Simpson had another strong outing allowing one run on two hits while striking out four in 3.1 innings.  There was not much good happening from the offense  as Boise only had three hits on the day.  Jeimer Candelario, Rock Shoulders, and Stephen Bruno had the only hits for the Hawks and Shoulders drove in the only run of the game.

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Peoria was chasing two early, but tied it up in the sixth and then exploded in the tenth to win the game 7-2.  Paul Hoilman had a nice night going 2-for-5 with two RBI’s and a run scored.  The Chiefs got an RBI a piece from Taiwan Easterling, Dustin GeigerYasiel Balaguert, and Pin-Chieh Chen.  Chen also had two hits including a triple.  Oliver Zapata also had two hits and two runs scored on Tuesday.  The Chiefs got a nice start from Starling Peralta who pitched seven solid innings as he only gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out three.  Matthew Spencer got the win in relief, striking out three in two perfect innings of work.

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Daytona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth, but ended up losing a heartbreaker 4-3 in 12 innings.  The Cubs got a nice outing out of P.J. Francescon who gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings.  Ryan Searle took the loos out of the bullpen giving up one run in 2.2 innings.  The offense had 11 hits, three of which cam off the bat of Elieser Bonne, who also scored a run.  John Andreoli and Rebel Ridling each had two hits and Ridling added two RBI’s.  The other RBI came off the bat of Arismendy Alcantara.

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The bats came alive for Tennessee beating Birmingham 11-6 on Tuesday.  The Smokies pounded out 15 hits and hit four home runs.  Michael Burgess hit two of those four homers in a game where he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s and four runs scored.  Michael Brenly also had a very nice night going 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, three runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits including his third homer of the season, he also had three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Justin Bour, and James Adduci all had two hits and Watkins added two RBI’s as well.  Nicholas Struck got his ninth win of the season.  He gave allowed four runs, only one of which was earned in six innings.  Frank Batista pitched two innings striking out two batters in route to his 12th save of the season.

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 In their first game with Anthony Rizzo in Chicago Iowa lost 3-1.  Frankie De La Cruz got the loss as he gave up three runs in five innings of work.  Ryan Rowland-Smith and Michael Bowden pitched well out of the bullpen on Tuesday.  Offensively there wasn’t much happening for Iowa.  Juan Apodaca went 2-for-4 with two doubles raising his average to .330.  Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters each added a hit and Blake Lalli had the only Cubs RBI on the day.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

Rizzo Leads Cubs to Win in Debut

Surely Anthony Rizzo couldn’t live up to all the hype surrounding his much-anticipated Cubs debut, but he did his best to try.  Rizzo was 2-for-4 in his first game with the Cubs, including the game winning single, that turned into a double with two outs in the fourth inning.  Rizzo also singled in his first at bat, which was originally scored an error, it was changed a couple of minutes later, and rightfully so, who gives him an error at home?  While Rizzo was making his debut Randy Wells might have been throwing his last pitch as a member of the Chicago Cubs.  Randy Wells has lost it, all of it, he could only last three innings, giving up three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three.  Thanks to Wells the Cubs got down 2-0 early before Rizzo and company charged back to take a 3-2 lead in the third inning.  The Mets tied the game up in the fourth before Rizzo put the Cubs up for good in the bottom half.  A huge effort from the Cubs bullpen today as Scott Maine, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol shut down the Mets the rest of the way.  The game ended with Carlos Marmol earning his 100th career save, and one of his easier ones two.  Five different Cubs had two hits in the win, Rizzo, David DeJesus, Luis Valbuena, Darwin Barney, and Steve Clevenger.  While Anthony Rizzo won’t be a savior for the 2012 Cubs season, he might have made this one the most enjoyable games to watch all year, the Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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June 26, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Mets; Rizzo!

This is the best lineup I’ve typed out all year, because it has Anthony Rizzo hitting 3rd.  Don’t mistake my giddy little girl excitement for Rizzo as me having through the roof expectations.  I’m excited to see a glimpse of the future, and I hope he does well, if he doesn’t, he will get better.  Speaking of getting better, Randy Wells hasn’t, he’s pitching today.  Here’s the full lineup.

1.  DeJesus – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. ANTHONY RIZZO – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. LaHair – RF 
6. Valbuena – 3B
7. Barney – 2B
8. Clevenger – C
9. Wells – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

6/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A closer look at very busy Monday for the Cubs minor leagues.


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Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, The AZL Cubs scored four and added another in the eighth to win 6-4.  After going 6-for-6 on Saturday Timothy Saunders stayed hot as he had two more hits bringing his average to .526.  Trey Martin had two doubles with a run scored and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers also went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI’s.  Daniel Vogelbach hit his fourth double on the young season and he also scored a run.  Eduardo Orozco got the win in relief striking out two batters and Jin-Young Kim pitched two perfect innings to record his first save of the season.

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 Boise just couldn’t get the bats going as they lost 4-1 to Spokane on Monday.  On the bright side Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored raising his average to .386.  Marco Hernandez had a double and had the only RBI of the night.  Jeimer Candelario, Wilson Contreras, and Rock Shoulders all had one hit on the night.  Jose Arias pitched well again as he gave up one run on three hits in five innings of work.  Amaury Paulino took the loss giving up three runs on two hits in two innings.

