Cubs GameDay! May 3, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  1:20 PM CST
TV:  WGN TV and MLB Network
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  partly cloudy, 75 degrees, wind blowing out at 18 MPH, there is some rain in the area, looks hit and miss.

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Fowler – CF
2.  Soler – RF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Montero – C
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Coghlan – LF
8.  Hammel – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Riding the Bus: May 2, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • MAY 2, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-2 Final

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A number of teams are having trouble beating Oklahoma City this year, you can add Iowa to said list as they lost yet again to the Dodger, 4-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start and was the hard luck loser as he was brilliant.  Wada worked seven innings, giving up two run, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Yoanner Negrin couldn’t keep things close late in this one, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 5-2 Final

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After losing both an early and late lead, Tennessee somehow found a way to pull this one out with a run in the tenth.  Of course that run came from a Kyle Schwarber dinger, hero.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber only had one hit but it was a big one, he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach got back on track, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno has been good all year, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Bijan Rademacher provided the early fireworks, he was 1-for-4 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and was missing bats left and right, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out ten(!).
  • Starling Peralta has been good all year, he was again last night, he worked two scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • P.J. Francescon picked up a blown save, and a win, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-2 Final

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Things got a little dicey for the Pelicans late in this one, but they were able to weather the storm and hang on for a 5-4 win over Lynchburg.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis flashed some rare power, he was 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin was productive in the win, he was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver had a great game from the bottom of the order, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start, and picked up his second win of the season, he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had an off and on appearance, he worked two innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tayler Scott, and Jasvir Rakkar both worked a scoreless inning late with Rakkar picking up his second save of the season.

South Bend 5-2 Final

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It’s nice to be on this side of things, after blowing a number of saves early this year the South Bend Cubs finally registered a come back win of their own.  Trailing 4-2 in the eighth the Cubs pushed three runs across to the delight of the sellout crowd in South Bend.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is terrorizing Midwest League pitching, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
  • Chesny Young had a great game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer has been outstanding, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, and is hitting .356 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert made his one hit count, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  •  Trevor Clifton started this one, and didn’t get much help behind him.  Clisfton worked five innings, giving up three runs, on earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Tyler Ihrig was great out of the pen, and earned his first win of the season.  Ihrig worked three innings, giving up one run on four hits in the process.
  • James Farris was perfect in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season, he struck out the side as well.

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Dan Vogelbach Triples, It’s Hilarious (VIDEO)

Just look at that guy fall down, and that might have been the softest hit ball of the year for Dan Vogelbach.  The big man scoots around the bases for a triple, athleticism, personified.

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Schwarber Destroys Game Winning Dinger (VIDEO)

Oh nothing, I’ve just been watching this all night.  Kyle Schwarber hit a go ahead, game winning dinger tonight.  Here it is, in all it’s beauty.

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Cubs GameDay! May 2, 2015 (Lineups, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  1:20 PM CST
TV:  CSN CHICAGO
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  Sunny, 71 degress (Crazy, I know)

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Soler – RF (!)
2.  Fowler – CF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Montero – C
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Denorfia – LF
8.  Arrieta – SP
9.  Russell – 2B

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Addison Russell’s First Major League Dinger! (VIDEO)

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Addison Russell got the Cubs on the board this afternoon with an absolute bomb, I love that noise off his bat.  Congrats, kid, the first of many.

 

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Riding the Bus: April 30, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 30, 2015

South Bend 4-30 Final

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South Bend closed out April this afternoon with a 6-3 victory over West Michigan, the win moved the Cubs to 11-10 on the season.  Erick Leal was solid on the mound, and the Cubs had the bats working just enough to take the matinee.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is not performing like an 18 year old in single A, he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young was productive without a hit, he went 0-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jason Volser had a solid day, he went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a double, and a run scored.
  • Justin Marra has struggled at the plate, but he was productive today, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya, and Rashad Crawford each had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  •  I mentioned Erick Leal was good, what else is new?  Leal worked five innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil picked up a hold, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Francisco Carrillo was outstanding today, he worked three scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Carrillo surrendered only one hit, struck out three over said three innings.

Myrtle Beach 4-30 Final

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Myrtle Beach looked like they had this one wrapped up before Wilmington struck for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one 6-4.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a decent night, he was 1-for-4 with a triple, and an RBI.
  • Jacob Rogers has slowed down, but had a good game, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin has had a good start to his high-A career, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez is the definition of a pitcher that pitches to contact, he worked six innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking none, and striking out one.
  • Josh Conway got roughed up in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.
  • James Pugliese worked in and out of some trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on two hits.

 

Tennessee Smokies 4-30 Final

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The Smokies fell behind early in this one, and couldn’t fight all the way back as they fell to Birmingham 5-3.  Things got interesting late as Tennessee scored three times over the final four innings but their rally fell short.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny got the start but didn’t last very long, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jeffry Antigua took over and was decent, he worked four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Jensen was solid, he tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Starling Peralta was good as well, he worked a scoreless inning to keep the Smokies alive.

