Results tagged ‘ Brian Bogusevic ’

12/12 Cubs get Ruggiano

The Cubs Thursday swapped outfielders with the Marlins, sending Brian Bogusevic to Miami for right-handed hitting Justin Ruggiano.

The Cubs needed another right-handed hitting outfielder to platoon with Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney. Ruggiano, 31, has a .281 batting average over the last two seasons against left-handed pitching.

The newest Cub has spent all or part of five Major League seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13), batting .251 with 49 doubles, 37 home runs and 109 RBIs in 317 games.

Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, batted .273 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 47 games with the Cubs last year. He signed a Minor League contract with the Cubs prior to the 2013 campaign.

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Brewers 5, Cubs 3

The Cubs out-hit and out-homered the Brewers, but also walked too many. Logan Schafer tripled with the bases loaded in the fourth inning to lead the Brewers to a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Cubs in front of 34,929 at Wrigley Field.

Jake Arrieta was cruising until the fourth. The Cubs had a 2-0 lead after Luis Valbuena’s homer in the second. Jonathan Lucroy singled to lead off the fourth and Aramis Ramirez walked to set up Scooter Gennett’s RBI single. Arrieta threw first-pitch strikes to the first three batters in the inning, then four straight balls to Caleb Gindl to walk him and load the bases. Arrieta settled down and struck out Juan Francisco on three pitches, then served up a triple to Schafer, which cleared the bases and gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead.

“First and foremost, I got a little too fine with a couple of those walks, and then I got myself into a situation,” Arrieta said of the inning. “When Schafer came up, I went 2-0 [in the count], and tried to be too fine rather than just pound the zone. When it was 2-0, bases loaded, I had to come at him, and I left a sinker right in the middle of the plate.

“He didn’t try to do too much, he just shot a ball in the gap in the right spot to clear the bases,” Arrieta said. “I backed myself into a corner with those walks.”

Arrieta now has walked three or more in five of his six starts, while holding opponents to a .178 batting average against. In the game, six Chicago pitchers combined to walk seven batters.

The Cubs did out-hit the Brewers, 6-5, including Brian Bogusevic’s solo home run with two outs in the sixth to close to 4-3. Chicago now has 95 home runs at Wrigley, and lead the National League in homers at home.

But Norichika Aoki reached on an error by Starlin Castro in the Brewers’ ninth and scored on Lucroy’s RBI triple with two outs, and the Cubs lost for the 13th time in the last 20 games, and 20th time in the last 27 home games.

* The game marked the debut of Korean pitcher Chang-Yong Lim, 37, the 54th player the Cubs have used this season. That sets a franchise record, topping the old mark of 53 set last year. He walked pinch-hitter Sean Halton and served up a single to his former teammate in Japan, Norichika Aoki, but he escaped trouble when Jean Segura grounded into a double play. At 37 years 3 months 4 days, Lim is the second-oldest pitcher since at least 1901 to make his Major League debut with the Cubs.

“He didn’t have a lot of control either,” Dale Sveum said of Lim. “That seemed to be the story of the day.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/26 Last man standing

If Sunday’s game hadn’t ended when it did, outfielder Brian Bogusevic would’ve switched from left field to the pitcher’s mound to finish things up because the Cubs had run out of relievers. Bogusevic was a pitcher early in his pro career, then converted to the outfield. He did fill in June 7, 2012, in an emergency situation for the Astros, pitching one inning in relief against the Cardinals.

“We were getting blown out and they knew it was coming,” Bogusevic said Monday of the 14-2 loss. “They told me at the end of the seventh, beginning of the eighth that I would throw the ninth, so I knew it was coming.”

The Cubs and Padres played 12 scoreless innings before both teams exchanged two runs in the 13th. The Padres eventually won, 3-2, in 15 innings.

“Yesterday was different because we weren’t getting blown out,” Bogusevic said. “If we would’ve gotten to that point [that he needed to pitch], it would’ve been a tie game. I don’t think I’d need much time to warm up, being loose for five hours.”

Does he want to pitch again in a big league game?

“I hope never,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/23 Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 13 innings

Thursday’s game

Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer in the ninth but the Cubs came up short in a 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The start of the game was delayed by two hours because of rain. Travis Wood gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. After walking Bryce Harper in the second, Wood retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. On the plus side, Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a home run. Murphy tied the game with his homer in the ninth. He’s the first Cubs player since 1921 to hit eight home runs in his first 16 games with the team. The Cubs are 3-16 in their last 19 home games, and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall.

