Cubs lose 6-2 to the Tony Campanas of Arizona

Cubs lose 6-2 to the Tony Campanas of Arizona

Well, this was a real punch in the gut.

Not only did Cubs pitchers walk 8 batters, but they got clubbed by Tony Campana's bat.  The ex-Cubs outfielder had a double, a triple, and 2 RBI.


  • Anthony Rizzo had a pair of hits, including an RBI double.
  • Jorge Soler put together a nice AB.  He worked the count and then tripled over the left-fielder's head.
  • The Cubs tried Junior Lake in CF.
  • Christian Villanueva played great defense.
  • Other than Michael Bowden and Rafael Dolis, the Cubs got a solid effort from their bullpen today.

Here's the box score...

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  • At least some of the young prospects are getting some playing
    time with the injuries. By what day to they have to deceide if
    they are going to keep Stewart and pay him his full salary.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I think they'll wait as long as possible. First day is the 16th, so that doesn't give him a lot of time.

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    Not liking the B Jax two strikeouts.. John you know how Lakes defense was in center.. Seem comfortable?

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    I don't think he had any tough chances. Unfortunately I was in and out all day. Only heard him field a single up the middle.

  • Looks like Appel has something to prove. I really like that he he seem to have a chip on his shoulder.

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    In reply to KGallo:

    Million dollar question: will that chip be there after he signs?

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Very true. I still like Manaea more.

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    John, are Dolis' days numbered in this organization???

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Not in the short term. They're not going to give up on a 97 mph two seamer. I'm sure they're as frustrated as we are but the Cubs don't have a whole lot of impact arms at the upper levels. He'll get a chance to right himself in AAA -- but that patience can only last so long. Can't get by on potential forever. He's going to have to start translating that to performance this year.

  • This is a fantastic blog, but honestly, how would John have any idea other than an educated guess?

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    In reply to Eric:

    Not sure where this comment is coming from, but as for me, I'd take John's educated guesses over what most Cubs' bloggers present as facts any day of the year and twice on Sunday. John is right almost as often as Ron and Rand Paul in my book.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Ditto dude.

  • In reply to Eric:


    If you need to ask "how would John have any idea other than an educated guess?", then you obviously don't visit here very often.

    I'm one of those bloggers who ask John questions. Lots of them. Sometimes 2 or 3 a week. Why? Because John knows baseball and the Cubs inside out. Maybe even better than the Cubs FO themselves. If I want a really good projection of when Javier Baez will arrive and at what position; or if I wonder whatever happened to Trey McNutt; or if I ask who the heck is Asemendy Alcantara and why he's in line to become our next shortstop -- then I ask John.

    Sure, there are lots of "experts" who are paid big bucks to write about the Cubs and attract readership. The same ones who said Marmol for Haren was a done deal. And Anibal Sanchez was signed, sealed, and delivered. Both times John wrote "Hold on guys, let's wait for a confirmation". And do you know any other writer who predicted (back in August!) that the Cubs would go after Scott Baker and Scott Feldman?

    So, if it's ok with you, I'll keep reading this blog and asking John lots of questions. I tend to prefer writers that research their teams over those writers who just throw guesses against the wall and hope that occasionally something sticks.

  • "Go Tony Go! Go Tony Go!, Tony Be Good!"

  • Micheal Bowden STINKS. He STILL cannot throw strikes. I wasn't impressed by his games in Sept last year, mostly against minor leaguers. He needs to be released.

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