May 2013

Minor Matters – May 27, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The RedHawks scored in one inning in this one, unfortunately that was enough to defeat Iowa.  The RedHawks scored four times in the third inning, and the Cubs could never get even despite scoring one run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth inning.  Brian Bogusevic had another great day going 1-for-2 with two walks, his thirteenth double of the season, and two runs scored.  Brent Lillibridge was the only other offense in this one as he was 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Walks were contagious in this one, and it started with Guillermo Moscoso who lost his command and was slapped with his second loss of the season.  Moscoso worked five innings giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits while walking four (see?), and striking out six.  Hisanori Takahashi also struggled with command but worked out of trouble, he worked two scoreless innings while walking three (see?), and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter, who has been outstanding for the Tennessee Smokies was promoted to Iowa earlier in the day, and had a tremendous debut.  Schlitter worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had to battle back in this one as they trailed 4-3 in the eight, and battle they did, scoring five times in the bottom of the eight en route to an 8-4 victory.  The only bad news is that Albert Almora had to leave today’s game after it looked like he suffered a leg injury, hopefully it’s nothing serious.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid again from the leadoff spot going 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had a huge day going 3-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario resembles Garrett Anderson up there right now, we should start calling him doctor doubles, he was 1-for-4 with his seventeenth double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound Michael Heesch was solid in this one, but settled for a no decision.  Heesch worked six innings giving up three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four.  Steve Perakslis was outstanding in relief and was rewarded with his first win of the season.  Perakslis worked three innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Smokies had the bats working in this one as they pounded out eleven hits and scored eight times en route to an 8-6 victory.  Matt Szczur was solid at the top of the order going 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ty Wright had a solid game going 2-for-4 with his seventh double of the season, and two runs scored.  Chad Noble was 2-for-3 with a walk, his first double of the season, and a run scored.

On The MoundMatt Loosen got the start and had one of his better outings but did not factor in the decision.  Loosen worked six innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.  Hunter Cervenka made his first appearance with Tennessee after being promoted from Daytona, and it didn’t go well, he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen and was rewarded with his first win of the season; he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out one.

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Cubs Slaughter White Sox behind dominant Samardzija

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It doesn’t get much better than that, the Cubs absolutely handing the Sox their lunch tonight as Jeff Samardzija had the Sox looking like a triple A team.  Samardzija was brilliant, as he went the distance for the complete game shut out and victory.  That last sentence doesn’t really tell the story of how dominant Samardzija was, so I’ll add one more.  Shark not only went the distance, he gave up only two hits, while walking two and striking out eight.  For a pitcher that has lost 1-0 already twice this year the Cubs offensive outburst must have been a welcomed site.  The top of the order led the charge in this one, the one through four hitters were a combined 9-for-18 with a double, a triple, a home run, and six RBI’s.  Beating the Sox should count for two wins, you know, because it feels so good.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Samardzija gets final out to complete gem
Soriano’s sixth inning RBI single
Rizzo’s two-run triple
Nice catch by Soriano
Hairston’s sac fly
Borbon’s two-run homer
Soriano puts the Cubs on the board in the first

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May 27, 2013 – Cubs @ White Sox; Lineups

Jeff Samardzija gets the ball in game one against the Sox, he will be opposed by Jose Quintana as the Cubs and Sox resume hostilities tonight on the south side. The Sox are playing much better as of late so it will be extra gratifying to beat them tonight, here is how both teams will line up.

CUBS

1. Borbon – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Hairston – DH
6. Castillo – C
7. Ransom – 3B
8. Sweeney – RF
9. Barney – 2B

WHITE SOX

1. De Aza – CF
2. Ramirez – SS
3. Rios – RF
4. Dunn – DH
5. Konerko  – 1B
6. Viciedo – RF
7. Gillaspie – 3B
8. Keppinger – 2B
9. Flowers – C

 

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Minor Matters – May 26, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Iowa is on a roll, they have now won four games in a row, and seven of their last eight.  The Cubs could only manage four hits, and two runs but it was enough for the victory over Oklahoma City.  Brian Bogusevic, and Brent Lillibridge each had one hit, and one stolen base in the victory, both hits were singles.  It was the Edwin Maysonet show offensively for the Cubs, he was 2-for-2 with his fourth home run of the season, an RBI, a double, and two runs scored.

