Davis stepped to the plate in the sixth inning, and homered on the first pitch he saw from Daisuke Matsuzaka. Davis walked and doubled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI.Analysis:
Braun waited until the seventh inning to strike. He worked a two-pitch at-bat against Daisuke Matsuzaka, driving a 76 mph slider out to left for a two-run shot. Braun finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI.Analysis:
Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats.Analysis:
Pagan is attempting to come back from a back injury. He may be able to return for the club's next road trip, according to manager Bruce Bochy. The team's next road trip begins August 1. Pagan was hitting .307/.356/.411 over 241 at-bats prior to the injury.Analysis:
As I pointed out in this week's Prospects Report, it would make sense. Soler is unique from most other prospects in that he's already signed to a long-term deal. The Cubs are paying him the same through 2020 no matter when he arrives or what he does, so they only hurt themselves by holding him back. Certainly, they want him ready, but a .415 batting average and 1.355 OPS at Double-A, if only in 22 games, is a pretty good indication he is.
If he keeps it up at Triple-A, the Cubs might decide to cash in on all the money they're paying him and run him out there for the last six weeks or so. And given his experience from Cuba, it wouldn't necessarily be a case of him just getting his feet wet.
Granted, a lot has to go right for all that to happen, but it's a likely enough scenario for you to take a flier on Soler if you don't like what you see on waivers.Analysis:
"He is still somebody that we view as a prospect, and at some point he's going to need to play more," Mozeliak said of Taveras. "Whether that is here or back in the minors, for his development, getting at-bats is important.
"At the major-league level, I understand that you have to try to go with the hot bat -- or in this case to try and get both guys going. It's not an easy task. As you can imagine, it's a fine balance between sitting and playing. Currently, it's not a great situation for either one. Hopefully, in the next week or two, it might find a way to be resolved. If not, there are obviously some answers to help create playing time."Analysis:
Snider struck in the second inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Snider belted an 85 mph cutter from Dan Haren out to right. Snider also singled and walked during the game. He finished 2 for 3, with three runs scored and one RBI.Analysis: