Results tagged ‘ Dan Straily ’

8/27 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Tacoma beat Iowa, 5-3, on Tuesday, but the I-Cubs playoff hopes are still alive. Omaha lost Tuesday, but Oklahoma City won to take over sole possession of first in the American Northern Division. With five games left to play, the Cubs are four games behind the RedHawks. The I-Cubs and RedHawks play head-to-head for the final four games of the regular season, starting on Friday night at Principal Park in Des Moines.

On Tuesday, Kris Bryant hit a RBI single in the first, but that was the only run off spot-starter Andrew Carraway through five innings. Carraway (8-5) was a last minute replacement when scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was scratched. Dan Straily (7-8) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, three walks over five innings. He struck out six.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and doubled in the sixth. He has scored at least one run in seven straight games. Brian Schlitter worked one scoreless inning in relief and Jeff Antigua finished with two scoreless innings for the I-Cubs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gets the start in the series finale on Wednesday.

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.

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

8/15 Straily to make spot start

Dan Straily feels like himself, and that’s a good thing for the Cubs. The right-hander, acquired from the Athletics on July 4, will make a spot start for the Cubs on Saturday in the second game of their series against the Mets. In his last outing for Triple-A Iowa, Straily gave up two hits over six innings and picked up the win. He has not given up an earned run in his last three starts.

“I got out of the little funk I was in, some mechanical flaws if you will that had taken over my game,” he said Friday. “You have one good game, and it’s like, ‘OK, I had a good game.’ Two in a row, OK. Three in a row, OK, hopefully, we got it.

“I definitely feel more like the pitcher I know I am, not the guy I had been this year,” he said. “It’s a real good feeling to go out there and throw the baseball and feel like I was in command.”

What’s been a surprise for Straily is that his velocity has increased since Spring Training. At the beginning of the year, his fastball was clocked in the mid 80s. Now, it’s 87-92 mph.

“It’s nice to know I have it back there again,” he said of his velocity.

He was 10-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 27 starts with the Athletics last season, but was 1-2 with a 4.93 ERA this season. He also has made 10 starts at Triple-A Sacramento.

Iowa pitching coach Bruce Walton, Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio and others have studied Straily’s mechanics, and combined to make some minor changes. The right-hander feels good about where he’s at.

“Maybe this whole change of scenery thing is what it’s made out to be,” he said. “Maybe that’s all it is.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/14 Probable pitchers

Because the Cubs are in a stretch in which they play 21 straight days, they are tweaking the rotation to give the starting pitchers a breather. Dan Straily will be called up from Triple-A Iowa to start Saturday against the Mets. Here’s the updated probables:

Friday: LHP Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53)
Saturday: RHP Dan Strailey vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (6-8, 3.46)
Sunday: RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77) vs. vs. RHP Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12)
Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.73) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85)

8/12 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Dan Straily threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 3-0 win over Oklahoma City. Straily gave up two hits and walked three while striking out four. He’s now 7-6 with a 4.06 ERA. Jorge Soler extended his hit streak to six games with a double. Josh Vitters and Matt Szczur had two hits each.

Tennessee had Monday off, while Daytona’s game against Lakeland was postponed because of weather. The D-Cubs will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. Kane County had Monday off and resumes play against Quad Cities.

Danny Canela went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in Boise’s 11-6 win over Eugene. James Norwood started and gave up one run on three hits over four innings.

Jose Paulino threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six, in Mesa’s 8-1 win over the Rangers. Kevonte Mitchell, Yasiel Balaguert and Ho-Young Son each tripled. Son finished with three RBIs.

7/8 Minor matters – Monday’s games

In his first start for the Cubs organization, Dan Straily gave up four runs, none earned, over five innings in Iowa’s 7-3 loss to Omaha. Straily was acquired from the A’s in the Samardzija-Hammel deal. Javier Baez hit his 14th home run, connecting for the second straight game. He’s now batting .241. Kris Bryant had a hit, and was batting .356.

Tennessee lost for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping a 7-1 decision to Birmingham. Pierce Johnson took the loss, giving up three runs over four innings. Jorge Soler homered for the second straight game, and was 3-for-4.

Tayler Scott gave up two runs over five innings in Daytona’s 4-3 win over Lakeland in the first game of a doubleheader. Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders both hit home runs. In the second game, Almora homered again, along with Bijan Rademacher, in a 6-1 win. Almora is batting .275. Rob Zastryzny struck out five over three innings.

Kane County and Boise both had Monday off.

Mesa committed five errors in an 11-2 loss to the Indians. Dillon Maples gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings. Alberto Mineo hit a double and drove in a run.

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