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CubbieDream
Posted: Sep 15 2009, 01:03 PM


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It seems that we have remembered how to win games

little too late, but at least the team is starting to look like an actual team that is enjoying playing together.

Some excellent defence last night, the DP that was turned and then that catch by Fuld in centre field, the guy constantly makes web gem calibre catches.

Team looked pretty good last night with Fox out in left, Fuld in centre and Fukudome in right.

Derrek Lee just continues to have one hell of a season, think it was his 33rd homer last night.

Arr well, we have Milwaukee for a few more and then go to Cardinals, a sweep might make them just a little nervous. Way too much to ask, but can dream.
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Cubs Down on the Farm Report - 06/30/11
By Tom U. on June 30, 2011 0 0

This week in the minors, Iowa gets out of neutral and goes on a six game winning streak. Tennessee is revving up their engine, as they won their last two games. Daytona is idling with a 4-6 record since the break, and Peoria blew the doors off of a losing streak with style, while Boise keeps chugging along.

Along with News and Notes, as well as a weekly recap of action in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League ... on to Thursday's Down on the Farm Report.

Short Season-A - Boise Hawks (8-4)
Luis Liria held the Spokane Indians in check with one earned run in five innings, along with four strikeouts, as Boise defeated Spokane 3-2 on Sunday. Kyler Burke followed and allowed an earned run in his two innings, striking out two for his first hold. Charles Thomas also earned a hold for his scoreless inning of work. Bryce Shafer picked up his third save.

Leadoff hitter Pin-Chieh Chen extended his hitting streak to ten games. Paul Hoilman was 2-for-4 with a double.

After spotting Spokane three runs in the first inning, Boise went on to sweep the Indians 11-7 on Monday. Dustin Harrington paced the Boise attack, going 3-for-5, while Wes Darvill was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Brad Zapenas, Chad Noble, and Reggie Golden had multi-hit nights, while Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for -4 with two doubles and an RBI to extend his hitting streak to eleven games.

Jose Rosario and Ben Wells flip-flopped, with Rosario getting the start and he pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three earned runs. Wells piggybacked Rosario and picked up the victory, even though he allowed four earned runs and struck out four in four innings. Dustin Fitzgerald cleaned up the final 1.2 innings, shutting out Spokane the rest of the way and earned his first save.

Starting pitcher Yao-Lin Wang was the story again, and Boise posted three runs in the sixth inning then held on to win 3-2 at Tri-City on Tuesday. The right-hander went 5.1 innings, only allowing a solo homer while striking out four batters. Cameron Greathouse righted himself and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball, striking out three batters. However, Yilver Sanchez caused concern, and he allowed an earned run in the ninth inning. Bryce Shafer came on to record the final two outs for his fourth save.

Pin-Chieh Chen wasted no time in extending his hitting streak to twelve games, leading off with a double. Wilson Contreras finally got his bat working, as he was 4-for-4 with a double. While posting only one hit, Reggie Golden (1-for-4) drove in two runs with his first homer of the season.

Low Class-A - Peoria Chiefs (35-40)
The Peoria Chiefs ended up getting swept by the Kane County Cougars with a 6-1 loss on Sunday, their tenth straight. Hayden Simpson was the hard-luck loser, as only one of the four runs he allowed was earned. Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a double, while Elliot Soto was 3-for-4 with a triple.

Peoria took out its frustrations on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, as they snapped their losing streak with a 16-7 victory. Matt Loosen received his first start and repaid manager Casey Kopitzke by allowing two earned runs in six innings while striking out seven batters. Alvaro Sosa wouldn't be so lucky, as he surrendered five earned runs in his 1.1 innings. Larry Suarez remained perfect on the season, striking out four in 1.2 scoreless innings.

After struggling to score runs, Peoria put up a seven run second inning and never looked back. Matt Szczur was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI, while Richard Jones was 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI. However, Anthony Giansanti was a one man wrecking crew. Giansanti was 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs, and three RBI. Greg Rohan, Ryan Cuneo, and Elliot Soto also recorded multi-hit games.

The Chiefs continued to go hunting for Timber Rattlers, as Peoria defeated Wisconsin 4-1 on Tuesday. Pierre LePage was re-inserted into the second spot in the batting order and responded with a 2-for-4 evening. Richard Jones also had a multi-hit game, but both of his hits were home runs as he drove in three runners.

