7/29 Lake effect

When Junior Lake arrived at Wrigley Field for his first home game on Monday, his gear was stowed in a prime space. Lake was given Alfonso Soriano’s locker in the Cubs’ clubhouse. Lake has been in Chicago before but never played at Wrigley until Monday. The young outfielder opened the season on fire, with 15 hits in his first 30 at-bats, but is 0-for-13 since an infield single in the sixth last Thursday. Manager Dale Sveum said they aren’t worried.

“No, we’re not going to panic over an 0-for-13 [stretch],” Sveum said. “He had to face [Tim] Lincecum, [Madison] Bumgarner and [Matt] Cain, so you’re facing Cy Young’s and guys that have done a lot of good things in their careers.

“Those are the things that, for a kid like him with the ability that he has, is the experience we talked about,” Sveum said. “That’s why you want some guys to be here a little bit earlier sometimes to get that taste and see Major League pitching on an everyday basis sometimes and have to make those adjustments.”

With the departure of Soriano via trade, Lake has taken over in left field, and will start in center against left-handed pitchers. Outfielder Brian Bogusevic is rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., from a strained left hamstring. Will Lake stay the remainder of the season? Sveum said there’s been no discussion about sending Lake back to Triple-A Iowa.

“As far as I’m concerned, he’s going to be in there pretty much every day unless I feel he needs a day off,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat


Did you know that Chris Archer, the Rays pitcher who flummoxed the Yankees Saturday and hurled a two hit shutout and complete game, was once property of the Cubs? He was shipped to Tampa along with Sam Fuld and some other warm bodies in January 2011 for Matt Garza. Archer looks like the real deal. That was not the only impressive outing he`s had with the Rays this campaign. Btw, there were four major league games Saturday in which the final scores were 1-0, including that Yankee/Rays game and the Cubs/Giants. Is rare to see that.

I did know that jhosk, a little pricy for Garza but at the time not a bad deal by Hendry as Garza was (is) a quality, proven, VERY GOOD major league pitcher. The timing by Hendry was the only question…..why trade for Garza at a time when Garza was not enough to get us into the playoffs? Too little, too late on Hendry’s part but by no means a trade for which he should be severely criticized. Now we can only hope that Hoyer is finally doing what Hendry SHOULD HAVE DONE years ago and that he acquired young talent that hopefully will make up for losing Archer.

The Cubs sent right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, outfielder Brandon Guyer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee and outfielder Sam Fuld to Tampa for Garza, minor league outfielder Fernando Perez and left-handed pitcher Zachary Rosscup.

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