Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 08/18/12

Game One Hundred Nineteen: Cubs (46-72) vs. Reds (73-46)
Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184/914
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati

Brooks Raley (0-2, 9.00/1.70) vs. Todd Redmond (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Reds hit three more home runs in game one and beat the Cubs for the fifth straight game. The Reds have just pounded Cubs’ pitching over the last seven games. Not only are the Reds hitting longballs but seemingly every hit is for extra bases. The Cubs have been outscored by the Reds 32-21 over the last six games (1-5 record).

The Cubs recalled Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to make tonight’s start. The new CBA allows teams to expand their roster by one player for scheduled doubleheaders and the 10-day rule does not apply to players recently optioned to the minor leagues. Raley will be optioned back to Iowa following tonight’s game and will be eligible to be recalled to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Rockies.

Prior to game one, Dale Sveum said he would be emptying his bench for game two. Bryan LaHair, Adrian Cardenas, Luis Valbuena, Steve Clevenger and Joe Mather are all expected to start the night game.

In other news … Reports following game one indicated that Welington Castillo is dealing with a sore right foot that almost kept him out of the lineup. Castillo’s injury was revealed when Dale Sveum was asked about Castillo not running to second on his bloop single in the ninth inning.

Wherever he is, Ernie Banks has to be smiling … game two all starts with Brooks Raley.

Brooks Raley put together his first quality start five days ago against the Reds and it will be interesting to see how the rookie southpaw responds tonight. Raley threw the ball rather well and made only two mistakes, and both cost him runs. Raley allowed three runs on five hits in six innings to the Reds last Sunday at Wrigley. All three runs scored on home runs by Jay Bruce (two-run homer in the fifth) and Ryan Ludwick (solo home run in the sixth). Being successful at the big league level is all about adjustments and Raley will get his first big test tonight.

Brooks Raley has been solid and not-so-solid in his first two starts and will face a big challenge tonight against a team that has faced him in a park that is not too friendly to pitchers like Brooks Raley.

Jay Bruce (1-for-3 with a home run), Miguel Cairo (1-for-2 with a double), Zack Cozart (0-for-3), Todd Frazier (2-for-3), Ryan Hanigan (0-for-1 with a walk), Ryan Ludwick (1-for-3), Brandon Phillips (0-for-3) and Drew Stubbs (0-for-3) faced Brooks Raley last week.

The Cubs will get their first look at right hander Todd Redmond. The Reds acquired the 27-year old right hander from the Braves for Paul Janish on July 14. Redmond was 6-6 in 18 starts for Triple-A Gwinnett with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP before the trade and is 2-3 in five games, four starts, for Triple-A Louisville with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 134 2/3 innings, Redmond has notched 125 strikeouts with just 34 walks.

In eight minor league seasons, Todd Redmond is 71-59 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP … 966 strikeouts with 294 walks in 1171 1/3 innings.

The Cubs have not fared too well in the past when facing a pitcher for the first time … especially one that is making his big league debut.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Game two lineup:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Mather – LF
    Rizzo – 1B
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – RF
    Clevenger – C
    Jackson – CF
    Cardenas – 2B
    Raley – P

    • paulcatanese

      Not all players here, but definately a look at the future.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Not quite the six out of nine homegrown players as in game one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Jon Heyman: the 8th year option on Castro deal will be $16M. buyout will be $1M (the $1M counts toward the $60M guarantee). #cubs

  • Ripsnorter1

    Brett Jackson did not fan vs Cueto in 3 AB. That’s an improvement.

    Keith Moreland said that Vitters missed two cookies –hanging sliders–right down the middle today. One was a fly out to deep LF; the other a pop out.

    Gotta hit those cookies. You don’t see too many of them.

  • Tony_Hall

    Now is the time to make the rookie pay…we need a hit right now.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Redmond won’t last 4 innings vs this offense!

      27 pitches in the 1st inning.

  • Tony_Hall

    BJAX!!!! Finally…his first home run!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Yeah. Against AAA pitcher. Why not start Vitters to help his confidence, too?

      • Tony_Hall

        Always a negative thought….

        And I agree on Vitters, this is the game he should have started, IF, he was going to only play 1 game.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Not a negative thought, Tony….REALITY.

          Ask yourself this question: Is it true or not?
          He’s a 27 year old rookie who is appearing in his first ML game. EVER.

          • Tony_Hall

            Why can’t you just say, nice shot?