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Peoria scored a run in the eighth to win a nail biter 2-1.  Anthony Giansanti was the hero delivering the game winning RBI.  He entered the game after Javier Baez left with an injury.  It sounds like everything will be fine with Baez and he is day-to-day.  Wes Darvill had two hits and Yasiel Balaguert had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3.  Dustin Geiger had the other Chiefs RBI in the third inning.  Zachary Rosscup got the win in relief pitching 2.1 innings while only giving up a hit and striking out two.  Luis Liria recorded his third save as he pitched the last two innings giving up one hit and striking one batter out.  Zach Cates got the start and allowed one run on five hits in 4.2 innings.

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Daytona won both games of the double header on Monday.  The Cubs won the first game 7-3 highlighted by a five run second.  Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the winning effort.  He also stole his 22nd bag of the year.  Micah Gibbs and John Andreoli each had two hits and a run scored.  Matt Szczur had a hit and stole his 21st base of the season.  Taylor Davis had a double and drove in two runs, Rebel Ridling and Rubi Silva each had RBIs as well.  Matt Loosen got his sixth win of the year, giving up three runs on two hits in six innings while striking out seven.


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Game two was not so easy, as Daytona tied the game with three runs in the sixth and won it in the 12th.  Dustin Harrington was the hero as he drove in Ronald Torreyes, who represented the game winning run.  Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a double, run, RBI, two walks, and his 22 stolen base.  Chad Noble had two doubles and a run scored and Harrington had two hits as well.  Alantara and Silva had the other two RBI’s for the Cubs.  Kyler Burke, who had been pitching for Peoria got the start for Daytona.  In his first outing he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two.  The Cubs bullpen was outstanding as they pitched seven scoreless innings.  They gave up only one hit and struck out nine.  Scott Weismann got the win as he struck out four in three innings of work.  Eduardo Figuerora closed the game out recording his first save of the season.

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 Tennessee had two games on Monday as well, but they did not go as well as Daytona.  The Smokies lost the first game 11-3.  This game was lost on the mound as Eric Jokisch really, really struggled as he gave up 10 runs nine earned on nine hits in 5.2 innings.  Unbelievably his ERA jumped all the way to 3.38.  That is how good he has been so far.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had two hits.  Lake had a double and drove in two.  Michael Burgess had a double and drove in the other Smokies run in game one.


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 Game one was bad, but game two was not much better as Jacksonville beat Tennessee 10-3.  Dallas Beeler got the start giving up one run in 3.1 innings, but did not factor in the decision.  Keven Rhoderick got the loss as he gave up five runs in .2 innings of work.  Marcus Hatley and Casey Harman didn’t have much better luck as each gave up two runs.  Justin Bour, Nelson Perez, and Nate Samson drove in the three Smokies runs in game two.  Junior Lake also had another hit and his average now sits at .315.

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On a day that will be remembered as Anthony Rizzo‘s last game at Iowa, the Cubs played quite a good game winning 2-1.  Brooks Raley got the start and pitched beautifully throwing seven great innings.  He gave up one run on only five hits as he struck out five and got the win.  Jay Jackson pitched another good inning in relief striking out three.  Rafael Dolis took another step in the right direction recording his third save since going to Iowa.  Offensively Josh Vitters has been on an absolute tear as he was all the offense the Cubs would need.  He had an RBI hit in the first inning and hit his 12th home run of the year in the third.  It proved to be the game winner and Vitters is now hitting .292.

Thanks for reading,
Mark
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Wood Dazzles; Cubs Finally Solve a Lefty

Many people labeled the Sean Marshall trade in the off-season as a loss for Theo Epstein and company solely based on the fact that Sean Marshall was named the closer for the Reds and that Travis Wood didn’t make the Cubs out of Spring Training.  Fast forward to tonight, and things aren’t looking like a loss at all for the Cubs as Travis Wood continued to take advantage of his opportunity in the rotation by shutting down the Mets en route to a 6-1 victory. Wood shut out the Mets over seven strong innings, only allowing five hits while walking one and striking out six.  With the win Wood improved to 2-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.54.  Offensively the Cubs had maybe their best approach and game against a lefty all year.  Johan Santana came into the game pitching very well, but the Cubs made the veteran lefty work, they earned four walks in addition to pounding out seven hits and six runs.  Alfonso Soriano had another solid night at the plate as he shows no signs of slowing down, he went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Joe Mather had the big hit as he was 1-for-3 with his 4th home run of the season to put the Cubs up 2-0 in the fourth inning.  That’s all they needed behind Travis Wood, a solo shot from Ike Davis off of James Russell in the ninth spoiled the shut out bid.  It’s Anthony Rizzo day tomorrow as the Cubs top prospect makes his season debut, we will have full coverage.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Marlon Byrd Suspended 50 Games for PED’s

In some sad and somewhat not so shocking news, former Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended by Major League baseball after testing positive for PED’s (Per an ESPN report).  I’ve mentioned it before, and I stopped short of saying that the reason that Marlon Byrd shrunk was because of steroids, but maybe it was after all.  Maybe this is a misunderstanding, but it probably isn’t.

Thanks for reading,
– George

June 25, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Mets

Thankfully this should, SHOULD be the last time we have to sit through a game with Jeff “Home Run” Baker at first base.  A lefty greets the Cubs, so the Cubs counter with their stellar lefty lineup which is 3-16 against lefties this year.  Travis Wood looks to continue his strong stretch of pitching tonight with this lineup backing him.

1. Johnson – RF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. Soriano – LF
5. Baker – 1B
6. Soto – C
7. Mather – CF
8. Valbuena – 3B
9. Wood – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

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