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Cubs Knock Sox Into Second Place, Close in on Sweep

I said it yesterday and will say it again today, nothing is better than beating the Sox, especially when you knock them out of first place in doing so.  Not to mention how much fun it is to watch Jake Peavy throw tantrums on the mound and AJ Pierzynski act like a five-year old in the box on their way to a gracious defeat.  This one was much different from last nights game as pitching took center stage.  Both Travis Wood and Jake Peavy were superb with Peavy pitching a complete game but getting a loss for his efforts.  Wood was outstanding for the Cubs going six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while waking four and striking out five.  Wood earned his first victory of the 2012 season, and his first victory as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he lowered his ERA to a very respectable 4.14.  David DeJesus was the hero for the Cubs as he laced a two run single in the third inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead which is how this one ended.  DeJesus was 2-for-4 on the night with a triple, and two RBI’s, nice to see DeJesus have a good night after struggling recently.  Tony Campana also had a nice night at the plate going 2-for-3, Campana is a real weapon when he hits ninth, gives the Cubs two lead-off hitters.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Cubs bullpen tonight, they did an outstanding job closing this game out after Wood departed after the sixth.  Rubber arm Sean Camp, James Russell and Carlos Marmol shut the door on the Sox, yes Carlos Marmol.  Marmol is now 2-for-2 in save opportunities since regaining “control” of the closer role.  The Cubs go for the sweep and a little revenge tomorrow night.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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5/27: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.

Daytona – rained out
Tennessee – day off


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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.

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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.

Thanks for reading,
– George

5/25: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/25/12, enjoy.


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Peoria jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and that was all they needed as they knocked off Clinton 3-1.  Starling Peralta was very good for the Chiefs as he worked four innings only allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Zeke DeVoss got things started at the top as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a run scored.  Paul Hoilman continues to hit the ball hard as he went 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, he is now hitting .298 on the season.

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Heartbreaking, that’s the only way you can describe the D-Cubs loss to Clearwater as they fell 2-1, giving up both runs in the top of the ninth.  The blown save spoiled Austin Kirk’s outstanding performance on the mound.  Kirk, who has been one of the best pitchers in the Cubs organization this year went 8 scoreless innings, only allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out four, his ERA is now at 2.34 on the season.  Micah Gibbs, Rubi Silva, and Dustin Harrington all had three hits at the plate as Daytona finished with one run on nine hits.

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The Smokies held Mobile in check all night, but that was almost not good enough as Mobile’s comeback came up short giving the Smokies a 4-3 win.  Mobile only had two hits on the night, but managed to plate three runs, timely hitting I guess.  Eric Jokisch was really good for the Smokies tossing five innings of one hit baseball, he only allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out three.  Kevin Rhoderick came on in relief and was lights out, what else is new, his ERA drops to 0.90 on the season.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha popped his second home run of the season, and James Adduci finished his day 2-for-2, he’s now hitting .312 on the year.

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Anthony Rizzo did not start so might as well skip this game, I’m kidding of course.  Rodrigo Lopez started this game and left after one pitch with a sore groin.  Jay Jackson jumped into duty and was terrific going five innings allowing one run on three hits, he walked two, and struck out five.  Carlos Marmol got some work in on his way back to the Cubs, he worked one inning, giving up a hit and a walk with a strike out.  The I-Cubs only managed five hits, but had just enough to pull out a 2-1 win.  Luis Valbuena was 1-for-4 at the plates with a game winning solo home run in the ninth inning.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Marmol, Clevenger in Iowa For Rehab

Steve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol join the Iowa Cubs on rehab assignments from Chicago.

No, not THAT kind of rehab, a rehab assignment of course.  This is good news for sure, I know Marmol has struggled but he needs to be on the mound to be any good to the Cubs, and yes I’m talking about trade value and team success.  Steve Clevenger can’t get healthy soon enough for the banged up catchers crew of the Cubs.  Welington Castillo is dinged up, Geovany Soto is out for four weeks most likely, and Koyie Hill is Koyie Hill.

The playing schedule for Clevenger and Marmol is determined by the Chicago Cubs, not the Iowa Cubs.  Another oddity of minor league baseball, hopefully Marmol and Clevenger help get a couple wins for Iowa then are back up in Chicago shortly.

