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I'm Done With Jason Marquis

Friday, June 27th, 2008

First Star – Aubrey Huff (.215)

Second Star – Radhames Liz (.148)

Third Star – Kevin Millar (.079)

Turd of the Game – Jason Marquis (-.331)


 

I take it back. I take back all of the nice things I said about Jason Marquis. Shame on me for even thinking that he had turned things around and figured it out. Shame on you for listening and, God forbid, believing any of that nonsense I spat out. I feel so ashamed. I want to crawl under a rock and die. Well, maybe not that bad, but I do feel stupid for even suggesting it. I’m done with Jason Marquis. The problem then becomes what do we do with him. Let’s be honest, when we look at the options.

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Trade Him – Good luck with that. The time to trade him is when his stock is at the highest, but at the same time, is it out of the question to think there would be some, albeit mild, interest in him for the stretch run? Granted we probably wouldn’t get the type of returns on him that we’d like, but at this time the heck with the cheese, let me out of the trap. With that being said, who would want him?

  • New York Yankees – With Wang going down and the fact that they’re trying out guys like Sidney Ponson, it’s not out of the question to think they would be willing to take a gamble on him.
  • Minnesota Twins – They’ve been hotter than hell itself lately, winning night straight. Quick, name their rotation. You can’t. It’s Francisco Liriano and who? Boof Bonser? Seriously? Why not Marquis?
  • Florida Marlins – No one could have imagined that they would be where they are. I know this one seems far fetched, but they wanted Jacque Jones last year so why not? They come into today’s action with an ERA over 5.00 for the starting rotation. They could use the help.

Place Him on Waivers – This one is a little extreme, but if it comes down to the fact that you need to replace him the rotation it may come down to that. What’s going to happen when Zambrano comes back? There’s not a need to stick with Marquis over a younger, higher ceiling player in Sean Marshall. That seems to indicate to me that we’ve got to start shopping Marquis actively before Zambrano comes back or be forced to move on Marshall. I’d really like to see Marshall make his last start or two memorable and give Hendry something to think about.

Outright Release / Demotion to AAA – This one isn’t feasible, but an option. He’s out of minor league options, so he would not only have to clear waivers, but also accept a demotion as well. I think we’ve seen in Jason’s past that he’s not about that option so that would lead to his outright release. If it comes down to clearing dead weight, it may need to come down to that. I just have a hard time seeing the Cubs eat the contract money left on his deal. Essentially they would need to eat about $12 million. That’s not happening.

If we don’t trade Marquis, even for peanuts, I really think we’re stuck with him and need to do something to get him to be successful. I’m not sure what that is, but something needs to be done.

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Smokies Bomb West Tenn 11-5

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Jackson, TN – All nine Smokies starters had at least one run batted in as The Tennessee Smokies (34-45, 7-2) won for a season best fifth straight game on route to blowing out West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (44-35, 3-5) at Pringles Park, 11-5 Wednesday Night.

Tennessee broke out to an early seven run lead with four in the first, and a three run second. Tyler Colvin tripled home Nate Spears making it 1-0. Matt Craig sent home Colvin with a single and moved Jake Fox, who drew a walk down to second. Doug Deeds then doubled home Fox setting up a Kyle Reynolds Sacrifice Fly and a 4-0 lead.

The second inning got going with a leadoff single by Matt Camp and Sam Fuld reaching on a fielders choice. Spears doubled to centerfield scoring Camp and moving Fuld to third. Colvin and Fox then would both collect run producing sacrifice flies making it 7-0 Smokies.

West Tenn broke threw against Tennessee starter Mitch Atkins with a run in the second. Johan Limonta doubled to start the inning and scored on a throwing error on third baseman Kyle Reynolds.

The Smokies scored three more in the fifth for a 10-1 lead. West Tenn reliever Craig James walked the first four batters of the frame forcing home a run. Matt Camp then ground into a fielders choice scoring the second and Sam Fuld doubled in the third.

Matt Mangini doubled home three runs with two gone in the sixth to knock Atkins out of the game making the score, 11-4.

Mitch Atkins (7-6) pitched 5.2 innings in the start allowing three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Atkins recorded his third straight win in as many starts.

Mark Holliman pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts.

The Smokies continue their series Friday Night in Jackson, TN. Lefthander Donnie Veal (4-5) will start against the Diamond Jaxx righthander Ryan Katchner (6-2).

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Boise Hawks Win 10-1 over Everett

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Three Boise pitchers combined on a two-hitter and Ryan Flaherty knocked in three runs as the Hawks topped the Everett AquaSox 10-1, before 3,022 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Casey Coleman went the first four innings, allowing just a Nate Tenbrink solo home run, striking out four, with Mike Perconte scattering a lone single in four relief innings, striking out seven to notch the win.

The Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, keyed by a two-run Michael Brenly single.  Flaherty would add a solo home run in the fifth to make it 6-1, then cap the scoring with a two-run double in the eighth.

Josh Vitters had an RBI single in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to nine games, while Ryan Keedy went 3-for-3. The Hawks return home tomorrow to open a three-game series with the Yakima Bears, with Marcus Hatley getting the start for Boise.

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Ho Hum, another win

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

First Star – Jay Payton (.210)

Second Star – Geo Soto (.189)

Third Star – Jim Edmonds (.146)

Turd of the Game – Lance Cormier (-.207)


  • Ted Lilly look so so. It seems to me that this year he tends to pitch to the competition. When the Cubs get him runs, Lilly relaxes a little bit and isn’t as sharp. When he needs to allow very few, he’s gotten that done of late. I’m not OK with that when it comes to playoff time.
  • Jim Edmonds hit another home run and I’m slowly begining to fall in love with him. You always see other teams sign guys and find them resurrect their career, if only for a season, but never us. This year we may have found one in Edmonds.
  • Carlos Marmol had a positive outing yesterday. Does that have you encouraged or are you still apprehensive. I know I’m still nervous.
  • Eric Patterson in the leadoff spot didn’t work last night. Ideally, I’d like to see him in the # 2 spot, but with Fukudome in the leadoff spot, that would essentially mean Theriot is bumped to 8th. That seems like a waste of how hot Theriot has been this year.


Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Radhames Liz worked through the second-shortest start of his career in his last outing, when he lasted just two-plus innings and gave up five earned runs. Liz has given up two home runs in each of his last two starts after not allowing any through his first two outings. The right-hander has gotten more than twice as many fly outs (28) as groundouts (12).

