Results tagged ‘ Jake Arrieta ’

8/10 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Jake Arrieta gave up two runs over three innings in Iowa’s 5-4 win over Fresno. Ty Wright hit his sixth home run, and Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Brad Nelson went 3-for-3, and Julio Borbon, Edwin Maysonet and Chad Noble each had two hits. Casey Coleman earned the win in relief.

Javier Baez hit a broken bat RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth to lift Tennessee to an 11-10 win over Montgomery on Friday. The two teams combined for 33 hits, including two-run homers by Justin Bour (16th) and Christian Villanueva (15th) in the fourth. Arismendy Alcantara added a RBI single that inning to go ahead, 6-4. Alcantara, Rubi Silva and Villanueva each totaled three hits apiece, while Baez, Brett Jackson, Rafael Lopez and John Andreoli each had two hits. Nick Struck gets the start on Saturday.

This should sound familiar: Daytona’s game against Clearwater was canceled because of rain. On Saturday, C.J. Edwards gets the start — weather permitting — against Tampa. It’s Garden Gnome Giveaway on Saturday for the first 1,000 fans.

Tyler Skulina gave up two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Burlington. Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs. Marco Hernandez had three hits, including a double and triple, and scored two runs. Rob Zastryzny gave up two hits over three scoreless innings in relief. Said Zastryzny: “It felt good to be back on the field, especially for a new team so close to Wrigley, you know.”

Kris Bryant hit a walkoff sac fly in the ninth and James Pugliese gave up one unearned run over four innings in Boise’s 5-4 win over Vancouver. Bryant had two hits, inlcuding a double, and was now batting .315 for the season. He has a 12-game hitting streak. Carlos Penalver hda two hits, and Kevin Encarnacion had three. The Hawks rallied from a 4-0 deficit and won despite tying a Northwest League record by hitting into six double plays.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs over 2 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Angels. Jeff Baez had two hits and Brian Bogusevic had a hit and scored a run in his first rehab game. He’s been battling a strained left hamstring.

8/5 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Jake Arrieta threw five scoreless innings to help Iowa snap a 12-game road losing streak with a 8-4 win over Tacoma. Arrieta struck out 11 and walked three, giving up two hits. Darnell McDonald had three hits, including a double, and scored three runs. Jae-Hoon Ha had three RBIs and three hits. Mike Olt had two hits, including a double and a triple, and two RBIs. In his first game with the Iowa Cubs, Daniel Lockhart had two hits, including a double.

A.J. Morris gave up seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jacksonville. Javier Baez had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Brett Jackson had two hits and scored two runs.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Bradenton was postponed. The two teams will try to play a doubleheader Monday. Scott Baker was slated to start the second game, his fifth rehab outing. Daytona has lost eight games to weather this year.

Tyler Skulina gave up three runs over two innings in Kane County’s 11-1 loss to Clinton. Giuseppe Papaccio was 3-for-3.

Rob Zastryzny gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings in Boise’s come from behind 10-5 win over Everett. The Hawks totaled 15 hits. Kris Bryant was 3-for-5 with two doubles, scored two runs and drove in two. Rony Rodriguez had three hits, including two home runs.

Ryan Searle gave up two runs — one earned — over one inning in Mesa’s 7-3 win over the Athletics. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs.

7/30 Brewers 3, Cubs 2 – 2nd game

The Cubs were swept in Tuesday’s doubleheader by the Brewers, losing the second game, 3-2. In his Cubs debut, Jake Arrieta posted a quality start, giving up two hits over six innings. He’s the 45th player to appear for the Cubs this year, eight shy of the franchise record of 53 set last season. As well as Arrieta did, he’s headed back to Triple-A Iowa. Michael Bowden struck out four over two innings of scoreless relief. The Brewers scored the game winning runs against Kevin Gregg. Chicago lost both games of the twinbill by one run, and now are 15-23 in one-run games, including a 4-11 mark at Wrigley. It’s the first time the Cubs were swept in a doubleheader since June 28, 2011, when the Giants took two. Also, Chicago now is 15-31 against NL Central teams.

7/30 Cubs lineup – Game 2

Jake Arrieta makes his Cubs debut Tuesday night in the second game of the doubleheader. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Navarro C
Valbuena 2B
Castro SS
Ransom 3B
Gillespie RF
Arrieta P

7/30 Extra bases

Updates on Arrieta, Baker, Lake and Rizzo

* The Cubs recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Iowa, and he will be the 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta will make his Cubs debut, starting the second game of the twinbill. Arrieta, 27, was the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2012. He was acquired from Baltimore as part of the Scott Feldman deal on July 2. In five starts at Triple-A Iowa, Arrieta was 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA.

* Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader was the Cubs first at Wrigley Field since June 28, 2011, when they played two against the Giants. Chicago did play a twinbill in Cincinnati last Aug. 18.

* Scott Baker can take his time rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The Cubs had hoped the right-hander would start this year, but there isn’t as much of a need as last season when they were scrambling to find starters. In his fourth rehab start on Monday, Baker gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings for Class A Daytona against Fort Myers. Baker threw 65 pitches, struck out two, and served up a solo home run to Matt Koch in the fourth. In three previous rehab outings with Class A Kane County, Baker was charged with 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks over 8 2/3 innings.

Dale Sveum said Tuesday that Baker’s velocity was a little better in Monday’s outing.

“Sixty five pitches in 3 1/3 innings, that’s 20 pitches per inning again,” Sveum said. “He’s still not getting quick outs and what you want done in a 65-pitch outing.”

The Cubs have dealt two-fifths of their rotation — Matt Garza and Scott Feldman — but were better prepared this season to fill the gaps, inserting Carlos Villanueva and promoting lefty Chris Rusin. Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal, started the second game of the Cubs’ doubleheader Tuesday.

“We’re not too concerned [about Baker] because right now, we don’t have a need right now, and we’re OK with everything,” Sveum said. “It’s just kind of a slow development for him right now. We don’t have a big need right now for a starting pitcher and we’re OK with things progressing at a slow rate.”

* The best way for Junior Lake to learn how to play the outfield is by playing. Lake, who had been an infielder primarily coming up through the Cubs system, has played only in the outfield since he was promoted July 19.

“You can’t replace the reps in a game in center field and the outfield,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “You can kind of simulate infield because of ground balls but the outfield. It’s very difficult to simulate balls over your head and in the gap and other outfielders running for the same ball. Outfield is a lot of reps to get going out there.”

The Cubs are hoping Lake gets more playing time in the outfield in winter ball. Sveum wouldn’t rule out having the athletic Lake switch to third if needed.

“He’s the kind of guy you want covering a lot of space,” Sveum said. “It looks like he can go get ‘em.”

* Anthony Rizzo will host his first “Cook-Off for Cancer” on Aug. 14 at Cafe Brauer in Chicago. Notable Chicago chefs will prepare ballpark food as only they can, and the dishes will be served by Cubs players. Guests will vote for their favorite chef by tipping their Cubs server. All tips and event proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research, care and support. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m. CT. Among the chefs participating are Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish and Oyster; Tony Priolo of Piccolo Sogno; Nate Henssler of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Cosmo Goss of Publican; Jimmy Bannos of the Purple Pig; Mark Sparacino of Proseco; and David Burns, Wrigley Field’s executive chef. Tickets are $200, and available on

Rizzo also will celebrate being cancer free for five years when he hosts his second Walk-Off for Cancer on Dec. 15 in Parkland, Fla., at Pine Trails Park. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. ET.

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Welcome to the Cubs

Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut on Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brewers. The right-hander was acquired from the Orioles on July 2 in the Scott Feldman deal along with right-hander Pedro Strop.

“I think it’s a very good change for me,” Arrieta said Monday.

He had three stints with the Orioles this season, going 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts. The right-hander was Baltimore’s Opening Day starter in 2012, and has had a lot of expectations.

“It was almost like a weight off my shoulders, really,” he said of the deal. “I felt like I was able to do a lot of good things over there but there were some things that kept me from being able to do it on a consistent basis. My time there was great, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. There came the point where they felt a move needed to be made to better their team and better this team as well.

“I’ve got a lot to offer,” he said. “I feel I’m a guy who can go out there and be a bulldog and pitch deep in games and I know I can do it on a consistent basis, so it’s just a matter of finally going out there and doing it.”

The problem this season has been not being on a consistent schedule. He’s shuttled between the big league team and the Minors, and been in the bullpen. As he said, his routine was thrown out of whack.

“I need to get out there every five days and continue to battle,” he said. “I think my career is as a starter, and I’m going to show I can keep it that way.”

Arrieta has been pitching for Triple-A Iowa. As of now, he’s scheduled to make Tuesday’s start, and that’s it.

