Gonzalez and Saladino were reinstated from the disabled list on Friday.
Those prospects included outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease, along with infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. But an Addison Russell solo home run in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in the 9-8 win.
The trade "had zero percent chance of happening without both players [Jimenez and Cease]", Cubs President Theo Epstein said in a conference call. The key is getting the rest of the rotation back to pitching more like they did in 2016.
Naturally the rare trade was a bit part of Thursday's Sports Feed with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman.
Before Brach gave up Russell's home run, the bullpen pitched five shutout innings, allowing just two hits.
"He's a true professional who had to deal with everything from poor run support to the bullpen occasionally letting him down, the defense letting him down", White Sox GM Rick Hahn said. "He certainly never complained, never threw his arms up in the air, never rolled his eyes, never expressed any displeasure with his teammates". Since the rumors of Russian mob money-laundering and Trump real estate properties have been swirling for months this smells to the high heaven.
The Chicago Cubs picked up a win to start the second half. But he rebounded for a 2.70 ERA over his last seven starts.
"I'm focusing on doing my job", Quintana said that day.
But the deal with the Cubs also came with a reminder of how difficult it can be to rebuild. I don't have control in that.
"You know the game goes on", Renteria said. But at the same time, he's a nice guy. "He couldn't be a better fit for our situation".
"Manny hasn't had the kind of year he's used to having and Chris Davis has missed significant time", Duquette noted. "I think everyone's refreshed and ready to put the first half behind us, while being accountable for it, ready to move on and play better baseball". The right-hander will carry a horrifying 6.39 ERA and 1.79 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rangers. San Diego beat writer Dennis Lin reports that "about 15 teams" have inquired on Hand, who was claimed off of waivers a year ago. Los Angeles enters play Friday with the best record in MLB, and acquiring Britton would only bolster their odds as World Series favourites.
Cease, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 13 starts at Class-A South Bend.
Rose, 22, hit.227/.281/.481 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 254 plate appearances with Myrtle Beach mostly playing first base and a little third base.
Jones was 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch, and struck out with two on and two outs to end the seventh.
The Cubs will continue to look for more deals with the July 31 trade deadline approaching. The Cubs and Brewers, among other teams, have shown interest in Gray, although the former's acquisition of Jose Quintana may have taken them out of the running.
"We need to play well".
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