  • His lanky frame, long arms and great stuff help him crank the ball into the upper 90′s. He also throws a curve, slider and change.
  • He gives up far too many walks. For a pitcher with such a live arm, he also gets hit too much. His mechanics lead to wildness and might lead to arm trouble.
  • A mid-rotation starter with ace stuff.
  • 0-0, 9.72 in last 8.1 IP
  • Pitch Usage – Fastball (71%), Slider (13%), Changeup (12%) Curveball (3%), Other (2%)

Jason Marquis is coming off a win against the White Sox. He gave up five runs on eight hits over seven innings last Saturday, and benefited from a nine-run fourth inning. He’s now won four in a row. Marquis also is 2-0 so far against American League teams. However, he doesn’t have much history against the Orioles. Marquis has totaled three innings against them over two games.

All Scouting Info taken from MLB.com, TSN.ca, and ESPN.com

News & Notes

  • Hung-Wen Chen only allowed one run in 6.0 innings pitched
  • Rebel Ridling hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Luis Bautista hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Clifford Andersen was 3-for-4
  • James Russell struck out 5 batters and only allowed 3 earned runs over 6.2 innings pitched yesterday

Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – No Game

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Won vs. West Tenn (6-3)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – No Game

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Won vs. Burlington (3-1)

(SS) – Boise Hawks – Won vs. Everett (4-3)

(RK) – Arizona Cubs – No Game

(RK) – Dominican Summer League Cubs – Won vs. Yankees (8-4)

View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.

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This Loss Gets Chalked Up To Lou Piniella

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

First Star – Luke Scott (.224)

Second Star – George Sherrill (.181)

Third Star – Ryan Theriot (.133)

Turd of the Game – Sean Marshall (-.212)

Honorable Mention Turd – Lou Piniella

How can you make all that money and then strikeout? - I’ve been reading “Where’s Harry” by Steve Stone lately. I’ve read it before, but it’s such a nice and easy read that adds so much humor to my bathroom time and I wholeheartedly recommend it if you have never read it. I bring it up because I know that would’ve been something Harry would say in the situation we were in last night in the 9th. We load the bases, look to be charging back and taking no prisoners only to see three straight hitters strikeout with the bases loaded. Ronny Cedeno, I can see that one and accept it. Fukudome striking out in that situation surprises me and disappoints me a lot. Then, in a curious move, Lou pulls Eric Patterson in favor of pinch hitter supreme, Henry Blanco? What the heck? Blanco gets at bats so seldomly because he’s a backup catcher that bringing him in in a situation like that is like forfeiting the game. Why not leave Patterson in? He had reached base twice that game and has been hitting the ball well in the last three. I blame this loss I Lou.

Sean Marshall…Good or Bad? Revenge of the Creature ipod – I can’t make up my mind on this one. If you watched the game last night, Marshall was outstanding in the first few innings and was in command of every one of his pitches. His curveball, though not as knee buckling as Rich Hill, was working well and snapping right over the plate to get guys looking. There were several times when I would think the ball was going to be high and outside only to see it snap over the plate at the last second. At the same time, you look and see that when all was said and done, his line showed four runs allowed in less than five innings of work. Obviously he’s not Carlos Zambrano, despite taking his spot in the rotation, but Marshall is a guy that I think can be a consistent, back of the rotation guy. Take a look at how he’s done in his career in the majors and you’ll see a guy that has been, at the very least, consistent in keeping the team in the game. He’s not going to go 7+ on a night in and night out basis, but he’s got good stuff.

The trade that wasn’t – All offseason we heard that the Brian Roberts deal to the Cubs was just about finished and would be done before the end of spring training. I mentioned in December that Roberts would not be a Cub. The question then becomes if that lack of trade was a blessing or a mistake. I pose the question to you. Rich Hill was one of the pitchers mentioned in the deal and we’ve seen what he’s done this year. Mark DeRosa has been a stable option at second base and has provided versatility when needed. Ryan Theriot has stepped up at SS, which was a place that some said Roberts could fill in at to keep DeRosa in the lineup. Even CF has been acceptable. So I pose the question to you. Do you wish the trade would’ve gone down?

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Matt Murton Needs To Go

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

First Star - Ryan Dempster (.298)

Second Star – Eric Patterson (.119)

Third Star – Derrek Lee (.109)

Turd of the Game – Javier Vazquez (-.174)

 


 

I took two things away from this game last night and both were encouraging to me.

  1. Ryan Dempster is legit - Not only has he been great this year as a converted starter, which a way more than anyone could’ve asked for, but he understands that going back to the rotation takes a ton of preparation on his part. I’ve heard from several sources, including Dempster last night on the broadcast that he was doing immense amounts of training to assure his body is ready for 200+ innings of work this year. Teammates have said that when they called him in the off-season, he would not be able to hang out because he was always in the gym. Lou Piniella has said that he runs like a mad man. All of these things coupled with the fact that, according to Dempster, he understands how to watch film now after hanging with Greg Maddux, seems to have transformed him into a completely different pitcher than he was when he was with Florida and Cincy. He’s not that guy anymore and I’m completely invested.
  2. Eric Patterson needs to get the nod – On Tuesday, the Cubs have already made it clear that Sean Marshall will be the guy that gets the call to replace Zambrano in the rotation. That being said, someone has to be optioned back to AAA. There are a few choices: Micah Hoffpauir has options remaining, but with Daryle Ward still on the shelf, it seems more valuable to keep his versatility on the roster to be able to spell Derrek Lee at first or give you a lefty bat off the bench. Eric Patterson usually gets the boot when these things come up, but after the two games he’s had in the Sox series, how can you possibly demote the guy? That really only leaves Matt Murton. It seems like a raw deal, especially when you want to showcase Murton for a trade, but ultimately someone has to go and it seems like it should be Murton. What are your thoughts?
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It's Time To Forgive

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

First Star - Dewayne Wise (.221)

Second Star – Aramis Ramirez (.189)

Third Star – Eric Patterson (.186)

Turd of the Game – Jose Contreras (-.650)

 


Correct me if I’m wrong on this and you don’t agree, but I think it’s time we embrace Jim Edmonds. He’s hitting remarkably better than he was with San Diego and has come up with the left handed power in the lineup that we needed. It’s nice to have Daryle Ward’s bat off the bench from the left side, but to have him and Edmonds with the ability to take a ball out of the park on a regular basis is even better. The best part about it is that we’re paying next to nothing for him because San Diego picked up his entire contract when they released him. It’s been tough for me to learn to like this guy because of his history as a Cardinal, but I think it’s time we relax and embrace Jim Edmonds as a vital part of this team down the stretch, that is unless your name is Felix Pie, who is probably pissed that Edmonds is doing so well.

