Results tagged ‘ Robinson Chirinos ’

1/7 Cubs to get Garza in 8-player deal

The Cubs apparently are close to acquiring Rays pitcher Matt Garza for five Minor League players, including 2010 Pitcher of the Year Chris Archer and 2010 Player of the Year Brandon Guyer. The deal will be finalized once the players undergo physicals.

Sources said Friday the framework is in place for the multi-player swap in which Chicago would get Garza in exchange for Archer, Guyer, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Sam Fuld. The Cubs also would get two Minor League players from the Rays. According to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, one of the players is outfielder Fernando Perez, 27, who batted .234 in 107 big league
appearances. He hit .223 at Triple-A last year.

Team officials would not confirm the trade. Earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs were close to acquiring Garza but both teams denied anything was imminent. The Daily Herald reported Friday that a deal was in the works and had the names.

Garza, 27, would join a rotation with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, and Carlos Silva. The Rays right-hander was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA last season, and would definitely give the team a boost and help counter moves made this offseason by the Brewers, who added starters Zach Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Cubs have been looking for an innings-eater type pitcher.

Garza is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will get a raise from his $3.35 million salary in 2010. Archer combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA with the Smokies, and also had a 10-strikeout game in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament this winter. Archer was acquired from the Indians in December 2008.

Guyer batted .344 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and a .398 on-base percentage. He was the Cubs’ fifth round pick in 2007.

Lee batted .282 in 122 games with Class A Peoria. Chirinos batted .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs at Tennessee and hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs with Triple-A Iowa. Fuld has a career .285 Minor League average and has hit .252 in 98 big league games with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

10/29 Roster move

The Cubs tweaked the 40-man roster Friday, selecting catcher Robinson Chirinos from Double-A Tennessee. They also outrighted outfielder Jim Adduci to Triple-A Iowa. The 40-man roster now stands at 39.

Chirinos, 26, set career marks with a .326 batting average, 18 home runs and 74 RBIs between Tennessee and Iowa. He also totaled 28 doubles, a .416 on-base percentage and a .583 slugging percentage. A right-handed hitter, he spent most of the season with the Smokies, where he hit .318 with 15 homers, 24 doubles and 64 RBIs in 77 games.

Adduci, 25, batted .248 with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and 33 RBIs in 114 games for Iowa. He led the club with 23 stolen bases. The outfielder was acquired by the Cubs in September 2006 from the Marlins to complete an earlier deal that sent pitcher Todd Wellemeyer to Florida.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Smokies win opener

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer and Brandon Guyer added a solo shot to lead
Tennessee to a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over West Tenn in the first game of the Southern League championship. Game 2 of the best of five series will be played Wednesday. Chris Archer threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight for the win. The game was scoreless until the Smokies’ fourth when Brett Jackson hit a RBI double and Chirinos connected. Guyer added a solo homer with one out in the sixth.

— Carrie Muskat

9/10 Tennessee wins, 11-1

Tony Thomas and Matthew Spencer each drove in three runs to power Tennessee to an 11-1 victory Friday night over West Tenn and even the Southern League playoffs at one win apiece. Robinson Chirinos hit a leadoff homer in the sixth and Thomas added a two-run blast that inning. Thomas also hit a RBI single in the seventh. Spencer hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Brett Jackson added a solo shot. Chris Carpenter picked up the win, striking out eight and giving up one run (unearned) on four hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/9 Smokies roster moves

Pitchers Chris Carpenter and Luke Sommer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, and infielder DJ Le Mahieu were added to the Double-A Tennessee roster Thursday in time for the start of the playoff opener against West Tenn.

LeMahieu has spent the entire season at Class A Daytona, batting .314 with two home runs and 73 RBIs. Carpenter and Chirinos played for both Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this year. Sommer began the year in Daytona, then moved up to Tennessee and before being bumped up again to Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

9/3 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs bullpen gave up eight runs in the final three innings in a 13-3 loss to Albuquerque on Thursday. The I-Cubs and Memphis are tied for first in the PCL and will open a four-game series, starting Friday in Des Moines. On Thursday, Brad Snyder hit his 24th homer but it wasn’t enough.

Rafael Dolis gave up four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 loss to Jacksonville. Smokies catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielders Tony Campana and Brandon Guyer were named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team.

Nick Struck gave up three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Clearwater. Rebel Ridling and DJ LeMahieu each homered. Michael Brenly, Ridling and LeMahieu were named to the Florida State League All-Star team.

The Peoria Chiefs were officially eliminated from the Wild Card playoff race with a 5-3 loss to Kane County. Logan Watkins hit his first homer of the season in the first.

Brent Ebinger threw five shutout innings in Boise’s 1-0 win over Spokane. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter, giving up two hits.

— Carrie Muskat

8/28 Minor matters & Silva update

Jay Jackson gave up three runs on six hits over six innings in Iowa’s 9-8 win over Omaha. Robinson Chirinos, Bryan LaHair, Jason Dubois and Brad Snyder each homered for the I-Cubs. Snyder leads the team with 22 homers. Jeff Gray picked up the save, giving up one hit in the ninth.