Iowa Cubs 4-30 Final

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Giving this Oklahoma City team thirteen innings worth of at bats is probably going to end bad, and it did for Iowa tonight.  The Cubs didn’t have much working offensively as they only pushed across two runs in the loss.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez returned to the lineup tonight, that’s definitely a good thing.  Baez was 1-for-6 with a double.
  • Christian Villanueva had a good night, he was 2-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • John Andreoli was solid as well, he went 2-for-5, and is now hitting .261 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Carlos Pimentel got the start, and was outstanding.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on just one hit while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Yoanner Negrin picked up a blown save tonight, he worked an inning, giving up one run on one hit.
  • Joe Ortiz was solid, he worked two scoreless innings, he surrendered one hit while walking two.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning, he has a 2.31 ERA on the season.
  • Andres Santiago has been so good this year, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner took the loss tonight, he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking three, and striking out two.

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Brewers @ Cubs – Series Preview (May 1 – May 3, 2015)

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This series worries me, only because the Brewers have been bad all year, and they are bound to start playing some better baseball.  It’s a new test for the Cubs as good teams are immune, usually, from playing down to their competition.  Based on how these teams have played so far you would think that the Cubs would have an easy go of it, that’s why they play the games of course.  The Cubs are coming into this series winners in six of their last ten, and just two games behind the Cardinals for first place in the Central.  Conversely the Brewers have won just three times in their last ten, and are already ten games back of first in the Central.

Broadcast Information:

  • Friday, May 1, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago / MLB Network
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – CSN Chicago
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015 – 1:20 PM CST – WGN TV

Pitching Matchups:

Who is Hot:

  • Brewers:  Apparently Adam Lind is making the most of his regular playing time in Milwaukee.  The slugging first baseman is hitting .444 (12-for-27) in his last seven games with two doubles, three dingers, and six RBI’s.
  • Cubs:  It really doesn’t seem like Dexter Fowler has struggled at all this year because of his ability to get on base, but now he is red hot.  Fowler is hitting .450 (9-for-20) over his last five games with one double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

Who is Not:

  • Brewers:  The Brewers have been bitten by the injury bug so they are having to rely on players they normally wouldn’t, one of those guys is Logan Schafer.  Schafer is really struggling as he is hitting .200 (4-for-20) over his last seven games with one walk, and six strikeouts.
  • Cubs:  It seems as though teams have found Jorge Soler‘s swing and miss, it’s the weather.  Of course I’m not blaming the weather on his struggles, but he is cold, literally.  Over his last six games, Soler is hitting .091 (2-for-22) with twelve strikeouts.

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Riding the Bus: April 29, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 29, 2015

South Bend 4-29 Final

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Jeremy Null was outstanding once again for the South Bend Cubs, unfortunately he didn’t factor in the decision, but his performance went a long way towards a 2-0 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks continued his strong season, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .328 on the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is awesome, he went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI’s, and a walk in the win.
  • Chesny Young was also a part of the attack, he went 1-for-4.
  • Jason Volser had a so-so kind of game, he was 2-for-4 but committed an error, and was caught stealing.

On the Mound:

  • Jeremy Null got the start, and was stellar.  He worked 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up six hits while walking no one, and striking out six.  On the season Null has not allowed any walks (!), and struck out twenty-three.
  • James Farris was solid out of the pen and picked up the win, his second of the year.  Farris worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies 4-29 Final

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After a late run to tie things up, the Smokies couldn’t hold Chattanooga off the board the rest of the way, and fell 3-1 this afternoon.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber didn’t pound any baseballs into submission, but was 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Willson Contreras was the only offense in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno continued his hot 2015, he was 2-for-4, he is now hitting .310 on the season.
  • Elliot Soto, and Ryan Dent each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and did everything but win, he worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out seven.
  • C.J. Edwards was hung with the loss, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-29 Final

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Pitching dominated this one, and the Pelicans were able to push across two runs in the 8th to steal it 2-1.  The Pelicans only had four opportunities with runners in scoring position, but they came through when it mattered most.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez has been pretty darn good all year, tonight was no different, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Ben Well made an appearance out of the pen, and got the win.  He worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was outstanding in picking up his first save of the year.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.

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Cubs GameDay! April 29, 2015 (Lineup, Broadcast Info, Weather)

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First pitch:  7:05 PM CST
TV:  CSN Chicago
Radio:  WBBM NEWSRADIO 780
Weather:  Mostly cloudy, 47 degrees.  20% chance of rain, a passing shower.

Cubs Lineup:

1.  Fowler – CF
2.  Soler – RF
3.  Rizzo – 1B
4.  Bryant – 3B
5.  Montero – C
6.  Castro – SS
7.  Coghlan – LF
8.  Hendricks – SP
9.  Herrera – 2B

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