  • Eric Patterson had a great game in the # 2 hole and if it were up to me, should get another start out there today. He did drop a ball near the bullpen mound early in the game, but it was a tough play to make. I was glad he didn’t get charged with an error on it.
  • Is anyone out there beginning to worry about Carlos Marmol? He’s not looking good of late at all. Another wild outing yesterday with three walks.
  • If I told you at the beginning of the year that Kerry Wood would have a shot at saving 40+ games, would you have believed me?
  • Another nice game by Derrek Lee. Hopefully this is a sign that he’s breaking out of his slump because he’s the catalyst for this offense in the middle of the order.
  • Jason Marquis had some positives and negatives to his outing yesterday. On one hand, he gave up five runs, but at the same time he went seven innings, which has been a problem of his. My biggest complaint about Marquis in the early going has been the lack of ability to work deep into the game, which taxes the bullpen. If he can get into the 6th and 7th consistently, even if he doesn’t win very much, it will go a long way toward contributing to our overall success.

 

The Tennessee Smokies jumped out to an early lead on the visiting Mobile BayBears and never looked back in a convincing 8-1 win in front of 5,051 fans at Smokies Park. The win vaulted the Smokies to 3-2 for the second half of the season, as Mitch Atkins (6-6) had his most solid outing of the season.

The Smokies offense got going early tonight, scoring three runs in the first and second innings to chase BayBears starter Cody Evans (2-4). Evans walked the first two batters he faced in the game in Sam Fuld and Matt Camp, and still nearly escaped the inning unscathed. With two out, Kyle Reynolds laced a single to right field to score Fuld, and the Smokies took the early lead. Tennessee was then aided by a fielding error by Mobile shortstop Yunesky Sanchez, which scored two runs and gave the Smokies a 3-0 lead.

Tennessee tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Fuld cracked a double down the right field line and then stole third base to move into scoring position with one out. After Tyler Colvin walked, Jake Fox continued his torrid hitting this homestand with a three-run home run to put the Smokies up 6-0. Fox has hit at least one RBI in the last six games in which he has appeared, and was 3-5 on the night with three RBI. Catcher Welington Castillo continued the hit parade for the Smokies with a solo home run of his own in the third to give Tennessee a 7-0 advantage.

Atkins pitched a solid game tonight, scattering six hits over seven innings and striking out four Mobile batters in earning his sixth win of the season. Ed Campusano came on for Atkins in relief for his first appearance at Smokies Park since April. Although he struggled at times, Campusano got through two innings allowing the lone run of the game for the BayBears.


 

Lately, when the Daytona Cubs win a ball game they’ve blown out their opponent or slid by in a crazy ending. Saturday night’s game was the latter as Steve Clevenger’s pickle allowed Jim Adduci to score the go-ahead run in the eighth. Daytona would not lose that lead in the ninth as they snuck past the Brevard County Manatees 4-3.

In the bottom of the first a costly error came back to punish the Manatees. With one out, Jim Adduci hit a ground ball to Stephen Chapman at first who booted the baseball. Cubs RBI leader Ty Wright capitalized by knocking Adduci in on a double to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead.

The Manatees responded quickly in the second. With two out and a man on first base Stephen Chapman drove the ball deep into centerfield over Adduci’s head. Chapman ended up on third with an RBI triple to tie the Cubs at 1-1.

Yusuf Carter led off the bottom of the second with a double off the leftfield wall and stole third to put the go-ahead run just 90 feet away. Unfortunately, two batters later, Carter remained on third base with Darwin Barney at the plate. Barney lined a single into the outfield to take advantage of the lead off hit and put Daytona up 2-1.

Brevard County evened the score in the fifth thanks to a lead off infield single by Chapman. After a groundout and a fly out moved Chapman to third, Darren Ford tied the game on an RBI double. Daytona and Brevard County were tied at 2-2 after four and a half innings.

Two innings later the Cubs fell behind for the first time in the game. Yohannis Perez singled off of new Cubs reliever Dustin Sasser and, two batters later, scored on a single by Ford. Brevard County took a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the eighth Adduci led off the frame with an infield single. A single by Wright put the tying run 90 feet away and the go-ahead run on first. With one out Steve Clevenger came in to pinch hit and nubbed the second infield single of the inning to tie the game and move Wright to second. Next, Carter grounded out, but Clevenger got himself caught in a pickle between first and second base. He avoided Manatee defenders just long enough to allow Wright to score from second. That pushed the Cubs ahead once again 4-3.

Matt Avery worked a perfect ninth to earn the win as the Cubs won 4-3 and moved above .500 in the first half.


The Peoria Chiefs dropped an 11-5 decision to the visiting Beloit Snappers on Saturday night at O’Brien Field. The loss is the third straight by the Chiefs to begin the second half and drops their overall record to 30-41 on the season.

Beloit got on the board in the first inning against Chiefs starter Kevin Kreier. After a strike out by Estarlin De Los Santos to start the ball game, Chris Cates dropped a base hit down the right field line. Deibinson Romero singled back up the middle to put runners at the corners with one out. Chris Parmelee picked up the third straight hit off Kreier with a single into center to score Cates and put the Snappers in front 1-0. Ozzie Lewis hit a potential double play ball to Nate Samson at short; however, a bad hop allowed Lewis to reach and Romero to score to make it 2-0 Beloit. The Snappers added to their lead with some help from the Chiefs defense. Mario Mercedes tried to throw behind Lewis at first base, but his throw went into right field allowing Parmelee to score, making it a 3-0 Snappers lead.

The Snappers got to Kreier again in the second inning after the number nine hitter Mark Dolenc doubled over the head of Jonathan Wyatt in center to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt by De Los Santos moved him to third, and a ground out by Cates scored Dolenc to extend the lead to 4-0.

