Matt Garza was scheduled to pitch for the Cubs tonight, WAS. Per Ken Rosenthal the Cubs have scratched the available right hander from tonight’s start because a trade with the Rangers is very close, stay tuned as we might have a deal to announce shortly.
Two years ago today tragedy struck the Drozdz family. 18-year-old Gabby Drozdz was walking with friends to Alpine Fest along Church Road in Lake Zurich. If you live around the area like I do, you know that this area is dangerous, it doesn’t have sidewalks, there is no lighting despite it being in a school zone. However, it is a heavily traveled road especially by foot given it’s location to downtown Lake Zurich. It sounds like there are improvements that are being fought for so that is good to hear, now on to remembering Gabby, and helping.
This is a story that means a lot to me, I didn’t know Gabby personally, but turns out I know the ones closest to her. I saw the story when it happened, you couldn’t miss it if you lived in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. As soon as I saw the story I was disturbed by it, how can a person drive their vehicle into other human beings and just keep going? That’s exactly what happened, Gabby and two of her friends were run down by a faceless driver. Gabby’s friends made it through okay, however Gabby did not, and her promising life was ripped away. Then I saw more of the articles coming out in the paper and news stories with comments from her family, that’s when my heart sank. Scott Grzelak is Gabby’s brother, he also helped me out by installing a few doors in my house, and is married to my good friend Kristin who I went to High School with and have known since a young age, I was sick to my stomach. Since this day I have done my absolute best to remember Gabby (picture is of me wearing Gabby’s shirt) and help support the cause to find her killer.
I don’t ask a lot, and I don’t usually use this space for personal posts, but I felt it was necessary today on the two-year anniversary of a day many people I know will never forget to remember Gabby, and given the fact that I can reach a lot of people with said post it’s the least I can do to try and help. If you feel the urge to help please donate at the link listed below, and visit the site remembering Gabby so you to can understand what a special person she was. RIP Gabby, I really wish I could have met you.
A $10,000 reward for information leading the arrest of the driver responsible for Drozdz’s death is still available.
If you have any information about this accident, call Lake County CrimeStoppers at 847-662-2222. All tips can remain confidential.
For more information, and to donate to the reward fund, visit www.gabbydrozdz.com. Also, you can support Scott’s local small business Rustic Elements, they feature handmade tables and furniture with a rustic flare.
At The Plate – Not much going for the Iowa offense, luckily they didn’t need much to walk away with a victory. Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the win. J.C. Boscan had the big hit for Iowa as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s. The Cubs could only manage five hits in this one but they were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
On The Mound – It was the Guillermo Moscoso show as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a double, and that was it. Moscoso worked eight scoreless innings giving up one hit, two walks, and five strikeouts. Brian Schlitter was solid as usual as he worked a scoreless inning while walking one and striking out one to earn his eleventh save of the season.
- AZL Cubs – Starling Peralta was brilliant working three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.
- AZL Cubs – Kevin Freeman was 2-for-4 with his first double of the season.
- Boise Hawks – Shawon Dunston was 3-for-5 with two doubles (7 on the season), an RBI, and two runs scored.
- Boise Hawks – Jordan Hankins was 2-for-4 with his first double of the year, and two runs scored.
- Boise Hawks – Tyler Skulina worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
- Kane County – Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with his fifth triple of the year, a walks, and a run scored.
- Kane County – Oliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
- Tennessee Smokies – Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored in game one.
- Tennessee Smokies – Javier Baez was 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI in game one.
- Tennessee Smokies – Austin Kirk was solid in game one going six scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out three.
- Tennessee Smokies – Frank Batista was great out of the pen to pick up the win in game one, he worked three scoreless innings while walking two and striking out two.
- Tennessee Smokies – Javier Baez was solid in game two as well, he went 2-for-4 with his second homer of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Tennessee Smokies – Yeiper Castillo was solid in game two working four innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out six.
- Tennessee Smokies – Kevin Rhoderick is starting to round into form, he worked three scoreless innings out of the pen to pick up his first win of the season, he also struck out two.
