Update on Jen-Ho Tseng as he was placed on the DL with what was termed as an upper extremity issue, but we know that it is shoulder discomfort. But before you hyperventilate, it seems that Tseng felt well enough to pitch. It appears the Cubs are just being cautious with the 19 year old -- and understandably so.
On with the recap. It was a light day in terms
- Chris Rusin pitched 7 innings, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) to fall to 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA.
- Javier Baez doubled and scored a run. He's 5 for his last 15 with just 2 Ks --small sample and nothing to scream about at any rate, but hopefully it signals a trend in the right direction.
- Josh Vitters went 2 for 4 with an RBI but is still hitting just .216 on the year with not much change in his approach or power numbers.
- Justin Ruggiano is on his way back and it seemed he was starting to put together some good ABs before he got hurt. He singled twice and scored a run.
- Pierce Johnson pitched 4 no-hit innings (2 walks, 2 Ks) -- but left after just 47 pitches. No word as to why as of this writing.
- Tony Zych pitched the next 2 innings, allowing just one run to get the win. He has seen his role diminish a bit with the waves of arms hitting the minor leagues. He pitched 2 big innings today, however, and moved to 1-2 with a 5.30 ERA.
- Arodys Vizcaino is one of those new arms and he came in to pitch a scoreless 7th He walked none and struck out 1. He now has pitched 5 scoreless innings at AA, allowing just 2 hits, no walks while striking out 8.
- The second half of the Smokies 1-2 punch cleaned up. Armando Rivero went 2 scoreless, no-hit innings of relief. He did walk one batter but struck out 2, lowering his ERA to 1.85 ERA and earning his 8th save. He has struck out 4 batters per every walk (36 to 9) in 24.1 innings.
- Kris Bryant find a way to contribute even when he doesn't start. pinch-hitting for Johnson and hitting a 2-run double, driving in Wes Darvill (2 for 3) and Anthony Giansanti (1 for 3).
- The other run today was driven in by another pinch-hitter, Charles Cutler, who drove home Jae-Hoon Ha (2 for 4) with a sac flu.
- Yao-Lin Wang pitched 5 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. The 23 year old swingman walked 3 and struck out 4. Wang has stalled in A ball after a promising start to his pro career. He's a high 80s-low 90s two-seamer type who can turn it a couple of notches with the 4 seam FB. He has an effective change-up as well. Part of the reason for the stall may be that Wang just wasn't a projectable guy and wasn't able to improve as he moved up the levels, He was good today though.
- LHP Nathan Dorris made his FSL debut and he got the win -- but it was a shaky outing as he gave up both runs, losing a one run lead in two consecutive innings. The D-Cubs, however, rallied for 2 more just before he was removed from the game, so he gets credit for the win. Dorris walked 2 and struck out 2.
- Austin Reed pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball to pick up his 2nd save and lower his ERA to 2.95.
- Good game from Pin-Chieh Chen from the leadoff spot where he doubled twice, walked, scored, and drove in a run. Chen has been solid this year from the top of the order, putting up a line of .268/.350/.417 on the year.
- Albert Almora had two hits and also threw out 2 runners at home plate. That gives him 6 assists in the year, so even if his offense slumbered for a while, defense never rests. Almora has at least 2 hits in 6 consecutive games (13 for 28). What is impressive is that Almora was hitting the ball well versus a top pitching prospect in Jose Berrios, who was hitting 96 mph.
- One of the reasons I like Wilson Contreras is that he has a quick bat to go with strong forearms/wrists -- and so he can handle anybody's fastball -- that was the case today as he singled twice, walked, and drove in 2 runs. Unfortunately Contreras approach wavers and he struggles with breaking pitches, so he has been exposed a bit in the FSL (.191 BA).
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