Beloit struck again in the fourth inning against Kreier. Allan de San Miguel started the inning by drawing a walk, and Greg Yersich followed with a base hit to left. A sacrifice bunt by Dolenc moved runners to second and third with one out. De Los Santos delivered a line drive single into right to score de San Miguel and push the lead to 5-0.

Peoria finally broke through against Snappers starter Santo Arias in the fourth inning. Nate Samson singled to start the inning but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Brandon Guyer followed with a single of his own into left field. After a fly out by Jovan Rosa, Luis Bautista homered for the second straight game into the berm in left-center field to cut the Chiefs deficit to 5-2.

Zach Ashwood relieved Kreier in the fifth inning but could not keep Beloit off the scoreboard. Chris Parmelee led the inning off with a solo blast to Pepsi Picnic Plaza in right field to push Beloit in front 6-2. The home run allowed by Ashwood gives him the MWL lead with 11 home runs allowed.

The Snappers added another run in the sixth, continuing to push ahead of the Chiefs. Dolenc led off with a double to center off Ashwood before stealing third. A sacrifice hit from Cates brought Dolenc home to put the Snappers up 7-2.

The Chiefs came back to within two runs of Beloit in the sixth. With one down, Bautista was walked by Arias, and Cliff Andersen doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Mario Mercedes flew out to put two down before Dylan Johnston came to the plate and hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the season, to put the Chiefs at a 7-5 deficit.

Peoria didn’t stay close for long as Beloit answered back in the seventh with two more runs. Lewis led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline from Benson. After a wild pitch moved Lewis to third, he came into score on a passed ball to make it 8-5. A throwing error by Jovan Rosa allowed Yersich to reach base and de San Miguel to come into score from third to push the lead to 9-5.

Chris Siegfried came in to relieve Steve Vento in the eighth inning and gave up a leadoff base hit to Romero. Parmelee followed with a double to score Romero to make it a 10-5 Snappers lead. Lewis added a RBI base hit to score Parmelee to increase the Beloit lead to 11-5. Siegfried got Benson to ground into a double play and de San Miguel to ground out to end the inning without allowing another run.

Kreier gave up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits while striking out four and walking two. Ashwood allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work on three hits while striking out two and walking one. Vento worked an inning and allowed an unearned run on one hit while walking one and striking out one. Siegfried tossed two innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs on three hits.

Player of the Game – Luis Bautista (1B) – Bautista hit his second homer in as many nights in the fourth inning. Bautista reached base all four times as he finished the night 2-for-2 with the homer a single and two walks and two runs scored.

Notes… The Chiefs turned their league-leading 76th double play of the season…Lara collected the first pinch hit for the Chiefs this season…The three-game losing streak is the first for the Chiefs since June 2-4 in Wisconsin…Johnston’s homer was his second home run at home this season out of the nine he has hit…Johnston also has nine multiple RBI games on the season which is second to Marquez Smith who has 11…The 10 runs allowed was the first time the Chiefs gave up ten runs in a game May 11th against Clinton…The 15 hits was the most allowed by the Chiefs since May 17 when they gave up 18 hits to the Snappers…The Chiefs have committed nine errors in the first three games of the series…Beloit had four sacrifice bunts on the night…The Chiefs had two passed balls in a game for the first time this season…Peoria is now 19-6 when scoring five runs or more…Kreier began the night with a streak of 10 1/3 scoreless innings as a starter before giving up a run in the first…The Chiefs and Snappers conclude the four-game set on Sunday afternoon at 2:00…Sunday is Taco Bell Fun Day at O’Brien Field…Fans can get a voucher at participating Taco Bells and then redeem it at the O’Brien Field Box Office that is good for four club box seats, $20 in concessions, a disposable camera and a picture frame all for $48…Sunday is also “Bark in the Park” as fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game for a special ticket price of $2…Dogs must remain on either of the berms located on the first or third base side… Following the game kids 14 and under can run the bases and all fans can get autographs from Chiefs players on the concourse…Peoria will send RH Robert Hernandez (0-0, 5.79 ERA) to the mound against RH Steve Hirschfeld (5-1, 2.06 ERA) for the Snappers.

 

 


 

Four pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Angel Mercado’s sixth inning two-run single stood up, as the Eugene Emeralds topped the Boise Hawks, 2-0, before 3,179 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Jeudy Valdez led off the sixth with a single and moved to third on a Sawyer Carroll double. Mercado the laced a pitch just inside the third-base bag, picking up the game winner.
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Starter Tom Davis went shutout innings, but it was Anthony Bass who picked up the win, striking out three in two innings of relief. Nick Vincent worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

Boise heads to Everett to begin a five-game set with the AquaSox tomorrow night, with Jay Jackson getting the nod on the hill.

 


 

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Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Javier Vazquez struggled in his third consecutive outing Tuesday night, against the Pirates. He gave up five runs in six innings and struck out only three. But the performance was good enough to pick up the win, and manager Ozzie Guillen was pleased to see his ace get through six innings on a bad night. Vazquez has allowed 14 runs in his last three starts but is 2-1 in that stretch, having gotten plenty of help from his offense. Vazquez has started three games against the Cubs but has never factored in the decision. He owns a 4.95 ERA against the crosstown rivals but has struck out 23 against just two walks.

  • Has ace tools: a nice repertoire of dominant fastball, good curve and an outstanding change-up. Can dominate as a strikeout guy, doesn’t give up many walks, and is very durable.
  • Needs to be more of a battler and tactician. Gives up too many gopher-balls. Seems to lose focus too frequently.
  • Ace-level talent but mid-rotation production.
  • 1-1, 7.50 in last 12 IP
  • Pitch Usage – Fastball (56%), Slider (20%), Changeup (13%), Curveball (11%)

Ryan Dempster will be happy to be home. He did not get a decision in his last start against Tampa Bay and remains winless on the road. However, he’s 8-0 with a 3.13 ERA at Wrigley Field. Against the Rays, he gave up one run on six hits over five innings and had to be pulled when his pitch count got high. He did strike out six, but threw 107 pitches in the five innings.

 

All Scouting information provided by MLB.com, TSN.ca, and ESPN.com

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Are You Bored With The Cubs?

