Cubs affiliates split their games today. Peoria lost 20-5 after another poor start by Gerardo Concepcion while Daytona won big 11-1 on the strength of 20 hits. Randy Wells returned to Iowa to make the start but didn't fair much better than he did in Chicago. Tennessee held off a late rally by Montgomery.
New Orleans 7 - Iowa 3
- Randy Wells got the start and went 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs. He walked 2 batters, which was something of an improvement, and struck out 4.
- The Cubs promoted RP Dan Berlind even though he had a 13.50 ERA in AA Tennessee so they shouldn't be surprised that he did even worse in AAA. He lasted just 1/3 of an inning and gave up 4 runs. Berlind isn't a prospect. He was signed as a minor league free agent this past offseason.
- RHP Manny Corpas had a solid outing with 1.2 perfect innings in which he struck out 2 batters. His ERA is at 5.09
- RHP Esmailin Caridad pitched a scoreless inning.
- LHP Scott Maine returned and picked up where he left off in Chicago, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out one. He struck out none.
- Brett Jackson had a tough day. He got a double but struck out the other 4 times he came to the plate. It wasn't a great day for Iowa hitters making contact. As a team they struck out 13 times.
- Dave Sappelt went 1 for 4 and is at .232 on the year.
- Adrian Cardenas went hitless but did walk twice and scored a run.
- Anthony Rizzo had an RBI double, a walk, and struck out two times.
Tennessee 8 - Montgomery 2
- In case you're wondering how Hak-Ju Lee has done against his former organization, it hasn't been very good. He's gone 4-26 for the series and is hitting .228.
- Fellow South Korean Dae-Eun Rhee got the start for Tennessee and had a "quality" start in which he went 6 innings and gave up 3 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 3.
- Closer prospect Alberto Cabrera came in and gave up 3 runs, though none of them were earned. Errors by the normally reliable SS Eliot Soto and 3B Matt Cerda opened the door and Cabrera was unable to limit the damage. He pitched 2 innings overall, gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 3. Because all 3 runs were unearned, his ERA actually went down to 1.84.
- Tennessee part-time closer Kevin Rhoderick was also the victim of bad defense (Cerda's second error of the game) in his one inning, giving up an unearned run to bring the Biscuits within one. He did get out of the inning and earned the save, his 3rd on the year. His ERA is 1.50.
- Jae-Hoon Ha had a productive day with a single, two walks and two runs scored. Last year Ha walked just 11 times in 61 games in Tennessee. This year he has 9 in just 30 games. His line is .270/.336/.348 on the year.
- Justin Bour had a double and 3 RBI in his 4 ABs.
- OF Rebel Ridling turns 26 this month and probably would have been a good candidate to move up to AAA when Campana came up, but he's struggled so far. He did get 2 hits today to bring his average to .206. There's still time for him to get hot by midseason when Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson are expected to get the call.
- Matt Cerda had an odd day. He walked 3 times and made 2 errors.
- C Luis Flores is trying to make a comeback after a long suspension. He went 1 for 3 with a double. At best he's a backup catcher prospect but is more likely minor league depth if he can regain his former status.
Daytona 11 - Jupiter 1
- 22 year old Cuban LHP Frank Del Valle had a solid start with 6 innings of one-run baseball. He walked just one but only struck out one. His ERA is at 3.71 for the year.
- Scott Weisman and Ty'relle Harris combined to pitch 3 innings of scoreless relief.
- Big day for the Daytona bats and it started at the top with Matt Szczur, who went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles. It's been a steady climb for Szczur since his horrendous start, but he still has a long way to go. He had 2 more runs scored to bring his season total to 27.
- Utility IF"er prospect Arismendy Alcantara had 4 hits, including a triple. He also scored a run and had an RBI. It's beena surprising year offensively for the 5'10", 160 lbs Dominican. He's hitting .275 and has a .441 slugging percentage. The only downside is he has walked just 4 times on the year.
- Rubi Silva was in LF today and had a hit in 5 ABs. He drove in one run and scored 2 more. He's had a nice year at the plate at .320/.371/.474.
- OF Nelson Perez is officially out of his early season slump. He went 5 for 5 with a HR, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. The big (6'3", 215) RF'er out of the Dominican Republic has some talent, but he's been slow to develop. He is already 24. But his .307/.417/.591 season so far has him in line for a midseason promotion. The Tennessee Smokies could use that kind of power.
- Cuban OF"er Elisier Bonne was in RF today. The 6'2", 180 lbs, 25 year old had a big day with 4 hits in 5 ABs, raising his average to .268.
- Even struggling 1B Richard Jones got into the fun with a double and 3 RBI.
Quad Cities 20 - Peoria 5
- Another start, another disaster for Cuban bonus baby Gerardo Concepcion. He went just one inning once again and gave up 7 runs, though only 2 were earned -- so his ERA actually went down to 18.90. He walked one and struck out two. It's puzzling because Concepcion should at least be able to handle A ball hitters. It makes me wonder if something is wrong physically.
- LHP Willengton Cruz game in and threw gasoline on the fire with 7 runs in 2.2 innings.
- The once red-hot Yao-Lin Wang added kindling to the now raging fire with 4 more runs in just 2 innings. After starting the year with 11 scoreless innings, Wang's ERA is now at 3.38.
- Not even the previously unscored upon Andrew McKirahan could put out the flames. He lasted just 2/3 of an inning, walking 3 and giving up the 19th and 20th runs of the day.
- LHP Jeffrey Lorick didn't get charged with a run, but he didn't slow things down either. He allowed both inherited runners to score in his 2/3 of an inning.
- The best pitcher of the day? Ryan Cuneo, who played LF in the game I attended the night before. He pitched a scoreless inning and gave up just one hit.
- On offense, Zeke DeVoss had a pair of hits and scored 2 runs.
- OF Taiwan Easterling had 2 more hits to finally reach the .200 mark. In his last 10 games, however, Easterling is at .297/.366/.404.
- 1B Paul Hoilman had a triple and 2 RBI. He has brought his slugging percentage up now to .500
- Ryan Cuneo not only pitched a scoreless inning, but went 2 for 4 at the plate as the DH.
- Prospects Wes Darvill, Oliver Zapata, Marco Hernandez, and Pen-Chieh Chen went a combined 0 for 13 on the day.