On The MoundBarret Loux finally got things in order and was outstanding to earn his third win of the season.  Loux went six strong innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out six.  Blake Parker was solid as usual to close this one out; he worked one scoreless inning while striking out one to earn his seventh save of the season.

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At The Plate – Make that five wins in a row for Iowa, and eight wins in their last nine games as they finished off an impressive double-header sweep over a good RedHawks team.  The Cubs struck for three runs in the first inning and that lead held up until the sixth inning when Oklahoma City tied things up, but the Cubs bounced right back in the bottom half to win it 4-3.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, Brett Jackson, and Brad Nelson each had one hit in the victory, Bogusevic and Jackson also had a stolen base.  Donnie Murphy was 1-for-2 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundYoanner Negrin got the start in this one, he normally does most of his work out of the pen, but he was solid.  Negrin worked 4.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out five.  Marcus Hatley worked 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two, which was good enough to give Hatley his first win of the season.  Zach Putnam worked a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies pounded out ten hits and five runs en route to a 5-2 victory over Huntsville on Sunday Night.  Matt Szczur was 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the season in the win.  Tim Torres is having a solid 2013, he was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk (that’s great to see from him), and he made his seventeenth error of the season.

On The MoundEric Jokisch is putting together quite the solid season; he was good again in this one as he picked up his fourth win of the season.  Jokisch worked 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six, he lowered his ERA to 3.44 on the season.  Trey McNutt bounced back with a solid performance out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out the side.  Zach Rosscup was solid as well going 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.  Frank Batista worked a scoreless inning as well while striking out one; he has a sparkling 2.14 ERA on the season.

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At The Plate – Daytona fell behind 4-0 early and couldn’t ever get back in this one as they fell to Lakeland 5-3.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid day from the leadoff spot going 3-for-4 with a walk, all three hits were singles.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3, he also made his twenty-third error of the season, he’s now hitting .266 this year.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season in the loss.

On The Mound P.J. Francescon got the start in this one, and was roughed up as he suffered his fourth loss of the season.  Francescon worked six innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six.  Yao-Lin Wang was solid going 1.2 innings giving up one run on no hits while walking one and striking out two.  Jeffrey Lorick was good out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Cougars did everything but win this game as they built a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning only to see it disappear in the sixth en route to a 6-5 loss.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Albert Almora continues to hit, he was 2-for-5, which actually lowered his average to .538 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two singles, and an RBI in the loss.  Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Taylor Scott was roughed up, but really only had two bad innings as he earned a no decision.  Scott worked 5.2 innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out two.  Eddie Orozco added fuel to the fire in the fateful sixth, he worked 2.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua was solid going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while striking out one.

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The good news: Cubs stage “real rally” to avoid sweep

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No fake rally today boys and girls as the Cubs finally showed some life and came through with a successful rally, no, really!  The Cubs were being owned by Johnny Cueto all day and thanks to some questionable behavior from Cueto, the Cubs woke up.  Now, I’m not going to get into the problem with waiting to be woke up by the opponent versus being ready at first pitch right now, the point is Cueto woke the Cubs up, and paid for it. Trailing 4-0, the Cubs got one run back in the seventh, and scored three times in the eighth inning, the big blow was an Alfonso Soriano two-run homer to tie the game at four, all the damage was done with two outs.  The Cubs went on top for good in then tenth inning as Welington Castillo‘s two out double scored Scott Hairston, and Kevin Gregg shut the door in the bottom half.  The bullpen was outstanding in this one, as they worked a combined 5.2 scoreless innings giving up only one hit after Matt Garza left after four.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Castillo’s game winning RBI double
Fujikawa leaves hurt
Gregg closes it out
Valbuena makes a great play
Soriano’s game tying blast
Rizzo’s RBI double
Valbuena’s RBI single gets the Cubs on the board

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Garza has issues with Cueto’s behavior, issues “warning”

