June 23, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. DBacks

Here is the starting lineup tonight as Paul Maholm gets the start against Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks.

David DeJesus – CF
Starlin Castro – SS
Bryan LaHair- RF
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Luis Valbuena – 3B
Geovany Soto – C
Steve Clevenger – 1B
Adrian Cardenas – 2B
Paul Maholm – P

Go Cubs!!
Mark

6/22: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recap for 6-22

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Boise got their second win in as many nights winning 6-4 on Friday.  Lead off hitter Gioskar Amaya went 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and run scored on the night.  Jeimer Candelario hit his third home run of the season, a three run bomb in the first.  Eduardo Gonzalez had the other RBI on the night as he went 2-for-4 at the plate.  Matthew Spencer got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings in relief.  Rafael Diplan pitched a good 2.1 innings and Bryce Shafer recorded his second save of the season.

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Peoria was back in action on Friday dropping the game to Quad Cities 5-3.  Jose Rosario pitched well early, but took the loss as he pitched 7.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits while striking out three.  The Chiefs got all their scoring in the fourth when Paul Hoilman hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Balaguert had an RBI double.  Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base and Dustin Geiger had double and run scored in the loss.  Peoria will be back in action tomorrow looking to get their first win of the second half.

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 Daytona got another well pitched game as they won 3-1.  Winning pitcher Frankie Del Valle was unhittable as he pitched six perfect innings and struck out 11 Clearwater batters on Friday night.  Tony Zych recorded his sixth save of the season pitching a perfect ninth.  The Cubs got the scoring started in the first on a Greg Rohan two-run homer.  He now has 12 home runs and 60 RBI’s on the season.  Rebel Ridling and Arismendy Alcantara each had two hits and Alcantara had an RBI in the win.  Another positive note on the evening was that Matt Szczur played in his first game since coming of the DL and got on base three times as he had one hit and drew two walks.

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Tennessee just could not get the bats going on Friday as they lost to Jacksonville 2-0.  James Adduci and Junior Lake were the only two Smokies to record hits on the evening.  On a positive Dae-Eun Rhee pitched well in a loss.  He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work.  Casey Harman threw a nice inning as he struck out two batters in a perfect eighth.

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Iowa blitzed Round Rock on Friday scoring three runs in the first and seven more in the fourth as they won 12-2.  The Cubs offense was the story as Alfredo Amezaga, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Juan Apodaca all had three hits a piece.  Rizzo must missed hitting for the cycle as he did not hit a homer tonight, he also had three RBI’s.  With Vitter’s three hits he raised his average to .287.  Brett Jackson hit his ninth home run of the season, he also walked twice and score two runs on the evening.  The offense was very good, but the pitching was pretty good as well as Chris Rusin got his sixth win of the season.  He gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings.  Jay Jackson threw well out of the pen striking out three in three innings of work.

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It was a good night for the Cubs minor league system going 4-1 on Friday.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

Road and Offensive Woes Continue for Cubs

Over the course of a season certain games stand out, whether it be bad or good, for some reason you remember them, tonight was one of those games.  It all started before the game even got underway when D-Backs starter Joe Saunders couldn’t get loose warming up in the bullpen and had to be scratched from his start, so Josh Collmenter was forced into duty.  Now Joe Saunders is a left-handed pitcher so Dale Sveum went with his super sweet, and really awesome, and special “left-handed-pitcher” lineup, which featured Reed Johnson leading off, and Jeff Baker hitting fourth.  This really neat approach has been used all season long, to the tune of a 3-14 record against left-handed pitchers, so it’s obviously working.  Dale Sveum had the opportunity to change his lineup before first pitch, because Josh Collmenter is right-handed, Sveum declined, and the Cubs lost 6-1.

Things started well enough as Geovany Soto hit a 450′ bomb to center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.  Jeff Samardzija has been perplexing as of late, breezing through the early innings, then struggling to the point of having to come out in the 5th or 6th because of pitch count.  Samardzija was great in the first three innings tonight then his command went out the window as did the Cubs lead.  Samardzija gave up two runs in the 4th, one in the 5th, and two more in the 6th en route to his 6th loss of the season.  Geovany Soto who looks like a new man since coming off the DL had another solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with his 5th home run of the season.  The Cubs couldn’t come through with the big hit all night, as they were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 guys on base, including the bases-loaded two different times.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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June 22, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs D- Backs

Not a fan of this lineup but maybe it will surprise me.  Hopefully Jeff Samardzija has his “A” game as I don’t think the Cubs will be scoring many runs.  Here is how they line up behind Shark.

1. Johnson – RF
2. Castro – SS
3. Soriano – LF
4. Baker!? – 1B
5. Soto – C
6. Barney – 2B
7. Mather – CF
8. Valbuena – 3B
9. Samardzija – P

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Around the minor leagues on Thursday, June 21.

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Boise won  a thriller walking off in the bottom of the ninth.  The game was tied 3-3 going to the ninth when Eugene score one, but Boise came back and scored two to win the game 5-4.  With one out Gioskar Amaya tripled.  Jeimer Candelario tied the game with a single to right field.  After moving to third on a basehit by Wilson Contreras  up stepped Rock Shoulders.  Shoulders delivered a game winning single to left field and Boised got their second win of the season.  The Hawks belted out 13 hits on Thursday.  Amaya, Contreras, Xavier Batista all had two hits on the night.  Candelario had the best night offensively as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI’s.  The Hawks also got a great pitching performance from Hayden Simpson who pitched four innings and giving up one unearned run on only one hit.  He also struck out seven in his first win at Boise this year.