* Rafael Dolis gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Birmingham. Steve Clevenger had three hits and is batting .680 (17-for-25) in his last seven games. Dolis is now 4-0 with a 2.22 ERA in five home starts. The Smokies reduced their magic number for clinching the Southern League Northern Division second half to two with the win.

* Daytona pitchers combined to strike out 17 — including 10 Ks by Alberto Cabrera — but lost 5-1 in 11 innings to Lakeland. Ryan Flaherty had two hits. Kyler Burke tied the game with a RBI single in the seventh.

* Carlos Silva gave up two hits — back to back singles in the second — over 2 2/3 innings in his rehab start for Class A Peoria. The Chiefs beat Cedar Rapids, 3-1. Jae-Hoon Ha and D.J. Fitzgerald each homered for the Chiefs. Fitzgerald’s blast, a two-run homer in the sixth, proved to be the difference. Silva threw 50 pitches, striking out one.

“It’s almost like I didn’t have to worry about my arm,” Silva said after the game. “The main thing was to throw and not think about what was going on, just let it go. That’s what I did.”

Silva is on schedule in his rehab from an abnormal heart rate.

“The plan today was to throw 50 pitches,” he said. “Right now, I’m looking to get back on track. I wanted to use every pitch and I did.”

Silva said he will likely throw on the side Sunday and make one more rehab appearance with the Chiefs Wednesday in Kane County.

* Cam Greathouse gave up two runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out nine, in Boise’s 3-2 win over Tri-City. Pin-Chieh Chen had three hits and three RBIs in Mesa’s 8-7 loss.

— Carrie Muskat

8/17 Minor matters

Jeff Samardzija gave up one unearned run on four hits over six innings in Iowa’s 5-3 win over Fresno Monday. Marquez Smith, Brad Snyder and Robinson Chirinos all homered to back Samardzija, now 10-2 with a 3.05 ERA. Snyder had two hits, including his 20th home run, and two RBIs.

Rafael Dolis gave up seven runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 8-2 loss to Chattanooga. Brandon Guyer had three hits and extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

DJ LeMahieu had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost 5-3 to Tampa. LeMahieu notched his 13th three-hit game of the season.

One day after hitting for the cycle, Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits in Peoria’s 4-0 win over Kane County. Su-Min Jung threw three scoreless innings but Jeffrey Antigua picked up the win, pitching five scoreless innings in relief.

Juan Yasser Serrano threw five shutout innings, giving up one hit, in Boise’s 7-3 loss to Everett. Serrano struck out six.

Austin Reed threw four scoreless innings in Mesa’s 5-2 win over the Angels. Mesa totaled 11 hits. Joseph Zeller picked up the win with three innings in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

7/27 Smokies' Archer honored

Tennessee pitcher Chris Archer was named Southern League pitcher of the week. Archer has yet to give up an earned run in 28 1/3 innings since being promoted to the Double-A team from Class A Daytona. The right-hander picked up his fourth win on Sunday, giving up one hit over six innings and striking out five. He did walk four. He has not been charged with an earned run since June 22.

The Smokies won Archer’s start, the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against Mississippi, 4-0. Tony Thomas hit his seventh homer, a solo shot. In the first game, Robinson Chirinos hit his 14th homer but it wasn’t enough as Mississippi won, 7-6.

* Casey Coleman picked up his 10th win in Iowa’s 14-2 win Sunday over Round Rock. He gave up one run on four hits over five innings and Micah Hoffpauir added his 15th home run, driving in two runs.

* Chris Siegfried threw five shutout innings for Daytona in a 6-1 win over St. Lucie Sunday. Junior Lake hit two home runs and drove in four. Justin Bour notched his 23rd multi-hit game in Peoria’s 4-3 win over Lake County. Matt Szczur extended his hitting streak to 17 games in Boise’s 8-2 loss to Yakima. Anthony Giansanti homered in Mesa’s 7-6 win over the Athletics.

— Carrie Muskat 


7/18 Minor matters

Brad Snyder hit a pair of three-run homers to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and lead Iowa to a 9-4 win over Oklahoma City Saturday. Jay Jackson picked up the win, giving up one run on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six. Snyder was 3-for-4 and a season-high six RBIs. Welington Castillo also homered, his 10th.

Robinson Chirinos hit his 12th homer but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 5-4 in 14 innings to Montgomery. Steve Clevenger had three hits.

Rebel Ridling hit his ninth homer and Mark Reed his first in Daytona’s 9-4 loss to Ft. Myers. Michael Brenly did get a hit to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Robert Whitenack threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits, in Peoria’s 5-0 win over Bowling Green. Whitenack struck out four and did not walk a batter. Luis Flores hit his second homer.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up one run on six hits over five innings in Boise’s 10-3 win over Salem-Keizer. Boise totaled 18 hits in the game, including four by Arismendy Alcantara.

Sergio Burruel had two hits and three RBIs in Mesa’s 13-11 win over the Mariners. Jeff Gray, rehabbing from a groin injury, started and gave up one run on two hits over one inning. Austin Reed picked up the win, throwing three scoreless innings in relief.

— Carrie Muskat