Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/21/14

Pitching was on center stage as Kane County’s Daury Torrez flirted with a perfect game while teammate Duane Underwood allowed only an unearned run in his second start.  Daytona’s tough-lock pitcher Felix Pena finally got some run support, but Ivan Pineyro could not say the same for Tennessee. C.J. Edwards picked up his first Double-A […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/17/14

Welcome to The CCO’s Thursday addition of Down on the Farm. In today’s article, Arismendy Alcantara comes close to hitting for the cycle, Carlos Penalver keeps on hitting, and Dustin Geiger leads all Cubs minor leaguers with four home runs. There were excellent pitching performances from Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/14/14

Week two saw some fancy pitching in Iowa as Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada helped the I-Cubs to a winning record. Tennessee even their record thanks to clutch hitting by Stephen Bruno and Wes Darvill. But times remain tough in Daytona as Saturday’s 7-1 romp was their only bright spot. Kane County took advantage of […]

Jose Veras Out as Cubs Closer

Rick Renteria addressed his bullpen, and specifically the closer situation on Saturday morning. After Friday night’s game in which Jose Veras could not find the strike zone and was charged with his second blown save of the season, Renteria said he was going to stick with Veras as his closer. Rick Renteria changed his mind […]

From the Wire … Cubs Recall Chris Rusin, Option Brian Schlitter to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday morning and optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa. The roster move should not come as a surprise with the Cubs adding Rusin to the big league roster. Rusin will be available out of the pen for Saturday’s game and should […]

Rambling about the Cubs as the Season Takes Hold

We are nine games into the season, and while 3-6 sounds bad, and well, is bad, there have been some bright spots and solid performances that have many Cubs fans slugging some light-blue kool aid right about now. There have also been plenty of frustrating moments as well, which is a given with a 3-6 […]

Cubs Give One Back to the Bucs – Pirates 5, Cubs 4

Game Nine: Cubs 4, Pirates 5 WP – Gerrit Cole (2-0) LP – James Russell (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jason Grilli (3) The Cubs played very good baseball for six innings on Thursday before the wheels fell off in the seventh inning. The Cubs took advantage of Pirates miscues and built a 4-0 lead. […]

Cubs Can’t Overcome Edwin Jackson – Pirates 7, Cubs 6

Game Seven – Cubs 6, Pirates 7 WP – Tony Watson (2-0, BS 1) LP – Pedro Strop (0-1) Save – Jason Grilli (2) Edwin Jackson had a bad outing and his teammates could not dig out of the hole he put them in. The Cubs battled back all night and tied the game two […]

Cubs Offense Breaks Out and Beats Burnett – Cubs 8, Phillies 3

Game Six – Cubs 8, Phillies 3 WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-2) LP – A.J. Burnett (0-1) Save – None The Cubs used a pair of four-run innings and a solid start by Carlos Villanueva to salvage the finale of the three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Cubs offense matched their season […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]