Starter Graham Hicks allowed the only Wisconsin run, as he went 3.1 innings. Brett Ebinger struck out three in his 4.2 scoreless innings for his first victory. PJ Francescon was also scoreless and he struck out two for his first save.

High Class-A Daytona Cubs (50-27)
Daytona pounded out ten hits, but could only manage three runs as the D-Cubs gave one away to Dunedin 5-3 on Sunday. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up all four runs in his six innings, all earned. David Macias was 3-for-4, while Jake Opitz was 2-for-4.

Jeffrey Lorick gave Daytona its 50th win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Dunedin on Monday. Lorick held the Blue Jays scoreless for six innings. The lone earned run was given up by Jeffry Antigua in his two innings of work, while Marcus Hatley put Dunedin down 1-2-3 to earn his fourth save.

Logan Watkins continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Rafael Valdes was 1-for 3 with two RBI.

Daytona managed five hits as they were shut out by Dunedin 3-0 to close out their series on Tuesday. Juan Serrano started and allowed two earned runs in four innings, while Jordan Latham allowed the final run. Aaron Kurcz and Casey Harman had scoreless outings.

On Wednesday, Brett Wallach simply didn't have "it", allowing eight earned runs in 3.1 innings as Daytona went down to Tampa 10-3. Logan Watkins, Matt Cerda, and Dustin Harrington each went 2-for-4 on the evening.

Double-A - Tennessee Smokies (46-29)
In a lackluster effort, Birmingham three hit Tennessee, as the Smokies fell 6-0 to the Barons on Sunday. Steve Clevenger was the lone bright spot, going 2-for-4 with a double. Dallas Beeler allowed all six runs (five earned), while Kyle Smit and Ryan Searle mopped up.

After being out for two games following a beaning, Josh Vitters delivered a 13th inning RBI as the Smokies slipped past Birmingham 1-0 on Monday. Ryan Flaherty, Rebel Ridling, and Steve Clevenger all had two hits, and each had a double.

Left-hander Chris Rusin had a fine performance, hurling five scoreless innings. Jeff Stevens, Esmailin Caridad, and Rafael Dolis each continued the scoreless streak, and Kevin Rhoderick picked up the win with two scoreless innings to close it out.

Tennessee opened their series with Carolina on Tuesday, holding on to win 12-11. Rebel Ridling put on an offensive display, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI. Not to be out-done, Ryan Flaherty was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI. Junior Lake also got into the act, going 2-for-3 with a homer and an RBI; while Blake Lalli was 2-for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Starter Trey McNutt continued to struggle, as he went three innings and allowed four earned runs. Ryan Searle didn't fare much better, allowing three earned runs in three innings. However, Searle did strike out five batters and earned the victory. Kyle Smit followed and gave up three earned runs in two innings. Jeffrey Beliveau put an end to the game after allowing an earned run with three strikeouts for his first save.

In a quick outing, Brooks Raley was on top of his game as Tennessee handled Carolina 3-1 on Wednesday. Raley needed 105 pitches over 6.2 innings, as he allowed only an unearned run while striking out two batters. Esmailin Caridad went scoreless for 1.1 innings, while Rafael Dolis picked up his ninth save.

Rebel Ridling was the hot bat, as he was 3-for-4 with a double. Steve Clevenger, Josh Vitters, and even Brooks Raley each had an RBI in the game.

Triple-A - Iowa Cubs (38-42)
Iowa turned to Marco Carrillo for a spot start on Sunday and he didn't disappoint, as the I-Cubs defeated Albuquerque 8-3 for their sixth straight win. Carrillo tossed five innings of scoreless ball, striking out four and even helping himself with two hits, including an RBI. Fresh off the disabled list, Austin Bibens-Dirkx came in for three innings and allowed one run; as usual, a gopher ball. Marcos Mateo had a rocky ninth, giving up two earned runs.

Bryan LaHair continues to be a beast, clubbing his twenty-first home run en route to a 4-for-5 afternoon. Welington Castillo went back-to-back with LaHair, while rehabbing Darwin Barney had a three-run blast. Tyler Colvin joined LaHair and Carrillo with a multi-hit game.

