A not-so-good Tuesday for the Cubs ended on a positive note. After the Cubs could not hold off the Reds and ended up losing both games of the doubleheader, the team announced Darwin Barney would be placed on the paternity list in order to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Darwin Barney has been hitting much better of late (12-for-31 last eight games with two doubles and a triple) while turning in play after play in the field. While Barney is out for the next two days, the Cubs will call-up one of the top prospects in the system.
Arismendy Alcantara has been called up for the last two games in Cincinnati and will return to Iowa for the weekend. Alcantara will play in the Triple-A All-Star game next week. But for the next two days, Alcantara has a chance to play on a Major League field in a big league game that actually counts. And Alcantara, if he plays, will face two very good starting pitchers in Alfredo Simon and Homer Bailey, and a Reds bullpen stocked with hard throwers.
So while it is only a half a cup of coffee for Arismendy Alcantara, at least there will be a cup of coffee to go with the front office’s cookie.
Kris Bryant was ejected from Tuesday night’s game in Omaha for basically arguing balls and strikes, the first time in his professional career Bryant has been ejected from a game.
Bryant did not agree with the strike zone and ending up striking out in the bat he took a called strike. Bryant told the ump after the at bat, “That’s on you” according to a report from ESPN Chicago and Bryant was tossed. Marty Pevey was also ejected from the game when he defended Bryant.
Kris Bryant admitted after the game he had used that phrase before and did not realize he said anything wrong at the time.
This is just one example of the lessons players must learn in the minor leagues.
In other Kris Bryant news … Jason McLeod told ESPN Chicago, now is not the time to move Kris Bryant to the outfield. Bryant is working on his defense at third, and for now, the Cubs see him as a third baseman.
News and Notes
Chris Rusin is staying in the Cubs pen according to a report from Cubs.com. Rusin was being considered for a spot in the rotation but the Cubs have decided to leave him in the pen for now. The Cubs will have to send out a reliever to make room for Dallas Beeler on the active roster, and that move will likely be Blake Parker returning to Iowa. Could the Cubs be closing in on a deal for one of the lefty relievers?
The Cubs have confidence in Chris Coghlan hitting leadoff for the team according to a report from Cubs.com.
There is not a timetable yet on when Emilio Bonifacio will return.
And, just case you haven’t been reminded enough … Go #VoteRizzo
Minor News and Notes
Javier Baez (1-for-4) and Kris Bryant (1-for-4) hit back-to-back in Iowa’s lineup for the first time Tuesday night … Baez hit third, Bryant fourth. Over his last 10 games, Javier Baez has a .265/.366/.618 line with three doubles, three home runs, six walks and 10 strikeouts.
Addison Russell and Jorge Soler did not play Tuesday. Russell and Soler are recovering from hamstring injuries and Tuesday was a scheduled day off for both players.
Mark Zagunis went 0-for-4 Tuesday night. Zagunis is hitting .364/.512/.455 in nine games for Boise with eight walks, five strikeouts and a .966 OPS.
Chesny Young is 6-for-8 in three games with Boise and is 7-for-14 with a double in five games in the Cubs system.
Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI Tuesday night. Schwarber is batting .379/.471/.707/1.177 in 16 games with Kane County. Schwarber has seven doubles and four home runs to go along with eight walks and 12 strikeouts in 58 at bats.
Kevin Brown is quietly putting together a good season. Brown has played in 22 games for Tennessee, Kane County and Boise and is hitting .314/.375/.535 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and a .910 OPS. Brown went 2-for-4 for the Cougars Tuesday night with a home run and a double.
Albert Almora is hitting .415/.455/.683 over his last 10 games with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, three walks, three strikeouts and a 1.137 OPS.
In the wake of the trade, the Cubs will see the next wave of pitching according to a report from Tony Andracki.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs released Augie Ojeda
2005 – On the first pitch in his first big league plate appearance, 24-year old outfielder Adam Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by a 92 mph fastball thrown by Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg suffered a concussion and experienced positional vertigo as a result of the beaning. Greenberg entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter.
2001 – Sammy Sosa lost the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities to Luis Gonzalez
1970 – Cubs traded Archie Reynolds to the Angels for Juan Pizarro
1969 – Rookie Jimmy Qualls one-out single in the ninth spoiled Tom Seaver’s no-hit bid. The Cubs lost to the Mets 4-0 at Shea Stadium in ‘The Imperfect Game’
1955 – Willie Wilson, born
1946 – Cubs purchased Doyle Lade from the White Sox