It is getaway day and an early start for the Cubs after a frustrating loss to the Phillies on Tuesday night. The Cubs had chances late to at least tie the game but were unable to push across a run. Even with dropping the first game of the season to the Phillies, the Cubs are 11-3 in their last 14 games, and have a chance to have Meat Loaf on the flight to Atlanta.
John Lackey gets the ball in the season finale with the Phillies (12:05pm CDT).
The Cubs have six more games on the road trip after Wednesday. Joe Maddon’s team gets a much needed day off Thursday following a 13-game stretch in 13 days.
Post-Game Reports and Recap
Kyle Hendricks hung a curve and the Cubs could not hit Jerad Eickhoff’s curveball on Tuesday night in the 3-2 loss to the Phillies.
The Cubs dropped a one-run game and are under .500 in games decided by one-run. The Cubs are 7-8 in the 15 one-run games and 20-3 in games decided by five or more runs.
The Cubs lead in the run differential department by a large margin. The Cubs have a plus-142 run differential, two times more than the Red Sox (+71). The Nationals (+59), Mariners (+53), Cardinals (+53) and Indians (+42) round out the leaderboard according to Peter Gammons.
Here are the post-game reports and recap from Tuesday night:
- CCO – Cubs Have Trouble with the Curve
- The Tribune – Unheralded Phillies starter baffles Cubs hitter in 3-2 loss
- The Sun-Times – Phillies beat the Cubs 3-2 behind starter’s seven strong innings
- Comcast SportsNet – Cubs suffer rare off night on offense in loss to Phillies
Jorge Soler was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a strained left hamstring. The Cubs have not given a timetable on when he will return.
“We’re trying to hold back on any kind of timeframe,” Maddon said to Comcast SportsNet. “We don’t want to put any kind of finish line on it. We definitely want him to see our doctor before we put any kind of specific plan together. He’s out for a bit, obviously. I don’t know exactly how long. But it’s too bad, man. He’s starting to come on.”
The Sun-Times pointed out that Soler landed on the disabled list for the sixth time in less than three years, the third time due to hamstring injuries.
Joe Maddon would not label Soler as injury prone. Maddon said he’s seen players that early in their careers they had problems staying healthy then “all of a sudden they stop getting hurt.”
Albert Almora Jr.
Albert Almora Jr. received the call that every kid and every young ballplayer dreams about. Almora Jr. was called up Monday night and was in Philadelphia well in advance of the game with the Phillies. Almora Jr. made his big league debut Tuesday night in a pinch-hitter’s role. Almora Jr. hit for Kyle Hendricks to lead off the sixth inning and grounded out to third base on a 1-0 pitch. Almora Jr. made good contact, just hit the ball right to Maikel Franco.
After giving hive-fives and hugging his teammates in the clubhouse, Almora Jr. talked to the beat writers before the game.
Almora Jr. said being called up was “a dream come true” and he discussed the emotional conversation he had with his father. Almora Jr. and his father have a special bond. His father was not able to make the trip to Philadelphia due to “undergoing final rounds of cancer treatment.” The Cubs play in Miami in two weeks (June 23-26), but Almora Jr. would not allow himself to think that far ahead.
Miguel Montero is “so proud” of Almora Jr. The Cubs’ catcher had a ‘talk’ with Almora Jr. last season while Montero was on a rehab assignment with the Smokies. Montero said saw a difference this year in Triple-A and pointed out to the beat writers that he’s a “totally different guy” now.
Joe Maddon said Almora Jr. will not play every day. Maddon will work him in as part of the rotation and he could see more time against left-handed pitchers than right-handers. And it sounds like Almora Jr. will play more left field that center. Almora Jr. told the beat writers he was just there to help the team win any way he can. He is comfortable playing all three outfield spots.
The Cubs received very good news about Willson Contreras.
Contreras did not play Tuesday after leaving Monday’s game with a foot injury. Iowa skipper Marty Pevey said Contreras is not expected to be placed on the disabled list. And Pevey was very relieved that it was a minor injury. Contreras did not play Tuesday.
Wednesday is an off-day for the I-Cubs. Contreras will benefit from the extra day of rest. And he told the Des Moines Register that he expects to be back in the lineup Thursday.
Iowa begins a four-game series with Round Rock on Thursday night at Principal Park.
Reports indicated the front office thought about bringing up Murton instead of promoting Albert Almora Jr. Murton could still make his way back to the majors this season.
