Results tagged ‘ Corey Black ’

3/6 Maddon: “It’s part of the game”

Corey Black reached out to Hunter Pence via Twitter on Thursday after the young Cubs pitcher hit the Giants outfielder on the arm, fracturing his left forearm. Black posted on Twitter: “Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse.”

Pence did respond: “It happens my friend. Thanks for the concern, it’s a part of the game we love. No slowing down!”

Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a point of talking to Black during pre-game stretch.

“I said, ‘Don’t you dare worry about any of that. It’s part of the game,'” Maddon said. “It’s awful when it happens, he wasn’t trying to do that, that’s part of the game of baseball. It’s just terrible, and I know he feels badly. There’s not a thing he should do about it.”

Maddon said Black didn’t need to apologize.

“If I was a player and it happened to me, and broke my arm, I would not need that apology,” Maddon said. “It’s part of the game. I signed up to play baseball.

“[What happened] is just the way of the world, man. It’s a car accident, it’s slipping in the bathroom, it just happened to be a pitch that got inside. You live, you play baseball, accidents occur, you move on, you sign up to do it, it happens. Of course we feel badly about it, of course we do. [Pence] is a great player, great guy, a big part of that team. It was definitely not intentional. It happens.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 Black: “My heart goes out to him”

Corey Black stood at his locker in the Cubs complex Friday to talk about his first spring outing. As he talked, the clubhouse television replayed a painful reminder of what happened.

Black, 23, walked the first two batters he faced in the sixth inning Thursday at Scottsdale Stadium, then hit Giants outfielder Hunter Pence on the left forearm with a fastball. Black knew something was wrong as soon as he heard Pence scream.

Pence walked to first but then came out of the game. He has a non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm, and was expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.

“It’s just part of the game,” Black said. “It got away, he got hit. It’s on the TV right now — I don’t like seeing it a lot. My heart goes out to him. I hope he heals up real quick and gets back better than ever.”

It looked as if Pence tried to check his swing but Black wasn’t sure.

“That’s the way he hits,” Black said. “He’s all over the place. Whatever works for him. It’s an unfortunate accident.”

Black and Pence are represented by the same agency, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, and the young pitcher was at dinner with his agents when he found out how severe the injury was.

“It [stinks],” Black said. “You don’t want to hit people first of all, and hurting someone on top of that is even worse. It’s a bad feeling and I hope he heals up real quick.”

Black tried to reach out to Pence, posting on his Twitter: “Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse.”

He said some Giants fans were surprised that he apologized.

“It was a heart-felt tweet to try to get his attention and say it wasn’t on purpose or anything like that,” Black said. “I was actually kind of excited to hear some Giants fans says, ‘Don’t worry about it, it’s part of the game.’ That made me feel better. There’s always two or three people with negative comments.”

This isn’t the first time Black has hit a batter — he plunked 14 last season at Double-A Tennessee — but it was a tough one to shake off. The right-hander went for a run Friday morning to try to move on.

“You don’t want to hurt anybody, you don’t try to hit anybody,” Black said. “It feels bad, especially for my first game in Spring Training. It’s a bad way to start. Today’s a new day and I’ve just got to get beter and try to forget about it.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/6 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Corey Black gave up one run over six innings, Jorge Soler hit a home run in his return from the disabled list, and Dustin Geiger drove in three runs with three hits to lead Tennessee to a 9-1 win over Birmingham Sunday. Soler connected in the sixth. He missed most of the first half while battling hamstring injuries in both legs. Sunday marked his first game back with the Smokies since May 15. Newly acquired shortstop Addison Russell went 0-for-5 in his first game with the Smokies.

4/12 Minor matters

Chris Valaika hit a three-run homer but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 8-5 to Memphis. Eric Jokisch gave up seven runs on eight hits over five innings.

Corey Black walked three but did not give up a hit over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-5 win over Chattanooga. Stephen Bruno delivered a walk off RBI single in the ninth for the win. Dustin Geiger and Jeudy Valdez each homered.

Bijan Rademacher had two hits in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Tampa. Yao-Lin Wang started and gave up two runs on four hits over five innings.

Daury Torrez gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 6-4 win over Lake County. Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert each had three hits.

9/4 Minor matters

Tennessee begins the playoffs on Thursday, facing Birmingham in the best of five Southern League North Division Championship.

Corey Black threw five shutout innings and Kris Bryant delivered a two-run single to help Daytona beat Dunedin 6-1 in the first game of the best of three North Division playoff series. C.J. Edwards is scheduled to start Game 2 on Wednesday at Dunedin. Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, struck out seven and walked one. Bryant had two hits, including his big single in a five-run sixth. Pin-Chieh Chen doubled in the first and scored on a wild pitch. Dan Vogelbach also had an RBI.

Paul Blackburn threw seven shutout innings in Boise’s 3-0 win over Salem-Keizer in the first game of the Northwest League playoffs. Game 2 of the best of three series is Wednesday. Kevin Encarnacion had three hits and scored two runs, and Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and two RBIs.

8/30 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Casey Coleman gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-2 win over Omaha. Edgar Gonzalez and Edwin Maysonett each drove in a run.

Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run in Tennessee’s 5-0 win over Chattanooga. Neil Ramirez gave up one hit over 4 2/3 innings. Justin Bour had three RBIs.

