I was out for most of the day yesterday so I'm going to play a little catch-up here with some notes and quick recaps...
Cubs Den on the Radio
Just a quick heads up that I'll be on WGN Radio 720 today talking Cubs with David Kaplan. The show is called Cubs Insider and it's on leading up to the Cubs broadcast, though I don't know exactly when I'll be on. I've been on the radio before but I have to admit I was really nervous for this one, but I'm sure Kap and the crew will make me sound like I'm a pro....
Quick Cubs Recap
No recap yesterday but the Cubs did lose 5-2 when Randy Wells ran into some problems in the 4th inning. A leadoff double by Hunter Pence got it started and Wells was partly done in by his own control issues, as he walked 3 batters, including the pitcher. Carlos Ruiz singled home the first run and then Jimmy Rollins doubled home 2 more to knock Wells out of the game.
New pitcher Michael Bowden came in to get the last out and pitched 2.1 solid innings, yielding a run on a solo shot by Ruiz in the 6th. Shawn Camp and Scott Maine each pitched a scoreless inning to close things out. Maine continues to be impressive since his callup and has shown better control so far than he has in the past.
In what is becoming a familiar theme, the Cubs offense was provided by Starlin Castro (1 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI, 2 sBs), Bryan LaHair (RBI double), and Tony Campana (PH single and a run scored).
- Welington Castillo made his debut and went 0 for 3. Dale Sveum has said he plans to play Castillo more than he did Steve Clevenger.
- On a related note, Steve Clevenger's injury appears to be somewhat serious. Sveum said it will likely be more than "2-3 weeks".
- Most dismal stat of the day. The Cubs lineup walked zero times and struck out 11.
Nashville 3 - Iowa 0
- Iowa's offense was shut down as only Dave Sappelt, Anthony Rizzo, and Josh Vitters managed hits.
- It wasted yet another great effort by Chris Rusin, who went 6 shutout innings while yielding only 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4. His ERA on the year is now 2.63.
- Rodrigo Lopez worked a scoreless inning in relief.
- Casey Coleman took the loss, giving up all 3 runs in his 2 innings of work.
Jackson 6 - Tennessee 4
- Third straight tough outing for RHP Dallas Beeler who went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs. He continues to show great control this year but he's getting hit more and is striking out less. He's throwing strikes. He's just not missing bats. His ERA on the year is a still solid 3.29.
- Recently promoted LHP Casey Harman gave up a run in 1.2 innings while the red hot Alberto Cabrera gave up a run for the first time in a few outings. He allowed one run in 1.2 innings and his ERA stands at 2.31.
- CF Jae-Hoon Ha had a solid day with 2 hits, a walk, and an RBI. He's had an up and down season so far, however. His line for the year is .261/.327/.330
- 1B Justin Bour is creeping his way up toward respectability. Two more hits raised his average to .247, although the big power hitting first baseman has just 2 HRs so far.
- RF Michael Burgess continues to acquit himself well in AA after being stuck at high class A Ball for 3 years. He hit his 3rd HR of the year. He also hit a double and had 3 RBI on the day. Burgess is hitting .273/.329/.470. He's hitting for a better average than he has so far as a professional, but his walks are down a bit. Power is his main tool.
- 3B Matt Cerda made his return from the DL and continued to do what he always does, which is get on base. He did it three times with a single, double, and a walk.
Daytona 7 - Lakeland 2
- The pitching was a combined effort today with 4 pitches splitting up the duties. Matt Loosen returned from the DL and pitched the most at 2 2/3 innings and gave up a run. Edward Figueroa picked it up from there and pitched 2.1 innings for the win. After Brian Schlitter came in and gave up 2 innings and gave up the only other run, closer prospect Tony Zych finished the game with 2 shutout innings. Zych lowered his ERA to 2.25.
- CF Matt Szczur continues to get on and cause problems for opponents on the basepaths. He had one hit, a double, but did steal his 12th base and scored 2 runs.
- Fringe OF prospect Elisier Bonne had a 3 hit day and stole his 6th base. He was also caught for the 4th time. Bonne is a Cuban player and has some decent speed and some potential for some extra base pop, but he's 25 and he's in Class A ball.
- Fellow Cuban Rubi Silva is the better prospect between the two. He had 2 hits on the day to raise his line to .338/.400/.471. The versatile player was in CF today.
- Ronald Torreyes has cooled off the past couple of days. He went 0 for 4 as his average is plummeting southward again (.247). It's been quite an up and down year for the second baseman.
Fort Wayne 6 - Peoria 5
- I'm beginning to think slight, but hard throwing RHP Jose Rosario future may lie in the bullpen. He started with 2 scoreless innings before tailing off and getting hit hard the second time through the order. He went 5 innings and gave up 5 runs. He walked 2 and struck out 5.
- Even with the rough start, the Chiefs managed to stay tied at 5, but Austin Reed, who had been off to a nice start, but has been roughed up a little of late. Today he gave up the go ahead run and took the loss.
- RHP Yao-Lin Wang had yet another scoreless inning. That's 11 now if you're counting. He's only allowed 5 baserunners on the year (2 hits and 3 walks) while striking out 9.
- Zeke DeVoss went 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
- 1B Paul Hoilman got the scoring started with a 2 run double.
- Pin-Chieh Chen looks like he understands his role quite well. He got 2 more walks and a hit. The speedy Chen has a small frame and doesn't expect to get bigger or project for much power, so getting on base needs to be his game. His OBP is at .371 for the year.
- 3B Wes Darvill had a hit and scored a run.
- OF Taiwan Easterling is making his way to the Mendoza line after a horrific start. 2 more hits today brought his average to .185. He also had an RBI, a run scored, and stole 2 bases to give him 5 on the season.