Marmol Put One on a Platter for the Pirates – Cubs 4 Pirates 7

Game Ninety – Cubs 4 Pirates 7
WP – Daniel McCutchen (3-1) LP – Sean Marshall (5-3) Save – Joel Hanrahan (26)

Friday night was a typical Cubs-Pirates game. The Cubs left the Pirates hanging around, Pittsburgh came back, took the lead late and their pen was able to nail down the win.

The Cubs took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of eighth after Darwin Barney came through with another clutch hit. Barney singled with one out in the top of eighth and for the second night in a row he gave his team a one run lead.

Sean Marshall started the eighth and issued a leadoff walk to pinch-hitter Matt Diaz. Marshall retired Andrew McCutchen and appeared to get out of the inning when Neil Walker hit a grounder to second base … but Starlin Castro’s throw was high and Carlos Pena could not keep his foot on the bag. After Lyle Overbay singled to put the tying run at second with two outs, Mike Quade went to his pen for Carlos Marmol.

Former Cubs farmhand, Josh Harrison (3-for-4, double, run scored and a RBI) lined Marmol’s first pitch into center. Walker scored and tied the game at two.

Marmol jumped ahead of Michael McKenry 0-2 but the rookie catcher kept battling and fouled off five pitches before launching the eighth pitch of the at bat well over the wall in left. McKenry’s three-run shot off Marmol was his first big league home run.

Carlos Marmol blew his sixth save of the season (the 13th for the Cubs pen) and the Cubs lost a game for the 27th time in which they had a lead.

The Cubs led Friday night’s game three different times but the Battlin’ Bucs kept fighting back and showed energy and enthusiasm that the Cubs simply do not have.

Aramis Ramirez (2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and a HBP) stayed hot. Ramirez gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead with his 15 homer of the season in the first inning … the first run scored by the Cubs in an opening inning since June 27 (12 games).

Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI), Marlon Byrd (3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored) and Darwin Barney (2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI) led a Cubs offense that pounded out 11 hits … but not when they had a chance to put the game away. The Cubs finished the game 3-for-9 with RISP, and 10 left on base.

Rodrigo Lopez put together another quality start (three runs on eight hits with a walk. a HBP and three strikeouts in six innings) and left with the game tied. Lopez threw 98 pitches (a season-high) and gave his team a chance to put a win on the board.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 18 games under .500 with a 36-54 record …

The Cubs finally scored a run in the first inning … and did not allow one in the same game. After James McDonald retired Fukudome (ground out to second) and Castro (strikeout) to start the game, Aramis Ramirez launched the first pitch over the wall in right center. Ramirez’s 15th of the season gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead … the first run the Cubs have scored in an opening inning since June 27 (12 games).

Rodrigo Lopez retired the Pirates in order in the bottom of the first on 12 pitches, eight for strikes.

The Cubs had a chance to add on in the second after Marlon Byrd reached on a one-out single. Byrd then swiped second on a 1-2 pitch to Soriano … but Soriano struck out swinging. Barney did his job and took what the Pirates gave him, a walk. Lopez tapped back to the mound to end the inning.

Lopez wiggled his way in and out of two jams in the bottom of the second. McCutchen walked to start the inning but was erased on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Neil Walker. Lyle Overbay lined a single into right and former Cubs farmhand, Josh Harrison doubled down the right field line. Fukudome cut the ball off from rolling to the wall, which kept Overbay from scoring.

Kosuke Fukudome made a tremendous diving catch running toward the infield to take away a couple of RBI from Michael McKenry … and a possible big inning from the Pirates.

The Cubs put two on in the third against McDonald but came away empty again. Ramirez stayed hot and reached on a two-out bloop single to right … two pitches and two hits for Ramirez in his first two at bats. Carlos Pena then worked a walk after being behind in the count 1-2. Soto flied out to the track in right center to end the inning.

The Pirates finally got on the board in the bottom of the third … and scored two runs on an infield single.

Alex Presley singled off Lopez’s glove with one out and advanced to third on a double to right (first pitch) by Chase d’Arnaud. With runners on second and third with one out, Garrett Jones popped out to Barney on a 2-2 pitch. Lopez hit Andrew McCutchen to load the bases.

