July 29, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs Cardinals

The Cubs try and take the series against the Cardinals today as Paul Maholm takes the ball.  Adam Wainwright opposes Maholm at 1:20 PM CST on WGN.  Here’s how the Cubs will line up.

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

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

7/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The nightly minor league recaps.

The AZL Cubs were postponed.

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Boise won in a pitchers dual 1-0.  Taylor Scott got the start and got the win pitching five innings allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson threw an impressive three innings and Eduardo Orozco closed out the game earning his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 driving in the only Hawks run of the game.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Boise has won two games in a row and look to keep that going.

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Beloit took care of Peoria quite easily win 10-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings.  Jeffry Antigua pitched very good in relief striking out two in two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  Offensively there wasn’t much exciting to report.  Sergio Burruel was the only Chief player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Paul Hoilman, Bijan Rademacher, and Yaniel Cabezas all had one hit.  Hoilman had an RBI as did Pin-Chieh Chen.  Peoria looks to get back on track.

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A for run sixth wasn’t enough losing to Bradenton 9-7.  Kyler Burke struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in five innings.  Burke struck out six in the loss.  Hunter Cervenka threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Ronald Torreyes had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-5 with home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Timothy Saunders added two hits and drove one in.  The Cubs got single RBIs from Taylor Davis, Matt Cerda, and Rubi Silva as well.  John Andreoli led off and had a hit and a walk and scored two runs.  Rebel Ridling and Rafael Lopez each contributed a hit to the effort and Lopez scored two runs.

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Tennessee couldn’t hold Jacksonville down losing 8-5.  Nicholas Struck struggled in a losing effort giving up four runs in four innings pitched.  In a tough sign for Cub fans, Trey McNutt struggled in relief again and his ERA is now at 4.91.  Frank Batista continued his strong season pitching a scoreless eighth and striking out two lowering his ERA to 1.22.  Justin Bour had a night to remember at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.  Matt Szczur led off in his second game with the Smokis, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a run scored as was Chad NobleMichael Burgess had a double and Dustin Harrington added a hit and a run scored as well.

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Iowa gave up one in the fifth to give them the lead.  The 2-1 lead held up and Iowa lost another one run game.  Brooks Raley was the hard luck loser pitching six innings allowing tow runs on six hits and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley pitched well in relief striking out four in two innings.  The offense didn’t do much, Brett Jackson connected on his 15th home run of the season, ending the game 1-for-3 with a walk.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added ahit as did Blake Lalli.  After a nice win yesterday, the Cubs weren’t able to keep it going losing a close, low scoring game.

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-Mark

White Sox Stay Active; Acquire Liriano

Another arm is off the market, not sure if he was ever “on the market” but Francisco Liriano is headed to the White Sox.  Kenny Williams has been busy this trade season as he sees an opportunity to win now and he’s going for it.  The Sox get Liriano for Eduardo Escobar, and Pedro Hernandez.  That’s two arms that could have went to the Braves in a deal, but didn’t.  Maybe that will make the Braves a little more desperate as we get closer to the deadline and come back at the Cubs for Dempster.  Same goes for the Dodgers, hopefully Garza proves himself healthy in his side session and a deal can be made, although it seems highly unlikely.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Catch Cards By Surprise, Even Series

If you only watched the first inning today you probably thought that the Cubs and Cards went toe-to-toe in another slugfest today, you would also be wrong.  Cardinals starter Joe Kelly and Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija both struggled in the first today.  But both guy got out of jams where it could have been much worse than it was.  Samardzija struggled with his command all day, but especially in the first where he walked the first three guys he faced to load the bases with none out.  Samardzija escaped with giving up only one run which was huge as the Cubs bounced right back.  Kelly had men on second and third with no outs and managed to tightrope out of the first giving up just two.  The game stayed 2-1 until the Cardinals tied things up in the 6th inning.  The Cubs looked like they might break things open in the seventh when they put the first two guys on 1st and 3rd, but struggled to push across a run.  With two outs and guys at 1st and 2nd still Reed Johnson caught everyone by surprise by laying down a two out safety squeeze.  It worked to perfection as Fuentes didn’t have a throw and pinch runner Tony Campana scored the go ahead run, which was also the winning run.  Carlos Marmol came on for the ninth and shut the Cardinals down, he is now 11-for-11 in save opportunities.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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July 27, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Cardinals

Jeff Samardzija looks to get the Cubs back in the win column on Saturday against Joe Kelly and the Cardinals.  Here is what the rest of the lineup will look like as the Cubs take on the Cardinals at 12:05 CT on CSN.