Murton is batting .329/.366/.434 in 28 games with five doubles and a home run for a .800 OPS.
Murton had to leave the game with an apparent injury. According to the Des Moines Register, Murton was tracking a fly ball to left. Stopped running and had the ball land in front of him. The trainer went out to look at Murton and he left the game.
Marty Pevey said Murton had a cramp. And Pevey is hoping Murton is able to avoid the disabled list.
Marty Pevey did not know who would replace Albert Almora Jr. on Iowa’s roster. But there could be a couple of outfielders added before Thursday’s game at Principal Park against Round Rock with Murton’s injury.
News, Notes and Rumors
• Robert Feder reported the Cubs run up The Score in radio ratings.
• According to Mark Feinsand the Yankees have their new Mariano Rivera in Andrew Miller.
• Javier Baez received questions via the Twitter machine and ESPN Chicago posted the answers.
• The Cubs have not been charged with an error in seven games, the longest stretch of the season according to the Sun-Times.
• RHP Enrique De Los Rios caught Bill Mitchell’s attention. The Cubs prospect was in the high-80s last year. Mitchell reported De Los Rios is in the 91-94 mph range this spring. The 21-year old appeared in eight games, made three starts, for the AZL Cubs last summer and was 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. De Los Rios allowed 14 runs, 10 earned, on 25 hits with five walks and 18 strikeouts in 26 innings. And he will be one to keep an eye on this summer based on Mitchell’s report.
• The Indians skipped RHP Danny Salazar this time through the rotation. The Indians are in first place in the AL Central and will not be trading one of their starters the Cubs have been linked to (Salazar, Carrasco) before the deadline. The Indians may be looking for offense but the two teams no longer seem to matchup based on injuries both clubs have dealt with this season.
• Comcast SportsNet posted its highest ratings for a Cubs game since August 2009 on Monday night.
• According to Bruce Levine, the White Sox want to keep adding. Levine asked if the Reds’ Jay Bruce could be next.
• The Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Mets on Tuesday and reduced the Cubs lead in the division to 8 ½ games. And the Pirates are getting a big lift in the rotation. The Pirates announced Tuesday that RHP Jameson Taillon will make his Major League debut Wednesday night at PNC Park against Noah Syndergaard and the Mets. Taillon is the real deal regardless of how he pitches Wednesday. Taillon was 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA and 0.81 WHIP for Triple-A Indianapolis. In 10 starts, Taillon gave up 14 runs on 44 hits with 61 strikeouts and six walks in 61 2/3 innings.
• MLB released the second update on the AL All-Star balloting on Tuesday … and there are fewer Royals leading the way this time around (click here). The NL update comes out Wednesday afternoon.
And here is Addy’s ridiculous catch from Tuesday night …
— #VoteCubs (@Cubs) June 7, 2016
This Day in Cubstory
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2002 – Cubs released Leo Estrella
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1981 – Cubs selected Joe Carter in the first round (second overall pick) of the draft.
1981 – Cubs selected Vance Lovelace in the first round (16th pick) of the draft.
1981 – Cubs selected Darrin Jackson in the second round of the draft.
1976 – Cubs purchased Joe Coleman from the Tigers
1976 – Cubs selected Herman Segelke in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Karl Pagel in the first round (20th overall pick) of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Kurt Seibert in the third round of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Keith Drumright in the fourth round of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Greg Keatley in the fifth round of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Odie Davis in the seventh round of the draft.
1976 – Cubs selected Steve Davis in the 14th round of the draft.
1971 – Cubs selected Burt Hooton in the first round (second overall pick) of the draft.
1971 – Cubs selected Dennis Lamp in the third round of the draft.
1971 – Cubs selected Rob Sperring in the fifth round of the draft.
1971 – Cubs selected Jim Tyrone in the seventh round of the draft.
1971 – Cubs selected Dave Bergman in the 12th round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Rick James in the first round (sixth overall pick) of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Ken Rudolph in the second round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Ken Holtzman in the fourth round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Garry Jestadt in the seventh round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Joe Decker in the ninth round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Tom House in the 11th round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected John Hairston in the 16th round of the draft.
1965 – Cubs selected Jim Williams in the 20th round of the draft.
1957 – Cubs selected Chuck Tanner off waivers from the Milwaukee Braves.
1913 – Cubs purchased Roger Bresnahan from the Cardinals