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Daytona got a great pitching performance from Austin Kirk as the Cubs won 3-0.  Kirk pitched seven spectacular innings allowing zero runs and yielding only four hits.  He also struck out three and walked two.  Rebel Ridling had three hits including a double and a run scored.  Ronald Torreyes had an outstanding day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also scored two runs and drove in one.  Greg Rohan and Rubi Silva also drove in a run a piece.  Ryan Searle and Jeffrey Lorick each pitched a scoreless inning as well as striking out two each.

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Nicholas Struck pitched brilliantly on Thursday helping Tennessee win 3-1.  Struck gave up one run on two hits in six innings.  He also struck out seven batters as he improved his recored to 8-6.  Ty’relle Harris and Marcus Hatley each pitched well in relief.  Junior Lake was the offensive star on Thursday going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  His average now stands at .318.  Justin Bour went 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Logan Watkins and Matthew Cerda added two hits and scored a run each.  Nelson Perez who was promoted had the other RBI on Thursday.

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Not much good happened for Iowa today as they lost 6-2.  Brett Jackson, Ty Wright, and Josh Vitters had the only hits for the Cubs.  Vitters hit his 11th home run of the year.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched only 4.2 innings giving up five runs, only two of which were earned on eight hits.  Mike MacDougal gave up another run and three hits in his one inning of work.  Jeff Beliveau pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Iowa’s record now stands at 31-43.

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Thanks for Reading,
Mark

June 22 – 24; @ Diamondbacks – Series Preview

Arizona Diamondbacks Logo - Turquoise, purple and copper A above Diamond Backs in purple and copper

Finally a new team!  The Cubs head to Arizona to take on the D-Backs over the weekend, and the Cubs are riding high coming off of a series win at US Cellular Field over the White Sox.  Sure it’s just a series win, but considering it happened on the road it’s a big deal as the Cubs have a lot of trouble away from Wrigley.  The Cubs will battle a D-Backs team that is trying to find their way after being a pleasant surprise last season.  The D-Backs currently sit one game below .500 and in third place in the West, 7.5 games behind the Dodgers.  The normally potent Arizona lineup is good but it usually is so much better, a down season so far from Justin Upton, an injury plagued year from Chris Young, and a missing (injured) Stephen Drew all contributed to the less than stellar numbers, up until the last series.  The Cubs need to hit to stay in these games, the last two games against the Sox won’t be good enough in Arizona because I have a feeling they are about to explode, check that, continue their recent pace, as they scored 30 runs in a three game series against the Mariners.  Maybe the addition of one Anthony Rizzo might help, rumor has it that June 23rd is the day Rizzo could be called up and not lose a year of eligibility, nothing confirmed obviously, but stay tuned.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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6/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Still not a full slate of Minor League action because of all-star breaks, here is a recap from last night, June 20th.

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The home opener for Boise didn’t go as planned as the Eugene Emeralds spoiled the fun with a late rally to beat the Hawks 7-4.  The Boise pitching, especially out of the bullpen as been ugly, last night was no different.  Jose Arias made his second start of the season as was good again going three innings giving up two runs, one earned on six hits while walking none and striking out one.  Amaury Paulino and Pete Levitt really struggled out of the pen, giving up a combined five runs on ten hits.  Boise had one of it’s better offensive games of the early season, pounding out ten hits but only scoring four runs.  Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double.  Jeimer Candelario continued his strong start to the season going 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season, two RBI’s and two runs scored.

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From the looks of the line score the D-Cubs probably should have been blown out, but that’s not what happened as D-Cubs pitchers pitched in and out of trouble en route to a 3-2 victory over Tampa.  P.J. Francescon was terrific again for the D-Cubs.  PJ went six strong innings giving up two runs, one earned on nine hits while walking two and striking out five.  Both runs were given up in the first inning, PJ settled down after that.  Brian Schlitter and A.J. Morris shut to door the rest of the way for the D-Cubs.  Daytona only managed four hits, but made them count.  Arismendy Alcantara hasn’t slowed down all year, he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, he is now hitting .299 on the season.  The hero was Rubi Silva, not only did Rubi hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth he also threw out Tampa’s Kyle Roller at the plate. 

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Brooks Raley had his best outing of the year for the I-Cubs as he went seven excellent innings giving up one unearned run on two hits while walking one and striking out seven.  The outcome was very much in doubt until the I-Cubs put up a three spot in the seventh to take a 4-1 lead and that is how it would end.  Raley ended up getting his third win of the season and Rafael Dolis earned his second save for Iowa.  It was the bottom of the order getting the job done for Iowa as Ty Wright was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his 5th home run of the season.  Blake Lalli had the big hit for the I-Cubs, a two run single in the seventh inning, Lalli finished 2-for-4 with two RBI’s.  Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-3 in what might be one of his last games at Iowa, stay tuned. 

Thanks for reading,
– George