In a 15-inning affair, Chris Robinson singled in Marwin Gonzalez for the winning run as Iowa outlasted Albuquerque 6-5 on Monday. Tyler Colvin put the I-Cubs up early, blasting a three-run homer in the third. Colvin finished the night 3-for-7 with three RBI. Bryan LaHair continues to stay hot with a 4-for-7 night with an RBI. Jonathan Mota also added a solo homer.

Jay Jackson continued his struggles, allowing four earned runs in six innings while striking out five batters. Justin Berg was scoreless for 0.2 innings, while Blake Parker allowed an earned run over his 1.1 innings. The real heroes were Scott Maine and John Gaub, who held the Isotopes scoreless over the final seven innings, Gaub got credit for the win.

Newly promoted Marwin Gonzalez led the way as Iowa completed the sweep of Albuquerque with a 10-4 victory on Tuesday. Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Rehabbing big leaguers Darwin Barney and Marlon Byrd also enjoyed fine outings. Barney was 2-for-3 with a double, while Byrd was 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run.

Jonathan Mota, Scott Moore, and Brad Snyder also enjoyed multi-hit games.

Starter Casey Coleman was effective, allowing three earned runs while striking out four in seven innings. Robert Coello mopped up for the final two innings, allowing an earned run while striking out three batters.

Rookie - AZL Cubs (5-3)
The AZL Cubs are currently third, 1.5 games behind East leader AZL Giants. The Cubs have played surprisingly well for a young team, committing only eleven errors in their eight games.

Leading the way offensively is IF Gioskar Amaya, hitting .435. Third baseman Dustin Geiger is batting .414 with two homers and ten RBI. Outfielders Eduardo Gonzalez and Oliver Zapata are also among the leaders; Gonzalez at .391 while leadoff hitter Zapata is batting .308 with five stolen bases. Undrafted free-agent first baseman Ryan Durrence has been a find, with a .321 average, a home run, and eight RBI. Outfielder Dong-Yub Kim leads the club with four home runs.

Starting pitching has had its moments, as Cuban left-hander Frank Del Valle has been unscored upon in his two starts. Brian Smith has a 2.45 ERA, striking out nine while walking two batters. Hunter Ackerman sports a 4.70 ERA in his two starts, but has struck out eleven against walking six batters. In two appearances (one start) Starling Peralta was struck out thirteen while walking one, with an ERA of 4.50.

Dominican Summer League
This week in the Dominican Summer League, the Cubs 1 team has a record of 13-13 and the Cubs 2 team is currently 15-11.

Outfielders Mayke Reyes and Jeffrey Baez continue to be the offensive leaders on C-1. Reyes is hitting .329 with three home runs, fifteen RBI, and fourteen stolen bases. Baez is at .296 with two home runs, sixteen RBI, and sixteen stolen bases. Outfielder-1B Xavier Batista has been coming on lately. The 6'3", 190 lbs right-handed 19 year-old has been hitting at a .278 clip his last ten games and has five homers and sixteen RBI. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Santana continues to shine at 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and thirteen strikeouts. Relievers Augusto Colinas and Roderik Pichardo have also emerged. Colinas has a 2.45 ERA, two saves, and fifteen strikeouts; Pichardo leads the team with four saves and has a 3.09 ERA with nineteen strikeouts.

On C-2, 3B Jeimer Candelario, OF Delbis Arcila, and SS Carlos Penalver carry the offense. Candelario is hitting .356 with twenty-three RBI and an amazing twenty-one walks. Arcila is the power leader, with four home runs and twenty-seven RBI to go along with a .310 average. Penalver is the table-setter, hitting .304 with six stolen bases and seventeen RBI. Right-handed pitcher Jose Arias has a 1-1 record with a 1.29 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, four walks, and a 0.81 WHIP.

News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs assigned OF Marlon Byrd to Iowa and RHP Daniel Berlind to Peoria; optioned IF D.J. LeMahieu to Triple-A Iowa and recalled RHP Marcos Mateo from Iowa. The Iowa Cubs released 2B Bobby Scales.

