Breaking News: I-Cubs Get to Play!

Just by taking the field today the Iowa Cubs snapped their three-game skid at the hands of Mother Nature. Then they proceeded to hand Oklahoma City its first loss in a week by whipping the Redhawks 5-2 in the first game of a twinbill at Principal Park with a little help from rehabbing Kyuji Fujikawa.

A wind-breaking homer by Josh Vitters was the winning blow on a day that seemed balmy compared to the snow and rain that have plagued Des Moines since mid-week. In the top of the 2nd this contest was delayed by umpire attrition. The poor bastard behind the plate caught one in his sour spot and had to leave with a pair of badly fouled balls. By the time he got to his feet, received a wincing ovation and determined he wouldn't be able to do justice to called third strikes ten minutes had elapsed. Then it was another ten or fifteen before one of his two colleagues could dash to the dressing room under the outfield skyboxes and return girded for reassignment in the direct line of fire.

Fujikawa pitched the 6th and protected the lead he inherited by authoring a scoreless, hitless inning. He fanned two, one swinging; one not, and walked one. In the pressbox they opened the partition to a luxury suite to accommodate the small entourage of Japanese paparazzi assigned to chronicle Fuji's comeback. We'll see if they leave it open for Garza's noontime start tomorrow which I also plan to attend.

Speaking of authoring (and awkwardly contrived segues) I've got a new book releasing this week and the Kindle edition is already up @ Amazon. Versus the Demons is historical fiction with a jumping off point of the first nighttime ballgame ever played under permanent lights, an event that happened right here in Des Moines on May 2, 1930. It's the story of a journeyman bush leaguer. If you're curious here's a link:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Versus-the-Demons-ebook/dp/B00CMF7K54/ref=sr_1_2?s...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good to see Josh Vitters breaking-wind

Yes, mostly he's been silent but not deadly...blasted one for a change

"Pair of badly fouled balls"

Classic line!

Where, oh where is Ian Stewart?

Ian Stewart has 72 hours to get where he already is.

A day after being optioned to triple-A, the third baseman was missing from the Iowa Cubs clubhouse and lineup on Saturday night.

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2...

I see Ryan Sweeney is being called up. I remember playing against him in high school back in Iowa. I was a senior and he was a freshman and he was already playing varsity--hitting and pitching. In fact, I remember roping a single off him to left field when we faced him and thinking "he is not that good" and then pausing for a minute and thinking "but he is only 14 and we only had 4 hits off him..." Even at that point, he just "had it" and everyone knew and was already talking about him going far in baseball.

He has no real base stealing speed and no power, but will put together quality at-bats and get on base. He is David Dejesus-lite (40 points OPS worse) at bat, but with a solid Right-Fielder's arm. Certainly better than Sappelt, but he hits from the left side not the right. He's also still only 28, so if he fits in well he could be a good young back-up outfielder for the next few years, or if he does well off the bench he might be attractive for a contender at the trade deadline and could net a low-level prospect in return.

Stewart still missing yesterday. Actually, he's been missing even when he's present...

I really hope he pulls a Randy Wells.

stewart supposedly with the team today...not in the lineup

garza 3.1ip 4h 0bb 3k 1er

vitters with another HR...take that stewie.

Is this like trading for an All-Star?

Congrats, Phil Mike.

melky gets his 1st HR of the season...gets the silent treatment...high-5's phantom players anyway...winning.

http://mlb.mlb.com/images/3/2/2/46764322/0505melk_...

g'bye k.loe (DFA)...hello dolisy.

This team really takes "Throw shit on the wall and see what sticks" seriously.

Maybe "Dolly" will be able to get some outs at the big league level consistently for once? He certainly will have had some chances to do so over the last 3 years.

Kind of meh-ish. 1.17 WHIP, 3BB in 7.1 3ER 6hits and 7K's.

C'mon DOLLY!

from rotowurld...

"Speaking in a Monday radio interview, GM Jed Hoyer said the Cubs would like to get Matt Garza (lat) up to 100 pitches before activating him from the disabled list.

That means Garza would likely have to make at least two more rehab starts after throwing 54 pitches in his Monday outing for Triple-A Iowa. That would put Garza on track to return for the beginning of Chicago's nine-game road trip on May 21."

ninja and e.jackson are pretty much locks...vanillawafers supposedly signed with the club to be a starter and is doing a great job with it...t.wood has pitched himself into totally earning his slot...feldman is getting paid $6m and has used starts vs MIA + SD to make himself respectable...someone has to go, though. it should be interesting if everyone's healthy when garza is due back.

s.baker is still a bit away from throwing off a mound, but he's 1 week into resuming his comeback throwing program. it'll probably be mid/late june before he's ready, though.

good luck on the book Mike, sounds like a good read. I think I'll pick it up after I finish the "Art of Fielding".

Thanks, Rob!

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  • ESPN game tonight, btw.

  • Cardinal way #48
    "negligent transmission of STDs"

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/carlos-martine...

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.