Results tagged ‘ Carlos Marmol ’

Marmol, Clevenger in Iowa For Rehab

Steve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol join the Iowa Cubs on rehab assignments from Chicago.

No, not THAT kind of rehab, a rehab assignment of course.  This is good news for sure, I know Marmol has struggled but he needs to be on the mound to be any good to the Cubs, and yes I’m talking about trade value and team success.  Steve Clevenger can’t get healthy soon enough for the banged up catchers crew of the Cubs.  Welington Castillo is dinged up, Geovany Soto is out for four weeks most likely, and Koyie Hill is Koyie Hill.

The playing schedule for Clevenger and Marmol is determined by the Chicago Cubs, not the Iowa Cubs.  Another oddity of minor league baseball, hopefully Marmol and Clevenger help get a couple wins for Iowa then are back up in Chicago shortly.

Thanks for reading,
- George

5/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/12/12, enjoy.

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Patrick Francescon has been lights out for a while now, he continued that trend tonight as he improved to 4-1 after tossing 7 and 1/3rds of an inning while only allowing one unearned run.  Francescon had to be every bit of good too, because the Chiefs couldn’t get much going offensively.  They only managed to record two runs on six hits, but it was good enough for the win.  Marco Hernandez had two hits on the night, and Wes Darvill had the only RBI for the Chiefs.

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Erik Jokisch was outstanding for the D-Cubs going 6 strong innings en route to his third victory of the season while improving his ERA to 2.90.  Jokisch didn’t have too many difficult spots at all as he only allowed four hits, and no walks while striking out five.  The D-Cubs put up just enough offense for Jokisch as they plated four runs on ten hits.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI, his average now sits at .306 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, Richard Jones, Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the victory.

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Nothing new in Tennessee as the Smokies fall to the Generals yet again, just something about those Generals.  Nicholas Struck kept the Smokies in the game for as long as he could, but his luck ran out in the 6th as he gave up three runs to end his night.  Struck was hung with the loss, his 3rd of the season, he now sits at 4-3.  Not much offense for the Smokies yet again, Junior Lake was 1-for-3, and Michael Burgess, and Justin Bour each had two hits in the loss.

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Iowa battled back from an early 3-0 hole to tie the game in the 5th, but ended up losing in the bottom of the ninth 4-3.  Esmailin Caridad did his best Carlos Marmol impression in the 9th inning as he was only able to retire one batter and walked three guys en route to the loss.  Alfredo Amezaga had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the loss.  Luis Valbuena and newly promoted Jonathan Mota also had two hits for the I-Cubs.

Thanks for reading,
- George

THIS JUST IN: The Cubs Now Take Defensive Positioning Seriously

Lets go back to Monday night with Carlos Marmol on the mound and the Cubs up by two in the eighth, Marmol put the first two hitters of the inning on and up stepped Freddie Freeman with runners on first and second.  Freeman lined

This is the type of info the Cubs are using, here is Castro's spray chart from April

This is the type of info the Cubs are using, here is Castro’s spray chart from April

a ball up the middle that was caught easily by Castro behind the second base bag.  The Cubs proceeded to get out of the inning and win the game.  Besides the obvious answer, why was this play so important?  In years past that is a base hit and the Braves continue to threaten, probably tie the game, and possibly take the lead.  Castro being where he was to make the catch shows me the Cubs are actually beginning to look at player tendencies and spray charts a little more than they had in years past.  I know at times putting a shift on might come back to hurt you, but players’ tendencies usually don’t lie.  As in the case Monday the defensive positioning of Castro went a long way in the Cubs winning the game.  Lets fast forward a day and bring Freddie Freeman back up to the plate.  Freeman once again hit the ball on the screws only for the ball to be caught routinely by Castro in back of second base.  Freeman would come up again later and line a ball that Dempster would catch, just a guess, but if that ball got by him I would think that Castro would have been there to make that play too.

It seems like a little thing, but organizationally it is a component that was not there previously.  Did they shift in past years, yes, but that was on the players that get the shift put on them league wide. This year the Cubs defense is moving with each hitter because they know what his tendencies are and they can position themselves properly, which should give them an advantage.  The new Cubs regime has obviously placed a greater emphasis on this part of the game and it has already and will continue to play a big role in this team getting better.

