Riding the Bus: May 7, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY • MAY 7, 2015

Myrtle Beach 5-7 Final

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Walk-off!  The Pelicans improved to a seasons best seven games over .500 with a 2-1 win over Salem thanks to a Billy McKinney walk-off dinger!  You can also thank Duane Underwood for dominating on the mound.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis is an on base machine, he was 0-for-2 with three walks in the win.
  • Billy McKinney is similar to Zagunis in regards to being one of those on base machines, he was 1-for-1 with FOUR walks, said walk-off dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Trey Martin each had one hit, both singles.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start tonight, and was brilliant.  He worked seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Juan Paniagua was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch picked up his second win of the season, he worked a scoreless inning in doing so.

Tennessee Smokies 5-7 Final

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a 5-4 loss.  The Smokies scored four times in the first inning and couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora has picked up where he left off before the injury, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, he’s hitting .310 on the season.
  • Kyle Schwarber was solid in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had the big hit for the Smokies, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Elliot Soto was the best of the bunch tonight, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start, and he struggled with his command, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out seven.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis picked up the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on three hits.

South Bend 5-7 Final

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Things got a little close late in this one but the South Bend Cubs hung on to beat Bowling Green 3-2.  Not many teams can say that as Bowling Green boasts a 17-11 record on the year, tonight the Cubs had just enough.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks has been great this year, it continued tonight, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two RBI’s.
  • Justin Marra found some extra base magic, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and a walk.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid as well, he went 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the year, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a nice game, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Gleyber Torres continues to get on base, he was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start, and he does what he usually does, put up zeroes.  He worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was touched up, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Farris had his shortest outing of the year, but it was all he needed to pick up his third save of the year.  He worked a third of an inning to shut the door.

Iowa Cubs 5-7 Final

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The Iowa Cubs didn’t have much going in this one, but found a way to push four runs across the plate in the seventh for a 4-1 victory in Nashville.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara has been flashing the power in Iowa, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, his fourth dinger, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Mike Baxter has been solid all year, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jonathan Mota was right in the middle of the action, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
  • John Andreoli, Chris Valaika, and Taylor Davis all had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start, and continues to make a push to be promoted, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Gonzalez Germen has been awesome in Iowa, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win, he struck out two in the process.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning to pick up his second hold of the year.
  • Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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Riding the Bus: May 2, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • MAY 2, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-2 Final

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A number of teams are having trouble beating Oklahoma City this year, you can add Iowa to said list as they lost yet again to the Dodger, 4-1.

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On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start and was the hard luck loser as he was brilliant.  Wada worked seven innings, giving up two run, both unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Yoanner Negrin couldn’t keep things close late in this one, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 5-2 Final

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After losing both an early and late lead, Tennessee somehow found a way to pull this one out with a run in the tenth.  Of course that run came from a Kyle Schwarber dinger, hero.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber only had one hit but it was a big one, he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach got back on track, he was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno has been good all year, he was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.
  • Bijan Rademacher provided the early fireworks, he was 1-for-4 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and was missing bats left and right, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out ten(!).
  • Starling Peralta has been good all year, he was again last night, he worked two scoreless innings while surrendering three hits.
  • P.J. Francescon picked up a blown save, and a win, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-2 Final

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Things got a little dicey for the Pelicans late in this one, but they were able to weather the storm and hang on for a 5-4 win over Lynchburg.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis flashed some rare power, he was 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin was productive in the win, he was 1-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver had a great game from the bottom of the order, he was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn got the start, and picked up his second win of the season, he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had an off and on appearance, he worked two innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tayler Scott, and Jasvir Rakkar both worked a scoreless inning late with Rakkar picking up his second save of the season.

South Bend 5-2 Final

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It’s nice to be on this side of things, after blowing a number of saves early this year the South Bend Cubs finally registered a come back win of their own.  Trailing 4-2 in the eighth the Cubs pushed three runs across to the delight of the sellout crowd in South Bend.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is terrorizing Midwest League pitching, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored.
  • Chesny Young had a great game, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer has been outstanding, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, and is hitting .356 on the season.
  • Yasiel Balaguert made his one hit count, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  •  Trevor Clifton started this one, and didn’t get much help behind him.  Clisfton worked five innings, giving up three runs, on earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Tyler Ihrig was great out of the pen, and earned his first win of the season.  Ihrig worked three innings, giving up one run on four hits in the process.
  • James Farris was perfect in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season, he struck out the side as well.

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Riding the Bus: April 27, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • APRIL 27, 2015

Note:  Iowa game two was postponed.  South Bend, and Myrtle Beach were off tonight.

Iowa Cubs 4-27 Final

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Not a whole lot of punch from Iowa tonight as they were smoked by the Sky Sox 7-0.  Game two of the series was postponed, not a very productive night.

