August 2012

August 26, 2012 – Cubs Lineup / Weather Permitting

The only reason I think the Cubs and Rockies will play today is that the Rockies do not come back to Wrigley this year.  That said, things don’t look too promising as rain is moving into the area and it is heavy and slow-moving.  We will keep you posted on any delay’s, if they do start here is how the Cubs will line up as they look to take the series from the Rockies.

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

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

The AZL Cubs Are in the Playoffs

On the same night the Boise Hawks won their division in the second half, the AZL Cubs have also clinched a playoff berth.  The Cubs are currently 35-18 and have at least clinched the wild card for the Arizona League.  They are still battling the Athletics for the Arizona League East division lead as they currently sit two games back with three to play, one being against the A’s.  Here are the playoff procedures for the Arizona League.  There will be three division leaders and one wild card team going to the playoffs.  The team with the best record will face the wild card team and the other two division winner will play each other in a one-game playoff.  The winners of those two games will then meet in the championship game.  It looks like the game for the Cubs will be against the Athletics no matter what as the East division winner will most likely have the best record and the other will be the wild card team.  When it becomes official we will let you know.

Thanks for Reading and Go Cubs!!!
-Mark

And Your Northwest League East Division 2nd Half Champs… The Boise Hawks

A big congrats goes out to the Boise Hawks who are the Northwest League East Division Champions for the second half.  Boise ran away with the second half as they are currently 21-11 and no other team in the East is above .500.  They will now play a three game series against the Yakima Bears who won the division in the first half.  Game 1 will be held at Boise on Monday, September 3, with games two and three being played at Yakima on the September 4th and 5th.  The winner of the series will then face the winner of the West division playoffs for a chance to play for the league championship.

Thanks for Reading and Go Hawks!!!
-Mark

8/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Saturday’s minor league recap.

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It was a game of big innings early, until the ninth when the AZL Cubs walked off with another win, this time 8-7.  Paul Blackburn started, but wasn’t at his best giving up three runs on four hits in three innings of work.  Rafael Dolis and Jasvir Rakkar each pitched an inning allowing two runs a piece.  Ethan Elias did a great job keeping the Giants at seven runs as pitched the next three innings allowing no runs on no hits, while walking two and striking out four.  The good luck charm Steve Perakslis improved his record to 4-0 as he got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth.  The Cubs had a lot of nice days offensively.  Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert each had two hits and drove in two a piece.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-6 with a walk off single and Shawon Dunston had one hit, a double and three RBIs.  Trevor Gretzky and David Bote both contributed with two hits and combined two score three runs for the Cubs.  Daniel Lockhart and Garrett Schlecht each had a hit and an RBI in the Cubs victory.  The victory clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Cubs.

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Boise got out to a quick start and held on to beat Vancouver 8-6.  After a recent struggle Jeimer Candelario appears to have broken out as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Stephen Bruno stayed red-hot going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Dan Vogelbach also had two hits, including a double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras and Gioskar Amaya each had a hit with Contreras knocking in two and Amaya one.  Albert Almora left the game early with an apparent injury, but I have no word yet as to what the problem was.  Ian Dickson started, but did not factor in the decision as was only able to last 4.1 innings as he allowed four runs on seven hits.  Hunter Ackerman did get the victory as he threw the next 2.2 innings giving up one run and striking out five.  Eduardo Orozco got the ball to Nathan Dorris and Dorris closed out the win and the second half for Boise.  With the victory Boise is the second half winners and are headed to the playoffs.

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A three run fourth was enough for Joseph Zeller and the Cubs bullpen as they beat Wisconsin 3-2.  Zeller pitched quite well giving up one run on seven hits in six innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched the next two innings allowing one run, but got the ball to Larry Suarez who notched his fifth save of the season striking out two in a scoreless ninth.  Timothy Saunders had another nice night going 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.  Chadd Krist also hit a home run, a two run shot in the fourth inning.  Oliver Zapata had a hit, two walks, and two stolen bases and Zeke DeVoss also added a hit in the Chiefs win.

