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Rookies Enjoy A Day In The Sun!

As Mike Quade gives the September call-ups the opportunity to play, a shattered bat ends Tyler Colvin’s season. 

The Cubs complete the sweep of the Florida Marlins capping a 8-1 road trip.  Mike Quade called it Kid’s Day as he filled the lineup with rookies.  The younger players took advantage of the situation as the Cubs crushed Florida 13-3.

The call-ups exhibited patience and discipline at the plate as they capitalized on walks from the Florida pitching staff.  Brad Snyder notched his first major league hit, ripping a single up the middle and Wellington Castillo crushed his first major league home run deep into the left field seats. 

The big story came in the second inning with Tyler Colvin on third base, Castillo smacked a ground-rule double. 
thumbnailCAL9QJKY.jpg His bat shattered and Colvin was speared in the chest by the shard of the bat.  He crossed home plate holding his chest.
thumbnailCACJCTQA.jpg  The celebration turned to concern as Colvin was rushed to the hospital where he had a tube inserted in his lungs to assist his breathing. 

Tyler Colvin’s excellent rookie season is over as the team announced the news following his hospitalization.  He is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.  Cubs’ fans have grown fond of Colvin and wish him well.  Tyler has played beyond expectations and has found a place with the Cubs.  Many think that he will be the Cubs’ first baseman come Spring.

Jeff Samardzija pitched well again to earn another victory.

As a whole, the September call-ups all contributed and played well.  Scoring 13 runs is a great confidence booster.  Mike Quade was pleased that the youngsters performed so well.

The Cubs are now 17-7 under Mike Quade who deserves a lot of credit for the teams’ turnaround.  He continues to strengthen his case for the managerial position for next year.

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Turning Out The Lights!

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to struggle as the Cubs’ pitchers keep shining.  The Cards fall to seven games back in the NL Central as the Cubs win 5-1 on Monday in St. Louis.

Jeff Samardzija pitched 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start of the year.  The former Notre Dame receiver spent most of the year in the minors but returned to the Cubs with something to prove.  Samardzija proved that his hard work has paid off as he displayed a new arsenal of pitches, keeping the Cardinals’ hitters off balance.

For the fourth straight game, the Cubs’ starters and bullpen were stellar.  The pitching staff is looking much improved.  The Cubs have been getting quality starts and the relievers have been lights out! 

thumbnailCA0U7BJV.jpgRandy Wells will look to keep the string going as the Cubs face their rival again tonight.  The Cardinals have their backs to the wall and are rapidly falling out of the pennant race.

Cubs Audition September Call-ups

With September upon us, it is time to fill the 40 man roster. 

The Cubs have added five players to their roster, four of which have played at the major league level previously. 
thumbnailCA7LK0BK.jpgJeff Samardzja, Bobby Scales, Sam Fuld, Justin Berg, and newcomer Brad Snyder will be joining the team.  Snyder, a left handed bat, hit 25 homeruns and had 106 rbi’s at Triple A Iowa.  Ryne Sandberg said the promotion was well deserved.  Iowa’s season ended abruptly when Memphis eliminated them from play-off contention last week but the team, under Ryne Sandberg, had an incredible year finishing the season with an 82-62 record and tied for first place in their division.  The players speak very highly of Ryne Sandberg who remains a candidate to manage next year for the Cubs.