The I-Cubs looked well on their way to yet another win but the rex spex wearing Nate Robertson faltered late allowing Round Rock to beat the I-Cubs 6-5 in a thriller. The top of the I-Cubs order (1 thru 5) was clicking on all cylinders tonight, going 10-for-21 with two doubles, a home run and two RBI’s. Brett Jackson had a big day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and an RBI. Anthony Rizzo had a rather pedestrian day at the plate going “only” 1-for4 with a double. Travis Wood was shaky but was in line for the victory late, he went five innings giving up three runs on on eight hits, while walking three and striking out seven. Full box score after the jump.
The Chicago Cubs have added another veteran depth pitcher. According to Eyewitness Sport, LHP Nate Robertson has signed with the Chicago Cubs to a minor league deal. Robertson, 34, is most known for the years he spent in Detroit from 2003-2009. He has been used mostly as a starting pitcher throughout his career, with his best season coming in 2006 where he posted a 13-13 record with a 3.84 ERA. Since, his career has been on the decline and last year he had a 7.14 ERA in 18 starts while pitching in Tacoma, the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate.
This signing is yet another way to get depth in the organization. Evident from last year the Cubs do not have a lot of pitching depth and they have spent a lot of the offseason attempting to improve it. While being mainly a starter, it is possible the Cubs picked him up hoping he would be more successful in a left-handed reliever role, but only time will tell. Ultimately this ends up being a low-risk low-reward type signing that might help the team at some point throughout the year, or we may never hear his name again.