July 2012

Soto Traded

Update:  According to many sources Geovany Soto has been Traded to the Texas Rangers.

After the bottom of the sixth inning Geovany Soto was seen in the dugout shaking hands and hugging teammates and in the bottom half was pinch hit for.  It is possible Soto has been traded as well or the Cubs are just having fun with trade deadline.  Nothing is official,, so we will keep you updated as word comes in.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Reed Johnson Removed from Game, Probably Traded

Reed Johnson was removed from the game before his AB in the fifth inning and is shaking hands with teammates so it appears he has been traded.  Still waiting for confirmation and players involved.  Reed will be a really nice pickup for a team as 4-5 outfielder and a good bat off the bench, plus he is a great teammate.  We will keep you updated as information comes in.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

July 30, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Pirates

Justin Germano will get his first start with the Cubs going up against the Eric Bedard and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cubs will look to build on the series win against the Cardinals and yesterday’s walk-off win.  Here is how the Cubs will line it up today.  The game can be seen on CSN at 7:05.

Johnson – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano LF
Baker – RF
Soto – C
Barney – 2B
Mather – 3B
Germano – P

Go Cubs!
-Mark

7/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sunday, July 29th Cubs minor league report.  Tennessee was off on Sunday.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the AZL Reds 7-3.  Dillon Maples made his much anticipated debut on Sunday, giving up one run in one pitched.  He stuggled with his command walking two and throwing a wild pitch, but struck out one and got out of a tough jam with a double play.  Paul Blackburn pitched 2.1 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out two.  Chad Martin took the loss, giving up three runs in his one inning of work.  Our nightly watch of Albert Almora and Jorge Soler was on again.  Almora went 1-for-4 and Soler was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver each had two hits with Penalver driving one in.  Daniel Lockhart also had an RBI.

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Boise got one in the third, which proved to be enough beating Tri-City 1-0.  Ian Dickson started and pitched weel allowing no runs on three hits in five innings pitched.  He also walked two and struck four.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief picking up his first save.  He struck out six in just four innings and allowed only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fifth home run of the year and ended the day 2-for-3.  Rock Shoulder also had two hits, including a double and after a slow start his average is now up to .271.  Jeimer Candelario added a hit and Marco Hernadnez had a double in the game as well.  Lets hope the pitching continues down this path as that is two 1-0 wins in a row.

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Peoria scored nine in the first three innings and held on to beat Beloit 10-6.  The offense led the way in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Unbelievably, Javier Baez only had one hit, but he did drive in two and score one.  Wes Darvill also had two hits and drove a run in and Chadd Krist also had an RBI.  Larry Suarez got the win in relief for Peoria striking out three in 1.2 innings pitched and Bryce Shafer closed out the game pitching a scoreless ninth.  Lets see if Peoria can keep playing well going forward.

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A six run fifth helped Daytona win this shootout 12-7.  The Cubs had a lot of nice games at the plate on Sunday.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez had two hits, including his second home run of the season.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Leadoff man John Andreoli had two hits, stole three bases (40), and scored three runs.  Matt Loosen wasn’t at his on Sunday, but it was good enough for him to improve his record to 10-3.  He gave up five runs, four earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  AJ Morris recorded his third save pitching a scoreless last 1.2 innings.  Good to see Daytona hitting the ball and Matt Loosen get to the 10-win mark.

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Leading by one in the bottom of the ninth, Iowa gave up one there and then gave up three in the bottom of the 10th to lose 6-3.  James Adduci continues to hit the ball going 3-for-5 on Sunday.  Welington Castillo was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer on, his sixth of the season.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had a hit.  Brett Jackson didn’t have any hits, but he did walk and steal a base, his 24th of the season.  Rodrigo Lopez actually pitched well going five innings and allowing only two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out five.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith and Esmailin Caridad pitched the next three scoreless innings the rest of the bullpen blew it.  Michael Bowden gave up the run in the ninth and Jay Jackson took the loss giving up a three run homer in the tenth.  It’s just not going well for Iowa, finding different ways to lose almost every night.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Countdown to the Deadline: Talks Picking Up, Sort Of

Just two weeks ago it seemed that the Cubs would have made a few deals by July 30th, well here we sit, on July 30th and nothing has been done.  I attribute this to the whole Dempster saga, if he accepts the Braves deal then I think the Cubs would have made a few more moves by now.  But because he declined, at least for now, the Cubs sit in a holding pattern.  Here are some of the latest trade rumors involving the Cubs.

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Andy Martino is reporting  that the Mets have had discussions with the Cubs about Geovany Soto.  Odds are a deal doesn’t get done here, but it is nice to see somebody asking about Soto. If the Cubs could move him for anything more than a Manny Alexander life-size cardboard cutout we should all be grateful.

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Ken Rosenthal weighed in with some thoughts about the increase in demand for starting pitching, and how it relates to Garza.  Even with the news of Garza not starting again until after the deadline team keep calling on him.  What teams are looking for her obviously is a discounted rate for Garza, the Cubs aren’t budging.  For that reason Rosenthal and a number of sources believe that a Garza deal during the 2012 season before the deadline is “doubtful” but not out of the question.  Because the Cubs and Garza have not talked contract extension since the Spring it is believed that the Cubs will move him in the Winter.

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Danny Knobler is reporting that the Dodgers and Cubs are at an impasse on Dempster.  If I had to guess I thing each team is waiting for the other to cave and accept a deal to just make a deal.  Because of the this the Braves have been keeping an eye on the situation and might be ready to start-up talks again with the Cubs for Dempster.  Per Knobler, people in the game expect Atlanta to get involved with Dempster again.

