Results tagged ‘ Chad Tracy ’

6/25 Lineup, Ramirez & Castro

Aramis Ramirez was activated from the disabled list and in the lineup Friday for Game 1 of the Cubs’ rematch against the White Sox. Chad Tracy was designated for assignment to make room for Ramirez. Starlin Castro was given Friday off; it’s only the second game he has not started since he was called up May 7. Here’s the lineup vs Jake Peavy:

RF Fukudome

LF Colvin

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

DH Soriano

SS Fontenot

C Soto

2B Theriot

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Roster move

The Cubs need to make a roster move Friday to make room for Aramis Ramirez, who was to be activated from the disabled list. The likely candidate appears to be Chad Tracy, who was batting .250 for the season. Tracy has hit safely in four of his eight games since he was recalled prior to the June 9 game. The more interesting question is which Ramirez will show up — the one who has hit .168 in 47 games or the one who hit .425 with runners in scoring position last year and finished with 65 RBIs despite playing in 82 games.

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Here come the Hawks

The Cubs may want to invite the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks back a few times. The hockey team paraded around the field Sunday night, bringing the silver trophy with them.

“It was exciting the whole time,” Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd said. “It never died down. I haven’t been in the playoffs but if the playoffs are anything like that, I want to be there.”

Captain Jonathan Toews carried the silver trophy into the ballpark from the right field corner, hoisting it over his head, and passed it off to his teammates as they paraded around Wrigley, beginning in front of the bleachers. Even Lou Piniella lifted the Cup, although he had some help from the Hawks’ Coach Q.

“It was heavy,” Piniella said. “I needed to go see our strength coach and lift some weights.”

“What a feeling those guys must have being part of something like that,” Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly said.

The crowd of 40,456 roared when Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison did the honors at Wrigley, and the song was drowned out by the cheers, just as fans do at the United Center. A few of the Blackhawks sang the seventh-inning stretch, with the Stanley Cup front and center.

“There was a lot of energy out there, that’s for sure,” Cubs third baseman Chad Tracy said. “We had a lot of emotion going on.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Lilly flirts with history

Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth and the Cubs survived a late-inning threat to post a 1-0 Interleague victory over the White Sox in front of 40,456 crazed hockey and baseball fans. Lilly (2-5) and White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (2-7) matched each other with hitless innings through six. But with two outs in the Cubs seventh, Alfonso Soriano smacked a clean double to left and scored on Chad Tracy’s single to center.

“I told [Lilly] after the game I was having flashbacks to 2004 when I played in a perfect game with [Randy Johnson],” Tracy said. “It just so happened I drove in the only run in that game, too. I was hoping he’d get it so I could have another lineup card and another story to tell my grandkids.”

Pinch-hitter Juan Pierre ended Lilly’s no-hit bid when he singled to center to lead off the ninth, lining an 0-1 slider. Lilly struck out three, walked one and hit two batters.

“I was just looking for something out over the plate and he threw it there and I put a good swing on it,” Pierre said. “I knew he was going to throw strikes pretty much. I just got a pitch he probably wants back, but I did put a good swing on it and broke it up.”

Lilly was pulled after the hit and 108 pitches. He received a standing ovation as he walked off the field.

“It was unbelievable,” Lilly said. “There was so much energy. I can’t remember that much energy — I guess I’d have to go back to 2001 and the World Series and some of those big late inning game-winning homers and you get that kind of feeling. It was awesome and really special.”

This was the fifth time Lilly has held an opponent hitless through the first six innings of a game, and first time since last season’s home opener against Colorado, April 13, 2009. The last time he flirted with a no-no was April 27, 2002, against Seattle when he went 7 1/3 innings without giving up a hit.

The win didn’t come easy. After Pierre singled and Lilly exited, closer Carlos Marmol entered and walked Andruw Jones. He was then called for a balk. Marmol explained that he hit his leg on purpose with the ball because he didn’t want to throw the pitch.

“The walk to Jones and then the balk and I said, ‘Oh, [shoot],'” Piniella said.

The game got off to a rousing start as the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were toasted prior to the game, parading the silver trophy around the ballpark to their signature tune, “Chelsea Dagger,” and posing for a photo on the mound with both the Cubs and White Sox players and staff.

“It’s funny because we talked about it when the Blackhawks were walking around the field,” catcher Koyie Hill said. “I said to Teddy, ‘Let’s do that.’ There was a little extra buzz in the air and you see how much fun [the Blackhawks] were having, it kind of carries over to what we’re doing. I’m sure over there on the other side of the field, too. That was neat. There was a little more energy. It felt like something special was going to happen.”

What did Hill want to do — win the Stanley Cup or catch a no-hitter?

