Results tagged ‘ Scott Maine ’

5/7 Minor League report – Monday’s games

Brett Jackson walked to leadoff the eighth, reached third on Josh Vitters’ single, and scored on a balk call for Triple-A Iowa’s only run in a 1-0 victory over New Orleans on Monday. Scott Maine picked up the win in relief, throwing two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out one. Casey Coleman started and gave up two hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out nine.

Paul Hoilman went 3-for-4, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to power Class A Peoria to a 7-5 win over Quad Cities. Hoilman drove in five runs in the game and is batting .308 this season. Patrick Francescon gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits and three walks over six innings for the win. He’s now 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA. Jeffrey Lorick picked up the save.

— Carrie Muskat 

5/3 Wells heads back to Iowa

Randy Wells wasn’t happy about being sent down to Triple-A Iowa but the Cubs aren’t going to carry 14 pitchers. Wells and Scott Maine were both optioned to Iowa to make room for Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood, both activated off the disabled list. Maine’s departure leaves the Cubs with one lefty, James Russell, in the bullpen.

“[Maine] did a good job while he was here, a really good job, and it’s very nice to have those two lefties in the bullpen,” Dale Sveum said.

Wells, 29, went 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts for Chicago following his recall April 22. He walked nine and gave up nine hits over 8 2/3 innings.

“It is what it is,” Wells said. “I didn’t pitch well. There’s no one really to blame but yourself. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position but the numbers don’t stack up.”

“He’s got a future here,” Sveum said of Wells, “but we can’t sit here and promise anything. Right now, that’s the role he’s in is the swing man, coming up when we need starts.”

The Phillies scored four runs off Wells in the fourth inning on Saturday. Wells, who will be inserted into Iowa’s rotation, was upset at the high number of walks in his two starts.

“The walks are the only thing that spoils this,” the right-hander said. “I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds [on April 22]. Five walks [stinks]. The fourth inning in Philly, things unraveled. It’s no different than what I’ve been the last three years, it’s one bad inning. Chalk it up as a bad day and get back to work.”

* Wood will be eased into games, and used in less stressful situations such as the sixth and seventh innings, Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat

3/26 Cubs release Miller

The Cubs released left-hander Trever Miller, who had a 5.40 ERA in eight Cactus League games. Miller, 38, had signed as a free agent in January. He has pitched for eight different teams, including the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Red Sox last year. This spring, he gave up five earned runs on seven hits over 8 1/3 innings, and all of those runs came in one outing, March 17, against the Rangers. With the move, Scott Maine and James Russell are the only left-handed relievers still in camp. The Cubs spring roster was at 40.

— Carrie Muskat

2/29 Cubs early bunt update

There’s more second round action in the Cubs bunting tournament on Wednesday with some big matchups. Scott Maine will face Casey Coleman in the marquee matchup. Other action includes Brett Jackson vs. Welington Castillo, Steve Clevenger vs. Bryan LaHair and Dae-Eun Rhee vs. Chris Rusin. Clevenger upset Tony Campana in the first round.

— Carrie Muskat


12/2 Winter league update

While the Venezuelan Winter League waits for Carlos Zambrano’s return to the mound, here is an update on Cubs prospects playing this offseason:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine games (eight starts) for Zulia in Venezuela. He has given up 15 earned runs on 34 hits and 14 walks over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 28. Teams were hitting .204 against the right-hander.

Jay Jackson is 2-2 with a 5.11 ERA in four games (three starts) for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. In his last start Nov. 30, he gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings, striking out four.

Bryan LaHair is batting .245 in 28 games with Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela. He took a break in November, and in four games since his return Nov. 27, he is 2-for-15 with one home run. He has struck out 34 times in 106 at-bats. LaHair is hitting .167 against left-handed pitching.

In Mexico, Blake Parker has a 3.76 ERA in 24 games, giving up 11 runs on 21 hits and six walks over 26 1/3 innings. Teams were hitting .221 against the right-hander.

In the Dominican Republic, lefty John Gaub has a 5.63 ERA in 13 games for Leones del Escogido, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks over eight innings. He has 11 strikeouts, and teams were batting .172 against him.

