It's a fans' lineup today for Cubs
The Cubs finish the homestand this afternoon as Travis Wood takes on Gerrit Cole and the Pirates at Wrigley Field. After today, the Cubs head to St. Louis for three and then on to the Bronx for two against the Yankees next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fans who have been clamoring for manager Rick Renteria to play Mike Olt and Junior Lake more get their wish this afternoon. Both are in the starting lineup against the right-hander.
“These are two young players,” Renteria said. “We’re going to try to get them as much playing time as we can, and we’re trying to find spots to give them and opportunity to gain some confidence and things of that nature. Everybody on the squad, everybody, from Barney to Sweeney to Schierholtz, every single one of those guys has been working really hard, and they all want to be in the lineup.”
It goes like this:
Wood took the loss in last Friday’s home opener against the Phillies. He went 6.1, giving up 6 hits and 4 runs, 3 earned.
“He’s going to try to work both side s down, be able to finish in and do different things to keep the hitters off-balance,” Renteria said. Right now, they’re driving the ball the other way. You’ve got to try to keep them off the outside part of the plate.”
The wind is blowing out, so it will be important for Wood to keep the ball down, too.
From the game notes: Through the team’s first eight games, Bonifacio leads the majors with 19 hits and a .500 batting average (19-for-38). His .537 on-base percentage is third in the majors behind Kansas City’s Salvador Perez (.594) and the Angels Josh Hamilton (.545) while his 5 stolen bases are tied for the big-league lead with Philadelphia’s Ben Revere. Bonifacio‘s 19 hits are tied for the most by any Cub in the team’s first eight games of a season in the last 100 years since 1914 (Randy Jackson in 1954). The Cubs credit STATS, Inc. … Reliever Hector Rondon has a 14-inning scoreless streak dating to Sept. 3 of last season. That covers 13 appearances.
Class AAA Iowa to beat Nashville 6-1 Wednesday afternoon. Josh Vitters hit his second homer, and Brett Jackson hit his first. Javier Baez was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 runs. Carlos Pimental, a nonroster invitee to spring training walked one and struck out 10 as he improved to 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 run. Zac Rosscup worked 2 scoreless innings of relief, and Marcus Hatley struck out two in 1 inning.
Pimentel had been with the Rangers and was a Cubs trade target in the past. He’s glad to be part of the organization now. He signed a minor-league contract in the off-season.
"They were trying to trade for me last year so I said, 'Let's try it,' " Pimentel told the Des Moines Register. "'Let's see what they've got.'
"I had a lot of offers, but I was interested in the Cubs. I think they're going to give me the chance."
"I like his arm," Iowa manager Marty Pevey told the paper. "I like what I see out of him. I love his makeup and I love what he brings."
Class AA Tennessee scored 3 in the bottom of the sixth to beat Chattanooga 3-1. Today, Jake Arrieta is going for Tennessee in a rehab start. C.J. Edwards worked 5.2 innings Wednesday in getting no decision. He gave up 5 hits and 1 run while walking four and striking out five. He has an 0.93 ERA. Rafael Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double.
Class A Daytona dropped a pair to Dunedin, 1-0 and 6-4.
“We’re not executing,” Daytona manager Dave Keller told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “Our pitching has been very good. Our defense has been good. We’ve stayed in games because of our pitching and defense. We haven’t been getting the situational hit. That’s why you lose one-run games.”
Felix Pena tossed a quality start in Game 1 but took the loss, working 6 innings and giving up 5 hits and 1 run while walking none and striking out five. Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. In Game 2, Jose Rosario was the losing pitcher as he worked 5 innings and gave up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned. Dan Vogelbach hit his first homer.
The Kane County Cougars (A) fell 7-4 to Fort Wayne, which scored 3 in the top of the 10th. Paul Blackburn worked 5 innings and gave up 2 hits and 2 runs in getting no decision. He walked two and struck out four.