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Jim Hendry (GETTY)
Jim Hendry (GETTY)

Posted Aug 1, 2009


Neither general manager Jim Hendry nor field manager Lou Piniella seemed disappointed that the Cubs did not pull off a trade by Friday's deadline for non-waiver deals.

On Thursday, Hendry sent pitcher Kevin Hart and two minor leaguers to the Pirates for left-handed reliever John Grabow and left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny.

Speculation was that the Cubs would try to add a bat, especially with center fielder Reed Johnson having just gone on the disabled list with a broken left foot. Hendry said he had a few feelers out, but nothing materialized.

"I was real happy," Hendry said. "Our bullpen is in good shape."

"Jim tried," said Piniella, who seemed happy to have a second lefty in the pen to go along with Sean Marshall.

Before the deadline, Hendry said he was confident there would be plenty of opportunity to make waiver deals after the July 31 deadline. He pointed to 2003, when the Cubs picked up first baseman Randall Simon and outfielder Doug Glanville after July 31. Both players helped the Cubs win the NL Central that year.

Hendry and Piniella also have said that with players coming off the DL soon, such as catcher Geovany Soto and pitcher Ted Lilly, it would be equivalent to trading for a player.

MARLINS 5, CUBS 2: Reliever Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins broke a 2-2 tie. RHP Rich Harden started for the Cubs and struck out 11 in five innings. LF Jake Fox tied the game for the Cubs at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the seventh.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Harden tied his single-game best by striking out 11. However, he ran his pitch count to 99 after five innings, and that led to him coming out of the game. The Cubs have been happy because the velocity on Harden's fastball has risen to the mid-90s.

--LF Alfonso Soriano got the night off, and Piniella said he would rest several regulars on a 10-game road trip that began Friday. Fox replaced Soriano in left and homered in the seventh. It was Fox's seventh homer of the year and second in two games.

--OF Sam Fuld was recalled from Iowa. Fuld is a left-handed batter, but he'll replace the right-handed hitting Reed Johnson, who went on the DL Thursday with a broken left food. The Cubs hope Johnson is back in three weeks. Fuld can play all three outfield spots. After Thursday's game, the Cubs optioned RHP Mitch Atkins to Iowa.

--Grabow joined the Cubs Friday and pitched one inning, the sixth. Grabow walked one and struck out one. The Cubs plan to use him as a complement to Marshall.

--Gorzelanny, obtained in the deal that brought Grabow, will throw a bullpen session in Florida Sunday, and the Cubs plan to start him next Tuesday in Cincinnati. Gorzelanny currently is on the roster of the Cubs' Class AAA Iowa (Des Moines) club, but the Cubs have a hole in the rotation after Thursday's trade of Hart to Pittsburgh for Grabow and Gorzelanny.

--Marmol walked two and hit a batter in two-thirds of an inning, in the eighth. Control has been Marmol's hitch all season. In 50 innings this year, he has walked 46 and hit nine.

OMAHA 5, IOWA 4 (CLASS AAA)

At Omaha, Neb., the Cubs (53-53) blew a 4-1 ninth-inning lead in the loss Friday. RHP Vince Perkins (5-1) suffered his first loss, allowing a season high four runs on two hits and three walks in the final inning. RHP Esmailin Caridad started and allowed just one run and three hits in six innings for a no-decision. He struck out four batters and did not allow a walk. The Cubs collected 10 hits in the loss. CF Matt Camp (2-for-4) and SS Darwin Barney (2-3) led the Cubs in hits with Barney hitting his fourth double.

TENNESSEE 5, MOBILE 4 (CLASS AA)

At Mobile, Ala., the Smokies (50-55 overall, 18-17 second half) collected a season high 18 hits in the series sweep Friday. LF Tyler Colvin (5-5, RBI) paced the offense with a season high five hits to raise his average to .265 in 51 games. C Welington Castillo (2-5) extended his hit streak to 10 consecutive games. RHP Chris Carpenter made his Double-A debut and pitched three innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He struck out one and walked one in a no-decision. RHP Marcos Mateo (3-6) picked up the win in relief, allowing one unearned run in two innings. The Smokies are one game behind first place Chattanooga in the second half Southern League North Division standings.

CHARLOTTE 8, DAYTONA 3 (CLASS HIGH-A)

At Daytona Beach, Cubs (50-50, 16-17) pitchers allowed 14 hits in the loss Friday. RHP Ryan Searle (6-8) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked two. 3B Jake Opitz (3-4) paced the offense with three hits, and SS Starlin Castro (2-5) added two hits. Castro ended July batting .298 for the month and since May 1 has batted .325 in 74 games.

PEORIA 15, SOUTH BEND 8 (CLASS-A)

At South Bend, Ind., the Chiefs (56-46, 18-15) scored 12 unanswered runs and tied a season high with 15 runs and 17 hits in the victory Friday. 1B Rebel Ridling (4-5, four RBI) and RF Kyler Burke (3-3, three RBI) led the offense. Ridling hit his 13th home run and 24th double, and Burke hit his ninth home run and 34th and 35th doubles. He reached base five times. CF Brett Jackson (2-6) made his Peoria debut and doubled, drove in two runs and stole two bases. RHP Aaron Shafer started and pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits for a no-decision. RHP Erik Hamren (3-3) got the win in relief, allowing one run and three hits over 2 1/3 innings. The Chiefs are two games behind first place Cedar Rapids in the second half Midwest League Western Division standings.

VANCOUVER 8, BOISE 3 (CLASS LOW-A)

At Boise, Hawks (17-23) pitchers allowed 15 hits in the loss Friday. RHP Robert Whitenack (0-2) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four and did not allow a walk. 1B Justin Bour (3-4) led the offense with three hits, including his fourth double.

CUBS 6, RANGERS 3 (ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE)

At Surprise, Ariz., the Cubs (18-15) used 11 hits in the victory Saturday. Four players finished with two hits, including CF Francisco Guzman (2-4), who walked, tripled and drove in two runs. RHP Larry Suarez (1-0) picked up the victory, allowing one run and our hits in three innings. He struck out two and did not allow a walk.

--Staff Reports


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