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Cubs manager Rick Renteria said it was going to be a challenge to face the National League West-leading Dodgers, and it was. The Dodgers took advantage of an error by rookie Logan Watkins to score five runs in the seventh and post an 8-4 come-from-behind victory Thursday night over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, inching closer to securing a playoff berth. Los Angeles increased its lead over San Francisco to 2 1/2 games.
“They hit a couple balls hard, for sure,” Renteria said of the Dodgers, “but there were a couple plays we could’ve made.”
The Cubs had a 4-1 lead after six innings, but in the seventh, Los Angeles had two on and one out against Neil Ramirez and tallied on an error by Watkins, who couldn’t get a glove on Juan Uribe’s potential double-play ball. The miscue was costly. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier followed with an RBI double, and another run scored on a ground out by pinch-hitter Justin Turner to tie the game at 4.
Dee Gordon then smacked an RBI double and scored on Yasiel Puig’s single to chase Ramirez for a 6-4 lead. Of the five runs off Ramirez that inning, only one was earned.
“Uribe hit a pretty hard ball, right up the middle and the first instinct was to knock it down and keep it in front of me and it kicked to the left,” Watkins said.
Watkins also was charged with an error on a throw in the ninth that led to another Dodgers run.
“I can honestly look back and say I wouldn’t have done anything different on both balls,” Watkins said. “That one there [in the seventh], I didn’t want it to go to the outfield. The other one, a diving play, just try to get it to first as fast as possible.
“It’s baseball,” he said. “I’ll make more. It did [stink] because I wanted to get Neil out of that inning right there because it was a possible double play. I wouldn’t have done anything different. … It always seems like that — you make an error and the wheels come off.”
The win snapped the Dodgers’ two-game losing streak, and was a rarity. Los Angeles now is 2-54 when trailing after six.
“All things being equal, we haven’t had a lot of games like that,” Renteria said. “The guys have been pretty good. This one just got away. It’s just baseball.”
While the Dodgers are preparing for postseason play, Chicago’s Tsuyoshi Wada made his last start. The Cubs want to get a look at rookie Eric Jokisch in one of their final nine games. Wada, 33, who was told Thursday was his final outing, struck out five and gave up five hits over five innings. The left-hander said his hamstring has been tender, and may have been a factor Thursday. He was grateful to the Cubs for the opportunity.
“If I look back personally, I feel it was a very good year in regards that the Cubs picked me up without me having any Major League numbers and gave me the opportunity to start in this big league atmosphere,” Wada said through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa. “When I look back, it was a very good year.”
– Carrie Muskat
Logan Watkins will be the 39th different player to be the designated hitter for the Cubs tonight as they wrap up their three-game series against the Blue Jays. Kyle Hendricks gets the start. Here’s the lineup:
Logan Watkins, called up Thursday from Triple-A Iowa, gets the start on Friday in the Cubs Interleague opener against the Orioles. It’ll be a big start for Jake Arrieta, who will be facing his former team for the first time. Here’s the lineup:
Kyle Hendricks struck out nine and gave up three runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 6-3 win over New Orleans. Logan Watkins hit his first home run and Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, and was a home run shy of the cycle. Josh Vitters had two RBI doubles and was batting .293.
In injury news, the Iowa Cubs placed outfielder Brett Jackson on the disabled list with a strained right oblique and added infielder/outfielder Jonathan Mota from Tennessee.
Jake Arrieta moved closer to returning to the big leagues with a 5 2/3 innings rehab outing for Tennessee. The Smokies beat the Generals, 7-2. Arrieta gave up one run on three hits and one walk, striking out two. John Andreoli drove in three runs and Jae-Hoon Ha had two RBIs.
Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-1 loss to Dunedin. Marco Hernandez had two hits.
Tyler Skulina gave up two runs over five innings in Kane County’s 6-2 win over Bowling Green. David Bote, Danny Lockhart, Shawon Dunston and Trey Martin produced consecutive RBI hits in the ninth.
The Cubs need a few more signs at their new Spring Training facility to warn fans of Javier Baez’s power. Baez apparently broke a car window with one of his batting practice home runs on Friday.
“I saw it fly and I heard a sound,” said infielder Logan Watkins, who was in the outfield during batting practice.