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– George

5/12: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is the recap of the Cubs minor league system from 5/12/12, enjoy.

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Patrick Francescon has been lights out for a while now, he continued that trend tonight as he improved to 4-1 after tossing 7 and 1/3rds of an inning while only allowing one unearned run.  Francescon had to be every bit of good too, because the Chiefs couldn’t get much going offensively.  They only managed to record two runs on six hits, but it was good enough for the win.  Marco Hernandez had two hits on the night, and Wes Darvill had the only RBI for the Chiefs.

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Erik Jokisch was outstanding for the D-Cubs going 6 strong innings en route to his third victory of the season while improving his ERA to 2.90.  Jokisch didn’t have too many difficult spots at all as he only allowed four hits, and no walks while striking out five.  The D-Cubs put up just enough offense for Jokisch as they plated four runs on ten hits.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with an RBI, his average now sits at .306 on the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, Richard Jones, Elieser Bonne each had two hits in the victory.

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Nothing new in Tennessee as the Smokies fall to the Generals yet again, just something about those Generals.  Nicholas Struck kept the Smokies in the game for as long as he could, but his luck ran out in the 6th as he gave up three runs to end his night.  Struck was hung with the loss, his 3rd of the season, he now sits at 4-3.  Not much offense for the Smokies yet again, Junior Lake was 1-for-3, and Michael Burgess, and Justin Bour each had two hits in the loss.

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Iowa battled back from an early 3-0 hole to tie the game in the 5th, but ended up losing in the bottom of the ninth 4-3.  Esmailin Caridad did his best Carlos Marmol impression in the 9th inning as he was only able to retire one batter and walked three guys en route to the loss.  Alfredo Amezaga had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI’s in the loss.  Luis Valbuena and newly promoted Jonathan Mota also had two hits for the I-Cubs.

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– George

THIS JUST IN: The Cubs Now Take Defensive Positioning Seriously

Lets go back to Monday night with Carlos Marmol on the mound and the Cubs up by two in the eighth, Marmol put the first two hitters of the inning on and up stepped Freddie Freeman with runners on first and second.  Freeman lined

This is the type of info the Cubs are using, here is Castro's spray chart from April

This is the type of info the Cubs are using, here is Castro’s spray chart from April

a ball up the middle that was caught easily by Castro behind the second base bag.  The Cubs proceeded to get out of the inning and win the game.  Besides the obvious answer, why was this play so important?  In years past that is a base hit and the Braves continue to threaten, probably tie the game, and possibly take the lead.  Castro being where he was to make the catch shows me the Cubs are actually beginning to look at player tendencies and spray charts a little more than they had in years past.  I know at times putting a shift on might come back to hurt you, but players’ tendencies usually don’t lie.  As in the case Monday the defensive positioning of Castro went a long way in the Cubs winning the game.  Lets fast forward a day and bring Freddie Freeman back up to the plate.  Freeman once again hit the ball on the screws only for the ball to be caught routinely by Castro in back of second base.  Freeman would come up again later and line a ball that Dempster would catch, just a guess, but if that ball got by him I would think that Castro would have been there to make that play too.

It seems like a little thing, but organizationally it is a component that was not there previously.  Did they shift in past years, yes, but that was on the players that get the shift put on them league wide. This year the Cubs defense is moving with each hitter because they know what his tendencies are and they can position themselves properly, which should give them an advantage.  The new Cubs regime has obviously placed a greater emphasis on this part of the game and it has already and will continue to play a big role in this team getting better.

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Mark

Samardzija on a Roll, Beats Braves

Jeff Samardzija is quickly turning into one of, if not the best number three starter in baseball.  Samardzija’s brilliance was on display again last night as he went seven strong innings en route to a 5-1 Cubs victory, which moves Samardzija to 4-1 on the season.  The Cubs used the same recipe that has been working the last few games, home runs and solid pitching.  Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart went back-to-back in the 4th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.  Geovany Soto took the stress out of the ninth inning by launching a two run home run in the bottom of the 8th to give the Cubs some breathing room at 5-1.  Carlos Marmol had an eventful inning which saw him strike out Dan Uggla with the tying run at second base in the 8th after he walked the first two batters of the inning.  As the fog descended upon Wrigley Field James Russell recorded the final three outs for the Cubs victory.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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