Hip Hip Hooray … Cubs Win! – Cubs 4 Reds 1

Game Sixty – Cubs 4 Reds 1
WP – Ryan Dempster (5-5) LP – Bronson Arroyo (4-6) Save – Carlos Marmol (11)

wflag.jpgCan’t this team just play and win a game without any drama? The Cubs eight-game losing streak came to an end Wednesday afternoon behind a strong performance from Ryan Dempster … after it appeared he was going to be a pre-game scratch.

Ryan Dempster beat the Reds for the first time at Great American Ball Park (1-7 in 26 games, 13 starts) after experiencing pain in his right hip during warm-ups. After the game, Dempster said he felt fine prior to throwing in the pen. Dempster indicated he felt pain in his hip after pushing off the rubber during warm-ups. The pain was so severe that Mike Quade had Rodrigo Lopez get loose … just in case.

Dempster’s velocity was off in the first inning but he was able to labor through the 23-pitch inning in which the Reds loaded the bases but were not able to push across a run. Dempster ended up allowing one run on three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts in six innings. Dempster tossed 113 pitches, 64 for strikes.

After a rough start, Dempster finished his afternoon by striking out Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Miguel Cairo … all swinging. Dempster sat down the last 10 batters he faced.

Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood and Sean Marshall combined to strikeout 12 Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cubs actually hit the ball with a little bit of authority against Bronson Arroyo Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs pounded out nine hits, eight against Arroyo, and five went for extra bases … including two home runs.

Carlos Pena (1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and two RBI) and Aramis Ramirez (1-for-4 with a home run and a walk) hit back-to-back jacks in the third inning. Pena’s two run bomb gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead and Ramirez’s solo homer gave Ryan Dempster a little breathing room.

Kosuke Fukudome hit a pair of doubles and added a walk in five trips to the plate and Tony Campana notched a multi-hit game (2-for-4) and added a stolen base. The Cubs other extra base knock came off the bat of Koyie Hill (2-for-3 with a walk and a double). The Cubs fourth and final run came on a balk by Jose Arredondo in the seventh.

The Cubs offense did enough to beat Bronson Arroyo for the first time since 2007 but the Cubs had chances in five straight innings to put the game well out of reach of the Reds. Q’s offense left two runners on base five innings in a row (fourth through the eighth) and finished the game 0-for-9 with RISP, 10 left on base.

For one day the Cubs played ball like a Major League team. With Wednesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 24-36 on the season, 12 games below the mediocre mark …

After it appeared that Ryan Dempster would be a late scratch, Dempster took the hill and escaped the first inning without allowing any runs. Dempster retired Stubbs on a line out to Barney at short. Dempster hit Brandon Phillips on a 1-2 pitch as he tried to loosen up the sore hip.

Joey Votto singled, Phillips advanced to third and Bruce walked to load the bases.

Miguel Cairo popped out to Blake DeWitt at second base then Fred Lewis grounded out to Carlos Pena. Pena tossed to Dempster to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Arroyo in the second and third.

The Reds scored the first run of the game in the third. Drew Stubbs led off with a single to center. Stubbs stole second with Phillips at the plate and advanced to third when Phillips grounded out to second.

Joey Votto was caught looking at a 3-2 pitch for the second out.

Jay Bruce followed with a single to right. Stubbs scored easily … 1-0 Reds. Cairo grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs took advantage of the Reds only error of the game in the fourth. After Barney tapped back to Arroyo to start the inning, Blake DeWitt reached on a fielding error by Paul Janish.

Carlos Pena put together another good at bat … that resulted in his ninth longball of the season. Pena launched a 2-2 pitch from Arroyo well out of the park in right. When Pena hit the ball, the question was where would it land … not if it would leave the park.

With the Cubs up 2-1, Aramis Ramirez stepped in and hit Arroyo’s first pitch over the wall in left. The Cubs hit back-to-back homers for the second time this season (Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano in Arizona on April 29).

