Let’s hope this one comes in under four hours tonight, that’s all I ask. The last two nights have been terrible, I guess the Astros figure the longer the game goes the better chance they have to win. Travis Wood takes the ball tonight and will be backed by a very different lineup as Anthony Rizzo is out of the lineup after last nights collision. From all accounts he is okay, just sore and in need of a day off.
1. Mather – CF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Castro – SS
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castillo – C
6. Vitters – 3B
7. Sappelt – RF
8. Recker – C
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The Cubs quest for a five game winning streak fell short last night thanks in large part to the Cubs not being able to get out of their own way. Justin Germano got the ball for the Cubs and turned in one of his best outings of the year. Germano lasted five innings giving up one run, unearned, on three hits while walking two and striking out eight. Unfortunately that wasn’t good enough for a victory, not even a no decision as the Cubs couldn’t push a run across all night. It’s not like the Cubs didn’t have their chances as they were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 guys on base in the loss. They had a wonderful opportunity to tie the game in the 6th inning with runners on second and third with only one out. Darwin Barney hit was seemed to be a sacrifice fly to center, inexplicably Dave Sappelt tried to tag up from second and make it to third. In true Cubs fashion Sappelt was thrown out at third before Castro could cross the plate meaning the run doesn’t count. There was no reason for Sappelt to tag, I like being aggressive but there was no reason for it, he was already in scoring position and the important run was Castro. As I mentioned the Cubs had their chances but they weren’t really generating any offense, they only had six hits. The Astros did all they could to give this one to the Cubs by committing four errors and walking two. This loss could have been even more costly as Anthony Rizzo had to leave the game in the third inning after a violent collision at first base with Brett Wallace. All reports after the game seemed to indicate that Rizzo was going to be fine and was just sore, let’s hope so.
Five First Responders Throw Out First Pitch
Rizzo’s Scary Collision
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Yikes, looks like it could be a leg injury, and a head injury. By the way he was walking off the field with assistance I’m guessing he got his bell rung pretty bad, also had a welt on his head. Let’s hope he’s alright and this doesn’t turn into a concussion issue.
[UPDATE] Len Kasper and various Cubs beat writers are reporting that Rizzo is very sore but otherwise okay, expect him to be out the next couple days, but so far that is great news.
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A look around the minor leagues on Tuesday.
Peoria took a tough loss on Tuesday losing 5-4. After Peoria took a 3-1 lead, Beloit came back in the fourth and scored four of there own. Michael Jensen took the lossfor the Chiefs, but was not helped out by his defense who committed five errors, three coming from Javier Baez and two coming from Dustin Geiger. Baez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Zeke DeVoss had a double and also drove in a run. Pin-Chieh Chen, Yasiel Balaguert, and Yaniel Cabezas all added RBI’s on Tuesday. The loss dropped Peoria to 32-33 on the season.
Daytona got seven early runs, which proved to be plenty as they beat Brevard County 8-3. Nelson Perez led the attack with three hits including his eleventh homerun of the season. Greg Rohan and John Andreoli each had two hits on the night as well. Arismendy Alcantara and Richard Jones each added a hit and two RBI’s a piece. Eduardo Figueroa only could last three innings, but Ryan Searle came in relief to get his fourth win of the season. Joseph Zeller and Jeffrey Lorick also pitched two innings a piece on Tuesday. Daytona improved their record to 29-34.
A five run first for Omaha proved to be too much for Iowa to overcome. Chris Volstad gave up six runs in five innings of work, including four walks and six hits. Offensively Ty Wright had two hits including a double and a run scored. Blake Lalli, Alfredo Amezaga each had an RBI and Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer in the ninth. Geovany Soto was the DH in the game and delivered a double in four AB’s. The Cubs got quite a scare as Anthony Rizzo left early with a leg injury when he crashed into a fence in front of the dugout. Thankfully xrays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day with a right knee contusion.
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Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.
Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off
The Chiefs did everything but win against Wisconsin as they surrendered two runs in the top of the ninth to lose 3-2. Michael Jensen was outstanding on the mound for the Chiefs as he went six strong innings only allowing one run on four hits, walking two and striking out eight. Jensen’s ERA drops to 2.77 on the season, but he settled for a no decision. Taiwan Easterling was responsible for the majority of the Chiefs offense as he went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple and an RBI in the losing effort.
The biggest news out of the Iowa game was of course about Anthony Rizzo, but not for what he did with his bat. Rizzo was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning leading many to speculate that he was on his way to Chicago. The news was much worse however as Rizzo actually exited the game because of a sore right wrist, hopefully that is nothing serious. The I-Cubs keep on winning though as they beat Memphis 5-1 behind a strong effort from Chris Volstad. Volstad improved to 2-0 with the win as he went seven strong innings. Alfredo Amezaga, Dave Sappelt, Luis Valbuena, and Josh Vitters all had two hits in the victory. Carlos Marmol had an encouraging outing as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking one and striking out the side.
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