Results tagged ‘ Micah Hoffpauir ’

8/22 Minor matters

Micah Hoffpauir scored on a wild pitch in the eighth to give Iowa a 4-3 win over Nashville on Saturday. Jeff Samardzija did not get a decision, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over six innings. Marquez Smith hit his 13th home run, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Chris Archer gave up two runs on four hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 7-2 win over Mississippi. Steve Clevenger went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Archer now is 8-1 with a 1.45 ERA.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up six runs on four hits and one walk over one-third of an inning in Daytona’s 15-2 loss to Brevard County. Brevard County scored 12 runs in the first inning.

Justin Bour had three hits, including a grand slam, and a seven-high seven RBIs in Peoria’s 11-10 win over Clinton.

Cam Greathouse threw six shutout innings in Boise’s 9-3 win over Vancouver. Albert Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs in Mesa’s 4-3 win over the Giants.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 Fuld to join Cubs

Outfielder Sam Fuld joins the Cubs on Thursday, not Micah Hoffpauir because of a technicality. Hoffpauir was with the Cubs in San Francisco last Thursday to take Derrek Lee’s spot on the roster when Lee was on the bereavement list. Hoffpauir has to be in the Minors at least 10 days before he can be called back — unless Lee had been hurt. That means, the earliest Hoffpauir could join the Cubs is Monday in Washington against the Nationals.

— Carrie Muskat

8/18 Roster moves

The Cubs will call up Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa to take Derrek Lee’s spot on the roster. The plan now is to have Hoffpauir and Xavier Nady share first base duties following the trade of Lee to the Braves for three Minor League pitchers.Hoffpauir was expected in Chicago Thursday.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Minor matters – updated

Micah Hoffpauir, Bobby Scales and Marquez Smith each homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 8-5 to Fresno on Sunday. Mitch Atkins took the loss, giving up six earned runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Chris Archer gave up four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 9-6 win over Chattanooga. Archer did not get a decision. Tony Campana had three hits and Blake Parker picked up the save.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up five runs on 10 hits over four innings in Daytona’s 5-2 loss to Tampa in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Chris Siegfried gave up one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss.

Jae-Hoon Ha hit for the cycle to help Peoria beat Kane County, 8-4. Ha was 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Justin Bour had three hits.

Cam Greathouse, the Cubs’ eighth-round pick in the June Draft, gave up one run on three hits over four innings in Boise’s 8-4 win over Everett. Alvaro Ramirez had three hits and an RBI.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Minor matters

Back after a break in the action …

* Jae-Hoon Ha hit for the cycle to help Peoria bet Kane County, 8-4, on Sunday. It was the first cycle by a Chiefs player in 11 seasons. Ha singled in the second, homered in the fourth, and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fifth. He hit a RBI triple in the eighth to tie the game at 4. With two outs and a runner on in the ninth, Ha doubled to right to complete the cycle. The last cycle by a Chiefs player was May 23, 1999, when Troy McNaughton did so.
On Saturday, Peoria snapped its four-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Kane County.

* On Friday, Micah Hoffpauir rejoined Iowa and picked up where he left off. He collected two hits for the I-Cubs in a 5-0 win over Fresno, which extended his hitting streak to 19 games. Austin Bibens-Dirkx threw seven shutout innings for the win. On Saturday, Hoffpauir made it 20 straight games, hitting his 21st home run in Iowa’s 13-12 win over Fresno. He finished with three RBIs in the game. Jim Adduci and Robinson Chirinos also homered for Iowa.

* Matt Spencer hit a three-run homer to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 8-4, on Friday. Russ Canzler hit his 18th homer to lift the Smokies to a 3-2 win over Chattanooga on Saturday. Craig Muschko picked up the win and now is 8-3.

* Rain postponed Friday’s Daytona game. On Saturday, the Daytona Cubs split a doubleheader against Dunedin, winning the first game 2-1 and losing the second, 4-3. DJ LeMahieu went 3-6 in the two games with two doubles and an RBIs. He has a 16-game hitting streak and is batting .446 in that stretch.

* On Saturday, Arismendy Alcantara had four hits, including his third home run, and two RBIs in Boise’s 7-6 win over Everett.

— Carrie Muskat

8/11 Hoffpauir backs Ryno

If Ryne Sandberg needs a reference as he pursues a big league managing job, he can call Micah Hoffpauir. Hoffpauir, who has played for Sandberg this season at Triple-A Iowa, said the Hall of Fame second baseman supported him when he struggled during the first two months.

