Results tagged ‘ Jason Berken ’

10/25 Roster moves

Infielder Adrian Cardenas and right-handed pitchers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo were assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa and are no longer on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. The team also announced that catcher Anthony Recker, designated for assignment on Wednesday, was claimed off waivers by the Mets. Recker, acquired from the Athletics on Aug. 27 for Blake Lalli, went 3-for-18 in nine games with the Cubs, including a home run Sept. 9 against the Pirates.

Cardenas spent most of the 2012 season with Iowa, where he batted .300 in 65 games. He batted .183 in 45 games with the Cubs. Socolovich, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Aug. 23, posted a 4.50 ERA in six games with the Cubs. Berken, also claimed off waivers from the Orioles on Sept. 7, was 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts with Chicago. Mateo had been on the 60-day disabled list with ulnar neuritis, and was activated and then outrighted to Iowa.

– Carrie Muskat

10/1 The century mark

The 2012 Cubs now have the distinction of being the third team in franchise history to lose 100 games. They dropped No. 100 Monday night, a 3-0 loss to the Astros. Was 100 losses on Jason Berken’s mind when he took the mound?

“You don’t change the way you’re going to pitch,” Berken said. “It’s obviously something we’re aware of and don’t want to be a part of. I don’t think I changed the way I pitched. I tried to be aggressive and tried to give us a chance to win. It wasn’t quite good enough tonight.”

The Cubs mustered two hits off the Astros pitchers. Dale Sveum said they looked like they were “sleep walking.”

What can the young Cubs learn from this?

“I hope they learn it’s not fun when we lose a lot of games,” Alfonso Soriano said. “Everybody feels extra tired when we lose a lot of games. That’s what they can learn — it’s not fun. Baseball is fun when we’re winning. It doesn’t matter how much money they make, how much they enjoy the game, if we’re losing, it’s not fun.”

“We’re not far away,” reliever Shawn Camp said. “It’s like ‘Sori’ always says, you’ve got to throw aside the money and just come on the field and try to get better each and every day. That’s somebody for these young guys to look up to and go about their business.”

– Carrie Muskat 

 

10/1 Cubs lineup

The Cubs open the last homestand and series of the season on Monday night at Wrigley Field, facing the Astros, who are playing their last series as a National League team.

This is the Cubs’ first regular season October home games since the 2009 season. They are 33-27 (.550) in 60 regular season October contests at Wrigley Field. The Cubs last played regular season games in October to close out the 2010 campaign, winning two-of-three at Houston, Oct. 1-3.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

DeJesus CF

Sappelt RF

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Valbuena 3B

Castillo C

Barney 2B

Berken P

– Carrie Muskat

9/30 Cubs vs. Astros

The Cubs have one series remaining in the 2012 regular season, and will wrap things up against the Astros, starting Monday night at Wrigley Field. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jason Berken (0-2, 5.14) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (10-11, 3.88)
Tuesday: RHP Chris Volstad (3-11, 6.64) vs. RHP Bud Norris (6-13, 4.82)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (6-13, 4.39) vs. RHP Edgar Gonzalez (3-1, 4.15)

 

9/26 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face another lefty on Wednesday in the Rockies’ Drew Pomeranz. Here’s the lineup:

Sappelt RF

Barney 2B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Castillo C

Vitters 3B

Mather CF

Berken P

– Carrie Muskat

9/24 Cubs vs. Rockies

The Cubs head west for their final road trip of the 2012 season, and open a three-game series in Denver on Tuesday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.00) vs. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.27)

Wednesday: RHP Jason Berken (0-1, 1.80) vs. LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.30)

Thursday: RHP Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.58)

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Extra bases

* Jason Berken can’t help but keep tabs on his buddies with the Orioles. The right-hander, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers on Sept. 7, came up with the O’s, who are battling for a playoff spot.

“I’ve got a lot of good friends on that team and they deserve everything they get,” Berken said. “It’s a great city, great organization. I don’t think anybody is surprised, including myself. I’m very happy to be here. I want to take advantage of it as much as I can. I’m thrilled to be a Cub. It means a lot to be here. The opportunity I’m getting is appreciated. I have to do my part and pitch well and give us a chance to win.”

* Starlin Castro leads all NL players with 517 hits since his Major League debut May 7, 2010. On Thursday, Castro tripled, and is now the sixth Cubs player to total at least a dozen triples in a single season in the last 50 years. He’s the first to do so since Juan Pierre hit 13 triples in 2006.

* Anthony Rizzo posted his 26th multi-hit game of the season and second in as many days.

* The Cubs have lost 23 consecutive games when scoring three runs or less dating to their 3-2 win against the Cardinals on July 28.

* Thursday’s crowd of 25,891 was the smallest of the year at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Berken ties NL, ML mark

Jason Berken inserted himself into the Cubs record books on Thursday. In the second inning, Berken struck out four — Ryan Hanigan reached on a wild pitch — and is the fifth pitcher in franchise history to do so. The list includes Jim Davis (May 27, 1956), Bill Bonham (July 31, 1974), Kerry Wood (Sept. 2, 2002) and Ryan Dempster (Oct. 4, 2009). That also ties a National League and Major League mark, shared by many.

“I didn’t realize it until I sat down in the dugout,” Berken said. “That’s cool, I guess. By no means am I going for strikeouts.”

He was effective with his sliders and able to get ahead in the count. That helped.

“I’m not going to try to get used to that,” he said of the strikeouts. “I’d much rather have early contact versus a strikeout.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Cubs lineup

Alfonso Soriano gets Thursday off in the Cubs series finale against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
LaHair LF
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Castillo C
Sappelt RF
Berken P

9/14 Extra bases

* Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson both returned to the Cubs’ lineup on Friday, still a little sore but ready to play. Rizzo was back after a freak collision and fall trying to beat a throw to first base on Tuesday in Houston. The first baseman suffered a bruised right shoulder, and also got razzed by teammates for his somersault onto the ground.

“I got a lot of style points,” Rizzo said. “I got a couple 10’s, a couple 6’s.”

Jackson crashed into the center field wall at PNC Park on Sept. 7 while making a catch and bruised his right knee. He knows to be careful.

“You try not to ram yourself into something hard,” Jackson said. “It was unfortunate that I banged up my knee but I was also pretty lucky. It could’ve been a lot worse.”

* The Cubs have renewed their player development contract with Boise but have yet to announce whether they will keep their Class A teams in Daytona and Peoria. Theo Epstein said teams cannot discuss switching to another locale until after Sunday.

* Jason Berken, who will make his Cubs debut on Saturday, threw at Wrigley on Friday to get a feel for the ballpark. It’s the first time he’s pitched here. He grew up a Cubs fan and said his grandmother had a huge crush on Harry Caray.

“I’ve always wanted to come here and my first chance to be here as a player is pretty exciting,” he said.

Hopefully, Chicago fans can give him a little break. He’s a Green Bay native, and has season tickets to Packers games.

“I’d much rather be here than going to the game,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

 

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