Results tagged ‘ Bobby Scales ’

7/4 Minor matters

Brad Snyder, Bryan LaHair, Bobby Scales and Sam Fuld all homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 6-5 to Omaha on a walkoff home run by Rick Ankiel on Saturday. Mitch Atkins notched his fifth quality start, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings.

Rafael Dolis threw six shutout innings in his second start for Double-A Tennessee but did not get a decision in a 5-0 win over West Tenn. Brett Jackson had one hit, and has hit safely in six of seven games since being promoted.

Daytona’s game against Tampa was postponed because of rain.

Greg Rohan had three hits, including his fifth homer, in Peoria’s 9-5 loss to Kane County. The Cougars scored four runs in the eighth for the win. Hak-Ju Lee and Justin Bour each had two hits.

John Mincone gave up two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Boise’s 4-3 win over Yakima. Richard Jones had two hits and Corey Martin converted his sixth save, pitching 1 2/3 innings.

Brent Ebinger gave up one hit over three scoreless innings in Mesa’s 8-2 win over the Reds. Dustin Harrington had two RBIs and Ryan Cuneo had three hits and two RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

4/9 Minor matters

Andrew Cashner struck out 10 over 4 1/3 innings to lead Doube-A Tennessee to a 4-3 win over Mississippi on Thursday. Cashner struck out the first seven batters he faced. Starlin Castro had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run and stole a base.

Ryne Sandberg is 0-1 after the Triple-A Iowa team dropped its opener, 6-3 to Nashville. J.R. Mathes took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Bobby Scales walked three times and had a hit. Sam Fuld drove in a run.

Class A Daytona lost 3-0 to Brevard County despite solid pitching by Rafael Dolis. The right-hander gave up two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out five.

Greg Rohan hit a two-run homer to help Peoria beat Clinton, 5-4. Robert Whitenack gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings for the win.

– Carrie Muskat 

3/22 Dancing with the stars

Bobby Scales was packing his gear bag for Sunday’s road trip to Goodyear, just as he’s done for years. But when he got to the ballpark, he discovered he’d packed two shoes — but both were for his left foot. He ended up borrowing a right shoe from pitcher John Gaub, which wasn’t real comfortable because it had a pitcher’s toe.

“That’s why Bobby can’t dance — he has two left feet,” one of the Cubs coaches said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/12 D-Lee scratched

First baseman Derrek Lee was scratched from Friday’s lineup because of a bruise on the top of his left foot. His status was day to day.

Lee fouled a ball off his foot in the fourth inning Wednesday in the Cubs’ game against the San Francisco Giants. He could be back in the lineup as early as Saturday, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said.

Bobby Scales and Brad Snyder, who collided in shallow right field Thursday chasing a fly ball, both survived. Scales started at second on Friday. Snyder has a bruised thigh but did make the trip to Las Vegas for the Cubs’ split squad games against the White Sox.

– Carrie Muskat

9/30 Fuld: .302, 26 hits, 0 RBIs

When Tyler Colvin made his Major League debut on Sept. 21, he got his first RBI in his first at-bat with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Scales waited 10-plus years in the Minors to be called up, but got his first RBI in his 14th at-bat when he delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh on May 12.

Sam Fuld is still waiting.

The Cubs outfielder entered Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Pirates without a RBI in 86 at-bats over 61 games.

“It’s like a no-hitter,” Scales said. “We don’t talk about it.”

Fuld has gotten his share of razzing by his teammates.

“I’ve never had any problem driving guys in,” said Fuld, who had 33 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa this year. “I’ve never really thought about it, especially as a top of the order guy. You look more towards how many runs you score rather than RBI.

“Every time I see my name up there on the scoreboard, it hurts,” he said. “You cringe a little. It’s gotten to the point where I think about it too much. Maybe I’m pressing too much. You’d think something would happen. I’ve gotten a few hits with runners in scoring position. They’ve either held them at third, or it’s been really odd.”

It’s not that Fuld isn’t hitting. He’s batting .302. He’s scored 16 runs.

“It’s not in his job description,” Scales said of the lack of RBIs. “He’ll get his share. He’s too good of a player.”

Maybe Fuld needs to slip third base coach Mike Quade a few dollars to wave the runners in when he gets a hit.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Fuld said, able to laugh about it. “Tyler got up there and didn’t have an official at-bat and he got an RBI.”

