Just a terrible night all around as if it could go wrong it did as Matt Garza left the game with an injury, the Cardinals scored 12 runs in the seventh inning, and the Cubs only managed three hits off of Cy Young, I mean Jake Westbrook in a 12-0 embarrassment. The Garza injury, or possible injury hurts quite a bit more than losing 12-0 as it could deter teams from offering a big return for Garza. Any time there is any trepidation the price could go down but no one knows how bad it is right now. Based on everything that is coming from the post game it sounds like it’s just cramping but nothing is for sure yet. Garza was good, really good before being forced to leave the game after the third. He went three innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three. Recently acquired Justin Germano came on in relief and did an outstanding job going three plus innings giving up one run on four hits while walking none and striking out one. Unfortunately Germano was hung with the loss as he was responsible for the first runner on in the seventh. The Cardinals proceeded to score 12 runs in the inning on ten hits, seven of which were doubles, and one was a triple. James Russell and Manny Corpas were responsible for most of the damage although only one ball was hit hard in the inning. The Cubs were just as bad offensively in their second straight loss as they could only manage four singles. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Looks like Manny Corpas will be joining the Cubs bullpen as the Cubs have purchased his contract. No corresponding move has been announced yet.
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22 hits and 10 runs was not enough for Iowa Sunday Night as they fell to the Round Rock Express 11-10 in 13 innings. Every I-Cubs starter had at least one hit, all but two of them had a run scored as well. Tony Campan had a big day goinf 3-for-4 with a solo home run. Adrian Cardenas had four hits, and Alfredo Amezaga had five hits. Anthony Rizzo continued hit torrid start going 3-for-7 with a run scored. Randy Wells was the opposite of good, he only lasted 2 and 1/3rd innings giving up 8 runs on 8 hits, while walking three and striking out 3. Full box score after the jump.
Anthony Rizzo continues his assault on triple-A pitching Monday night going 3 for 3 including tow homers and three RBI’s in Iowa’s 10-6 victory. Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters both had two hits on the night as Iowa pounded out 12 in total. Not wanting to be left out, Iowa’s starting pitcher Travis Wood hit a two run homer to go along with his solid start on the mound. Wood gave up three runs on four hits over six innings of work, he only walked one and struck out six to earn the win.
|a- Ty Wright||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Travis Wood (W, 1-0)||6.0||4||3||3||1||6||0||4.50|
|Esmailin Caridad (H, 1)||1.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
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Cubs radio play-by-play voice Pat Hughes hit the nail on the head entering the sixth inning when he said it’s a completely different team out there. Such is spring training, the longer the game goes the earlier in the Spring the more players are swapped in and out. The Cubs dominated for the first six innings today, as they built up a 6-1 lead by the bottom of the 4th inning behind a three run shot by Blake Dewitt in the second, and run scoring singles by Clevenger and Barney in the fourth. The Cubs were clicking on all cylinders as they were working counts where necessary and jumping on fastballs early in the count when the situation called for it.
Another sign that spring training is right around the corner, aside from the 50 degree temperatures in Chicago today, is that the Cubs have announced the twenty one non roster players that will be invited to spring training. Headlining that list is 23 year old outfield prospect Brett Jackson. While none of these players will necessarily break camp with the Cubs (nine have previous MLB experience) they will all have the same opportunity to do so during spring training. It will be interesting to see how the Cubs new staff on, and off the field evaluates the organization’s time in Arizona.