Not much offense today outside of the Kane County Cougars, who bashed 3 HRs today, but there were some solid pitching performances across the board, though a couple of well-regarded arms at the start of the season continued to struggle.
The big 4 of Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora each went 0 for 4.
A reminder that tomorrow is the Baseball Factory is hosting the Under Armour High School All-American Game. If you are going to the game and are waiting to pick up your tickets from me, I will be at Mullens from 2-3:30 pm.
On with the recap...
- Eric Jokisch had another solid start allowing 2 runs while walking one and striking out 6 in in 6 innings. Unfortunately. the I-Cubs offense offered no support. Jokisch fell to 9-9 with a 3.52 ERA. He lowered his walk rate to 1.85 per 9 IP to go with 8.17 Ks per 9 IP.
- Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless inning. He has whittled down his once astronomical ERA to a slightly less horrifying 6.06. Of course, it's a misleading stat in this case because he allowed 9 of his 11 runs over a 3 day period in early June.
- The I-Cubs managed 4 hits, 2 of them by Rafael Lopez, who raised his average to .270.
- Pierce Johnson extended his scoreless streak to 17 innings, a run covering 4 starts. He was inefficient today, however, needing 89 pitches to get through 4 innings, walking 3 but striking out 7. In those 4 starts, Johnson has walked 9 but struck out 29, the latter is a rate of 15 batters per 9 IP. He lowered his ERA to 2.36 on the season.
- Matt Loosen ate up some much needed innings with 3 scoreless to preserve the shutout and pick up the win. The former starter is 5-5 with a 5.64 ERA.
- LHP Andrew McKirahan lowered his ERA to 2.82 with a scoreless frame while the incredibly reliable Frank Batista and his 1.13 ERA pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his 10th save.
- Addison Russell did not get a hit but did drive in a run.
- Stephen Bruno went 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI. The 23 year old 2B is hitting .274/.345/.400 with 3 HRs on the year. It's his first full season as a pro and as an undersized player playing the demanding position of 2B, he could just be wearing down a bit.
- Tyler Skulina was 85-90 today and lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing 5 runs, 4 earned. It's been a tough season for Skulina, who was pegged as a possible breakout candidate by one scout I asked, but a knee injury has robbed him of velocity. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise as Skulina has put up a solid year despite not having his good stuff all year. If it comes back, maybe he can apply some of that guile and be a more well-rounded pitcher. Skulina is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA.
- Stephen Perakslis has really hit his stride in the 2nd half. He's 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA since the all-star break and 3-0 with a 4.22 ERA overall. The Cubs have several power arms and Perakslis can throw as hard as any of them, often sitting around the mid 90s and touching as high as 97 this year.
- Kyle Schwarber doubled in 4 ABs.
- Dan Vogelbach was in the middle of all of Daytona's offense today with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. He has slumped of late, hitting .162 in his last 10 games as his line has fallen to .266/.356/.423.
- Bill McKinney is dealing with a minor injury, so he has been the DH over the past few days. It hasn't stopped him from hitting. He went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. He is hitting .320/.409/.451.
- I didn't know what the Cubs would get in the Darwin Barney deal, but a useful pitcher like Jonathan Martinez was probably beyond my expectations. He's a pitcher who has a chance to move through the system as a bottom of the rotation type or, more likely, a middle reliever. That's solid value. He went 5 innings today without walking a batter while striking out 2. He gave up 2 runs but improved to 9-5 with a 3.47 ERA between the Cubs and Dodgers organizations, both of which have a team in the MWL. He lowered his walk rate to 1.59 per 9 IP.
- Tyler Ihrig effectively piggybacked the start, finishing off the game with 4 scoreless innings to get his first save and lower his ERA at Kane County to 2.93. He walked one and struck out 3.
- Danny Lockhart went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI. He's hitting .291/.353/.364.
- Mark Zagunis make his MWL debut and played RF for the Cougars. He had a very Zagunis-like game , going 1 for 3 with 2 walks, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base.
- Jacob Rogers went 2 for 5 and hit his 15th HR of the season. He has been in a slump of late but got back just under the .800 OPS mark with a line of .263/.357/.442.
- C Cael Brockmeyer hit his 6th HR of the year. There is no question Brockmeyer can hit, but at 6'5" some question whether he can stick at catcher. If he can, he will definitely be more of an offensive-minded backstop. His HR put him at .306/.372/.464. He doesn't walk a whole lot, that OBP gets a big boost from Brockmeyer getting plunked by pitches. In fact, he has almost as many HBPs (11) as he does walks.
- One person who may be said to see the season end is OF Trey Martin. He seems like he's just getting in a groove and today may have been his best game overall. Martin went 2 for 3 with a walk, HR (3), and 3 SBs (27). He's hitting just 247 with an OPS just north of .600. He's had a solid second half, however, hitting .279.
- Another discouraging start for Dillon Maples, who walked 5 in 3.1 innings and gave up 3 runs overall. His ERA is at 11.57. He has walked 13 batters in 11.2 innings at Boise.
- Kevin Brown may lead the organization in frequent flier miles. He is back in Boise and in the 3rd spot where he went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. He's had his most sustained success at Boise, where he has hit .271/.333/.457.
- Justin Marra hit his 8th HR. He also walked. Marra was off to a hot start but in his first season with extended playing time, has begun to slow up a bit but is still having a very good season at .280/.354/.518.
- 3B Jesse Hodges drove in 2 with a double in 4 ABs. The undrafted free agent out of Canada is hitting .267/.311/.401 with 6 HRs but seems to have a knack for driving in runs. He has 38 RBI in 58 games. That;s on pace for over 100 RBI in a 162 game season. Not that Boise plays that many games, but it illustrates his timely hitting even if his numbers aren't special overall.
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