What did he hear?
“Glass,” Watkins said.
“Somebody told me, but I didn’t know that,” Baez said about the freak accident. “It [stinks] for the person who parked there.”
This is the Cubs’ first spring at the new facility in west Mesa, and there are a few glitches.
“They’re parking too close to the field,” Baez said.
It’s not just Baez either. Jorge Soler launched a ball out of Field 5 as well. Maybe they need more screens? Or park further away?
“[At least] not until Group 1 is done hitting,” Watkins said. “Mike Olt hit a couple far out there, too.”
Home runs are not unusual for Baez, 21, who belted 37 combined at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season. This is Baez’s second year in the big league spring camp and he said it’s a little easier.
“I’m trying to follow all the big guys,” the shortstop said.
Starlin Castro has been encouraging Baez, who is challenging for Castro’s job.
“[Castro] tells me all the time, ‘You’re going to get there whenever they think I’m ready,'” Baez said. “We’re just waiting now.”
Third baseman Christian Villanueva, who also was in the outfield during the batting practice session, gave Baez an animated description of what happened in Spanish.
“It was impressive,” Villanueva said. “I think he hit two cars. Some family was getting into the car and they heard the noise. They’re like, ‘Who’s hitting?'”
Baez didn’t know what happened.
“He doesn’t even care,” Watkins said. “He’s like, ‘Oh, cool.’ It’s not cool for whoever’s car it was.
“That’s a fun group to watch hit,” Watkins said. “They were making that field look real small. I get in trouble if I try to do that because that’s not really my game. Last round, I try to put one over [the fence] at least. He can do it every round if he wants. I don’t think anyone’s going to say that’s not your game because it obviously is.”
– Carrie Muskat
Chris Rusin makes his final start of the season on Tuesday as the Cubs play host to the playoff-bound Pirates at Wrigley Field. Logan Watkins will start at second in place of Darwin Barney.
Rusin and All-Star Travis Wood (2.98 ERA) both have ERAs under 3.52. The Cubs look to have two left-handers make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts) did so.
Here’s the lineup:
Carlos Villanueva dropped his fourth straight loss despite posting his seventh quality start in Sunday’s 1-0 Cubs loss to the Dodgers. Villanueva is winless in his last 11 starts.
* Logan Watkins (1-for-4) recorded his first Major League hit with a sixth-inning single to left field. With Watkins making his ML debut and Donnie Murphy (0-for-2, BB) making his Cubs debut, the Cubs have utilized 48 players this season, five shy of the franchise record 53 players who appeared last year.
* The Cubs were shut out for the second consecutive game and eighth time this season. They have been blanked in back to back games for the first time since Oct. 1-2, 2012, vs. the Astros.
* With the loss, the Cubs are 15-24 in one-run games and finished the eight-game homestand, 1-7.
* The Cubs had opportunities. They out-hit the Dodgers in two of the games and in the total series, 34-33, including 7-2 on Sunday. They were outscored, 16-6, in the four games, and left 30 runners in base, going 5-for-27 with runners in scoring position.
Luis Valbuena was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and infielder Logan Watkins called up from Triple-A Iowa, where he was batting .243. Valbuena has a right oblique strain. Watkins has primarily played second base with Iowa. Watkins and Donnie Murphy were in the lineup Sunday, and will be the 47th and 48th players used by the Cubs this season. The club record is 53 set last year.
Also, infielder Daniel Lockhart was promoted from Boise to Triple-A Iowa. Lockhart was batting .309 with five doubles and 16 RBI in 44 games with Boise. He ranks second in the Northwest League in hits and fifth in batting. A 10th round pick in the 2011 Draft, Lockhart is the son of former Major League infielder and current Cubs’ area scout, Keith Lockhart.
It wasn’t that Scott Hairston wasn’t doing enough for the Cubs. The Nationals need him more. The Cubs dealt Hairston to the Nationals for a Minor League pitcher, Ivan Pineyro, who was pitching at High A Potomac. Hairston, 33, had been part of a platoon in right field but has gotten limited playing time. GM Jed Hoyer said Monday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo called, seeking to solidify their bench with another right-handed bat.
