Results tagged ‘ Blake DeWitt ’

9/26 Cubs lineup – last home game

Blake DeWitt will bat third for the fourth time in his career in the Majors. He’s there Sunday for the Cubs’ home finale. DeWitt is 1-for-5 in those three previous games, and has scuffled a bit this month, hitting .185. He’s 1-for-3 against St. Louis’ Jake Westbrook. No Marlon Byrd. Here’s the Cubs lineup:

CF Fuld
SS Castro
2B DeWitt
1B Nady
RF Fukudome
LF Soriano
3B Scales
C Castillo
P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

9/25 Cubs lineup vs Cardinals

Marlon Byrd’s right eye is swollen and he has a small cut under his eye after being hit by a foul ball on Friday. Byrd was not in the lineup Saturday for Game 2 against the Cardinals. Here’s the order:

2B DeWitt
SS Castro
RF Fukudome
3B Ramirez
1B Hoffpauir
LF Soriano
CF Fuld
C HIll
P Coleman

– Carrie Muskat

9/3 Extra bases

Alfonso Soriano is batting .316 with seven runs, five doubles, a homer and six RBIs in his last 10 home games, dating to Aug. 16. Although his season totals don’t match the numbers Soriano has posted in the past, he’s happy with the year. “It’s more important for me to stay healthy,” he said.

* Starlin Castro has hit safely in his last five games and 10 of his last 12. He’s batting .385 with seven doubles and three RBIs in those dozen games and has 35 multi-hit games, third most amongst NL rookies. That’s the most by a Cubs rookie since Kosuke Fukudome had 39 multi-hit games in 2008. Castro is hitting .358 at Wrigley this year.

* James Russell became the fifth Cubs pitcher to pick up his first Major League win this season. His dad, Jeff Russell, a former big league pitcher, had sent a congratulatory text message after the game. “I hope it isn’t his last,” Mike Quade said of Russell.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride,” Russell said of the season, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

* Randy Wells now is 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA in his last seven starts. He’s 0-6 when he lasts less than six innings. The right-hander has tried to dismiss a sophomore jinx since the Cubs Convention in January.

“This whole year’s been a battle,” said Wells, who was 12-10 in 2009. “You put yourself in a mindset coming into Spring Training that this ‘sophomore jinx’ or whatever you guys call it isn’t real and you can work through it.

“The truth of the matter is, the biggest part of the sophomore jinx is mental and learning how to work through the bad times and work through the struggles,” he said. “A game like today, give up three in the first and you gather yourself and give your team a chance to come back and then you have two outs and the tying run on first or second, you have to bear down and I think that’s where I’ve been lacking throughout the year.”

Quade said there are reasons a player struggles in his second season. It could be teams have better scouting reports or opposing players know what to expect. Wells just needs to be more consistent.

“It’s a command thing with [Wells] and he has to keep working on that,” Quade said. “You have to remember he’s a converted catcher and he’s still learning.”

* The Cubs have yet to announce their starting rotation for Monday and Tuesday, but expect either Casey Coleman or Carlos Silva to start the two games vs. the Astros.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Lineup vs Pirates

Blake DeWitt is back in the Cubs lineup Tuesday night in Game 2 vs. the Pirates. No Geovany Soto — he’s getting an extra day to rest his sore right knee. Here’s the lineup:

2B DeWitt
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
RF Colvin
C Hill
P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

8/28 Leadoff man

Blake DeWitt led off Saturday night, the fifth time he’s done so for the Cubs and sixth time in his career. Mike Quade says he’ll use Kosuke Fukudome in the No. 1 spot as well. The Cubs haven’t been able to settle on a leadoff man all season.

“And it continues,” Quade said.

DeWitt and Fukudome just want to play, so Quade said he’ll mix and match the two. If he wants more punch at the bottom of the order, he’ll switch the order.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Lineup vs Reds

Blake DeWitt is leading off Friday night in Game 1 of the Cubs’ three-game series against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

2B DeWitt
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
RF Colvin
LF Soriano
C Soto
P Gorzelanny

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Lineup vs Reds

Blake DeWitt and Tyler Colvin were given the day off Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Reds. Also, Geovany Soto is getting one more day off to nurse a mild ligament sprain in his right shoulder. And, Rick Sutcliffe will handle the seventh inning stretch duties. Here’s the lineup:

SS Castro
2B Baker
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
RF Nady
C Hill
P Diamond

– Carrie Muskat

8/6 Extra bases

Tom Gorzelanny picked up his ninth quality start but it wasn’t good enough as he took the loss in the Cubs’ 3-0 loss to the Reds Friday. Gorzelanny now has received two or fewer runs in 10 of his starts, including no runs four times.

Some other notes from Friday’s game:

* Blake DeWitt is 7-for-20 with two runs, a double, a home run and five RBIs since joining the Cubs Sunday. He has hit safely in four of his five games.

* Geovany Soto walked for the 51st time this year, which ranks second among big league catchers. He’s 11 shy of his career-high 62 walks in 2008.

* Marlon Byrd was 1-for-4 and is batting .350 in his last 11 games with five walks, six runs, two doubles, a triple and five RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

8/5 Facts & figures

Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt each hit a three-run homer in the Cubs’ 15-3 win over the Brewers Wednesday. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in 23 years three different Cubs players hve hit a home run of at least three runs in the same game at Wrigley Field. The last time was June 3, 1987, when Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett hit grand slams and Ryne Sandberg added a three-run homer.

The Cubs are the fifth team since 1955 to snap a losing streak of at least seven games with a win of more than 12 runs. The last time the Cubs performed that feat was in 1931.

– Carrie Muskat

 

8/4 Extra bases

The 15 runs the Cubs scored Wednesday against the Brewers were the most since they totaled 17 on Aug. 14, 2009, against the Pirates. Ten of the 15 runs were scored with two outs.

“For them it was probably a matter of time,” Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun said of the Cubs. “They’re a great offense. At some point, you figure they were going to break through and score some. It happened in a big way.”

Some highlights from Wednesday:

* Starlin Castro notched his third straight multi-hit game with a career-high four hits. He’s batting .432 since July 10 with 13 runs, 11 doubles, two triples, a home run, and 10 RBIs. He’s hitting .362 at Wrigley Field.

“When you have talent and you’re smart, talent takes over,” Aramis Ramirez said of Castro. “He doesn’t make many mistakes and he has all the talent in the world. He can run, he can hit, he can play defense. When you’re smart and put all those things together, you’re going to be successful.”

* Tyler Colvin hit his 17th homer, and he now leads all Major League rookies. He’s tied with Mel Hall for third most by a left-handed hitting Cubs rookie. Hall of Famer Billy Williams hit 25 homers in 1961, the franchise record.

* Derrek Lee’s single in the seventh was the 1,800th hit of his career and his double in the eighth was No. 400.

* Ramirez’s pinch-hit homer was his first since June 14, 2002, against Cincinnati.

* Geovany Soto has driven in nine runs in his last seven games and 16 in his last 14. His five RBI on Wednesday were the most since he drove in a career-high seven on Aug. 26, 2008, against the Pirates.

* Blake DeWitt finally got a win with the Cubs. The second baseman also hit his first homer since joining the team Sunday from the Dodgers. His other homer came June 7 against St. Louis.

– Carrie Muskat

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