August 2010

8/27 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-6 win over Omaha on Thursday. Samardzija now is 11-2 with a 3.23 ERA. Jeff Stevens picked up the save, his sixth. Jason Dubois and Marquez Smith each homered for the Iowa Cubs. Dubois’ blast was a grand slam.

Chris Archer gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 4-3, 11-inning win over Birmingham. Archer struck out nine and is 8-1 with a 1.57 ERA. Marco Carrillo picked up the win in relief, throwing three innings.

Daytona’s game vs. Clearwater was postponed because of rain.

Frank Batista threw six shutout innings in Peoria’s 1-0 win over Cedar Rapids. Logan Watkins and Jae-Hoon Ha each had two hits. Daniel Keefe earned the win in relief.

Richard Jones had three hits in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Tri City. Juan Yasser Serrano took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits over four innings.

— Carrie Muskat

8/26 A toast to Harry

You can toast Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray next Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Festivities will begin with the rededication of Caray’s statue outside the Bud Light Bleacher entrance on the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. Harry’s wife Dutchie Caray and Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts will rededicate the statue, starting at 12:15 p.m. CT. Then, there will be a toast in Harry’s memory. Dutchie will throw a ceremonial first pitch before the Cubs’ game Wednesday against the Pirates.

In addition, the first 3,000 fans 21 years and older entering the bleachers will receive a Harry Caray mask. Harry Caray’s restaurant group has purchased 1,000 bleacher tickets for the game that will be given to fans free of charge. Visit Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse on Kinzie Stree to pick up a pair. The promotion runs through Tuesday or until supplies last.

“Harry absolutely loved spending time with fans in Wrigley Field,” Dutchie Caray said in a statement. “Our family is pleased that Harry’s statue will welcome Cubs fans at the Bud Light Bleachers.”

Harry’s statue is being moved closer to the bleachers and a bronze statue honoring Hall of Famer Billy Williams will be installed at the corner of Addison and Sheffield streets. Harry passed away in February 1998.

— Carrie Muskat

8/26 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins threw six shutout innings but Iowa lost 2-0 in 11 innings on Scott Thorman’s walk-off homer for Omaha on Wednesday. Bryan LaHair had three hits and Jeff Gray threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Brett Jackson hit his fifth home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 5-4 to West Tenn. Jackson’s homer in the eighth, a solo shot, tied the game at 4. Jeremy Papelbon gave up one run on three hits over three innings in the spot start.

Evan Crawford hit a walk-off sac fly in the ninth to lift Daytona to a 2-1 win over Clearwater. Jeffrey Beliveau picked up the win, pitching one inning in relief.

Ryan Searle gave up six runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-3 loss to Cedar Rapids in the first game of a doubleheader. Matt Cerda homered and has at least one RBIs in his last five games. In the second game, Hak-Ju Lee notched his 34th multi-hit game in a 10-5 win over Cedar Rapids.

Boise scored five runs in the third to beat Tri-City, 7-6. Pierre LePage had three hits and three stolen bases. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits for his 14th multi-hit game of the season.

— Carrie Muskat

8/25 Minor matters

Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected for the fourth time this season in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Nashville on Tuesday. Brad Snyder hit his 21st home run in the fifth and finished with two RBIs. Bobby Scales and Welington Castillo each drove in a run.

* Ty’Relle Harris threw five shutout innings and was backed by a 13-hit attack as Tennessee beat West Tenn, 9-6, on Tuesday. Harris struck out five for his first win. Marwin Gonzalez drove in three runs and Steve Clevenger had two hits and was named Southern League offensive player of the week for Aug. 16-22.

* On Wednesday, Alex Liddi hit a walkoff RBI single in the ninth off
Kyle Smit to lead West Tenn to a 5-4 win over Tennessee. Jeremy
Papelbon started in place of Craig Muschko and gave up one run over
three innings. Esmailin Caridad, on a rehab assignment, went 1 2/3

* Brooks Raley threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Clearwater on Wednesday. Kyler Burke capped an eight-run third inning with a grand slam, his seventh homer. Oswaldo Martinez picked up the save, throwing three innings.