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

First Star - Aramis Ramirez (.550)

Second Star – John Danks (.263)

Third Star – Kerry Wood (.142)

Turd of the Game – Scott Linebrink (-.358)

 


I need some feedback from you guys on this. Is it just me or is this team boring you right now. I know they just won the game on a walk off home run, which is always exciting. However, if you take away just that from yesterday’s game and look at the last four we’ve played, I’ve been incredibly bored with this team. Am I alone on that or are you feeling the same way. I’ve been trying to get amped up for this Sox series and the Rays series, but I just can’t seem to do it.

CHICAGO — Big Z’s shoulder pain might not be a big problem for the Chicago Cubs.

Star right-hander Carlos Zambrano has a minor strain in his right shoulder but no major structural damage, a team spokesman said after the Cubs’ 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday. – (Source )

I love those words. They help my boredom and overall apathy right now.

  • Matty Murton picked up a pair of hits and no outfield issues. We’ll see if they give him a start in game two.
  • Ted Lilly was OK, but not outstanding. What I can’t understand about him and other pitchers like him is this. What would anyone want to be a high fastball pitcher. It just seems like a recipe for disaster. Why not be a low fastball pitcher?
  • Mark DeRosa deserves some props for covering a lot of ground on a running catch in RF in the first for the third out. If we’re going to be critical of his defense, we need to praise as well.
  • Very nicely turned double play by Alexi Ramirez & Orlando Cabrera in the bottom of the 2nd. Ramirez did a sort of hot potatoesque flip to Cabrera, who probably would not have been in the play had he not been paying attention and getting to the bag.
  • Props to Ted Lilly for getting as deep into the game as he did after throwing 60 pitches through three innings.
  • I’ve decided that Hawk is the worst announcer for a visiting team to watch in the game today. Does that mean he’s a bad announcer? I don’t think it does. He’s just not fun to watch if you’re not a Sox fan. Then again, if you’re watching the game on a local broadcast, isn’t that OK?

 


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Des Moines, IA - The Cubs six-run ninth-inning rally was not enough to hold off New Orleans as they fell 12-8 in front of 11,395 people at Principal Park Friday night. After being down 12-2 in the top of the ninth, Iowa came to bat swinging. Josh Kroeger led off the inning with a home run to start the six-run rally. Felix Pie doubled to drive in Casey McGehee and Koyie Hill and up Iowa’s total, 12-6. Bobby Scales then scored off Ben Broussard’s singled. Jason Dubois drove in Pie before the inning would end, for the 12-8 final.

New Orleans scored six runs in the first inning before Iowa starter Rich Hill left the game with two outs in the inning after allowing three hits and four walks. Greg Reinhard came in and pitched 3.1 innings of relief and allowed three runs on five hits.

The Zephyrs had a 6-0 lead after the first inning and added another three runs in the second, two thanks to Jesus Feliciano’s triple.
Dubois, who was 2-for-4, hit his third home run in as many games in the second inning, to get the Cubs on the board. McGehee upped Iowa¹s total in the fourth inning when he drove in Josh Kroeger for his team-leading 42nd RBI. Kroeger, Dubois, Luis Figueroa and Scales each had two hits. Hill (2-4) was tagged with the loss while New Orleans Ruddy Lugo (5-6) picked up the win, allowing two runs on four hits over seven innings.

 


Sevierville, TN – The Tennessee Smokies offense slammed to a halt tonight as the visiting Mobile BayBears took down the Smokies by a score of 6-2. The loss sent the Smokies to 2-2 in the early portion of the second half of the season in front of a boisterous crowd of 5,130 fans.

Starting pitcher James Russell (2-2) ran into trouble in the early going and never really recovered. The BayBears scored two runs in the top of the first inning, thanks largely in part to a two-run homer by Mobile second baseman Rusty Ryal. The BayBears increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third as Ryal hit his second home run of the night, this one a solo shot to left center field. Ryal had a huge game tonight, going 5-5 with three RBI and scoring three runs for the visiting BayBears.

The Smokies offense was slow to get anything going tonight as Mobile’s starting pitcher Hector Ambriz (4-9) was on top of his game. Tennessee did manage to score a run on Ambriz in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI ground out by Jake Fox to score Matt Camp. That would be all that the Smokies could muster against Ambriz, whose final line was seven innings pitched giving up one run on four hits and three strikeouts.
Tennessee then managed just one more run in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but by that time were already down by the score of 6-1. Camp scored his second run of the game as Kyle Reynolds smashed an RBI double down the right field line to pull the Smokies to within four runs. But with two out and two men on, Welington Castillo was unable to deliver the big hit the Smokies needed to get back in the contest. Mobile closed out the rest of the game with a scoreless ninth inning. Camp went 2-4 on the night and scored both of the Smokies runs. He was the only Smokies player with multiple hits on the night


 

Vierra, FL – The bats were flying all around Space Coast Stadium, both literally and figuratively, tonight as the Cubs pounded the Manatees on their home turf, 11-3.

The Cubs hit three, three-run homeruns tonight in the process of dismantling the Brevard County pitching staff. The first of those three came in the third inning off the bat of Blake Lalli. With two outs, Lalli took full advantage of the situation. He drove a pitch off Manatees starter Josh Butler out to right field to put the Cubs on top 3-0. There was no looking back from that point.

Russ Canzler remained hot when he hit the second three-run shot of the game. Tony Thomas led off the inning with a double, and was followed up by a Jim Adduci walk. The next two men were retired, which brought Canzler to the plate. He turned on a fast ball and knocked it out of left field. Ironically, the first two homeruns both came with two outs in the inning.

Thomas no doubt had the most exciting play of the game in the sixth inning. Jonathan Mota and Darwin Barney were on base when Thomas lined a pitch down the third base line. He turned on the super jets and didn’t stop running. Thomas somehow made it all the way around to score for an inside-the-park homerun to make the score 9-0.

Billy Muldowney was nothing short of spectacular tonight. He pitched five innings of shutout baseball. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two as he picked up his second win, while lowering his ERA to 1.26.

More runs came in the seventh. Four singles in the inning produced two runs. Lalli was the first man to reach base and was followed by Yusuf Carter who singled as well. Jonathan Mota singled next, and then it took Mark Reed’s singled to bring the two runs in the inning.

The bullpen had a huge lead to work with and they were able to make it stick. Three relievers combined to pitch four innings of six hit, three run baseball.


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Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs fell to the Beloit Snappers 5-1 in the second game of their four-game series on Friday night in front of 4,606 fans at O’Brien Field. The loss puts the Chiefs at 0-2 in the second half and 30-40 overall.

