Results tagged ‘ Brooks Raley ’

8/30 Raley to make last start

Thursday will be Brooks Raley’s last start of the season. The Cubs lefty knows it. He entered the game against the Brewers with 151 innings pitched this season, beginning at Double-A Tennessee. He totaled 136 1/3 innings the previous two seasons.

“Unfortunately, we have to shut him down after today’s game,” Dale Sveum said of the 24-year-old pitcher.

Expect Chris Rusin, 25, to fill that spot in the Cubs rotation for the final month. He has 140 1/3 innings at Triple-A Iowa and five more with the Cubs this season.

The Cubs also have been monitoring Jeff Samardzija’s innings this year, and there’s a chance he won’t finish the season. This is the right-hander’s first year in the rotation.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Sveum said. “He’s pitching seven innings every game right now, which hopefully continues. He’s been so strong, we’re just going to have to evaluate that as the season goes the rest of the way and where we are as well with starting pitchers to fill spots, too.”

Samardzija has pitched a career-high 158 2/3 innings so far. He totaled 88 last year.

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Cubs lineup

Alfonso Soriano gets a day off Thursday in the Cubs series finale against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus LF

Valbuena 3B

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

LaHair RF

Clevenger C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Raley P

– Carrie Muskat

8/26 Pitching matchups

The Cubs face the Brewers in a four-game series starting Monday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Justin Germano (2-3, 5.40) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (1-5, 4.23)

Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (4-10, 4.76) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (13-8, 3.62)

Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.09) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (7-6, 2.98)

Thursday: LHP Brooks Raley (1-2, 6.64) vs. RHP Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.19)

– Carrie Muskat

 

8/25 Cubs lineup

Brooks Raley is back with the Cubs and will start Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Rockies. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus RF

Vitters 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

W. Castillo C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Raley P

– Carrie Muskat

8/22 Probable pitchers

After an off day Thursday, the Cubs open a 10-game homestand against the Rockies on Friday. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.17) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.87)
Saturday: LHP Brooks Raley (1-2, 7.63) vs. RHP Alex White (2-6, 5.55)
Sunday: RHP Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16)

– Carrie Muskat

8/13 Roster move

Right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden was added to the Cubs roster on Monday and Brooks Raley optioned to Triple-A Iowa. However, Raley could still start on Saturday The Cubs will be allowed to add a 26th player for the doubleheader against the Reds. To make room on the 40-man roster, third baseman Ian Stewart was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Stewart is sidelined after undergoing surgery on his wrist. Bowden was 3-2 with two saves and a 2.76 ERA in 23 games at Iowa, giving up 10 earned runs over 32 2/3 innings. He walked 17 and struck out 35. He was used strictly in relief. Acquired from the Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, Bowden appeared in 10 games with the Cubs from April 24-May 27, and compiled a 7.45 ERA, giving up eight earned runs over 9 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Minor League report

Ty’Relle Harris, subbing for Brooks Raley, picked up his first Triple-A win, giving up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Reno. Harris struck out five. James Adduci drove in three runs, and Dave Sappelt had two hits and two RBIs.

Jake Brigham, making his second start since he was acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, gave up six runs over two-thirds of an inning in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits and one RBIs.

Austin Kirk gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Lakeland. Javier Baez had his first multi-hit game with Daytona, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Kirk won his third straight and now is 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Starling Peralta struck out 14 and gave up two hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Clinton. Peralta ended a personal three-game losing streak with the win. He did not give up a hit until serving up a two-run homer in the sixth. Zeke DeVoss went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his third home run in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Everett. James Pugliese gave up one run over four innings. Gioskar Amaya had two hits, including a triple.

Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in three runs in Mesa’s 6-1 win over the Angels. Albert Almora stole two bases and Jorge Soler drove in a run and stole two bases.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Pitching matchups vs. Reds

Thursday: RHP Chris Volstad (0-8, 7.22) vs. RHP Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51)
Friday: RHP Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98)
Saturday: LHP Travis Wood (4-8, 4.77) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 4.05)
Sunday: LHP Brooks Raley (0-1, 15.75) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58)

8/7 Welcome to the show

Hours before Brooks Raley’s Major League debut on Tuesday, the televisions in the Cubs’ clubhouse at PETCO Park were tuned to the Rangers-Red Sox game. Ryan Dempster was making his second start for Texas. Dempster and Paul Maholm were traded one week ago, and the Cubs lost their third starter on Tuesday when Matt Garza had to go on the DL with an elbow injury. It’s time for kids like Raley to play. The lefty gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks over four innings before he was pulled. Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio and coach Mike Borzello both remembered Raley from Spring Training.

“They liked what they saw,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “He was a guy who had a lot of poise, could manufacture four pitches, five pitches — a four seamer, two-seamer, cutter, curveball and changeup. His changeup is probably his best pitch — an above average changeup. He’s a great athlete, can handle the bat, run really well. He can make things happen because of his athleticism.”

During early batting practice, Sveum and Raley were spotted in the dugout, talking. There’s not much anyone can say at this point.

“Any guy, for the first time, I don’t care what you say, the first inning, the first batter — hopefully it’s the last time your legs ever feel like that, but that’s what happens,” Sveum said. “He’s a pretty poised kid who can make things happen. You hope he keeps the ball down. We’ve all been impressed with him. That’s why he’s here.”

Raley struck out the first batter he faced, Chris Denorfia, but got into trouble in the third when the Padres loaded the bases with none out. Chase Headley hit a two-run single, and Raley then walked Carlos Quentin to load the bases again. Two outs later, Everth Cabrera hit a two-run single for a 4-0 lead. Quentin also hit his 12th home run, a three-run shot, in the fourth off Raley, who is the 15th rookie to play for the Cubs this year.

– Carrie Muskat

8/7 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Alfonso Soriano was scratched Tuesday because of swelling in his right hand, and is day to day. He injured it in the sixth sliding into second base. Left-hander Brooks Raley makes his Major League debut on Tuesday when the Cubs face the Padres in the second game of their three-game series. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus LF

Jackson CF

Castro SS

Rizzo 1B

LaHair RF

Clevenger C

Valbuena 3B

Barney 2B

Raley P

– Carrie Muskat

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