Results tagged ‘ Tony Campana ’

5/1 Extra bases

* Bryan LaHair hit five home runs in April, more than half of the team’s total nine homers for the month. The last Cubs player to account for more than half of the team’s homers in a month was Sammy Sosa, who hit 17 in August 2001, and the team totaled 32.

* The last time the Cubs hit nine homers in a month (with at least 20 games played) was August 1981. They totaled nine in 21 games that month.

* LaHair also has reached base safely in a team-high 19 straight games. The last Cubs first baseman to have a longer streak was Derrek Lee, who reached safely in 21 straight from July 31-Aug. 22, 2009.

* Starlin Castro and Tony Campana are the first Cubs duo to have at least seven stolen bases apiece in the first month since stolen base records were first kept in 1921. Castro has 10 steals and Campana has seven. The Cubs have 20 stolen bases so far; last year, they did not get their 20th until June 16.

– Carrie Muskat

 

4/28 Extra bases

* Rafael Dolis picked up his first save with two scoreless innings Friday against the Phillies. Dolis got his first win last week as well. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first Cubs pitcher to record both a win and a save in his first 10 career games since Todd Wellemeyer did in 2003.

* Starlin Castro has eight stolen bases and Tony Campana has five, and they are the first Cubs duo with five apiece in the first month since 2006. Juan Pierre and Derrek Lee did so that April. So far, the Cubs have 15 stolen bases. They did not swipe their 15th last year until May 30, Game No. 52.

* Pitching matchups vs. the Phillies:

Saturday: Randy Wells vs. Joe Blanton

Sunday: Matt Garza vs. Kyle Kendrick

Monday: Chris Volstad vs. Vance Worley

– Carrie Muskat 

4/25 Extra bases

The Cubs pitching is set for the upcoming four-game series in Philadelphia, which starts Friday, but apparently the Phillies are still making decisions regarding games on Sunday and Monday. Chicago will start Paul Maholm on Friday followed on Saturday by Randy Wells, then Matt Garza on Sunday and Jeff Samardzija on Monday.

“They have a [2.93] ERA as a team,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of the Phillies. “It’s going to be tough to score runs and put things together. That’s why they have one of the best pitching staffs over the last few years. Hopefully, getting into more of a hitters park, we can hit some home runs. You have to do that against those type of pitchers because it’s hard to string hits together. They don’t walk anybody either.”

The Cubs have been tested, having to play the Cardinals six times in the last 12 games.

“We knew going in, the first six weeks with the teams we were going to play and the pitching we were going to face would be a really tough stretch of games,” Sveum said. “That’s baseball. Every team is good, every team has more pitching than it had before. You see that by how runs are down in Major League Baseball.

“You take every game as if you’re playing the World Champions every day because baseball is baseball and you put your guard down and you’ll find yourself in a lot of trouble,” he said.

* Tony Campana has four stolen bases in four games. Sveum will keep him in the No. 2 spot for now because of Campana’s bunting ability. He can either bunt to advance a runner or bunt for a hit.

* You won’t see Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio making many trips to the mound. The Cubs are trying to have their catchers keep an eye on the pitchers.

“You’ll notice the catchers are going out more and doing that kind of thing,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re leaving it up to them. When we need to, we’ll go out. For the most part, we leave it up to the catchers and see how that works out. So far, we’ve had some pretty good catchers meetings on the mound.”

* The Cubs posted walkoff wins over the Cardinals Monday and Tuesday night. The last time they had two consecutive walk off wins was last June 29-30 against the Giants.

– Carrie Muskat

4/24 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

Forgot Starlin Castro. Don’t know why. Just brain cramp. Let’s try this lineup with Tony Campana in center field on Tuesday for the Cubs in the second game of a three-game series against the Cardinals. Jeff Samardzija will start. He beat the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright on April 13 in St. Louis, giving up five runs on 10 hits over five innings. The Cardinals batted around against him in a five-run fifth. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

2B Barney

C Soto

P Samardzija

– Carrie Muskat

4/22 Cubs lineup

Tony Campana was starting in center field on Sunday as the Cubs begin life after Marlon Byrd. Dale Sveum says he’ll rotate Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather in center for now. Randy Wells starts in place of injured Ryan Dempster. Wells was 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA at Triple-A Iowa in three starts. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

C Soto

2B DeWitt

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

4/21 Dempster to DL; Campana up

The Cubs placed Ryan Dempster on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18, because of a strained right quad and recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Iowa. Campana, who will wear uniform No. 1, was available for Saturday’s game against the Reds. He was batting .304 (17-for-56) with one double, one home run and three RBIs in 14 games with Iowa this season.  He leads the Pacific Coast League with eight stolen bases.

Dempster is 0-1 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts for the Cubs. He is tied for the National League lead with 23 strikeouts. The right-hander last started on April 17 in Miami and did not give up an earned run over six innings. He did not get a decision in the 5-2 loss to the Marlins.

Randy Wells was expected to make Sunday’s start for Dempster in the series finale against the Reds at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

4/17 Minor League report – Sunday’s games

Tony Campana, Luis Valbuena and Blake Lalli each homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 11-10 in 13 innings on Sunday to Round Rock. Randy Wells started and gave up eight runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. Alfredo Amezaga had five hits, Valbuena hit a grand slam, and Adrian Cardenas had four hits. Campana got things started with a leadoff homer.

* Nick Struck gave up two runs on three hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Huntsville. Elliot Soto had two hits.

* Austin Kirk gave up one run on four hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 2-1, 12-inning loss to Dunedin. Rubi Silva had two hits.

* Oliver Zapata homered and Ryan Cuneo hit a RBI single in the 11th to lift Peoria to a 5-3 victory over Wisconsin.

– Carrie Muskat

3/30 Campy: “I’ll get back up there”

Tony Campana became a fan favorite last season because of his speed but that wasn’t enough to get him on the final 25 man roster. Campana got the news on Thursday that he is opening at Triple-A Iowa. The outfielder was bumped by Joe Mather, who can play first, third and the outfield.

“You’re disappointed but the way Joe played this spring, you can’t ignore that,” Campana said Friday. “He had an unbelievable spring.”

Campana was bothered by a sore right wrist he injured making a diving catch.

“[The wrist] connects to the bat,” Campana said, who batted .222 in 17 Cactus League games. “You’ve got to have those tools.”

He wasn’t discouraged.

“They said I’d be up [to the big leagues],” Campana said of his meeting with manager Dale Sveum and GM Jed Hoyer. “They said I’m a weapon that a manager likes to have. I’ll get back up there.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/5 Cubs lineup vs. Athletics

Tony Campana will lead off and play center field and Josh Vitters start at third base Monday in the Cubs’ Cactus League game against the Athletics at HoHoKam Park. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to start. The game will be broadcast on WGN Radio, with first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT. Here’s the lineup:

CF Campana

2B Barney

SS Castro

1B LaHair

RF Baker

LF Johnson

C Clevenger

DH DeWitt

3B Vitters

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Intrasquad lineups

Alfonso Soriano is leading off for one team and Tony Campana is the DH for another in the Cubs’ first intrasquad game Friday at HoHoKam Park. The game will start at 1 p.m. MT, and be open to the public. Here’s the lineup that will back Travis Wood:

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

SS Castro

1B LaHair

CF Byrd

RF DeJesus

C Lalli

2B Barney

DH DeWitt

* Randy Wells will start for the other team and here’s the lineup:

CF Jackson

RF Szczur

2B Baker

1B Rizzo

LF Johnson

3B Vitters

SS Lake

C Brenly

DH Campana

– Carrie Muskat

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