Results tagged ‘ Thomas Diamond ’

4/25 Minor League roundup

Thomas Diamond gave up six runs — five earned — on seven hits over three innings in Iowa’s 7-1 loss to Memphis Sunday. Diamond now is 0-2 with a 9.92 ERA.

Ryan Flaherty and Rebel Ridling each homered to lift Tennessee to a 4-3 victory over Jacksonville. Ridling had three hits. Marco Carillo picked up the win in relief, striking out two over two scoreless innings, and Blake Parker earned the save.

Aaron Kurcz gave up one run on four hits over four innings but did not get a decision in Daytona’s 5-3 win over Dunedin. Jae-Hoon Ha hit his third homer and Evan Crawford had three hits and an RBI. Kevin Rhoderick picked up the win in relief, striking out three over three innings.

Peoria had Sunday off but did make some roster moves on Monday. Marcus Hatley was activated from the DL while Casey Harman added to Peoria’s roster from extended Spring Training. Pitcher Eduardo Figueroa promoted to Class A Daytona and catcher Chad Noble sent to Mesa. Hatley was on the DL because of a bone bruise on his right hand. Harman was a 29th round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Clemson and last summer helped the Tigers to the College World Series.

– Carrie Muskat

9/4 Rookie "W's"

Thomas Diamond and James Russell both recorded their first big league wins this week, doing so in consecutive games. That has not been doing by a Cubs duo since Guy Bush and George Milstead did so in July 1924. Bush beat the Boston Braves on July 20, and Milstead did so the next day, both notching their first career wins.

So far this season, five Cubs pitchers have recorded their first “W’s,” including Diamond, Russell, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman and Jeff Gray.

– Carrie Muskat

8/12 Rookies role call

So far, 14 rookies have appeared in a game for the Cubs with eight making their Major League debuts this year. That list includes Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, Brian Schlitter and James Russell. When Darwin Barney joins the team, he’ll be No. 15.

* The 14 rookies used matches the total the club used last season. The franchise mark is 27 used in 1902.

* The eight Major League debuts in the first 114 games are the most since 2000. The club premiered nine that year in 114 games (which is before the September call-ups).

* The Cubs are one of two teams to use 14 or more rookies this year. The Tigers have 15.

* With Castillo on the roster, the Cubs have 10 on the 25-man. Barney will make it 11.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Growing pains

The Cubs used four rookie pitchers on Sunday, the most since five pitched Sept. 30, 2006, against the Rockies. Rookie Thomas Diamond started and gave up five runs on four hits and three walks over three innings. In his Major League debut last Tuesday against the Brewers, Diamond struck out 10 but he fanned only one on Sunday.

Casey Coleman, James Russell and Mitch Atkins followed Diamond. Back in that September game, it was Juan Mateo, Jae-Kuk Ryu, David Aardsma, Angel Guzman, and Les Walrond. Reds manager Dusty Baker was the Cubs manager at that time.

The kids are going through some growing pains.

“When you don’t make plays behind them and you have a tough lineup, it’s going to be hard already,” Koyie Hill said. “I think [the rookie pitchers] are capable. I don’t think they’ve showed their best stuff today.

“You’ve got to break into the game sometime, so you can’t say it’s a bad situation or whatever,” Hill said. “You’re going to have to go through that. They’re good kids and work hard. I don’t doubt they’ll come back better for it next time.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Lineup vs Reds

Blake DeWitt and Tyler Colvin were given the day off Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Reds. Also, Geovany Soto is getting one more day off to nurse a mild ligament sprain in his right shoulder. And, Rick Sutcliffe will handle the seventh inning stretch duties. Here’s the lineup:

SS Castro
2B Baker
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
RF Nady
C Hill
P Diamond

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Diamond in the rough

Thomas Diamond will get another start but the Cubs are hoping he can go deeper and throw less pitches than he did in his Major League debut Tuesday. In his first start, Diamond became the second Cubs pitcher to strike out 10 in his Major League debut since 1920. Mark Prior also did so May 22, 2002, against the Pirates.

