Cubs sign relief pitchers Kevin Gregg, Kameron Loe
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org April 14, 2013 9:05PM
giants 10, cubs 7 (10)
how they scored
Giants first Pagan struck out. Scutaro grounded out. Sandoval singled. Pence singled, Sandoval to third. Pence stole second. Belt walked. On Navarro’s passed ball, Sandoval scored, Pence to third, Belt to second. One run. Giants 1, Cubs 0.
Cubs first DeJesus walked on a full count. S.Castro homered to left on a full count, DeJesus scored. Rizzo struck out. A.Soriano singled. Schierholtz homered to right on a 0-1 count, A.Soriano scored. Four runs. Cubs 4, Giants 1.
Giants sixth Pence walked on a full count. On E.Jackson’s wild pitch, Pence to second. Belt walked on four pitches. G.Blanco doubled, Pence scored, Belt to third. H.Sanchez struck out. B.Crawford walked on a full count. On E.Jackson’s wild pitch, Belt scored, G.Blanco to third. Noonan PH for Lincecum. Bowden pitching. On Bowden’s wild pitch, B.Crawford to second. Noonan singled to left, G.Blanco scored, B.Crawford scored. Four runs. Giants 5, Cubs 4.
Giants seventh Rondon pitching. Sandoval grounded out. Pence singled. Belt grounded into FC, Pence out. Belt stole second. G.Blanco doubled, Belt scored. One run. Giants 6, Cubs 4.
Cubs seventh Valbuena grounded out. Alb.Gonzalez homered to left on a 0-0 count. One run. Giants 6, Cubs 5.
Cubs eighth Affeldt pitching. Rizzo doubled. A.Soriano walked on four pitches. Schierholtz sacrificed, Rizzo to third, A.Soriano to second. Navarro was intentionally walked. Valbuena walked, Rizzo scored, A.Soriano to third, Navarro to second. S.Casilla pitching. Alb.Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly, A.Soriano scored. Two runs. Cubs 7, Giants 6.
Giants ninth Camp pitching. Scutaro grounded out. Sandoval struck out. Pence homered. One run. Giants 7, Cubs 7.
Giants 10th G.Blanco lined out. H.Sanchez singled. B.Crawford singled, H.Sanchez to third. On Camp’s balk, H.Sanchez scored, B.Crawford to second. Posey singled, B.Crawford scored. Pagan grounded into FC, Posey out. Scutaro doubled, Pagan scored. Three runs. Giants 10, Cubs 7.
Updated: April 14, 2013 10:25PM
The Cubs signed two relief pitchers Sunday, including former closer Kevin Gregg, who might find himself back in the role amid the team’s bullpen struggles.
Gregg, 34, was signed to a minor-league contract after being released by the Los Angeles Dodgers when he declined a demotion to Class AAA after spring training. He had an ERA of 0.82 in 11 spring appearances.
The Cubs assigned him to extended spring training in Arizona, but he might be with the team soon.
Kameron Loe, 31, was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and will join the Cubs on Tuesday. To make room for Loe on the major-league roster, the Cubs put injured catcher Steve Clevenger (strained left oblique) on the disabled list. Loe will replace Rafael Dolis, who was optioned to Class AAA Iowa after the game Sunday.
The Cubs will have to make another roster move when second baseman Darwin Barney returns Tuesday. They originally planned to activate Barney in place of the injured Clevenger.
Gregg had 23 saves for the Cubs in 2009, when he went 5-6 with a 4.72 ERA. Loe has pitched in nine major-league seasons, the last three with the Milwaukee Brewers.
‘‘They’re going to be in the [closer] mix with some of the decisions we make in the next couple of days,’’ manager Dale Sveum said. ‘‘They’re veteran guys who throw strikes.
‘‘I know Kameron well from Milwaukee. He throws ground-ball sinkers. They’ll be in the mix when we make decisions in the next few days.’’
Clevenger knew immediately he had injured his left oblique when he swung and struck out to end the game Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. He suffered a strained right oblique last season after a batting-practice swing.
‘‘I knew exactly what it was,’’ he said. ‘‘It felt like someone had stuck a knife in my side. The reason I didn’t get up right away was I couldn’t catch my breath.’’
Clevenger is expected to miss six weeks.
‘‘They told me six weeks last time, too, but I came back in about four to five,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s definitely frustrating because I worked my butt off this winter to get in shape and strong, then this happens. It was just a freak accident.’’
Sveum’s bench options change without the left-handed-hitting Clevenger. He said he will have to be ‘‘choosier’’ about using switch hitter Dioner Navarro in a pinch-hitting role because he’s the only backup catcher now.