Two scoreless innings started the contest before the Chiefs jumped on board first in the bottom of the third. With two down, Luis Bautista came to the plate against Snappers starter David Bromberg and hit a solo home run off the foul pole in right field to put the Chiefs up 1-0. Jovan Rosa followed with a double to left center, and Josh Donaldson put runners at the corner when he reached on an infield single. The Chiefs chance for more runs ended when Dylan Johnston flew out to center, leaving the Chiefs ahead by one run.

The Snappers wasted no time responding in the fourth off Chiefs starter Hung-Wen Chen. Kelly began the inning with a single before being thrown out as Chris Parmelee reached on a fielders choice. Deibinson Romero doubled to left center, and both runners were driven in on a single from Ozzie Lewis. Lewis reached third on a stolen base and an error by Chiefs catcher Donaldson before Chen struck out the next two batters to end the inning with the Snappers up 2-1.

For the second time in the game, the Chiefs lost a runner at third and missed their chance at reaching the Snappers. The team led off their half of the seventh with a single from Elvis Lara off Snappers reliever Brian Kirwan. He moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Samson, his fourteenth of the season. Lara was thrown out in an attempt to steal third before Rosa ended the inning with a fly out to right, with the Chiefs still trailing 2-1.

The ninth inning had a promising start for the Chiefs when Jon Mueller came in and struck out the first two batter but, Greg Yersich doubled to left, and Allan de San Miguel reached on an error by Bautista. A triple by Estarlin De Los Santos to right-center drove both runners home, extending the Snappers lead to 4-1. Joe Benson reached on a throwing error by Rosa at third base allowing De Los Santos to score making it a 5-1 deficit.

Chen took the tough luck loss by tossing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter for the second straight start. Craig Muschko allowed one hit in two scoreless innings of work. Mueller allowed three unearned runs on two hits in his only inning of work.

Player of the Game – Cliff Andersen (CF) – Andersen reached base all four times he came to the plate. He finished the night 3-for-3 with a double and a pair of infield singles and also drew a walk.

Notes… Marquez Smith left the game after the second inning due to hamstring tightness…The Chiefs are now 11-35 when scoring four runs or less…Samson is tied for first in all of Minor League baseball in sacrifice hits with 14… He moved into a tie for sixth place on the Chiefs single season history list…This was Chen’s second game in a row in which he had a quality start with no run support… Tonight was the seventh straight night the Chiefs have scored three runs or less…The last game with more than three runs was an 8-5 loss to Quad Cities on June 10…The Chiefs are 2-2-1 on nights when wearing special jerseys to be auctioned off…The Chiefs are 2-for-12 in the series with runners in scoring position…The Chiefs are 12-4 over the last 16 games at O’Brien Field… The series continues on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm…Saturday will be Faith and Family Night at O’Brien Field…The Christian rock band Rush of Fools will be the featured post-game concert presented by Berean Bookstore and 91.5 WCIC…Peoria will send RH Kevin Kreier (2-1, 3.96) to the mound against RH Santos Arias (2-3, 2.22) for Beloit

 


 

Boise, ID – Ryan Keedy laced a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a four-run rally, as the Boise Hawks evened their Northwest League series with Eugene at two games apiece with a 7-6 victory over the Emeralds before a sellout crowd of 3,586 at Memorial Stadium.

After the Emeralds took a 4-2 lead on a Sawyer Carroll three run homer in the fifth, the Hawks rallied, getting a single run in the bottom of the frame, then the outburst in the seventh. Josh Vitters led off with a single off reliever Matt Means, followed by walks to Kyler Burke and Rebel Ridling. Keedy hit the first pitch he saw past the drawn in infield to make it 5-4. Marwin Gonzalez added a two-run single to make it 7-4.

The Ems would battle back, closing within 7-6 on a Daniel Robertson RBI single in the eighth. However, John Muller struck out Jeudy Valdez with the tying run at second to end the threat, then worked a scoreless ninth to get the save. Harol Tolentino pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first win.

Vitters and Keedy each had two hits for the Hawks, with Gonzalez knocking in three runs. Angel Mercado and Robbie Blauer each had two hits for the Ems.

The rubber game of the series is tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. with Mike Perconte meeting Tom Davis.

 


 

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Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Jose Contreras – looked sharper Sunday than he did in his six-run outing against the Tigers, but it still wasn’t good enough to get the win. He threw 6 2/3 innings against the Rockies, allowing four runs — three earned — and striking out only three. He was pulled from the game after Brad Hawpe homered to break the 3-3 tie. It’s the first time he’s lost back-to-back starts this season. He faced the Cubs once last year, surrendering two runs on 10 hits, earning him the loss. He’s 8-5 in 18 career Interleague starts.

  • Contreras brings an impressive arsenal highlighted by a hot dancing fastball and a wicked splitter. All his pitches have excellent movement.
  • The great movement on his pitches can be a downside, in that he too often loses command and the strike-zone. Gets rattled, and then gets hit hard.
  • Streaky mid-to-late rotation starter.
  • 0-2, 6.39 in last 12.2IP
  • Pitch Repertoire (Usage) – Fastball (56%), Other, (18%), Slider (16%), Changeup (6%), Curveball (4%)

Jason Marquis – Facing the Blue Jays in his last start, Marquis dominated the Toronto hitters for most of his seven-plus innings. He allowed just one run on four hits while striking out one and walking two. As well, the seven innings tossed by Marquis matched his longest outing this season. Over his last three starts, Marquis is 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA. In his 10 starts before that, however, the pitcher was inconsistent, going 2-3 with a 4.98 ERA. In three career starts against the White Sox, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 10.06 ERA.

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So Much For The Streak….Bring on the Sux

Friday, June 20th, 2008

First Star - Sean Gallagher (.194)

Second Star – Mike Fontenot (.188)

Third Star – Carl Crawford (.171)

Turd of the Game – Carlos Marmol (-.458)

 


 

Well, the streak of not losing three straight is over. Man, is it just me or is anyone else coming out of this series with the Rays feeling like the sky is falling? I know we’re going to win the division, but it seems like everything went wrong this week and it doesn’t have me excited about this weekend. Am I wrong on that?