The Cubs took a 3-1 lead but were not done in the fourth.

After Brad Snyder grounded out to second, Tony Campana reached on an infield single … with a slid into first. Campana broke for second on a 2-1 offering to Hill. Koyie singled to center to flip the order. Dempster tapped back to Arroyo to end the inning.

Dempster put together a shut down inning in the fourth … three up, three down.

The Cubs were not able to push across a run in the fifth after a leadoff double by Kosuke Fukudome. A passed ball allowed Kosuke to advance to third with no outs. With the infield in, Darwin Barney popped out to right on a 2-2 pitch and Blake DeWitt grounded out to second on the first pitch. Pena flied out to left to end the inning.

Dempster retired the Reds in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Again, the Cubs put a pair on in the sixth and came away empty. Tony Campana reached on a two-out single to left. After Campana stole second, Dusty intentionally walked Koyie Hill. Dempster struck out swinging to end the inning.

Dempster struck out the side in the sixth to end his afternoon.

Ryan Dempster really stepped up when his team needed him Wednesday morning. Dempster pitched through pain and picked up a win.

The Reds gave the Cubs a run in the seventh. Fukudome reached on a ground rule double to left … a fan reached over the wall down the left field line. Barney sacrificed Fukudome to third and ended Arroyo’s afternoon. Dusty Baker went to his pen and brought in Bill Bray to face Carlos Pena.

Pena ended up working a walk against the southpaw. Baker went back to his pen and brought in Jose Arredondo to face Aramis Ramirez.

To Ramirez’s credit, he was very patient against Arredondo and it led to a run. Ramirez looked at three out of the zone before looking at a strike and fouling off a ball. Arredondo then balked on a 3-2 offering to Ramirez. Arredondo went to throw to first but Votto was not there …

Kosuke Fukudome trotted home … 4-1 Cubs. Brad Snyder struck out looking to end the inning.

Kerry Wood, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol allowed one hit (a two-out triple in the seventh by Paul Janish off Wood) and struck out four over the last three innings to nail down the Cubs first win of the month.

Winning sure does beat the alternative …

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

The Cubs open a four-game series in Philadelphia on Thursday night. Randy Wells against Kyle Kendrick in game one.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    MAKE K. HILL YOUR EVERYDAY STARTING CATCHER.

    He’s 12-7 as the starting catcher. Soto is 12-29.

    WHAT MORE CAN I SAY?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      LOL Rip is on the Koyie Hill bandwagon he must be drinking the Hendryade today.

    • Aaron

      Rip….

      I want to KHill you for that statement….LOL…Get it? ha ha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    Good recap Neil. Never knew that Dempster was having problems other than it seemed like everyone was fouling off huge amounts of pitches. Like I said I didn’t even get to listen to the game today just watch the pitch sim on MLB and check on here when I got the time. Thanks for all you do guys. Some of us have to use the site like a score updater when we are at work. :D

  • jw

    On an ESPN poll they asked if the Cubs were an embarassment. All states but Hawaii voted yes. Hawaii voted “no” 3-2.

    Calling all Ricketts…Car 54 where are you?

  • cubtex

    Phil Rogers just wrote an article on how Hendry and Kenney’s days appear to be coming to an end. He even mentioned Pat Gillick as being a possible replacement. It would be nice to clean house from management down to the players.

    • John_CC

      It would be great! But coming from Rogers it doesn’t mean squat.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        He was just giving his opinion. Mano man it would be nice if they did make a move and call John Hart in case Gillick doesn’t want the job.

        I do like the idea of the guy from TB being on the short list for GM.

  • Aaron

    Thought I’d update everyone on the Cubs final draft choices today:

    15 pitchers were selected, with 3 of them being lefties.

    So, of their 20 selections today, making it 75% of the selections being pitchers.