“I like him,” Hoffpauir said. “I think he’s a great players’ manager, I think he knows the game. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be a great big league manager.

“He loves to be in the lockerroom and if the pitchers are out throwing, he’s out there talking, hanging out, seeing what they’re doing,” Hoffpauir said. “If we’re in the cage, he comes in. He’s always around, he’s always there. I think he’s going to be a good manager.”

Sandberg has gotten lots of media attention since Lou Piniella announced he was retiring at the end of this season. The Cubs will be looking for a new manager and Sandberg has made it clear he’d like the job.

“I think Ryno’s worried about one thing and that’s getting himself ready to be in the big leagues,” Hoffpauir said. “I was walking by the other day and a reporter asked him, ‘Do you want to manage in the big leagues?’ and he kind of giggled and said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m doing this.’

“He’s there in Iowa trying to learn as quickly and as well as he can how to be a manager, how to handle a game,” Hoffpauir said. “I think he’s done a great job. He’s shown maturity from the standpoint of being behind his players. That’s one thing I absolutely love. He’s very quiet and soft spoken but if something happens, he’s got your back.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/10 Hoffpauir & Castillo update

Both Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo arrived Tuesday night in time to take some batting practice with the last group prior to the Cubs game against the Giants. They were called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Derrek Lee’s and Geovany Soto’s spots on the roster. Hoffpauir was starting Tuesday and batting third while Castillo will start Wednesday.

Did Hoffpauir know about the tough assignment against the Giants’ Tim Lincecum?

“I had the trainers text him to let him know,” Cubs acting manager Alan Trammell said.

— Carrie Muskat

8/10 Lineup vs. Giants

Micah Hoffpauir and Welington Castillo, called up from Triple-A Iowa, missed their connecting flight in Minneapolis because of weather delays out of Des Moines but were en route to AT&T Park for Tuesday’s Cubs game. Hoffpauir was in the starting lineup at first. If he doesn’t arrive in time, Xavier Nady will start at first. Castillo will start Wednesday. Here’s the lineup:

CF Colvin
SS Castro
1B Hoffpauir
3B Ramirez
RF Fukudome
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Hill
P Dempster

— Carrie Muskat

8/10 Minor matters

Micah Hoffpauir had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a PCL best 18 games in Iowa’s 7-4 loss to Portland on Monday in Des Moines. Hoffpauir, who will join the Cubs in San Francisco Tuesday, was batting .413 during the streak. What’s encouraging is Hoffpauir was hitting .196 in June and has turned things around. He’s batting .327 since June.

“There are a lot of managers in this game who give up on you if you’re hitting .196 in June, you know?” Hoffpauir told the Des Moines Register. “That’s the kind of stuff you appreciate. It makes you want to go out and play hard for him.”

Ryne Sandberg is the Iowa Cubs manager, in case you didn’t know.

“To me, he’s just a calming influence,” said Iowa infielder Bobby Scales of Sandberg. “We all know his pedigree, we all know he’s a Hall of Famer. But he’s also a mellow guy. He wants to win and there’s a fire there. He’s not going to be rah-rah and jump down people’s throats. But there’s an intense desire to win.”

Hung-Wen Chen took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits over four innings. Darwin Barney had two hits.

* Tennessee won its sixth straight game and 70th of the season with a 16-6 victory over Huntsville. Steve Clevenger and Russ Canzler each homered to back Craig Muschko, who gave up five runs on five hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings. Brandon Guyer, Matt Spencer and Tony Campana each had three hits.

* Robert Whitenack gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 4-2 win over Tampa. Smaily Borges hit his sixth homer and DJ LeMahieu had two hits.

* Frank Batista gave up five runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-4 loss to Quad Cities. Luis Flores had three hits.

* Alvaro Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13 games in Boise’s 2-1 loss to Everett. Brent Ebinger gave up one run on one hit and struck out seven over five innings. The Hawks committed two errors in the ninth as Everett won in a walkoff.

* Hunter Ackerman gave up three hits and three walks over two scoreless innings in Mesa’s 10-4 loss to the Rangers.

— Carrie Muskat

8/9 Roster moves – updated

Catcher Geovany Soto was placed on the disabled list because of a mild ligament sprain in his right shoulder and first baseman Derrek Lee placed on the bereavement list, the Cubs announced after Monday’s game. Lee left for Sacramento to be with his grandfather, who was ill. The Cubs will call up catcher Welington Castillo and first baseman Micah Hoffpauir from Triple-A Iowa to take their spots on the roster. They’re expected to join the team Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat