Results tagged ‘ Xavier Nady ’

8/9 Lineup & Lee

Derrek Lee will not be with the team Monday. He was driving to Sacramento to be with his grandfather, who was ill. Xavier Nady started at first. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin
SS Castro
1B Nady
3B Ramirez
CF Byrd
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
C Soto
P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

7/11 Silva ejected

For the second straight game, one of the Cubs was ejected after a close play at first. Carlos Silva was tossed on Sunday in the second inning for arguing a close play in which the pitcher appeared to be correct.

The Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead in the first on James Loney’s three-run homer off Silva. In the second, Los Angeles loaded the bases and Matt Kemp hit a sacrifice fly. Andre Ethier was intentionally walked and Loney then hit a grounder toward Xavier Nady at first. Nady picked up the ball and appeared to beat Loney to the bag but first base umpire Brian Runge called Loney safe. Silva had run over to first and threw up his arms in disgust at the call. Runge then tossed him.

On Saturday, umpire Jerry Layne ejected Lou Piniella after he argued a close play at first base that replays also appeared to support the Cubs manager. Layne was behind home plate on Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

7/8 Lineup vs. Dodgers

The Cubs let Alfonso Soriano hit in the cage before deciding he was OK to start Thursday vs. the Dodgers. Soriano was questionable after being hit in the elbow by a pitch on Wednesday in Arizona. Here’s the lineup vs. lefty Clayton Kershaw:

2B Theriot

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

C Soto

LF Soriano

RF Nady

SS Castro

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

6/18 Ramirez rehab in Peoria

Aramis Ramirez will test his left thumb in Peoria this weekend, playing in games on Saturday and Sunday. He’s been on the disabled list since June 8 because of a sprained left thumb. He’s taken batting practice every day this week. When he returns, the Cubs will be playing six straight games in American League ballparks, which means he could be used as the designated hitter.

“We have an opportunity to DH him, play him at third or a combination of both,” Lou Piniella said. “The other guys have been playing, the weather’s getting hot. We need to rest them too.”

Looking ahead to the games in Seattle and at U.S. Cellular Field against the White Sox, the Cubs could start Xavier Nady at first and then DH Derrek Lee, or start Tyler Colvin in center and DH Marlon Byrd.

Ramirez was expected to get six to eight at-bats over the weekend with the Class A team.

“If he’s fine, we’ll get him back on the list and hopefully he’s nice and productive for us,” Piniella said of Ramirez, who was batting .168 when sidelined.

– Carrie Muskat

 

6/17 Big step for Nady

In the fifth inning Thursday, the Athletics had a runner at second and two outs when Rajai Davis hit the ball to right. Xavier Nady threw home, although not in time to get the runner. But the fact that he was able to scoop up the ball and throw was huge.

“That’s a big step from a mental standpoint,” said Nady, coming back from two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow.

Normally, the Cubs infielders go back to help Nady out so he doesn’t have to make a throw home. First baseman Derrek Lee asked, but Nady said he didn’t even see Lee when he fired the ball. The Cubs worked on Nady’s throwing mechanics, starting in Spring Training, and had expected him to be OK by June.

“It felt great today,” Nady said of his arm.

– Carrie Muskat

6/17 Positive vibe

There was a positive vibe before Thursday’s game and definitely after Kosuke Fukudome delivered a game-winning RBI single.

“Guys are chomping at the bit to get victories and encouraging each other,” Ryan Theriot said. “It’s such a long season. You have so many at-bats, so many games and so many starts and you’re going to have ups and downs and peaks and valleys. If you stay consistent with your mental approach, it’ll even out.”

Thursday was the 25th Cubs game decided by one run, and the team now is 10-15. They won their first series since May 25-27 against the Dodgers, and have won back to back games for the first time since May 22-25.