Johnny Cueto wasn’t particularly thrilled with David DeJesus in the first inning of today’s game.  DeJesus did what he always does, same routine every at bat, every pitch, but Johnny Cueto is apparently special, and doesn’t have time for it as he threw his best playground tantrum on the mound.  Throwing his arms up in the air, putting his hands on his hips and staring down DeJesus, so much so that Bob Davidson the home plate umpire had to tell him to calm down.  Garza 5-26No one thought much of that until a later DeJesus at bat where Johnny Cueto threw a fastball over DeJesus’ head and all the way to the back stop, when Davidson realized that Cueto didn’t make a mistake he warned him and both benches.  I thought that would be the end of it, but Matt Garza, a guy who rarely hides what he truly feels, let everyone know what he thought about it.

Via Paul Sullivan

“It’s kind of b.s. on his part, just totally immature,” Garza said. “If he has something to say about it, he knows where to find my locker and definitely I’ll find his. I took total disrespect out of that one.”  

“Cueto should learn, you don’t go after guys’ heads,” Garza said. “Don’t wake a sleeping dog. I think that’s kind of immature on his part and totally uncalled for. He’s lucky retaliation isn’t in our vocabulary here.”  

“If Cueto has any problem, he can throw at me and I’ll definitely return the favor,” he said. “I didn’t like that one bit. We don’t retaliate. We just take it game by game and try to better ourselves. Hopefully he learns to grow the hell up. … You’re up 4-0. Grow up. I hope he hears this because I really don’t care.”   

“I don’t know what the deal is between him and (DeJesus), but he needs to cut it out because I’ll stop it,” he said. “And that’s just the way it goes. If he wants to do it like that, then so be it. … This could be a warning. This could be just nonsense. However he takes it. But I don’t like (it when) the game was played that way.

“You don’t throw with intent and try to hit someone. Hopefully the league looks at that. I don’t want him to get suspended or anything. I just want him to learn a lesson. Hopefully his (teammates) will warn him and say ‘Hey, take a look at this.’

“But it is what it is. They run their own show. We run our show, and we’ll see them again in a month.”

Interesting.  So, maybe things will get a little more intense than usual the next time these two teams meet, and I’m not surprised in the least.  The Cubs aren’t the onlyJohnny Cueto team that hates the Reds, it probably has a lot to do with the way they handle themselves on and off the field, just ask the Cardinals, or ask Brandon Phillips about the Gold Glove last year.  Not really sure how I feel about the comments from Garza, I mean I expect him to say stuff like this, but I guess I would be more fired up about it if the Cubs were within a game or two of the Reds.  Regardless, he does have a point if Cueto was throwing over the head of DeJesus on purpose, you don’t do that, especially when DeJesus didn’t do anything wrong, Johnny Cueto just deserves another level of respect from other ball clubs I guess, but he doesn’t owe anyone any, that makes perfect sense.

Here is a link to a video of Garza’s postgame via Paul Sullivan as well.

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The bad news first; Kyuji Fujikawa headed back to the DL?

Unfortunate news following a tremendous rally in Cincinnati.  There are some reports surfacing that Kyuji Fujikawa could be headed back to the DL with the same forearm strain that had him on the DL earlier this year.  There has been no confirmed reports from the Cubs, and no roster moves, but Fujikawa will be re-evaluated when the Cubs return to Chicago and then the Cubs will go from there.  If the Cubs do have to put Fujikawa back on the DL I would expect to see newly signed Eduardo Sanchez get a shot in the Cubs pen as he has had success at this level with the Cardinals, and is already on the 40-man roster.  Stay tuned for updates on Fujikawa, hopefully it’s a scare and he doesn’t need to go back on the DL, but forearm strains are tricky and it looks like he might not have been fulled healed from the first time it cropped up.

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May 26, 2013 – Cubs @ Reds; Lineups

Matt Garza is tasked with playing stopper as the Cubs have lost six straight, and it would be nice to avoid a seventh straight.  He will be opposed by Johnny Cueto, quite the Sunday match up on the mound in Cincinnati today.  Here is how both teams will line up today.