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Daytona lost game one to Tampa 3-2.  Although they only had three hits, they threatened late, but couldn’t finish.  Ronald Torreyes, Elieser Bonne, and Vladimir Frias were the only Cubs to have hits on Saturday.  Nelson Perez drove in the two Cubs runs in game one without the benefit of a hit.  Eduardo Figueroa started, but took a no decision as didn’t give up a run in four inning, while striking out six.  Matt Spencer took the loss as he really struggled with his command walking five and allowing all three of the Yankees runs to score in just 0.2 innings.  Matt Iannazzo finished game one out throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings.

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Daytona returned the favor in game two as Ryan Searle and staff only allowed three hits in a 4-1 win.  Searle started and pitched pretty good going five innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out five.  From there Jeff Lorick pitched a scoreless sixth and Scott Weismann notched his fourth save of the season throwing a perfect seventh.  John Andreoli and Ronald Torreyes hit one-two in the order and set the table of the Cubs in this one.  Torreyes was 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.  John Andreoli was also 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored.  Rebel Ridling had two hits of his own and drove in one run and Nelson Perez drove in another run, again not having a hit.  Javier Baez broke through with a double in the victory.

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Mobile scored one in the ninth to tie it and got one in the 10th to beat Tennessee 4-3.  Nicholas Struck was in line for the win pitching seven innings, allowing two runs, one earned on six hits, while striking out six.  Zach Rosscup did his job getting the ball to Frank Batista, but Batista couldn’t get the save in this one allowing the ninth inning run.  Casey Harman took the loss allowing an unearned run in the 10th.  Rubi Silva had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and Junior Lake had two hits and a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-5 with a home run for the Smokies in the tough loss on Saturday.

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Things have been better for Iowa as of late and Saturday was no different as they beat Oklahoma City 4-1.  Ty’Relle Harris started and got the win pitching six strong innings.  He allowed one run on four hits while striking out six.  Miguel Socolovich and Jeff Beliveau each pitched a perfect frame to get the ball to Jairo Asencio who struck out two and pitched a scoreless ninth to record his fifth save of the season.  The Cubs had a few nice nights offensively on Saturday starting with Diory Hernandez who had a home run and three RBIs.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Matt Tolbert also had two hits with a run scored.  Greg Rohan and Jeff Frazier each had two hits a piece with Frazier having two doubles and Rohan having one.  It is good to see Iowa finishing the season strong.

It was an exciting night, Congrats to Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs in clinching a playoff birth.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Rockies Return the Favor, Rally to Beat Cubs

One day after the Cubs rallied from a three run deficit to win the Rockies did the same thing.  The Cubs built a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning only to see the Rockies get two right back in the fifth.  The Rockies didn’t stop there as they  scored single runs in the 6th and 7th to take a 4-3 lead.  The Rockies bullpen took it from there as they tossed five shutout innings to shut down the Cubs to even the series at one.  Brooks Raley was in line for the win before the Cubs pen blew a one run lead.  Raley finished his day after five innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four.  The Cubs looked poised to put up big offensive numbers today after scoring three times in the fourth inning, but they could only manage one hit over the final five innings.  Brett Jackson is really turning it on at the plate, he was 2-for-3 today with his 3rd home run of the season, a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo, Alfonso Soriano, and Starlin Castro were the only other Cubs to record a hit in the loss, all singles.  The Cubs ran themselves out of two innings as Joe Mather and Starlin Castro were caught stealing in big spots.

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Game Highlights:
Jackson’s Two Run Blast

Thanks for reading,
– George

August 25, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Rockies

Brooks Raley was recalled today and will get the start for the Cubs as they take on Alex White and the Colorodo Rockies.  David DeJesus is back in the lineup for the Cubs.  The game can be seen on CSN at 12:05.

DeJesus – RF
Vitters – 3B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Castillo – C
Jackson – CF
Barney – 2B
Raley – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

8/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the Cubs minor leagues.  The AZL Cubs were off on Friday night.

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Things were looking good for Boise after a six run second, but Vancouver quickly scored four in the bottom half and ended up beating the Hawks 7-6.  With Tayler Scott staked to a four run lead, it was easy to assume this one was over, but Scott was not at his best today, but left with a chance to win as he left with the lead.  He pitched five innings allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out three.  Rafael Diplan pitched the final three innings and took the loss as he gave up two runs, one of which was unearned.  At the plate Marco Hernandez had a good night going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Albert Almora and Jeimer Candelario also had good nights as each had two hits with Almora scoring a run.  Lance Rymel had one hit on the evening and also drove in two runs.  Darien Martin and Stephen Bruno each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.  Not a good loss for Boise, but they have come back strong all second half, I expect much of the same.