At the Plate:

  • Mike Baxter continued his solid 2015, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, he’s now hitting .350 on the season.
  • Chris Valaika was one of the few Cubs to find success at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a walk, he was also caught stealing.
  • Christian Villanueva was the only other Cubs player to register a hit, he was 1-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada didn’t have much of anything tonight, he worked five innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on twelve hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, surrendering no hits while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-27 Final

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Tennessee didnt really put muich together in this one as they lost to Chattanooga 5-3.  It was a 4-1 game in the bottom of the seventh were the Smokies were able to push two runs across to cut the deficit to one, that was  as close as they could get in this one.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was outstanding again, he wen 2-for-3 with a walk, a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ryan Dent had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored,

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and struggled just a bit, he worked five innings, giving up four runs on four hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Jeffry Antigua was outstanding, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen struggled, he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while walking three.

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Riding the Bus: April 22, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 22, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-22 Final

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The Iowa Cubs are struggling a bit since the departure of Kris Bryant, today was no different as they blew a late 3-2 lead en route to a 6-3 defeat.

At the Plate:

  • Jonathan Mota has had a hot start to 2015, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .355 on the season.
  • Junior Lake was solid, he was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.
  • John Andreoli was all over the bases, he was 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Taylor Davis, and Matt Szczur each had one hit in the loss this afternoon.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada is working his way back from injury, he tossed 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking four, and striking out five.
  • Hunter Cervenka struggled in his return to AAA, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits while walking four, and striking out three.
  • Joe Ortiz struggled with his command, he worked two innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking two, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-22 Final

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Things got off to a promising start for Myrtle Beach as they pushed across a run in the first, but that was it as they fell to Winston-Salem 4-1.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a decent day, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and yet another outfield assist.
  • Wes Darvill had the best day, and he didn’t even start, he went 3-for-3 with a double, and a stolen base.
  • Billy McKinney, and Victor Caratini each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez got the start, and the loss today as be struggled with finding the plate.  Martinez worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking four (see?), and striking out one.
  • Josh Conway was knocked around a bit, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was outstanding again today, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, he did not surrender a hit, and struck out two.

South Bend 4-22 Final

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There really isn’t much to say about this one, everything went right for South Bend as they destroyed Great Lakes 16-3.  The Cubs pounded out twenty hits, and we the beneficiary of five errors in the win.

At the Plate (just going to list them):

  • Trey Martin went 2-for-6 with a double, and two runs scored.
  • Chesny Young was 3-for-3 with a stolen base, and four runs scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya went 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and three runs scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer was 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Justin Marra was 1-for-1 with his second dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jesse Hodges went 2-for-6 with a double, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Gleyber Torres was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Charcer Burks was 2-for-3 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Rashad Crawford went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Jeremy Null didn’t much help at all in this one, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up three hits, surrendering no walks, and striking out four.
  • Tommy Thorpe picked up the save, yes, a save.  He worked three innings giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-22 Final

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Another monster blow out tonight, this time it was the Smokies going all sorts of crazy on the Jackson Generals.  After breaking out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first, the Smokies gave all four of them back to tie the game up.  It was all Smokies, scoring eight runs over the next eight innings en route to a 13-4 win.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen went 3-for-4, with a double, two walks, two runs scored.
  • Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a two runs scored.
  • Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-6 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-5 with a double, a dinger, a walk, five RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Stephen Bruno was 2-for-5 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Elliot Soto went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Ryan Dent wasnt 2-for-5 with a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro got the start, and picked up the win, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out six.
  • Zach Cates was solid tonight, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Starling Peralta worked 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out three.

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Riding the Bus: April 17, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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FRIDAY • APRIL 17, 2015

 Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final

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The Pelicans didn’t get much in this one, but thanks to Daury Torrez it was enough for a win.   Trailing 1-0, the Pelicans scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-1 en route to a 3-2 victory.  There were chances all over the base paths in this one, but the Pelicans could only go 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position, hurts less when you win though.

At the Plate:

  • Billy McKinney is off to a slow start this year, but had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • Jeimer Candelario was a big factor in the win, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers has been really good this year, he was again tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Lockhart continues his hot start, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and was pretty good despite some command issues, he worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking three, and striking out four.
  • James Pugliese turned in a solid relief effort, he tossed 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Matt Brazis worked the final inning and two-thirds to pick up his first save of the season, he walked two, and struck out one.

South Bend 4-17 Final

 

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Offensive explosion for South Bend in this one as they pounded out fourteen hits, and scored eleven run to take care of Fort Wayne 11-3.  Four different Cubs had multi-hit games, and they were 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position, if you get twenty one opportunities with runners in scoring position you should win.  It was 11-0 in the 5th inning so Cubs pitchers had an easy go of it, and cruised through the rest of this one.

At the Plate:

  • Chesny Young had an interesting night, he was 1-for-2 with FOUR walks, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer is on fire right now (not literally), he went 3-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .467 on the season.
  • Jason Volser had a productive day, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez and the bottom of the order did some work tonight, Baez was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • The eight hitter Charcer Burks finished the night 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • The ninth hitter Rashad Crawford was 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, and two runs scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was pretty solid.  Leal worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Jordan Minch was knocked around a bit out of the pen, he tossed two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tyler Ihrig cleaned things up in this one, nicely.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game One

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Pitching dominated game one in Tennessee as neither team could scratch across a run until the Smokies were able walk-off in the bottom of the 7th (Minor league DH’s are seven innings).  The Smokies only had one chance with runners in scoring position, and they capitalized.  The pitching was outstanding for Tennessee as they kept Pensacola off the board, and only allowed two hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was back in the lineup tonight, he went 0-for-1 with two walks, he’s hitting .308 on the season.
  • Dan Vogelbach continues to be the story of the minor league season so far, he was 2-for-3 in this one, which raised his average to .500, that’s on the season.
  • The lone RBI came from Bijan Rademacher, who was 1-for-3 in game one.

