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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.
Brooks Raley gave up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-1 loss to Nashville. Logan Watkins had two hits. Blake Parker struck out three in the ninth. He has a 2.04 ERA in 16 relief appearances.
Alberto Cabrera gave up one run and struck out seven over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 win over Birmingham. Anthony Giansanti, Ty Wright, Matt Szczur, Chad Noble and Rubi Silva each had two hits. Wright and Noble had two RBIs each.
Javier Baez and Ben Carhart each homered in Daytona’s 5-4 loss to Tampa. Carhart finished with two RBIs, and Baez homered for the second time in three games. Ben Wells took the loss, giving up three runs over six innings.
Kane County’s game vs. Quad Cities was cancelled because of unplayable field conditions. They will not make up the game.
Barret Loux struck out six and gave up one run on three hits over six innings as Iowa beat Oklahoma City, 2-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday. Edwin Maysonet had two hits, including his fourth home run. Blake Parker converted his seventh save. In the second game, Logan Watkins and Donnie Murphy each homered in a 4-3 win to complete the sweep. Zach Putnam converted his fourth save.
Eric Jokisch struck out six and gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Huntsville. Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva each had two hits and one RBIs.
Jorge Soler hit his seventh home run but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 5-3, to Lakeland. P.J. Francescon took the loss, giving up four runs over six innings. Zeke DeVoss had three hits.
Gioskar Amaya hit his first home run but Kane County lost, 6-5, to Beloit. Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Albert Almora had two hits, and now is batting .538 over six games.
Logan Watkins had two hits, including a home run, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 13-5, to Round Rock. Barret Loux gave up six runs on three hits and three walks in one inning, and took the loss. Brett Jackson had two hits and two RBIs and Donnie Murphy had two hits.
Matt Szczur had two hits in Tennessee’s 2-1 loss to Pensacola. Dae-Eun Rhee did not get a decision, giving up two hits over 4 1/3 innings. Trey McNutt threw a perfect eighth in relief.
Daytona had Monday off and returns to action Tuesday against Clearwater.
Lendy Castillo gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Kane County’s 6-5 loss to Clinton. Gioskar Amaya had three hits and Bijan Rademacher had three hits and three RBIs.
Brad Nelson hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Albuquerque beat Iowa, 10-6, on Friday. Drew Carpenter started and took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits over four innings. Nelson, who is playing third base, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Logan Watkins reached base five times, and was 3-for-3, scoring two runs.
Christian Villanueva was 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Pensacola. Alberto Cabrera struck out nine over six innings for the win. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits.
Zeke DeVoss had three hits to power a 15-hit attack and lead Daytona to a 8-0 win over Brevard County. Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Searle picked up the win in relief.
Tayler Scott gave up one unearned run over six innings and struck out six but did not get a decision as Kane County lost, 4-1, to Quad Cities. Wes Darvill had three hits.
– Carrie Muskat