Rizzo Powers Cubs Past Astros

It hasn’t taken long for Anthony Rizzo to make an impact at the Major League level for the Cubs, today he might have made his biggest one.  After a punch less four innings the Cubs offense got going in the 5th inning.  Starlin Castro has a tremendous two out at bat which resulted in a line drive base hit to right field to cut the Astros lead to 2-1.  Anthony Rizzo followed with his biggest hit as a Cub, a towering two run home run off of left-handed starter J.A. Happ to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead heading to the 6th.  The Cubs bullpen surprisingly took it from there and shut the door on the Astros over the final four innings.  Matt Garza only lasted 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out one.  But thanks to Scott Maine, Manual Corpas, James Russell, Shawn Camp, and Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza earned his fourth win of the season.  Geovany Soto had a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk, he also gunned down Jordan Schafer trying to steal second.  Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo were the big reasons the Cubs won today, and I have a feeling that’s something we will be saying after a lot of games in the future.  Cubs go for the sweep tomorrow, full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Jorge Soler and Cubs Make it Official

Jorge Soler has official signed his nine-year $30 million deal today.  With the signing the Cubs have officially added him to the 40-man roster.  Jed Hoyer said he will start in the minor leagues as a right fielder.  He will report to Mesa, but where he will go after that is yet to be decided.  There is no timetable on how quickly he will move through the system, but one thing is for sure the Cubs have added a top prospect, with big power potential to the club and hopefully in the next couple weeks we can add first round pick Albert Almora into the fold as well.

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Mark

June 30, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Astros

Cubs Lineup vs. left-handed pitcher JA Happ.  The Cubs have been playing better as of late and will send Matt Garza to the mound to keep it going.  Nice to see LaHair back in the lineup after three hits yesterday.  Really hoping he does well against the lefty today to get him some confidence.  The game will start at 3:00 CST on WGN.

DeJesus – CF
Castro – SS
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
LaHair – RF
Soto – C
Barney – 2B
Valbuena – 3B
Garza – P

Go Cubs!
Mark

 

6/29: Around the Cubs Minor Leagues

A trip around the minor leagues on Friday, June 29.

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Boise dropped the game on Friday 4-1.  Wellington Cruz pitched well for the Hawks, but took the loss.  He gave up one run on three hits while striking out five in five innings of work.  Felix Pena struggled in relief and Bryce Shafer pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings.  Stephen Bruno was the only Hawks player to have multiple hits going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  He also scored the lone run when Jeimer Candelario drove him in in the ninth.

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Peoria took a tough loss as they lost 8-7 to Wisconsin.  Things started out greatas Peoria took a 6-1 lead, but Micahel Jensen and the defense would give up the lead in the fourth.  Jensen gave up six runs, three earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  Luis Liria took the loss in relief giving up the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.  The Cheifs got two hits a piece from Javier Baez, Anthony Giansanti, and Yasiel Balaguert.  The RBI’s for Peoria came from Taiwan Easterling, Paul Hoilman, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Giansanti.  This was a tough loss for Peoria, but hopefully they can come back strong in the next one.

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It was a crazy one in Daytona tonight, as Dunedin scored eight times in the last four innings, including three in the ninth to beat the Cubs 11-10.  Scott Weismann blew his second save of the season and took his third loss giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Frank Del Valle got the start and he gave up five runs in 5.2 innings.  As bad as the pitching was on Friday, the offense was good.  Matt Szczur, Arismendy Alcantara, Rubi Silva, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with a homer, double, two runs scored, and an RBI on the night.  Szczur and Alcantara each drove in two runs and Greg Rohan drove in two bringing his season total to 65.

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A lot of runs were scored, but Tennessee hung on to beat Birmingham 10-8.  Dallas Beeler got his third win of the season giving up two runs and striking out four in five innings of work.  Marcus Hatley had a rough night in relief, but Frank Batista was good once again recording his 13th save.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Logan Watkins, Jae-Hoon Ha, Juan Apodaca, Matt Cerda, and Michael Burgess all had two hit games as well.   Apodaca, and Burgess also had three RBI’s.  On a day where Junior Lake went 0-for-4 it was nice to see the Tennessee offense put up 10 runs.

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 Iowa had a good night from the pitching to the hitting as they won 7-0.  Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s.  Brett Jackson and Alfredo Amezaga also added two hits and an RBI a piece.  Adrian Cardenas went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Rodrigo Lopez pitched great giving no runs on three hits in six innings.  Esmailin Caridad and Alberto Cabrera pitched well in relief.

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It was an entertaining night throughout the Cubs minor leagues with a lot of runs scored.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

Cubs Use The Long Ball to Back Stellar Maholm

Break up the Cubs, okay not really but after today’s win they have now won three out of four and for a team with 49 losses before July that’s something worth noting.  Fans at Wrigley Field got the best of both Worlds today as they witnessed home runs and stellar pitching from Paul Maholm.  Maholm was outstanding, as he had everything working and kept the Astros hitters off-balance all day.  Unfortunately Maholm put two guys on in the ninth before he was lifted for Carlos Marmol, falling just short of his first complete game as a Cub.  The final line for Maholm, 8.1 innings giving up no runs on four hits while walking one and striking out six to earn his 5th win of the season.  As I mentioned, the fans were treated to the long ball today, three of them in fact.  Luis Valbuena who has shown some solid power since getting recalled to the Cubs hit his third home run of the season to put the Cubs up 1-0 in the bottom of the second.  Steve Clevenger joined the fun in the fourth inning launching his first major league home run, a two run shot to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.  Alfonso Soriano rounded out the scoring with his team leading 15th home run of the season to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead, Soriano finished the day 2-for-4.  It was nice to see Bryan LaHair get back on track as he went 3-for-4 in the win, and Carlos Marmol continued his strong stretch since being plugged back into the closer role by earning his 6th save.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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June 29, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Astros

The Cubs look to build off of a solid series against Mets when they welcome the Astros to Wrigley today.  Paul Maholm will be tasked with stopping the Astros in game one.  Here’s how the Cubs will line up today at a soggy Wrigley Field.

1. DeJesus – CF
2. Castro – SS
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. LaHair – RF
6. Clevenger – C
7. Barney – 2B
8. Valbuena – 3B
9. Maholm – P

Thanks for reading, Go Cubs!
– George