Results tagged ‘ Jorge Soler ’

9/1 Cubs 4, Brewers 2

* Welington Castillo had two hits, including a two-run home run, to snap an 0-for-9 stretch. His three RBI tied a season-high (also April 11 at St. Louis), and his 11 homers and 37 RBI are both career bests.

* Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer in the eighth, his fourth in his last seven games.

* In his Wrigley Field debut, Jorge Soler had two hits, both doubles. He is the third player in the last 100 years to record an extra-base hit in each of his first five career games and the first to do so since Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox in 2012. Soler is the first NL hitter to turn the trick since Enos Slaughter with St. Louis in 1938.

* In his second start since joining the Cubs, Jacob Turner picked up th ewin. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts, and gave up five hits over 6 1/3 innings. It was his third quality start this year and first since May 24.

* Chris Coghlan had two hits, including a double in the third that was his 13th extra-base since Aug. 1. He has 19 doubles since the start of July after tallying just three between May and June.

* Starlin Castro had two hits, and has hit safely in all eight games since returning from the bereavement list, Aug. 26, including four multi-hit efforts.

* The Cubs and Brewers combined for six double-plays (four by Milwaukee).

* Logan Watkins delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh. In six pinch-hit opportunities, Watkins has three singles.

* Hector Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth to record his ninth-consecutive save and 23rd overall.

9/1 Cubs lineup

Anthony Rizzo missed his sixth straight day Monday, and was not in the Cubs lineup for the series opener against the Brewers. Here’s the lineup for Jorge Soler’s home debut:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Turner P

8/31 Extra bases

* According to Elias, Jorge Soler is the first player in Major League history, since the RBI was invented in 1920, to record an extra base hit and an RBI in each of his first four Major League games.

* Travis Wood is the third left-handed pitcher to start for the Cubs, closing the series Sunday against the Cardinals. It’s the first time they’ve had three consecutive left-handed starting pitchers since Rich Hill, Sean Marshall and Ted Lilly started Aug. 17-18 and August 20, 2007. The Cubs have not started four straight lefties since 1966 (Ken Holtzman, Dave Dowling, Curt Simmons and Dick Ellsworth).

* The Cubs are 16-13 heading into the last day of August, guaranteeing the first .500 or better record this calendar month since going 16-13 in August 2011. The Cubs have reached 17 wins in August just once in the last 20 years (20-8 in 2008).

* Kyle Hendricks leads all NL rookies with four wins and a 1.69 ERA this month. He is one of only three unbeaten NL starters at 4-0 this month (Jeff Locke and Jordan Zimmermann).

* Javier Baez has seven home runs in August, trailing only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (eight) for most in the NL this month.

* Hector Rondon has eight saves this month, tied for most in the NL.

* Starlin Castro’s .379 batting average is fourth-best in the NL.

* The Cubs pitching staff have given up four hits or less in seven games in August for the first time in a calendar month since May 2002. The Cubs have only twice in the last 100 years recorded eight games with allowing four hits or less within a calendar month: July 1976 and May 1952.

8/30 Cubs lineup Game 2

Jorge Soler is back in the Cubs lineup for the second game of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Alcantara CF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Soler RF
Castillo C
Valbuena 3B
Valaika 1B
Szczur LF
Wada P

8/30 Soler and Baez

Jorge Soler has matched Javier Baez game for game, as both homered in their first game, and recorded multi-homer games in their third. They are the only Cubs in franchise history with three home runs in their first three games and join St. Louis’ Joe Cunningham (1954) as the only three big league players to do so since 1900. They are the only Cubs players in franchise history with a multi-homer game within their first three Major League games.

8/29 Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

Jorge Soler belted two home runs and Javier Baez smacked a tie-breaking two-run double to power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory Friday night and wake up the Cardinals.

“They have some studs,” St. Louis starter Shelby Miller said of the revamped. “They’ve done a good job of rebuilding that offense. They’re tough, man. They have a lot of power in that lineup, and even have guys who are a little scrappy and can run. They’re definitely a tough lineup to face.”

Playing just his third big league game, Soler led off the seventh inning with his second career home run to tie the game, and he added a two-run, 442-shot in the eighth that landed on the concourse behind the left-field bleachers at Busch Stadium.

Soler is the second Cubs player in history with a multi-homer game in his first three career games; the first was Baez, who did so on Aug. 7 against the Rockies. It’s now the 24th time it’s happened in MLB history (Baez was No. 23). The last player to do so who wasn’t a Cubs rookie was the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, who hit two homers in his second game.

Baez delivered his double with two on and nobody out in the eighth, lining a 2-2 pitch from Neshek into the gap in left-center. Neshek served up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He had given up five runs over 55 1/3 innings this season.

“I think that’s my greatest at-bat since I came up,” Baez said. “Hopefully I keep doing it to get better.”

Kyle Hendricks was vying to become the first Cubs rookie pitcher to win five games in August, but instead did not get a decision. He did post his fifth quality start in six outings this month, and closed the month 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA. Hendricks had to work against the Cardinals, who took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta. Hendricks needed 26 pitches that inning, and then settled into a groove where he retired 16 of the next 17 batters he faced.