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Beloit took an early lead and never looked back beating Peoria 8-2 on Friday night.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss pitching 4.1 innings and allowing six runs, four earned on 10 hits.  Willengton Cruz pitched two innings allowing two runs and Austin Reed pitched a scoreless frame.  There were only a couple bright spots on the offensive side of things for the Chiefs in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-3 with a home run, his 17th of the season and two RBIs.  Chadd Krist also had two hits and Zeke DeVoss added a hit and scored a run as well.  Jorge Soler got the night off for Peoria.

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Daytona won the first game of a double-header on Friday 4-3.  Kyle Hendricks started and got his first win with the Cubs as he went five innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched the final two innings of game one.  Down 2-0 Elieser Bonne quickly gave the Cubs the lead connecting on a three run homer, his third of the season.  In the sixth inning Christian Villanueva gave Daytona a two run lead as he hit his third home run since coming to the Cubs.  John Andreoli had two hits in the win.

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Game two didn’t go as well as Daytona lost to Tampa 11-5.  Matt Loosen had a really rough outing as he gave up eight runs on five hits to go along with six walks and seven strikeouts.  Hunter Cervenka proved to not be much better allowing three more runs over the next 2.2 innings.  Offensively speaking Christian Villanueva started right where he left off going 2-for-3 witha double and two runs scored.  Elieser Bonne also had two hits including a double and John Andreoli had a hit and two RBIs.  Rebel Ridling and Nelson Perez each had a hit and an RBI a piece.  Javier Baez was held hitless in game one, but added a hit and an RBI in the game two loss.

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A seven run third inning helped Tennessee beat Mobile 11-5.  Dallas Beeler was the beneficiary of all those runs as he got the win despite giving up five runs in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick and Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings a piece to close out the game.  The Smokies a had few really nice nights at the plate starting with Matt Sczcur who was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each had two hits with Ha having two doubles and driving in three.  Silva hit his first home run and drove in two.  Junior Lake had a home run of his own and knocked in three.  Justin Bour had a double and walked three times, but unbelievably didn’t have an RBI in the Smokies 11 run win.

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Iowa scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to defeat Oklahoma City 5-3.  Yoanner Negrin started, but did not factor in the decision as he gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.  Jay Jackson got the win in relief as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.  After Scott Maine threw a scoreless eighth Jairo Asencio struck out two in the ninth and picked up his fourth save.  Tony Campana had a nice night at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jeff Frazier and Diory Hernandez each had two hits with Hernandez driving in one run.  Adrian Cardenas had only one hit, but it was a home run as he knocked in two in the Cubs win.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Better Late Than Never as Cubs Rally Past Rockies

For the majority of the day the Cubs bats were silent, but sparked by a Brett Jackson game tying home run the Cubs exploded for three runs in the eighth inning for the victory.  The Cubs fought all the way back from an early 3-0 deficit thanks to solo home runs from Alfonso Soriano, Welington Castillo, and the aforementioned Brett Jackson.  Jeff Samardzija made the start for the Cubs and struggled early before settling down and battling his way through seven strong innings.  Samardzija gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits while walking two and striking out seven but had to settle for a no decision.  Shawn Camp and James Russell combined to take care of the eighth inning and Carlos Marmol came on in the ninth to notch his 16th save of the season.  Don’t look now but Carlos Marmol has quietly turned his horrendous year into something respectable as his ERA is about to slip under 4.00.    The Cubs didn’t have much going offensively except for the solo home run ball as they could only manage five hits on the day, three of which left the yard.  Joe Mather, the surprise lead-off man came up with the big hit in the ninth to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead before they tacked on an extra run to make it 5-3.  Comeback wins are always exciting, regardless of the record, the Cubs will try to make it two in a row against the Rockies tomorrow afternoon at 12:05.

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Post Game Pressers


Game Highlights:
Joe Mather’s Game Winner
Full Video Recap
Samardzija’s Outing
Marmol Nails Down the Save
Brett Jackson’s Blast
Castillo Goes Deep
Soriano’s HR
Great Play by Rizzo

Thanks for reading,
– George

August 24, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Rockies

Jeff Samardzija gets the ball today against LHP Drew Pomeranz and the Colorodo Rockies.  Joe Mather gets the start in RF and Josh Vitters gets the nod at 3B.  Here is how the rest of the lineup looks for the Cubs.  The game can be seen at 1:20 on WGN.

