Congrats to the Chicago Blackhawks, who are the best run franchise in the city right now. Hopefully the Cubs can turn out the kind of team that can contend for a title every year.
The Cubs got some pretty good pitching performances today, so maybe they're taking steps in that direction already. And another pitcher, Daytona RHP PJ Francescon, got the call to AA Tennessee. Congrats PJ.
Also in the news, Chang-Yon Lim made his stateside professional debut after spending most of the season rehabbing from TJ surgery.
Iowa 6 - Memphis 1
- LHP Brooks Raley was excellent today in allowing just one run on 4 hits over 7 innings. He walked just one batter and struck out 4.
- Not much to speak of on offense despite the 6 runs. SS Donnie Murphy went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI while Dave Sappelt went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored.
Tennessee 5 - Jackson 1
- Alberto Cabrera was flat out dominant with 13 Ks in 8 IP. He allowed just 3 hits and one run while walking just 2 batters. We've been noting Cabrera's solid season here in our recaps all year long and this outing will likely garner him some more attention. Cabrera is now 7-3 with a 3.53 ERA but his peripherals are even better. He has struck out 9.2 batters per 9 IP while walking 3.5/9 IP. His FIP is now under 3 at 2.91. Cabrera is working at 90-96 as a starter with his slider that has become an out pitch and an improving change, which he doesn't always use enough, according to his manager, but he did mix it in well today.
- Just for good measure, LHP Zach Rosscup came in pitched a scoreless inning and punched out one more batter to give the Smokies 14 strikeouts on the day.
- The offense was supplied almost entirely by two players. The main producer was 1B Justin Bour who homered twice and drove in 4 of the 5 runs. Backup SS Elliot Soto was the other big contributor with a 2 hit day in which he also walked, scored a run, and had the only other RBI of the game.
Daytona 6 - Lakeland 5
- Top prospect Pierce Johnson is now one step closer and his debut in Daytona wasn't spectacular but it was a quality start -- and certainly better than his Kane County debut. Johnson went 6 innings and allowed 3 runs, 2 of the on a HR, while walking 2 and striking out 6. Johnson credits the improvement in his change-up and Ron Villone for helping him with his approach on the mound. You can hear him on Prospect Pulse with Jordan Bernfield.
- The D-Cubs got solid bullpen work by Frank Del Valle, who went 2 scoreless innings while walking two and striking out 3, and Luis Liria,. who pitched a scoreless 12th for the win.
- John Andreoli was on base 3 times with a double, singls and a walk. He drove in a run and drove in another.
- Tim Saunders hot month continues with another 2 hit day, including a double, with 2 walks and 2 RBI. He's hitting .226 with a .322 OBP now after hitting .328 with a .425 OBP so far in June.
- Pin-Chieh Chen has hit well since leaving Kane County. He more than held his own in AA Tennessee filling for Jae-Hoon Ha, now that he's at Daytona, he's hitting .353 after getting a pair of hits last night.
- Javier Baez did not get a hit, but we'll note that he walked for the 18th time this season.
Spokane 5 - Boise 3
- Hard-throwing RHP Trey Lang improved over his last start but still has a ways to go as far as the strikie zone. He went 4 innings and walked 3 batters, but allowed just 2 hits and struck out 4. He gave up 2 runs. Lang works with a fastball that can reach the mid 90s with a slider that's a wipeout pitch when he commands it.
- Michael Hamman has still yet to allow an earned run after pitching 2 more solid innings yesterday, though he did allow an earned run. In 6.2 innings, Hamman (who pitches in the 92-94 range) has 9 Ks vs. just one walk in 6.2 innings
- Corbin Hoffner, meanwhile, has yet to allow a hit. He pitched 3 innings and has now gone a total of 6 on the year. Hoffner doesn't even turn 20 for another month. He's a big kid at 6'5, 235 lbs and looks like he may have some ability to miss bats at this level. He struck out 13 last year in 12.2 innings (0.71 ERA) and has 5 Ks in 6 IP so far this season.
- LHP Matt Iannazzo took the loss after allowing 2 runs in the 11th inning.
- The big day on offense was supplied by Jacob Hanneman. Yesterday we said he may need some time to figure it out, but maye it won't be as long as we think. He HR'd in his last game and last night he doubled twice and singled. He got off to a slow start and is just now creeping over the Mendoza Line (.208)
AZL Angels 13 - AZL Cubs 3
- A couple of pitchers of interest. The first is Chang-Yon Lim, whom the Cubs signed this offseason knowing he'd miss most of the season recovering from TJ surgery. Today was his first appearance and he started the game, presumably to make sure he got proper warm-up. So Lim pitched an inning and allowed 3 hits and 2 runs.
- The other intriguing arm is the undersized LHP Carlos A. Rodriguez, who was very effective last year in the DSL as a 17 year old. Rodriguez likely made the jump because of his advanced command and feel for pitching to go with solid stuff (high 80s FB, curve, slider, change). Today was a tough day, however, as he allowed 3 runs, all in the 7th inning as the Angels broke open a 3-3 tie.
- 1B Xavier Batista went 1 for 2 with a double, 2 walks, 2 RBI, and a run scored.
- 2013 11th round pick Jordan Hankins made his debut at 3B and had a single in 3 ABs.
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