Notes: Daytona was rained out
The deadline for signing draft picks is this Friday, well the Cubs got their number one priority taken care of today. Per multiple reports from Jim Callis, Peter Gammons, and Paul Sullivan the Cubs have agreed to terms with Kris Bryant for full slot, meaning $6.7M. It seemed like the Cubs would be getting Bryant signed all along, he is a Boras client so I’m not surprised it took this long. The money is a record in the slot era, but again, Bryant got slot so it’s not like the Cubs went over, but some were hoping he would go for under slot. Expect the Cubs to make it official shortly then we get to see where Bryant will start his Cubs career, wouldn’t be shocked to see him start at High A Daytona right off the bat.
At The Plate – Daytona looked like they had this one wrapped up but a four run seventh inning brought Lakeland all the way back for a 4-3 win. Zeke DeVoss was solid out of the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with two walks, his nineteenth stolen base of the year, and an RBI. Pin-Chieh Chen had another solid game going 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases, and an RBI.
On The Mound – Ben Wells was tremendous, unfortunately he couldn’t hang on to get a win. Wells worked six innings giving up two runs on one hit (yeah, one) while walking one and striking out four. Frank Del Valle rarely ever gets touched up, this was one of those rare occurences. Del Valle struggled with command as he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking two. Eduardo Figueroa gave Daytona a chance to come back late as he worked one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one.
- Iowa Cubs – Marcus Hatley worked 1.1 scoreless innings out of the pen while striking out one.
- AZL Cubs – Erick Leal worked 3.2 innings giving up one run on five hits while walking one and striking out four.
Notes: The Tennessee Smokies game was suspended after one inning and will be finished today. Kane County, and Boise were off.
There’s hot, and then there is what Alfonso Soriano is doing. Soriano is unconscious at the plate right now, his latest reminder to the rest of baseball that he can play was a two home run performance last night as the Cubs pounded the Angels 7-2 for their fourth straight win. In his last eleven games Soriano is hitting .400 with eight home runs, and seventeen RBI’s, wow. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Darwin Barney also got in on the long ball fun to pace the Cubs attack. On a night where every fly ball was dangerous Travis Wood carved up a dangerous Angels lineup. Wood worked 6.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five to pick up his sixth win of the season. The Cubs are now eight games under .500 and nine games out of a wild card spot, just pointing that out, not insinuating anything, yet.
PICTURE OF THE GAME
Matt Garza was dominant again last night, with every start his value goes up, not just in regards to what the Cubs want for him, but what Garza might be looking for in regards to a contract extension with the Cubs. That’s right, the news before yesterday’s start was that the Cubs have kicked the tires once again on bringing Garza back with a long-term extension.
David Kaplan weighed in on this yesterday:
”Theo [Epstein] and Jed [Hoyer] know that they have a great asset. They will not cave on what they want in return,” said the AL exec. “They will play this thing out until they get what they want. He’s too valuable to not trade. When you are in a rebuild you need to move assets to fuel the plan. Garza should help to do that. I’d be stunned if he is a Cub Aug. 1.”
I agree with the thought process of Kaplan in regards to the extension talk, I think it’s just that, talk. The Cubs aren’t going to let Garza go for less than their asking price unless they absolutely have to.
Gordon Wittenmeyer had more on the Garza extension talk after last nights game:
”Team sources, however, characterize the recent, brief talks as confirmation that the sides aren’t much, if any, closer than they were more than a year ago when they first engaged in talks with little progress.”
Now on to the newest information on Garza…
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports has information on what teams are interested in Garza. Last nights start was scouted by the Rangers, Indians, Blue Jays, Pirates, and Padres. For the most part it seems as though the Rangers and Indians have strong interest, and the Red Sox, Nationals, and Dodgers are also keeping an eye on Garza. Morosi also touches on what Garza might be looking for in an extension and the numbers would rival what Anibal Sanchez got from the Tigers in the off-season, so a five-year, $80MM deal.
