Results tagged ‘ Justin Germano ’

10/30 Germano opts for free agency

Justin Germano, who was outrighted last week by the Cubs to Triple-A Iowa, has elected free agency. Germano was 2-10 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) with the Cubs. He was acquired from the Red Sox on July 19 for cash considerations. The right-hander began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket, and was 9-4 with a 2.40 ERA in 17 games (16 starts). He is the second Cubs pitcher to opt for free agency after being outrighted, joining Manuel Corpas.

— Carrie Muskat

10/26 Roster moves

The Cubs tweaked the 40-man roster on Friday when they outrighted four players to Triple-A Iowa, including outfielder Joe Mather. Right-handed pitchers Manuel Corpas, Justin Germano and Blake Parker also were outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Mather, who started in all three outfield spots and third base, batted .209 in 103 games with the Cubs.

Corpas, coming back from Tommy John surgery, which he had in September 2010, was 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 48 games. Corpas has elected free agency.

Germano, acquired from the Red Sox July 19 for cash considerations, went 2-10 with a 6.75 ERA in 13 games (12 starts). Parker spent most of the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, appearing in just seven games. On Thursday, the Cubs outrighted infielder Adrian Cardenas and right-handed pitchers Miguel Socolovich, Jason Berken and Marcos Mateo were assigned outright to Iowa. Catcher Anthony Recker also was claimed off waivers by the Mets. With the addition of pitcher Carlos Gutierrez, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 33.

— Carrie Muskat

9/27 Pitching matchups

The Cubs close the road portion of their schedule this weekend in Arizona. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: Travis Wood (6-12, 4.23) vs. Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.14)

Saturday: Justin Germano (2-9, 6.18) vs. Trevor Cahill (12-12, 3.86)

Sunday: Chris Rusin (1-3, 7.30) vs. Josh Collmenter (5-3, 3.80)


9/20 Here come the Cardinals

The Cubs play host to the Cardinals in a three-game series, which starts Friday. Dale Sveum expects to hear from a few of his friends on the Brewers about the importance of winning this weekend against the Redbirds. If the season ended today, St. Louis has clinched one of the Wild Card spots. But the Brewers are 2 1/2 games back.

“The Cardinals are coming in and it’s a spoiler factor to come out and play with a lot more enthusiasm than we’ve had the last few days and focus a little more,” Sveum said. “We’ve had a few breakdowns. We have to swing the bats a lot better than we have in some situations.”

Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday: Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.26) vs. Chris Carpenter (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday: Travis Wood (6-12, 4.25) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-13, 3.97)

Sunday: Justin Germano (2-8, 6.17) vs. Kyle Lohse (15-3, 2.71)

* Sunday will be Kerry Wood appreciation day at Wrigley Field. Wood and his family will be present, and they will sing the seventh inning stretch.

— Carrie Muskat


9/18 Cubs lineup

Justin Germano will face the Reds on Tuesday in the first game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.  This will be former Cubs manager Dusty Baker’s 3,000th game as a manager. His record includes 1,556 games for the Giants, 648 for the Cubs, 795 for the Reds.

Here’s the Cubs lineup:

DeJesus RF

Valbuena 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Clevenger C

Jackson CF

Barney 2B

Germano P

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Cubs lineup

Darwin Barney gets a rare day off Tuesday as the Cubs face the Astros in Game 2 of this three-game series. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF

Valbuena 3B

Rizzo 1B

Soriano LF

Castro SS

Clevenger C

LaHair RF

Cardenas 2B

Germano P

— Carrie Muskat

9/11 Extra bases

* With a win Monday night over the Astros, the Cubs have their first four-game winning streak on the road since they won five, July 31-Aug. 4, 2011.

* The Cubs have matched their longest overall winning streak of the season. They had won four in a row twice, June 29-July 2, and July 8-15.

