Albuquerque Isotopes 4, Iowa Cubs 6
Willson Contreras and Albert Almora got the day off, but the Iowa Cubs came back late anyway. John Andreoli led off and went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts. Matt Murton was 3-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-3 with an RBI and strikeout.
Rob Zastryzny threw 5 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, a walk and a home run while striking out 4. Brandon Gomes threw 2 innings, struckout 3 and walked a batter. Gerardo Concepcion got the win. He pitched 2 innings, gave up 2 hits and a run while striking out 2.
Tennessee Smokies 5, Chattanooga Lookouts 1
Jacob Hanneman was 2-5 with a run scored. Mark Zagunis was 3-4 with 2 RBI, a walk and a run scored. Bijan Radenmacher was just 1-4, but he added a walk and a home run. Cael Brockmeyer was also 1-4 with a home run. Jeimer Candelario was 2-5.
Brad Markey threw 6 innings, allowed only 2 hits, walked 3, surrendered 1 run and struckout 1. Markey is off to a 5-1 start with a 2.52 ERA, but slow down. He's 24 years old, his strikeout rate is 4.2 per 9 and he's walked 3.5 per 9. He's had really good control in his career (it was under 1 last year at High A in 55 innings). His strikeout rates have been a bit higher, but nothing spectacular. Due to his weak strikeout and walk rates, and the fact that he's allowed 8 home runs already, his FIP is 5.57.
Juan Paniagua walked 2 and struckout 3 in his scoreless inning.
Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1 (Game 1, 10 innings)
The Pelicans only had 5 hits and a run so this will be easy. Jeffry Baez was 2-4 and the following players each had hits: Rashad Crawford (1-5, 2K), Gleyber Torres (1-4, K) and Ian Happ (1-4, BB, R, 2K).
Zach Hedges threw innings, allowed only a hit and an unearned run. He walked 1 and struckout 3. James Farris threw 3 innings, allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, walked a batter and struckout a batter.
Wilmington Blue Rocks 8, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4 (Game 2)
Gleyber Torres was 1-4 with a strikeout and Ian Happ was 2-3 with a walk.
Happ doesn't turn 22 until August 12th and the switch hitter is off to a good start in his career. He was the Cubs first round pick a year ago (9th overall). In 49 games so far this year, he's hitting .287/.403/.448 with a .394 wOBA and 146 wRC+. He's walked in 16.1% of his plate appearances and struckout in 25.1% of them. He's hit 5 home runs, has 6 stolen bases and his ISO is .161. I expect he'll hit for some more power as the season and his career moves along. That walk rate is fantastic.
Jonathan Martinez threw 5 innings, allowed 8 hits and 5 runs on 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Tommy Thorpe pitched 2 innings, gave up 2 hits and 3 runs. He walked 2, struckout no one and gave up a home run.
Lansing Lugnuts 0, South Bend Cubs 1
This one was scoreless until Eloy Jimenez hit a walk off home run in the 9th. The only players with hits were Andrew Ely (1-3, BB), Daniel Spingola (1-4, K), and Eloy Jimenez (1-4, HR).
Carson Sands threw 6 innings, allowed just 2 hits, walked 4 and struckout 5. Craig Brooks (2 IP) and Scott Effross (1 IP) finished the game and combined with Sands for a 3-hit shutout.
Im going to do these next week end, but I’m currently in Bumfuck, OH and my internet connection is 28.8 modem speed.
Your baud rate is so 20th century. I bet my toaster downloads faster.
That explains the fireworks last night.
Felix Pena has flown completely inder the radar. I love his WHIP, his K/9, his BB/9, and his velocity. He’s been used in the pen this year—I wonder about durability issues. Nobody rule-5’ed him, which is kind of surprising because I didn’t see him on the 40-man. He seems like he could be a Hector Rondon type for somebody who claims him. I wonder if he gets a chance in the pen along with Edwards. Too bad he’s not a lefty.
To-day’s base ball squadron
Seemed an important tweet, anyway…
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