Stay tuned as the trade talk and Garza talk will pick up considerably as we get closer to the deadline and Garza continues to pitch well and prove his health.
At The Plate – I know this is the “at the plate” section, but I have to talk about what you have already noticed, that big fat ZERO in the hit column for Dunedin. That’s right, Daytona started Matt Loosen tossed a no-hitter today, more on that below. The D-Cubs offense gave Loosen plenty of support early on as they scored seven times in the first three innings. Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Dustin Geiger continued his solid season going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .282 on the season. Bijan Rademacher was productive today as he went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks (Cubs Way!), and two runs scored.
On The Mound – Two words, Matt, Loosen. Loosen was brilliant (understatement, I know) as he was almost perfect going nine no hit innings while walking two and striking out nine. Shortest “on the mound” recap in the History of ever.
- Boise Hawks – Shawon Dunston was 2-for-4 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Boise Hawks – Jacob Rogers was 2-for-3 with an RBI, three walks (Cubs Way!), and three runs scored.
- Boise Hawks – Daniel Lockhart was 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
- Boise Hawks – Dae-Eun Rhee was solid going three scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out three.
- Tennessee Smokies – A.J. Morris was good in game two, he went five innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out three.
- Iowa Cubs – Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Iowa Cubs – Brad Nelson was 3-for-4 with a double, and two RBI’s.
- Iowa Cubs – Luis Flores was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Iowa Cubs - Chris Rusin got the win for Iowa, he worked six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking four and striking out two.
Notes: AZL Cubs had the day off, and Kane County was rained out.
This should have happened a month ago, but because of rain Cubs fans had to wait another month for full bragging rights. The Cubs pounded the White Sox for the fourth straight game the result was a four game season sweep. The Cubs offense had it going late as they pounded out thirteen hits and scored eight runs, six of those runs coming in the eighth and ninth inning to break it open. Alfonso Soriano is putting on a show for the rest of baseball, he was 3-for-4 with his thirteenth home run of the season, a walk, two stolen bases, a double, and three runs scored. Soriano’s trade value is climbing with each passing day, and a game like last night shows teams that are interested that this guy isn’t done. Speaking of trade value, Matt Garza got the start and was brilliant once again going seven innings giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six to pick up his fifth win of the season.
PICTURE OF THE GAME
Hello reader, wanted to give you a quick update on a change we are making to the minor league reports. Today we debut our new layout which will include one “spotlight game” this game will be much like the reports you are use to. We will break the game down by hitters and pitchers, a full recap so to speak. For the remainder of the minor league games we will provide a line score, and a box score that you can click a link to view. Instead of recapping all six games every night we will detail the top performers at each level. The goal here is to limit the amount of time it takes to recap everything given how many games there are now, but also provide information that you want. Thanks everyone.
At The Plate – This one was a pitchers duel for the majority of the game then things got crazy in the seventh. Iowa scored seven times to take an 8-2 lead, then Albuguerque bounced back with three in the eighth to make it a came before the Cubs shut the door on an 8-5 win. Seven of the nine guys in the starting lineup had hits for Iowa, and as a team the Cubs walked seven times (Cubs way!). Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his eighth stolen base of the season. Donnie Murphy only had one at bat but made the most of it as he was 1-for-1 with his tenth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored. Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Guillermo Moscoso got the start for Iowa and struggled with his command but was able to pitch in and out of trouble to pick up his sixth win of the season. Moscoso worked six innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking five (command, see?) and striking out five. Michael Bowden worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, he gave up one hit while striking out two. Casey Coleman struggled in this one as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Brian Schlitter was solid in picking up his ninth save of the year, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.
- AZL Cubs: Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Boise Hawks: Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored
- Boise Hawks: 2013 2nd round pick Rob Zastrynzy made his Cubs debut going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.
- Kane County Cougars: Albert Almora was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
- Kane County Cougars: Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
- Daytona Cubs: Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-2 with a double, and a walk.