Cubs Pen Gives the Twins a Win – Cubs 7, Twins 8

Game Fifty-Eight – Cubs 7, Twins 8 – 10 innings
WP – Matt Capps (1-3) LP – Shawn Camp (2-3, BS 2) Save – None

The Cubs let three different leads evaporate Friday night and for the second day in a row they were walked off in the 10th inning. The Cubs have lost 12 straight one-run games for the first time in franchise history. The previous mark of 11 was set in 1915. With Friday’s extra inning loss, the Cubs have dropped to a season-worst 20 games under .500 with their third straight defeat.

The Cubs finally put runs on the board but the bullpen could not hold the leads they were given.

Josh Willingham singled in Darin Mastroianni with one out in the 10th off of Shawn Camp for the game winner.

The Cubs’ offense had a big night, but none was bigger than the one Alfonso Soriano put together. Alfonso Soriano (3-for-5, two home runs and three RBI) hit two monster shots in the big ballpark and drove in three of the Cubs’ seven runs. Soriano’s first homer traveled an estimated 431 feet and his second one exceeded the 470-foot mark. Soriano became just the fifth player (Corey Hart, Nelson Cruz, Andruw Jones and Jose Bautista) to hit a home run onto the third deck in left at Target Field. Soriano’s first of the night in the opening inning was the 350th of his career and his two-run shot in the eighth tied him with Dick Allen for 84th place on MLB’s All-Time Home Run List. Soriano has now homered in nine straight series, the first Cub to accomplish the feat since Sammy Sosa hit a dinger in 12 straight series in 2003. Friday night marked the 29th time Soriano has hit more than one homer in a game during his career.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two RBI and two runs scored) gave the Cubs a 5-2 lead in the fifth with a two-run shot, his fifth of the season. Ian Stewart also had a good day at the plate, but not in the field. Stewart was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. David DeJesus was 2-for-4 with a sac fly RBI, a run scored and a great defensive play in the sixth. DeJesus cut down Ryan Doumit at second trying to stretch a single into a double.

The Twins outhit the Cubs 16-14 but one of the glaring stats from Friday is the Cubs walked just one time while Cubs’ pitching issued seven walks.

Travis Wood (three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts) struggled with his command during his five-inning outing but still left the game with the Cubs up 5-3. Wood was in line for his first win of the season but Randy Wells could not hold the lead and allowed the Twins to tie the game in just 2/3 of an inning. Randy Wells allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout and if not for a sensational play by David DeJesus it might have been worse.

Jairo Asencio bailed out Wells in the sixth and was the only Cubs’ pitcher that did not give up at least one run on Friday night. Ryan Doumit launched a solo shot off James Russell in the seventh that gave the Twins a short-lived one run lead and Shawn Camp gave up single runs in the ninth and tenth. Camp allowed two runs on four hits with two walks, one intentional, with a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Camp was hung with another blown save and the loss.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to a season-low 19-39 …

Reed Johnson led off the game by popping out to left on a 1-2 pitch. Starlin Castro followed and quickly fell behind P.J. Walters 0-2. Castro worked the count full before driving the eighth pitch of the at bat into the gap in right center. Ben Revere took a bad route; the ball hit off his glove and rolled to the wall. Castro ended up at third with a triple. David DeJesus got just enough of Walters’ first pitch to lift it into center. Castro tagged and scored the Cubs’ first run.

Alfonso Soriano stepped in a killed a 2-0 pitch. The ball ended up hitting off the batter’s eye beyond the centerfield wall. Soriano’s 10th longball of the season traveled an estimated 431 feet and gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Bryan LaHair followed with a single to right but Joe Mather popped out to short to end the inning.

Ben Revere reached on an infield single to start the Twins’ first. Revere hit a weak liner to Ian Stewart toward the hole. Stewart got a glove on the ball and did not make the catch. What was ruled a hit should have been an error. Jamey Carroll lined out to third (0-2 pitch). Wood jumped ahead of Josh Willingham 0-2 before he started nibbling. Willingham flied out to right center for the second out.

On a 2-0 pitch to Justin Morneau, Revere took off for second and made it easily. Wood walked Morneau but was able to induce a grounder to short off the bat of Ryan Doumit to end the inning. Wood threw 22 pitches in the first, 11 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the second.

Chris Parmelee led off the second with an infield single to third. Parmelee beat the shift and reached on what is typically a routine groundout. Wood then walked Trevor Plouffe. Joe Mather made an excellent running catch in left center that kept the Twins from tying the game. Brian Dozier crushed a 3-2 pitch from Wood into the gap. Parmelee tagged and advanced to third on the play.

