Results tagged ‘ David DeJesus ’

4/12 Cubs 4, Giants 3

What is it about those last three outs? Carlos Villanueva may want to take Kyuji Fujikawa, Carlos Marmol and the rest of the Cubs bullpen out to dinner. Perhaps if Villanueva butters them up, he’ll get a win. For the second straight start, Villanueva missed a potential “W” because the bullpen imploded. But the Cubs rallied this time as pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro hit a game-tying home run leading off the ninth and Starlin Castro smacked a walk-off RBI double to score David DeJesus from first and lift the Cubs to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Giants.

“I’m happy just getting the [team] ‘W,'” Villanueva said. “The atmosphere in our clubhouse right now, I wouldn’t change that for the world.”

The right-hander shut down the Giants for 7 1/3 innings, but they took a 3-2 lead in the ninth against Fujikawa on an RBI single by Pablo Sandoval and a two-run double by Brandon Belt. It was Fujikawa’s second save situation since taking over the closer’s duties from Marmol, and he’s now 1-for-2.

“[It was his] command again,” manager Dale Sveum said of Fujikawa. “He’s not getting the swings and misses with his split. I thought he threw some good splits and they were laying off of them. The command and life of the fastball wasn’t there again. He couldn’t get strike one.”

Said Fujikawa: “As you can see, [my command] wasn’t too good.”

The Cubs rallied in the ninth against Giants star closer Sergio Romo. What is it about the ninth inning?

“Guys lock in,” DeJesus said. “Those are the situations where you want to shine your best. That’s why that closer role is such an important job and it’s a tough job because these guys are going up there with the purpose of trying to win the ballgame.”

Last Saturday, Marmol served up game-tying and walk-off home runs to the Upton brothers in Atlanta and lost his job as the Cubs closer. Now, Fujikawa struggled.

“I told Ryo [Shinkawa], his interpreter, to tell him that I believe in him, and we believe in him and he’ll be fine,” Villanueva said. “[Fujikawa] is very apologetic and he feels bad, and we can tell. We need him, and as long as we communicate that to him, times when things aren’t going well, that’s why we’re teammates and we’re a team. We love ‘Fuji’ and we know he’ll do well.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/19 Cubs lineup

The Cubs play host to the Rangers on Tuesday at HoHoKam Stadium. Chris Rusin will get the start. Here’s the lineup (which you will also see Opening Day, just without the DH):

DeJesus CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Navarro DH

— Carrie Muskat

3/12 DeJesus fundraiser March 20

You can join David DeJesus and Anthony Rizzo — if he’s back from the World Baseball Classic — to raise money for the David DeJesus Family Foundation at an event March 20 at American Junkie in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 9-11 p.m. MT. General admission $50, VIP pre party $150. Guests will include celebrity bartenders Wade Miley, Adam Eaton, David Hernandez, Javy Guerra and Casey Kelly. The fundraiser is to raise money to help provide comfort and aid to families in crisis who suffer from illness, poverty or disaster and lack access to basic human needs.

— Carrie Muskat

3/10 Support DeJesus on March 20

Cubs outfielder David DeJesus will host a fundraiser on March 20 at American Junkie in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 9-11 p.m. PT. General admission is $50, and if you want to attend a VIP pre party, it’s $150. Guests will include big leaguers Wade Miley, Adam Eaton, David Hernandez, Javy Guerra and Casey Kelly. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, if he’s back from the World Baseball Classic, also will take part.

— Carrie Muskat

3/10 Cubs bunt tourney – UPDATED

David DeJesus successfully defended the Cubs bunt tournament championship on Sunday, beating upstart Nate Halm, a video staffer who advanced from the front office bracket. Halm, of Mahomet, Ill., who played baseball at Miami of Ohio and also in Germany for a semi pro team, was a late entry in the tournament, subbing for the team masseuse, Vyascheslav Kodryan, who couldn’t compete because the event was held on a Saturday, which was his day off. Halm advanced through the pitchers’ bracket in the 64-player field, and ousted Edwin Jackson in the semifinal round to square off against DeJesus in the final.