8/20 Nationals 4, Cubs 2

Brian Bogusevic and Donnie Murphy each hit solo home runs but it wasn’t enough as the Nationals beat the Cubs, 4-2, on Tuesday. Chris Rusin took the loss, giving up two runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. Dan Haren struck out six over six innings for the win. Murphy now has seven home runs, a career high. He’s tied with Alfonso Soriano for second most homers in the Majors in August (the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera has eight). Bogusevic’s blast was his first as a Cub, and came in his first game back from the DL. The Cubs have hit 136 home runs, second in the NL, and one shy of the 137 the team hit in 2012 total. The bad news is, the Cubs are 4-for-37 (.108) with runners in scoring position in the first eight games of this homestand.

8/20 Cubs lineup

Brian Bogusevic is back and starting in left field Tuesday for the Cubs in the second game of their four-game series against the Nationals. Here’s the lineup:

Lake CF
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Murphy 3B
Bogusevic LF
Castillo C
Castro SS
Rusin P

8/17 Injury updates

* Outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who has been rehabbing a strained left hamstring, went 4-for-4 on Friday with the Mesa Rookie League team, and will join Triple-A Iowa to continue his rehab. Bogusevic, sidelined since July 15, was 10-for-25 in seven games with Mesa, hitting four doubles and one triple. He also stole three bases.

* Scott Baker will begin his second Minor League rehab stint on Sunday, starting for Class A Daytona. Baker last pitched July 29, and weather delayed his next start. The right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and the Cubs hope he is healthy enough to appear in a big league game this year. In three starts with Class A Kane County, Baker gave up 13 earned runs over 8 2/3 innings, striking out five. In one start with Daytona, he gave up one earned run on three hits over 3 1/3 innings.

* Arodys Vizcaino, also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was to go to Mesa on Wednesday to continue his rehab there.

8/17 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a two-run homer, in Iowa’s 5-2 loss to New Orleans. Yoanner Negrin struck out seven over six innings.

Javier Baez hit a two-run walkoff homer to lift Tennessee to a 8-6 victory over Chattanooga. Baez finished with two hits, and was batting .403 (25-for-62) in 15 games in August. Baez now has 31 home runs this season (17 at Daytona, 14 at Tennessee). Jonathan Mota added his seventh home run. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Corey Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, struck out eight over five innings in Daytona’s 5-1 win over Brevard County. Dustin Geiger hit his 14th home run. Kris Bryant had two hits and scored a run. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and scored a run.

Wilson Contreras hit his 11th home run in Kane County’s 5-1 loss to Burlington. Felix Pena took the loss, giving up two earned runs over six innings.

Jose Rosario gave up one run over five innings in Boise’s 6-2 win over Tri-City. Jacob Rogers had two hits and three RBIs. Shawon Dunston returned to action, and reached base four times, drawing three walks and getting a single. He scored two runs and stole a base.

Trevor Graham threw three scoreless innings in Mesa’s 6-0 win over the Padres. Brian Bogusevic was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base in his seventh rehab game.

7/19 Lake joins Cubs

Junior Lake was promoted from Triple-A Iowa to the Cubs on Friday, and starting in center field for their game against the Rockies. Outfielder Brian Bogusevic was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 15, with a left hamstring strain. Lake will wear No. 21.

Lake, 23, is batting .295 (46-for-156) with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 40 games with Iowa this season, his first appearances in Triple-A. He compiled a .341 on-base percentage and a .462 slugging percentage, and was batting .295 against both left-handed and right-handed pitching. Lake’s season debut was delayed until June due to a rib fracture suffered during spring training.

Bogusevic, 29, was hitting .261 (12-for-46) with three doubles and three RBI in 13 games with the Cubs this season.

The Cubs also announced Henry Rodriguez cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Iowa.

7/18 Lake to join Cubs

The Cubs were expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, expected to go on the disabled list after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first half finale. Lake, 23, was batting .295 at Triple-A Iowa with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Ranked ninth on’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, Lake was slowed this season by a back injury, and did not join Iowa until June 6. This was his first year at the Triple-A level.

Bogusevic, 29, was batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring July 4, and did not go on the disabled list at that time, but did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball, and came out of the game.

Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.

The Cubs are a little thin in the Minor Leagues in terms of outfield options. Ryan Sweeney is on the disabled list with fractured ribs. Outfielder Brett Jackson, on the Iowa team’s disabled list with a calf injury, also was working out in Mesa. The Cubs recently claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants.

— Carrie Muskat