Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Phillies – 05/16/12

Game Thirty-Seven: Cubs (15-21) vs. Phillies (18-19)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185/914
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Matt Garza (2-1, 2.56/0.98) vs. Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 7.32/2.03)

Updated 7:09pm CDTLendy Castillo Placed on 15-day DL with left groin strain. Scott Maine recalled from Triple-A IowaBlake DeWitt cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs open a five-game homestand today with the first of two against the Phillies. The homestand concludes Sunday after three with the White Sox. The Cubs split a four-game series in Philadelphia (2-2) a little over two weeks ago.

The Phillies are still without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley but are playing better ball of late. Philadelphia has crept to within a game of .500.

Tonight is a rematch of the game back on April 29 between Matt Garza and Kyle Kendrick. The Cubs won the game 5-1 behind Garza’s seven shutout innings. Vance Worley was originally scheduled to start tonight’s opener but was scratched late Tuesday afternoon with elbow soreness. The Cubs will miss Cliff Lee and will face Roy Halladay on Thursday night. Chris Volstad is scheduled to take the ball for the Cubs, in what could be one of his last starts unless he starts avoiding the one-bad inning.

In other newsSteve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol played catch in left field during Wednesday’s workout at Wrigley. The Cubs have not announced a timeframe on Steve Clevenger’s return. When he is ready to pitch, Carlos Marmol will go on a minor league rehab before being activated from the 15-day DL according to the Tribune.

Updated 4:15pm CDTLendy Castillo might be placed on the DL prior to game time. The Cubs’ Rule 5 Draft pick has a moderate groin strain and saw a doctor Wednesday. Scott Maine is with the team and would be activated if Castillo is placed on the disabled list.

Tonight all starts with Matt Garza

An obviously weak Matt Garza lasted only five innings in his last outing against the Brewers. Garza made his first start in 12 days after battling the flu and losing nearly 12 pounds during the time off. Following the game, he said he felt fine but being back on his routine should help him leading into tonight’s start against the Phillies.

Matt Garza ran up his pitch count as he battled to put the Brewers away and even with his struggles, Garza still allowed only one run on three hits but he walked a season-high five batters and struck out only three.

Matt Garza likes pitching at Wrigley Field and is 1-0 in three home starts this season with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.

Matt Garza beat the Phillies back on April 29 in Philly after holding the depleted lineup to one hit over seven shutout innings. Garza walked one batter and struck out 10 for the tenth time in his career. Garza is 2-1 in four career regular season starts against the Phillies with a 0.96 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.

Phillies Career Numbers against Matt Garza

  • Mike Fontenot – 1-for-3
  • Freddy Galvis – 0-for-2
  • Kyle Kendrick – 0-for-1
  • John Mayberry, Jr. – 0-for-1
  • Laynce Nix – 0-for-2
  • Hunter Pence – 4-for-13 with a walk
  • Juan Pierre – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Placido Polanco – 2-for-14
  • Jimmy Rollins – 2-for-14 with a walk
  • Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-8 with a walk
  • Jim Thome – 1-for-5 with a home run and four walks
  • Shane Victorino – 1-for-11 with a walk
  • Ty Wigginton – 4-for-22 with a double and a home run

Kyle Kendrick has pitched in two games with one start since he faced Matt Garza and the Cubs on April 29. Kendrick rebounded from his outing against the Cubs and held the Nationals to one run on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. Kendrick returned to the pen after his outing against the Nats and blew a lead against the Mets in which he allowed five runs on four hits with two walks and no strikeouts in an inning of work.

The Cubs put three runs, two earned, on the board against Kendrick on five hits with a walk. Kendrick struck out seven in six innings. In three career games, two starts, against the Cubs, Kendrick is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Kendrick has pitched only one inning at Wrigley during his career (no runs, one hit, no walks or strikeouts).

Cubs Career Numbers against Kyle Kendrick

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-4
  • Tony Campana – 1-for-3
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 0-for-3
  • Matt Garza – 0-for-2
  • Bryan LaHair – 2-for-3 with a double
  • Joe Mather – 1-for-1 with a home run and a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-1
  • Ian Stewart – 3-for-13 with a double and a home run

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Soto – C
    Barney – 2B
    Garza – P

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Update from above …

    Lendy Castillo might be placed on the DL prior to game time. The Cubs’ Rule 5 Draft pick has a moderate groin strain and saw a doctor Wednesday. Scott Maine is with the team and would be activated if Castillo is placed on the disabled list.

