The Cubs struggles on the six-game road trip continued Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The offense could not come up with a hit with runners in scoring position. And Jon Lester gave up four runs in the seventh that ended up being the difference in the game.
With the Giants losing to the Cardinals, the Cubs lead over San Francisco for the second Wild Card remains at 4 ½ games, five in the loss column. The Cubs slipped further behind the Pirates and the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs are six games back of Pittsburgh and 9 ½ behind St. Louis in the division.
Joe Maddon said Saturday that Javier Baez will likely be part of the first wave of September call-ups Tuesday when the roster expands.
Maddon explained “there are a lot of things” Baez can do to help the Cubs win games. Maddon has received good reports on Baez’s progress. According to the Sun-Times, Baez is “having good at-bats, more consistent at-bats in regards to being under control.” Maddon reiterated the plan for Baez is to see time at multiple positions. Baez has moved around the infield, starting games at short, second and third base for Iowa.
Javier Baez extended his hitting streak to 15 games on Saturday. Baez recorded hits in both games of a doubleheader with the Sacramento River Cats.
The I-Cubs swept a doubleheader over Sacramento on Saturday. Eric Jokisch went the distance in game one, a 5-1 victory over Sacramento. Jokisch allowed one run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in seven innings. Javier Baez started at second base and was 2-for-4 with a run scored and no strikeouts.
Game two took 12 innings for the I-Cubs to edge out the River Cats 2-1. Baez played short in the second game and was 1-for-6 with a strikeout. The game went into extra innings after Rafael Soriano served up a home run in the seventh that tied it at one.
Since returning from the disabled list, Baez is batting .316/.369/.507 with seven doubles, two triples and five home runs for a .876 OPS. Over his last 28 games, Javier Baez is 39-for-119 with five doubles, two triples and three home runs (.328/.367/.479). Baez has walked eight times with 29 strikeouts and a .846 OPS.
Joe Maddon said Saturday the team would likely call-up players from the minors in two waves. One on Tuesday, the first day the roster can be expanded, and the second after Iowa’s season is over.
Javier Baez will likely be part of the first wave Tuesday, along with INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and OF Quintin Berry. In order for Bonifacio and Berry to be added to the active roster on Sept. 1, the Cubs will have to open two spots on the 40-man roster.
RHP Rafael Soriano should be activated from the DL on Tuesday. And Carl Edwards Jr. is also expected to be called up Tuesday.
According to ESPN Chicago, “the Cubs have also discussed having a starting pitcher or two ready in September, if they’re needed.” The Cubs have three starters at Iowa currently on the 40-man … LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP Eric Jokisch and RHP Dallas Beeler.
And as previously reported, any player on the 40-man roster that is not called up as part of the first or second wave of additions will be sent to the team’s facility in Mesa to keep ready, just in case.
Joe Maddon was asked specifically about RHP Pierce Johnson and if he would be called up in September. According to Patrick Mooney, Johnson “is not on the Cubs radar for a September call-up.”
RHP Trevor Cahill had another scoreless outing for Iowa in the second game of the twin bill with Sacramento. Cahill made 13 pitches, nine for strikes, and retired all three batters he faced. Cahill struck out two and induced a grounder for the third out.
Cahill has appeared in four games for Iowa, all in relief. Cahill has given up four hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings (0.00 ERA, 1.05 WHIP).
The Cubs beat writers caught up with Chase Utley and asked him about choosing the Dodgers over the Cubs. Utley complimented the Cubs and said they “have a good organization” with “a lot of talent.” Utley thinks the Cubs “have an opportunity to win for a while.”
Utley would not say whether or not the Cubs were on the list of teams he would approve a trade to. According to Patrick Mooney, Utley refused to “get into specifics on whether or not he would have actually approved a trade to the Cubs or if he wanted to be in California all along.”
News, Notes and Rumors
• The Cubs are not expecting David Ross to rejoin the team Sunday according to a report from Carrie Muskat. Ross was told he could take his time. With Ross on leave due to personal reasons, Tuesday would seem like a good target for him to be activated and would give him two more days to take care of his family.
• According to the Sun-Times, Scott Boras said Jake Arrieta “is kind of ideal for the free agent dynamic.”
• Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday the Padres pulled Craig Kimbrel back from waivers on Friday. Six teams claimed Kimbrel according to Rosenthal. It is unknown which team was awarded the claim. San Diego reportedly did not plan on trading Kimbrel.
• Jamie Foxx took batting practice with the Cubs prior to Friday’s game at Dodger Stadium … Joe Maddon’s advice to Foxx, “Swing as hard as you can to the point you may fall down and hurt yourself because it looks better that way.”
And last, but not least, Vin Scully announced Friday night he would be returning in 2016 for his 67th season. Mr. Scully said Saturday next year will likely be his last season in the broadcast booth. During his career, Mr. Scully has seen Joe DiMaggio and Mike Trout and called games that were managed by Connie Mack (born in 1862) and that were played in by Addison Russell (born in 1994).
This Day In Cubstory
2010 – Carlos Zambrano became the first pitcher to hit a home run in eight straight seasons since Gary Peters (1963-1971). Zambrano hit a homer in a 14-2 victory over the Pirates
2007 – Cubs traded Buck Coats to the Reds for a PTBNL. Cubs received Marcos Mateo on Sept. 12, 2007 to complete the trade
2001 – Bill Mueller hit a walk-off home run that gave the Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Marlins. Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer and reached 80 RBI for the 14th straight season, only the second player in big league history to drive in 80 or more runs in 14 straight seasons, Hank Aaron holds the record, ‘Hammerin Hank’ did it 17 straight seasons.
1998 – Sammy Sosa hit home run No. 54 in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies
1992 – Rookie Jim Bullinger tossed a one-hitter against the Giants in his third big league start
1989 – The Cubs acquired Luis Salazar and Marvell Wynne from the Padres for Darrin Jackson, Calvin Schiraldi and a PTBNL. Cubs sent Phil Stephenson to San Diego on Sept. 5, 1989 to complete the trade
1982 – Sean Marshall, born
1979 – Cubs purchased Bruce Kimm from the Tigers
1978 – Todd Wellemeyer, born
1977 – Marlon Byrd, born
1971 – Cubs signed free agent Al Spangler
1945 – Stan Hack collected the 2,000th hit of his career, a single off the Pirates’ Preacher Roe in the first inning in Pittsburgh.
1941 – Carmen Fanzone, born
1930 – Hack Wilson drove in six runs in his return to the lineup. Wilson hit home runs No. 45 and 46 on the season in a 14-6 win over the Cardinals. Wilson finished August with 13 home runs and 53 RBI
1915 – Cubs traded Larry Cheney to Brooklyn for Joe Schultz
1898 – Kiki Cuyler, born