Neil Walker chopped a 0-1 pitch back up the middle. Barney made a good play, got to the ball and made a leaping throw to first. Walker touched the bag a split second before the ball got to Pena and the two young, speedy Pirates scored on the play … 2-1 Bucs. Overbay flied out to center to end the inning.

James McDonald faced the minimum in the top of the fourth (Barney, 6-4-3 double play) and Lopez retired Pittsburgh in order in the bottom of the inning. At the end of four, Lopez had thrown 62 pitches, 42 for strikes.

The Cubs went down in order in the top of the fifth and Lopez faced the minimum in the bottom of the fifth after Chase d’Arnaud grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Garrett Jones flied out to left to end the inning.

Aramis Ramirez stepped in for the third time in the sixth inning … and for the third time he reached base after seeing only one pitch. McDonald hit Ramirez in the elbow on a breaking ball that got away. Ramirez put his arm up to block the pitch that was heading toward his face. McDonald retired Pena and struck out Geovany Soto but Marlon Byrd hit a double down the left field line. Ramirez held at third with two outs.

Clint Hurdle went to his pen and brought in Chris Resop to face Alfonso Soriano.

The Bucs’ right hander jumped out in front of Soriano 0-2 but instead of throwing a breaking ball in the dirt, Resop challenged Soriano with a fastball … Soriano ripped the pitch into left center and drove in Ramirez and Byrd with his 12th double of the season.

Darwin Barney reached on an infield single to keep the inning going … but Lopez struck out swinging to end the inning. Lopez was given a 3-2 lead, but it did not last long.

Andrew McCutchen tied the game at three with a long homer to center to start the bottom of the sixth. To Lopez’s credit he settled down and struck out both Neil Walker and Lyle Overbay. Harrison reached on an infield single but McKenry flied out to center to end the inning.

The Cubs ran themselves out of a possible run scoring inning in the seventh. Fukudome led off with a single to right on a 3-1 pitch. With Castro at the plate, Fukudome broke for second on a 0-1 pitch. Fukudome was thrown out and Castro ripped a single into center two pitches later. Ramirez flied out to right center and Hurdle brought in lefty Tony Watson to face Pena. Pena grounded out to second (in the shift) to end the inning.

James Russell started the seventh and gave up a bloop single to Xavier Paul to start the inning. Alex Presley sacrificed him into scoring position with one out. Quade went to his pen and brought in Kerry Wood to face Chase d’Arnaud.

Wood threw one pitch … and got two outs. The Pirates’ rookie shortstop hit a weak liner into left that Paul misread. Soriano caught the ball and doubled off Paul to end the inning.

Marlon Byrd put together an excellent at bat that resulted in a one-out walk against Jose Veras in in the top of the eighth. Alfonso Soriano just missed hitting a homer to right on a 2-1 pitch. Soriano had to settle for a double off the wall in right. Byrd held at third with one out.

Clint Hurdle brought his infield in as Barney stepped to the plate.

Darwin Barney singled to left on a 3-1 pitch and plated Byrd with the go ahead run … 4-3 Cubs. Blake DeWitt hit for Wood and struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch. Kosuke worked a walk to load the bases with two outs … and Hurdle went to his pen for Daniel McCutchen.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Starlin Castro flied out to left to end the inning (1-2 pitch).

Sean Marshall took over in the bottom of the eighth and walked pinch hitter Matt Diaz to start the inning. Pedro Ciriaco ran for Diaz and held when Andrew McCutchen popped out to shallow right. Neil Walker hit a 1-2 pitch to Barney who threw to Castro to force Ciriaco but Castro’s throw sailed and Walker reached to keep the inning going.

Lyle Overbay singled to left and chased Marshall from the game.

Josh Harrison reached down and lined Carlos Marmol’s first pitch into center. Walker scored and tied the game at four on the fifth big league RBI by Josh Harrison.

Michael McKenry stepped in with two out and two on and ended up launching Marmol’s eighth pitch over the wall in left and gave the Pirates a 7-4 lead. McKenry’s blast was his first big league homer.

Joel Hanrahan retired the Cubs in order in the ninth … his 26th save in 26 chances.

And the Cubs just keep giving ballgames away …

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Ryan Dempster versus Kevin Correia in game two on Saturday night.

