Calls for Kris Bryant, Javy Baez may get louder as Cubs fall again
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Sports Reporter June 25, 2014 9:31PM
Updated: June 25, 2014 11:34PM
Anybody heard from Javy Baez or Kris Bryant recently?
Can Manny Ramirez’s arrival with their Class AAA Iowa club Thursday get them ready to help out the big-league club a little sooner?
It’s not going to happen. But the longer the Cubs put up low-wattage nights like this one, the louder the calls for the top-hitting kids in the minors will get.
This time it was Cincinnati’s Mat Latos stifling the Cubs on five hits over seven innings as the Cubs lost 4-1 to the Reds to drop a second consecutive series at home.
It was the third time in the last four games the Cubs have scored exactly one run, and their fourth loss in five games overall.
Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (5-8) failed to pitch out of a decisive three-run sixth inning – his 12th non-quality start in 16 outings this season.
The Cubs’ only run of the game came on Starlin Castro’s one-out single up the middle, through a drawn-in infield, sending home Ryan Sweeney from third to tie the game at that point.
It gave Castro a team-leading 45 RBIs – one more than his entire season total from 2013.