Thanks for all the birthday wishes. The Cubs won, the Bears drafted an offensive lineman, so it seems good to me. But don't ask me too much about football. I got mixed reviews on the pick from the twitterverse.
But on to the minor league recap...
- Barrett Loux struggled a bit again and couldn't get out of the 5th inning. He wasn't able to get the win despite being spotted a 6 run lead in the 1st inning. In all he went 4.2 innings, allowed 8 hits, 3 walks, and 3 runs.
- The bullpen saved the day, led by Esmalin Caridad, who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to get the win. Rafael Dolis earned his first save with 1.1 scoreless innings despite walking two batters. He also struck out two.
- Logan Watkins walked 4 times but struck out twice. He also scored a run.
- The I-Cubs got a big 4 hit day from Brent Lillibridge, who drove in 2 runs.
- Ian Stewart singled and scored a run in 3 ABs. Stewart is now 3 for 27 in his rehab for a .111 average.
- OF Ryan Sweeney was the big offensive star again today, getting 4 hits, including a 3-run HR, and falling a double shy of the cyle. Sweeney also walked, scored 2 runs, and drove in 4. He's hitting .404 with 4 HRs in his first 15 games as an Iowa Cub.
- Bryan Bogusevic singled, walked twice, and stole his 4th base of the season. Bogusevic is hitting .371 early on.
- Dallas Beeler is starting to rebound from a dreadful season. He won his second game to move to 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA. Beeler pitched 7 scoreless innings and pounded the lower part of the strike zone, allowing just one walk and getting 15 groundball outs. He only struck out 2, but he's not an overpowering guy, so that's not his game. He has 7 walks and 17 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
- An unusual outing for Zach Rosscup in that he gave up a run, walked a batter, and didn't strikeout anyone. Still, he held the lead and turned the ball over to Brian Schlitter, who earned the save with a scoreless 9th.
- 2B Rony Torreyes bounced back from a mini-slump by getting on base three time with a triple, double, single, and a walk. He scored one of the Smokies two runs.
- Jae-Hoon Ha singled in one run and C Rafael Lopez drove in the other with a double.
- Zach Cates has had an up and down season and today was one of his better outings. Cates pitched 5 scoreless innings, walked one and struck out 4. He's 2-2 on the year with a 4.32 ERA with 8 walks and 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
- Austin Reed was identified as a sleeper by Cubs brass but hasn't pitched well so far. He gave up all 3 runs today to raise his season ERA to 13.50. He just hasn't missed as many bats as his stuff would lead you to expect he could. He has struck out 6 batters in 8 innings but has given up 9 walks, 18 hits and 12 runs. I'm starting to wonder if there is something wrong with Reed as sometimes happens after a pitcher sees an increase in velocity the way Reed did late last year and this offseason.
- David Cales pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts for his 1st save of the season. The stock RHP from Chicago, IL has struck out 7 batters in his first 4 innings since being called in from AZ.
- 2B Tim Saunders hit a 2 run triple for his only hit of the game.
- Javier Baez hit a solo HR, singled and struck out twice. It was his 4th HR of the year to go with a .238 average.
- Jorge Soler singled to go 1 for 4.
- The Cubs got some production from the bottom of the order. Chad Noble walked, hit a single and a solo HR while DH Anthony Giansanti went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Lendy Castillo's conversion to a starter is off to a slow start. He took the loss after allowing all 6 Fort Wayne runs (5 earned), in his six innings of work. Castillo didn't walk a batter and struck out 3. His ERA is 6.60 so far this season. Justin Amlung and Steve Perakslis pitched in with a scoreless inning apiece.
- Wilson Contreras singled home Jeimer Candelario for the game's first run in the second. After walks by Marco Hernandez and Rock Shoulders, the Cougars tried to mount an 8th innings rally with the bottom of their order. Bijan Rademacher singled in Shoulders and then Oliver Zapata doubled in Hernandez and Rademacher to bring the Cougars within 2. Unfortunately the rally ended there.
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