Results tagged ‘ Mitch Atkins ’

6/12 Atkins to join Cubs

Expect a roster move Saturday. Mitch Atkins has joined the team to help the bullpen. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins gave up one run on three hits over six innings and struck out six in Iowa’s 10-4 win over New Orleans Saturday. Bryan LaHair had three RBIs and Darwin Barney notched his 20th multi-hit game.

Russ Canzler hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the fifth to help Tennessee beat Huntsville, 8-5. Ryan Buchter picked up the win in relief of starter Alberto Cabrera, who gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Brooks Raley gave up eight runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 9-5 loss to Palm Beach. The Daytona Cubs stranded seven on base and were victimes of four double plays.

Peoria’s game against West Michigan was suspended by rain in the middle of the third inning, tied at 4. The game will resume Sunday at 12 p.m. CT. The last suspended game for the Chiefs was July 29, 2008, in the first ever Minor League game at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat

6/1 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins threw six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out eight, and did not get a decision in Iowa’s 8-0 loss to Nashville on Monday.

Alberto Cabrera gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over four innings while striking out six in Tennessee’s 10-1 loss to Birmingham. Brandon Guyer had three hits.

Daytona had Memorial Day off and Peoria was rained out.

— Carrie Muskat

5/16 Minor matters

Mitch Atkins threw five scoreless innings to help Iowa beat Reno, 11-1. Atkins now is 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA. Welington Castillo hit his fifth homer and Chad Tracy posted his third four-hit game. He’s hitting .607 with four doubles and eight RBIs in six games with Iowa.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run, unearned, on two hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 8-2 win over Huntsville. Blake Lalli hit a two-run homer in the first. Steve Clevenger had three hits and three RBIs.

Daytona made four errors in a 6-2 loss to Brevard County. DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to five games with two hits, and is batting .300 in his streak. Kyler Burke posted his sixth multi-hit game of the year. Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, is sidelined with a foot injury.

Hak-Ju Lee had his 11th multi-hit game of the year but it wasn’t enough as Peoria lost 4-0 to Burlington. Lee has hit safely in five of his last six games.

— Carrie Muskat

5/10 Minor matters & Maddux

The Peoria Chiefs will retire Greg Maddux’s No. 31 in pre-game ceremonies on June 11. Maddux pitched for the Peoria team in 1985. Maddux is currently an assistant to Cubs GM Jim Hendry.

* Mitch Atkins, making a spot start for the Iowa Cubs, gave up one run on three hits over five innings in a 6-1 win over Oklahoma City. Marquez Smith homered and Chad Tracy had four hits, including a double. Darwin Barney had three hits — all part of a 16-hit attack.

Atkins was subbing for Mike Parisi, who has been assigned to Double-A Tennessee.

“He was throwing the ball OK but he’s still not as sharp as he should be,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said of Parisi.

* Su-Min Jung gave up six runs on seven hits over four innings in Peoria’s 15-6 loss to Kane County. Greg Rohan extended his hitting streak to eight games with a hit.

* Tennessee and Daytona had the day off.

— Carrie Muskat

3/14 Roster moves

The Cubs trimmed nine players from their Spring Training camp roster on Sunday. Mitch Atkins was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and David Patton was optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Catchers Steve Clevenger and Blake Lalli; outfielder Brett Jackson; infielders Matt Camp and Josh Vitters; and pitchers Jeff Kennard and Vince Perkins all were assigned to the Minor League camp. Jackson was the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last June, and Vitters was the top pick in 2007.

— Carrie Muskat


7/30 Marshall law & more

Sean Marshall pitched another perfect inning on Thursday in the Cubs’ 12-3 win over the Astros, and extended his scoreless innings streak at home to 13 innings over 15 games. But he’s probably the happiest player on the flight to Florida because he’s getting some relief. With the addition of John Grabow, the Cubs added a veteran lefty who can handle late inning duties.

“It gives us options as a lefty, and a pretty good one,” Kevin Gregg said of Grabow. “He’s been around, he knows how to pitch late in games with the game on the line. It’ll be good for Sean to be able to take a breather every now and then. It seems like he’s been pitching every day. It’ll be nice to use each other to get some rest.”

Gregg has helped Marshall learn how to warm up in the bullpen. Relievers don’t need as many pitches as starters do.

“It’s a common mistake,” Gregg said of warm up routines. “I think when you first start in the bullpen, you don’t realize what it takes to get ready, especially for him. It’s a new aspect for him. A starter throws 30 or 40 pitches warming up. Some of us can throw 10 pitches before they get in a game.

“He’s taken to it well, and he gets ready real quick, if you watch him,” Gregg said.

Hart did the Cubs’ bullpen a favor by going six innings on Thursday.

“What he did today for us was that it put us all fresh,” Gregg said. “We’re all ready, we’re all 100 percent. We’re 100 percent in the bullpen now and to go on a road trip, that’s nice.”

* B.J. Ryan was to make his second Minor League outing on Thursday night for Triple-A Iowa. Ryan threw 11 pitches in one inning on Tuesday, and the radar guns registered 86-87 mph on his fastball.

“It’s way too early to tell when or if he’ll be ready to help us in the near future,” Cubs GM Jim Hendry said.

* No word yet on who will replace Hart in the rotation. The Cubs will need a starter on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Tom Gorzelanny, acquired in the five-player deal, could get the call. He last pitched on Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis, and gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

* Mitch Atkins was optioned to Iowa after Thursday’s game. No corresponding move was made, but outfielder Sam Fuld was on the team charter to Florida and was expected to be activated before Friday’s game against the Marlins.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Lineup & roster move

Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a non-displaced fracture in his left foot, and pitcher Jeff Stevens was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs are going to stick with 13 pitchers for Thursday, and were expected to add an outfielder Friday, most likely Sam Fuld. Stevens was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday to make room for Mitch Atkins. Players are required to stay in the Minors 10 days, but because of the injury to Johnson, the Cubs could recall Stevens right away. Good thing he didn’t leave town.

Jake Fox was starting at third Thursday. The lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Fox

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Hart

— Carrie Muskat

7/29 Lineup & roster move

The Cubs needed a fresh arm for the bullpen and called up right-hander Mitch Atkins on Wednesday, sending Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa. Atkins got a wake-up phone call at 5 a.m. and caught a flight out of Omaha to get to Chicago in time.

The lineup vs. lefty Mike Hampton will be:

CF Johnson

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Hill

P Wells

— Carrie Muskat

The great wall

Micah Hoffpauir has decided to err on the side of aggressiveness when he plays right field. He’s still learning about the funky richochets, the well, and the weird hops that can happen at Wrigley.

“When there’s no ivy on it, it’s a brick wall and the ball is going to come off hard and for me, I’m going to stand back a few steps and try to play it that way,” Hoffpauir says. “Other than that, it plays pretty much like a normal ballpark other than the wind and the sun and all that stuff.”

Sure, other than the wind and the sun.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Hoffpauir said of his first games in right.

The bleacher fans have treated him OK so far.

“We’re having a good time out there,” Hoffpauir said. “As long as you don’t drop any, they’re pretty easy on you.”

* In Minor League news, Andrew Cashner should be joining Class A Daytona soon. He’s been in Arizona rehabbing from a left oblique strain. Mitch Atkins struck out six and gave up two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Round Rock. Jake Fox keeps on hitting. He belted his seventh home run, and was batting .478 with 22 RBIs in 11 games. Chris Robinson went 3-for-3 and was hitting .381.

— Carrie Muskat