* Darwin Barney now has played a National League single-season record and overall NL record 126-straight games without an error at second base. The old overall NL mark was 123 games, set by Ryne Sandberg, June 21, 1989, to May 17, 1990. The Major League record single-season errorless streak by a second baseman is 141 games, held by Placido Polanco and set in 2007 with the Tigers.

Barney’s streak at second base spans 1,018 1/3 innings since his only 2012 miscue at second base, April 17 in Miami.

* Pitching matchups vs. the Astros:

Tuesday: RHP Justin Germano (2-6, 6.95) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55)

Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-11, 4.42) vs. LHP Fernando Abad (0-3, 5.30)

— Carrie Muskat

9/9 Pitching matchups vs. Astros

The Cubs travel to Houston to play the Astros, who switch to the American League next year. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Chris Volstad (2-10, 6.23) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-7, 5.54)

Tuesday: RHP Justin Germano (2-6, 6.95) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (3-11, 5.55)

Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (5-11, 4.42) vs. LHP Fernando Abad (0-3, 5.30)


9/6 Cubs vs. Nationals

The Cubs will be happy to leave Washington D.C. after Thursday’s series finale against the Nationals. This has not been fun. The Cubs have been out-hit, 61-40, out-scored 34-16, out-homered, 16-2, and outplayed in the six games so far. On Wednesday, the Nats hit six home runs for the second straight night, and, according to Elias Sports Bureau, became the third team in Major League history to do so.

“That’s just men playing against boys right now,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Sveum didn’t get to watch the end of Wednesday’s game from the dugout. With one out and a 1-0 count to Michael Morse in the Nationals’ fifth, Sveum was ejected by home plate umpire Larry Vanover.

“I just didn’t appreciate him eyeballing our dugout for absolutely no reason at all,” Sveum said. “I just don’t think that’s right when you’re looking in our dugout for no apparent reason at all.”

Welington Castillo had complained about a called third strike in the Cubs fifth, which may have prompted Vanover to keep an eye on the dugout.

The Cubs are batting .207 against the Nationals so far, and Justin Germano takes the mound Thursday. It’s been tough for the young players.

“Hopefully, they have the thick skin to handle what they are going through,” Sveum said. “It’s not that fun to be at this level and struggle that badly. So you tell them don’t worry about your numbers — I want to see improvements and adjustments and see what can happen then.”

The Cubs need to go 12-14 to avoid a 100-loss season.

— Carrie Muskat


9/1 Old friends

Xavier Nady was a good roommate when he, Justin Germano and two other players shared a three-bedroom apartment in Portland in 2004 while members of the Padres’ Triple-A team. Nady was clean, always quick with one-liners, and kept things light. Germano could’ve used a quip from his former teammate after Nady got the better of the Cubs pitcher on Saturday.

Playing his first game back in the big leagues after a month-long Minor League stint, Nady hit a three-run double off Germano to spark the Giants to a 5-2 win over the Cubs. Nady, who signed a Minor League contract with the Giants on Aug. 5 after being released by the Nationals, came through in the first for San Francisco. Germano (2-5) took the loss.

“He’s a good hitter,” Germano said of Nady. “You definitely have to mix it up with him. He can hurt you with a long ball and drive the ball in the gap. I tried to get a fastball in there and tried to get a ground ball and I did but he was able to keep it out of reach of [third baseman Luis] Valbuena.”

How was Nady, the roommate?

“He was clean, he was funny,” Germano said. “He kept us all in a good mood. He was definitely a good guy to have on the team and as a roommate.”

The two roomed with infielder J.J. Furmaniak and pitcher Dennis Tankersley that season.

“I think [Nady] could probably find something to say to pick things up,” Germano said. “He was always good at that.”

Nady, who played for the Cubs in 2010, was just happy to be in a big league lineup, even if he was wearing No. 68.

“I always wanted to put on a Giants uniform,” said the veteran, who was a Will Clark fan. “To have the opportunity to do it, I knew going to (Triple-A) Fresno could benefit me.”

— Carrie Muskat