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  • paulcatanese

    Nice re-cap Neil. What I didn’t understand is why Quade did not hit for Lopez with runners on first and third and two out. That was an opportunity to add on and they don’t get many of those. I thought Quade got out of Lopez what he needed and should have been satisfied. Even though he got out of the sixth the home run to tie may not have happened. After the bottom of the eight the Cubs just like the wind was out of their sails and very little effort was made. It looked like they just gave up.

  • Aaron

    Does this even make sense to anyone?  I swear, Hendry is not only brain-dead, but he doesn’t have a single ounce of common sense in him. Check this out:

    “But when you start going out on a limb July 8 and say, ‘We want to move this guy so so-and-so can play more’ and that doesn’t happen, it’s not like you’re signing free agents or you have to find people to trade people,” he said. “Usually what happens between the 8th and 31st [of July], some of your players become more valuable to others if clubs have injuries. That’s always been the case in the past.”

    • Tony_Hall

      Agreed.  Why wouldn’t you want to move out so and so, so that this guy could play more?  That is what a good GM would do. 

      Imagine if the Phillies had kept Thome at 1B, since he was a very good 1B.      Imagine leaving Howard at AAA, then bringing him up and letting him ride the bench and/or platooning him with Thome, so that Thome didn’t have to face lefties.  Howard could have started his career with only starts against LH pitchers (then again only a Qball would do that).  Not that Howard wouldn’t have ended up a great player, but it would have hurt his confidence, and confidence is everything in baseball.

      But, instead, they moved out Thome, to make room for Howard to play everyday.  The rest is history.

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

        Howard was 25 almost 26 years old when he finally got a shot. So your scenerio is exactly what the Phillies did when they signed Thome to begin with. Howard then played to a level he forced a trade. We have no prospects playing at that level.

        • Tom U

          Richard, I hate to disagree with you, but a couple of players come to mind that are playing at a major league level right now.

          Bryan LaHair’s numbers show that he deserves a shot in the big leagues, if only as a temporary starter at first until better prospects come along. While Carlos Pena has done okay, his signing shows that management was more concerned with beer and hot dog sales than building a winning franchise.

          DJ LeMahieu has proven that he is more than ready. He’s currently in a nine game hitting streak at Iowa, hitting .429 over that period. When LeMahieu was assigned to Iowa, he was immediately placed in the #3 hole in the batting order, and hasn’t relinquished it. I’m going to go out on a limb a little and say that LeMahieu has a good chance at being a future batting champion. I don’t know what position he’ll play in the majors, but he’s not a bad defender where ever he plays. 

          • BosephHeyden

            I agree with you on LaHair.  I think LeMahieu needs to bulk up just a little bit so he can have some average Major-League power, but LaHair’s numbers show he’s more than ready for a shot.  Who knows:  maybe the Cubs use that open spot to bring up LaHair rather than the expected Hendry move of bringing up Augie Ojeda.

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

            I totally agree on DJ I just don’t think he has been there long enough to say he is “pushing” on to the big club.

             LaHair is exactly what everyone thinks he is a 28 year old player that has been in Triple A for 6 years. Where does that even look like a prospect. He kind of reminds me of John Robinson that use to play for the Cardinals. He will give you 4 good weeks in the majors then you need to move him because he just doesn’t have the skill set or talent to be a quality guy in that league. It is not a shot against him just reality.

            The best bet for the always fickle Cubs fan base is to sell him to Japan or trade him. In Chicago he will end up like Matt Murton where everyone will think he is better than he is for a while and worse than he is the rest of the time.

            Stats wise you can make an argument for LaHair (.357/.427/.697 with 25HR’s and 73 RBI’s) in comparison to what Ryan Howard was doing in Triple A (.371/.467/.690 with 16 HR’s and 54 RBI’s in just over 250 AB’s) but that is not acurate. Lahair has been a major league player 3 years ago in Seattle and could not drive the ball in the big leagues.

            Yes LaHair is having a great year but lets not annoint him as anything else or saying he is this or that because that jury has spoken and the final verdict was made a long time ago.

