Wind Clocked at 20; I-Cubs Clock a Trio

Waiting for the game to begin tonight I noticed that the pitchers would be throwing into a stiff breeze. A couple young scouts, I thought, sat down a couple rows in front of me to chart the game, one of them armed with a jugs gun. I sauntered down to ask them how the scoreboard speedometer compared to their readings since the last time I checked it was thought to generally register a couple mph slower than actual velocity. No, the gunslinger told me, the scoreboard readings run pretty true. In fact, he said, he doesn't really use the gun when he's charting; he just goes by the scoreboard numbers. Only then did I realize the "scout" was Randy Wells.

The Iowa hitters, including young Vitters, did indeed surf the wind to the tune of a long ball hat trick tonight. Besides JV, Brett Jackson and, ho hum, the Rizzo kid, also went deep.

Jackson played left tonight and was dropped to sixth in the order. He began the game leading the PCL in strikeouts but tonight he was but a double shy of the cycle. All three of his hits, not to mention Rizzo's league-leading 14th homer, came off Salt Lake lefty Brad Mills. Rizzo's towering two-run blast in the 3rd came on a 3-0 count after Dave Sappelt stole second with two out on the previous pitch. It was last seen well on its way to the Des Moines river beyond the street that runs behind the right field bleachers. Rizzo also drew a walk off side winding loogy Matt Meyers. He looks supremely at ease and confident at the plate in this league. How numbered are his days here?

Travis Wood worked seven solid innings in evening his record at 3-3, notching nine fly outs against one long homer that came to rest in the left field parking lot where I found it lodged beneath a car tire. Manny Corpas traded three runs for three outs in the 9th to make the final 7-5 I-Cubs.

Sappelt played center instead of Jackson who didn't appear hampered legging out his triple or getting cut down at second by the cutoff man when Ty Wright was held at third after Jackson's sharp single to right. Looking for the elusive cycle in his last trip he grounded out, but still his night was whiffless.

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T. Wood the "logical choice" to replace Volstad in rotation according to Sveum.

Nothing decided yet.

Harry Teinowitz ‏@HeyTweetHarry Cubs could have some very big news coming!

believe he's a Chicago radio dude that happened to get popped for a DUI earlier in the year. earlier tweet said news could pop tomorrow.

~shrug~

orlando hudson...sup?

=p /noreferencesgiven

possibilities

Castro signed to extension
Garza signed to extension
Dempster traded
Garza traded
Soriano kidnapped by extremists
Soto traded
Michael Jordan buys Cubs
LaHair traded
Rizzo called up/Soriano DFA'd
price of beer dropped by $.50
ballgirls will wear bikini's
More bathroom renovations
More ad signage!!!
Papa Joe decides to fund Wrigley renovations

Was Soto bumped from his start because of a sore knee or is something in the works???

said it was a bum knee, day to day

-edit- MRI tomorrow, Sveum says he's available in case of emergency

That's the dude from Mac, Jurko and Harry, though I think the lineup is different now. I'm pretty sure he's Mac.

So you think that Harry is the Mac from Mac, Jurko, and Harry?

hahahha

My hilarity is lost on the internets.

Friday NATO guests singing in the 7th inning?

Saturday NATO protestors singing in the 7th inning?

Sunday Papa Ricketts singing in the 7th inning?

Rev. Wright has been hired as the Cubs' team chaplain?

I will be in the Bud Bleachers today, look for me I'll be wearing a Cubs hat.

Pix and report to follow.

Wear an Obama t-shirt

Yes we can!

Thanks for the report, Mike. It doesn't sound like Rizzo's HR was wind aided. If LaHair keeps hitting, and that's always an if for a guy who hasn't really gone around the league more than once, I wonder how long TheoCorp will be able to keep resisting the urge to bring him up. I know there is some service time stuff involved (unlike AZ Phil, I don't have a microchip implant so I don't recall the details), but it still must be tempting. So where does LaHair go?

I still don't see them giving Soriano the boot - and he actually has a .333 or so RISP, Campana is too much fun in center, and DeJesus was their prime free agent acquisition (!) for the summer, and actually has a reasonable OBP. The only thing I can see them doing is moving DeJesus to center and moving Campana into a late inning role, on the assumption that he just isn't an every day player.

Should be interesting. Now you see why I'm not paid to make these decisions.

Kerry Wood is retiring... per ESPN.

Sounds like he took everyone's advice.

I thought he would retire after last season, myself, but was glad he came back. Oh well. Sad...such a star-crossed career, but always a favorite.

Kerry drove me crazy. Now, I can stop taking my heart medicine. That said, one of my favorite Cubs of all time.

I always liked the presence Kerry brought to the proceedings at Wrigley. I'll always miss watching him as a Cub. It seemed to be his time to go performance-wise, though.

Given that he and his wife are ingrained in the community here by now, hopefully the Cubs offer him some kind of position with the organization and he sticks around for awhile (if he doesn't un-retire first, like so many players do these days).

ESPN1000 reporting Kerry Wood to retire today.

"Thanks to Arizona Phil of the website thecubreporter.com for paying such close attention to these things."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

this is 3/44. posted yesterday. Gotta be on it 24x7!

I saw the tweet yesterday.

Isn't AZ Phil worth an extra mention.

Two things about the AZ "credit". First, It sounds like Rogers got the info directly from this site. He should have attributed it correctly by saying, According to AZ Phil, of the (link)thecubreporter.com(end link), and then some info about Whitenack. I assume after reading this he asked somebody in the organization if they are quietly getting excited about him, but, he being in the mainstream media, it's possible he made that part up, since he didn't even bother saying something like, "my sources tell me". Especially since his "source" was AZ Phil.

I'm sure the reason he didn't link is because we are a bunch of foul mouthed bastards on here, but it's still lame.

Agreed. But coming from Cat. Wrongway, it is expected.

Cubs - City deal dead?

How is Tom and Big Daddy Joe going to get out of the mess created?

Are we looking at PSL's next year if the City doesn't come back to the table?

Then again, fiscally, from what I have read, the City stood to make a nice chunk from the Wrigley/Cubs project.

I read somewhere that somebody in Rahm's office says that the deal is off the table for now.

Not surprising.

"Daddy, why did you do that?!!"

I'm ready for the Hoffman Estates Cubs.............see ya' Wrigleyville!

Soto has meniscus tear, headed to DL.

Ugh. fucks up trade value nicely.

How close is Clevnger again?

I believe I read something that he was getting "close", but the last time I asked AZ PHIL he had not seen Clev in EXST on the field as of early last week.

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  • delayed until 7:20 (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far.

    crunch 6 min 16 sec ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base).

    Arizona Phil 14 min 43 sec ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 47 min 23 sec ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 1 hour 22 min ago view
  • Hmmm, my math might be fuzzy but if he retired 3 batters with 3 pitches, how did he get a 1/1 GO/AO ratio?

    bradsbeard 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • Pls DFA Peralta when Richard comes back. Richard 1 IP, O R, O ER, 0 BB, 2 Ks in first rehab appearance. We really need to trade for a LHRP.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • "The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/source-red-sox-b...

    Rob Richardson 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.

    johann 6 hours 59 min ago view
  • Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.

    Thanks for the reporting Phil.

    QuietMan 7 hours 11 min ago view
  • He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.

    Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.

    And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.

    I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.

    billybucks 10 hours 20 min ago view
  • Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.

    The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 19 hours 12 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 19 hours 42 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 20 hours 4 min ago view