The Cubs did a lot of things well today, hitting with runners in scoring position was not one of them. The Cubs registered nine hits, took five walks, but were a paltry 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, and left eleven men on base. Solid performances up and down the Cubs pitching staff as well, only allowing one run on four hits.
At the Plate:
- Emilio Bonifacio did well out of the lead off spot today going 2-for-4 with two singles and a stolen base.
- Anthony Rizzo has had a hot start to the spring, he continued that today as he went 2-for-3 with two singles. Rizzo is now five for his last seven, and is hitting .500 in Cactus League play.
- Mike Olt, Logan Watkins, Albert Almora, and Darwin Barney all had one hit in the loss. Almora got the start in center, and Olt started at third, both went 1-for-3.
On the Mound:
- Travis Wood was brilliant today, much like he was all of last year. Wood worked three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.
- Justin Grimm took the loss as he struggled a bit in the inning he worked. Grimm gave up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
- Hector Rondon, Chang-Yong Lim, Marcus Hatley, and Tommy Hottovy combined to work four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while walking one, and striking out three (each pitcher tossed one inning).
At the plate – Daytona couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it in this one, but still found enough offense to escape with a win. Ben Carhart was 2-for-5 in the win, he is now hitting .251 on the season. Dustin Geiger has put together a stellar 2013, he was 2-for-4 with a walk in this one and is now hitting .289 on the season. Both Taiwan Easterling and Brad Zapenas had two hits, and a run scored today. Daytona registered nine hits but they were only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eleven men on base.
On the mound – I was really excited for C.J. Edwards Cubs debut today and he didn’t disappoint. Edwards was nasty going five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out eight. The only hit Edwards gave up was of the infield variety, and not one ball made it out of the infield. That wasn’t the only impressive stat from this one as Edwards struck out the first seven hitters he faced, unfortunately he walked away with a no decision. Lendy Castillo took over and was solid going three scoreless innings giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking three, and striking out three to earn his first win of the year. Austin Reed worked the ninth for his third save of the year, he allowed one hit and that was it.
- Iowa Cubs: Brad Nelson was 1-for-3 with his second triple of the season, an RBI, and a walk.
- Iowa Cubs: Ty Wright was 3-for-4 with three(!) doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Iowa Cubs: Chang-Yong Lim worked two scoreless innings in relief giving up two hits while striking out two.
- Tennessee Smokies: Javier Baez was 2-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI’s, and two runs scored.
- Tennessee Smokies: Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a double, and two outfield assists.
- Kane County Cougars: Albert Almora was 2-for-5 with a run scored, he is now hitting .333 on the season.
- Kane County Cougars: Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
- Kane County Cougars: Rock Shoulders was 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
- Kane County Cougars: The bullpen; Nathan Dorris, Starling Peralta, and Armando Rivero worked a combined seven scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking four and striking out nine.
- Boise Hawks: Kris Bryant was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
- Boise Hawks: Dillon Maples picked up the win going five innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out five. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last two outings.
- Boise Hawks: Corbin Hoffner was solid out of the pen going three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two.
- AZL Cubs: Charcer Burks was 2-for-4 with his first double of the season.
The Cubs continue to look to the future with keeping an eye on the present as they have acquired two players today that could be part of both. The first news of the day was the Cubs claiming Sandy Rosario off of waivers from the Red Sox. Rosario put up some dominant numbers last year across three minor league levels with the Marlins. In 31.2 innings Rosario had a 1.99 ERA with a 8.2 K/9, and a 1.4 BB/9, pretty impressive. Rosario has been claimed three different times this winter, I’m assuming he will be part of the Cubs 2013 bullpen or at least he will be given every chance to be.
The second news of the day was a tad more interesting. Cubs Den is reporting that the Cubs have agreed to sign Korean pitcher Chang-yong Lim, pending a physical. The Korean reliever is coming off of TJS in July so he might not be ready to pitch this season. Odds are he would be ready to pitch out of the Cubs pen near the end of 2013 but the Cubs might not want to go that route. 2014 would be the expected debut for Lim, it’s an intriguing signing, and another example of the Cubs doing their due diligence everywhere in order to improve.
John over at Cubs Den has some solid info on Lim:
“Lim is a relief pitcher and like Fujikawa sees a potential opening in the back end of the Cubs bullpen, with the team likely to part ways with Marmol between now and next season.
In 2011, Kim pitched 62.1 innings and recorded 32 saves, posting a 2.17 ERA for Yakult of the NPB. He walked 22 batters and struck out 69. For his career he has 128 saves and a 2.08 ERA with 2.6 walks and 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings.
His nickname is “Mr. Zero”. e has a slight build, 5’11”, 175 lbs but throws hard. He is a sidearm pitcher and according to Wikipedia has the highest k own velocity for a sidearmer, able to hit 99 mph but more regularly sitting at 93-95. He also throws a slider, a forkball, and an occasional slow curve. He’s not a prototypical power closer, but his unorthodox sidearm/fireballing style may be difficult for MLB hitters at first.
At first glance it doesn’t seem to fit with the Cubs plan to build with youth but Lim was sought after by several contenders. The front office has said they want to build value through the closer role and now have signed two top NPB closers who have an excellent chance to outperform their contracts.”
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