Results tagged ‘ Julio Borbon ’

8/3 Roster move

Julio Borbon was designated for assignment after Friday’s game, and a base running mistake, and the Cubs selected the contract of Donnie Murphy on Saturday.
Murphy’s line at Iowa .265/.338/.457 in 89 games with 18 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 41 RBIs.

7/4 Bogusevic out

Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic was pulled from Thursday’s game because of tightness in his left hamstring. Bogusevic was starting in center, and played two innings in the field, making one catch in the first. He had one at-bat in the second and struck out swinging.

The Cubs already are short as far as outfielders go. David DeJesus was placed on the disabled list June 14 with a sprained right shoulder, and Ryan Sweeney fractured his left ribs on Saturday in Seattle crashing into the oufield wall.

Julio Borbon took over in center field for Bogusevic in the third.

— Carrie Muskat

7/3 Cubs lineup

Matt Garza takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to even their Interleague series against the Athletics. Here’s the lineup:

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

Garza P

* At the halfway point of the season, the Cubs are 35-46, an improvement on last year’s 31-50 record. This year, the Cubs have a -11 run differential through 81 games compared to a -71 run differential through 81 games in 2012. Also, Chicago’s team OPS of .707 this year is a slight improvement on last year’s .684 mark through 81 games. The Cubs have hit 20 more home runs at this point compared to last year (87 vs. 67) and have scored 39 more runs (337 to 298).

* The Cubs’ team ERA of 3.97 is nearly a half run lower than last year’s 4.37 ERA through 81 games. Cubs starting pitchers have a 3.82 ERA through 81 games this season after posting a 4.32 ERA at this point last year, while the bullpen has a 4.32 ERA through 81 games this year, lower than the 4.47 ERA through 81 games last year.

* Cubs designated hitters are batting .444 (12-for-27) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and a 1.244 OPS in seven games this season.

6/13 Cubs 6, Reds 5, 14 innings

The Cubs played their own version of overtime on Thursday, as pinch-hitter Julio Borbon hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 14th to post a 6-5 victory over the Reds and avoid a four-game sweep. Maybe they were inspired by the Blackhawks, who beat the Bruins in triple overtime Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Cubs snapped the Reds’ Wrigley Field winning streak at 12, the longest by an opponent in franchise history.

“I feel a lot better now that we broke that streak,” Dale Sveum said. “If we have to play extra innings to beat them, we’ll play extra innings.”

With the game tied at 5, Starlin Castro singled to center against Jonathan Broxton. Anthony Rizzo struck out, and Castro stole second on the play, and moved to third when Alfonso Soriano grounded out. The Reds intentionally walked Nate Schierholtz, who hit two triples in the game, to face Borbon, who lined a 1-0 pitch to left.

“I was looking for a pitch to drive,” Borbon said. “I was looking for that pitch middle away to be able to stay on it, and I got it, and I was ready for it.”

The game-winning hit came five hours after the first pitch. Borbon kept loose on the chilly day by stretching in the weight room, but didn’t take any swings off the clubhouse batting tee.

“It’s my first walkoff,” Borbon said. “It was definitely worth the wait.”

Sveum thought the game might be over in the ninth when Castro smacked a ball off the outfield wall in left, and ended up with a double.

“He crushed that ball,” Sveum said. “That was a a shame — we would’ve been in New York by now.”

The six runs were unusual for the Cubs, who averaged 2.4 runs per game in their last eight games entering Thursday. This was Castro’s first game back in the No. 2 spot after being dropped to sixth and seventh for eight games.

“After today, I might put him somewhere else,” Sveum said.

Chicago pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 19 batters, and the relievers shut down the Reds for eight innings.

“It was a good team effort,” said Blake Parker, who struck out three over two innings in relief. “For me to go in a tight situation, and it’s the first game I’ve been in that’s a close game, and it felt good. It felt like I was right where I wanted to be.”

* This was the Cubs’ longest game since a 6-3, 14-inning win June 7, 2009, at Cincinnati.

* Jeff Samardzija gave up a season-high 10 hits. He’s now 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts vs. the Reds.

* Hector Rondon earned his first victory, striking out four over two innings. Carlos Marmol struck out the side in the 10th, and now has 701 career Ks.

