August 15, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Astros

Clearly Adrian Cardenas is doing something wrong behind the scenes, that is the only way to describe the way he is being used or not used I should say, since his recent call up.  Today would have been a perfect day to get Cardenas in the lineup, Barney is getting a day-off so Cardenas could slide in at second for a day.  Guess not.  Justin Germano takes the ball today as the Cubs look to win the series from the Astros, here is how the Cubs will line up.

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

Thanks for reading, GO CUBS!
– George

8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Long Day Turns Into Long Night for Cubs

After a day full of rumors and speculation the Cubs came out flat and uninspired against A.J. Burnett.  Burnett took advantage and was four outs away from pitching his second career no-hitter before Adrian Cardenas lined a two out single  in the 8th to break it up.  That was the only thing left undecided by the 8th inning tonight as the Pirates, thanks to a first inning grand slam by Neil Walker were cruising to a 5-0 victory.  Casey Coleman got the start for the Cubs thanks to Ryan Dempster being traded earlier in the day to the Texas Rangers.  Coleman didn’t seem ready to go at the start either as he gave up four runs in the first on the way to his second loss of the season.  Coleman only lasted 4.2 innings thanks to spotty command, he gave up four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out five.  As you could already guess the Cubs did nothing at the plate as Burnett had everything working, a brutal two-seem fastball that took up residence on the inside corner and a curve ball that vanished all night.  Games like this happen, especially after a long day of wondering who is the next guy to be traded.  Definitely not taking anything away from Burnett, he was outstanding tonight.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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Castillo and Coleman Headed to Chicago… and now Cardenas

Welington Castillo and Casey Coleman will be on their way to Chicago to replace Geovany Soto and Paul Maholm on the roster.  The interesting part is we don’t know who is going to take the spot of Reed Johnson.  According to many sources it is not Brett Jackson and per Dave Sappelt’s twitter it won’t be him.  So who will it be?  More to come I’m sure.

UPDATE:  Adrian Cardenas will be the third player coming up for the Cubs.  Hope he gets some more AB’s wherever that may be.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sunday, July 29th Cubs minor league report.  Tennessee was off on Sunday.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the AZL Reds 7-3.  Dillon Maples made his much anticipated debut on Sunday, giving up one run in one pitched.  He stuggled with his command walking two and throwing a wild pitch, but struck out one and got out of a tough jam with a double play.  Paul Blackburn pitched 2.1 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out two.  Chad Martin took the loss, giving up three runs in his one inning of work.  Our nightly watch of Albert Almora and Jorge Soler was on again.  Almora went 1-for-4 and Soler was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver each had two hits with Penalver driving one in.  Daniel Lockhart also had an RBI.

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Boise got one in the third, which proved to be enough beating Tri-City 1-0.  Ian Dickson started and pitched weel allowing no runs on three hits in five innings pitched.  He also walked two and struck four.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief picking up his first save.  He struck out six in just four innings and allowed only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fifth home run of the year and ended the day 2-for-3.  Rock Shoulder also had two hits, including a double and after a slow start his average is now up to .271.  Jeimer Candelario added a hit and Marco Hernadnez had a double in the game as well.  Lets hope the pitching continues down this path as that is two 1-0 wins in a row.

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Peoria scored nine in the first three innings and held on to beat Beloit 10-6.  The offense led the way in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Unbelievably, Javier Baez only had one hit, but he did drive in two and score one.  Wes Darvill also had two hits and drove a run in and Chadd Krist also had an RBI.  Larry Suarez got the win in relief for Peoria striking out three in 1.2 innings pitched and Bryce Shafer closed out the game pitching a scoreless ninth.  Lets see if Peoria can keep playing well going forward.

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A six run fifth helped Daytona win this shootout 12-7.  The Cubs had a lot of nice games at the plate on Sunday.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez had two hits, including his second home run of the season.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Leadoff man John Andreoli had two hits, stole three bases (40), and scored three runs.  Matt Loosen wasn’t at his on Sunday, but it was good enough for him to improve his record to 10-3.  He gave up five runs, four earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  AJ Morris recorded his third save pitching a scoreless last 1.2 innings.  Good to see Daytona hitting the ball and Matt Loosen get to the 10-win mark.

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Leading by one in the bottom of the ninth, Iowa gave up one there and then gave up three in the bottom of the 10th to lose 6-3.  James Adduci continues to hit the ball going 3-for-5 on Sunday.  Welington Castillo was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer on, his sixth of the season.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had a hit.  Brett Jackson didn’t have any hits, but he did walk and steal a base, his 24th of the season.  Rodrigo Lopez actually pitched well going five innings and allowing only two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out five.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith and Esmailin Caridad pitched the next three scoreless innings the rest of the bullpen blew it.  Michael Bowden gave up the run in the ninth and Jay Jackson took the loss giving up a three run homer in the tenth.  It’s just not going well for Iowa, finding different ways to lose almost every night.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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

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