Sometimes a day off is just a day off (Soriano sits)
The Cubs made one roster move today and one lineup move that sent social media atwitter. Center fielder David DeJesus came off the disabled list after more than a month. He’ll lead off against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The hot-hitting Junior Lake will play left field, and Nate Schierholtz is in right. Who’s not in the lineup is Alfonso Soriano. That set off speculation that Soriano would be traded soon. However, the Cubs say today is a scheduled day off for Soriano.
Tell that one to everybody on Twitter, many of whom are citing Soriano’s 6-for-13 batting and 3 homers lifetime against Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy.
Speaking of Junior Lake, he has played five games and has gone 12-for-22 at the plate with a double, 2 homers and 4 RBI. The Cubs say that since 1921, only two other players join Lake in having recorded as many as 12 hits within their first five games with the Cubs, and both were veteran players: George Kelly from August 19-22, 1930 (2-5-1-2-2) and Emil Verban from August 4-8, 1948 (3-1-4-2-2). The Cubs credit Ed Hartig for the research.
Quickly around the minor leagues, first-round draft pick Kris Bryant made his Class A debut last night for Boise and went 0-for-5, with 5 strikeouts in a 6-0 victory at Eugene. Dillon Maples pitched 5 scoreless innings, walking none and striking out seven. Jacob Hannemann, also drafted this year, was 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 steals.
Javier Baez hit his fifth homer for Class AA Tennessee in a 6-4 loss to Huntsville. Northwestern’s Eric Jokisch took the loss, dropping to 8-9 with a 3.61 ERA. He worked 6 innings, giving up 7 hits and 6 runs.
Daytona split a doubleheader with St. Lucie. Wes Darvill went 3-for-3 in the first game and 2-for-3 with a double and a triple in the second. Pierce Johnson got the win in Game 2, working 5 shutout innings and giving up 3 hits. He’s 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA.