Results tagged ‘ DJ LeMahieu ’

10/13 LaHair & AFL update

Bryan LaHair opened the Venezuelan Winter League with a bang on Wednesday. LaHair went 4-for-4, hitting two home runs and driving in three runs to lift Magallanes Navegantes to a 14-8 win over Zulia in the opener. LaHair, who hit 38 homers for Triple-A Iowa, finished a triple shy of the cycle. first game.

* Junior Lake was 2-for-4 and DJ LeMahieu 1-for-4 in Mesa’s 6-2 loss to Peoria in the Arizona Fall League Wednesday. Chris Carpenter gave up one run on two hits and struck out one in one inning in relief. The Solar Sox travel to Peoria Thursday for a rematch with the Javelinas.

— Carrie Muskat


10/11 AFL update

DJ LeMahieu was 2-for-4 and Josh Vitters 1-for-3 in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 4-3 loss to the Scottsdale Scorpions Monday night in Arizona Fall League play. Junior Lake, another Cubs prospect on the Solar Sox, was 0-for-3. The Mesa team (0-6) will play host to Scottsdale Tuesday at HoHoKam Park in Mesa.

— Carrie Muskat

10/9 Vitters gets three hits in loss

Josh Vitters went 3-for-5 and DJ LeMahieu 2-for-5, and each drove in one run, in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-4 loss to Salt River in Arizona Fall League play Saturday. Junior Lake, another Cubs prospect playing for the Mesa team, was 1-for-3. Andrew Cashner made his first appearance and struck out one in one inning. Chris Carpenter took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the eighth. Vitters is now batting .381. Sunday is an off day for the AFL, and on Monday, the Solar Sox play a night game in Scottsdale.

— Carrie Muskat

10/4 Vitters hits two HRs in AFL opener

Josh Vitters hit two home runs and drove in five in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 12-8 loss to the Phoenix Desert Dogs on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League opener. Vitters, who started at first, is playing in the AFL for the third straight year. He went 2-for-4, hitting a three-run homer in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth. DJ LeMahieu was 0-for-2 with two walks and scored two runs. Junior Lake was the DH, and 0-for-3. Marcus Hatley gave up one run on three hits over 1 1/3 innings in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

10/4 AFL gets underway

The Arizona Fall League gets underway on Tuesday with the Cubs prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in Phoenix against the Desert Dogs. This is the AFL’s 20th season. Marcus Hatley, who pitched at Class A Peoria, high A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season, is slated to pitch in relief for the Mesa team. The Cubs’ Chris Carpenter is scheduled to throw Wednesday when the Solar Sox play at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Andrew Cashner was to pitch Thursday, and Trey Mc Nutt was to start Friday. Other Cubs on the Mesa roster include third baseman/outfielder Josh Vitters, infielder Junior Lake and infielder DJ LeMahieu.

— Carrie Muskat 

9/25 Tinkerbell, Hannibal Lecter & Minnie Mouse

Sunday was rookie hazing day, and probably the first time John Gaub, Rafael Dolis, Bryan LaHair and Tony Campana wore the costumes they did. Some didn’t quite fit — Gaub’s short ruffled dress didn’t quite close in the back and DJ LeMahieu had a tough time getting his bright blue skin-tight animal outfit zipper to close. Last year, the dress Casey Coleman was to wear ripped and had to be stapled. The veterans took it easy on Coleman this year, and he was given a bright orange prison jumper with a Hannibal Lecter mask. He seemed to be enjoying it. Tyler Colvin missed last year’s hazing because he didn’t finish the season with the team after being hit in the chest with a broken bat. He had a Minnie Mouse type dress to wear. Andrew Cashner was decked out in a MC Hammer type black and gold get-up. He had to wear his cowboy boots with it — there wasn’t another option. Campana was dressed in a bright green Tinkerbell-type fairy dress. He kept the wand tucked in his socks. The Cubs veterans didn’t spare anyone, giving costumes to the masseuse, video coordinator and one of the bullpen catchers. It’ll be a long flight to San Diego.

— Carrie Muskat

9/21 No Ramirez in Cubs lineup

Has Aramis Ramirez played his last game as a Cub at Wrigley Field? He will not start Wednesday’s home finale against the Brewers. Ramirez came out of Tuesday’s game with a mild strain of his right quad and was listed as day to day. DJ LeMahieu will start at third. Although Ramirez said his agent had not spoken to anyone on the Cubs about next season, there were reports that Paul Kinzer will chat with Cubs interim GM Randy Bush on Thursday. The Cubs have a $16 million option for 2012. They have until five days after the World Series ends to pick it up.

Here’s the lineup for Wednesday:

Castro SS

LeMahieu 3B

Johnson RF

Baker 2B

Soto C

Byrd CF

Soriano LF

LaHair 1B

Garza P

— Carrie Muskat

9/18 Cubs lineup

Bryan LaHair, DJ LeMahieu and Tony Campana are in the lineup Sunday for the Cubs series finale against the Astros. Here’s the lineup:

Castro SS

Campana RF

LaHair LF

Pena 1B

Byrd CF

DeWitt 2B

LeMahieu 3B

Hill C

Dempster P

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Extra bases

When you go 4-for-9 in your first three games, including a home run into the wind, you get another start. On Wednesday, manager Mike Quade decided to try Bryan LaHair in right field.

“We have to find somewhere,” Quade said. “He’ll catch what he gets to. He’ll give you as good a effort as you want out there. We want to see him swing the bat. He’ll do what he can and hopefully get us the lead and we can have somebody out there who is a little more accomplished later.”

One of the raps against LaHair, 28, is his defensive ability. It’s one of the reasons he’s spent nine years in the Minor Leagues.

“People are going to have opinions and it is a bit unusual to spend as much time as he has and not really gotten a shot or an opportunity,” Quade said of LaHair. “That’s what makes his first three days even more impressive. He knows what’s what, and here he is, given an opportunity, and he’s put together five or six really good at-bats and he knows, ‘If I’m going to have a shot or make an impression, I have to do this.'”

* Andrew Cashner was available in the bullpen Wednesday. When he does pitch, it will be his first big league game since April 5. He’s been on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff.

* Darwin Barney returned home to Oregon to be with his wife Lindsay for the birth of their second child. The Cubs second baseman was expected to join the team on Friday in New York for their three-game series against the Mets.

“It may be just what the doctor ordered — a break today and off day tomorrow,” Quade said of Barney, who was 1-for-14 on the homestand and 3-for-38 in his last 12 games.

DJ LeMahieu, called up from Triple-A Iowa, started at second base Wednesday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Reds.

* Ryan Dempster has 32 wins at home since returning to the rotation in 2008. That’s tied for the most among NL pitchers with the Giants’ Tim Lincecum.

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs lineup

DJ LeMahieu is starting at second base and Bryan LaHair in right field Wednesday as the Cubs close their three-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:

SS Castro

CF Johnson

3B Ramirez

1B Pena

LF Soriano

RF LaHair

2B LeMahieu

C Hill

P Dempster

— Carrie Muskat