  • Sean Gallagher was outstanding, which helps ease the fears if Zambrano has to miss a start or two. I was thinking about who will replace Z for his next start and, looking at the 40 man roster, it seems like Sean Marshall is the only option now that Kevin Hart went down with a line drive to the head.
  • My goodness, the Rays pitchers are pretty darn good. Thank God we’re leaving Tampa. I don’t want to play those guys any more.
  • What the heck was up with Carlos Marmol? Walk, Walk, HBP, HBP!!! What the heck is that? Yuck Yuck Yuck. I know guys have off nights, but his frequency of use makes me nervous. I hope this wasn’t a result of that.
  • All that talk about Derrek Lee was answered yesterday. Lee got on base with great ease but no one managed to drive the poor guy in or even move him around the bases. What drives me nuts is that people are blaming a slump or poor play in general on his daughter. It’s not a new condition. Stop making excuses for someone. Everyone in life has issues in their life that are outside of their line of work and do their job just fine. Ray Allen had a great NBA Finals and his child has issues. Stop mentioning Lee’s daughter for any other reason than to talk about the donation you made to his charity.

 


 

Des Moines - Sean Marshall allowed just one run in eight innings of work as the Iowa Cubs defeated the New Orleans Zephyrs 4-1 at Principal Park Thursday night.

Marshall, making his second start since coming off the disabled list on June 9, kept Zephyrs batters off balance and away from the bases. The lengthy left-hander surrendered just four hits on the night and retired 12 in a row until Abraham Nunez led off the fifth with a single to right field.

The I-Cubs’ starter got plenty of help early on when Eric Patterson put Iowa ahead 1-0 when he laced his sixth home run of the season to lead off the third inning. Patterson finished the night 2-for-4.

Iowa added an insurance run in the fourth when Tony Richie drove in Casey McGehee with an RBI groundout to give the I-Cubs a 2-0 lead. Richie picked up his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Jason Dubois connected on his seventh home run of the season in the seventh to give Iowa a 4-0 lead.

Marshall did the rest, allowing just four New Orleans base runners on the night, including two in the seventh. He worked out of a one-out jam with runners on first and second, getting Raul Casonova to line out to second baseman Bobby Scales who completed the double play with a toss to shortstop Andres Torres, catching Argenis Reyes away from the base.

The Zephyrs lone run of the night came in the eighth when Gustavo Molina connected on his fourth home run of the season to make it 4-1.

Reliever Jim Brower worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his fifth save.

Marshall’s eight-inning outing tied the team’s mark for the longest outing of the season for an Iowa starter. Former I-Cub Randy Keisler also threw eight innings on May 23 against Oklahoma. Marshall struck out four, throwing just 87 pitches on the night.

New Orleans starter Willie Collazo was tagged with the loss (4-4), giving up three runs on eight hits in six innings on the hill.

 


Sevierville, TN

- Tyler Colvin’s ninth inning RBI single was the difference today as the Tennessee Smokies downed the Mobile BayBears by a 4-3 score. The late inning heroics thrilled the crowd of 3,920 fans as the Smokies improved to 2-1 in the early portion of the second half of the season.

 

Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija was sharp today on the mound, and was staked to an early lead thanks to the Smokies offense. Center fielder Sam Fuld got the game started in great fashion for the Smokies, smacking a leadoff triple into the right field corner. Fuld scored shortly thereafter on a Colvin RBI single to give Tennessee a 1-0 lead. Jake Fox then came up with a double to score Colvin in the first, and the Smokies were off and running with a 2-0 lead.

Samardzija kept the BayBears offense at bay through the early innings, not allowing a hit through the first three innings. Mobile finally was able to get to Samardzija in the top of the fourth with two hits, which plated one run thanks in part to an RBI double by Rusty Ryal. Samardzija continued pitching through the seventh inning, but ran into trouble again in the top of the sixth. With men on first and third, Samardzija induced Ryal into a 6-4-3 double play, but the runner on third still came across to score to tie the game at 2-2.

Fox was able to pick up Samardzija in the bottom of the sixth with his fourth home run of the season. His towering shot over the left center field wall gave the Smokies the lead at 3-2 and put Samardzija in line for the win. He threw seven complete innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, walking three batters and striking out two.

Mobile was able to tie the game in the top of the ninth, however, scoring a run off Smokies reliever Jose Ceda (1-0). Ceda allowed three hits in the top of the ninth, with the tying run coming in an RBI single off the bat of pinch hitter John Hester. Ceda was able to work out of the jam to end the inning, with the score now 3-3.

Tennessee was able to rally once again in the ninth, with Joe Simokaitis leading off the inning with a walk off Abe Woody (1-2). He advanced to second on a well executed sacrifice bunt by Fuld, but stayed at second after Matt Camp failed in his attempt to move him over to third with another bunt. Colvin then delivered the game winning hit with two outs, a hard hit line drive over the head of right fielder’s Cyle Hankerd’s glove to bring home Simokaitis. Colvin was mobbed rounding first base as Simokaitis scored to give the Smokies their second win in three games.

Game four of the six-game series against the BayBears will take place on Friday night at 7:15 pm. The Smokies will send left-hander James Russell (2-1, 4.06) to the mound to face off against BayBears right-hander Hector Ambriz (3-9, 5.65). The series will conclude at Smokies Park on Sunday June 22nd.

 


 

DAYTONA BEACH – The second half arrived the same way the first half started; with the Brevard County Manatees. The Cubs were locked up in a rare pitcher’s duel with their down state rivals. Brevard County got the best of the Cubs tonight winning by the final score of 3-2.

Grant Johnson took the mound for Daytona, making his first start in nearly two years. He didn’t pitch long, but he set things up nicely for the bullpen. In all, Johnson pitched two innings of two hit, one run baseball. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out one.

The one run scored on a double play that ended the second inning. The problem is that it wasn’t a force-out double play and the run scored before the third out of the inning was made. Charlie Fermaint came into the score on the 4-3-6 twin-killing. Kenny Holmberg was tagged out by Darwin Barney after a brief rundown.

The Cubs prevailed in the bottom of the inning. Ty Wright continued his hot hitting by knocking a lead-off double. He then moved to third when Blake Lalli singled to leftfield. The Cubs then got some help from Manatees starting pitcher, Zach Braddock. With Russ Canzler at the plate, Braddock delivered a wild pitch that allowed Wright to score the tying run.

Daytona took the lead briefly in the fifth. With one out, Canzler got his second hit of the night when he doubled. Mark Reed then hit his second triple of the season to drive the second Cubs run. The lead wouldn’t last long.