    The breakdown was:
    5 college seniors
    3 college juniors
    7 high schoolers

    The other players selected:
    2 OF’s-1 draft eligible sophomore and 1 JC freshman
    3 IF’s-2 college seniors, 1 college junior

    The group isn’t really worth talking about, because they’ll likely only end up signing 8 of those players. There’s almost zero chance any of the college juniors or high school players will sign, and according to research about 90% of your 1-10 picks sign, 80% of your next 10, 60% of your next 10, 50% of your next 10, and 20% of your last 10.

    That means I was about spot on with 7 or 8 signing in the final rounds. In fact, most teams try to hedge against a lot of guys not signing by loading up on college seniors late in the draft, as they know the players have no leverage (unless they’re incorrectly listed to begin with, as one of my college teammates was listed as a senior, and was drafted in the 42nd round, instead of about 20 rounds higher. He was offered $20,000 to sign by the White Sux, and turned it down, because they had him incorrectly listed. So he came back for his senior year, even though they increased their offer once they had proof he was a junior after sending transcripts to them)

    I hope the Cubs are able to sign a few high school pitchers they selected late, but it looks pretty doubtful.

    As I said before, among the guys they absolutely have to sign in this draft are:

    Baez
    Vogelbach
    DeVoss
    Zych
    Scott, Rosario, and Gretzky (not necessarily b/c of merit, but how high they were selected)
    Lockhart
    Maples
    Marra
    Hoilman
    Klafczynski
    Shoulders
    Jensen

    Other than those guys, I could really care less how many of the other guys they sign, but they absolutely have to sign like 99% of the ones I just listed to have a successful draft in my opinion.

    Baez
    Vogelbach
    Shoulders
    Maples
    Jensen

    ….those would be the Top 5 I’d want to sign immediately

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Aaron, thank you for posting all of the info about the draft. Much appreciated.

      • Aaron

        no problem…happy to contribute. I’m pretty quick on the computer and type fast, so it doesn’t take much time

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          In general how good on talent did you think the Cubs did Aaron? I know you think that they have to sign them still but just over all?

          • Aaron

            I already mentioned this the other day, but I was VERY impressed with the haul of hitters they took, especially the 1B in: Voglebach, Gretzky, Hoilman, and Shoulders.

            I wasn’t a fan of the Baez pick to begin with, because, quite obviously, I didn’t think the Cubs had a real plan for the draft, and I was concerned they needed help now, and preferred they would go after a college bat like Mahtook or Cron, but now I have a better understanding of what they were trying to do.

            For that reason, I am pretty impressed with their offensive picks….The problem I have is that in an otherwise deep pitching crop, the Cubs took some VERY unimpressive arms overall. There were a few good ones mixed in like Scott, Maples, Jensen, Urban, McDonald, Zych,and Jacquez, but that’s not a good haul considering Scott, Maples, Jensen, and Jacquez are deemed difficult signings.

            But I can’t tell you enough how excited I am about Vogelbach, Hoilman, and Shoulders. If the Cubs sign all 3 of them, along with Baez and a couple of the arms I just listed above, I’d consider the draft a success, even if they didn’t sign much else.

            But pay close attention to the 1B situation. If the Cubs sign those 3, in addition to Gretzky, it’s a near certainty they are taking themselves out of the Fielder/Pujols derby this coming offseason. Ridling is already ready to assume 1B duties if they find a taker for Pena near the deadline, and Bour isn’t too far behind him. The issue with Bour was never his eye at the plate, ability to make contact, his average and ESPECIALLY his OBP….the issue was developing power.

            Bour went to Instructs last year, and learned how to develop his power stroke with a wood bat (he had above average power in college with a metal bat). 

            Here’s his line this year: 57 games, .327/.390/.618, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 15 hr, 47 RBI, and 23 walks vs 42 K’s
            *last year, his line was 127 games, .291/.375/.436, 31 doubles, 1 triple, 12 hr, 87 RBI, and 58 walks vs 100 K’s

            He’s a bit older for his league in Daytona at 23 years old, but he was drafted at 21, so it’s not that bad.

