Ascanio: Where's the Stretch?

Jose Ascanio was brilliant this afternoon at Principal Park but he remains a pitcher in limbo.

 Ascanio tossed five scoreless innings at the Nashville Sounds on a drizzly day at the ballpark to lower his ERA to a minuscule 1.01. He didn't walk a batter and fanned nine, including the side in each of his last two frames. All of which begs a question as to why he was yanked after throwing 76 pitches, 51 of them strikes. His high water pitch count in six starts this year is 81 in his previous start, which was the only other time he lasted as many as five innings. He left the game leading 6-0.

Looks like the Cubs are grooming a helluva long man...

ALSO: Ascanio's opponent was the Nashville Sounds, Triple A affiliate of Milwaukee, managed by long-time Brewer 3B Don Money [great name]. Money showed he's still cat-quick at the hot corner when he made a slick barehanded grab in the 3B coaching box in the bottom of the first...the sacrificial southpaw the Sounds trotted out actually took the mound leading the PCL in walks with a BAA vs. lefties in excess of .500! I-Cub skipper Bobby Dickerson stacked his lineup accordingly which meant,among other things, that Jake Fox got the day off. Why then, if Dickerson wanted as many LH's as possible to hit, did switch-hitting SS Andres Blanco bat from the right side?...before striking out the side in the 4th and 5th, Ascanio whiffed somebody by the name of Tony Gwynn on a 12 pitch marathon AB in the 3rd...last night the I-Cubs finally got their first pinch-hit of the season in their 19th try...Jeff Stevens, obtained in the Mark DeRosa trade, entered the day's play unscored upon in nine appearances spanning 11 innings. He's permitted only three hits while striking out 12...in the wake of Randy Wells' call-up to start in place of Carlos Zambrano on Friday, reliever Greg Reinhard is slated to start on Saturday against Memphis. Reinhard has a 0.55 ERA in 16+ innings and 24 strikeouts versus a mere five walks...MW

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In four innings last night for Norfolk (AAA), Rich Hill walked five and hit a batter. No runs, two hits, two strikeouts.

so in summary, Rich Hill is nearly unhittable. He just needs a bigger strike zone.

Thanks, Mike!

I look forward to seeing what Reinhard can do as a starter, the dude's numbers so far this year are SICK.

I also look forward to seeing what the rest of these Iowa pitchers do for the rest of the season. Looks like there's some good, live arms down there.

As you mentioned, Reinhard, Stevens, Waddell, Ascanio (and Wells and Fox) are all putting up good numbers (although it looks like the BB ratios are still a little high for a few of these guys).

I-Cubs win! I-Cubs win! A pitcher who's made six starts w/ an ERA of 1.01 just notched his 1st win of the year.

Iowa Mike:

What is the scouting report on Ascanio? It seems like he started well last year too, but kind of fell apart after his brother died.

Both Stevens and Reinhard looking good in stats so far.

Last year Ascanio was the closer & doing well until the personal tragedy you mentioned. I just don't understand why they would convert him to the rotation & then dead-end him @ a pitch count of 75-80. Today for instance, he seemed to be getting stronger in the 4th & 5th & they shut him down without even coming out to pitch to a batter in the 6th. I'm gonna try to ask Dickerson or Mason [the pitching coach] what the plan is before the homestand ends...

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    Jackstraw 30 min 15 sec ago view
  • Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.

    The E-Man 47 min 34 sec ago view
  • Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.

    New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.

    billybucks 58 min 47 sec ago view
  • Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.

    billybucks 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.

    The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.

    Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.

    billybucks 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • 6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.

    And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.

    billybucks 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?

    The E-Man 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...

    The E-Man 5 hours 30 min ago view
  • I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."

    The E-Man 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • OK, boys -- find a way to win today.

    billybucks 6 hours 27 min ago view
  • There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:

    -6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100

    cubbies.4ever 8 hours 18 min ago view
  • per Muscat...
    Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel

    Cubster 8 hours 26 min ago view
  • Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.

    billybucks 8 hours 26 min ago view
  • Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.

    For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 51 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 10 hours 7 min ago view
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    http://www.baseballamerica.com/draftdb/index.php

    filter by team.

    crunch 18 hours 54 min ago view