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Game Notes – Brewers 5, Cubs 0

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I wrote in this week’s ESPN Power Rankings that “The Cubs have posted a .545 winning percentage since May 26, which trails only the Dodgers, Cardinals and Pirates in the NL.” With a four game series against one of the worst teams in baseball, you’d think that win percentage would continue to rise. Unfortunately it took a little dip Monday night. Thankfully there are three games to go.

  • Jeff Samardjiza pitched great and had a no hitter into the 5th. It got me thinking and reminded me that I’ve never watched a no hitter from start to finish without prior knowledge of the fact that it was going to happen. I say it that way because sometimes I watch games delayed on DVR or we jump into a game in the 7th because you go get word so and so is close. I missed the Carlos Zambrano no hitter because it was blacked out on TV. One day I’ll see one.
  • We faced a guy last night in Kyle Lohse who is a master at the first pitch strike, which got me wondering a little bit about our staff and how our guys do in that area. Be on the lookout for some research being reported on my end very soon.
  • My boyfriend, Pedro Strop, signed the scorecard on his first rough outing of the year, allowing five earned runs in the 9th and leaving with the loss. His ERA instantly jumped from 0.00 in the NL to over 4. Ouch. That’s why looking at ERA for relievers is so deceiving. If that’s all you go by, you’d be misled based on how well he’s pitched this year, especially how well he did the other night getting out of a bases loaded, no out jam.
  • Today we have a double header, which means both the Cubs and the Brewers are allowed to carry a 26 man roster today due to the fact that it is a day-night double header. Newly acquired starter, Jake Arrieta, will take the spot for the Cubs and get the start in the night game.
  • In case you missed it, the Brewers are now giving away $10 vouchers for future games for every game you purchase in the month of August and September. It’s a good PR move for a team that has been horrible and has lost one of it’s stars to a suspension for the remainder of the year. Sometimes, it’s about doing the right thing. They didn’t have to do this, but in the long run, they will come out ahead for it with the concessions alone once those vouchers are used.
  • Also in the in case you missed it file, former Cub starter and current minor league pitching coach, Frank Castillo, passed away on Sunday near his home. He drown on a boating outing. He was 44 and is survived by a wife and two kids. He was one of my favorite Cubs pitchers growing up. Sad to see people go so young.

Minor League Recap 7/29

by Rob Willer

Iowa Cubs- Brooks Raley was once again dominant on the mound pitching a sharp six and two third innings. Henry Rodriguez struggled again and ended up with the loss giving up two runs which raised his earned run average to 5.40. Mike Olt continues to struggle at Triple A Iowa where he is 2 for 23 which is good for a .087 batting average. Second Base Prospect Logan Watkins pitched in a two hit night also adding a double while Ty Wright hit a home run and knocked in two runs.

Looking Ahead– Iowa will travel to Salt Lake City for a four game series with the Salt Lake City Bees. Current Triple A starter Jake Arrieta will be called up Tuesday to fill in for the night cap of the double header. Since this is a double header the Cubs are allowed to have 26 men on the active roster for the game.

Tennessee Smokies- Dae-Eun Rhee pitched quite the ball game as he went six and one third innings. Rhee gave up two runs both earned and struck out five batter while walking one batter. Arismendy Alcantara had a breakout game going three for four with three singles and four runs batted in. Alcantara is batting .273 through 388 at bats at Tennessee with 13 home-runs and 55 runs batted in. You may remember seeing Alcantara in the futures game where he hit a towering home-run to right representing the Cubs system well. Overall the Smokies managed 10 hits and had eight runs to go along with those hits.

Brett Jackson Demotion– Brett Jackson was struggling in Arizona on his rehab assignment which led him to being sent to Tennessee while Marcos Mateo got promoted to Iowa. Jackson went one for four with a single in his first game at Tennessee.

Featured Article for the Week: Tuesday night I have tickets for the Kane County Cougars game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Fifth Third Ball Park. Wednesday morning’s article will be centered around the game as I will include in game analysis, scouting reports and even some commentary from some fellow writers that will be attending the game.

