Chesny Young got off to a fantastic start, but has fallen on hard times lately. He was 1-4 against the Braves last night with a strikeout. His season line prior to last night's game had dropped to .297/.390/.363 with a .361 wOBA and 124 wRC+. Those numbers are still good overall, but they've come way down. Since the start of May, he's hit only .231/.313/.262 with a wOBA of .282 and wRC+ of 71. He's still walked in 10.2% of his plate appearances, but his BABIP isn't all that terrible at .265. I don't think anybody thought he'd maintain his hot April, but those are some ugly numbers.
Stephen Bruno was 2-5 with a strikeout and a run scored. Victor Caratini was 2-4 with 2 strikeouts and a run scored. Billy McKinney hasn't yet figured out AA pitching. He was 1-4 last night with an RBI and 2 strikeouts. He's hitting .246/.346/.309 with a wOBA of .316 and wRC+ of 94. Those numbers aren't bad at all for a 21 year old, but last year in 308 AA plate appearances with the Cubs, he had a .354 wOBA and a 116 wRC+. His ISO is half of what it was last year. I know McKinney hasn't played as well this season as a lot of people hoped, but I wonder if some of it is that he's not feeling challenged. With Albert Almora in Chicago, I wouldn't mind seeing McKinney sent to AAA.
Tyler Skulina helped himself at the plate last night. He was 2-3 with a strikeout. Skulina also improved to 3-3 on the season with 7 innings pitched. He allowed 6 hits and a run, walked nobody and struckout 3. Miguel Mejia struckout 2 in an inning and Corey Black picked up his 8th save. He pitched the 9th and struckout a batter.
Compared to yesterday when 20 Cubs reached base, this was a rather boring day at the plate. Their top 3 hitters (Donnie Dewees, P.J. Higgins and Ian Rice) combined to go 2-11 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Eloy Jimenez was 1-3 with a double, walk and he scored 2 runs. Tyler Alamo was 1-4 with a double, strikeout and a run scored. Carlos Sepulveda was 2-4 with an RBI and run. The top 3 didn't do anyting, but the 4-5-6 hitters combined to go 4-11 with all 4 runs scored. Jesse Hodges drove in 2 of those runs on a single and he was 1-4 with 2 strikeouts.
Adbert Alzolay dropped to 4-3 with 5.1 innings pitched. He allowed 6 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks. He struckout 3 and gave up a home run. Greyfer Eregua pitched 2.2 really good innings. He gave up 2 hits, walked none and struckout 4. Craig Brooks pitched the 9th. He allowed a hit and a walk.
Jose Gutierrez, Richard Nunez and Samir Lara each had 2 hits. Gutierrez was 2-5 with an RBI. Nunez was 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI while Lara was 2-3 with a double anda walk. Luis Hidalgo was 0-2 with 2 walks and Jose Rojas was 1-3 with a walk and strikeout
Riger Fernandez gave up 7 hits and 4 runs in 2 innings of work. He walked 2 and struckout 2. Jose Mac Donna pitched 3.2 innings, allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. Juan Rengifo pitched 2.1 innings, allowed a hit and a walk.
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Fidel Mejia (DH) was 3-3 with a run scored. Miguel Amaya (C) was 0-1 with a walk, hit by pitch and a strikeout. He also scored a run. Abraham Rodriguez (1B) was 1-3 with a triple and drove in both of the runs. Henrry Pedra (3B) was 2-2.
Faustino Carrera threw 4 innings, allowed 3 hits and no runs. He walked 2 and struckout 3. Ivan medina pitched 2 innings, allowed a hit and a walk while striking out 1. Jhon Romero pitched the final inning for the save and allowed a hit, walk and struckout a batter.