Feldman earns win as Cubs showcase trade talent in 5-4 victory
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org June 26, 2013 11:14PM
Updated: June 26, 2013 11:21PM
MILWAUKEE – They came from places like Texas, San Francisco, Washington and from across the border in Toronto – scouts representing 12 teams in all credentialed by the Milwaukee Brewers to watch the first of a two-day showcase event the Cubs are staging this week at Miller Park.
Act I: Scott Feldman.
The first-year Cub from the Bay Area, who is said to be of interest to the Giants and San Diego Padres, pitched well enough to keep his trade value strong in beating the Brewers 5-4 with six strong-enough innings – and snapping the Cubs’ nine-game losing streak at Miller Park.
Feldman (7-6, 3.46) took over the team lead in victories and is the only pitcher on the staff with more than three decisions who has a winning record.
More important for the Cubs is that the right-hander on a one-year, flip-friendly contract remains one of the club’s top two trading assets heading into the final four weeks before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “I’d love to just stay on this team. I love the guys here. I think we’re headed in the right direction. You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s out of my control at this point.
“All I can rally say is I hope that I’m pitching well and I hope that I stay here, but it’s really out of my control.”
The one-time 17-game winner, who has toiled in and out of a starting role – and through a knee injury – the past three years with Texas has impressed scouts with his sharper breaking stuff and consistency under pitching coach Chris Bosio this season.
Feldman didn’t want to talk about the possibility of a trade closer to his West Coast home.
“It’s just speculation at this point,” he said. “I’m on the Cubs and having a great time here with these guys. And hopefully we can rattle off some wins and keep playing well.”
Next up in the two-day showcase event is $10.25-million big arm Matt Garza.
Another Cubs trading chip, closer Kevin Gregg earned his 12th save in as many chances but not before a heart-stopping ninth inning in which Juan Francisco led off with a home run and Rickie Weeks followed with a double
After a sacrifice put Weeks at third representing the tying run, the Cubs brought their infield in for a possible play at the plate with and .204-hitting Yuniesky Betancourt at the plate.
“I was kind of glad they gave us an out there instead of swinging the bat,” manager Dale Sveum said.
Betancourt grounded sharply to third-baseman Luis Valbuena, who spun and threw to the plate in time to get Weeks for the second out.
Pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett then drove one to the wall in right that Nate Schierholtz had just enough room to catch for the final out.
“The ball left the bat, I ain’t lying: I thought it was a homer, especially in this ballpark,” Sveum said. “I’m going to have to start shaving my head and beard completely so you can’t see the gray.”