Yesterday afternoon Peter Gammons was on MLB Network and was very candid about what the Dodgers need to do, and the #1 thing he said the Dodgers needed to do was trade for Dempster.  He said that they should do whatever it takes to land Dempster because he could be the difference for them.  Let’s hope he’s right.

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An interesting rumor popped up over the weekend, Ken Rosenthal suggests that Alfonso Soriano’s name has come up in the Dempster to the Dodgers talks.  The Cubs were rumored to add Soriano to a potential deal to the Dodgers to get a better prospect in return, but nothing has come out of those talks, yet.  Rosenthal adds that if the Cubs can’t find a deal before the deadline they would look to deal Soriano in the off-season where they might get a better return.

Things are going to get pretty crazy here as the deadline is only 31 hours away, keep checking back for the latest updates, and maybe a couple trades to announce as well.

Thanks for reading,
- George

Cubs Walk-Off Against Cards; Post Game Video

Here is a collection of video’s from the post game today, includes Rizzo’s press conference, enjoy.

Rizzo post game

Maholm post game

Sveum post game

Fun day for sure, thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

July 30 – August 1, 2012; vs. Pirates – Series Preview

The Cubs are getting used to this whole spoiler thing as they are coming off series wins against the second place (Pirates) and third place (Cardinals) teams in the Central.  The Pirates come to town to kick off the week and they are seeking some revenge as the Cubs took two out of three at PNC park last week.  Not many teams can say that as the Pirates boast the best home record in baseball, on the road they are average, hovering right around .500 on the season.  It will be very interesting to see how this series plays out as it starts before the trade deadline and ends after it.  Both teams might look very different come Wednesday.  Let’s take an in-depth look at this series, hope you enjoy the new format.

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Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

Rizzo Plays Hero, Cubs Win Series From Cardinals

Now that was exciting.  For the third straight day Wrigley Field felt like it was host to a pennant race, too bad it’s not, as this weekend showcased some great baseball.  For the 6th straight start Paul Maholm shut down an opponent, today against the Cardinals he went 6.2 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking four and striking out five.  Unfortunately Shawn Camp couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the 8th as he gave up a game tying solo shot to Carlos Beltran to knot things up.  Things stayed that way into the 10th inning thanks to outstanding performances by Carlos Marmol and James Russell out of the pen.  Marmol in particular, as he might have had his best inning of the year to keep things tied.  Starlin Castro led the 10th inning off with a line drive single to right, and set the stage for Rizzo.  Rizzo wasted no time as he laced a 0-1 fastball over the wall in left center to give the Cubs a dramatic 4-2 walk-off win.  Rizzo finished the day going 3-for-4 with his 7th home run of the season, two RBI’s, a walk and two runs scored.  The numbers are impressive for Rizzo as he was in a mini slump for a little while there but he is hitting .333 on the season with seven home runs, and 17 RBI’s.  Darwin Barney also had a great day at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.  The Cubs have now won two series’ in a row, and welcome the Pirates to Wrigley starting tomorrow.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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July 29, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Cardinals

The Cubs try and take the series against the Cardinals today as Paul Maholm takes the ball.  Adam Wainwright opposes Maholm at 1:20 PM CST on WGN.  Here’s how the Cubs will line up.

DeJesus – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
LaHair – RF
Clevenger – C
Barney – 2B
Valbuena – 3B
Maholm – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
- George

7/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The nightly minor league recaps.

The AZL Cubs were postponed.

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Boise won in a pitchers dual 1-0.  Taylor Scott got the start and got the win pitching five innings allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson threw an impressive three innings and Eduardo Orozco closed out the game earning his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 driving in the only Hawks run of the game.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Boise has won two games in a row and look to keep that going.

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Beloit took care of Peoria quite easily win 10-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings.  Jeffry Antigua pitched very good in relief striking out two in two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  Offensively there wasn’t much exciting to report.  Sergio Burruel was the only Chief player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Paul Hoilman, Bijan Rademacher, and Yaniel Cabezas all had one hit.  Hoilman had an RBI as did Pin-Chieh Chen.  Peoria looks to get back on track.

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A for run sixth wasn’t enough losing to Bradenton 9-7.  Kyler Burke struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in five innings.  Burke struck out six in the loss.  Hunter Cervenka threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Ronald Torreyes had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-5 with home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Timothy Saunders added two hits and drove one in.  The Cubs got single RBIs from Taylor Davis, Matt Cerda, and Rubi Silva as well.  John Andreoli led off and had a hit and a walk and scored two runs.  Rebel Ridling and Rafael Lopez each contributed a hit to the effort and Lopez scored two runs.

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Tennessee couldn’t hold Jacksonville down losing 8-5.  Nicholas Struck struggled in a losing effort giving up four runs in four innings pitched.  In a tough sign for Cub fans, Trey McNutt struggled in relief again and his ERA is now at 4.91.  Frank Batista continued his strong season pitching a scoreless eighth and striking out two lowering his ERA to 1.22.  Justin Bour had a night to remember at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.  Matt Szczur led off in his second game with the Smokis, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a run scored as was Chad NobleMichael Burgess had a double and Dustin Harrington added a hit and a run scored as well.

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Iowa gave up one in the fifth to give them the lead.  The 2-1 lead held up and Iowa lost another one run game.  Brooks Raley was the hard luck loser pitching six innings allowing tow runs on six hits and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley pitched well in relief striking out four in two innings.  The offense didn’t do much, Brett Jackson connected on his 15th home run of the season, ending the game 1-for-3 with a walk.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added ahit as did Blake Lalli.  After a nice win yesterday, the Cubs weren’t able to keep it going losing a close, low scoring game.

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Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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