Shark Does it All as Cubs Win Second Straight

Jeff Samardzija is definitely getting the hang of this starter thing as he improved to 5-3 on the season with another stellar outing this afternoon against the Padres.  Samardzija went seven strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while walking only one and striking out eight.  That’s been the most impressive thing from Samardzija, he is not only locating but pitching to contact when he can, thus limiting his pitches which is allowing him to go deeper into the game.  The outcome might have been different if it weren’t for Shawn Camp in the eighth inning.  Samardzija left in the eighth with a guy at 3rd and nobody out and Camp came in to get the next three hitters without allowing the run to score to preserve the 4-3 lead.  Joe Mather and Darwin Barney were each 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles.  Every Cubs hitter had at least one hit, I’m not counting Koyie Hill as a hitter.  Alfonso Soriano hit his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the 6th to make it 3-1, but the bigger play might have been in the top half as Soriano made an outstanding diving catch and doubled off Stultz at second to keep the Cubs ahead by one.  The Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow, if they win that game that’s officially a winning streak, it has happened before.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Massive 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft Preview

I started talking about the draft a few weeks ago, and how much prep time Theo and company were putting into it, well now we are close enough to the draft so you should get to know who the Cubs have been looking at.  The draft will be broadcast live on MLB Network at 7:00 PM EST, one hour earlier MLB Network will air a draft preview special.  Want to know who they will be talking about, and who the Cubs are thinking about taking at number six?  Then keep reading.

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Clevenger Back With Cubs

The good news keeps rolling in, a win yesterday and now Steve Clevenger has been officially activated by the Cubs.  Blake Lalli has been sent back to Iowa.  Koyie Hill is starting today, I expect Clevenger to get in there quite a bit now that he is back.

Thanks, Go Cubs!
– George

May 29, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Padres

Brace yourselves, the Cubs go for two wins in a row today behind Jeff Samardzija.  I really hope the Cubs go on a tear right now, first things first, winning today and taking the series against the Padres.  Here is how the Cubs line up.. warning, Jeff Baker is in there..

1. David DeJesus – RF
2. Starlin Castro – SS
3. Joe Mather – 3B
4. Alfonso Soriano – LF
5. Jeff Baker – 1B  (REALLY? 5th!?)
6. Reed Johnson – CF
7. Darwin Barney – 2B
8. Koyie Hill – C
9. Jeff Samardzija – P

 

Thanks for reading, Go Cubs!
– George

5/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/28/12, enjoy.

Daytona was off

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Jose Rosario was outstanding Monday, unfortunately the Chiefs offense couldn’t provide any offense for him as the Chiefs fell 3-1 to Wisconsin.  Rosario was lights out going seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits, while walking no one and striking out seven.  2011 first round pick Javy Baez made his Peoria debut and he didn’t disappoint.  Baez was 2-for-4 in his first Peoria game, both hits were singles.  Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-4 on the day with a double, and he stole his 12th bag of the season.

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The Smokies fell behind early, and by a lot as Huntsville built up a 7-1 lead by the third inning which was too much for Tennessee as they fell 8-4.  Dae-Eun Rhee was knocked around quite a bit, he only lasted two and one-third giving up seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, while walking two.  Rhee’s record falls to 3-2 on the season while his ERA sky-rockets to 5.50.  Rebel Ridling continued his power surge as he went 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season.  Luis Flores was 1-for-2 at the plate with two walks and two RBI’s.

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 Brooks Raley rebounded from his last outing to pitch very well to earn his first AAA win and extend the I-Cubs winning streak to four.  Raley went five innings only giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.  The I-Cubs offense didn’t miss a beat with Rizzo sidelined.  They pounded out 15 hits and 8 runs en route to the 8-2 victory.  Five different Cubs had multi-hit games.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI’s.  Brett Jackson was also 2-for-5 at the plate with his 7th triple of the season.  Dave Sappelt continues his resurgence at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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– George

Rejoice! Cubs Snap 12 Game Losing Streak

So that’s all the Cubs needed to get a win, Jeff Suppan on the mound and a gale force wind blowing straight out to center, I’ll take it.  The Cubs took 12 games of frustration out on the San Diego Padres staff as they pounded out 14 hits and 11 runs.  To put that in perspective, the Cubs scored 12 runs on their six game road trip that ended yesterday, so to say this was well overdue might be an understatement.  Travis Wood started and was knocked around, but I’m not going to put too much stock in his start, every fly ball was most likely leaving the yard and Wood is a fly ball pitcher, so it was bound to happen.  Wood ended up going five innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.  The bullpen actually did a nice job working the final four innings while only giving up one run.  Randy Wells gave up that run in an inning and two-thirds but was the beneficiary of some crooked numbers to get the win.  David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, and Ian Stewart all had two hits in the win, with DeJesus recording two triples, while Castro and Stewart each went deep and drove in three runs.  Bryan LaHair and Alfonso Soriano each had three hits on the afternoon, with Soriano hitting his sixth home run of the season while driving in three runs.  It feels good, no doubt, hope everyone is enjoying their holiday a little more.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Cubs Minor League Standings (All Levels)

Here are the standings for every level that is currently playing in the Cubs system (Low A – Triple A) —  Boise kicks off in a few weeks, enjoy.

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– George