Dodgers Stay Hot, Beat Cubs
Before Thursday night’s 6-4 loss to the Dodgers, someone asked manager Dale Sveum what the scouting report was on former Cubs closer Carlos Marmol.
“I think that goes unsaid,” he said.
Also left unsaid is the scouting report on the Cubs, who got decent starting pitching from rookie Chris Rusin but suffered another blown save in the sixth inning.
Rusin left the game with two on, no outs and a 3-2 lead. But Jerry Hairston delivered a two-run single off Michael Bowden to put the Dodgers ahead.
It was the 23rd blown save for the Cubs’ bullpen. Marmol took most of the abuse from Cubs fans, though he was responsible for only three of those blown saves.
Jimenez signs: The Cubs added another potential core player on Thursday, officially signing 16-year-old Dominican outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez for a $2.8 million signing bonus. Baseball America named Jimenez as the No. 1 international prospect.
“He has a broad base of skills, a big league body and a good head on his shoulders,” Cubs President Epstein said.
Bobbled up: Kyuji Fujikawa Bobblehead Day is scheduled for Saturday, and Fujikawa made his first appearance at Wrigley Field in a couple of months on Thursday. He’s rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., from Tommy John surgery, after injuring his elbow in late May.
“Hopefully I can come back strong next year and the fans that receive the bobblehead will be happy they kept it,” he said.
Fujikawa said he’s progressing well and wants to get back in the closer’s role next year when he returns sometime during the first half.
“That was the goal when I first came to this team,” he said. “Hopefully. I can come back strong and work toward that.”
Extra innings: Starlin Castro came into Thursday’s game with a .292 average in his last 32 games, with only one error. … Dodgers’ rookie Yasiel Puig is the first player since Joe DiMaggio in 1936 to have 70 or more hits and 10 home runs in his first 50 major league games.