The Cubs lost to the Rockies 2-0 yesterday, that’s alright, because the bigger news was that Starlin Castro returned to the lineup and looked no worse for wear.
At the plate:
Darwin Barney had a solid day going 2-for-3, Brett Jackson, Steve Clevenger, and Starlin Castro were all 1-for-1, and Scott Hariston tallied the only other hit for the Cubs. They only managed six all day, and all of them were singles.
On the mound:
Edwin Jackson was stellar, going five innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two. Kyuji Fujikawa had a rare sub par outing as he struggled with command giving up one run in one inning of work on one hit, while walking two and striking out two. Cory Wade, Carlos Marmol, and Jensen Lewis all tossed scoreless, uneventful innings in the loss.
Spring Record: (7-11)
Cubs face the Dodgers, and Chris Rusin gets the ball, Rusin has been pretty darn good so far this Spring, and is slated to join the Iowa rotation this year.
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Just wanted to give you an update and apologize for the lack of updates since my surgery. I had a spinal fusion on 11/9/12, things are progressing and I’m doing my best to get back at the blog to make sure you guys have all the most up to date Cubs info, working hard to get there, trust me. Just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you, thanks for following us all year, and expect some great coverage coming up!
Seeing the final score you might not think that this one was a pitching duel, but it was. Heading to the 8th inning the game was all tied up at one, that’s when Peoria blew it open. Peoria scored three times in the 8th and four times in the ninth to win this one 8-2. Matt Szczur had a quiet day at the plate going 0-for-4, he is now hitting .250 on the season. Rubi Silva also had an 0-for-4 performance at the plate, the 0′fer dropped Silva’s average to .188 on the season. Javier Baez continued his power urge as he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Baez now has four home runs and 14 RBI’s on the season, however he is only hitting .220, but those power numbers are impressive.
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The Cubs look to finish the series with a split today after letting a late lead slip away yesterday. Brooks Raley will make his second Major League start and he has quite the opponent, 14 game winner Johnny Cueto. Here is how the Cubs will line up behind Raley.
DeJesus – RF
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Valbuena – 3B
Jackson – CF
Clevenger – C
Raley – P
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The Cubs, fresh off almost being no-hit, battle the Pirates in the rubber game of the series today. Travis Wood starts for the Cubs and tries to keep the ball in the ballpark which has been a major problem for him as of late. Darwin Barney is not in the lineup today, hopefully that is just precautionary after being hit in the head last night. Here is how the Cubs will line up.
1. DeJesus – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. LaHair – RF
6. Baker – 2B
7. Castillo – C
8. Valbuena - 3B
9. Wood – P
Why can’t Cardenas get a start at 2B or 3B??
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Another arm is off the market, not sure if he was ever “on the market” but Francisco Liriano is headed to the White Sox. Kenny Williams has been busy this trade season as he sees an opportunity to win now and he’s going for it. The Sox get Liriano for Eduardo Escobar, and Pedro Hernandez. That’s two arms that could have went to the Braves in a deal, but didn’t. Maybe that will make the Braves a little more desperate as we get closer to the deadline and come back at the Cubs for Dempster. Same goes for the Dodgers, hopefully Garza proves himself healthy in his side session and a deal can be made, although it seems highly unlikely.
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Matt Garza really can’t figure out this pitching on the road thing. Garza fell to 2-6 on the road as the Braves knocked around the Cubs starter en route to a 7-3 victory to finish the four game series with a split. Things were really over before they started tonight as the Braves made Garza throw 44 pitches in an exhausting first inning. A pair of two-run homers did the trick for Atlanta, one by Jason Heyward, and one by Brian McCann to put the Braves up 4-0 at the end of one. The Cubs got their first hit and their first run of the game in the fifth when Geovany Soto hit his 6th home run of the season to make it 5-1 Atlanta. The Braves got that run right back in the bottom half of the fifth to make it 6-1, but the Cubs weren’t dead yet. A Reed Johnson pinch hit RBI single, and a throwing error by Heyward in the 6th brought the Cubs back within three but that’s as close as they would get. Garza finished the night only making it through four innings, giving up five runs on five hits, three of which were home runs while walking three and striking out six. Mike Minor had his way with the Cubs lineup, as most lefties do, as the Cubs only managed five hits on the night. Anthony Rizzo extended his hitting streak to six games by going 1-for-4 with a single. The Cubs will finish off the first half in New York against the Mets this weekend, full box score and highlights after the jump.
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Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, enjoy.
Peoria’s pitching had a rough weekend. One night after giving up 20 runs to Quad Cities they gave up 9 in a 9-2 defeat. Wes Darvill and Rafael Lopez each had two hits in the losing effort. Brad Zapenas was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks. Michael Jensen was beat up on the mound for Peoria as he took the loss, dropping his record to 3-2 on the season.
Austin Kirk was outstanding once again, however he had to settle for a no decision as the bullpen couldn’t hold a late 3-2 lead. Jupiter tied the game in the 8th and 9th innings, only to have Daytona walk off in the ninth for a 5-4 victory. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with two triples and two RBI’s. Matt Szczur continues to turn his season around slowly but surely going 1-for-4 and stealing his 16th base of the season.
Junior Lake made his Smokies debut on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint. One of the Cubs top infield prospected went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. Elliot Soto also had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort. Brooks Raley had a solid day on the mound going a strong six innings for a no decision as the Smokies couldn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead and ended up losing 4-2.
Brett Jackson had a big day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough as Iowa fell to New Orleans 12-4. Luis Valbuena and Alfredo Amezaga each had two hits as well. Iowa pitching got beat up top to bottom, Jay Jackson took the loss after surrendering five runs in four innings of work.
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