Results tagged ‘ Chris Robinson ’

10/26 Team USA loses to Canada

Iowa Cubs catcher Chris Robinson had two hits and scored a run to help Canada beat Team USA, 2-1, and win the gold medal in the Pan Am Games in Mexico on Tuesday. Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jeff Beliveau, gave up one hit in one inning of relief work. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson did not play in the gold medal game. The U.S. beat Cuba, 12-10, in the semifinals to advance.

— Carrie Muskat


9/27 Jackson, Beliveau start Team USA workouts

Cubs prospects Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau will begin workouts Tuesday with Team USA at the complex in Cary, N.C.  They are two of 24 players named to the U.S. roster on Sept. 15 for the team that will compete in both the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 20-25. Jackson was a member of last year’s Pan-Am Qualifying team that finished 10-1 and tied for third in the tournament.  Beliveau was recently named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  The right-hander was 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA and five saves between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. Also, Iowa Cubs catcher Chris Robinson will not play in the World Cup tournament, but will join Team Canada for the Pan-Am Games in Mexico.  A native of London, Ontario, Canada, Robinson has played in several international tournaments including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
— Carrie Muskat

10/18 Robinson stars for Team Canada

Belated congrats to Chris Robinson who went 5-for-6 with a home run and three RBIs in the final game for Team Canada in the Pan Am qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. Robinson, who played for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, was named to the tournament’s All-Star team at catcher. He appeared in five games and batted .545.

— Carrie Muskat


6/21 Minor matters

Tennessee pitcher Hung-Wen Chen was named Southern League’s Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 20. On Sunday, Chen threw six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Mobile. He struck out five and scattered five hits. Tony Thomas hit a solo homer. He also threw six scoreless innings in his previous start, and now is 8-5 with a 2.27 ERA for the season.

On Monday, pinch-hitter Michael Restovich hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lead Albuquerque to a 16-12 win over Iowa. Restovich connected off Brian Schlitter. Brad Snyder homered for the Iowa Cubs. Mitch Atkins had his worst outing of the season, giving up nine runs (eight earned) in four innings.

On Sunday, Casey Coleman gave up one run on four hits over five innings in Iowa’s 4-0 loss to Albuquerque. Chris Robinson had two hits.

Daytona had Sunday off and open a three-game series Monday at Lakeland.

Rob Whitenack gave up one run on two hits over five innings in Peoria’s 12-2 win over Quad Cities. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and two RBIs, Logan Watkins, Matt Cerda and Charles Thomas each had two hits. Cerda had three RBIs.

Brandon May had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in Boise’s 7-6, 11-inning win over Yakima.

— Carrie Muskat

6/13 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up three runs on two hits and three walks over seven innings but took the loss in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Memphis. Chris Robinson hit a solo homer and Darwin Barney had three hits. It was Jackson’s third consecutive quality start.

Craig Muschko gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 7-5 loss to West Tenn. Blake Lalli had three hits and one RBI and Tony Thomas drove in two runs.

Ryan Searle threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits, in Peoria’s 6-3 win over Great Lakes. Searle struck out five. Justin Bour had four RBI and hit his fifth home run.

— Carrie Muskat

5/25 Minor matters – Iowa update

The Iowa Cubs scored seven runs in the third inning to beat Salt Lake, 8-2, on Tuesday in front of 9,070 people at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the team’s 13th win in 15 games. Sam Fuld singled to start the third inning and the team sent nine batters to the plate. Bobby Scales hit a two-run single, Bryan LaHair added a two-run double and Chris Robinson hit a RBI single in the inning. Casey Coleman picked up the win, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

4/1 No fooling

Chris Robinson had read the sign in the Cubs’ clubhouse that said players didn’t need to be dressed until noon on Thursday to give them time to pack up their belongings. But the catcher said he felt like he was playing hooky, sitting at home having breakfast instead of being at the ballpark before the sun came up. Then his wife reminded him what day it was.

“She said, ‘Today’s April Fool’s Day,'” Robinson said.

The catcher panicked. He wasn’t sure if they told him noon as a joke, so he jumped in the car and zoomed over to the ballpark.

When he walked into the clubhouse at 9:30 a.m., he was the first to arrive.

— Carrie Muskat

3/15 Long bus ride to Tucson

It’s a long drive to Tucson, and on Monday, it took the Cubs an extra hour when their bus broke down on I-10. Apparently a clamp came off the radiator line on the bus when it was about a half hour, 45 minutes out of Mesa.

Kevin Millar did a few impressions for his teammates and the bus driver was able to play a movie. They watched Clint Eastwood in “Gran Torino.” Carlos Zambrano was on the bus but a friend was following in a car behind it, and pulled over to take the pitcher to Tucson. Athletic trainer Mark O’Neal was driving with his family, saw the bus and pulled over to pick up catcher Koyie Hill so he wouldn’t be late.

That left the Cubs with a pitcher, a catcher and utility player Jeff Baker, who drove himself from home.

“I can be ‘Bugs Bunny’ and play everywhere,” Baker said.

He didn’t have to do it all — Zambrano and Hill were there.

“And I’ve got everything else? Perfect,” Baker said.

The bus had been scheduled to arrive around 10 a.m. but pulled into the lot at Hi Corbett Field around 11:25 a.m.

“We’re fashionably late,” catcher Chris Robinson said.

It did get hot in the bus because the air conditioning was turned off. Millar kept it light.

“He made us laugh,” Robinson said. “But that can only go so far when you’re sitting in the middle of the desert.”

As soon as the mechanic was able to repair the bus, another one pulled up behind the Cubs. And where was Lou Piniella in all this? He was driving with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

— Carrie Muskat

2/22 Oh, Canada

It was a tough morning Monday for the Canadian players on the Cubs following the U.S. hockey team’s 5-3 win in the Olympics over Canada. Chris Robinson, a catcher from London, Ontario, watched the game with some Canadian friends from other baseball teams training in Arizona.

“We didn’t want to go to work on Monday,” he said.

Pitcher Vince Perkins, born in Victoria, British Columbia, was razzed as soon as he walked into the clubhouse at Fitch Park Monday.

Robinson played for the Canadian baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, calling it an “awesome experience.” He does have a hockey upbringing — who doesn’t in Canada? — having played for 15 years.

“I used to joke I was a backwards Canadian,” Robinson said. “I used to play hockey to stay in shape for baseball.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/12 Minor matters

Jose Ascanio gave up four runs on five hits over five innings in Triple-A Iowa’s 8-5 win over Oklahoma City Saturday, the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Jeremy Papelbon gave up five runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings as Iowa lost, 6-3. John-Ford Griffin had two hits in each game. Chris Robinson went 2-for-4 in the second game, and has a six-game hitting streak.

Hung-Wen Chen gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Montgomery. Class A Daytona lost, 5-3, to Clearwater. And, Michael Brenly had two hits, including a home run, in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Fort Wayne.

— Carrie Muskat