Trailing after the first by four the AZL Cubs came all the way back to tie the game at seven, but gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to lose 8-7. Isaac Garsez had a great day at the plate going 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI’s. The Cubs also had two hits a piece from Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers. Lockhart added two RBI’s and Garrett Schlect also drove in one on the day. Not much good came from the pitching staff with Carlos Martinez-Pumarino getting the start, but only lasting .1 innings. Matt Iannazzo took the loss in relief giving up the game winner in the bottom of the ninth. The lone bright spot out of the bullpen on Tuesday was Alvido Jimenez who struck out three and only gave up one hit in 3.2 innings.
A late rally wasn’t enough on Tuesday as Boise lost to Tri-City 6-4. Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Rock Shoulders had a double and drove in two runs on the night. Losing pitcher Ian Dickson got the start, but could only last one inning as he gave up three runs, two earned on three hits. Rafael Diplan pitched well in relief throwing three solid innings. He lowered his ERA to .61.
The offense for Peoria struggled once again on Tuesday losing to Kane County 4-1. Starting pitcher Joseph Zeller took the loss pitching five innings giving up two runs on six hits. Hunter Cervenka was really good out of the bullpen allowing only one hit and striking out four in three innings of work. Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, and Yasiel Balaguert were the only Chiefs players who recorded hits on Tuesday.
Daytona was trailing seven headed to the eighth before putting up six to trail by one, but that was where the comeback stopped as Daytona fell to Lakeland 9-8. A lot of good things happened offensively on Tuesday. Rubi Silva was 3-for-5 including a triple with a run scored and two RBI’s. John Andreoli, Rebel Ridling, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits on the night with Bonne adding two RBI’s and Ridling and Andreoli had one a piece. Austin Kirk got the start and took the loss on Tuesday. He gave up five runs on six hits in four innings of work. The bullpen didn’t fair much better with Matthew Spencer and Scott Weismann each gave up two runs in their relief outings.
Tennessee gave up four in the seventh and five in the eighth to drop the game 11-6. Michael Burgess had two hits, including a triple. He also drove in four runs and scored one. Junior Lake and Nelson Perez each a hit on the day and drove in a run. Logan Watkins also had two hits including a triple and he also scored a run. The pitching staff didn’t fair too well. Trey McNutt got the start, but didn’t factor in the decision. He gave up two runs on seven hits in four innings of work. Jeffry Antigua, Keven Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers all struggled in their relief appearances, with Rhoderick taking the loss.
Recently demoted Randy Wells pitched good on Tuesday getting win as Iowa won 3-2. Wells gave up one run on three hits in five innings. He also struck out four and walked two. Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jay Jackson each recorded a hold and Michael Bowden earned his first save of the season. Offensively Josh Vitters was the star once again going 1-for-3 with two RBI’s. Blake DeWitt drove in the other Cubs run on the day. Brett Jackson had one hit, stole his 18th base and scored a run.
Crazy finish sees Peoria’s rally fall just short as they lost to Cedar Rapids 5-4 last night. Tied at two for most of the game Cedar Rapids plated three runs in the bottom of the 8th to lead 5-2. Peoria fought back with two runs in the top of the ninth but couldn’t come all the way back. Michael Jensen pitched well enough for the win but finished his night with a no decision after 5 and 1/3rd innings of work. Peoria couldn’t string any hits together, Paul Hoilman finished the night 2-for-5 and Oliver Zapata was 1-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.
Matt Loosen was really good again for Daytona as he went 6 and 2/3rds while only allowing one run on two hits. Loosen was in line for the loss but the D-Cubs pushed a run across in the 7th to tie it. Trailing 3-1 into the bottom of the ninth the D-Cubs came all the way back and walked off to win 4-3. Matt Szczur had a big hand in the win going 2-for-4 again as his average is now up to .265. Arismendy Alcantara, Chad Noble, and John Andreoli all had two hits in the victory.
For seven innings it looked like the Smokies were on their way to another win, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it as they surrendered five runs in the 8th en route to an 8-5 loss. Dae-Eun Rhee was in line for the win after going six strong innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. Junior Lake was 2-for-4 at the plate with a walk and a run scored, he is now hitting .283 on the season. Rebel Ridling seems to be heating up as he went deep again for his fourth home run on the season, third in his last two games.
Jay Jackson didn’t have it last night as he only lasted three innings while giving up six runs on nine hits on his way to his fourth loss of the season as Iowa fell 8-2 to Tacoma. Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-3 at the plate with two walks, a double, and two runs scored. Blake DeWitt and Juan Apodaca each had two hits in the loss. The I-Cubs walked a total of 10 times, but only scored two times, inopportune to say the least.
Blake DeWitt was once again designated for assignment. The Cubs will now have ten days to release, waive, or trade DeWitt. As you recall the Cubs did the same thing with DeWitt a couple months ago, he cleared waivers then and accepted a minor league assignment, but it is unknown if he will do the same should he clear waivers this time through. Taking his place today is going to be Travis Wood who will get his first major league start with the Cubs. However, what will happen after today is anyones guess as I don’t think the Cubs will carry 13 pitchers. My thinking is it will be Adrian Cardenas who is off to a good start in Iowa, but maybe the organization has something else planned. We will let you know as soon as we find out.
Bryan LaHair was named the opening day starter at first base very early in the Spring, turns out that might not be the case. LaHair is still the Cubs starting first baseman, however a stiff back that has plagued him for the last week or so of spring training might keep him out of todays game. Reports are that LaHair is 50/50 to play today, if he cannot go then Blake DeWitt will get the nod at first base. We will pass along the official lineups once they are posted.
It was eleven days ago when Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment. Today the 26-year old utility player cleared waivers and the Cubs have sent him to Triple-A Iowa. I am guessing DeWitt will be a non-roster invitee to Spring Training with a chance to win a reserve role, much like the one he had last year. If he makes the team he will earn $1.1 million for the upcoming season. If he does not make the team the Cubs will have to decide if they want him to play in Iowa in case of injury in Chicago, or they could release him. Obviously the Cubs also could look to trade him between now and the start of the season as well.
Coming soon: Pitchers and Catchers Report……. And hopefully
we have the Epstein compensation issue resolved soon.
Cubs claim 24-year old Adrian Cardenas off of waivers from the Oakland A’s. Cardenas was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in
the first round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. Oakland acquired Cardenas in 2008 in the Joe Blanton deal. He has spent his first six first seasons in the minor leagues, including last year where he played second, short, third, and left field at the Triple-A level. The left-handed hitting Cardenas hit .314 with and OBP of .374. He has shown little power thus far in his career, however has been a career .303 hitter with an OBP of .368. In order to make room for Cardenas on the 40-man roster the Cubs designated 26-year old Blake DeWitt for assignment. DeWitt, a former 2004 first round pick by the Dodgers, came to Chicago in the deal that sent Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers in 2010. In his career DeWitt has a line of .260/.305/.385. The Cubs avoided arbitration with DeWitt this offseason agreeing on a $1.1 MM deal for the 2012 season.