Also in the Dominican, lefty Scott Maine posted a 0.90 ERA in 12 games. He gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks over 10 innings while striking out nine. Teams batted .143 against Maine, who did not give up a hit to a lefty batter (0-for-8).

— Carrie Muskat

11/5 Winter ball updates

Pat Listach’s Ponce team won its opener, 4-1, over Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican winter league on Friday.

Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run in Magallanes’ 6-1 win over Caracas in Venezuela Winter League play Friday. He’s batting .292.

In Mexico, Blake Parker continues to have success. The right-hander, who is playing for Naranjeros de Hermosillo, has given up a hit in one of his 12 appearances, and that also was the only time he served up a run. So far, he’s struck out 12 over 12 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and two runs and walking two.

In the Dominican, Scott Maine also has been scored on in one of his six outings. He has six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings over six games for Estrellas de Oriente. John Gaub has given up four runs on three hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings in seven relief outings for Leones del Escogido. He has not served up a hit or run in his last three games.

— Carrie Muskat

10/29 Winter ball updates

Bryan LaHair was 0-for-3 Friday in Magallanes’ 3-1 loss to Aragua in Venezuelan Winter League play. LaHair was batting .286 with six homers and nine RBIs. Here are some updates on other Cubs playing in winter leagues:

* Steve Clevenger was batting .211 in eight games in the Dominican.
* Marwin Gonzalez was hitting .314 in 12 games with Caribes in Venezuela.
* John Gaub has given up two runs in his last four outings, and did not allow a run or hit on Friday against Licey in the Dominican. He has four strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings.
* Scott Maine has a 3.86 ERA in four games in the Dominican, pitching for Estrellas. He has struck out three over 2 1/3 innings.
* Blake Parker has not given up a hit or run in 9 1/3 innings over nine games in relief for Hermosillo in Mexico. He has struck out 11 and walked two.

— Carrie Muskat

6/5 Garza to start Monday

Matt Garza will be activated from the disabled list and open the Cubs’ series Monday against the Reds. To make room for Garza on the 25-man roster, expect lefty Scott Maine to be optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Maine was recalled on May 17 and held opponents scoreless in four of his first five outings but did allow the opponent to score in his last two appearances.

— Carrie Muskat

3/23 Cubs roster moves

The Cubs trimmed four from the spring camp roster, including lefty Scott Maine and right-hander Justin Berg. Maine and Berg were optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman were both assigned to the Minor League camp. Guzman is rehabbing from right shoulder surgery and scheduled to throw in a game next week. Wellemeyer was a non-roster invitee. Trimming Maine most likely means the Cubs will have three lefties in the bullpen in John Grabow, James Russell and Sean Marshall. The moves bring the roster to 36 now.

* Also, catcher Max Ramirez was to get an MRI on his left wrist on Wednesday.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Extra bases

The Cubs have given up five or more runs in an inning 21 times this year. That’s the most since doing so 23 times in 2001. Sunday’s game was the first time the Cubs have given up five or more runs in three separate innings in the same game since May 26, 1967. Thanks to Elias Sports Bureau for the notes.

* Ryan Dempster failed to go past the fifth inning for the third time this year. He entered the game with a career record of 99-99, and suffered his 100th loss.

“It was a battle early on and then one pitch way from getting out of it with a tie game in the fifth and I just needed to make a better pitch than that,” he said of an at-bat with Ruben Tejada.

“I didn’t give us a very good chance to win the game,” Dempster said. “They gave me two leads and I didn’t hold either one. It’s very frustrating. I feel bad. The bullpen has to go out there and wear it because I can’t do my job and go deep in the ballgame.”

There’s no fatigue and nothing physically wrong, he said. Just a lack of execution.

“Maybe I’m picking a little too much on the corners instead of going after them,” he said. “That’s probably more than anything else what’s going on. I feel good, velocity is good, my arm feels good. I’m not putting guys away when I’m ahead of them and that’s a rare occasion. I’m not getting ahead of guys.”

* Jeff Baker is 8-for-12 with two walks, one double and two RBIs in four games as the leadoff man. He’s a career .533 hitter in the No. 1 spot. Baker has been leading off against lefties lately, and has a career .352 average against southpaw pitchers.

* Scott Maine has yet to give up a run in three relief appearances at Wrigley Field.

— Carrie Muskat