9 Innings with Rock Shoulders

Very excited and proud to announce our brand new feature, 9 innings.  In this feature we will interview (9 questions of course) a current Cubs player or Cubs prospect for your reading enjoyment.  This is a big accomplishment for us as we hope it brings you, the reader, even closer to the team and players you love.

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April 30, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Phillies

Thr Cubs go for their first series win in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, ever.  Chris Volstad takes the mound without a victory in his last 15 starts, sounds like a perfect night for a win.  Here is how the Cubs line up.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Campana – CF
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Soriano – LF
6. Stewart – 3B
7. DeWitt – 2B
8. Soto – C
9. Volstad – P

Thanks for reading,
– George

Chicago Cubs Stats and Standings (as of 4/30/12)

Don’t look now but the Cubs are starting to play better baseball and it’s starting to show in the standings as the Cubs are no longer alone in last place and now trail the first place Cardinals by six games.  The Cubs have gone 5-3 in their last eight games and could be considered on a significant roll if they can take 3 out of 4 from the Phillies tonight.  Full standings and stats after the jump.

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Iowa Cubs Stats and Standings (as of 4/30/12)

The Iowa Cubs sit in second place in the American Northern Division but they are still chasing the Oklahoma Storm Chasers by quite a bit, 7 games to be exact.  After a solid start to the season Iowa has gone 2-8 in their last 10, time to pick it up.  Full standings and stats after the jump.

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Tennessee Smokies Stats and Standings (as of 4/30/12)

It’s been a tough run for the Smokies as they sit in last place in Southern League North Division.  Mostly because they have had to play the Jackson Generals so much, and they have been dominant.  Full stats, and standings after the jump.

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Daytona Cubs Stats and Standings (as of 4/30/12)


Daytona is struggling, and it is showing up in the standings as they sit in last place, 11 games out of first.  No better time to turn it around then today, full standings and stats after the jump.

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Peoria Chiefs Stats and Standings (as of 4/30/12)

Being in last place is never fun, and that’s where the Chiefs currently sit, however, they are only 3 games out of first in the tightly packed Western Division of the Midwestern League.  Full stats and standings after the jump.

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4/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is your nightly recap for the Cubs minor league system, full recaps/box scores after the jump, enjoy.

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Garza Nearly Perfect in Cubs Win

The Cubs are positioned to win their second series in a row after beating the Phillies this afternoon 5-1 behind a dominant Matt Garza.  Garza was nasty, going 7 innings, only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 10.  Garza, the victim of some poor run support and tough luck finally got some help to record the victory.  Tony Campana was once again the spark plug for the Cubs offense, this time leading off, as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and another stolen base.  Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker also had productive days at the plate.  LaHair went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Baker went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Joe Mather chipped in with a solo home run which is the only home run hit by a Cubs outfielder on the season, yikes.  Full box score, and highlights after the jump.

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Cubs Sleepwalk to a Loss

Some nights it’s just not there, this was one of those nights.  Randy Wells looked pretty good in the first three innings, problem is he didn’t make it out of the fourth.  Someone apparently told Randy that the distance between the rubber and home plate was now 50′ because that’s about as far as half the pitches he threw in the 4th went.  Wells was tagged with the loss only going 3 and 2/3rds of an inning and surrendering four runs.  The Cubs weren’t much better at the plate as they made Joe Blanton look like someone much better than Joe Blanton.  Every Cubs starter had a hit except for Castillo and Stewart, however they couldn’t string anything together and ended up on the short end of a 5-2 decision.  Full highlights, and box score after the jump.

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