Results tagged ‘ Michael Bowden ’

9/1 Extra bases

* Anthony Rizzo is 6-for-14 (.429) in his last three games. He has three straight multi-hit games for the first time in his career.

* David DeJesus has homered in four of his last 15 games. He connected off the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on Saturday.

“He threw me the same pitch the at-bat before, but I got a little under it,” DeJesus said. “I stayed inside it and was able to put a good swing on it. Hitting, I wasn’t sure because the wind was blowing straight in. When I got close to first base, I kind of knew.”

* Michael Bowden threw a season-high 2 2/3 innings of relief.

“I feel every time I’ve gone out there, I’ve gained a little more confidence, and became a little more comfortable,” Bowden said. “That’s the point I’m trying to get to. I know I’ve been there at Triple-A and I need to transfer that up here. I’ts just a matter of getting some repetition. I am confident and I feel comfortable.”

* Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71 ERA) faces Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA) on Sunday in the series finale. It’s also the last game of the homestand. The Cubs start a 10-game road trip Monday against the Nationals.

 — Carrie Muskat

8/13 Roster move

Right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden was added to the Cubs roster on Monday and Brooks Raley optioned to Triple-A Iowa. However, Raley could still start on Saturday The Cubs will be allowed to add a 26th player for the doubleheader against the Reds. To make room on the 40-man roster, third baseman Ian Stewart was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Stewart is sidelined after undergoing surgery on his wrist. Bowden was 3-2 with two saves and a 2.76 ERA in 23 games at Iowa, giving up 10 earned runs over 32 2/3 innings. He walked 17 and struck out 35. He was used strictly in relief. Acquired from the Red Sox for Marlon Byrd, Bowden appeared in 10 games with the Cubs from April 24-May 27, and compiled a 7.45 ERA, giving up eight earned runs over 9 2/3 innings.

– Carrie Muskat

6/1 Cubs claim Asencio

The Cubs bullpen got a new arm Friday when they added right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio. He was claimed off waivers from the Indians and Michael Bowden was designated for assignment. Bowden, an Illinois native, had a 7.45 ERA in 10 games with the Cubs, giving up eight earned runs on 14 hits and five walks over 9 2/3 innings. He had appeared in two games with the Red Sox and given up one earned run on two hits in three innings. The Red Sox designated him for assignment on April 15, and the Cubs acquired him April 21 to complete the Marlon Byrd trade. In eight games in May, bowden had a 9.95 ERA, giving up seven runs on 11 hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings.

Asencio has a 5.96 ERA in 18 games with the Indians, giving up 17 earned runs on 27 hits (including four homers) and eight walks over 25 2/3 innings. He came up in the Braves system and was traded to the Indians on March 29 for cash considerations, then designated for assignment on May 28.

– Carrie Muskat

5/15 Transactions & Iowa update

The Cubs signed pitcher Mike MacDougal to a Minor League deal, he was assigned to Triple-A Iowa and had a shaky debut. MacDougal, 35, was released by the Dodgers after compiling a 7.94 ERA in seven appearances. He has 71 saves in his 12-year career. The Iowa Cubs also placed infielder Jonathan Mota on the disabled list with a sore right elbow. Mota had to leave Saturday’s game in the middle of an at-bat after aggravating the injury. He was batting .235 in seven games.

MacDougal walked in two runs in his two-thirds of an inning of work in Iowa’s 9-4 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday.  Randy Wells struck out six but also gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings to take the loss. Anthony Rizzo led the offense, going 3-for-4 and finishing a double shy of the cycle. He hit his 13th homer of the season in the first, and now has 37 RBIs, tops in the Pacific Coast League.

* The Cubs also acquired Minor League left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka from Boston as the player to be named to complete the Marlon Byrd-Michael Bowden trade. Cervenka, 22, was originally selected by the Red Sox in the 27th round of the 2008 Draft out of Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas.  Cervenka is 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA (14 ER/15 2/3 IP) in nine relief appearances for Class A Greenville this season. He has 24 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings, an average of 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and has limited left-handed hitters to a .188 batting average. Cervanka has a 1.59 ERA (1 ER/5 2/3 IP) in three relief appearances this month after an 11.70 ERA in April. He will report to Class A Peoria.

– Carrie Muskat

4/23 Bowden joins Cubs

Michael Bowden grew up a Cubs fan, watching Ryne Sandberg, and when the Red Sox designated him for assignment, he started to imagine playing for his favorite team. Little did he know, Wrigley Field would become his new home. Bowden was acquired Saturday night from the Red Sox for Marlon Byrd. The Cubs, who will pay a significant amount of Byrd’s salary, also will receive a player to be named later. Bowden was in uniform at Wrigley Monday. Rodrigo Lopez was designated for assignment to make room for Bowden on the 25-man roster. The Cubs are hoping Lopez will stay with the organization if he clears waivers.

“This past week has felt like forever,” Bowden said. “Every single day since the day I was taken off [the roster], I was waiting for a phone call. Just the anticipation of that and then further in the week, I saw some articles and speculation of Marlon Byrd going to the Red Sox and I got my hopes up, and talking to my wife, I was just pretending. When we got the call, it was an awesome feeling.”

Bowden grew up in suburban Aurora and now lives in Oswego, which is a one-hour commute. It’s a lot shorter than the drive he made from Boston to Chicago after the Red Sox designated him on April 15. He appeared in three games with Boston. Did he feel he had a fair shot?

“That’s a tough question to answer,” Bowden said. “I never really got a level of comfort over there. I’d go up there and I didn’t know really what they wanted out of me and they threw me in a lot of different roles. I’m very grateful for it. It made me a very versatile pitcher. Now, throw anything at me, and I feel I’m prepared to tackle that. I’m grateful for the oppotunity they gave me over there. I’m excited to start my career over here.”

He’s been working out, throwing against a wall, and recently threw a bullpen to a friend. When Bowden got the call from the Cubs, it was tough to hide his enthusiasm.

“I think it was the most exciting time in my career, right up there with my debut and getting drafted,” he said. “This is a dream come true and I’m very blessed and extremely excited.”

– Carrie Muskat

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