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:









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.

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.

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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  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!