“Either one and you’re champs,” Hill said. “You want to be a champ in the show, that’s what you have to do.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/10 Sloppy, sloppy play

Mistakes cost the Cubs on Thursday. With the game tied at 4 in the Milwaukee 10th, Bob Howry walked Carlos Gomez. Craig Counsell then bunted and third baseman Chad Tracy threw to first for the force. Gomez kept running. Xavier Nady threw to catcher Koyie Hill, who was covering at third, and missed everyone. Gomez scored on the error.

“I just tried to make a perfect throw and it sailed on me,” Nady said.

“It was a perfect situation for the Brewers,” Hill said. “They had a guy up there at the plate [in Counsell] who takes a lot of pride in what he does and he practices those situations so when it does come up, he gets the bunt down to the right side of the field. They have the perfect guy on first base [in Gomez] who is one of the fastest guys in the league and they had one of the worst fundamental teams on the field, so it was a perfect situation for them.”

With Hill covering at third, nobody was protecting home if the Cubs did try to get Gomez at home.

“I looked a little bit to home plate and I saw Counsell drop a bunt so I wasn’t stopping,” Gomez said. “They had no chance to throw me out at third because the catcher had to run to third.”

“It was great baserunning,” Counsell said. “I think [Gomez] basically had it in his head that he was going to third and he never slowed down. They weren’t going to get him, even with a good throw.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/10 Lineup, Lee & Tracy

Chad Tracy started at third base Thursday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers and Derrek Lee, who hit his 300th career homer Wednesday, got the day off.

“It’s been a tough little road trip for everybody — three days, three different cities, a lot of flying, day-night games,” Lou Piniella said. “We’ll give [Lee] a day off and get him in there tomorrow.”

Here’s the lineup against right-hander Dave Bush:

RF Fukudome

2B Theriot

CF Byrd

3B Tracy

1B Nady

LF Colvin

C Soto

SS Castro

P Dempster

— Carrie Muskat

6/9 Ramirez: "I'm not helping team"

Aramis Ramirez admitted he wasn’t helping the Cubs by trying to play with a bruised left thumb and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. The Cubs recalled infielder Chad Tracy from Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez has been scuffling, batting .168 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 47 games.

“Right now, I’m not helping the team, not helping myself,” Ramirez said. “We’re going to try to get 100 percent and try to get back to being who I was.”

He has not used the sore thumb as an excuse but admitted it’s been difficult to grip a bat because of the swelling and discomfort. The Cubs had talked to Ramirez about going on the disabled list earlier but he didn’t want to.

“I thought I was good enough to play [through it],” he said. “I can’t help the team missing two games like I missed the Dodgers series. It just makes sense to rest it now and try to get it 100 percent or at least close to it.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/9 Lineup & Lou's plan

Lou Piniella met with some of the players one on one in his office before Wednesday’s game and the message was simple.

“Whoever’s playing the best is going to get the playing time,” Piniella said. “I’ve been very patient and from now on — and I appreciate the effort everybody’s given — but we’re not winning baseball games and I’m going to play people who I feel give us the best chance to win on that particular day and that’s the end of it.”

With Aramis Ramirez on the 15-day DL and Chad Tracy in the mix, expect to see a platoon of Tracy and Jeff Baker at third base.

Here’s the lineup against lefty Randy Wolf:

2B Theriot

3B Baker

1B Lee

CF Byrd

RF Nady

LF Soriano

C Soto

SS Castro

P Zambrano

— Carrie Muskat


6/9 Tracy expected in Milwaukee

Chad Tracy was expected to join the Cubs on Wednesday with Aramis Ramirez going to the disabled list because of his thumb injury. Tracy opened the season on the Cubs’ big league roster, was batting .396 in 26 games at Triple-A Iowa. Tracy has five home runs, eight doubles and 18 RBIs with the Minor League team, notching his third four-hit game on Tuesday against New Orleans, including two solo home runs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/9 Minor matters

It was a good day for Cubs’ Minor League pitchers on Tuesday. Thomas Diamond threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out eight in Iowa’s 5-1 win over New Orleans. Chad Tracy had his fourth four-hit game, including two solo homers. He’s batting .530 in his last four games. Congrats to Mitch Atkins who was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week after going 1-0 in two starts with a 0.75 ERA. He struck out 14 over 12 innings.

Chris Carpenter threw 6 1/3 shutout innings and struck out six in Tennessee’s 3-0 win over Huntsville. Ty Wright hit his ninth home run. He’s batting .395 during a nine-game hitting streak.

Christopher Archer threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and fanning eight in Daytona’s 7-0 win over Palm Beach. Brett Jackson had two hits, including a double, and Kyler Burke had two hits.

Jeff Antigua gave up four runs on six hits over five innings and struck out six in Peoria’s 7-4 win over Lansing. Justin Bour hit his third homer and Logan Watkins had his 13th multi-hit game.

Peoria had five players named to the MidWest League mid-season All-Star team: Hak-Ju Lee, Matt Cerda, Logan Watkins, Trey McNutt and James Leverton.

— Carrie Muskat