Monday, May 25, 2020

Dusty’s emergency calls to bullpen released to public

With the team's ERA skyrocketing, pitching has been one of many low points for the Cubs this season. Manager Dusty Baker seems to have the bullpen on speed dial, frequently going to the pen each game. In an effort to show that they are still trying real hard, the Cubs released transcripts of Baker's emergency calls to the bullpen. Below are selected transcripts of his calls.

Cubs blow tie game

The last time Matt Murton hit a game tying homer, the Chicago Cubs played an 18-inning marathon that lasted well over five hours. With his team down 1-0 in the eighth Wednesday, the redheaded left fielder again hit an opposite-field homer to even the score.

Tigers capitalize on Contreras collapse

Even though Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has enjoyed a phenomenal season, the rookie has run into difficulties against the White Sox. In fact, half of his six losses this year have come at the hands—or, more accurately, bats—of the South Siders.

Sox come up empty-handed against Detroit

The Detroit Tigers seem to be all but a lock for the AL Central division championship. They've dominated their chief competition in the first two games of a key four-game series this week, outscoring the White Sox by a total of 11-1. But anyone familiar with baseball knows that it ain't over until it's over.

Phillies beat Neifi-less Cubs

New Cubs shortstop Cesar Izturis injured his hamstring early in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies and will likely hit the DL. If Neifi Perez hadn't been traded over the weekend to the Detroit Tigers, he would have gone in at shortstop and Ronny Cedeno would have to stayed at second. Instead, Cedeno moved to short and Ryan Theriot came in at second.

Cubs lose game, starting pitcher

Pat Burrell and the Phillies defeated the Cubs 6-3 Tuesday, and Cubs starter Ryan O'Malley left after 4 2/3 innings with a strained elbow.

Sox glad to be leaving Minnesota

The White Sox are happy to have Minnesota in their rearview mirror, and not just because it's a flat, frigid land populated by flat, frigid people.