Darin Mastroianni ripped a 2-2 pitch into left center, Parmelee scored and cut the Cubs lead in half. With runners on first and second with one out, Ben Revere hit a weak grounder to short. Castro fielded the ball and tossed to second to force Mastroianni. Barney did not attempt a throw to first. Jamey Carroll ended the long second inning by flying out to left. Wood tossed 50 pitches in the first two innings, 27 for strikes.

Reed Johnson led off the third with a single to center (2-2 pitch) but Castro rapped into a 6-4-3 double play and David DeJesus fouled out to left to end the frame.

Travis Wood continued his struggles and issued a walk to Josh Willingham to start the third. Justin Morneau lined out to left (0-2 pitch) for the first out. Wood induced a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Ryan Doumit to end the inning. Wood needed a quick inning. He threw 10 pitches in the third, six for strikes.

Alfonso Soriano reached on an infield single to the hole at short to start the fourth. Bryan LaHair worked a walk and the Cubs had runners on first and second with no outs. P.J. Walters struck out Joe Mather swinging, struck out Steve Clevenger looking and retired Darwin Barney on the first pitch (popped out to short) to end the inning. The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity to tack on.

Travis Wood caught Chris Parmelee looking at a 2-2 pitch to start the fourth. Trevor Plouffe launched Wood’s first pitch off the facing of the upper deck beyond the left field wall … and just like that the game was tied at two.

Travis Wood struck out Dozier and Steve Clevenger threw out Darin Mastroianni (bunt attempt) to end the inning. Wood threw 72 pitches in the first four innings, 41 for strikes.

At the end of four, the game was tied at two.

Ian Stewart pulled the first pitch he saw in the fifth to deep right. The ball hit off the wall after it was deflected by Mastroianni. Stewart ended up at third with a standing triple. Reed Johnson hit a Texas leaguer into right center on a 2-1 pitch. Stewart trotted home with the go ahead run.

Starlin Castro launched a 1-2 pitch from P.J. Walters. The ball ended up beyond the wall down the left field line and the Cubs took a 5-2 lead. DeJesus (grounded out to short), Soriano (flied out to center) and LaHair (grounded out to second) went down in order to end the inning.

Ben Revere led off the fifth with a single to center off Travis Wood. Jamey Carroll then ripped a double into the right field corner. Revere scored but Steve Clevenger threw a strike to Stewart at third and nailed Carroll for the first out of the inning. Wood retired Willingham on a pop out to first and Justin Morneau struck out swinging to end the inning.

At the end of five, the Cubs led 5-3.

The Cubs did nothing against Anthony Swarzak in the sixth.

Randy Wells replaced Wood in the sixth … and the Twins lit up the former starter. Ryan Doumit greeted Wells by ripping a 3-2 pitch into right. David DeJesus played the carom off the wall perfectly and threw out Doumit at second. Wells struck out Parmelee swinging for the second out.

Trevor Plouffe smoked a 2-2 pitch from Wells into left for a double. Brian Dozier followed and punched a 1-2 pitch into right center. Plouffe scored and cut the Cubs’ lead to 5-4. Darin Mastroianni launched a 0-2 mistake from Wells past Joe Mather in left center. The ball rolled to the wall and Dozier scored the tying run on Mastroianni’s three-bagger. Wells then walked Ben Revere and Dale Sveum made his way out of the dugout.

Jairo Asencio came in with runners on first and third with two down and the game tied at five. Revere took second on a 2-2 pitch to Jamey Carroll. Carroll ended up flying out to center to end the inning.

After six, the game was tied at five.

Ian Stewart led off the seventh with a single to right center off Jamey Carroll’s glove. After Johnson hit a humpback liner to Carroll for the first out, Starlin Castro launched a 3-2 pitch into deep left center. Stewart ran with the pitch. Josh Willingham made a fine running catch. Stewart was around second when Willingham caught the ball and the Twins doubled off Stewart at first to end the inning (7-6-3 double play).

Asencio started the seventh and struck out Josh Willingham for the first out. Dale Sveum went to his pen and brought in James Russell to face Justin Morneau. Russell retired Morneau on one-pitch, a fly out to right. Ryan Doumit then gave the Twins their first lead of the night. Doumit launched a 0-1 pitch from Russell over the wall in left … and just like that the Twins led 6-5.

After Doumit’s homer, Russell walked Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe reached on an error by Ian Stewart. With runners on first and second with two down, Brian Dozier popped out to Castro to end the inning.

Southpaw Glen Perkins took over in the eighth with the Twins up by a run. David DeJesus singled to center to start the inning …

Alfonso Soriano hit a 1-1 pitch to left that still has not landed. Soriano gave the Cubs a 7-6 lead with just the third ball to ever end up in the upper deck in left field at Target Field.

Bryan LaHair followed Soriano’s monster shot with a swing and a miss. Joe Mather reached with a two-out single but Clevenger lined out to left and Barney grounded out to second to end the inning.

