Results tagged ‘ Chris Carpenter ’

10/16 AFL & winter ball update

Junior Lake and DJ LeMahieu each had three hits to help Mesa beat Surprise, 14-3, on Saturday in Arizona Fall League play. Lake went 3-for-5, hitting a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs while LeMahieu was 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Chris Carpenter struck out five of the six batters he faced in 1 2/3 innings of relief. After an off day Sunday, the Solar Sox play host to the Salt River Rafters on Monday at HoHoKam Park, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

* Bryan LaHair hit another homer — his third this offseason — to help Magallanes beat Margarita, 9-0, in Venezuelan Winter League play on Saturday. LaHair, who hit 38 homers for Triple-A Iowa, was batting 7-for-17 (.42) in four games. Former Cubs right-hander Jerome Williams struck out six over six innings for the win.

* The Cubs Instructional League ended its month of play on Saturday in Mesa, Ariz.

— Carrie Muskat

10/13 LaHair & AFL update

Bryan LaHair opened the Venezuelan Winter League with a bang on Wednesday. LaHair went 4-for-4, hitting two home runs and driving in three runs to lift Magallanes Navegantes to a 14-8 win over Zulia in the opener. LaHair, who hit 38 homers for Triple-A Iowa, finished a triple shy of the cycle. first game.

* Junior Lake was 2-for-4 and DJ LeMahieu 1-for-4 in Mesa’s 6-2 loss to Peoria in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday. Chris Carpenter gave up one run on two hits and struck out one in one inning in relief. The Solar Sox travel to Peoria Thursday for a rematch with the Javelinas.

— Carrie Muskat


10/9 Vitters gets three hits in loss

Josh Vitters went 3-for-5 and DJ LeMahieu 2-for-5, and each drove in one run, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-4 loss to Salt River in Arizona Fall League play Saturday. Junior Lake, another Cubs prospect playing for the Mesa team, was 1-for-3. Andrew Cashner made his first appearance and struck out one in one inning. Chris Carpenter took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth. Vitters is now batting .381. Sunday is an off day for the AFL, and on Monday, the Solar Sox play a night game in Scottsdale.

— Carrie Muskat

10/6 AFL update

Cubs prospect Junior Lake went 3-for-4 with a single, double, solo homer and stole a base in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 10-4 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League. DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-4 and Josh Vitters, who hit two homers in the AFL opener Tuesday, was 0-for-4. Chris Carpenter struck out one in two innings of relief. On Thursday, the Solar Sox play host to the Surprise Saguaros at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. First pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Jackson, Carpenter, Cashner to play in AFL

Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson and Chris Carpenter are among the Cubs prospects who will play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins Oct. 4. The trio will be joined on the Mesa Solar Sox by Trey McNutt, Junior Lake and DJ LeMahieu. Left-hander Jeff Beliveau is on the taxi squad as well. The AFL begins its 20th season this October. The six-team league plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) in six Cactus League stadiums in the Phoenix area. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick has been added as the new home of the Rafters, joining Mesa Hohokam Stadium (Solar Sox), Peoria Sports Complex (Javelinas), Phoenix Municipal Stadium (Desert Dogs), Scottsdale Stadium (Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Saguaros) as the league venues.

— Carrie Muskat

7/5 Extra bases

The Cubs placed right-hander Marcos Mateo on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness and recalled Chris Carpenter from Triple-A Iowa. The team also selected the contract of Ramon Ortiz from Iowa, and optioned Casey Coleman to the Minor League team. Ortiz, 38, was to make his first start Tuesday against the Nationals. He’s the 10th starting pitcher the Cubs have used this season.

Mateo had an MRI on his right elbow in Chicago and results were expected on Thursday.

* Aramis Ramirez was named NL Player of the Week.

* Kerry Wood walked three of the seven batters he faced on Monday. It was his third outing since coming off the disabled list, and the Cubs right-hander wasn’t as sharp as his first on July 1 when he threw a 1-2-3 eighth against the White Sox.

“He feels fine, the finger is fine, but that doesn’t mean the feel of the thing is fine,”  Mike Quade said of Wood, who was sidelined because of blister on his index finger. “Part of that is pitching until you get that feel. Hopefully, he figures something out.”

* Reed Johnson, Blake DeWitt and pitching coach Mark Riggins took time Tuesday to visit veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.

“To me, it’s the right thing to do,” Johnson said. “Those guys are in there thanking us for coming in there and I’m almost embarrassed. What we do doesn’t mean hardly anything compared to what those guys are doing over there. They were thankful we’re taking the time.”

* Matt Garza and his family were among the Cubs contingent who watched the fireworks on the 4th of July from the Capitol steps at the invitation of Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. They also got a tour of the rotunda at the Capitol.

“There’s a lot of history there,” said Garza, whose 9-year-old son was dazzled by the age of some of the items such as desks from the 1800s.

“My son was amazed at that,” Garza said. “He’s like, ‘No way.'”

— Carrie Muskat

7/3 Dempster scratched; Coleman to start

Ryan Dempster was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start against the Nationals because of a sore back and illness, and Casey Coleman will go for the Cubs instead. Dempster (5-6, 4.99 ERA) was hospitalized overnight Saturday as a precaution. He was expected to make one more start before the All-Star break. The problem is not related to a hip strain he felt June 8.

“He’s under the weather,” Mike Quade said. “He’s got a little hip and back issue. We expect him to pitch on this trip before the break but we’ll back him off several days. He had a rough day [Saturday] and he looks better today. We’re going to give him a few days and we’ll see how he feels.”

The Cubs open a seven-game road trip Monday against the Nationals and finish with a weekend series against the Pirates.

Coleman was 2-4 with a 7.78 ERA in 10 games with the Cubs, making eight starts. Chris Carpenter will be optioned to Iowa to make room on the roster for Coleman.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 AFL update

The Mesa Solar Sox were held to three hits in a 6-0 loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions Wednesday in Arizona Fall League play. Both Josh Vitters and Ryan Flaherty were hitless for the Solar Sox. Chris Carpenter pitched one inning in relief and struck out two of the three batters he faced. On Thursday, the Solar Sox will play host to the Peoria Saguaros.

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 AFL update

Josh Vitters went 2-for-4, hitting a two-run double in the fifth, and Ryan Flaherty was 1-for-5 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-6 loss Wednesday to Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play. Jake Muyco started and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Chris Carpenter pitched 1 2/3 innings, and gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. Kyle Smit took the loss as he was charged with three runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings. All the runs came in the eighth as Matt Wallach led off with a home run and Michael Taylor hit a two-run double. Smit, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal, had given up only three runs in 10 innings over seven outings prior to Wednesday’s game. On Thursday, the Solar Sox travel to Surprise.

— Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL Rising Stars game

Cubs prospect Chris Carpenter struck out two and gave up one hit in one inning of relief work in the “Rising Stars” Arizona Fall League game Saturday night in Surprise, Ariz. Carpenter threw 20 pitches, 14 for strikes. Josh Vitters entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and went 0-for-2. The West squad beat the East, 3-2, on Tampa Bay’s Leslie Anderson’s walkoff homer. The AFL squads have Sunday off. On Monday, the Mesa Solar Sox faces the Scottsdale Scorpions.

— Carrie Muskat