          • Tony_Hall

            BJAX said that he is also a friend that he played with on TEAM USA a couple of times. Just because a guy is 27 and in AAA, doesn’t mean he is bad at baseball.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Rizzo says that the best hitter on the Iowa Cubs AAA team was Cardenas. Why doesn’t he get a few more ABs?

          • Tony_Hall

            I wonder that as well, but bet it has to do with his defense more than his offense.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson hit his first big league
    homer off Todd Redmond in the second inning of Saturday night’s game …
    1-1 pitch over the wall in right

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Raley with his first hit

  • Tony_Hall

    The Cubs may have found their way to beat these rookies, start a lineup with as many guys who just played in AAA.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bad call on the called third strike to Jackson.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Is this the inning Redmond gets knocked out of the box? He’s not looking too healthy right now.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Next inning.

  • Dorasaga

    I hope no one will complain that Rizzo hacked the first two pitches he saw with men on base. :-))

    • gary3411

      Second and Third is a time you do hack.

      • Dorasaga

        And Rizzo slide through home plate pretty strong, too.

  • Dorasaga

    ANother good inning by Raley. He got a nasty breaker; Reds are known to hack, but it’s still amusing to see big leaguers swing over it.

  • Dorasaga

    Another good slide, this time by Cardenas. Who’s been teaching these young players the right way to play baseball?

  • Tony_Hall

    Tonight we may have seen why BJAX k’s so much…2 k’s, with both strike 3’s out of the zone. He has a very good eye.

    Now for him to cut down his k’s, he needs to learn to foul those pitches off and not give the ump a chance to call it strike 3, as they were really to close to take.

    • Dorasaga

      That 3rd K was a borderline strike according to pitch f/x. But yeah, I think Brett is one of those kinds who needs to learn the league. He’s been testing and swinging on first pitches, and may hit better with his selective zone.

      • Dorasaga

        I mean 2nd K, against Lecure.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Jorge Soler just homered on a 0-2 pitch.

    • Tony_Hall

      And first 3 hit game…didn’t someone just post that they saw him last night and he looked over-matched…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Raley with a solid outing tonight

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soler is 4-for-4 tonight with a homer, a double and two singles

    • Dorasaga

      Nevermind. I just checked online. 20 years old at rookie-ball AZL…

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Close .. 20 years old.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus with a homer to right center

  • Dorasaga

    Dejesus hit a much needed run outta field for Marmol to walk one. :-))

  • Tony_Hall

    DeJesus has been flexing his muscles lately.

  • Tony_Hall

    Somehow, when an ump gives our pitchers the calls on the outer ring of the strike zone, I seem to like it….

  • Dorasaga

    There went the threat. Ludwick struck out by a high fastball.

    • Dorasaga

      I think Marmol just lost it pitching Frazier. Just the fastball, though; the sliders got him.

  • Dorasaga

    W.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Reds 9-7 in game two – Brooks Raley: 4R, 3ER, 5H, 2BB, 4K, 5.1IP; Starlin Castro:
    3-for-5,2B,3B,2RBI,SB,R; Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-5,RBI,2R; Brett Jackson: 1-for-5,HR; Bryan LaHair:
    1-for-3, 2RBI, 2BB, R

    Brooks Raley with his first win

  • Zonk

    I am surprised there isn’t more comments on the Castro extension. If the numbers are true, it’s a club-friendly one for the Cubs. I particularly like the $16 mil club option for 2020.

    His agent probably didn’t want to go much beyond 8 years, as Castro will be 31 when that contract runs out, and still in position for another FA payday.

    But until then, you have to figure the 3 years of free agency they bought out, possibly 4, would have cost at least $12 mil apiece if he continues to play well. That makes the rest of the contract super-cheap by comparison.

    Any way you slice it, a good deal for the Cubs

    • paulcatanese

      NINE RUNS,NINE RUNS, HOW, WHO? Wish I could have seen this one, great win. Sveum, take these kids for ice cream and pizza!!!

    • paulcatanese

      A good deal for the Cubs especialy with the lack of love for the Cubs by Kinzer(Aramis).

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      With the reports coming mainly from the National media, I think most are waiting until the deal is official. The Dempster debacle has made me wait a little longer than in the past to post the extension. If the numbers are correct, it is a good deal for the Cubs and Castro.

  • Tom U

    Rock Shoulders with a grand slam for Boise, as they lead Tri-City 5-0 in the top of the fourth.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Castro batting cleanup…..they should let Vitters play. This guy Redmond is simply a AAA pitcher. Why not?