James Russell faced the minimum in the eighth. Russell struck out Mastroianni to start the inning then gave up a bunt single to Ben Revere but Jamey Carroll hit into a 4-6-3 inning ending double play.

After eight, the Cubs led 7-6.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Alex Burnett … and the game went to the bottom of the ninth with the Cubs up by one.

Josh Willingham led off the ninth with a long single to left off Shawn Camp. The ball hit of the base of the wall. Mather played it perfectly and kept Willingham out of scoring position. Justin Morneau then cranked a 1-2 pitch off the top of the wall in right center. Tony Campana tried to make a leaping catch, the ball hit off the top of the wall and Willingham scored all the way from first on a triple by Morneau. With the game tied at seven, Denard Span ran for Morneau at third.

Shawn Camp struck out Ryan Doumit for the first out. Dale Sveum made his way to the mound and brought in Joe Mather as an extra infielder. Mather grabbed his infielder’s glove and stood near the second base bag. Camp intentionally walked Parmelee. Alexi Casilla hit a bouncer toward second. Barney fielded the ball and threw to the plate. Span was out by a mile and did not slide as Clevenger applied the tag. With runners on first and second with two outs, Ryan Doumit flied out to right center … and the game went to extra innings.

David DeJesus led off the 10th with a single to right center off Matt Capps. After Soriano (flied out to right) and LaHair (flied out to left center) made two routine outs, Joe Mather reached on a swinging bunt. Capps tried to field the dribbler with his glove but was unsuccessful. Steve Clevenger struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Shawn Camp stayed in and started the 10th by walking Darin Mastroianni. Revere bunted Mastroianni into scoring position then he advanced to third on a swinging bunt off the bat of Jamey Carroll. With runners on first and third with one out, Sveum brought Mather back into the infield, moved DeJesus into left center and put Campana in right center. Josh Willingham pulled a 0-1 pitch down the third base line and into left … game over.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    I didn’t see it posted anywhere…but then, I didn’t strain myself looking, either.

    Marlon Byrd…DFA’d…..he hit .273 for BoSox with 1 HR…..612 OPS.
    In 105 PA…2 BB and 22 K.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Article on the difference between Dempster and Garza….hardly none.

    Dempster might not get the same kind of notoriety as Garza, but when you look at their recent body of work, you can see just how similar they actually are.Garza/Dempster: 2009-12:PlayerBB%K%HR/9Garza8.021.11.02Dempster8.721.51.00Their walk, strikeout, and home run rates are nearly identical over a sample that covers their last three seasons and change. Garza’s ERA is slightly lower (3.76 to 3.95) on account of posting a better batting average on balls in play (.281 to .301), but that’s a mark that is influenced heavily by a team’s defenders, and not surprisingly, a low BABIP isn’t something Garza was able to sustain after leaving Tampa Bay, a team that is often among the best in baseball at turning batted balls into outs.Despite their similar numbers, there are usually two arguments made in Garza’s favor — his “breakout” 2011 season and his prior success in the American League East. We’ll do with them in that order.There’s no question that last year was the best year of Garza’s career, setting personal bests in nearly every meaningful category. The most drastic change was in his home run rate (dropping from 1.23 HR/9 in 2010 to 0.64 HR/9 in 2011), which had always been a problem in prior years. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to have carried over to 2012, as he’s again giving up home runs in bunches, and his performance this season looks an awful lot like his pre-breakout performance of 2009.Garza’s “breakout” year?YearBB%K%HR/920099.222.01.1120128.222.61.24When you account for the relative strength of the different parks and leagues he was pitching in, Garza’s 2009 rated as a 94 xFIP-, which essentially means he was 6 percent above average in the skills that best predict future pitching performance. In 2012, his numbers equal that same 94 xFIP-, and his career mark is 96. In other words, Garza is pitching to the level you’d expect based on his career norms, and last year looks more like an aberration than any real breakout.Now, regarding that success against the tough AL East competitors. It’s true that Garza managed to hold his own while pitching for the Rays, but if the Orioles or Blue Jays are looking to bring him in because of his past success against the Red Sox and Yankees, they might want to look again.Garza’s career numbers vs.TEAMBB%K%HR/9MLB8.119.80.99BOS8.516.21.22NYY8.316.51.49The Red Sox and Yankees historically put some terrific lineups on the field, so there’s no shame in giving up a lot of home runs against them, but there’s not much evidence to suggest that Garza has some special skill that allows him to hold down the two offensive titans of the division. As most pitchers do, when faced with a series of good hitters, he performs worse than his overall numbers. This isn’t a knock against him, but a team should understand that Garza’s experience pitching in Tampa Bay doesn’t mean he actually performed all that well against the Yankees and Red Sox.Garza is a quality pitcher, but so is Dempster, and a team willing to settle for a 2012 rotation upgrade only would likely receive just as strong of a performance from the Cubs other starting pitcher for sale as they would by acquiring their supposed ace. Given Dempster’s age, higher salary and impending free agency, he won’t require the same kinds of sacrifices in terms of prospects to obtain, and whichever team gets Dempster might find that he’s not just a one-year rental after all.A change in the new collective bargaining agreement requires a team to make a one year qualifying offer equal to the average salary of the 125 highest paid players in baseball — most estimates place that around $12 to $13 million. At age 35, Dempster probably won’t be landing a lucrative long-term contract over the winter, and depending on how he finishes the season, he may be tempted to accept an offer of $12 million in salary for 2013 — after all, Hiroki Kuroda was a fairly similar free agent and ended up settling for $10 million last winter. Any team acquiring Dempster could have the option of either getting him back for 2013 at a fair salary without a long term commitment or getting draft pick compensation if he decides to sign elsewhere next winter. Either outcome could be beneficial to the team.For the rebuilding Cubs, they probably wouldn’t be interested in retaining Dempster at that price next year, so they’re less likely to make the qualifying offer than a club who expects to be a contender. But, other teams in need of a short-term rotation upgrade could see Dempster as a significant boost to their playoff chances this year while also offering some potential future value as well.Garza is the brand name product, while Dempster is the generic version, but as in most cases, buying the generic can get you the same product at a fraction of the cost. My advice to teams looking to the Cubs for pitching help — you want Dempster, not Garza.