May 26 lineups

 

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Minor Matters – May 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are officially on a roll, with last night’s win they have won three in a row, and six of their last seven games.  Brian Bogusevic probably belongs in the Majors at this point, but there is nowhere to put him, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with two singles in the victory.  Edwin Maysonet had a huge game going 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Luis Flores came up with a rare huge offensive game going 2-for-2 with two walks, two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundBrooks Raley was solid on the mound for the Cubs, as he improved his record to 4-3 on the season.  Raley worked 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.  Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going 2.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Nothing went right for the Smokies in this one as they could only manage three hits all night, and two runs in a 7-2 loss.  Arismendy Alcantara was one of the few Smokies to come through last night, he was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva, and Tim Torres were the only other Smokies to record hits in this one, both singles; they each had a stolen base as well.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera rarely gets beat up, last night was one of those rare times that he did.  Cabrera worked six innings giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out seven.  A.J. Morris wasn’t much better out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking three.  Brian Schlitter doesn’t allow runs, he just doesn’t, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona only needed one inning to get the victory in this one; they scored five times in the second inning and held on for dear life in a 5-4 victory of the Flying Tigers, what a name, eh?  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his eleventh double of the season, and a run scored in the victory.  Daytona made their hits count as they could only manage six all game, and the two guys at the bottom of the order came up huge.  Taiwan Easterling (8 hitter) was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored, while Tim Saunders (9 hitter) was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Nice to have Kyler Burke back on the mound, he was brilliant in this one to earn his first victory of the season.  Burke went five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two, he lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season.  Eduardo Figueroa found some trouble, but kept the damage limited going 1.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one.  Hunter Cervenka was touched up, gasp!  That never happens!  Cervenka worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three.  Luis Liria came on to save the day, and the game going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one to earn his second save of the season.

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At The Plate – Solid comeback win for Kane County in game one as they scored twice in the fifth to tie the game, then walked off in the seventh for the win.  Oh hey look, Albert Almora shows up in the recap, what else is new?  Almora was 3-for-4 with two doubles; he now has five doubles in four games for the Cougars, he added two RBI’s, two runs scored, and an outfield assist in the victory.  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-3 with his ninth double of the season, and a walk.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with two singles; he’s now hitting .263 on the season, that average is on the rise.

On The MoundJose Arias pitched in and out of trouble, because of that he couldn’t make it five innings for the win.  Arias worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  Nathan Dorris got back on track in this one, and subsequently he earned his second win of the season.  Dorris worked 2.2 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate – The runs came early and often in game two as the Snapper and Cougars totaled nine runs in the first three innings; luckily the Cougars were on the right side of the score, leading 5-4.  The Cougar pitching settled down after that, and the offense tacked on two runs in the fifth en route to a 7-4 victory.  Oliver Zapata getting a chance to lead off was solid, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Albert Almora only had one hit in game two so there really isn’t much to say about him in game two….  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the victory, he’s now hitting .291 on the season.  Rock Shoulders was tired of slumping, so he busted out in game two, he was 2-for-3 with two home runs (11,12), three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .323 on the season.

On The MoundBrian Smith was roughed up a bit in this one, and earned a no decision thanks to his red hot offense.  Smith worked four innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ian Dickson was awesome out of the pen and was rewarded with his second win of the season.  Dickson worked three scoreless innings giving up on hit whiles walking one and striking out four.

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Cubs floundering, lose sixth straight

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For the second straight game the Cubs built an early lead only to watch it disappear in one horrible inning.  Travis Wood‘s quality start streak ended at nine as he couldn’t get himself out of the sixth inning.  With the Cubs leading 2-1 in the sixth, Wood issued a walk Joey Votto to start the inning, nine batters later Travis Wood was out of the game and the Cubs trailed 5-2.  The Cubs didn’t even have enough for a fake rally in this one as they went quietly the rest of the way, and could only manage six hits all day.  Six losses in a row, and the Cubs 2013 season seems to be on life support at this point.

PICTURE OF THE GAME

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Game Highlights:

Full video recap
Soriano’s RBI single
Rizzo’s RBI double

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