Results tagged ‘ Sam Fuld ’

7/11 Minor matters – a day late

Belated report from Friday’s games:

Sam Fuld had three hits, including his third home run, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 6-3 to New Orleans in the first game of a doubleheader. Hung-Wen Chen took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits over four innings. In the second game, Austin Bibens-Dirkx picked up the win in his first Triple-A start as Iowa topped New Orleans, 6-1. Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run on four hits over five innings and struck out four. He also hit a double and drove in a run. Ty Wright had three hits, including two doubles, and was batting .310 in 10 games with the Iowa Cubs.

Josh Vitters and Robinson Chirinos both homered but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 7-6 to Jacksonville. Vitters had two RBIs, Chirinos three. Also, lefty Luke Sommer was added to the North Division for the Southern League All-Star Game to be played Monday. He replaces teammate David Cales, who was promoted to Iowa.

Rebel Ridling hit two home runs in Daytona’s 7-6 win over Tampa. Ridling drove in four runs, including a pair on a game-winning homer in the ninth. Kyler Burke has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.

Nick Struck gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Peoria’s 4-3 loss to Kane County. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits.

Alvaro Ramirez had three hits and five RBIs in Boise’s 9-6 win over Eugene. John Mincone struck out three over 4 2/3 innings, and gave up five runs, but all were unearned and all came in the fifth inning.

Dustin Harrington was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5, in Mesa’s 9-8, 10-inning loss to the Giants. Harrington had four RBIs. He hit a two-out grand slam in the seventh and was 5-for-13 in his last three games.

— Carrie Muskat

7/4 Minor matters

Brad Snyder, Bryan LaHair, Bobby Scales and Sam Fuld all homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 6-5 to Omaha on a walkoff home run by Rick Ankiel on Saturday. Mitch Atkins notched his fifth quality start, giving up three runs on five hits over six innings.

Rafael Dolis threw six shutout innings in his second start for Double-A Tennessee but did not get a decision in a 5-0 win over West Tenn. Brett Jackson had one hit, and has hit safely in six of seven games since being promoted.

Daytona’s game against Tampa was postponed because of rain.

Greg Rohan had three hits, including his fifth homer, in Peoria’s 9-5 loss to Kane County. The Cougars scored four runs in the eighth for the win. Hak-Ju Lee and Justin Bour each had two hits.

John Mincone gave up two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in Boise’s 4-3 win over Yakima. Richard Jones had two hits and Corey Martin converted his sixth save, pitching 1 2/3 innings.

Brent Ebinger gave up one hit over three scoreless innings in Mesa’s 8-2 win over the Reds. Dustin Harrington had two RBIs and Ryan Cuneo had three hits and two RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Minor matters

Sam Fuld hit a RBI scoring single in the seventh to lift Iowa to a 5-4 win over Omaha on Thursday. Fuld had four hits, including a double. Justin Berg picked up the win in relief, throwing two scoreless innings. Thomas Diamond started and gave up four runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out six.

Nate Samson and Russ Canzler each homered to lead Tennessee to a 2-1 win over Carolina. Jake Muyco picked up the win in relief and David Cales notched his 10th save. The Smokies won their third straight of the second half.

Brett Jackson hit his sixth home run and extended his hitting streak to seven games in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Dunedin. Jackson is batting .423 with seven RBIs during his streak after collecting three hits in the win. Ryan Flaherty had two hits including his second homer. Brooks Raley gave up one run on two hits and four walks over five innings for the win.

Peoria opens the second half on Friday against Cedar Rapids at O’Brien Field.

Boise scored eight runs in the first two innings to beat Salem-Keizer, 10-7. Brandon May hit his second homer and Corey Martin picked up his third save.

Luis Liria struck out seven over four scoreless innings to help Mesa beat the Angels, 5-0.

— Carrie Muskat


6/7 Minor matters

Jay Jackson gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 10-4 loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Chad Tracy and Sam Fuld each homered for the Triple-A team.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over three innings in Tennessee’s 8-6 loss to Huntsville. Matt Spencer had three hits, including a triple, and two RBIs. Jeremy Papelbon pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Palm Beach. Smailey Borges had three hits. DJ LeMahieu had two hits, and now has notched at least two hits in six of his last eight games.

Trey McNutt gave up four runs (one earned) on six hits over two innings in Peoria’s 8-5 win over West Michigan, completing a game suspended on Saturday. DJ Fitzgerald hit a home run and drove in three runs.

In the second game, Ryan Searle gave up two runs on six hits over five innings in a 3-2 loss. Hak-Ju Lee had two RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

5/26 Minor matters

Casey Coleman gave up two runs on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Salt Lake on Tuesday. Sam Fuld and Brian LaHair each had two hits, and LaHair drove in three runs.

Double-A Tennessee had Tuesday off. The Smokies open a 10-game road trip at Montgomery Wednesday.

Brooks Raley gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Brevard County. Michael Brenly had two hits and Kyler Burke hit his third homer.