          • Aaron

            ummmm….better check your research there buddy….
            LaHair’s MLB stats:
            45 games, 150 plate appearances, 15 runs, 34 hits, 4 doubles, 3 hr, 10 RBI, 13 walks, 40 K’s, .250/.315/.346

            I’m not quite sure how that equates to “could not drive the ball in the big leagues”, but whatever….I guess it makes sense to spend $10 million on guys that will only be here 1 year

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

            Who can actually play the position and hit at a major league level with plus defense? I actually would rather keep Pena than see if a career triple A player is the answer in Spring Training.  Now we are not in spring and the bandages have failed I would move him. You see Pena has value where if Lahair would have failed he had none. I would rather have Rebel Ridling in the big leagues over Lahair but he is not an everyday option yet either.

            Was Pena paid too much? Probably but you had to raise the dollars to be able to defer half of it. Now the question becomes do we have an option to step in and be productive when and if we move Pena? I really do not think so but if we move Pena and don’t get a 1st baseman in a trade then we are going to see who is right about LaHair and like you Aaron if I am wrong I can admit it. I take my crow normally with ketchup and a side of buttered Cabbage.

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

            I actually think that this conversation is for not because of the offer that Hendry is pushing for Baker and other pieces with Boston. There is a lot of speculation that Lars Anderson will finish this year in Chicago. If we can get a prospect of that quality that has faded a little bit and bring up LaHair with him to have one push the other that may be for the best.

    • jw

      I have no idea what he is saying here…maybe he was mis-quoted (by whoever wrote the article) or maybe it’s just not said well…in any case I agree about not making sense

    • paulcatanese

      Just woke up here on the West Coast. Looks to me that Hendry is trying to move Soto so that Koyie Hill can become the starting catcher. That little funnny aside, JH is so blind about this, dosen’t he realize it’s the Cubs are the ones who have the injuries? No one wants what the Cubs have anyway,and the way Hendry trades it is sure to not be of equal value. The whole statement is a contradiction of values, and it’s easy to see where the Cubs are because of it.If Hendry cannot see after the loss to the Pirates what needs to be done,
      NOW he never will. But, according to him, the Cubs will wait until other teams
      have injuries ( what a stupid statement)and our players will be more valuable.
      Thats like saying,”we’ll wait until your’e horse dies and then you will need our three legged horse at our price”. But then for us we want your’e triple crown winner. These statements have to come out between the cocktail hour and the wine soup,he sounds like the last guy that wanted to sell me a car.

  • ldsteam2011

    Did you see Derek Lee trying to take on Big Papi?  He would lose that battle…

  • ldsteam2011

    OK, I usually do not jump in on draft picks, but the White Sox have signed 6 of their top ten draft picks.  I know the Cubs signed these three international free agents, and we are supposed to be happy about that.  At least sign some of your top ten draft picks.  Zero are signed as of today!!!!  Put your money where your mouth is!! 

    • Tony_Hall

      How fast and how many sign is always a sign of putting your money where your mouth is.  Some teams take lesser players, than the draft slot, to make it easier to sign that player, something the Cubs have done many times before.  This year, the Cubs drafted more players, appropriate to the pick, and therefore, it should take more negotiations, as these players have offers to go to college at good programs, and those players are trying to decide to take the money for the round they were drafted, or go to college and try to improve their draft position, next year.  They may be asking for the money of where they will be drafted, with improvement next year.    

      Their really is no big rush, yet, to sign these guys. 

  • diehardcubfan

    Now I am not defending Quade and given that the Cubs had two outs with runners on 1B and 3B you could argue either way to pinch hit.  The odds are not in the pinch hitters favor at that point, though pinch hitting might give you a better chance.  I agree that Quade got out of Lopez what he needed but at the same time the Cubs pen has been run into the ground.  Now if Quade would not have pinch hit with only one out then he should be run out of town. 
     
    The scary thing here is that the only team playing well in the Central right now is the Pirates.  If I were the Brewers or Cardinals I would be a little nervous right now.

    As for the Cubs JH will continue to live in fantasy land.  He will argue the Cubs are only 12 games out and still have a chance. 

    I am losing hope that anything will be done.  I am now thinking the Ricketts are as much of a joke as JH and Quade. 