    • Zonk

      Dempseter has been very good, no question.  W-L record is meaningless; says more about the team than it does Demp.

      Demp seems open to being traded.  The question is:  What kind of value would he bring?

      He has value.  If Dempster was DFA’ed, would another team pick-up his contract?  Yes, in about 2 seconds.  So, he has baseball value, regardless of how much $ the Cubs send with him.

      The value he would return depends, (besides his next few starts), on how much money the Cubs will pay.  I think the Cubs are in a position to pick up the tab on Dempster for a team that is budget-crunched, in return for a better prospect(s).

      The Yankees would seem like a fit, though they would probably look to send less talent and just pay his salary. 

      Cincy could REALLY use him, and Dusty knows Demp.  Plus, Cincy has the talent to give up in their minor league system, and probably needs the Cubs to pay some of the freight. 

      The new CBA rules add an extra wrinkle.  You can’t get draft pick comp now for players you acquire mid-season.  The Cubs can get 1st rnd pick if they give Demp a “qualifying offer”, which will be a one-year contract in the $12-13 mil range.  At this point, he is probably worth such a contract, so draft pick comp is a possibility for him.

      • Brp921

        Zonk, you make a good point about the Cub’s being in a position to pay the bulk of a traded player’s salary for more and better prospects to a low budget team in need. You mentioned Cincinnatti as an example though, and said they have the “talent to give up”. I am not seeing it in their minor league system. Who am I missing? If the Cub’s could trade Garza, Dempster and Soriano (now that he’s playing well) for a couple or three top prospects that would go a long way towards fixing their farm system.

  • Biggio Boy

    Ok, I have seen enough, on July 1 the following needs to be done:

    1. Bring up Vitters, put him at third and leave him there for rest of the season. Ian Stewart will never hit with a bad wrist that has not healed in almost three years.

    2. Bring up Brett Jackson, put him anywhere in the outfield and trade or release Reed Johnson.

    3. Bring up Rizzo, put him at firstbase and leave him there, play him everyday. Put LaHair in leftfield or trade him while his value is high.

    4. Do something with Alfonso Soriano. Playing him is not helping the rebuilding of the team. If you have to cut him, then cut him and eat the salary. A team will pick him up off waivers and the Cubs will then only have to pay 85% of his salary. He can be a good DH for some AL team.

    5. Find the best trades for Dempster, DeJeuss, Soto, Garza, Marmol and start re-stocking the farm system.

    If the Cubs are going to lose 100+ games, they should do it with all young players. Role players and aging veterans only taking at bats away from young players.

    Go 100% young, let the kids play!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tony_Hall

      This pretty much is going to happen.  Except the part about someone will pick up 15% of his pay if they cut him.  If they cut him, the Cubs will pay all of his salary, minus league minimum, if someone picks him up.

  • John_CC

    It would be nice to see Soriano clobber a couple more HR this series out of the DH.  I know they still have to pay the majority of his salary, but he DOES have value as a DH.  

  • Marvin Ferguson

    Soriano, Johnson, Lahair, Castro etc etc etc. The Cubs are fighting back with hits. Sharpen up the bull pen and things will get better for the Cubs. Go Cubs go!