Joe Maddon’s team spent the weekend in Milwaukee and ended up winning a series against the pesky Brewers. Dexter Fowler supplied the spark, and a few big hits on Friday night in his return to the lineup. Fowler led off the game with a home run, doubled in a pair runs and scored twice. Saturday did not go the Cubs way.
After being blanked for five innings on Sunday, the Cubs scored one in the sixth and five in the seventh with Anthony Rizzo delivering the big hit a bases clearing double.
The Cubs took two of three from the Brewers in what was basically a home crowd at Wrigley North. But it wasn’t all good news in Milwaukee. Addison Russell had to leave Sunday’s finale with a bruised left heel.
The Cubs won their third series in a row. This is the first time since 1936 the Cubs have won three-straight series to begin the ‘second half’ of a season.
The Cubs lead in the NL Central is 7 ½ games over the Cardinals and 8 ½ games in front of the Pirates.
The Cubs made several roster moves that included the addition of Joe Nathan.
Josh Reddick, Rays Pitchers and Jay Bruce were in the rumor mill. And the Reddick rumblings just keep getting louder.
As for Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs are reportedly on the verge of acquiring the closer from the Yankees. Reports surfaced late Saturday the Yankees were close to trading him and told teams they will be holding onto Andrew Miller for now.
Reports popped up Sunday morning that the Cubs were strong in the mix for Chapman. And just after the 27th out was recorded by Hector Rondon at Wrigley North, reports indicated the Cubs were on the verge of acquiring Chapman and Gleyber Torres was part of the package of players that will be sent to the Bronx.
Here are the reports from the last three-plus days filled with all the news, notes, roster moves, recaps and rumors to keep you busy while waiting on the announcement the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman.
Cubs Reportedly Looking at Outfielder Josh Reddick
The Cubs have been interested in outfielder Josh Reddick since they lost Kyle Schwarber for the season. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the front office know Reddick and realize the offense could use another left-handed bat to balance out the lineup, especially with Jason Heyward struggling at the plate.
The Cubs rumored interest in Reddick picked up considerably throughout the weekend. Here are links to all of the reports:
- Cubs Reportedly Looking at Outfielder Josh Reddick
- More Rumblings about Cubs Interest in Josh Reddick
- Josh Reddick, Rays Pitchers High on Cubs List
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/22/16
Tom recapped all of the action Down on the Farm at the end of the week.
The Eugene Emeralds won the first half championship and will participate in the post-season.
Performances by Eddy Julio Martinez and Jen-Ho Tseng stuck out while a majority of the focus on the Cubs’ system was on the rehabbing Dexter Fowler.
Click on the link for all of the info from Down on the Farm.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Hit the Road with the Best Record in Baseball
Following Thursday’s off-day, the Cubs hit the road for five games that started with a weekend series at Miller Park, or Wrigley Field North as it turned out to be once again.
The Cubs quietly went about reclaiming the best record in baseball while everyone was focused on the deal that was made with the Mariners.
Jorge Soler and Joe Nathan continued their rehab assignments.
Ryan Kalish’s career is in jeopardy. Kalish will not play the remainder of this season and next season is also doubtful. By all accounts Kalish is one heck of a person, as a ballplayer, he can’t seemingly catch a break.
Daily Report includes all of the news, notes, links, This Day in Cubs History and of course all of the rumors.
Cubs Reportedly a Potential Suitor for Outfielder Jay Bruce
It’s believed the Cubs front office would like to add a lefty hitting outfielder to the mix. Josh Reddick is high on their list. According to Jon Paul Morosi, Jay Bruce is also of interest to the Cubs.
From the Wire: Cubs Activate Dexter Fowler, Mike Montgomery and Option Albert Almora Jr. and Spencer Patton to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs activated Dexter Fowler from the 15-day DL before Friday’s opener in Milwaukee. The Cubs officially placed Mike Montgomery on the 25-man roster. To make room for Fowler and Montgomery, the Cubs optioned Albert Almora Jr. and Spencer Patton to Iowa.
