Results tagged ‘ Chris Valaika ’

9/6 Pirates 5, Cubs 3 (11 innings)

* Chris Valaika had three hits, and tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth. He has recorded extra-base hits in back-to-back games for the first time since May 1-4 of last year while with the Marlins. The three hits by Valaika tied a career-high (previously done, Aug. 30, 2010.

* With a sac fly RBI in the third, Jorge Soler has recorded at least one RBI in seven of his first eight big league games (11 total RBI). Soler is the first player since Buddy Blair (Philadelphia Athletics) in 1942 to record at least one RBI and/or one extra-base hit in each of his first eight career major league games.

* Tsuyoshi Wada did not get a decision. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits while issuing one walk and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings. He left the game with cramping in his left calf, but was not expected to miss his next start.

* With an infield single in the third, Arismendy Alcantara has hit safely in seven of his last eight games at Wrigley Field (.294/10-for-34).

* Luis Valbuena is batting .325 (13-for-40) with four home runs and six RBI in his last 11 games, while hitting safely in 10 of those contests.

* This was a continuation of Friday’s game which was suspended in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. It marks the Cubs second suspended game of the season.

* Javier Baez now has drawn a walk in three of his last four games.

* The Cubs fell to 7-10 in extra-inning games this season.

9/3 Saying thanks

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Chris Valaika took time on Wednesday to visit the firefighters at station No. 78 across from Wrigley Field. Valaika’s brother in law, Carlos Mata, is a fire fighter in Downey, Calif.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but baseball took over and it’s what I want to do now,” Valaika sad. “I went next door and checked it out and got to meet them. I just wanted to go over and thank them.”

He got a tour of the station and the trucks.

“I felt like a little kid — it was great,” Valaika said.

He brought them some treats, and received a t-shirt in exchange.

“That’s going to be my new shirt that I’ll wear when I hit,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Cubs lineup

Dan Straily makes his Cubs debut on Saturday night against the Mets. Straily, acquired from the Athletics on July 4, will be the 10th starting pitcher used by Cubs this season. Last year, they used nine. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Alcantara CF
Castillo C
Valaika 3B
Straily P

8/2 Cubs lineup

Chris Valaika gets his first start with the Cubs on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup:

Alcantara 2B
Coghlan LF
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Ruggiano RF
Csatillo C
Valaika 3B
Lake CF
Wada P

8/1 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs added Felix Doubront to the 25-man roster, but placed him on the disabled list with a left calf strain. Blake Parker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, and the Cubs purchased the contract of Chris Valaika.

– Carrie Muskat

5/12 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Chris Valaika had three hits and Lars Anderson and Logan Watkins each had three RBI to lift Iowa to a 12-11 win over Nashville. The I-Cubs overcame an eight-run deficit and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the eighth. Eli Whiteside hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Blake Parker picked up the save, his sixth.

Tennessee rallied from a six-run deficit to beat Jackson, 17-13. Rubi Silva had four hits and was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He scored two runs, hit two doubles, a triple and drove in five runs. Jorge Soler had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs. He drove in four runs. Soler is 6-for-16 since coming off the DL. Kris Bryant had his third three-hit game and drove in three runs. He’s batting .432 in May. Jose Veras picked up the win, throwing 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Daytona and Kane County both had Sunday off. Daytona returns to action against Charlotte on Monday, while Kane County faces Beloit.

4/27 Minor matters

Chris Valaika, Jonathan Mota and Eli Whiteside all homered to lift Iowa to a 9-6, 13-inning win over Colorado Springs on Saturday. Arismendy Alcantara had five hits, including a triple, and three RBIs. Valaika had three hits and two RBIs. Blake Parker picked up his second save.

Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez each homered but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 4-3, in 13 innings. It was Bryant’s fifth homer, and he’s now hit in nine straight games. Jake Arrieta started for the Smokies and gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits over two innings. He was scheduled to go shorter, which starters usually do in their last game of Spring Training. Ryan Searle struck out three over three scoreless innings.

Jose Rosario threw six shutout innings in Daytona’s 2-0 win over Brevard County. Rosario struck out six and walked three. Tim Saunders had two RBI.

Kane County scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off win against Wisconsin. Starter Duane Underwood gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits over 3 2/3 innings. Yasiel Balaguert had two RBI, and drove in the winning run in the ninth. Gerardo Concepcion threw four scoreless innings in relief.

4/7 Minor matters

* Chris Valaika hit a walk-off RBI single to lift Iowa to a 4-3 win over Memphis on Sunday. Iowa erased a 2-1 deficit when Javier Baez hit a pinch-hit home run in the seventh. It was his first Triple-A hit in 10 at-bats. Eric Jokisch started, and gave up two runs, none earned, on six hits over seven innings. Josh Vitters was 3-for-4.

The home run for Baez came one day after he was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Baez’s frustration carried over into the dugout where he and catcher Eli Whiteside were involved in an altercation, according to the Des Moines Register.

“I was mad, he was mad, everybody was mad,” Baez told the Des Moines Register. “We argued a little. Nothing personal.”

Baez talked to Whiteside on Sunday, and patched things up. Baez is aware of the high expectations on him.

“I don’t really care about what other people think,” he told the Des Moines Register. “I’ll do my job and I’ll do the best I can for my teammates and for the team.”

* Dustin Geiger hit a solo home run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 3-2 to Pensacola on Sunday. Geiger was 2-for-3. Ivan Pineyro started, and gave up two runs over four innings.

* Daytona was off on Sunday and scheduled to return to action Monday against Brevard County.

* Quad Cities scored five runs in the seventh to beat Kane County, 7-3. Juan Paniagua started and gave up two runs on three hits and four walks over four innings.

11/18 Valaika to Cubs

According to FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have signed infielder Chris Valaika to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. Valaika, 28, appeared in 22 games with the Marlins last season, batting .219. He was originally drafted by the Reds in the third round in 2006, and signed with the Marlins as a free agent one year ago. He opened the 2013 season with the Marlins but went on the disabled list May 8 with a fractured left wrist and was eventually sent to the Minor Leagues. He batted .246 in 37 games at Triple-A New Orleans last season.

It’s no surprise Valaika left the Marlins. According to the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria vetoed Valaika’s promotion from the Minors late last season. Loria was upset that Valaika, among others, had complained that he was verbally harassed by then-hitting coach Tino Martinez. Loria had picked Martinez to be the Marlins hitting coach. Martinez resigned from the Marlins in July.

Valaika’s agent, Joel Wolfe, told Rosenthal: “Chris is very excited to be with a first-class organization.”

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