Morning Marquee: Cubs need pitching, bad; Javier Baez homers twice for I-Cubs

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With the trade deadline is coming on this Friday, the Chicago Cubs have yet to make a deal that would help out either their starting rotation or bullpen. Which is somewhat surprising to say the least considering how bad the bottom half of the starting five and closer role has been as of late.

It’s obvious that guys like Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta are unable to carry this team alone, so helping them out with a solid three or four arm would help them out in the long run. Last night’s performance between Dallas Beeler and Rafael Soriano proved just how bad this club needs to make something happen within the next 72 hours.

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Beeler was tagged for four earned runs on as many hits including two RBI doubles by DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado in the very first inning of the ballgame as the Rockies would go on to winning by the final score of 7-2.

Thankfully, Chris Coghlan provided a little bit of fight in the seventh by clubbing his 11th home run of the season to right-center field, cutting Colorado’s lead down to 5-2 off Gonzalez Germen.

Another pitcher who struggled during his brief stint with the North Siders prior to being cut loose.

Meanwhile, Javier Baez has returned to action for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs and recorded a multi-home run game as he lead the minor league affiliate to a 9-0 win over the Nashville Sound.

Baez – who suffered a fractured finger earlier on in the year – backed up starting pitcher Clayton Richard with a solo bomb in the ninth inning and finished the game with two RBI under his belt. Both homers were No. 9 and 10 on the year.

Hopefully, he’s able to lower his strikeout totals and finds himself on the big league roster sometime soon. Chicago has a couple of guys who could come up and help this offense out such as Junior Lake, Matt Szczur, and Arismendy Alcantara.

Maybe they’ll pick up ground once the rosters expand in September, but there’s no way this club will be able to compete for the N.L. Central crown like Anthony Rizzo was hoping to do.

Here’s more from around the league:

Baez powers Iowa to victory over Nashville‘ – Iowa Cubs

Red Sox crushed by White Sox 9-4 on Pedro’s night‘ – BoSox Injection

Chicago Cubs: Bullpen a question mark late in games recently‘ – Cubbies Crib

Colorado Rockies win 7-2 behind solid spot start from Yohan Flonde‘ – Rox Pile

Bauer goes the distance in Cleveland Indians loss to Royals‘ – Wahoo’s On First

Next: Cubs Recap: Beeler chased early in 7-2 loss

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