Sweeney, Dolis in for Cubs; Loe and Sappelt out (UPDATED)
It’s a happy 15th anniversary to the Kerry Wood 20-strikeout game at Wrigley Field today as the Cubs take on the other team from Texas, the Rangers. Wood struck out 20 Houston Astros on this date in 1998. We’ll update as we go today, as we have roster moves and Matt Garza pitching at Class AAA Iowa.
The Cubs have selected the contract of outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Iowa and recalled reliever Rafael Dolis from that club. They’ve optioned outfielder Dave Sappelt to Iowa and designated reliever Kameron Loe for assignment. Sweeney is likely to be used as a backup outfielder. At Iowa, he had a line of .337/.396/.627 with 6 homers, 2 doubles, 2 triples and 16 RBI. The Cubs are hoping Loe clears waivers and accepts an outright assignment to Iowa, where he can work on his sinker.
At Iowa today, Garza started and worked 3.1 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run (earned) while walking none and striking out three. He threw 54 pitches, 37 strikes. He’s likely to make his next rehab start at Class AA Tennessee, and the Cubs will then take it from there.
We’ll get more from manager Dale Sveum during the pregame chat.
UPDATE: GM Jed Hoyer spent a few minutes with us on the field. He was asked about Carlos Marmol and provided this answer as to why the Cubs keep running him out there:
“In the non-save situations, he’s actually thrown pretty well. Carlos has had a really long track record of success here. This team has expected a lot out of him over the years and ridden him really hard over the last few years. Some of that has probably taken a toll. His fastball and slider probably aren’t quite what they used to be. Part of that is because he’s been really durable and ridden hard by a number of managers here. He had a really good second half here last year. He threw well yesterday. He has struggled in save appearances. That’s been frustrating. I do think he’s a lightning rod here. I think some people sometimes forget how much he’s pitched here and how well he’s pitched at times here and just focus on his failures in save situations so far this year.”
We'll have much more for the paper tomorrow. One thing Hoyer pointed out about the offense was a lack of run-scoring in the middle of games, which has led to no blowout victories for the Cubs. In the fourth innings of games this year, the Cubs have scored a grand total of 5 runs. They've scored 14 in the fifth, 6 in the sixth, 11 in the seventh and 7 in the eighth.
Iowa on Sunday split a doubleheader with Oklahoma City, winning 5-2 and losing 4-3. Josh Vitters hit his first homer of the year in Game 1 and went 3-for-5 in the second game. In Game 1, Guillermo Moscoso worked 4 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. As we mentioned yesterday, Kyuji Fujikawa tossed 1 inning of rehab relief, throwing 21 pitches. He likely will go to Class AA Tennessee for his next outing and then rejoin the Cubs.
“No pain,” Fujikawa told the Des Moines Register through an interpreter. “Feels good.”
The Register also reported that third baseman Ian Stewart, optioned to Iowa last Friday off his rehab stint, has not officially reported to the club, missing the weekend games. Stewart has 72 hours to report.
In the second game, Brooks Raley got a no-decision, working 5 innings and giving up 6 hits and 2 runs while walking none and striking out four. Brian Bogusevic was 2-for-4 with a walk.
Class AA Tennessee was blanked 6-0 by Mississippi. Kyle Hendricks took the loss, working 5 innings and giving up 9 hits and 5 runs, 2 earned. He walked none and struck out five. He’s 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA. Zach Rosscup, obtained in the Garza trade with Tampa Bay, has a 1.23 ERA in his last 6 outings.
Class A Daytona lost 1-0 to St. Lucie on a walk-off single. Yeiper Castillo pitched well in getting no decision. He threw 6 innings, giving up 2 hits and no runs while walking one and striking out seven. He has a 2.70 ERA and a 15-inning scoreless streak. Third baseman Ben Carhart has a 10-game hitting streak as he went 1-for-3 with a steal. He’s 17-for-37 in the streak.
The Kane County Cougars (A) won their sixth in a row, beating Dayton 2-0. Michael Heesch got the win with 7.1 innings of 4-hit shutout ball. He walked none and struck out five. Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-4. Oliver Zapata has a seven-game hitting streak (9-for-23).