Mather – RF
Vitters – 3B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Castillo – C
Jackson – CF
Barney – 2B
Samardzija – P

Go Cubs!!
-Mark

8/23: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at August 23 minor league recap.

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Down 8-2 the AZL Cubs came storming back to not only tie the game in the ninth, but score five in the 10th to win it.  Dillon Maples started, but struggled with his control walking four and giving up four runs in just 1.2 innings.  After Loiger Padron gave up four runs over 2.1 innings the rest of the pen did a pretty good job only allowing one more run to score.  Chad Martin ended up getting the win as he struck out four in just one inning.  Justin Marra had a good night at the plate going 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs.  David Bote and Trevor Gretzky each had two hits and two RBIs a piece in the win.  Shawon Dunston had two hits and an RBI and Yasiel Balaguert drove in two runs of his own.  Ben Carhart ended the night 1-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and Anthony Giansanti scored two and knocked on in as well.  This was a great comeback win for the Cubs.

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Boise has been scoring a lot of runs lately and Thursday was no different beating Vancouver 11-5.  Boise once again pounded out 17 hits to go along with their 11 runs.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and he went 4-for-5, including two doubles, three runs scored, and two RBIs.  Wilson Contreras and Darien Martin each had three hits with Martin knocking in three runs and Contreras scoring three and driving in one as well.  Dan Vogelbach and Stephen Bruno each had two hits, both collecting doubles.  Rock Shoulders and Izaac Garsez both had a hit and RBI in the Hawks victory.  Hayden Simpson started and got the win as he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, while striking out seven.  Brian Smith pitched two nice innings in relief not giving up a run and striking out two.  Tyler Bremer finished this one off for the Hawks striking out two over the last 1.1 innings.  Boise’s magic number is now at two.

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Behind Michael Jensen Peoria beat Beloit 6-1.  Jensen was stellar pitching six innings allowing only one run on two hits, while striking out four.  He is now 11-5 with a 3.47 ERA.  Justin Berg and Larry Suarez combined to pitch the final three innings, not giving up a run and striking out three.  Leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss had a really nice game going 3-for-4 with a home run.  Pin-Chieh Chen continued to impress as he had two hits, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Jorge Soler and Chadd Krist each had a double and Soler had an RBI.  Timothy Saunders is human as he didn’t have a hit in this, but he did drive in a run and Jacob Rogers contributed to the win with a hit and a run scored.

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Robert Whitenack gave up three in the first and that was all Clearwater would need beating Daytona 3-0.  On a positive note Kyler Burke pitched three scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Matt Iannazzo, Scott Weismann, and Jeff Lorick combined to throw the final two innings of the game.  Offensively there really is nothing to report as Daytona only had three hits.  John Andreoli, Ronald Torreyes, and Rebel Ridling were the only Cubs to have hits in the shutout loss.

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After scoring five runs over the first two innings Tennessee had to hold on in this one beating Chattanooga 5-4.  Austin Kirk started, but got a no decision as he wasn’t able to finish five innings giving up four runs in 4.2 innings.  He gave up four hits, walked five, and struck out six.  Trey McNutt pitched a perfect innings and recorded his eighth win of the season.  Brian Schlitter struck out three in two innings and Frank Batista earned his 24th save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth.  At the plate Justin Bour was 2-for-4 including his 35th double and an RBIs bringing his season total to 109.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Junior Lake each had a double and drove in two runs of their own.  Rubi Silva and Michael Brenly each had a hit and a run scored in the Smokies victory.

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A two run second was enough for Oklahoma City as they hung on to beat Iowa 2-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up two runs in five innings.  Marcus Hatley, Jeff Beliveau, and Esmailin Caridad combined to pitch the final four innings allowing only one hit and striking out five.  Offensively speaking the Cubs had only six hits and one run, but there were a couple of good performances.  Dave Sappelt was 2-for-4 including a double and an RBI.  James Adduci also had a double in the this one and he stole his sixth base of the season.  Tony Campana, Alfredo Amezaga, and Matt Tolbert all had a hit a piece with Amezaga scoring the Cubs only run in the 2-1 loss.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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