On the Mound:

  • Ivan Pineyro got the start and was about as good as he could be, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits while walking none, and striking out three.
  • Hunter Cervenka earned his first save of the year, he worked a scoreless inning while walking one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-17 Final Game Two

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Much of the same for the Smokies in game two as they were only able to score once while registering six hits in a 4-1 loss.  The defense didn’t do much to help out the pitching staff in this one, they committed four errors rendering three of the four runs unearned.  Other than that the pitching was outstanding once again, just a sloppy defensive effort.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher had another solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored in the night cap.
  • Dan Vogelbach is a man possessed right now, he was 3-for-3 in game two, he is now hitting .556 on the season.
  • Stephen Bruno, who did not start game two, went 2-for-2 but did make two costly errors.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the game two start and was pretty good, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis was tremendous out of the pen, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering no hits, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago bounced back with a nice outing, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.
  • Zach Cates was the hard luck loser in this one, he worked two innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.

Iowa Cubs 4-17 Final

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Rough night for the Iowa Cubs as they played their first game AB (After Bryant), and could only manage two runs on five hits in a 3-2 loss.  The Cubs really had no answer for Oklahoma City pitching all night, and were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  On the bright side, the Cubs pitching got a healthy Tsuyoshi Wada back tonight, and he threw the ball well.

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On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada made his 2015 debut tonight after some lingering injuiries that lasted through camp.  Wada worked 4.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Yoanner Negrin was knocked around in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Drake Britton was outstanding out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, surrendering no hits while striking out two.
  • Blake Cooper kept this close late, he worked a scoreless inning, giving only one hit in doing so.

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Spring Fever – March 13, 2015 (SS Action, Vegas Roster, Broadcast Info)

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Busy few days coming up for the Cubs as half the roster will be headed to Vegas for a couple of games this weekend against the A’s.  The Cubs will take on the Indians in Arizona today at 3:05 PM CST with Tsuyoshi Wada getting the ball, there is no TV for that game, but can be heard through MLB.tv with a subscription.  The night cap will feature Jake Arrieta, first pitch is at 7:05 PM CST and will be on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, finally.  The lineup for the Indians game has already been posted, no lineup for tonight yet, but the rosters are below.

vs. Indians – 3:05 PM CST

1. Denorfia – DH
2. Szczur – CF
3. Alcantara – 2B
4. Castro – SS
5. Olt – 3B
6. Coghlan – RF
7. Ross – C
8. Sweeney – LF
9. Baxter – 1B

SP – Wada

Here’s the roster for Vegas this weekend, should be exciting.

vs. Athletics – 7:05 PM CST – (CSN Chicago)

1. Fowler – CF
2. Rizzo – 1B
3. Soler – RF
4. Montero – C
5. Baez – 2B
6. Bryant – DH
7. Lake – LF
8. La Stella – 3B
9. Russell – SS

SP – Jake Arrieta

Pitchers:

** 3/13/2015 **
Arrieta (3 innings)
Jokisch (3 innings)
Parker (1 inning)
Roach (2 innings)

** 3/14/2015 **
Hendricks (3 innings)
Edwards (2 innings)
Ortiz (1 inning)
Britton (1 inning)
Rivero (1 inning)
Batista (1 inning)

** Minor league pitchers **
Peraksis
Batista
Pimentel
Jensen
Negren

** Position Players **
Teagarden – C
Montero  – C
Schwarber – C
Brockmeyer – C
Rizzo – 1B
Baez – 2B
La Stella – IF
Russell – SS
Herrera – IF
Bryant – 3B
Villanueva – 3B
Valaika – UTIL
Lake – LF
Soler – RF
Almora – CF
Fowler – CF

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Rotation Coming Together; Lester Set For Opening Night

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On a rainy Arizona day, Joe Maddon made some comments about the rotation.  Kyle Hendricks will be in the rotation to start the season, there had been some speculation that he wasn’t ticketed for a rotation spot earlier on but that was unfounded.  The news gives Cubs fans an idea of what will be happening this spring, an all out battle for the number five spot between Edwin Jackson, Travis Wood, Felix Doubront, Tsuyoshi Wada, and others, namely Jacob Turner.

The other news out of camp today… Jon Lester is your opening day starter.  To me this was a done deal as soon as the Cubs committed loads of money to the lefty, but some fans thought that Jake Arrieta earned the chance to be that guy.  Spring games start THIS THURSDAY, the rotation has been announced; Wood vs A’s, Turner vs SF on Thursday, Lester on Friday, Hammel/Doubront on Saturday; Arrieta/Wada on Sunday; Jackson/Hendricks on Monday.

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