Results tagged ‘ Cubs ’

8/18 Cubs vs Giants

Kyle Hendricks gets the start Monday in the Cubs series finale against the Mets at Citi Field. Here are the pitching matchups for the upcoming homestand against the Giants:

Tuesday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2-1, 3.15) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (7-8,
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-13, 5.74) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-3,
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 4.86) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 3.14)

8/18 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

In his second rehab start, Felix Doubront gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Salt Lake. Josh Vitters and Eli Whiteside each had two hits. Iowa went 0-for-10 with RISP.

Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits including a two-run homer to lift Tennessee to a 7-3 win over Montgomery. Felix Pena gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Taylor Davis and Albert Almora each had three hits.

Daytona lost, 8-7, to Tampa. Juan Paniagua gave up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. Bijan Rademacher and Wilson Contreras each homered. Kyle Schwarber had two hits, including a double and his first triple.

Kane County held Wisconsin to two hits in a 9-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader. Daury Torrez gave up one hit over five innings and Jeffrey Baez hit his second home run, a solo shot. Victor Cartini had three hits and three RBIs. In the second game, Baez homered again in a 2-0 win for the Cougars. Ben Wells threw five shutout innings.

Jesse Hodges and Kevin Brown each had two hits, including a home run each, in Boise’s 7-6 win over Salem-Keiser.

Mesa played a doubleheader on Sunday against the White Sox, and won the first game, 3-0. Jose Paulino gave up three hits over five innings. Adonis Paula hit a solo home run. In the second game, the White Sox won, 2-1. Luis Hernandez gave up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings.

8/17 Cubs 2, Mets 1

* Jake Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine in the Cubs’ win. Since June 3, he has given up more than three runs in one start, and compiled a 2.45 ERA in that stretch. What was working? His curve, which was his strikeout pitch on his first eight Ks.

* Starlin Castro hit a game-winning home run leading off the ninth. He has hit in 15 of his 16 games, and is batting .400 in that stretch. His home run was his first career go-ahead homer in the ninth or later.

“We’ve played a lot of extra inning games, and I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Castro said.

He is now one homer shy of matching his career high of 14, set in 2012.

* Javier Baez drew two walks, his first since he was called up on Aug. 5.

* Matt Szczur made his Major League debut, pinch-running in the eighth. He grounded out in the ninth in his only plate appearance.

8/17 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant has a contusion on his left foot and his status is day to day. There is no time frame for his return. Bryant apparently fouled a ball off his left foot a few days ago, and aggravated it on Saturday in the first inning when he drew a walk in a game in Des Moines.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant was undergoing an MRI on his left big toe on Sunday in Des Moines. Bryant had to come out of Saturday’s game because of some discomfort. He apparently injured his toe a couple days ago, and aggravated it on Saturday. An X-ray taken Saturday was inconclusive.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Hail, Szczur

Matt Szczur’s father was in Des Moines this weekend to help his son pack some of his belongings. Szczur has spent the season at Triple-A Iowa, and with the year winding down, the plan was for his father to make a stop at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, then load up the car and drive to New Jersey. But plans changed.

“I called him and said, ‘You might want to come back — we’re packing up for a different reason now,'” Szczur said.

On Sunday, Szczur was recalled from the Minor League team and joined the Cubs at Citi Field, where he played once before in a workout for Major League scouts. When he gets in a game, he will be the seventh player to make his Major League debut with the team this season.

“To be honest, I didn’t even think I’d be playing baseball,” said Szczur, who was a star wide receiver at Villanova. “I thought I was going to go to the NFL and play football. It happened my opportunity was better at the time to play baseball.

“I just wanted to work hard and get to the hardest level,” he said. “It’s been a great journey. There have been struggles but there are struggles everywhere and you learn from your struggles.”

Szczur knows first-hand about struggles. He donated blood cells to a leukemia patient who had a 1-in-80,000 chance of finding a match. He missed 10 games in 2010 because of side effects from the medication he had to take.

A fifth round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Szczur has impressed the Cubs organization with his work habits. He doesn’t just stand in the outfield during batting practice, he “power shags” and chases after balls hit as if it’s a game situation.

“It’s helped me a lot,” Szczur said. “What helped get me here is being a defensive help in the outfield.”

Iowa manager Marty Pevey broke the news to Szczur in a light-hearted way. Szczur was called into Pevey’s office before Saturday’s game.

“He asked if I was hitting off the curve ball machine today,” Szczur said. “I said, ‘Yeah, I planned on it.’ He said, ‘Well, you’re not going to hit it with us, you’re going to the big leagues. I was excited, everybody else was excited. They see the hard work I put in and they were happy for me.”

Even if Szczur’s father won’t make it to Citi Field — he’s driving Matt’s car to Chicago — there will be plenty of family in the stands. He grew up in Cape May, N.J., although Szczur admitted he was a Phillies fan as a kid.

Manager Rick Renteria wanted to give Szczur time to get familiar with the outfield before putting him in the lineup but will try to take advantage of his speed. Szczur had 30 stolen bases at Iowa; the Cubs have 49 as a team.

“He did a nice job for us in the spring, he’s a nice defensive player, he had some really good at-bats, runs the bases well,” Renteria said.

He arrived in New York shortly after midnight Saturday. Was he excited about the call-up?

“I couldn’t sleep at all last night, there was no way,” Szczur said. “It’s exciting. You have to realize it’s your job and you have to go out there and work. Once you make it, [the work] doesn’t stop. You have to just keep it up.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Cubs lineup

Jake Arrieta gets the start Sunday as the Cubs face the Mets in the third game of their four-game series. Luis Valbuena is back after missing two games because of a sinus infection. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Rizzo 1B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Alcantara CF
Sweeney RF
Baker C
Arrieta P

8/16 Szczur to get call up

After Saturday’s game, the Cubs made it official — Matt Szczur will be added to the big league roster on Sunday. The outfielder was promoted to take Dan Straily’s spot on the 25-man roster. Straily was headed back to Triple-A Iowa after his Cubs debut at Citi Field. He gave up seven runs — five earned — over 5 1/3 innings. It’ll be a homecoming for Szczur, 25, a Cape May, N.J., native. He was batting .261 in 116 games at Iowa with 16 doubles, one triple, one home run, 24 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. He was hitting .292 in 14 games this month after batting .275 in July.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Kris Bryant – UPDATED

Top prospect Kris Bryant left Saturday night’s Triple-A Iowa game in the third inning with a minor foot injury, and was taken to a Des Moines hospital for X-rays, which were inconclusive. A Cubs spokesman said Bryant was to undergo an MRI on his left big toe on Sunday. He apparently aggravated a minor foot injury suffered a few days ago.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Extra bases

* Luis Valbuena expected back in the lineup on Sunday. He’s been battling a cold that’s spreading through the clubhouse.

* It’s been a struggle this season for outfielder Junior Lake, who the Cubs are hoping can get back on track playing every day at Triple-A Iowa. Lake was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Dan Straily, who started Saturday against the Mets. The outfielder was batting .216 with 102 strikeouts in 98 games. He hit .114 in July.

“We’ll try to get him back on his feet again,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s tough for me to have him here. The window right now is just right [for him to go to the Minors].”

Lake was told he would be back with the big league team when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

* Dan Straily is the 10th starting pitcher used by Cubs this season. Last year, they used nine. In 2012, they used 12.

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