Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cubs lose sixth straight; Matt Garza out indefinitely

The Cubs lost 2-0 to the San Diego Padres, which is their sixth loss in a row.  Travis Wood started for the Cubs and allowed two runs over five hits and issued three walks and struck out three batters over six innings pitched.  Wood was charged with the loss and is now is 4-8 on the season.

Third baseman Josh Vitters was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career and and also made an incredible diving stop followed by a strong throw to get an out at first.

Third baseman Josh Vitters made an amazing diving stop on Monday night against the Padres
Centerfielder Brett Jackson was in the leadoff spot in his second career MLB game but perhaps it was too much pressure, too soon, as he struck out in his four at-bats tonight.

Brett Jackson didn't do well in the leadoff spot on Monday night against the Padres
In other Cubs news, Matt Garza has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right elbow and is out indefinitely, which means he could miss the rest of the season.  This is not good at all.

Pitcher Matt Garza is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his elbow
Therefore, the Cubs will call up left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to start for the Cubs on Tuesday in San Diego.  Raley was the Cubs' Pitcher of the Month in July and posted a 2.12 ERA.

It sounds like Raley, a 6th round pick in 2009, is excited, as he tweeted the following this afternoon, "Thanks everyone for the follow and good luck wishes...it's a dream come true "

Brooks Raley will make his Cubs debut against the Padres on Tuesday
When Raley arrives in San Diego, he will be the 14th rookie to join the Cubs this season.  Tomorrow's game will be at 9:05pm CT and I sure hope Raley will get off to a good start and help snap this losing streak!

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