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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4/28: 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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April 28, 2012 – Cubs Lineup

Cubs look to stay on a roll behind Randy Wells, who might be making his last statement to stay in the rotation as Dempster is getting close to a return.  Here is how the Cubs will line up.

1. DeJesus – RF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. LaHair – 1B
5. Soriano – LF
6. Stewart – 3B
7. Johnson – CF
8. Soto – C (Come on!)
9. Wells – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Welington Castillo Rumor: Called up; Soto Done? Gone? Hurt? (UPDATE)

Crazy news coming from Twitter tonight, there has been a lot of chatter indicating that Cubs catching prospect Welington Castillo has been called up.  Obviously there has to be a corresponding move as the Cubs are not going to carry three catchers at this point, especially given the fact that they want Castillo to play everyday at Iowa.

Enrique Rojas first reported it.

Kevin Goldstein continued.

My best guess?  Soto or Clevenger is hurt, now nothing happened in the game that I saw tonight as Soto played the whole thing, and if Clevenger is hurt then they need a backup catcher and the logical choice is Castillo.  However, given the fact that Soto has struggled and Castillo needs everyday at bats the Cubs might give the job to Castillo, which would be shocking at this point, but I guess you really never know what is going to happen with this organization.  More to come as I hear it obviously.

UPDATE 12:30 AM:  Sounds like Steve Clevenger is headed to DL…  still waiting for confirmation.

UPDATE 12:34 AM:  Tribune confirming Clevenger to the DL, and Castillo on his way up — LINK

Thanks for reading,
– George