* Brett Wallach, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot deal, gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 10-5 loss to Clinton. Matt Cerda hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

* Matt Loosen gave up two runs on three hits over four innings and struck out six in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Vancouver. Micah Gibbs and Elliot Soto each had two hits.

— Carrie Muskat

8/25 Silva to Peoria Friday

Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva will make a rehab start Friday for the Class A Peoria Chiefs against Cedar Rapids. Silva, 31, has been on the disabled list because of an abnormal heart rate. He underwent a procedure Aug. 9, and threw a simulated game last Sunday in Chicago. Silva is the third Cubs player to rehab in Peoria this year. Aramis Ramirez and Ted Lilly also made appearances for the Class A team.

— Carrie Muskat

8/24 Minor matters

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up eight runs on 10 hits over five innings in Iowa’s 8-6 loss to Nashville on Monday. Ty Wright posted his seventh multi-hit game and Robinson Chirinos had two RBIs.

Trey McNutt gve up five runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 7-4 loss to West Tenn. Steve Clevenger posted his third straight multi-hit gme, going 2-for-4. Clevenger was named the Southern League North Division Offensive Player of the Week after going 11-for-22 with five doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs from ug. 16-22.

Daytona split a doubleheader against Brevard County, losing the first game 7-3 and winning the second, 4-2. DJ LeMahieu was 2-for-7 in the two games and has an eight game hitting streak.

Logan Watkins had a triple and a stolen base but it wasn’t enough in Peoria’s 3-1 loss to Clinton. Elliot Soto had two hits in Boise’s 7-0 loss to Vancouver. Cameron Greathouse was named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 16-22 after throwing six scoreless innings in one start and striking out eight.

— Carrie Muskat

8/24 Coleman family ties

Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman picked up his first Major League win over the Washington Nationals on Monday. There’s a Washington link to his father and grandfather, too.

Casey’s father, Joe, also won his first Major League game in Washington, DC. Pitching for the Senators, Joe Coleman tossed a four-hitter in a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Athletics on Sept. 28, 1965, in what was then called DC Stadium (it was renamed RFK Stadium in 1969).  Making his Major League debut, Coleman fanned three and walked four.

Casey’s grandfather Joe Coleman made his ML debut Sept. 19, 1942, for the Philadelphia Athletics. Coincidentally, his first game was against the Washington Senators. Grandfather Joe entered the second game of a doubleheader in relief in the second inning, pitched six innings, gave up two runs on eight hits and took the loss in an 11-9 game.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up two runs on six hits over five innings as Iowa beat Nashville, 3-2, on Sunday. Jackson struck out six. Jeff Stevens converted his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

One day after going 5-for-5, Steve Clevenger went 3-for-3 in Tennessee’s 11-2 win over Mississippi. Rafael Dolis gave up one run on four hits over five innings for the win. Clevenger hit a double, a homer and drove in four runs. Matt Spencer added his 17th home run.

Daytona’s game was postponed because of inclement weather.

Peoria stranded 11 runners on base in a 4-2 loss to Clinton. Justin Bour, Hak-Ju Lee and Jae-Hoon Ha each had two hits.

Alvaro Ramirez had two hits but it wasn’t enough as Boise lost 4-3 to Vancouver. Brent Ebinger took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Brian Shields posted his 13th multi-hit game of the year in Mesa’s 7-5 win over the Giants.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Colvin at first

When new Cubs manager Mike Quade makes out his lineup Monday night, expect to see Tyler Colvin at first base. Colvin has practiced there since the Cubs dealt Derrek Lee to the Braves on Wednesday. Colvin hasn’t played first since his sophomore year at Clemson, and that was only part time. But infield coach Alan Trammell has been encouraged and Colvin says he feels comfortable there.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Lou & Ron's final show

lou&ron.jpgRon Santo interviews the fine manager of the Chicago Cubs one more time Sunday at Wrigley.


— Carrie Muskat