    • BosephHeyden

      Yeah, Quade didn’t lose that game because he didn’t pinch hit Rodrigo Lopez in that situation.  Carlos Marmol lost that game, plain and simple.  There’s plenty of other situations you can blame on Quade, but not this one.  If Quade did pinch hit for Lopez, you know he’s going with Campana, and when Campana fails to get a hit, then Quade gets more of the blame.  As it is, Quade played a starter who was still doing well at that point, it didn’t pan out, and the starter gave up a tying run:  but the key word is TYING run, not GAME WINNING.

      This one’s on Marmol.   Quade’ll lose some games down the stretch, just not this one.

      • paulcatanese

        Hey you guys, including diehardcubfan. this was the sixth inning with runners on first and third and two out. My point was the Cubs have had trouble scoring runs(forget the game before,years before that happens again)and Lopez due up, now I know the odds are not good with a pinch hitter,what I do know is they are better than what the chances of Lopez getting a hit and at that point DeWitt was available. Lopez pitched too well not to have a chance of more runs by the Cubs. By not doing it a valuable opportunity slipped by. Quade uses his bullpen like there stocked with 25 relievers. As soon as someone gets a hit out comes the pitcher and another comes in. It’s true Marmol lost this game,and the way he has been pitching and the knowledge that he may be in there, to me the gamble would have been justified to hit for Lopez. Quade was aggresive the whole game with sending runners on steals, so why would he stop there? It’s what I mean,Quade plays the game not to win,but limit damage not to lose.

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

          I agree that it was questionable but the overall bullpen has to be looked at as well. You have a injured Dempster trying to go today and Garza had a very short outing Thursday.  I know you are suppose to manage every game as a stand alone but that is not reality. He needed to get as much out of Lopez as he could yesterday just to give the bullpen a rest for what is sure to be a short outing for Dempster today.

          • Brp921

            What is the goal when you get between the lines?  Do you play to save your bullpen, or do you play to win ballgames?

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

            I totally agree with you on that and it is a delicate balance. But you do not want to get into a situation like LaRussa got into in STL on Thursday where after an hour rain delay you take your starter back out there because of a bullpen that was put together with duck tape. He luckily got 2 innings out of a just called up rookie but still bring back McClellan cost him that game.

          • paulcatanese

            Two schools of thought Richard, I know Lopez gave him a great start, but the bottom line is the other team is going to score no matter who we have on the mound as the starters have not done the job at all, questionable at best. And the bullpen is going to be used every game and the choices Quade has made as far as the duration of relievers has not been wise. Whether the reliever goes one third of an inning or a full one, he still has to warm up and the next day could be shot anyway. And thats another point, Quade does not think ahead as far as time to warm up, Lopez started the sixth and no one was getting loose. That tells me Quade was counting on Lopez to get thru the sixth and if no runs he would proabaly run him out for the seventh. Anyhow the way the Cubs are going I feel they need as many runs as they can get. The problem here Richard is, you think smart and logical Quade does not. I think more runs than the other guy, and Quade does not.

        • Brp921

          I agree Paul, you have to try to pick up the additional run. Lopez was getting hit around alot last night and was fortunate not to give up more runs than he did. I thought at the time that the three runs was not going to win the ballgame.

        • diehardcubfan

          I know what you are saying Paul.  In this case though I side with Boseph.  Even if Lopez would have been pinch hit for the Cubs would have likely only scored one run with a hit, and possibly two. 

          Marmol lost that game giving up a three run homer.  It is hard to overcome that.  Even if the Cubs would have scored it would not have changed how Marmol pitched. 

          I agree though Quade does not play to win.  Given the Cubs issues now everything Quade does will be scrutinized.  It is damn if he does and damned if he doesn’t.  I though do not think though he is the right guy for the job no matter what.

          • Brp921

            Marmol did lose the game, but Quade did not pinch hit for Lopez when he should have. He doesn’t know the Pirates are going to score five runs in the next inning, he should just be trying to get as many insurance runs as he can in case they do score more.

          • paulcatanese

            What you have posted is the entire reason Quade should be gone. When a manager is in a position that no matter what he does he will be scrutinized, he has to go,he has no credibilty left.

      • Aaron

        This is why I’ve been saying to trade Marmol.

        Have you guys seen how hittable he’s been this year? When you go from throwing 95-97 mph fastballs to 91-93 mph fastballs, and 89-91 mph sliders to 85-87 mph sliders…..that’s a HUGE difference to a hitter.