Brevard County benefited from Taylor Green’s solo shot in top of the sixth. Green hit the pitch from Mike Phelps out to rightfield to tie the contest back up at two runs a piece.

Casey Lambert entered the game in the eight and gave up the lead for good. Back-to-back singles by Darren Ford and Lorenzo Cain put runners at first and third for Brevard County. Then, playing in his first game in 2008, Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly the easily scored the speedy Ford from third. That made the score 3-2, which turned out to be the final.

Casey Baron earns the win in relief for Brevard County. Casey Lambert is charged with the loss. Mike McClendon pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save.

 


 

The Peoria Chiefs dropped the opening game of a four-game series 3-1 to the Beloit Snappers on Thursday evening at O’Brien Field. The loss drops the Chiefs to 0-1 in the second half and 30-39 overall on the year.

Beloit got on the board against Chiefs starter Dae-Eun Rhee in the third inning with an unearned run. Estarlin De Los Santos started the inning with an infield hit. De Los Santos stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Josh Donaldson. A walk to Mark Dolenc put runners on the corners with no outs. Rhee avoided a big inning by getting a 5-4-3 double play ball off the bat of Joe Benson; however, De Los Santos scored on the play to make it 1-0 Beloit.

The Chiefs answered back in their half of the third inning against Snappers starter Michael McCardell. With one out, Cliff Andersen tripled to the gap in left-center field, and he then scored the tying run when Nate Samson reached on a throwing error by the third baseman to make it 1-1.

The Snappers broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth inning against Chiefs reliever Chris Siegfried. De Los Santos homered to the berm in left-center to lead off the inning and put the Snappers in front 2-1. Siegfried allowed a base hit to Dolenc and walked Benson before departing in favor of Jordan Latham without recording an out in the eighth. After a sacrifice bunt by Paul Kelly moved both runners up, Chris Parmelee drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to extend the Beloit lead to 3-1. Peoria got the tying runs on base in both the eighth and ninth innings but hit into inning ending double plays.

Rhee pitched five innings, his most since returning from the disabled list, and allowed just an unearned run on three hits. He struck out three and walked three but did not factor in the decision. Audy Santana worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen while allowing two hits and striking out one. Siegfried took the loss allowing two runs in an inning plus of work while striking out one and walking two. Latham worked two scoreless frames without allowing a hit and struck out a pair.

Player of the Game – Andersen (DH) – Andersen finished the night 2-for-3 with a triple, his third of the year, and scored the only Chiefs run.

Notes… Rhee has not allowed an earned run in 14 consecutive innings…The Chiefs lost the opening game of the second half in 2007 in Beloit also by a score of 3-1…Dustin Sasser was promoted to High-A Daytona following the game leaving the Chiefs with 24 players…Sasser was 1-4 with a 1.53 ERA and compiled four saves…The Chiefs are now 11-34 when scoring four runs or less…Peoria turned three more double plays to bring their total to a league-high 75…Dylan Johnston has hit safely in four straight games…Each team turned three double plays…The Chiefs are 12-4 over the last 16 games at O’Brien Field… The series continues on Friday evening at 6:30…The Chiefs players and coaches will be wearing 1908 replica Cubs jerseys that will be auctioned off throughout the game to benefit Make-A-Wish…The first 1,500 fans through the gates on Friday will receive a free Joe Girardi caricature t-shirt presented by Hardee’s… The first 1,000 fans attending Friday’s game will get a free copy of Baseball America magazine…Following the game will be another Pitch-In for Charity presented by Aquatech Pool and Spas and Little Caesar’s Pizza also with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish…There will be another spectacular post-game fireworks show following the game presented by CEFCU…Peoria will send RH Hung-Wen Chen (1-3, 3.34) to the hill while the Snappers counter with RH David Bromberg (4-4, 4.65)

 


 

BOISE, Idaho – Ryan Hill ripped a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning, sparking a four-run frame, as the Eugene Emeralds rallied for an 8-4 victory over the Boise Hawks before 2,796 fans at Memorial Stadium.

After a two-out error by Hawks shortstop Marwin Gonzalez loaded the bases, Hill took the first offering from Jake Muyco into right-center, providing the game-winner. Emmanuel Quiles would reach on an error, allowing a run to score, and Daniel Robertson provided an RBI single to cap the frame.

The Ems led 1-0 in the fifth, but the Hawks tied the score on a Rebel Ridling home run to left. Eugene would plate two in the sixth to take the lead, but Boise battled back, with Ridling’s two-run double giving the hosts the lead.

Former U.S. Marine Cooper Brannan got the win in relief for Eugene.

The two teams meet tomorrow night – with lefty James Leverton going for the Hawks, against lefty Geoff Vandel.

Notes – Boise added David Macias to their roster prior to the game, a draft pick out of Vanderbilt, as Tony Campana was sent to the Cubs training facility to rehab a broken hand, sustained on opening night.

 


 

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Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

John Danks – admittedly had command issues Saturday night against the Rockies, but he didn’t surrender any runs in six innings. He allowed runners to reach third base in four of those innings, but managed to strand them each time. It’s a problem he said he would work on fixing after the game. In the meantime, though, Danks’ ERA fell to 2.90 and he hasn’t lost a start since May 24. Danks has never faced the Cubs in his career, but is 0-1 with a 5.31 ERA in four Interleague starts.

  • His change-up is great and his curve isn’t far behind, both complimenting his low-90s fastball. Has a good mind for the game.
  • Tends to leave his fastball up a little too often, leading to home runs. Command has been an issue. Gives up too many hits.
  • Can be a strong No. 2 or 3 starter.
  • 1-0, 2.66 in last 23.2IP
  • Pitch Breakdown (Usage) – Fastball (61%), Changeup (20%), Curve (14%), Slider (6%)

Ted Lilly – Although Lilly struggled with command during his last start, the left-hander was able to defeat the Blue Jays in what was one of his best outings of the year. While he did walk a season-high five batters, the left-hander allowed no runs on just one hit over six innings. It was the only start this year where Lilly has not given up a run. As well, the starter has shown signs of improvement lately. Over his last three starts, Lilly has now posted a 2.25 ERA. During that span, he has allowed just five runs on 12 hits over a total of 20 innings. He has struck out 21 batters in that time.

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