    • Zonk

      Yeah, sure……I bet he’ll need a minor league rehad assignment too. 

      When you need someone to get on the DL “groin strain” is the injury they always use

  • CubsTalk

    Need a win tonight….can’t trust Volstad….

    Len Kasper told the SCORE that Kerry Wood  will see how he will pitch in the next 6-8 weeks to decide if he wants to stay with this team.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Are you saying that Kerry Wood would walk away from his $3 million dollar contract?  I have a hard time believing it…

  • Agustinrexach

    Cubs should win tonight… Lets gooooo

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs are 13-13 whenever Volstad does not pitch.

    Hmmmmm. Don’t we have someone else who can start for us?We could still compete in this division with some tweaking to the roster. Landing Lendy Castillo on the DL would be a positive move, too.

    • CubsTalk

      I like if the Cubs go after John Lannan of the Nationals.

    • Chipguy2030

       I think Chris Rusin in AAA is doing a nice job.  He would be a better fit than Travis Wood in my opinion.  And I agree with you on Lendy.  I am surprised it took this long.

      • Tom U

        They’ll have to put him on the 40 man roster. That means they have to clear some room at the top first.

  • CubsTalk

    I am really down on Volstad…..the kid has an arm, and I thought he would have given us a couple of wins by now……maybe we need to put Volstad in the bullpen….. maybe it is the pitching coach…..more than a few of our pitchers have not gotten the message yet……we will be in June soon and I like to see progress with a few of these guys……pitching in the minors looks bad….that Blake Parker kid might help…..we need a long winning streak……..we need our bullpen to shut down the other team in the late innings.

  • Chipguy2030

    Neil can you tell me anything about this 19 yr old kid Gioskar Amaya that is now onthe I-Cubs roster?  Thank You!

    • Tom U

      Chipguy2030, I know you asked Neil, but maybe I can help.

      Amaya comes from Venezuela and was signed by the Cubs prior to the 2010 season. He played for the DSL Cubs in 2010 and hit .282, 1HR, 29 RBI, and 18 SB in 69 games. He moved to the Arizona Rookie league in 2011 were he split time at 2B, SS, and 3B and led the club hitting .377 with 36 RBI and 13 SB. In EXT this spring, he settled in at 2B and, according to Arizona Phil, hit .245 with 2 double, triple 3 RBI, 2 SB and 9 runs scored in 19 games.

      Amaya was named a DSL All-Star in 2010, and an AZL Post-Season All-Star and MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2011

      Amaya has a good eye, outstanding patience, and is improving defensively at second

      • Chipguy2030

         Thank you Tom. Seems like he might be on the fast track to the Majors.

        • Tom U

          Let’s just wait and see. He most likely is just there just to fill a roster slot while the I-Cubs are on the west coast. 

          The organization likes a lot of players at second, including Logan Watkins at Tennessee and Zeke DeVoss in Peoria.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I agree with Tom, seems to have been more of promotion due to convenience/location of where Iowa was playing. 

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           This is likely the move they were waiting on

          Blake DeWitt has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thanks Tom

        • Tom U

          No problem, Neil!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       Tom beat me to it …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Clevenger took 15 swings off batting tee, 15 swings on the side. First
    time he could swing since going on DL. Says he’s feeling better

    • paulcatanese

      Now thats good, positive feedback.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lendy Castillo has been placed on the DL. Scott Maine recalled.

    Blake DeWitt has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza pitched around his own error

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Garza seriously cannot throw to first base.  

    • brent carmona

      Is he one of the worst fielding pitchers you have ever seen? I haven’t seen somebody this bad in…maybe forever.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Garza got the bunt down …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Leadoff hit, followed by an executed sac bunt finally, lets get a hit and get this run across!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    What an at-bat by LaHair

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      And good for him to be on second following that error.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a 14-pitch at bat for LaHair

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with number #2

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    SORIANO!!!!   His HR swing has been sorely missed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Quiet on here tonight…thought there would be some more chatter after that go ahead HR!  

    • brent carmona

      I just came home to Austin and my pops doesn’t have comcast grrrrrr….gonna catch the highlights on computer though. Did sori run out of the box or he marveled?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He kinda trotted, not like in the past. He knew he got it.