“I think the performance will do the speaking, that will determine whether I stay here or go back to Iowa,” he said. “I don’t plan on going back. I plan on making it tough for them to decide and just go from there. I just think first and foremost, it’s great to be here. First time in Wrigley, and as soon as I walked up those [dugout] steps, I got some chills. It’s a park that I’ve heard about and knew a lot about as a kid. It’s just special. I’m thankful for this opportunity.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/28 Welcome home

The Cubs return home Monday without Matt Garza (traded to Rangers on 7/22) and without Alfonso Soriano (traded to NYY 7/26). They’ve also dealt Scott Feldman, Scott Hairston and Carlos Marmol this month. Is it more challenging now for Dale Sveum with all the turnover?

“It’s not as much of a challenge for me as always making sure you have the depth to fill the voids that happen someitmes,” Sveum said. “[Chris] Rusin has filled in with two great starts and we have [Carlos] Villanueva. We have a lot more depth than we did last year. Losing Soriano is a big blow on a lot of different scales than losing your four hitter.”

On Tuesday in the makeup doubleheader, Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs debut. It’ll be Sveum’s first look at him. He was acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal.

“You’re curious to get your eyes on him yourself,” Sveum said. “It’s stuff, it’s 95 to 97 [mph], and a guy who can throw a 91 mph slider or cutter, whatever you want to call it, as well as a changeup and curveball. You’ve got plus arm and plus stuff who can strike people out and do things that way.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/27 Extra bases

* Dioner Navarro seemed a good candidate to fill the fourth spot in the Cubs’ lineup Saturday against southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Navarro was 17-for-33 (.515) against left-handed pitching. Manager Dale Sveum is mixing and matching in that spot in the lineup following Alfonso Soriano’s departure via trade.

“[Navarro's] numbers against left-handed pitching are as good as anybody,” Sveum said.

* Shawon Dunston Jr. was batting .328 at Class A Boise, and had more walks (18) than strikeouts (15) in 33 games. That’s the opposite of what his father, former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, would do. In his 18 year career, Shawon senior struck out 1,000 times and drew 203 walks. Dunston now is a coach on the Giants staff. What gives?

“First, he hits left-handed,” said Dunston of his son. “The patience is from my wife.”

* Carlos Villanueva will start the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers and Jake Arrieta will be called up to pitch in the night cap. Arrieta was currently on Triple-A Iowa’s staff. Teams can add a 26th player for a doubleheader.

– Carrie Muskat

7/26 Minor matters

Thursday’s games

Jake Arrieta gave up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in Iowa’s 4-3 win over New Orleans. Josh Vitters was 1-for-2 with one RBI, but had to come out of the game with a hamstring injury. Arrieta was expected to start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Justin Grimm makes his first start for the Iowa Cubs on Friday against Oklahoma City.

Javier Baez hit two home runs, and Rubi Silva and Justin Bour each hit one in Tennessee’s 10-5 win over Huntsville. Baez drove in four runs and now is batting .229. Marcos Mateo picked up the win in relief.

Ivan Pineyro gave up five runs over six innings in Daytona’s 6-5 win over Palm Beach. Ben Carhart had two hits and two RBIs, and Chad Krist had two hits and one RBIs.

Wilson Contreras and Rock Shoulders each homered to help Kane County beat Beloit, 11-8. Albert Almora had four hits, including two doubles, Shoulders finished with three hits and three RBIs and Contreras and Marco Hernandez each had four hits.

Boise lost, 5-4, to Eugene. Yasiel Balaguert had two hits and one RBIs, and Jacob Hannemann drove in two runs. On Wednesday, six Hawks were named to the South Division All-Star team: Lance Rymel, Jacob Rogers, Daniel Lockhart, and Balaguert will start, while Shawn Dunston, David Bote, James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer were voted in as reserves.

Jesse Hodges hit his first home run, a two-run shot, in Mesa’s 7-3 loss to the Athletics. Brett Jackson, who has been sidelined since mid June with a calf injury, started in center field, and was 1-for-4 in his first game.

7/25 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up one run over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision as Iowa lost, 2-1, to New Orleans in 10 innings. Raley struck out six and walked three. Brad Nelson had three hits. Jake Arrieta, who could start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday against the Brewers, is scheduled to start Thursday against New Orleans.

Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six and gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Huntsville. Javier Baez, Justin Bour and Rafael Lopez each homered. For Baez, it was his second home run in as many games, and gave him 17 combined this season. Baez also hit a double, and was batting .219 at Tennessee. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth, and has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was canceled because of rain and unplayable field conditions.

Scott Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Beloit. Baker walked two and struck out two. He’s given up 13 runs on 17 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4, hitting his first double, in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Eugene. Jacob Rogers had two hits and Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the Athletics.


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