Thanks,
Mark

Samardzija on a Roll, Beats Braves

Jeff Samardzija is quickly turning into one of, if not the best number three starter in baseball.  Samardzija’s brilliance was on display again last night as he went seven strong innings en route to a 5-1 Cubs victory, which moves Samardzija to 4-1 on the season.  The Cubs used the same recipe that has been working the last few games, home runs and solid pitching.  Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart went back-to-back in the 4th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.  Geovany Soto took the stress out of the ninth inning by launching a two run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Cubs some breathing room at 5-1.  Carlos Marmol had an eventful inning which saw him strike out Dan Uggla with the tying run at second base in the 8th after he walked the first two batters of the inning.  As the fog descended upon Wrigley Field James Russell recorded the final three outs for the Cubs victory.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Shark Attack in Cincinnati; Cubs Beat Reds

Jeff “Shark” Samardzija was outstanding once again tonight winning his third game of the year.  He gave up one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking two.  Helping Samardzija tonight was the Cubs defense as they made several good plays, including a great diving stop by Blake Dewitt to start a pretty inning ending double play.  Offensively, The Cubs got the scoring started in the second when Bryan LaHair led the inning off with a solo home run, his sixth of the year.  The Cubs then did something they have not done much this year when Ian Stewart hit his second home run of the year.  Yes, you read that correctly the Cubs hit two home runs in the same night.  The rare events would not end there as Geovany Soto extended the Cubs lead to 3-1 with a two out RBI single in the sixth, his first hit with runners in scoring position after previously going 0-10 this season.  Just to prove it was the Cubs night, Carlos Marmol worked a perfect ninth to end the game with no drama.  This was definitely a good win for the Cubs.  They made some several good plays defensively throughout the game, hit some homers, had a clutch two out hit, and got some great pitching.  Hopefully more good baseball to come as things have been a lot better as of late.  Full Box Score after the jump.

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Déjà Vu All Over Again; Cubs Walk Off

Full box score, recap, and highlights after the jump.

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April 5-8, vs. Washington – Series Recap

Washington wins the series 2 – 1.

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Samardzija Spins a Gem, Cubs Barely Hang On

For the third straight game the Cubs found themselves in a nail bitter that looked like it would come down to the final innings to decide a winner, that’s exactly what happened.  The Cubs got another outstanding starting pitching performance, the third straight one to start the 2012 season.  This time it was Jeff Samardzija who had the honors, and he was the best of the bunch so far.  Samardzija all but cruised through the first 8 innings on Sunday, holding the Nats to one run and three hits up to that point.  It looked like another one run advantage heading to the ninth, but the Cubs came through with two huge insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning.  Starlin Castro roped a one out run scoring double, and then Ian Stewart came up with a huge RBI single off of lefthander Sean Burnett to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.

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Bullpen Let’s Cubs Down Once Again

It’s only two games, but it’s certainly a disturbing trend.  For the second straight game the Cubs played great baseball through 7 innings, and seemed to be on their way to a victory.  Instead of being 2-0, they are now 0-2 after Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol both were terrible for the second straight afternoon. Heading to the 8th inning the Cubs led 4-2 with Kerry Wood taking the mound.  Things went well enough early as Wood set down the first two Nationals hitters that he faced, then things got ugly, really fast.  Danny Espinosa got the rally started launching a solo shot to the left center bleachers to make it a 4-3 game.  No harm done, solo home runs will happen, especially with the wind blowing out, but Wood unraveled.  Wood gave up a broken bat single to Ryan Zimmerman, then another base hit to Adam Laroche, and just like that his day was over.  Sveum decided to go back to Marmol to try to get out of the inning, but that only threw gasoline on the fire.  Marmol started his effort with a walk to Jayson Werth, he then gave up a two run single to Chad Tracy, and ended his day with by giving up a double to Bernadina and just like that it was 6-4 Nats, and the game was all but lost.

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Bullpen Implodes Late in Opening Day Loss

One of the first things Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer mentioned when taking over the Cubs was how devastating late game losses can be.  They were referencing the 2011 struggle of Carlos Marmol, who last year was anything but automatic in the ninth inning.  Fast forward to today, and what seemed like a perfect opening day victory, enter the Chicago Cubs bullpen.  With the Cubs holding a precarious 1-0 lead with two outs in the 8th inning Ryan Dempster exited the game to a standing ovation from the Wrigley faithful.  That was the last thing Cubs fans had to celebrate this day, as Wood went on to walk three straight hitters, two of which he was way ahead of, to force in the tying run.

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