- From the Wire: Cubs Activate Dexter Fowler, Mike Montgomery and Option Albert Almora Jr. and Spencer Patton to Triple-A Iowa
- Dexter’s Back and Leading Off for the Cubs in Opener at Miller Park
Welcome Back Dexter Fowler! – Cubs 5, Brewers 2
It was obvious to anyone that watches the Cubs how much the team missed Dexter Fowler while he was on the DL. For those that had their doubts, Dexter Fowler provided a very good reminder Friday night in Milwaukee.
Fowler led off the game with a home run, doubled in two more runs in the second inning and scored the fourth on a sac fly from Anthony Rizzo. Fowler finished the game with three hits, scored two runs and drove in three on the night.
Jason Hammel had another good outing, but one that was likely cut shorter than it should have been. The offense could not put away the Brewers and when Ryan Braun was due up representing the tying run, Joe Maddon went to the bullpen.
It was a good, but weird start, to the three-game series at Wrigley Field North.
The Daily CCO: Dexter Fowler’s Return, Carl Edwards Jr. and Other Cubs News and Rumors
Dexter Fowler was obviously the talk surround the Cubs following the win over the Brewers. Fowler’s presence was felt as the Cubs played with a much-needed and missed look at the top of the lineup.
Carl Edwards Jr. was extremely impressive in relief of Jason Hammel on Friday night in Milwaukee.
Albert Almora Jr. talked about his demotion to Triple-A. Joe Nathan made his final appearance with the I-Cubs.
Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan reported to Double-A Tennessee.
All of the news, notes, links, along with This Day in Cubs History, included in the Daily Report.
Lackey Struggles, Cubs Serve Up Three Homers in Loss to Brewers – Brewers 6, Cubs 1
The Cubs dropped the middle game of the series in Milwaukee. The Brewers hit three home runs, two by the sub-.200 hitting Kirk Nieuwenhuis. All six Brewers’ runs scored on the three longballs.
Addison Russell singled in the only run for The Cubs.
It was a rough and frustrating night for Joe Maddon’s team.
The Daily CCO: Addison Russell’s Offense is Catching Up with the Defense and Cubs News and Rumors
Addison Russell has really hit like the All-Star that he is over the last month. And he’s been on fire after he returned from San Diego and the break. The Cubs’ inconsistent offense could really use another force and Russell’s bat is catching up with his glove.
The Daily Report includes updates on Brian Matusz, Jorge Soler, Chris Coghlan, Trevor Cahill and the mess on the South Side.
Along with all of the news, notes, links and rumors, the Daily Report includes This Day in Cubstory.
From the Wire: Cubs Activate Joe Nathan, Option Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs made two more roster moves Sunday. Veteran right-hander Joe Nathan was activated from the 60-day DL. And to make room for Nathan on the 25-man roster, Adam Warren was optioned to Iowa.
Addison Russell Leaves Sunday’s Game with a Left Heel Contusion
Addison Russell fouled a ball off his foot on Saturday. The injury worsened and by the fourth inning Sunday, the Cubs thought it was best to remove him from the game.
Russell is officially listed as day-to-day.
Cubs Come All the Way Back, Outlast the Brewers in Marathon at Wrigley North – Cubs 6, Brewers 5
The Cubs were down 4-0 going into the sixth inning. Ben Zobrist drove in the Cubs’ first run in the sixth and last run in the seventh. In between the Cubs scored four runs with Anthony Rizzo delivering the big hit, a bases clearing double that gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead.
Jon Lester had a tough day on the hill and was out of the game before he could record an out in the fifth.
Joe Nathan picked up his first win in his Cubs’ debut. Nathan pitched the sixth. After giving up a triple and a walk to start the inning, Nathan struck out Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter in order to end the inning.
The Cubs pen did an excellent job once again, only one mistake and run.