            Given his development, along with Ridling, in addition to the recent draft picks, I just can’t see them blocking all those players with Pujols or Fielder….or, perhaps that’s why they tried Bour in the OF in Instructs and Ridling in the OF this year….with an eye towards signing one of them….who really knows?

          • Dorasaga

            Four good 1B prospects in the Minor League (if Ridling called up and stayed)? At least the Cubs can beat the Bucs in single As! LOL

            I can imagine him be traded to an organization like Oakland As who don’t
            want to pay as much as league average for first basemen. Now, seriously, Daytona is still looking far from a big league career for Bour, but I’m excited that his stats improved, but power growth?

      • Aaron

        Neil,

        There were a few things of note that I omitted, mostly because I got off on a few tangents last night with the draft…

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        Here are some intriguing notes:
        http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110608&content_id=20203006&vkey=news_chc&c_id=chc

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        And now I’ll add my two cents….

        What was not mentioned in any of the articles I’ve read thus far, or the mlb or ESPN analyses on tv is the make-up of the Cubs draft and why they went the way they did with a lot of high schoolers.

        The Cubs have an abundance of prospects that are 1-2 years away from the big leagues (either with the Cubs or someone else), including:
        B. Jackson
        Vitters
        M. Smith
        Spencer
        Flaherty
        LeMahieu (*there but not playing)
        Ridling
        Bour
        Castillo
        Clevenger
        Gibbs
        Lake
        M. Gonzalez
        Ha
        Szczur
        Carpenter
        Jay Jackson
        McNutt
        Dolis
        Cabrera
        Kirk
        Whitenack (after he recovers)
        Struck
        Kurcz
        Beliveau
        Harris
        *plus, you might as well add the injured Cashner to that list, as he’s missed nearly the whole season

        Anyway, certainly NOT all of them will go onto become successful MLB players, or even solid role players for that matter, but you can look at certain ones like Jackson, Vitters, LeMahieu, Castillo, Clevenger, Szczur, Flaherty, and even Bour, and most of the pitchers listed, and given their successes in the minors thus far, you’d feel pretty confident in them transitioning to the big leagues. So just with those guys, you’d have:

        C-Castillo, Clevenger
        1B-Bour
        2B-LeMahieu, *Barney already at MLB level
        SS-*Castro already at MLB level
        3B-Vitters
        LF-Flaherty
        CF-Szczur
        RF-Jackson

        I think the Cubs actually drafted with that in mind. They provided the young players with a chance to establish themselves at the MLB level, and gave themselves some leeway with other guys like Gibbs, Golden, Lake, Ha, etc., that might not be as close to contributing, but maybe 3 years away…This is PRECISELY why they drafted a lot of high schoolers, as most high school guys take 4 years or more to reach the big leagues.

        By the time the Cubs figure things out at the MLB level with who is legit out of the 1st wave of prospects, it’ll be 2 years, and their second wave will be ready to fill the gaps, and it’ll be another 2 years to determine who will stick when this crop of high schoolers is ready to fill the gaps.

        It’s a very smart way to build a team, and you can see Wilken all over this, so I have to give him props, even though I haven’t agreed with a lot of his early round selections in recent years. 

        But make no mistake about it, this is a departure from the past, and as the article mentions, the Cubs have ranked 24th in spending in Wilken’s 5 years with the Cubs. That’s VERY bad for a major market team that wants to build from within.

        And if what I just said was accurate, and intentional by Wilken and his staff, then I say he stays, along with most of his staff……but Hendry still goes, because he CLEARLY likes to build with veterans, and you can see it by the trades, FA signings, and roster decisions he’s made.

