Javier Baez did his thing in Denver, winning the game with a 12th inning HR to the opposite field. Just for old times sake, here it is for those of you who missed it or didn't get the game on cable...
Meanwhile in Iowa, his now ex-teammates picked up the slack today as Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Mike Olt all had big games. They won't be ex-teammates for long.
Speaking of Javier Baez, I was on The Game 87.7 today with Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley to talk about the Cubs young talent. You can listen to it here.
It was another light day on the farm as far as numbers of games, but plenty of good stuff. It's a rather concentrated recap today...
- Dan Straily had his second great start in a row. He pitched 7 scoreless innings and did not allow a walk while striking out 9. Straily evened his record at 6-6 and lowered his ERA to 4.31. Straily has actually pitched pretty well except for his propensity to give up the long ball (13 this year in 96 innings). He has walked 3.38 batters per 9 IP while striking out 9.66/9 IP. I think he needs to lower the walk rate even more to be a successful MLB pitcher -- and the last two games have shown how effective he can be when he does throw strikes.
- Kris Bryant went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. I can't say enough about how he manages to stay productive even when he isn't on a monster tear. He is going to be a steady force in the lineup along with Anthony Rizzo.
- We may be able to say something similar about Jorge Soler, who had a min-slump recently in which he still had an OPS over .900 as he managed to keep taking walks and hit for occasional power. He may one day add a 3rd hitter with a steady approach that lends itself to consistency. He exploded in his first 3 ABs today, getting a single, double, HR, and 3 RBI -- and then he uncharacteristically took on an aggressive approach in his last 2 ABs, striking out both times. Could be a little human nature there in that, with the game essentially decided, he wanted to cap the day off in a big way.
- Mike Olt keeps reminding us that he still wants to be a part of the fun at Wrigley over the next several years. He has been on a tear since joining Iowa and today he hit a grand slam to go with a walk and a single. In 15 games he has hit .345/.367/.569 with 2 HRs.
- Rob Zastryzny finally got that ERA under 5 with 5 innings of one run baseball in which he walked just one and struck out 5. I think that Zastryzny may be one of the most underrated prospects in the Cubs system because of his pedestrian traditional stats of a 2-6 record with a 4.91 ERA. But he does have a solid K to BB ratio of 3.25 to 1, striking out just under a batter per inning, while also putting up a respectable 3.71 FIP. He has also regained some of the velo he showed late in his college career and has pitched frequently in the 91-93 range.
- Another pitcher who has pitched well and has show increased velocity is Stephen Perakslis, who has pitched in the mid 90s. He pitched 3 no-hit innings to lower his ERA to 4.47 and improve his record to 3-0. The has however, not struck out a whole lot of batters for someone who throws as hard as he does, striking out a shade under 7 batters per 9 innings.
- Zach Godley earned his 4 save with a scoreless 9th, walking one and striking out 2. His ERA stands at 4.26
- Jacob Hanneman went 2 for 5 with his 4th SB and scored a run. Hannemann is hitting .279/.326/.395 in his first 11 games at Daytona.
- Kyle Schwarber didn't get a hit but did draw 2 walks and scored a run. Schwarber is hitting .234 without much power at Daytona but does have a .366 OBP. But like we have said, it's been a long season and he hasn't had a break. He'll be fine.
- Bill McKinney went 1 for 4 and drove in 2 runs.
- Tough loss for Duane Underwood who allowed a run in 2/3 of an inning and then had the game rain out. He left a man on base and he was promptly driven home on a HR allowed by Jen-Ho Tseng, who started when the game resumed. Tseng pitched brilliantly after that HR, allowing just one hit after that and going 6 innings with just one run, one walk, 2 Ks, and 2 hits allowed overall. That put his ERA at 2.47 for the season. The walk was just his 12th. He has walked just 3.5% of the batters he has faced. Wow.
- In the second game it was Ben Wells who had a solid outing, pitching 6 innings of one run baseball, walking just one batter. He didn't strike anyone out but he did generate 12 groundball outs to pick up the win, improving to 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA.
- Tyler Bremer picked up his 11th save with a scoreless inning in the 2nd game.
- Shawon Dunston went 3 for 7 with a double, RBI and 3 runs scored. He also stole his 18th base. He raised his average on the year to .283.
- 2B Chesny Young continues to look like a real steal in the 14th round of this year's draft. He went 4 for 7 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. He also stole 2 bases, including one of home plate. He is hitting .410 in the 10 games since joining the Cougars. He is hitting .366 in just over 100 PAs as a pro so far.
- Danny Lockhart went 2 for 3 with a double and is hitting .281.
- Jeffery Baez only had one hit over the 2 games but it was his first HR in the MWL.
Here are highlights of the Kane County-Peoria games (h/t Nate Baliva)
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