Catcher Luis Flores and IF-C David Macias were assigned to Tennessee from Daytona. Tennessee SS Matt Camp was suspended. Catcher Chad Noble and IF Dustin Harrington were assigned to Daytona from Boise. Right-handed pitcher Casey Harman was assigned to Daytona from Peoria. Catcher Rafael Lopez and IF Travis Garcia were assigned to Boise from the AZL Cubs.
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Barney1975
Posted: Jul 5 2011, 11:00 PM


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The old adage of 'resistable force meets movable object' rings true tonight as Ramon Ortiz, 38 and on his seventh MLB club takes on Ross Detweiler at Nationals Park tonight.

Neither pitcher really deserves to be here on their AAA form so this could well be won in the 'pen, where both teams are running short on fresh arms.
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Tijani
Posted: Jul 7 2011, 07:34 PM


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I didnít realise that Ramon Ortiz was still in the Major Leagues. I havenít heard much about him in a while.
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CubbieDream
Posted: Jul 11 2011, 08:28 PM


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I haven't seen a baseball game in over a month, it's not often you'll see a fan ask other people how his team are doing but here goes. Not a case of how we are doing (I still get the post game emails, or the post game notifications of defeat) but a case of why are we doing so badly?
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Leemarlin87
Posted: Jul 11 2011, 09:18 PM


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Can't say I've seen much of the Cubbies, only when we played you in May for a 2 game series.

I know we open from the All Star Break against you guys in Wrigley so shall be watching those games and get a better idea of the Cubbies season.

Good to see you back on here Cubbie
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CubbieDream
Posted: Jul 11 2011, 09:32 PM


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Cheers Lee, I have a couple weeks off work so wanting to catch up on some sport action. From what I've read, it's a mix of injuries and just not having good enough players.
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Tijani
Posted: Aug 15 2011, 04:20 PM


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Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the disqualified list and this means that he will go 30 days without pay and without contact with his team. There were some rumours that he was planning on retiring but his agent has denied that this is the case although it would probably help the Cubs if he did decided to retire.

So do Cubs fans still want Zambrano to be pitching for them next season? Or would you look the front office to do everything it can to get rid of him?
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galraen
Posted: Aug 15 2011, 06:12 PM


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Whilst his outburst was childish, the Cubs have far bigger problems to worry about than there number 3 starter. Like the fact that their number 1 starter has an ERA of 3.8, their defence is a complete shambles, their offence isn't exactly good either. Also they must now have realised they screwed up big time when replacing Pinella!

Finding a short stop who can field his position would help, and a first baseman .................. mmm, this is all starting to seem strangely familiar! rolleyes.gif
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Posted: Aug 15 2011, 06:31 PM


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QUOTE (Tijani @ Aug 15 2011, 04:20 PM)
Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the disqualified list and this means that he will go 30 days without pay and without contact with his team. There were some rumours that he was planning on retiring but his agent has denied that this is the case although it would probably help the Cubs if he did decided to retire.

So do Cubs fans still want Zambrano to be pitching for them next season? Or would you look the front office to do everything it can to get rid of him?


Whilst there's some debate over what Zambrano will do next, most pundit are in agreement that he's pitched his last game in a Cubs uniform.

You wonder if the Giants will do something here, they've got an unwanted Barry Zito and the Cubs have a malcontented Zambrano - bad contract for bad contract?

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Posted: Aug 19 2011, 05:53 PM


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apparently GM Jim Hendry has been fired, that one has been coming for a while.
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Leemarlin87
Posted: Aug 19 2011, 10:17 PM


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Yeah the Cubbies have been going backwards now for the past 3 years and need a whole clean start and a new GM with new Ideas is a start
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Tijani
Posted: Aug 21 2011, 03:15 AM


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I think Hendry was always going to be fired and it was just a case of when they would make the move. Whoever gets the job is going to be in a good position as the Cubs have a lot of money coming off the books this offseason and I believe they also have a good farm system as well. Although, he will have a lot of problems that he will need to try and fix.
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CubbieDream
Posted: Sep 19 2011, 02:59 PM


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Jim Hendry's firing was 2 years overdue. A lot of bad decisions and from what I've seen this year it's just been a complete shambles. Not sure Quade could do much, as Gal was saying some time ago. The pitching is poor, the defence is poor, the hitting will strike fear into nobody. This team needs serious serious work to even be considered a contender again. It's going to take some time.

I have no idea how to fix this team, but getting rid of Hendry was a decent first step.
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