Corey Black gave up one run on three hits over six innings in Daytona’s 3-2 win over Brevard County. Bijan Rademacher had two hits and Chadd Krist had two RBIs.

Kane County lost, 5-2, to Cedar Rapids. Daury Torrez gave up three runs over five innings. Marco Hernandez had two hits and one RBIs. Rock Shoulders had one RBIs.

Kevin Encarnacion hit his seventh home run and drove in four runs in Boise’s 10-8 loss to Salem-Keizer. Shawon Dunston and Dan Lockhart each had two hits.

Ryan Sweeney had two hits, including a double, and one RBIs in Mesa’s 8-1 win over the Diamondbacks. It was Sweeney’s fourth rehab outing. Luis Valbuena had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs in his second rehab game.

8/17 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a two-run homer, in Iowa’s 5-2 loss to New Orleans. Yoanner Negrin struck out seven over six innings.

Javier Baez hit a two-run walkoff homer to lift Tennessee to a 8-6 victory over Chattanooga. Baez finished with two hits, and was batting .403 (25-for-62) in 15 games in August. Baez now has 31 home runs this season (17 at Daytona, 14 at Tennessee). Jonathan Mota added his seventh home run. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Corey Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, struck out eight over five innings in Daytona’s 5-1 win over Brevard County. Dustin Geiger hit his 14th home run. Kris Bryant had two hits and scored a run. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and scored a run.

Wilson Contreras hit his 11th home run in Kane County’s 5-1 loss to Burlington. Felix Pena took the loss, giving up two earned runs over six innings.

Jose Rosario gave up one run over five innings in Boise’s 6-2 win over Tri-City. Jacob Rogers had two hits and three RBIs. Shawon Dunston returned to action, and reached base four times, drawing three walks and getting a single. He scored two runs and stole a base.

Trevor Graham threw three scoreless innings in Mesa’s 6-0 win over the Padres. Brian Bogusevic was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base in his seventh rehab game.

8/12 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Yoanner Negrin gave up three runs, only one earned, over six innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss. Jae-Hoon Ha extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single.

Tennessee’s game against Montgomery was suspended because of weather, and was to resume on Monday.

Corey Black, acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, threw five shutout innings to help Daytona beat Tampa, 5-4. Black gave up five hits and walked two while striking out four. Zeke DeVoss and Anthony Giansanti each had three hits.

Tayler Scott gave up six runs — three earned — over five innings in Kane County’s 8-4 loss to Cedar Rapids. The Cougars committed four errors. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.

Kris Bryant had two hits and one RBIs in Boise’s 3-1 win over Vancouver in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Bryant went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in a 6-5 loss. Bryant was batting .354 overall. Trevor Gretzky had three hits.

Brian Bogusevic had two hits and one RBIs in Mesa’s 5-4 win over the Rangers. Bogusevic was the DH and playing his third rehab game. He scored two runs. Jesse Hodges had two RBIs.

8/3 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Friday’s games

Ty Wright hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost its eighth straight game, losing 5-4 to Salt Lake. Nick Struck gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings. Wright finished with four RBIs.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 1-0 loss to Jacksonville. Christian Villanueva, Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur each had two hits.

Corey Black gave up four runs over four innings in Daytona’s 9-7 win over Bradenton. Black was acquired from the Yankees in the Alfonso Soriano deal, and this was his Cubs debut. He struck out eight and walked three, giving up three hits. Chad Krist had three hits, all doubles, and Zeke DeVoss had three hits and two RBIs.

Albert Almora had three hits in Kane County’s 7-4 loss to Wisconsin. Rock Shoulders drove in three runs. Michael Heesch gave up five runs over six innings and took the loss.

Boise’s game against Everett was postponed because of rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Erick Leal gave up two runs over five innings in Mesa’s 6-4 win over the Giants. Leal struck out eight.

7/26 Soriano deal done

The Cubs acquired Minor League right-handed pitcher Corey Black from the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano on Friday. Black, 21, was selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft out of Faulkner University. This year, his first full professional season, he is 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA (39 ER/82 2/3 IP) in 19 starts with Class A Tampa. The right-hander has allowed only two home runs in 82 2/3 innings, while striking out 88. He is limiting opposing hitters to a .243 batting average, including a .169 mark by lefties and a .285 mark by righties.

Soriano, 37, leaves the Cubs after nearly seven seasons. He ranks 11th on the club’s all-time home run list with 181 home runs. Overall, he batted .264 (898-for-3,403) with 218 doubles, 13 triples, 526 RBI and 469 runs scored in 889 games.

Soriano returns to the organization with which he began his 15-year career, having spent time previously with the New York Yankees (1999-2003), Texas Rangers (2004-05), Washington Nationals (2006) and Chicago Cubs (2007-13). He ranks seventh among active players with 389 home runs, the most by any active outfielder, and is 11 hits shy of 2,000 in his career.

* Roster move: Expect the Cubs to promote right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to the big league team. The Cubs claimed Sanchez, 24, off waivers on May 21 from the Cardinals. In two seasons with the big league team, he has pitched in 43 games, and compiled a 3.40 ERA. He appeared in 19 games at Triple-A Iowa and had a 3.70 ERA, giving up 17 hits and walking 17 over 24 1/3 innings.


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