        They’re seeing the ball very well with him, and absolutely teeing off. 

        • paulcatanese

          I was very high on Marmol and dis-agreed with you from the start. I have only missed watching about 4-5 games since the season started. As the season has progressed I have seen exactly what you are refering to. When hitters step up and put soild wood on the ball all too often now it is clear to me that you are totaly right. I would not hesitate in the least to trade him and do it now before it really becomes evident that he has lost it, if other teams have not noticed it already.

          • cubtex

            Paul, Relievers for the most part have a very short shelf life. With Marmol’s violent delivery…he will not be around long. I hope they look to move him now. I am afraid they will get nothing for him if they wait another year or 2.

        • cubtex

          I have been saying this right along with you. I don’t necessarily think it is the speed of his slider…but he has just been hanging the hell out of it. It just screams….Crush me!

        • JimBo_C

          Aaron,
          Seems to me that Marmol might have some type of nagging injury, not bad enough to put him on the shelf, and he is gutting it out for the team.
          JimBo C

        • JimBo_C

          Aaron,
          Seems to me that Marmol might have some type of nagging injury, not bad enough to put him on the shelf, and he is gutting it out for the team.
          JimBo C

  • Brp921

    Mike Quade has no plan on how he is going to manage this team. He was quoted in the news paper saying he still thinks this team can turn things around. He said (talking about a winning streak) why not now, why not today? Well , maybe the reason is your not playing to win the game, you are playing to save the bullpen of a team who is hopelessly out of it, eighteen games under .500, before the allstar game.

    • Gramps

      You hit it on the head! Quade is always more worried about tomorrow than he is about today. WIN TODAY! FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW UNTIL TOMORROW! I also think he should have pinch-hit for Lopez in the 6th inning. Who knows what would have happened, but at least he would have been playing for more runs. To give up a first and third situation when you are only one run up is asinine. Look at what the Pirates did with 2 outs in the 8th inning. Another thing about last night’s game: Pirates win with rookies at 3rd, SS, C and LF. You can’t tell me the Cubs don’t have kids in the minor leagues that are at least as good as these kids. We don’t give our kids a chance. We would rather sign guys like Reed Johnson, Jeff Baker, K. Hill, Lopez, Grabow, Ortiz, etc. I like Johnson and Baker, but where are we going with them? Other teams bring up kids and give them a chance. When we bring up a kid, he is expected to be an All-Star in his first year. Kudos to the Pirates for doing what they are doing. And one thing for sure is that Hurdle is by far a better manager than Quade. 

      • paulcatanese

        I echo your’e feelings.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Does this open a spot for Aramis on the NL squad?

    Braves
    place Chipper Jones on disabled list http://bit.ly/qDZBLt

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

    Brett Jackson made this weeks the Hot Sheet for BaseballAmerica.com after a slash line of .440/.548/.840 with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI’s. I think their judgement of him is more than fair. I compared him to Johnny Damon once on here and got a lot of flack for it. I think that assessment is actually pretty close still.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/prospect-hot-sheet/2011/2612048.html

    • Tom U

      Right on the mark as far as Jackson is concerned, but the report shows  lack of research  by neither including Marwin Gonzalez nor DJ LeMahieu. It would be hard to find anyone in professional baseball doing better last week than them. Nice mention of Austin Kirk. 

      • cubtex

        Tom, Baseball America just includes the top 100 prospects in their hot sheet ranking. Neither Marwin Gonzales nor DJ LeMahieu are in the top 100. Austin Kirk is not either but they have a place to mention others.

        • Tom U

          Sorry

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

          Which I do not understand with DJ unless he makes the end of the year list. His stock has risen a lot this season so far.

  • paulcatanese

    Lest I forget, I would like to offer my condolence to the family of the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck in Texas. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Tom U

    Matt Szczur just promoted from Peoria to Daytona.

    • cubtex

      Let’s hope he continues to get better! His tools are certainly impressive and desperately needed.

  • Tom U

    In a final post as a proud father, my daughter’s softball team was eliminated from tournament play, but not without her best efforts. She ended up 2-for-2 with 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored, and 8 stolen bases. 

    • paulcatanese

      Congratulations Tom, I know the Pizza was on you.