As always follow me @Rob_Willer for the latest on Cubs Minor League News or stay here at viewfromthebleachers.com

  • OrphanOfColtTheWhiteStocking

    Saw this stat on ESPN and thought I would share. According to the Cubs, Saturday, Sunday and Monday marked the first time since August of 1971 three consecutive starters threw at least seven innings and gave up no earned runs.
    Chris Rusin threw seven shutout innings on Saturday against the Giants, followed by Travis Wood repeating the effort on Sunday. Then came Jeff Samardzija’s seven inning effort against the Brewers on Monday.

  • I didn’t know you and Pedro were an item. I need to pay closer attention to the romances around here.

    • Raker is really into Gregg’s optometrist, EVW loves dessert, Seymour is having a fling with the Western Ham & Cheese on flatbread, and CAPS clearly has a full-blown Oedipus complex thing going on with his mom.

      • PLCB3

        How do you know so much about everyone’s life?

      • Seymour Butts

        Some people are able to retain what they have read.
        Stated another way, some people have use for book learning.

    • Joe Aiello

      We’ve tried to keep our relationship on the down low so as to not upset my unhealthy obsession with Carlos Villanueva’s facial hair.

    • Joe Aiello

      We’ve tried to keep our relationship on the down low so as to not upset my unhealthy obsession with Carlos Villanueva’s facial hair.

  • Eddie Von White

    That game sure ruined my night.

    • PLCB3

      I don’t let baseball ruin my nights anymore. When I get angry over a loss, I go to the gym to blow off steam.

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      It ruined my morning since I went to bed before the game ended and when it was still a 0-0 affair.

      • Eddie Von White

        At least you had a good night’s sleep – I’m guessing.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Yes, since the game was scoreless when I turned it off I had some level of optimism they might win. This recent run of decent baseball has created this optimism, earlier this year I would have just assumed they would lose and gone to bed.

      • PLCB3

        I learned in 2010 never get your hopes up. It’s nothing but a tease. There was one game that year when Ramirez had 2 HRs and 7 RBIs that I was like this is it, the Cubs are finally heating up and they’re finally going to make a playoff push. Of course, it was just a mirage. Never again will I be fooled.

      • Eddie Von White

        At least you had a good night’s sleep – I’m guessing.

      • Mark_from_Toronto

        Yes, since the game was scoreless when I turned it off I had some level of optimism they might win. This recent run of decent baseball has created this optimism, earlier this year I would have just assumed they would lose and gone to bed.

      • AC0000000

        I learned in 2010 never get your hopes up. It’s nothing but a tease. There was one game that year when Ramirez had 2 HRs and 7 RBIs that I was like this is it, the Cubs are finally heating up and they’re finally going to make a playoff push. Of course, it was just a mirage. Never again will I be fooled.

  • PLCB3

    Why were you blacked out from Bozo’s no-hitter? I think that that game was on WGN.

    If this wasn’t a split twin-bill, would the teams be allowed 26 players still or no?

    • Seventeen Old Styles.

      • PLCB3

        What the hell is this even supposed to mean?

      • Seymour Butts

        Gargantuan matzha dogtags.

      • PLCB3

        In English, please

      • Seymour Butts

        Gargantuan matzha dogtags.

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t know why I was blacked out. It wasn’t on our Extra Innings package for some reason at that time.
      The 26 player roster limit, as far as I know, only applies to a split DH.

      • PLCB3

        Do you not get national WGN? The place I am renting from right now has national WGN, so I get whatever Cubs games air on WGN.

        What an idiotic rule applying the 26-man limit only for split twin-bills.

      • Joe Aiello

        I am almost positive that game was on WGN only in Chicago or on WCIU. There was some reason it wasn’t on the package. I do get WGN superstation, but I think it was just local that day.

      • PLCB3

        It must have been WCIU then. Because all Cubs WGN games are on national WGN. It’s not like the Bulls where only some of their WGN games are national WGN.

      • AC0000000

        It must have been WCIU then. Because all Cubs WGN games are on national WGN. It’s not like the Bulls where only some of their WGN games are national WGN.

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t know why I was blacked out. It wasn’t on our Extra Innings package for some reason at that time.
      The 26 player roster limit, as far as I know, only applies to a split DH.

      • AC0000000

        Do you not get national WGN? The place I am renting from right now has national WGN, so I get whatever Cubs games air on WGN.

        What an idiotic rule applying the 26-man limit only for split twin-bills.