        • paulcatanese

          For Soriono, 2nd home run in three games after going to the lighter bat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Victorino was out … only cost Garza two pitches

    • CubsTalk

       and made the ump look like a fool!

    • gary3411

      Gerry Davis umpiring gear is going to lose my business if he keeps this up!

  • CubsTalk

    So DeWitt is still with the Cubs…..which means we will see him once again this season if some infielder get injured…..DeWitt and his agent both know now there are 29 teams out there who don’t want him.

    • Tom U

      Perhaps not, CubsTalk. The organization went out and got Luis Valbuena, and he’ll probably get the first call with the way he is playing.

  • http://twitter.com/MattWeaverSBN Matt Weaver

    I’m on the road this week – not near a TV and Extra Innings.  I probably would have blew up the comments section if I had seen it.

    I’m relying on you guys to keep me updated!

    Where’s the “Soriano clap?”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

      I did it in my living room…  :)

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Your not the first to ask … I’ll bring it back.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

        Hopefully you’ll bring it back a lot…We need more power out of Sori.

  • CubsTalk

    I remember Mayberry’s dad when he played with the Royals …big guy in a lineup with Brett, McRae, Otis, Cowens, White….great Royals team back then.

    • Tom U

      They pioneered the Baseball Academy, and had one of the best coaches of all time, hitting instructor Charlie Lau

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Way to toss out the Charlie Lau reference … extra points for the movie Lau appeared in and who he taught how to hit.

        • CubsTalk

           Mr Baseball – Tom Selleck ?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Nope …

        • Tom U

          When my daughter decided to take up softball, I had her look at my copy of “The Art of Hitting .300″

        • paulcatanese

          I’ll go a third of the way here. he is Sarah Jessica Parker’s husband, a teenager in the movie, and his grandfather gave him batting lessons fron Charlie Lau, and he hit a home run, left handed hitter of course.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I knew you would know. If I remember correctly, Neil Simon directed it. Good movie, Max Dugan Returns.

          • paulcatanese

            Yes, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Mathew Broderick
            And Marsha Mason, & Charlie Lau.
            Max Dugan Returns and leaves driving a yellow mercedes into the sky.

      • CubsTalk

         Lau was with the Sox later on.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           Yes he was

  • CubsTalk

    Placido Polanco….best name in baseball.

    • John_CC

       nah…Hunter Pence is better than Placido. Chase Utley. Buster Posey!  some great names.

      Polanco…biggest head in baseball, hands down. I bet he’s a size 8 1/2

  • CubsTalk

    I notice ball girls back with the Cubs………whatever happen to Marla Collins?….I heard she works at a dentist office on the NW suburbs.

  • CubsTalk

    Are we going to have the entire Bears Roster sing this year during the 7th inning?

  • GaryLeeT

    First, spot starter Kendrick gives up only 3 hits, then Contreras with his 9.00 ERA has an easy of an inning that can possibly be had. Did the Cubs take a bus back from St. Louis, and just get in before game time?

  • CubsTalk

    Okay, I just researched the Lau Trivia question….I never saw that movie…..

    I did see Lau’s career ended due to steroid use…..any player who uses drugs, is a cheat and should be banned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    Cubs just keep breaking hearts in the last couple innings.  

  • CubsTalk

    We will never get any where if we don’t trade and rebuild……some of our relievers should not be in the majors.   At least have Volstad throw two innings every other day if we have to in relief.   Roll the dice……

    • brent carmona

      Are you saying we should trade for relievers? Or bring a new pitcher up? I hope you ate not saying trading for one, bc its not very smart to do that while rebuilding.

  • CubsTalk

    lets throw Barney on the trade list….. we need a guy who can connect.

  • CubsTalk

    Baker, another waste taking up space on the Cubs bench

  • CubsTalk

    Where did everyone go?…..did your parents tell you go to bed?

    or did you all go to watch the White Sox game?

    Scott Maine is pitching now……lets see if he can throws strikes.

  • CubsTalk

    Their lefties strike out our guys….

    Our Lefties hit their batters.

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s said that in an MLB season a team will win 60 and lose 60, it’s what they do with the other 42 that makes the difference. That old adage has played out in the last 3 series where the Cubs have lost a game they could have won. In other words, they just aren’t doing well with the “other” 42.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And here’s Scott Maine … he’s had several of these types of innings for Iowa this season.

  • CubsTalk

    What does Scott Maine and the Battleship Maine both have in common?

    They both blew up in a matter of minutes.

