Sveum not inclined to rest slumping Castro

Sveum not inclined to rest slumping Castro

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 18:27

It’s a foggy start to the evening here at Wrigley Field as the Cincinnati Reds and manager Dusty Baker come to town. I’ve got a couple of pictures up on Twitter, @BruceMiles2112.

Starlin Castro is in the Cubs lineup again tonight, batting seventh against right-hander Homer Bailey. Castro has 3 hits in his last 38 at-bats, but manager Dale Sveum doesn’t look inclined to give him a day off.

“I just can’t pull the trigger on it,” Sveum said. “He’s still a fixture on our lineup. Not that other guys aren’t capable of doing it, but he’s a threat in the lineup. He can still do things. At this point right now, I can’t seem to get myself to have enough reasons to do it other than a guy’s kind of in a slump. We’re still out here trying to win baseball games.”

I asked Dale if he’s seen any signs Castro is coming out of it.

“I don’t see any of the things that I’d like to see changed being changed,” he said. “The timing and the mechanics just aren’t changing enough to center a baseball consistently.”

From the game notes: Kevin Gregg on Sunday converted his seventh save of the season but his first in nearly a month, since he picked up a save May 12 at Washington. It was Gregg’s first Wrigley Field save since May 7. Gregg is 7-for-7 in save situations … Tonight and tomorrow night’s games are the first weeknight games at Wrigley in nearly a month, when the Cubs played three straight games at night vs. the Rockies, May 13-15 … Anthony Rizzo has reached base safely in 13 straight games, a single-season career high. He reached in 14 straight from Sept. 21, 2011-July 7, 2012, spanning two teams and a stint in the minor leagues … The 7 walks Sunday by Cubs batters marked a season high. They’ve drawn 25 walks in their last six games.

MINOR-LEAGUE ROUNDUP

Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register has a nice feature on infielder-outfielder Junior Lake, who is off to a fast start for the Class AAA Iowa Cubs.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130609/SPORTS1402/130609010/B...

Lake went 3-for-5 Sunday in Iowa’s 10-7 victory over Round Rock. He’s 9-for-18 with 4 doubles and 2 stolen bases in five games at Iowa.

“He’s a prospect,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey said in the Register story. “Ain’t no doubt about it.”

Brooks Raley started Sunday’s game and got the win, as he worked 5 innings and gave up 9 hits and 7 runs. He’s 5-4 with a 4.92 ERA. Brad Nelson was 3-for-4 with 2 homers, a walk and 3 RBI. Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with a walk and his fifth homer of the season. Logan Watkins and Steve Clevenger added 2 hits each. Clevenger has hit safely in five of six rehab games.

Class AA Tennessee snapped a four-game losing streak, beating Mobile 5-3 in 11 innings. Yeiper Castillo started and got no decision, pitching 4 innings and giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. He walked five and struck out two. Rubi Silva hit his ninth homer. Jonathan Mota went 3-for-5 with his fourth homer. Frank Batista (2-2, 1.86) pitched 3.2 innings of relief.

Class A Daytona swept Brevard County in a doubleheader, stealing six bases in an 8-2 win in Game 1. The Cubs stole four more bases in Game 2, winning 3-2. In Game 1, lefty Kyler Burke got the win, pitching 5 innings and giving up 4 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned. He walked one and struck out five. Burke, the former outfielder, is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Dustin Geiger went 2-for-3 with his seventh homer. He had 3 RBI, giving him 52 for the season. Tim Saunders was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 stolen bases. In the second game, P.J. Francescon got a no-decision, working 5 innings and giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked two and struck out seven. John Andreoli had his 18th multihit game, going 2-for-3 with a steal.

The Kane County Cougars fell 8-4 to Cedar Rapids. Dillon Maples lasted 2 innings, giving up 1 hit and 4 runs while walking seven and striking out one. He got no decision. His ERA is 7.99.

Dan Vogelbach hit his 11th homer, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Marco Hernandez hit his second homer.

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