According to research by STATS Inc., Fuld has the most career at-bats (92) without an RBI among Major League players from 1920 to this year. Doug Saunders is a distant second. He played 28 games for the New York Mets in 1993 and totaled 67 at-bats but no RBIs. That was his only season in the big leagues. Third is Eric Reed, who totaled 61 at-bats in 60 games from 2006-07 with the Florida Marlins and failed to drive in a run.

“I’m trying to set a Major League record with most runs scored without an RBI,” Fuld said, jokingly. “It’s one of those crazy stats.”

He wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 1 Wednesday against the Pirates. Maybe he’ll start in the second game.

“I like my chances,” Fuld said. “I’m confident it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. I don’t want to think about it all offseason.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Lineup

Bobby Scales was in the lineup Tuesday, but Lou Piniella made a switch just prior to the start of the game and inserted Jake Fox instead. There was no injury, just a change in plans, the Cubs say. So, the lineup will be:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

LF Fox

2B Baker

C Soto

CF Colvin

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

9/19 No excuses

Bobby Scales is a good second baseman. But he won’t use his limited playing time this year in the outfield as an excuse for what happened Saturday vs. the Cardinals.

“That’s not an excuse,” Scales said. “This is my first time in the big leagues, everybody knows the story. I played enough outfield, particularly left field, in my career to not make the mistakes I’ve made the last two days. It’s unacceptable, there’s no excuse for it and I just have to play better.”

Lou Piniella said he felt Scales may be trying too hard.

“The one last night [on Mark DeRosa's triple], I didn’t break down soon enough,” Scales said. “Today, I guess my attempt to break down soon enough wasn’t soon enough [on Chris Carpenter's ball]. That ball checked and with a right-handed hitter, he’s out in front of it. You figure that ball is going to hit and spin toward the wall. I guess I gauged my speed to play the ball in that manner. The ball just checked and got past me.

“Fortunately, it didn’t end up hurting us but it didn’t look good,” Scales said. “It’s poor outfield defense. regardless of where we’re playing — whetether it’s Triple-A or here. I’ve had both of those balls enough times to know better. I’m better than that and I expect more than that. If they didn’t feel I could play those balls and play left field properly, I wouldn’t have been called up after the season.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/17 Bradley out with sore knee

Milton Bradley took himself out of Thursday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers because of left knee inflammation.

The Cubs outfielder was hit by a pitch in the first, popped up to lead off the fourth, and singled to open the sixth. Bradley said something to Cubs first base coach Matt Sinatro, then headed for the dugout. Bobby Scales took over as a pinch-runner.  

The Cubs are short-handed as far as outfielders on the roster, adding 40-year-old So Taguchi on Wednesday. He had played for Triple-A Iowa, and was sitting at home when he got the call. Alfonso Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, Reed Johnson was still sidelined with a fractured left foot, and Sam Fuld is out because of a strained right thumb.

– Carrie Muskat

9/8 Lineup, Soriano & Reed

Bobby Scales is back in left field Tuesday for Game 2 vs. the Pirates, and Geovany Soto is behind the plate. Here’s the lineup:

SS Theriot

RF Bradley

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

2B Baker

C Soto

CF Fukudome

LF Scales

P Dempster

* Bad news for outfielder Reed Johnson. His foot is not healing well, and he may have to be shutdown for the rest of the season. Johnson has been sidelined since July 30 with a fractured left foot and still can’t run.

* Alfonso Soriano also is not close to returning. Soriano, who has a sore left knee, says he still wants to play this season but the problem is that when he tries to come back after a few days off, the pain returns. “They don’t want me to play with one knee,” Soriano said. He may have arthroscopic surgery on his knee before the season is over so he can begin his rehab before returning home.

* Andres Blanco is still a day or two away from returning because of a sore hamstring.

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Lineup

Bobby Scales gets another start in left field Monday for the Cubs’ first game vs. the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

2B Baker

LF Scales

C Hill

P Lilly

* Sam Fuld has a tender left wrist, which he originally injured crashing into the wall at Wrigley Field. … Andres Blanco has a sore hamstring. … Alfonso Soriano was getting treatment on his left knee.

– Carrie Muskat

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