Trey McNutt threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits, in Peoria’s 2-0 win over Cedar Rapids. Charles Thomas hit a solo homer to back McNutt, now 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

5/25 Minor matters – Iowa update

The Iowa Cubs scored seven runs in the third inning to beat Salt Lake, 8-2, on Tuesday in front of 9,070 people at Principal Park in Des Moines. It was the team’s 13th win in 15 games. Sam Fuld singled to start the third inning and the team sent nine batters to the plate. Bobby Scales hit a two-run single, Bryan LaHair added a two-run double and Chris Robinson hit a RBI single in the inning. Casey Coleman picked up the win, giving up two runs on five hits over six innings.

— Carrie Muskat

4/9 Minor matters

Andrew Cashner struck out 10 over 4 1/3 innings to lead Doube-A Tennessee to a 4-3 win over Mississippi on Thursday. Cashner struck out the first seven batters he faced. Starlin Castro had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run and stole a base.

Ryne Sandberg is 0-1 after the Triple-A Iowa team dropped its opener, 6-3 to Nashville. J.R. Mathes took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Bobby Scales walked three times and had a hit. Sam Fuld drove in a run.

Class A Daytona lost 3-0 to Brevard County despite solid pitching by Rafael Dolis. The right-hander gave up two hits over five scoreless innings, striking out five.

Greg Rohan hit a two-run homer to help Peoria beat Clinton, 5-4. Robert Whitenack gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings for the win.

— Carrie Muskat 

4/6 Minor matters

The Triple-A Iowa Cubs, under new manager Ryne Sandberg, open their season Thursday against Nashville. Sandberg will have quite a pitching staff, including John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Thomas Diamond, Blake Parker, Mitch Atkins, Jay Jackson, Jeff Stevens and Casey Coleman. In the outfield, the Iowa Cubs have James Adduci, Micah Hoffpauir, Brad Snyder, and Sam Fuld, with infielders Darwin Barney and Matt Camp.

Shortstop Starlin Castro, who hit a triple and a double in the final spring game Saturday in Arizona, was assigned to Double-A Tennessee along with pitchers Andrew Cashner, Alex Maestri, Marcos Mateo and Jeremy Papelbon; outfielders Brandon Guyer, Ty Wright and Russ Canzler; and catchers Robinson Chirinos and Steve Clevenger. The Smokies open on the road Thursday at Mississippi.

Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ 2009 No. 1 Draft pick, will open the season at Class A Daytona along with Michael Brenly, Kyler Burke and Josh Vitters. The Daytona Cubs open on Thursday against Brevard County.

— Carrie Muskat

3/31 Fuld & Hoffpauir both disappointed

Both Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir were disappointed in their springs and also at the news that both were headed back to Triple-A Iowa.

“I obviously didn’t play as well as I hoped or expected,” Fuld said Wednesday. “Where I continue to need to improve myself is with the bat. It’s disappointing the way I hit. It’s not the first time I’ve started off slow. In terms of confidence, I’m not too worried. I’m sure I’ll bounce bcak fine. It’s a long season.”

Fuld has always come through for the team when called on.

“Spring Training is tricky,” he said. “You usually don’t get a ton of at-bats, it’s a pretty small sample size. There’s nothing you can do about that. In a way, it’s a lot like coming off the bench during the season. You have to make the most of your opportunities as limited as they may be.”

So, he’ll be ready when Piniella calls?

“Exactly. I will,” he said.

Hoffpauir had gotten a head start this offseason, working with Rudy Jaramillo in Texas. He made some changes to his swing and felt he was doing better in recent games.

“I came here this spring with every expectation of making this team and that didn’t happen,” Hoffpauir said. “I’ll go to Triple-A and see what happens and I hope to get a callup soon and take care of business then.”

Did he feel he had good spring?

“Absolutely not,” Hoffpauir said. “The adjustments we made I think are going to work in the long run. It’s something I didn’t feel absolutely comfortable with the first part of spring. For about 15, 30 at-bats, I didn’t feel like I was where I needed to be. [Jaramillo] and I sat down and talked about it and I started to feel a lot better at the plate with a couple slight modications from what we’ve done and I started to feel better at the plate. I thought I was in contention for that last roster spot.

“I believe there’s  reason for everything and somebody has a plan for me somewhere and I’ll put my nose to the grindstone and get after it and hopefully good things will happen and maybe showcase for some other team. We’ll see what happens.”

— Carrie Muskat

3/30 Tracy in, Millar out

The Cubs decided they needed a left-handed bat and someone who could backup at third over a right-handed bat, and picked Chad Tracy over Kevin Millar for the final roster spot. Micah Hoffpauir and Sam Fuld were both optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

“He brings intangibles to the table but so do the rest of them,” GM Jim Hendry said of Millar. “He knew before camp started that it was kind of a long shot.”

Hendry met one on one with Millar to give him the news.

“Kevin was great,” Hendry said. “He’s a pro. I think he knew that I agonized over [the decision]. He’s a guy you’d always want in your organization. I’m not here to say he’s done [playing]. He knows down the road he’s a potential employee here. He’d be a great coach. He’s a tremendous human being and helped some guys here even though he’s not getting on the plane Saturday.”

With the Cubs trimming their roster this quickly, Millar may be able to catch on with another team.

The Cubs bench is much different from a year ago and much more experienced. They now have Tracy, Xavier Nady, Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill and rookie Tyler Colvin.

— Carrie Muskat