“He put the pressure on,” DeJesus said of Halm, who led after three rounds of the five-round final. “He was definitely a good bunter. I just wanted to roll on my ball, make sure I was loose, keep the muscles nice and fresh, and I was able to win by 10.”

DeJesus beat Edwin Maysonet in the semifinal to advance.

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Bunt tourney update

Defending champion David DeJesus and video staffer Nate Halm advanced to the final four of the Cubs bunt tournament with wins on Saturday. DeJesus and Logan Watkins needed overtime to decide their match. They were tied after three rounds. Watkins scored 200 points in the overtime round, and DeJesus had 80 points with two bunts remaining. He successfully hit the 100-point mark, then scored 40 to advance.

“Hey, kid, you’re legit,” DeJesus called to Watkins.

DeJesus now will face Edwin Maysonet who beat Michael Brenly to advance. Maysonet needed 80 points with two bunts remaining and hit the 100 mark for a walkoff win.

In the pitchers bracket, Edwin Jackson beat Hisanori Takahashi, and Halm, who grew up in Mahomet, Ill., and played college baseball at Miami of Ohio, topped Blake Parker. First place prize money is $3,400, and the players are donating $1,000 to the family of Tom Pratt, a Cubs Minor League coach who passed away last year.

Here’s the final four:

David DeJesus vs. Edwin Maysonet
Edwin Jackson vs. Nate Halm

— Carrie Muskat

3/9 Cubs lineup

It’s chilly and wet at HoHoKam Stadium Saturday for the Cubs game against the Indians. Chris Rusin, who was to have pitched Friday night, will get the start and be followed by Brooks Raley. Alberto Cabrera and Kyuji Fujikawa also are scheduled to pitch. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Baez SS
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Hairston DH
Valbuena 3B
Chavez LF
Nelson 1B
Watkins 2B

— Carrie Muskat

3/7 Bunting tourney update

Defending champion David DeJesus advanced to the elite eight with a win over Starlin Castro in the Cubs bunting tournament. DeJesus needed 35 points in the final round to beat Castro, and perfectly placed three bunts in a row, first on the “20” spot, then the “10,” then the “5.” Edwin Jackson ousted Casey Coleman, who was the defending champion among the pitchers last year. Jackson will face the winner of the match between Hisanori Takahashi and strength coach Tim Buss.

Here are the elite eight pairings:

David DeJesus vs. Logan Watkins
Michael Brenly vs. Edwin Maysonet

Edwin Jackson vs. winner of Takahashi/Buss
Blake Parker vs. video staffer Nate Halm

— Carrie Muskat

2/28 Bunt tourney Sweet 16 – UPDATED

Defending champ David DeJesus had to rally but he reached the sweet 16 in the Cubs bunting tournament on Thursday. DeJesus trailed Darwin Barney heading into the third round, and scored just enough points to pass the second baseman. Casey Coleman, Edwin Jackson and Starlin Castro also advanced. Here’s the final 16 and their next matches:

Sweet 16
David DeJesus vs. Starlin Castro
Anthony Rizzo vs. Logan Watkins
Brent Lillibridge vs Michael Brenly
Edwin Maysonet vs Andy Lane (bullpen catcher)

Edwin Jackson vs. Casey Coleman
Hisanori Takahashi vs. Tim Buss (strength coach)
Jeff Samardzija vs Blake Parker
Travis Wood vs Nate Halm (video guy)

— Carrie Muskat

2/22 Bunt tourney update

Defending champ David DeJesus defeated Jorge Soler to advance in the Cubs bunt tourney on Friday. The first round matches included Rafael Lopez beating Alfonso Soriano.

“Now, he’s going to send me to the Minors next week,” Lopez quipped.

Other position players to advance include Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro, and pitchers Alberto Cabrera, Shawn Camp, Edwin Jackson, Nick Struck, Casey Coleman and strength coach Tim Buss. Jackson totaled 700 points.

“Beginner’s luck,” Jackson said.

— Carrie Muskat