May 2011

5/22 Possible roster moves

Pitcher Justin Berg was spotted at Fenway Park, taking part in early hitting. The Cubs most likely added the right-hander on Sunday because they need arms with Matt Garza scratching himself from the start. James Russell gets the call but it will be all hands on deck in the series finale against the Red Sox. To open  roster spot, Marlon Byrd most likely will be placed on the disabled list after getting hit in the face by a pitch by the Red Sox’s Alfredo Aceves. No official word yet from team.

— Carrie Muskat

5/22 Minor League report

J.R. Mathes gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in Iowa’s 4-3 win over Tucson. Steve Clevenger and Bryan LaHair each had two hits and Matt Camp drove in two runs.

Matt Spencer hit his 10th home run to help Tennessee beat Mobile, 11-2. Ryan Flaherty had three RBIs and DJ LeMahieu two.

Junior Lake extended his hitting streak to six games with three hits in Daytona’s 3-0 win over Palm Beach. Matt Cerda also had three hits.

Hayden Simpson gave up three runs on three hits and two walks and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Clinton. Simpson did not get a decision. Richard Jones hit his sixth home run and Elliot Soto had three hits.

— Carrie Muskat

5/22 Facts and figures

Saturday’s Cubs win at Fenway Park was their first since Game Five of the 1918 World Series. In that game, Hippo Vaughn was the winning pitcher and a crowd of 24,694 packed Fenway Park for the 3-0 Chicago win. The Cubs out-hit the Red Sox, 7-5. There were no errors.

The time of game was 1 hour 42 minutes. Vaughn threw a complete game, facing 30 batters, and gave up five hits, one walk and struck out four. Fast-forward to Saturday’s 9-3 win at Fenway. It took 3 hours 51 minutes, the Cubs used four pitchers with Sean Marshall getting the win in relief, and there was a sellout crowd of 37,798. There also were four errors by both teams, including three by the Red Sox.

* Did you know that the first three games of the 1918 World Series were played in Chicago and the last three in Boston because of war-time travel restrictions. Hoping to get a bigger crowd, the Cubs’ games weren’t even played at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field), which sat 18,000,  but at Comiskey Park, which sat 32,000.

Other game notes from Saturday:

* This was the Cubs’ first regular season win at Fenway since May 24, 1915, when they beat the Boston Braves, 9-1.

* The eight runs in the eighth were a season high.

* Carlos Zambrano now has pitched in 32 different ballparks. He is 0-3 with a 5.33 ERA in his last six gmes against American League teams on the road.

* Carlos Marmol pitched a scoreless ninth, extending his scoreless streak to 23 2/3 innings. That’s one shy of tying Warren Brusstar and Lee Smith for the longest in Cubs history among relievers.

* Darwin Barney had two hits for his 18th multi-hit game. That’s tops among Major League rookies.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Marlon Byrd hit in face

Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital after he was hit under his left eye Saturday in the second inning by a pitch from the Red Sox’s Alfredo Aceves. With one out in the Chicago second and the count 1-2, Byrd was struck by a pitch, resulting in a bloody cash under his eye. He fell to the ground, clutching his face. Byrd was able to walk off the field. He never lost consciousness. Byrd was taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to be examined. It’s the 13th time a Cubs player has been hit by a pitch since May 6, and the fifth time Byrd has been plunked since May 11. He was hit twice on Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Matt Garza scratched

Matt Garza was scratched from Sunday’s start in the Interleague series finale against the Red Sox because of tightness in his right elbow. Who will start on Sunday will depend on who is used in Saturday’s game out of the bullpen. Mike Quade said it may be similar to a Spring Training game in which everyone chips in. Garza was to see team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo on Monday.

“He had a great side [session] two days ago,” Quade said. “They cut it short because they loved it. He felt a little tenderness yesterday, a little tightness today so we’re not taking a chance.”

The most likely option will be lefty James Russell, who threw three pitches in relief on Friday night in the series opener.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Turn back the clock

The Cubs and Red Sox will be wearing replica uniforms from 1918 on Saturday. Additionally in the third inning, the club will re-create elements of the in-game presentation reminiscent of 1918. There will be no walk-up music for batters and two people will use megaphones to make announcements.

This is the Cubs’ second throwback uniform day. They also did so May 4 against the Dodgers, wearing outfits from the 1940s.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Colvin update

Tyler Colvin is 2-for-8 in two games with Triple-A Iowa so far, and both of his hits are doubles. He hit a two-run double in his first game on Thursday, and another double on Friday.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Cubs lineup

Blake DeWitt will make his first start ever in the outfield Saturday night, playing left for the Cubs against the Red Sox. Alfonso Soriano will be the DH. Carlos Zambrano gets the start — and he’s probably a little miffed he won’t get the chance to hit. He did face the Red Sox in June 2005 when they played at Wrigley in the last Interleague matchup between these two teams but did not get a decision. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome

2B Barney

Ss Castro

3B Ramirez

1B Pena

CF Byrd

DH Soriano

LF DeWitt

C Hill

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Minor League report

Steve Clevenger went 4-for-5, hitting a walkoff RBI single to lead Iowa to an 11-10 win over Tucson on Friday. Clevenger hit a solo homer in the sixth and a RBI double in the eighth. Tyler Colvin, playing his second game in Iowa, doubled to lead off the ninth and scored on Bobby Scales’ single to close to 10-9. Scott Moore hit a RBI triple to tie the game and Clevenger then delivered the game winner. Ramon Ortiz started and gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 12 hits over 5 2/3 innings and struck out nine. He did not get a decision and now is 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA.

Matt Spencer went 3-for-3 with two home runs in Tennessee’s 6-5 win over Mobile. He hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat, then another two-run shot in the third. He finished with a RBI single in the seventh.

Junior Lake hit a solo homer and Justin Bour added a RBI single to lead Daytona to a 3-2 win over Palm Beach. Logan Watkins added a sacrifice fly. Nick Struck gave up one earned run on three hits over five innings for the win.

Anthony Giansanti and Greg Rohan both went 2-for-4 with an RBI each in Peoria’s 3-1 win over Clinton. Cam Greathouse threw four shutout innings and did not give up a hit but he walked five.

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Cashner update

Andrew Cashner will see orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum next week to get a second opinion on his right shoulder after suffering a setback in his rehab.
Cubs officials say surgery has not been discussed. Cashner has been on the DL since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff. He was to pitch in an extended Spring Training game in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday but stopped his warm ups when he felt some tightness in his shoulder. An MRI on Tuesday in Chicago showed the right-hander had re-aggravated the injury. Cashner is back to square one in his rehab.

* Randy Wells, who is rehabbing from a strained right forearm, will make his second rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa. If all goes well, he was penciled in to start for the Cubs either May 27 or May 28 against the Pirates.

— Carrie Muskat