Tom and I are going to try and bring home a series win today at Wrigley, so there will be no further posts until sometime after the game, but feel free to use board for any other topic.
A little late today as I went out to have a drink and then a late dinner with the wife so let's get started with the recap...
New Orleans 3 - Iowa 0
- About the only thing you can say about this game is that the I-Cubs got good pitching performances from two relatively new pitchers The first was Justin Grimm who went 7 strong innings without walking a batter -- which is a huge key for him -- and striking out 8. He also gave up just 4 hits. Unfortunately the first was a solo HR, which was enough to lose the game all by itself, and then a single and double to start the next inning led to two more.
- LHP Zach Rosscup struck out the side once again, allowing just one hit. In 3.2 innings, he has 10 strikeouts. Ridiculous. Only one out he's recorded has not come via a strikeout.
Chattanooga 6 - Tennessee 4
- LHP Eric Jokisch was solid once again, though the results weren't quite as good as his previous two outings. He worked 6.1 innings and walked just one while striking out 5. Jokisch actually had a one-hitter through 5 innings but the flipside to that is that the other 5 hits were bunched together in the 6th and 7th, leading to 4 runs, 3 of them earned. Jokisch may have just run out of gas after some long outings, including a no-hitter, which was not just a complete game, but one where the intensity was greater than usual. Whatever the reason, he's been pitching well with his 89-92 mph fastball (though I hear it's been on the higher range of that lately) and excellent circle change. He's 10-11 with a 3.54 ERA (3.74 FIP) with a strikeout rate of 7.8/9 IP and 3.3 walks per 9 IP. Ideally, you want to see him get those walks down (he even walked 4 in his no-hitter) because he's not an overpowering pitcher, but overall it's been another good season for the lefty out of Northwestern.
- So Javier Baez didn't do anything dramatic, no walk-off HR, but he did double and walk, so he still managed to contribute. He did strikeout twice, something he hasn't done a lot of in the past month or so. The K rate is still at 29%, but the walk brought his rate up to 9.1% at Tennessee. He's hitting .294/.358/.631 for a career high OPS of .989.
- The always productive 1B Justin Bour went 2 for 3 with a walk, RBI, and run scored.
- 3B Christian Villanueva doubled in a run and is hitting .269/.324/.475 on the season.
Brevard County 10 - Daytona 2
- Well, you didn't think Ivan Pineyro was going to pitch like Greg Maddux forever, did you? Acquired for reserve outfielder Scott Hairson, Pineyro had been brilliant since joining the Cubs but today hitters got to him to the tune of 8 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings. He also walked two and struck out 4. It was Pineyro's first loss as he fell to 2-1 and his ERA rose to 3.18.
- Speaking of new additions to the team, Dan Vogelbach continues to contribute since making a big splash with a HR in his 2nd AB. The big 1B, who was the DH today, singled and walked twice, scoring runs twice. He's hitting .304/.385/.478 in his first 7 days.
- Kris Bryant went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI and he's hitting .364/.364/.682 since his promotion. Not a bad shot in the arm between those two for Daytona's title hopes.
Kane County 7 - Clinton 6
- LHP Michael Heesch was solid in 6 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, though he did walk 3 while striking out just one. Heesch got a no-decision and stayed at 3-9 with a 3.78 ERA. Despite wavering a bit lately, his control has been solid (2.7 walks per 9 IP), but he hasn't missed bats (4.5 Ks per 9 IP). What he's done well is dominate LH hitters with a FB that shows some arm-side run, posting a 1.65 ERA and limiting those hitters to a lot of weak contact (.165 average). His K rate is also higher at 6.4 per 9 IP.
- Closer Michael Hamman rebounded from his worst outing of the season to pitch 1.2 scoreless innings and pick up the win when Kane County rallied to win the game late. Hamman is 2-3 with a 1.13 and features a good FB in the 91-94 range, peaking at 95.
- The Cougars got contributions up and down their lineup today. He's slumped a little recently but Oliver Zapata has filled in when needed all season and today went 2 for 3 with a walk, run scored, and an RBI.
- 1B Rock Shoulders doubled, singled, and walked twice. He drove in a run and scored twice. Shoulders has become the full-time 1B with Vogelbach's promotion and the team's main source of HR power, however, he has struggled in August. He's hit just .217 without a HR. Another curious split for Shoulders, he's hit 100 points higher at home (.307) vs. on the road (.202).
- C Carlos Escobar drove in 2 runs with a double while 3B Giuseppe Papaccio went 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Tri-City 11 - Boise 0
- 15th round pick Michael Wagner has cooled off after a hot start. He went 3 innings and was in trouble throughout, allowing 6 hits, walking 2, and allowing 3 runs. He fell to 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA.
- Juan Paniagua was even less effective in his 3 innings. He also allowed 6 hits and once again struggled with his control (3 walks). He gave up 6 runs (4 earned) and his Boise ERA soared to 6.48.
- 8th round pick LHP Sam Wilson pitched 2 innings and walked 2 and allowed 2 more runs to round out a tough day for the Hawks pitchers. Wilson has been very effective all season so you know it was just one of those days. Even after the sub par performance, Wilson still has a 1.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.
- Not much to say on offense other than it's good to see SS Carlos Penalver stay hot. 2 more hits rose his season average to .257 after a disastrous start.
AZL Cubs 9 - AZL Reds 7
- Erick Leal got off to a rough start, surrending 3 doubles to start the game and 4 hits and 3 run overall in the first inning. He showed some poise for a young kid and quickly settled down to pitch 4 scoreless innings of one-hit ball the rest of the way. That was key to limit the damage and eat up a few more innings because the Cubs would stage a late comeback to win the game. Leal walked one and struck out 6 overall. He has a 2.98 ERA with an even better FIP of 2.16. He has struck out 9.93 batters per 9 innings while showing good control with just 1.19 walks/9IP.
- Luis Villaba picked up the win with 2 outstanding innings, striking out 6 batters. The outing dropped his ERA to 1.99 on the season.
- I'm really liking the top of this lineup with 9th round pick Charcer Burks and Jeffrey Baez providing a good combo of OBP and speed at the top. Each got two hits, stole a base and scored a run. For Burks it was his 6th SB of the year and he's hitting .273 with a .343 OBP. Baez is hitting .291 with a .360 OBP and 22 sBs in 25 attempts.
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