Cubs Recap for April 17, 2012

The Cubs fall to 3-8 and only Peoria manages a win in the organization.

@Marlins 5 - Cubs 2; It appears the Cubs have a script they can follow for the rest of the season, solid starting pitching effort, a pathetic offense, give up some outs on defense and the basepaths, and then watch the bullpen implode and lose the game. Dempster goes 6 innings with 8 K's against just 2 BB's and 2 unearned runs, although it was own error that was the culprit. He gave way to Dolis in the 7th after 100 pitches and Dolis got through that inning with the tie intact. Dolis came back out for the 8th though and induced his specialty, a ground ball by Reyes to start the inning that Barney butchered. This was followed by a passed ball by Clevenger, then a walk to Bonifacio and the final nail, a 3-run bomb by Hanley to win the game. Some other memorable moments of awesome: DeJesus with a leadoff walk in the 6th, only to get thrown out at second base when a ball in the dirt didn't get nearly as far from John Buck as DeJesus was expecting. DeJesus with a weak throw to try and nail Josh Johnson at the plate. LaHair nearly getting picked off first base after bringing in the tying run with a single and then leaving too early, where Johnson just had to step off the mound to nab him at second base himself.

@Albuquerque 13 - Iowa 6; Rusin gets the start and gives up 6 runs in an inning of work, but just 2 earned thanks to Rizzo dropping a throw by Valbuena that would have ended the inning. N. Robertson got torched for 6 runs himself (5 earned) in 3 innings of work. There was also a passed ball by Lalli and errors by Cardenas and Vitters. On offense, Valbuena, Rizzo and Cardenas each had 2 hits.

Tennessee was rained out.

@Dunedin 8 - Dayton 7; H. Simpson gets lit up for 6 ER in 2.2 IP on 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K and 1 HR. On offense, G. Rohan was the star going 2/3 with 2 BB's including a 2-run shot in the 9th to bring them within one. Eleiser Bonne hit one out as well. Andreoli, Silva, C. Noble and R. Jones all get on-base multiple times.

@Peoria 7 - Cedar Rapids 6;  Not much on the pitching side as Francescon (3.2 IP/2 ER), Bryce Shafer(1.1 IP/3 ER) and Scott Weismann(2 IP/1 ER) all give up runs. Yao-Lin Wang goes 2 scoreless innings and gets the win when the Chiefs score on a leadoff bunt by Olver Zapata who advances to third on 2 balks and scores on an error. Zapata went 3/4 on the night, B. Zapenas 2/3 with a walk and Pin-Chieh Chen 2/3 with a walk, a double and a triple.

 

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 4 hours 38 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 5 hours 12 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 17 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 5 hours 22 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 8 hours 25 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 8 hours 38 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 9 hours 24 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 13 hours 19 min ago view