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        on a different note, I wanted to mention a few guys that the Cubs should reach for with signing bonuses to lure away from college (some I’ve already mentioned):

        Baez (obviously)
        Vogelbach
        Scott
        Gretzky
        Lockhart
        Dunston Jr.
        Martin
        Maples
        Marra
        Zimmer
        Shoulders
        Weeks
        Jacquez *I have read some pretty incredible things about this kid, but it looks like he wants 1-3 round money and he was drafted in the 39th round and signed with Univ. of Texas, which has a VERY good program, so it’s doubtful he passes up college
        Urban (he’s a JC, but I included him b/c he’s high school age at only 18 yrs old)
        Calhoun
        Kichler
        Ernst
        Gonzales

        The problem is, Vogelbach, Gretzky, Maples, Shoulders, and Jacquez…and possibly even Dunston Jr., might all be looking for 1st round money (Vogelbach is already confirmed to have asked for that prior to the draft). Right there, you could be looking at $5-6 million just for those guys.

        I find it hard to believe the Cubs would spend more than $6-7 million overall on the draft, so that pretty much rules out a lot of overslot money.

        As always with the Cubs, and ESPECIALLY under the Ricketts, who don’t seem to have a backbone….or a plan for that matter…..actions speak louder than words. They might talk a good talk to the media with the article I posted above, saying Ricketts authorized more spending on the draft……but until it happens, I will NOT believe it at all. There have already been too many contradictions with this ownership group for me to believe ANYTHING they say.

        Plus, I can almost predict it now…Hendry and Wilken, under the direction of Ricketts claim their draft picks were asking far too much money and they were under pressure from MLB blah blah blah to not go above slot, etc. And yet again, they’ll rank at the bottom of the league in spending on the draft.

        Why do I say that? If Ricketts were so concerned about player development with an eye to the very near future, he never would’ve authorized the Garza trade. PLUS, last year, he would’ve spent more on the draft than he did. In fact, even with their Pacific Rim signings, the Cubs still ranked at the bottom of the league in spending on draft/international free agents. I believe I read a somewhere about a year ago (I am trying to locate the article again, and will edit this post if I can find it again) that combined with the amateur draft and international free agent signings, the Cubs were 27th out of 30 teams in spending, which is even worse than their 24th of 30 ranking they had just in the amateur draft.

        So……like I said, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Anthony

      Fans might be pleased with the 2 seniors Hoilman and Klafczynski. Hoilman is high on academics and has huge power, was a flyer late round pick in 2010 and honored getting his degree and his ET teammates by staying. Paul also won various HR derby’s and is athletic for a big guy. Klafczynski turned down 8-10 round calls in 2010 draft for similar reasons, plus a shot at Omaha as Kent State almost ousted Texas in the Ausitin regional. Klafczynski is a former multiple 2008 freshman AA, was a Top 200 BA in high school and is a pretty polished hitter with power. He also won a CCBL title, was a NECBL all-star and won their HR derby in 2010. Don’t let his conference fool you. He hit .423 out of conference, and .542 against the staffs of Georgia Tech and Texas combined in 2011. Both these guys are “draft steals”.

  • paulcatanese

    Good recap Neil, watched the game and had to leave for a while. Still I had a happy day thinking about the win. Dempster pitched one of his better games of the year.
    Everything was as should be and they acted like a major league team.

     The biggest fear I have now is when the vets come back they will be inserted back into the lineup immediately and then there goes the cohision that they established today.

     Who do the Cubs put back on the bench?

    • The Maven

      Colvin and Montanez are probably locks to return to Iowa. Then, there is a real choice. Do you send Camapna or LeMahieu? 

      If they keep LeMahieu, watch for Ricketts to push for him to play, maybe at the expense of Ramirez.

      • paulcatanese

        While it probably will be LeMahieu that they keep, Campana is becoming a fan favorite at a quick pace, personally I would like to see Campana stay, he really is an exciting player with his speed. If he goes, he can go with the knowledge that against all odds he made it to the bigs, had an impact to all young men who desire to play the game against the odds. That he can carry proudly wherever he ends up. He will have had “more than a cup of coffee”.