“There are some innings, you go out there and make pitches and give up runs, and you can live with that,” Hendricks said. “The first inning, I wasn’t throwing any pitches with conviction.”

He talked to Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio after the first, and, with a better mindset, went to work.

“It’s not just picking the right pitch in the right situation, it’s picking a pitch and throwing it to the glove,” he said. “The first inning I really wasn’t doing that and was just lobbing it over.”

Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the second and rookie Arismendy Alcantara added a solo shot in the ninth. The Cubs now have 34 home runs this month, most in the National League.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Reds 7, Cubs 5

* In his first career start with the Cubs, Jacob Turner gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings. He was on a pitch count limit because he had not started since Aug. 3.

“I would’ve liked to have gotten a little deeper in the game,” Turner said. “That part is definitely frustrating. At the same time, you’ve got to build the pitch count up, too.”

* Jorge Soler made a good first impression, hitting a solo homer in his first Major League at-bat, and adding a RBI single in the eighth. He finished 2-for-4.

“I’m real, real happy about it,” said Soler, who admitted to being a little nervous. “First time in the big leagues, first at-bat. I was very excited and happy about that.”

He’s the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so at Great American Ball Park on May 7, 2010.

* Castro made one of three errors by the Cubs in the game. In the eighth, the Cubs tallied against Jonathan Broxton on a two-run double by Javier Baez. Castro then smacked a long hit off the center-field wall, but only made it to first base while sending Baez to third. It may have proved costly as Soler then drove in Baez from third on a single before Welington Castillo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

“He feels bad,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said of Castro, who returned from the bereavement list on Tuesday. “He knows. He’s apologizing to everybody about not getting over there. He’s got a lot of things on his mind, and he’s out there doing the best he can.

“When a young man tells you he’s made a mistake, it’s very hard to do anything other than accept it,” Renteria said. “Quite frankly, there were a host of things prior to that and part of that whole ballgame that put us in the position we were in.”

Baez nearly made up for the mistake with two outs and two on in the ninth when he flew out to deep center.

“It sounded good,” Renteria said.

“I had to take a couple of steps back and I got a little scared; it sounded so loud and it was really high, but, the ball jumps off his bat no matter where he hits it to,” Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton said. “I was just talking to [someone] about how his foul balls go up in the third deck every time he hits a foul ball off to the right. The guy has some power. And he had power coming in at him; all he had to do was touch it a little bit. But we got the win and we did a good job.”

* The Cubs have homered in 11 straight games for the first time since Sept. 8-17, 2007.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Soler power

Jorge Soler didn’t waste any time proving he was ready for the Major Leagues. The Cubs prospect homered in his first big league at-bat in the second inning Wednesday, crushing a 2-1 pitch from the Reds Mat Latos to center field.

Soler is the first Cubs player to homer in his first at-bat since Starlin Castro did so, also at Great American Ball Park, on May 7, 2010. Castro finished that game with six RBIs.

Javier Baez also homered in his Major League debut on Aug. 5, but his blast came in the 12th inning against the Rockies, not his first at-bat. Told that he had to match Baez, Soler smiled.

“I’ve waited two years for this moment,” Soler said before the game.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Cubs lineup

Jorge Soler is starting in right field and batting fifth Wednesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Reds. Soler will be the eighth Cubs player to make his Major League debut this season. Jacob Turner makes his first start. Anthony Rizzo is not in the lineup. He came out of Tuesday’s game because of lower back tightness. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF
Baez 2B
Castro SS
Valbuena 3B
Soler RF
Castillo C
Alcantara CF
Valaika 1B
Turner P

8/26 Soler to start Wednesday

Manager Rick Renteria said Jorge Soler will likely bat fifth or sixth on Wednesday and make his Major League debut in right field.

“I think it’s pretty exciting for the whole organization,” Renteria said Tuesday about Soler’s promotion. “A young man that has been talked about quite a bit will be joining us tomorrow, and everybody’s pretty excited about it. Their teammates are excited about it, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Why promote him on the road?

“Just getting their feet wet — I couldn’t say if it’s detrimental or advantageous one way or the other,” Renteria told reporters in Cincinnati. “I think they’re still coming out here to play the game of baseball. So I think they’re more concerned about what they’ve got to do between the lines.”

Why was Soler promoted before Sept. 1?

“I’m sure that the organization feels that he’s been moving along and that they’d like to get him up here to start experiencing some big league baseball, kind of get his feet wet and kind of chip away and see how he goes,” Renteria said.

Soler is the second member of the so-called “core four” to be promoted to the big leagues, joining Javier Baez.

“The development system, we’re very proud of, because they’ve had a lot of these guys and they’ve done a good job with them,” Renteria said. “And when they get here, we’re very comfortable when they get here. Just like everything, once a guy breaks into the big leagues, they have hiccups; it could be just about anything. But we’re hoping they’ll be able to handle both successes and failures as best as they can.”

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