Wintry conditions would be an improvement over what’s going on here at Wrigley Field this afternoon. High winds are blowing sea spray across Wrigley Field, and it’s got to be about 38 degrees. What will it take for the Cubs to call this one off? UPDATE: The Cubs just made it official at about 3:35 p.m., calling the game and rescheduling it as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow. The game times are 1:20 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Seems to me they could have called this game at noon today, but the Cubs said a lot went into the decision, including consulting the Padres, who play at home Thursday.
The Cubs will go with Matt Garza in Game 1 tomorrow and James Russell in Game 2.
Tuesday's scheduled lineup
Let’s get a topic or two out there. Last night, Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena bunted for a single leading off the seventh inning to foil the shift the Padres had on against him. That’s pretty much standard practice by other teams against Pena, whom the Cubs are paying to hit home runs. So far, he has none. He might have had at least one last night except for those aforementioned hawkish winds.
Manager Mike Quade was asked about the bunt.
“I like the idea, especially on a night like this,” Quade said after the game. “You see that ball he hit to left field? He crushed that ball. All right, guess what? Maybe a bunt single is the way to go sometimes. A two-strike bunt single is a little bit more than I bargained for. He’s bound and determined to take some basehits that way, and he’s shown it two or three times already this year. We talked a lot about it in the spring. You kind of wonder because people are shifting himself so much in the spring: Should he show it in the spring or just leave it alone and then do it now? After his first attempt, I really didn’t like his approach. I thought, maybe not. But his second approach was perfect. We need him to hit homers, but he can contribute a whole bunch by getting on base. On nights like this, where we’re scrapping for a run, why not??”
Class AAA Iowa got 4 runs in the seventh to beat Memphis 5-2. Thomas Diamond worked 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs while walking two and striking out seven. Scott Moore was 2-for-3 with a walk. Lou Montanez was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI, giving him 14. Lefty John Gaub (1-) earned the win in relief, working 2 innings and striking out three. We may see him this year. Scott Maine earned his third save.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty hit his fourth homer for Class AA Tennessee, but the Smokies lost 5-4 in 10 to Carolina. Chris Rusin pitched and worked 5 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. Flaherty has 13 RBI to lead the team. Third baseman Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to five games, going 1-for-3 with an RRI.
Class A Daytona lost 7-4 to Clearwater. Jae-Hoon Ha hit his first homer and extended his hitting streak to five games. Matt Cerda was 3-for-4 with a walk.
Peoria (A) lost 4-2 to Quad Cities, as Quad Cities scored 3 in the first against Hayden Simpson, last year’s top pick. Simpson (0-1, 4.26 ERA) worked 4 innings, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs while walking two and striking out three. First baseman Greg Rohan extended a hitting streak to 10 games, going 1-for-5. Rubi Silva was 2-for-5. Local boy Elliot Soto was 1-for-3 with a walk.