— Carrie Muskat

6/2 Diamondbacks 8, Cubs 4

Edwin Jackson has had worse seasons, and he’s definitely had better, but right now, the Cubs right-hander is frustrated. Jackson served up seven runs over 5 2/3 innings to the Diamondbacks, who took advantage of an error and romped, 8-4, on Sunday over the Cubs. Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross each hit two-run singles, and Wil Nieves added a pair of RBI singles to help Patrick Corbin remain unbeaten at 9-0.

“It’s probably one of the most frustrating seasons I’ve been through,” said Jackson, who has one win in 11 starts. “It’s disappointing when you feel like you’re not going out to help the team have a chance to win a game. I’m a way better pitcher than I’ve shown. It hasn’t been anything about confidence. I just haven’t been getting the job done. I’ve been through a lot of up and down seasons, but this has been a pretty frustrating season to say the least, and it’s shown in the stats and numbers and everything.”

The right-hander’s previous two starts had been interrupted by rain. On Sunday, it was unseasonably cold, with a game-time temperature of 47. He gave up 12 hits — all singles except a double by Cody Ross in the third — and walked three. Not even the defensive shift could help. The Cubs moved third baseman Cody Ransom to the right side of second and had second baseman Darwin Barney in shallow right and Jason Kubel still lined a single between them in the fifth.

“He hasn’t really caught any breaks,” Barney said of Jackson. “This is what he does for a living, he’s a competitor, he’ll come back ready to pitch the next time and he’ll say the same thing. We’re going to see better things out of him, that’s for sure.”

The Cubs hope so. They made a four-year, $52 million commitment to Jackson this offseason. He is now 1-7 with a 7.87 ERA in nine starts at Wrigley Field.

“The last few outings, he’s pitched with conviction and today, I think could’ve been a whole [different] ballgame if that fly ball was caught,” Dale Sveum said.

The mistake came in the second. Nieves and Cliff Pennington singled, and Corbin lofted a ball to center. Julio Borbon closed his glove before he caught the ball for an error, and the bases were loaded. Parra hit a two-run single, and Didi Gregorius was safe on a fielder’s choice. Corbin scored on a wild pitch to take a 3-1 lead.

“Right now, it’s not about me throwing strikes, it’s just quality strikes,” Jackson said. “I felt that today, I came out and made some pitches and they had an inning where they had an error, and I got behind and got a ground ball and it was through the hole. I had ground balls and they were just through holes. When things are going bad, everything goes bad. When things are going good, you can make the same pitches and they go right at someone.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/22 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face another left-hander Wednesday in Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. Julio Borbon gets another start in center as well. Here’s the lineup:

Borbon CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Ransom 3B
Barney 2B
Samardzija p

5/2 Padres 4, Cubs 2

The Cubs’ defense was stellar Thursday through seven innings but a brain cramp by catcher Welington Castillo and misplayed fly ball hurt Travis Wood. The Padres scored four runs in the eighth, including the tying run on a passed ball by Castillo, to rally for a 4-2 victory against the Cubs and Wood, who deserved better.

Jesus Guzman singled to lead off the Padres eighth, Kyle Blanks walked, and two outs later, pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso delivered a bloop RBI single that fell between Julio Borbon and Darwin Barney in shallow right field. The wind made it a tough play for Borbon, relatively new to Wrigley Field’s quirkiness.

“When I realized I could’ve caught it, I started calling [Barney] off and I don’t think he — I talked to him about it and he said he didn’t see it until the last minute and that’s why he didn’t get out of the way,” Borbon said. “I was running in hard saw him out of the corner of my eye.”

Borbon said it was a ball he should’ve caught.

“That extra second of maybe Barney recognizing it and calling me off, or me getting out of the way — I felt the speed I was going in at, I would’ve been able to catch it if I hadn’t seen him at the last second,” Borbon said. “He said if he had picked up the ball a tenth of a second earlier, he would’ve been able to call me off and I’m veering off to the side. I looked at the replay, and as I’m approaching him, he had to literally dive away to get out of the way.”

The two did avoid a collision but nobody caught the ball. Wood then exited, and Shawn Camp’s offering got away from Castillo during Chris Denorfia’s at-bat. The catcher didn’t seem aware Blanks was headed home from third as he collected the ball behind home plate. Blanks scored the tying run.