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

Go Cubs!
-Mark

7/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A quick look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Friday, July 27.

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The AZL Cubs dropped a low scoring game to the AZL Athletics 3-1.  Lendy Castillo got the start as he continues to work his way back allowing one run on two hits in four innings.  He struck out six and took a no decision in this one.  Tyler Bremer gave up two runs and took the loss.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino and Jin-Young Kim combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings, but the Cubs offense couldn’t come back.  The Cubs got their run in the first when Albert Almora hit a two-run double and then scored on a Jorge Soler RBI single.  Soler would add another hit on the night and stole a base.  Carlos Penalver was the only other Cubs player to record a hit on Friday.  This is not what we have come to expect from the Cubs, but they will get back on track soon.

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Boise exploded to beat Tri-City 8-3.  The Hawks had five players with multi-hit games.  Daniel Vogelbach was one of those going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each had two hits, wtih Amaya driving in two.  Trey Martin and Xavier Batista also added two hits a piece.  Wilson Contreras connected on his second home run of the season, a three run shot in the second inning.  Willengton Cruz got his second win of the season out of the bullpen.  He pitched two strong innings striking out four.  James Pugliese started and gave up three runs in four innings of work.  Michael Heesch and Su-Min Jung each pitched well in relief.  After a tough 1-0 loss last night, it was nice to see Boise come back strong tonight.

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Javier Baez gave Peoria a lead with a two-run shot in the eighth and the Chiefs held beating Cedar Rapids 3-2.  Baez’s 11th homer of the season turned out to be one of his biggest of his young career.  He finished the game 2-for-3 and is now hit a robust .341.  Wes Darvill also had two hits, including a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Austin Reed recorded the win in relief, his fourth of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, pitching 5.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out seven.  Sheldon McDonald pitched two scoress inning in relief dropping his ERA to 1.91 on the season.  It has been exciting following Baez this year and he continues to impress.

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Robert Whitenack and the staff were outstanding for the Daytona Cubs beating Bradenton 2-0.  Robert Whitenack got his first win since coming back from Tommy-John surgery.  He pitched five innings allowing no runs on two hits, while striking out four.  Eduardo Figuerora struck out four in three scoreless innings in relief.  AJ Morris closed the game out recording his second save of the season.  The offense lost Matt Szczur who was promoted to Tennessee was able to get enough to win.  Rebel Ridling hit his second home run of the season and had two hits.  Timothy Saunders also had two hits including a double and a run scored.  A big congrats to Robert and here’s to many more in the near future.

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Jacksonville was able to score two runs in three different innings defeating Tennessee 6-4.  Junior Lake continued his hot stretch in this one going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan had two hits and connected on his fourth home run with the Smokies.  Juan Apodaca also had two hits and an RBI.  In his first game with Tennessee Matt Szczur went 0-for-4 with two strike outs.  Ty’relle Harris started and took the loss going 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits.  Zach Rosscup gave up two runs in 3.2 innings, but struck out an impressive six batters.  Casey Harman and Kevin Rhoderick also pitched in the loss.

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Iowa wins, Iowa wins, Iowa wins.  It has been a rough go as of late so to beat Okalahoma City 5-0 is great to see.  Chris Volstad had his best start pitching eight scorelss innings.  He only surrendered four hits, walking three, and striking out five.  Alberto Cabrerea finished the game off throwing a scoreless ninth striking out two.  Alfredo Amezaga led off going 3-for-5 and scored a run.  Adrian Cardenas and Brian Esposito each had two hits with Cardenas hitting a double and scoring a run.  Dave Sappelt had a triple and drove in two on Friday.  Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson each recorded one hit and scored a run, Jackson also drove one in.  Hope this is signs to come for Chris Volstad and the Cubs.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Greinke Traded to Angels; Braves Back on Dempster?

One of the big arms at the deadline has been dealt, Zack Greinke is on his way to Anaheim.  The Angels have acquired Greinke for infield prospect Jean Segura, and two Double-A pitchers, Ariel Pena, and John Hellweg.  What does this mean for the Cubs and specifically Dempster?  It could mean that the Braves, who are still in the market for a big arm, re-engage talks with the Cubs.  Everyone was waiting for the first pitching domino to fall, this would be it, I wouldn’t be surprised if things really start to pick up now.

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– George