Marmol says he doesn't want out of Chicago
It was another teapot-tempest kind of day earlier as Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol denied a web site report that he wants out of town. The site, Bleacher Nation, wrote a story based on tweets and photos sent to the site by someone who photographed Marmol and his agents in a public area of his apartment building. The report had Marmol saying he “can’t wait” to get out of Chicago.
“I know what I said, but I didn’t say anything about baseball,” Marmol said. “I don’t know who that guy is or why he tweeted it or whatever. I don’t know where that came from.”
Marmol went on to say he loves Chicago and wants to stay here. The web site since has apologized for the way it handled the story.
The Cubs face the Rockies in the series finale tonight with Jeff Samardzija looking to pick up his first victory since Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Samardzija is 1-5 with a good ERA of 3.70 and a WHIP of 1.25.
“Hopefully he just doesn’t have that one pitch or one mistake or something like that,” said manager Dale Sveum. “It seems to snowball into a decent inning for the other team. It’s just maintaining and controlling the ballgame or controlling the batting order, pitching to the order and those kinds of things. That kind of broke down in Washington, pitching to Suzuki and giving him something to hit in those situations. He’s still learning a lot of those things and understanding how to pitch to a lineup and how to get through it, kind of like Feldman did the other day.”
From the game notes: Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has not struck out in his last 28 at-bats dating to the sixth inning on May 7 against the Cardinals. That’s the second-longest active streak in the majors without a strikeout, trailing only Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy, who had not struck out in his last 31 at-bats.
Rizzo is batting .380 (21-for-71) with 8 doubles, 3 homers, 15 RBI and an OPS of 1.056 in his last 18 games dating to April 26. Before that, he batted .173 (14-for-81) in his first 21 games to start the season.
Class AAA Iowa lost 11-1 to Reno, which piled up 19 hits. Barret Loux took the loss, going 3.1 innings and giving up 9 hits and 2 runs. He’s 2-2 with an 8.22 ERA. Brad Nelson (.286) extended his hitting streak to five games, going 2-for-4 with a double. Brian Bogusevic (.373) recorded his 15th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. He has a .323 batting average (10-for-31) with nine RBI with runners in scoring position. Ian Stewart (.113) went 1-for-3 with a walk and his second double of the season.
Class AA Tennessee beat Jackson 3-2 in 10 innings for its fourth straight win. Alberto Cabrera worked 7 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 run while walking one and striking out seven. Christian Villanueva hit his second home. Szczur is batting .302 with six multihit games in a row. Villanueva (.250) extended his hitting streak to seven games. He’s batting .440 (11-for-25) with four doubles, a home run and three RBI during the streak.
Class A Daytona got 4 hits in a 4-2 loss to Charlotte with a severe wind blowing in. Ben Wells worked 5.1 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 runs. Dustin Geiger (.287) recorded Daytona’s lone extra-base hit, going 1-for-3 with his fifth double.
“We've had a couple of games where guys have hit the ball really well and the ball got caught in the wind,” Daytona Cubs manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “The interesting thing is you hate it when it happens during a game, but if you're lucky enough to ever get to play in Wrigley Field this is what you're going to face with the wind. You crush a ball, and it doesn't even get to the warning track. It's easy to get frustrated by that. But you have to realize you hit the ball solid.”
Kane County (A) lost 8-4 to Peoria. Ian Dickson worked 4 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. Willson Contreras hit his fifh homer, going 2-for-2 with a stolen base. Rock Shoulders (.315) registered his eighth multi-RBI game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (10) and two RBI. He has 27 RBI.