Results tagged ‘ Thomas Diamond ’

4/15 Minor matters: Iowa Cubs win

Thomas Diamond struck out five to pick up his first win as the Iowa Cubs beat Memphis, 7-5, on Thursday. Jason Dubois hit his third homer of the young season to back Diamond, and Welington Castillo hit a solo shot. John Gaub picked up the save, pitching one inning. Former Cubs pitcher Rich Hill, now with Memphis, took the loss. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings.

— Carrie Muskat


4/14 Lilly goes four innings for Iowa

Ted Lilly gave up one hit over four innings in a start Wednesday for Triple-A Iowa. The only hit was a solo homer by Tyler Greene in the first. In his outing, Lilly also walked one and struck out four.

He was on a strict pitch count, and pulled after throwing 51 pitches, 31 for strikes. The lefty is coming back from arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder and was to have started last Friday but that was pushed back because of back problems.

“It was fun just being back on the mound,” Lilly told reporters in Des Moines. “Everything went well. I’m pretty sure I’ll feel good when I wake up.”

The Iowa Cubs won, 5-2. Lilly gave way to Jay Jackson, who was the initial scheduled starter, and Jackson gave up two hits over five innings.

On Thursday, the Iowa team faces ex-Cubs pitcher Rich Hill, now with Memphis. Thomas Diamond is slated to pitch for Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

4/11 Minor matters

Michael Brenly hit a walkoff, three-run homer with two outs in the 12th Saturday to lift Daytona to a 7-4 victory over Brevard County. Alberto Cabrera started and threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits.

The Iowa Cubs and Ryne Sandberg dropped to 0-3 after losing 2-1 in 10 innings to Nashville. Starter Thomas Diamond gave up one run on four hits over five innings, striking out five. Jim Adduci was 2-for-5. Casey Coleman starts Sunday for the I-Cubs. Jeff Gray has pitched in two games, a total of three innings, and struck out one. He has not given up a hit or walked a batter.

Ty Wright hit a game-winning two-out, two-run homer in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 7-3 win over Mississippi. He went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Marcos Mateo picked up the save, his first. Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 and is batting .462 (6-for-13) with two triples in three games.

Hak-Ju Lee had a hit and a RBI in Peoria’s 8-2 loss to Clinton. Jonathan Nagel took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out six over three innings.

— Carrie Muskat

3/19 Cubs trim eight from spring camp

The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. The right-handed pitcher, who was on the travel squad and expected to pitch Friday against the Chicago White Sox, had appeared in three games and given up one run on four hits and five walks over five innings.

Pitchers Blake Parker and Jeff Stevens and catcher Wellington Castillo were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Five non-roster invitees were assigned to the Minor League camp, including pitchers Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, and J.R. Mathes; and infielder Bryan LaHair.

Stevens, acquired from Cleveland in the Mark DeRosa deal, appeared in 11 games with the big league team last year and posted a 7.11 ERA. This spring, the right-hander had four innings over four games and had given up eight runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks.

Diamond was a non-roster invitee who was claimed off waivers from Texas, and had not given up a run in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up one hit and three walks in three games.

The roster is now at 42, including 18 pitchers, four catchers, 12 infielders, and eight outfielders.

— Carrie Muskat

3/1 Soriano's love handles

Right-hander Thomas Diamond’s pitch went a little too far inside on Alfonso Soriano during live BP on Monday and plunked the outfielder on the left side.

“Thank God, it was in the fat right here,” Soriano said, pointing to his left side. “That’s the first time in 10 years [I got hit]. He got me.”

Soriano isn’t expected to play in the Cactus League opener Thursday for the Cubs. He’ll wait for his 50 at-bats.

“The last two weeks of Spring Training are more important for me,” Soriano said. “The first two weeks mean nothing.”

So far, his knee has passed all the tests and he said if the regular season opened on Tuesday, he’d be ready. It’s still early.

“I’m more focused on the season,” Soriano said. “Spring Training is almost boring for me. I have my job — before I had to do my job to make the team. Now I’ve made the team and it’s boring. The last two weeks are more important for me.”

Well, there are a few kids here eager to show they can do the job. Soriano laughed.

“I’m working hard,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

11/18 Mexican League update

Cubs prospect Thomas Diamond gave up his first run in three games during an outing Tuesday for Mexicali. Diamond served up two hits — including a solo homer — and walked three over six innings in his third Mexican League start. He struck out six. In 14 innings so far, the right-hander has served up eight hits and struck out 15. The Cubs claimed Diamond off waivers from the Texas Rangers.

