The Range of Scales & Other Things

team logoAnd we thought his range was limited! Sayonara, Bobby, and thanks for the memories.


Again yesterday the Iowa Cubs had a worthy replacement for recently departed fan favorite Bobby Scales in the person of Darwin Barney. Barney, braced for impact by the contraption adorning his injured knee, logged six more full-tilt innings and pronounced himself ready to return to Chicago. He leaves behind a sizzling team that’s now won seven straight. I suppose trappings await to offset the change in barometric pressure he’ll notice as he segues from one clubhouse to the other.


Not far behind him on the road to full recovery will be Marlon Byrd who walked, doubled, homered and made a terrific gap-plugging, running catch that should have resulted in a double play except the first baseman at the other end, Tyler Colvin, failed to catch an accurate relay. No matter, the I-Cubs still advanced to 2-0 when Colvin mans that post.


The Iowa lineup started Byrd, Barney, Colvin. Apparently one of the perks that traveled with the first two to Des Moines was the prerogative to wear their pant legs at their shoetops, pajama style. Colvin, here rehabbing a swing and a psyche instead of a body part, tucks his just beneath the kneecaps like all the Cub farmhands do. Is that how he sees himself or how he is seen?


Barney intrigues me. After reaching on a fielder’s choice in his first at-bat he was doubled off on Colvin’s liner to short despite that he wouldn’t have advanced past 2nd even had the ball landed safely. So where was he off to in such a hurry? In less than three full innings his uniform was clay-caked from multiple dives and slides and as he stood on 3rd awaiting deliverance home he looked down and realized that his blouse had come untucked, something he quickly corrected before trotting home with one of the 10 runs the I-Cubs put up in support of Casey Coleman. No one would accuse Barney of mailing in his rehab assignment, but not all of his instincts are as endearing as his obvious zest for ballplaying.


Speaking of Coleman, he was efficient if not dazzling throughout his seven inning stint. Of his 86 pitches 62 were strikes. He threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of the 28 hitters he faced. I am also glad to report that his only walk came in his last inning of work and that he turned in two fine defensive plays off the mound, once starting a slick 1-6-3 DP and later rounding out a 3-4-1 that caromed from the chest of Colvin to the gloves of first Barney, then the hustling pitcher.


The shortstop yesterday was Marwin Gonzalez, recently promoted from Tennessee where he was hitting .301. Besides looking fluid defensively he stroked three hits and may bear closer inspection.


Colvin could use more work at 1st. Besides the bobbled relay and the ball he ricocheted to Barney he also short-stretched a slightly elevated pivot throw from Barney that cost Coleman an inning-ending DP. I did see him make a fine running catch in the right field corner Friday night as an outfielder and his bat is warming in concert with the weather. His 32 hits have amounted to 65 total bases, 19 of them being more than mere singles.


The other name that bears mentioning here is Scott Maine. Each of his last two outings have lasted three innings and both of them merit adjectives like dominant and overpowering. Combined they have totaled but two hits allowed against 13 strikeouts. I mean, he may be no John Grabow, but – yeah…

Comments

Really? When is first pitch?

jeff baker on pitching "i was 18-1 in highschool."

mike quade replies "who wasn't?"

The opposing pitchers, obviously.

i saw josh hamilton throw 95+mph in highschool...when you have that kind of fastball it says a lot about your hitting when they don't want you to pitch.

r.wells is relying heavily on the changeup today...mostly hitting location, too.

i havent seen him use the change this much in memory.

Day game ... too tired to try to throw a "fastball"?

Didn't someone say they went to a rooftop game this week?

http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_ext...

It was me, but I wasn't at either of those two.

Although I do think that I may have been at one of those a few years ago.

three-peat is in sight!

never mind...

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  • Nice inning from Carl Edwards Jr - two straight quality appearances for a pen that could use it.

    Eric S 5 min 17 sec ago view
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Heyward; Baez, J 2; Bryant.

    The E-Man 25 min 55 sec ago view
  • Arrieta pitches like crap and gets a W, Lester pitches brilliantly and doesn't. Baseball!

    Man, have we been giving up a lot of 2-out runs lately. C'mon Hector -- Eugenio Suarez??? Sheesh.

    billybucks 40 min 59 sec ago view
  • 0-2 HBP = Cubbery

    Eric S 42 min 5 sec ago view
  • FFS!!!

    Shit throw by Szczur...

    Rob G. 48 min 52 sec ago view
  • Nice to have a ROB G. bustin' a move with the posts.

    The E-Man 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Tony Gold Glove!!!

    Rob G. 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • To have Billy Hamilton break your shut-out with an HR is like Iceland winnng in soccer.

    The E-Man 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Hamilton - good grief. Does he have Lester's number or what!

    Eric S 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • and there it is...

    time to sweat it out now.

    Rob G. 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Yeah - I was waiting for someone else to comment first so they could shoulder the blame should cubbery prevail.

    Eric S 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • he'd actually have to get through these last 2 innings in 13 or less pitches to pull off an actual Maddux (CG in less than 100 pitches)...and I probably jinxed the whole game with my comment so I'll shut up now.

    Rob G. 1 hour 25 min ago view
  • An efficient one-hitter through seven innings - seems reasonable to me.

    Quite the contrast from last night

    Eric S 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • It's really quite enjoyable watching Lester dissect the strike zone and a lineup like this...dare I say Maddux-like?

    Rob G. 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...

    See past Cubs' participants here. Let me know if you see a mistake or any other info that may prove useful and I can add it.

    http://wiklifield.thecubreporter.com/Cubs_that_Played_in_Futures_Game

    Rob G. 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbUCI9bEvA

    QuietMan 2 hours 38 min ago view