  • John_CC

    Gotta throw a strike, Scotty.

  • CubsTalk

    I wonder if Len and Bob take some anti-depressing drugs as they watch these games?

  • CubsTalk

    Can we return Bowden and get back Byrd?

  • CubsTalk

    Victorino was on Hawaii Five-O this year.

  • RynoTiger

    so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that that was not the Scott Maine that alot of folks were saying should be with the big club…just a hunch…

    • CubsTalk

       our pitching just SUCKS.

      • John_CC

         relief pitching

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      His outing tonight was very similar to ones he had in Iowa this season.

  • CubsTalk

    I can’t wait for the end of July so we can see what we can get for Garza, Dempster, Soto, Marmol…….Soriano is staying…..Baker & Johnson has no value.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A pinch-hit grand slam by Hector Luna … wow

    • CubsTalk

       No, not ‘wow”….more like %#*!

  • CubsTalk

    What an embarrassment. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    White flag.  I’ve seen enough.  With a Volstad v. Halladay matchup forthcoming, this series could leave a bad taste in the mouth.

  • GaryLeeT

     I really rooted for area native Bowden to succeed, but reality has set in. Not much of the crap that Theo & Co. have thrown at the wall is sticking.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 9-2 to Phillies Wednesday night

    Matt Garza: 2R,8H,BB,2K in 6.2IP; Alfonso Soriano: 1-for-3, HR, 2RBI; Cubs: 3 hits, 0 walks, 1-for-5 RISP, 2 LOB

    Phillies’ pitchers retired the last 17 batters they faced

  • Zonk

    That’s it for LaHair’s on-base streak, isn’t it?

    • Zonk

      …unless a reach by error counts?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes, LaHair’s streak is over. Ended at 32 in a row.

  • cubtex

    How long will team Theo go this year without addressing this god awful bullpen. Shawn Camp waived by Seattle, Michael Bowden Dfa’d by Boston but we trade Marlon Byrd and 5 million to get him. Kerry Wood on the last innings of his career, Lendy Castillo who was in A ball last year, a rookie in Dolis who is not ready to close, a lefty specialist in Russell who is asked to do more than that. No bullpen power arms in the system. This team would be a lot better off if they trade Bryan LaHair right now for a couple of bulllen arms and bring up Rizzo to play 1st.

    • CubsTalk

      relievers for LaHair?…..are you nuts?….who?……name two guys on one team that you believe are out there……..I rather go for a starter…..who can be with this team for three years before free agency. …..I trade LaHair, but only for the right deal……at this point, everyone is on the trade table…including Castro.

      • cubtex

        What do you think LaHair is worth? He is almost 30….he has never played a full year and he is below average defensively. If they can get a couple of young power arm relievers with upside that would be a very good return for LaHair.

        • brent carmona

          The front office is looking to win for the future and many years after that. Why trade assets to win this year when we need a lot more help in other areas too?

          • cubtex

            It is not to win now! They need to add pitching and LaHair is not part of the future.

        • John_CC

           Cubs Talk asked specifically who – name two relievers that you would target to trade LaHair for. 

          I’m only pointing this out because it is the exact same type of question I’ve asked you repeatedly, but never once received an answer.

          Spare us all the political round and round non-answers. Two “young power arm relievers” that are on the same team the Cubs could flip LaHair for … Go!

          • daverj

            None. The contenders don’t have young power arm relievers to spare. Besides, the bullpen is one of the cheaper things to fix in free agency. You don’t trade a big bat for relievers.

          • cubtex

            That is stupid to name names. I am talking prospects. I am not talking about mlb rosters. Do you think I am talking about LaHair for Tyler Clippard? Give me a break. LaHair is not worth that much.

          • John_CC

             Right, of course.  You didn’t mention that the young power arms would be minor leaguers yet unproven to be able to pitch in high leverage situations late in ML ballgames.  So basically, trade for more guys like Dolis and Maine you mean.

          • cubtex

            Exactly. Young guys with upside. If you haven’t looked lately……We don’t have many in the minors :) Get what you can for LaHair while he is still hitting.

    • John_CC

       The bullpen is worse than a train wreck, but trading for relief pitchers?

  • CubsTalk

    I see a very long road ahead for the Cubs.
    Jed & Theo really need to look at their staff from top to bottom to find answers of what is going wrong.

    Having a bunch of soccer players or a Springsteen concert is going to help this club on the field.