— Carrie Muskat

11/12 AFL & winter ball update

Josh Vitters returned to action in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. Vitters was the DH in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 9-8 win over Surprise, and went 2-for-5 with a RBI. He had been sidelined with a strained pectoral muscle. Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick in 2008, started the game for the AFL team and gave up four runs on seven hits over three innings. He struck out five.

In Mexican League play, Thomas Diamond picked up his first win Wednesday in his second start. The right-hander threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out six in Mexicali’s 3-1 win over Mochis.

— Carrie Muskat

11/7 Winter ball roundup

Thomas Diamond made his first start in the Mexican League on Friday night, and struck out three over three-plus innings in Mexicali’s 5-4 win over Obegron. Diamond did not walk a batter and did not give up a hit until the first two batters in the fourth connected off the right-hander. He was then pulled. Brad Snyder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Mexicali, and was batting .348. Brian Schlitter, who totaled 22 saves at Double-A Tennessee, picked up the save, pitching one inning.

In Venezuela, J.R. Mathes gave up two runs on 11 hits over five innings, striking out two, but did not get a decision in Caracas’ 4-3 win over Lara.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos hit his fourth homer, a solo shot, to help Magallanes beat Caribes 3-1. Chirinos was batting .405 and has 12 RBIs. Andres Blanco also had a hit.

— Carrie Muskat

10/17 Minor matters: Diamond & Samardzija

Right-hander Thomas Diamond, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Rangers, struck out five, did not walk a batter and gave up one hit in three innings early Saturday at Fitch Park in Mesa against the Angels. It was the last Instructional League game for the Cubs’ Minor Leaguers.

The next step for Diamond, who had Tommy John surgery in March 2007, is to go to Mexico to pitch for Mexicali. That’s where Jeff Samardzija has been pitching. In his second start on Thursday, Samardzija gave up one run on six hits over six innings and struck out four. He did not walk a batter. Samardzija has been working on developing a curveball.

“He’s putting them away with splitters and spotting his fastball,” Cubs player development director Oneri Fleita said of Samardzija. “We’ve tried to throw as much as we can at Jeff and, in fairness to him, he’s starting, he’s relieved, he’s had to sit around six or seven days between outings. It’s tough to learn his craft at the Major League level that way.

“This will be a great opportunity for him to go Mexico, get his legs under him, really work on his second and third pitches, learn command,” Fleita said. “Guys who are great athletes and have the determination he has, I’m betting on those guys every day of the week.”

* The Cubs have released outfielder So Taguchi, 39. He batted .248 at Triple-A Iowa, and was 3-for-12 in six games with the big league team when called up in September.

— Carrie Muskat

10/14 AFL update & notes

John Gaub, the left-handed pitcher whom the Cubs acquired in the Mark DeRosa deal with Cleveland, made his Arizona Fall League debut Wednesday. Gaub gave up one run on three hits over one inning and struck out two. He hit 96 mph on one fastball, and was consistently in the 92-93 mph range.

James Russell took the loss in relief in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 4-2 loss to Phoenix at HoHoKam Park. Russell, another Cubs prospect, gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over two innings. Blake Parker, who had 22 saves at Triple-A Iowa, also pitched one inning in relief, and struck out two.

Josh Vitters had three hits, including a double, and Starlin Castro had a double in the game.

* The Cubs have yet to begin interviews for the hitting coach vacancy on the big league team. One name that will likely be considered is Rudy Jaramillo, whom the Texas Rangers said will not return. Jaramillo is still under contract through Oct. 31.

* Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman has started rehabbing at the team’s Mesa facility. He was shutdown before the regular season ended because of soreness in his right side and tricep.

* Thomas Diamond, whom the Cubs claimed on waivers from Texas, will start the final Instructional League game Saturday in Mesa, then join the Mexicali team and get more innings in there. Diamond hopes to be starting again in 2010.

* The Cubs will send eight players to their academy in the Dominican Republic for four weeks. The group includes Rebel Ridling, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LeMahieu, Logan Watkins, Brett Jackson, Matt Cerda, Sergio Burruel, and Kyler Burke.

“It’s a reward and a ‘keep going’ kind of thing,” Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator Dave Keller said of the trip. “We want them to work on stuff but also enjoy themselves.”

* Jeff Samardzija will make four to five starts for Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League. He made his first last Friday, going four innings. Samardzija is working on developing a curve ball to go along with his changeup.

— Carrie Muskat