“[Hairston] is a real pro, and as far as bench guys who can hit lefties, he can hit a homer against a lefty as good as any bench bat in baseball,” Hoyer said. “Given the makeup of who we’ve been playing and the pitching makeup in our division, he hasn’t been playing as much as we’d hoped, and I think this is a good opprotunity for Scott and the Nationals to get more playing time. It was a good opportunity for us to get a young pitcher we liked.”
Hairston was batting .172 overall, and .179 against left-handers, and eight of his 14 hits off lefties have been home runs.
Pineyro, in his third Minor League season, began the year with Class A Hagerstown, going 5-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 starts. The 21-year-old right-hander was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team before he was promoted to Hagerstown. He will join the Cubs’ Class A Daytona team.
The Cubs have been busy in the last week, dealing Scott Feldman, Carlos Marmol, Steve Clevenger and now Hairston. More deals are expected leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Matt Garza, who has been rumored to be dealt since Spring Training, was scheduled to start Monday against the White Sox.
Last year, the Cubs traded Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker. Could free agents be hesitant to sign with the Cubs? Hoyer said no.
“Looking at Scott Feldman’s situation, we gave him a great opportunity,” Hoyer said. “A lot of places weren’t willing to guarantee him a rotation spot coming off a so-so year in Texas. We were wiling to do that, and I think he appreciated that. With Scott [Hairston], he looks at this as an opportunity to get more playing time. I think everything is taken on an individual basis.
“I would hope that we cease being sellers on an annual basis,” Hoyer said. “We want to be buyers. We need to acquire a lot of talent and build that wave that can come up here and give us that sustained success, and with that we hope we can move in the other direction and be buyers and not sellers.”
What about Garza? The right-hander has given up two earned runs over 30 innings in his last four starts.
“He’s been a popular name and a guy we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls on,” Hoyer said. “I think he’s opened a lot of eyes the way he’s thrown the last four, five times out.”
Because the Cubs bullpen has been overworked the last few games, they will promote left-hander Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa, and not add another outfielder.
“Our bullpen is pretty taxed right now with [Carlos] Villanueva still getting stretched back out,” Hoyer said. “We don’t want to push those guys too hard. We would like to add another right-handed bat. We’ll explore and discuss those options over the next couple days until our bullpen is rested.”
Raley was 6-6 in 16 starts at Iowa, posting a 5.08 ERA as a starter. He did make one relief appearance on May 16, and gave up two hits and one walk over three innings.
* Who else could the Cubs call up? Brett Jackson would be among the candidates at Iowa if he was healthy but he was on the disabled list with a right calf strain.
“I think we all have high expectations for Brett,” Hoyer said. “We’d love nothing more than to be able to give him playing time later in the year. He’s got to get out there and play and earn it, but he’s still a guy we’re very high on.”
Both Junior Lake and Logan Watkins have played well at Iowa, but Hoyer said they both need more at-bats in the Minors.
“They’ve both played well and both got our attention with how they’ve played and been part of the discussions,” Hoyer said. “I think both of those guys have development left. It’s nice to see them performing well at Triple-A. That bodes well for our future.”
– Carrie Muskat
Logan Watkins, Junior Lake and Brad Nelson each homered to help Iowa beat Nashville, 5-4, in the first game of a doubleheader. Guillermo Moscoso gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings for the win. In the second game, Watkins and Lake homered again, as did Donnie Murphy and Brian Bogusevic in a 8-6 win. Steve Clevenger was behind the plate, and went 0-for-2 in the 15th game of his rehab assignment. He’s batting .327. Casey Coleman converted his third save.
Arismendy Alcantara hit his 10th home run to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-7. Matt Szczur had two hits and Anthony Giansanti drove in two runs.
Dustin Geiger hit a RBI double but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-1, to Dunedin.
Tayler Scott gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings in Kane County’s 4-2 loss to Quad Cities. Gioskar Amaya and Carlos Escobar each had two hits.
Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run homer and Kevin Encarnacion added a solo shot in Boise’s 4-1 win over Spokane. Paul Blackburn gave up one unearned run over five innings, but did not get a decision. He has not given up an earned run in 10 innings.
Mesa opened its season with a win over the Diamondbacks, 6-4. Erick Castillo, Guiseppe Papaccio and Zak Blair each had two hits. Castillo drove in two runs.