“I think [Castillo] thought [Blanks] was running and was just going to walk home and he took it for granted,” Dale Sveum said. “[Blanks] didn’t take off and ‘Welly’ took it for granted he was going to walk home and was going automatically, and obviously didn’t go after the ball.”

Blanks hesitated because he thought the ball had kicked back to Castillo off the brick wall.

“As soon as he kind of tailed after it, I just took off,” Blanks said. “I figured he’s taking his time, it’s as good a time as any to at least make an attempt. But the kick, I thought it was coming back to him, then as soon as it got away, I just took off.”

Camp walked Denorfia, and James Russell entered. Everth Cabrera greeted him with a go-ahead RBI single to take a 3-2 lead. Chase Headley followed with another RBI single that rolled just past Barney at second base.

Castillo shouldered the blame for the mental mistake.

“I want to apologize to my teammates,” Castillo said. “I feel like I lost the game. I’m the one who has to keep everybody on the game, and I just got out of the game.”

Anthony Rizzo made an amazing catch, grabbing Headley’s popup in foul territory as he dove over the rolled-up tarp. Rizzo ended up between the tarp and the brick wall, and held onto the ball. Borbon tumbled over the bullpen mound after catching Nick Hundley’s fly ball against the wall in the eighth. Shortstop Starlin Castro added to his highlight reel of great plays.

“It was a shame — we had two defensive plays that were the difference in the ballgame,” Sveum said. “It’s unfortunate. It was a really well-played game other than a pop-up that caused it. We had a chance to make a pitch and get out of all that, and couldn’t do it again. When we make a mistake, we don’t seem to be able to make a pitch to get the next guy out.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/20 Borbon off to quick start

After a whirlwind day Friday, all Julio Borbon had to do on Saturday was get fitted for his new Cubs uniform. On Friday, Borbon found out he was claimed by the Cubs at noon CT, then stuffed all of his belongings in four suitcases, caught an afternoon flight to Chicago, rode a limo to Milwaukee, and arrived at Miller Park in the eighth inning when he ran into manager Dale Sveum in the clubhouse. Sveum had been ejected earlier.

“I was in there, and said, ‘Hey, get your stuff on, there’s a good chance you’re pinch running in this game,'” Sveum said.

Borbon, 27, did enter as a pinch-runner with two outs in the ninth against the Brewers and got the green light, but was thrown out trying to steal second to end the game.

“He got the green light but unfortunately he did a slow slide,” Sveum said. “He had the bag stole easy and he slid too early.”

What kind of player is Borbon?

“People say numbers don’t lie, and it comes down to I’m a guy who relies on speed,” Borbon said. “I like to go out there and put some pressure on the defense. From the second I get up there, I like to bunt. It’s no secret in the American League. I like to get out there, put some pressure on the pitchers.”

Born in Starkville, Miss., Borbon moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 3 or 4, and lives in Santo Domingo in the offseason. He attended the University of Tennessee and played with Darwin Barney on Team USA in 2006. Funny, he didn’t sound like he was from Mississippi.

“There are some words where I definitely have a little Southern accent,” he said.

Sveum said Borbon could get a start if Alfonso Soriano wants a breather but the veteran hasn’t asked for a day off yet. Borbon said he was excited to join the Cubs, and get a front row seat to watch what Theo Epstein does since taking over as president of baseball operations.

“My fiance, she’s from Boston, and she knew him, and she was the first one to tell me he had done great things for the city of Boston,” Borbon said. “From his background and his resume, he’s on his way to doing the same thing here. It’s exciting to become a part of that and know that you’re going to go onto great things. That’s what I see looking around here.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/19 Cubs claim Borbon

The Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Rangers. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Alberto Gonzalez was designated for assignment.

Borbon, 27, is a career .283 hitter in 216 games covering all or part of four seasons with the Rangers. A left-handed hitter, he has 40 stolen bases. He has played most of his time in center field. Borbon made his Major League debut as a 23-year-old in 2009 and batted .312 with 19 stolen bases and a .376 on-base percentage in 46 games with the Rangers. He played in a career-high 137 games with Texas in 2010, batting .276 before splitting the 2011 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock.

Last season, Borbon spent the year with Round Rock, where he batted .304 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs, 78 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 133 games. In 2013, he batted .317 (19-for-60) in 32 games with the Rangers during Spring Training and was hitless in one at-bat during the regular season before being designated for assignment on April 9.

— Carrie Muskat