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June 2017



Just Kidding About Yesterday’s Title

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Trevor’s title yesterday was “Now Do It Again”.  We all should have it down by now that putting two games together in which the Cubs score more than 2 runs is very hard to come by.  After yesterdays 11 run outburst the Cubs managed to draw a blank as the Miami Marlins defeated the Cubs 2-0.  The Cubs did out hit the Marlins 6-3 but managed, as they have all season, to leave 11 runners stranded on base.  Ian Happ, who produced 2 of the 6 hits, left 3 on base while last nights “offensive player of the game” Addison Russell also left 3 stranded.  Yes, the Cubs do have Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist on the DL, but they still have enough talent in this lineup to score runs at will.  It just seems that they can’t get over the lack of offensive output that began in the divisional series last year.  Hangovers are hard…but they should be easier to get over the younger you are.  Joe Maddon is letting guys take the lineup card to home plate before the game and will keep doing so with that same player until they reach the 10 game win streak.  Money is included in this deal.  Depending on the money…is that very smart for managers to do?  Not saying there are any players willing to throw a game.  But maybe?  Ah, this is Joe.  Why would we expect something different?

John Lackey really didn’t have too bad a night on the mound.  Other than giving up a 458 foot shot on a slurve to Giancarlo Stanton (which we can expect at least one to two dingers off of him per game), he had an effective night by going 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2.  Lackey did give up a single to Dee Gordon to start the 6th and with a 100% chance of Gordon stealing second, Gordon took off on the first pitch and advanced to third as the ball ricocheted off his back leg and into right field to advance him to third.  Christian Yelich followed the intentional/unintentional hit by pitch to Stanton with a sac fly to center to score Gordon.  That was all the runs the Marlins would need as the tandem relief pitchers of Justin Grimm and Brian Duensing threw 2 innings of shut out ball.

Up Next:

The Cubs and Marlins play game 3 of the 4 game set Saturday at 3:10 CT in Miami.  Jon Lester (4-4, 3.83 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Cubs against Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.06 ERA) of the Marlins.

Down On The Farm:

AAA:  Round Rock Express 8  Iowa Cubs 6

SP:  Aaron Brooks (ND, 6.06 ERA)- 5 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 6 K’s, 0 BB, 2 HR’s

Losing Pitcher:  Ross Dewiler (0-2, 8.22 ERA)- 1.1 IP, 5 hits, 4 Runs, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HR

1B: Victor Caratini– 2-5, HR, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

Kyle Schwarber has been given a few extra days before he is to report to Iowa.  The Cubs have been coddling him all this year…no need to stop now.

AA:  (Conclusion of game from June 22)  Mobile BayBears 1  Tennessee Smokies 0

SP:  Preston Morrison (L, 0-7, 4.94 ERA)-  6 IP, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 2 K’s, 3 BB

DH:  Forrestt Allday (.324 Avg.)- 1-1, 1 double, 2 BB’s

2B:  David Bote (.282 Avg.)-  1-3, 1 Double

AA:  (Regular Scheduled Game)  Mobile BayBears 3  Tennessee Smokies 2

SP: Duane Underwood, Jr. (ND, 4.66 ERA)-  6 IP, 5 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 K, 3 BB

LP:  Daury Torrez (4-2, 1.23 ERA)-  0.1 IP, 1 Hit, 1 Run, 1 BB

CF:  Charcer Burks (.313 Avg.)-  1-3. 1 Run, 1 RBI, 1 HR

Advanced A:  Down East Wood Ducks 14  Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6

SP:  Ryan Kellogg (L, 3-4, 4.66 ERA)-  2 IP, 9 Hits, 6 Runs, 1 K, 2 BB

CF:  Conner Myers (.164 Avg.)-  2-3, 1 Run, 1 Triple, 1 BB

A:  (Game 1)  Great Lakes Loons 4  South Bend Cubs 3

SP:  Erling Moreno (ND, 3.46 ERA)-  6 IP, 5 Hits, 3 Runs, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB

LP:  Jared Cheek (1-2, 3.96 ERA)- 0.1 IP, 1 Hit, 1 Run

LF:  Roberto Caro (.279 Avg.)-  2-3, 1 RBI

Note: Former Oklahoma Sooner Cody Thomas with the walk off HR

(Game 2)  Great Lakes Loons 3  South Bend Cubs 2

SP:  Manuel Rondon (ND, 4.57 ERA)-  5.2 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Run, 6 K’s, 4 BB

LP:  Chad Hockin (1-3, 3.68 ERA)-  1.2 IP, 4 Hits, 3 Runs, 0 ER, 1 K

RF:  Chris Pieters (.250 Avg.)-  2-4, 1 Run, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Note:  Former Oklahoma Sooner Cody Thomas hits two homers for the Loons (3 total for the DH)


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