Patience, my friends. Patience.
Also, the DSL started today and you can see the box score here. Players to watch are Frandy DeLaRosa, who is healthy after the horrific car accident this past offseason, and Luis Acosta, a good hitter with a solid approach who has struggled so far.
- Tsuyoshi Wada continues to take AAA hitters to school. They may not like it now, but they will be better someday for having faced him. Sometimes guile and precision trumps great stuff and that was the case for Wada today as it has been for most of the season. Once again he threw strikes, missed bats, and induced weak contact, keeping hitters off balance on his way to 6 innings of one run baseball, He walked one and struck out 5. He is 5-3 with a 2.60 ERA.
- Blake Parker earned his 11th save, though he did give up a solo HR and 3 hits overall. He still has just a 1.23 ERA.
- Matt Szczur went 2 for 4, stole his 8th base, and scored a run.
- Christian Villanueva doubled and drove in a run.
- C Rafael Lopez made his AAA debut but went 0 for 4.
- Javier Baez did not start but he did pinch-hit. Considering it's his hand that's hurt, I'd say he's ready to come back and the Cubs are just being cautious.
- Matt Loosen is a riddle wrapped inside an enigma. He has always had good stuff, though he may have lost a tick or two on that fastball this year. Command, however, has always been an issue and he has been wildly inconsistent. He can get shelled one start and then throw a gem the next time out. This outing was closer to the latter as he worked 6 innings of 4 hit, shutout baseball while walking just one batter. He struck out 7. He moved to 3-2 with a 5.01 ERA on the eyar.
- Hunter Cervenka has put himself on the map this year. He's always been on our radar but this season he has improved his control and with good velo along with some sink and tail to this FB, he can be awfully tough when the throws strikes. He pitched 2 no-hit innings today, striking out 5 batters while walking one to lower his ERA to 1.61. He has walked 9 batters (3.6 per 9 IP) while striking out 29 (11.7 batters per 9 IP).
- Armando Rivero is another guy with swing and miss stuff and the back of this bullpen and he pitched a scoreless inning today, striking out 2 and giving the Smokies 14 Ks overall vs, just 2 walks. It was his 9th save of the year to go with a 1.86 ERA and his strikeout to walk ratio per 9 IP is an incredible 13.5 to 3.86. Walks will be the key for him and I suspect the Cubs would like him to cut that down to under 3, even if it costs him some Ks.
- Rubi Silva went 2 for 4 and scored a run.
- Kris Bryant HR'd again (19), walked twice, drove in 2 and scored a run. As we said yesterday, expect him to play AA ball until the AS break and we should see him move up shortly thereafter, perhaps right after the break. Don't be surprised, though, if he spends the rest of the season in AAA and then starts there again next season for the first 3 months or so.
- Anthony Giansanti is making the most of his recent playing time, getting two more hits today and raising his batting average to .238.
- Austin Kirk got a rare start and went 3.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits. He walked one and struck out one.
- Starling Peralta piggybacked the start and pitched 4 solid innings, allowing 3 hits and just one walk, including a HR and 2 runs to pick up the win and move to 3-1 with a 3.29 ERA. We know Peralta can throw hard (clocked as high as 97 this year) and can throw a nasty slider, the key for him is control. This year has been his best in that department, walking just 10 batters in 41 innings (2.2 per 9 IP).
- Stephen Perakslis picked up his first save with 1.2 scoreless innings.
- Pin-Chieh Chen (1 for 3, 2 walks, run) and Zeke DeVoss (1 for 4, walk, run) did a nice job setting the table today for Daytona. Chen, in particular has been very consistent in this role, posting a .373 OBP on the year.
- Albert Almora singled, drove in a run and scored.
- Dan Vogelbach is still rolling and has been since May 22nd. Today it was a double, single, 2 walks, 2 runs, and an RBI. If he has stolen a base and stretched that double to a triple I would have called that line Alcantara-esque. Suddenly the lefty 1B has a respectable OBP of .353 on the year and his slugging percentage is creeping toward .400 (.398). Of course, ultimately, Vogelbach's ticket to the bigs is going to be power, so the .400 slugging pct isn't going to cut it, but he does seem to be warming up toward what we hope is a big second half.
- It's been a struggle for one of our favorites, Jeimer Candelario, but he did contribute today with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
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