“Nothing’s been easy,” Xavier Nady said. “Our work has been cut out for us. You can pinpoint it on offensive production. Hopefully we can make it less stressful and have big innings and bigger hits. There have been a lot of close games.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/17 Lineup vs. A's

The Cubs have the same lineup as Wednesday night for Thursday’s series finale against the Athletics and lefty Dallas Braden. Here goes:

2B Theriot

3B Baker

CF Byrd

1B Lee

RF Nady

LF Soriano

C Soto

SS Castro

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

6/16 Lineup vs A's

Xavier Nady is starting in right field Wednesday night against Oakland lefty Gio Gonzalez. Marlon Byrd is batting .465 with six doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in his last 12 games. His .521 on-base percentage leads the Majors this month.

Here’s the rest of the Cubs lineup:

2B Theriot

3B Baker

CF Byrd

1B Lee

RF Nady

LF Soriano

C Soto

SS Castro

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

6/12 The fateful 7th inning

Carlos Silva deserved better on Saturday.

“He was dealing again,” Xavier Nady said of the right-hander. “We’re just not getting any runs — that’s it. It stinks.”

This was the first time Silva received less than three runs of support in a start. The Cubs were averaging 6.92 runs per start for Silva, which was fifth in the National League and eighth in baseball. But on Saturday, they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and the only run came on Ryan Theriot’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth.

“I go out there and do my job,” Silva said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, if they’re going to score runs or not. That’s my job to keep my team in the game.”

The key inning was the White Sox’s seventh. They led 1-0 when Juan Pierre walked and then stole second. Catcher Geovany Soto’s throw was in time but Pierre reached around rookie shortstop Starlin Castro and convinced second base umpire Kerwin Danley that he had avoided the tag.

“I tagged him,” Castro said.

“We’ve worked on that with the young shortstop,” Piniella said. “He has a tendency to want to reach out instead of putting the ball and the glove on the bag where he can tag the runner. He wants to reach. The umpires, when they see you reach and reach again, they’re not going to give you the call.”

Two outs later, Paul Konerko battled Silva in a nine-pitch at-bat before he dropped a single in front of Nady in right. Pierre scored. It looked like a catchable ball.

“It was a ball that hung up there a long time,” Piniella said.

“Where I was playing, diving — I don’t know,” Nady said. “Two strikes and with Pierre on base, I was shaded way over and shallow.

“I saw it fine,” Nady said. “I don’t know if I would’ve got there diving.”

Silva impressed the White Sox, who have seen him during his days in the American League.

“He’s good, man,” White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “That was a different guy then the one I was facing in Minnesota. He’s throwing a lot harder, a lot more offspeed pitches. He used to throw almost exclusive fastballs. He had a great slider and a great changeup. He throws strikes. He was pretty darn good. You can see why he’s 8-1 with an under 3.00 ERA.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/10 Sloppy, sloppy play

Mistakes cost the Cubs on Thursday. With the game tied at 4 in the Milwaukee 10th, Bob Howry walked Carlos Gomez. Craig Counsell then bunted and third baseman Chad Tracy threw to first for the force. Gomez kept running. Xavier Nady threw to catcher Koyie Hill, who was covering at third, and missed everyone. Gomez scored on the error.

“I just tried to make a perfect throw and it sailed on me,” Nady said.

“It was a perfect situation for the Brewers,” Hill said. “They had a guy up there at the plate [in Counsell] who takes a lot of pride in what he does and he practices those situations so when it does come up, he gets the bunt down to the right side of the field. They have the perfect guy on first base [in Gomez] who is one of the fastest guys in the league and they had one of the worst fundamental teams on the field, so it was a perfect situation for them.”

With Hill covering at third, nobody was protecting home if the Cubs did try to get Gomez at home.

“I looked a little bit to home plate and I saw Counsell drop a bunt so I wasn’t stopping,” Gomez said. “They had no chance to throw me out at third because the catcher had to run to third.”

“It was great baserunning,” Counsell said. “I think [Gomez] basically had it in his head that he was going to third and he never slowed down. They weren’t going to get him, even with a good throw.”

– Carrie Muskat

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