“I was pitching to [catcher Geovany Soto] tonight,” Diamond said. “That was it. Those guys are all great hitters. I’m not going to take anything away from those guys. They’re all big league hitters, they’ve got All-Stars. To me, a hitter is a hitter, and all the accolades they get, they deserve and I just need to find a way to get them out.”

He sought some divine intervention. He ran to the outfield wall in left center at Wrigley Field before starting his warmup throws, crouched down, and said a prayer. He does that before every game in honor of his late grandfather and cousin. Their initials are written on the underside of the bill of his cap.

At 27 years 214 days old, he’s the oldest pitcher to debut for the Cubs since Marcelino Solis (27 years 362 days) on July 16, 1958, vs. Cincinnati. The Rangers’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2004, Diamond’s career was slowed when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2007. The Cubs claimed him off waivers last September.

“I’ve always known he had great stuff,” said Marlon Byrd, who was with Diamond with the Rangers. “He just needed a chance. He’s healthy now. Hopefully, he’ll get another chance to show what he has. As everyone can see, he can pitch and he can put up some strikeouts. Next time out, he needs to pound the zone.”

Diamond, who will start again Sunday vs. the Reds, struck out leadoff batter Rickie Weeks on three pitches.

“I located a couple pitches on [Weeks] and I got a checked swing on a marginal fastball at the end,” he said. “I was hoping I would carry that into the next few hitters and keep going and build on it. I started to and then got off track a little bit. Hopefully, I can put it more together next start.”

He was pulled after throwing 122 bullpen-saving pitches. His high at Triple-A Iowa was 115 on July 19.

“The goal this year was to get noticed and get up here and I’ve done that,” he said, “and now that I’m here, it’s to stay as long as I can.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Rotation plans

Ryan Dempster will close the Cubs’ series against the Brewers on Wednesday. Tom Gorzelanny will start Friday to open the three-game series against the Reds and will be followed by Randy Wells. After that, it’s anybody’s guess. The Cubs have two openings in the rotation after losing Ted Lilly via trade and Carlos Silva because of a heart problem. They want to see how Thomas Diamond does in his ML debut Tuesday night before penciling him into the mix for Sunday’s game.

Half of the Cubs pitching staff now are rookies.

“We’ll give them the ball and the guys who are getting people out will get it more prevalent than others,” Lou Piniella said. “I think it will try your patience at times but at the same time, it’s the future of this organization. We’re going to stick with that plan and do the best we can with it.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Lineup vs Brewers

Thomas Diamond makes his Major League debut Tuesday night vs. the Brewers as the Cubs try to snap a six-game losing streak. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B DeWitt

P Diamond

– Carrie Muskat

8/2 Coleman to join Cubs Monday

The Cubs will add another pitcher to the bullpen on Monday when the call up Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa. His father, Joe, and his grandfather, Joe, both pitched in the big leagues and the Coleman family will be the first pitchers in Major League Baseball to have three generations play.

Coleman was 10-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts at Iowa. He has struck out 59 in 117 1/3 innings, and was holding batters to a .243 average. He doesn’t overpower hitters and has been compared more to a Greg Maddux type of pitcher.

Thomas Diamond was expected to be called up to make Tuesday’s start against the Brewers. The right-hander was 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 starts for Iowa, striking out 104 in 108 1/3 innings. Opposing teams were hitting .218 off him.

The Cubs are at 24 on the roster with the trade of Ted Lilly to the Dodgers (Blake DeWitt takes Ryan Theriot’s spot). Details to come.

– Carrie Muskat 

7/31 Diamond will start – UPDATED

With Ted Lilly being dealt to the Dodgers Saturday, the Cubs needed a starter for Monday. They will move Randy Wells to Monday’s game and call up right-hander Thomas Diamond from Triple-A Iowa for Tuesday’s game. Diamond was pulled after throwing 64 pitches in four innings in his last start Thursday for the Iowa Cubs. He was the Rangers first-round Draft pick in 2004 but slowed after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2007.

This season at Iowa, Diamond is 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 starts and has struck out 104 in 108 1/3 innings. Opposing teams were batting .218 off the right-hander.

– Carrie Muskat

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