Round Rock Express 10 @ Iowa Cubs 9
Nick Struck walked 4 and struckout 1. He gave up 3 home runs. In just 3 innings he gave up 4 hits and 5 runs. The only other pitcher worth mentioning was Blake Parker who threw the 9th. He walked a batter and struckout 2.
Logan Watkins was 2-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Brett Jackson’s new swing was 1-4 with his 2nd home run of the season. He walked once and struckout twice. Of course he struckout twice.
Ian Stewart was 1-4 with a walk. The headline in the Des Moines Register should be: Ian Stewart got a hit.
Ryan Sweeney was 2-4. Brad Nelson had the big night going 4-5 with 2 doubles.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3 @ Tennessee Smokies 0
Eric Jokisch wasn't very good over 5 innings. He only struckout 1 and walked 1. He allowed 6 hits, one of which was a home run and allowed 3 runs. Frank Batista threw a clean 6th inning and Tony Zych pitched the 7th and final inning. He allowed a walk and struck a batter out.
Matt Szczur was 1-3 and Ronald Torreyes was also was 1-3. Those were the only hits for the Smokies in game 1 of the double-header. Jae-Hoon Ha, Rafael Lopez and Jonathon Mota were each 0-2 with a walk.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0 @ Tennessee Smokies 3
Kyle Hendricks threw a gem in this one. He threw 6 innings, allowed only a hit and a walk while striking out 8. Marcus Hatley struckout 2 in the 7th.
In 5 April starts, Hendricks pitched 25 innings, allowed 22 hits, 10 runs, 8 walks and struckout 23. His last two starts have been awesome. He's thrown a combined 13 innings, allowed 4 hits and a run. He walked only 2 and struckout a total of 17.
Only one Smokies hit mattered in this one and it was the final one of the game. Jae-Hoon Ha didn’t start the game, but pinch hit in the bottom of the 7th inning with 2 on and 2 out. He hit a walk-off home run to win the game and show me that I should not talk about his lack of power.
Palm Beach Cardinals 1 @ Daytona Cubs 2
The Cubs won this game to even up their record to 12-12. Yeiper Castillo got his first start of the season after several relief appearances this year. He threw 4 innings, walked a batter and struckout 8. Impressive first start.
Luis Liria threw 2 innings, allowed a hit and struck a batter out. Hunter Cervenka threw 2 inning, allowed a hit and a run and struckout 4.
Another game, another Zeke DeVoss walk. Another Zeke DeVoss strikeout. Two of them in this one. Tim Saunders was 0-2 with a couple of walks. Javier Baez was 1-3 and was hit by a pitch. He also had another error, his 11th of the year. He’s on pace for about 64 errors this year.
Jorge Soler and John Andreoli were each 1-4. Dustin Geiger was 1-2 with a home run and a walk.
Ben Carhart and Chad Noble were each 1-3. Both had doubles. Both struckout twice.
Kane County Cougars 6 @ Lake County Captains 7
The Cougars took a 6-2 lead into the final inning (the 7th) and gave up 5 runs to lose. Felix Pena struckout 3 and allowed 5 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings. Then Ian Dickson and Matt Iannazzo shit the bed.
If the fans hadn’t been so negative, that would not have happened.
Dan Vogelbach hit his 3rd home run of the season and Rock Shoulders hit his 5th. Shoulders was 1-3. Marco Hernandez was 1-4 and Jeimer Candelario was 0-2 with a walk.
Kane County Cougars 2 @ Lake County Captains 4
Michael Heesch struckout 7 and walked 1 in 5 innings. However, he allowed 6 hits and 4 runs. Steve Perakslis gave up a hit in an inning of work.
Dan Vogelbach hit his 4th home run of the season. He was 1-3. The only other hit for the Smokies in the late game was by catcher Oliver Zapata who was 1-1 with a walk. Jeimer Candelario was 0-2 with a walk.
Josh Hamilton went 0-8 last night.
The fans were being too negative.
He would’ve hit for two cycles if nobody kept track.
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I think the macro should be re-written to change Kevin Gregg to Mariano Rivera. At least for a few days.
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I bet the Hope Monster’s tentacles (testicles?) are tingling after this recent string of wins! Mostly because apparently the average Cubs fan has no idea who we’ve been beating lately (dying laughing)
Those are the real Cubs fans. The rest are fakes.
So I guess one of the questions asked to Len & JD was who is the next prospect that is going to be called up to the club. They mentioned that it isn’t going to be any real prospect such as Soler, Baez, but it would probably be someone in AAA like Bougesevic or Sweeney who are tearing it up right now. I’ve seen Sweeney mentioned here, but is there any reason to think that either of these guys are anything more than AAAA guy? They both have pretty unremarkable stats in the majors in the past.
Well, Bougesevic and Sweeney aren’t “prospects” in the sense we usually mean. Both have had extended time in the majors.
In terms of actual prospects, we may see Logan Watkins, Junior Lake, or Brett Jackson at some point later this year. I don’t see any pitchers worth a damn coming up (Jokisch is the closest but no way they call him up this year), unless you consider some of the RPs like McNutt, etc. prospects. I doubt any players from the AA team make the jump unless we are somehow in playoff contention in July (dying laughing).
Ryan Sweeney has some upside, but it’s almost certainly as a 4th-OF type. Of course, those players have value, just not a ton. Sweeney can’t hit lefties so you’d need to put him a platoon; of course, we already have a right-side platooner in Schierholtz who isn’t going anywhere (until he is of course traded). Since he’s a lefty, it hurts his chances of replacing Sappelt (a righty, but terrible so far- also, Sappelt has slightly higher upside in my opinion). I think Sweeney has more to offer with the bat than the similarly left-handed Borbon, but Borbon is a base-stealing threat and better in the outfield, so he makes sense has a 5th-OF type. And all of this neglects to mention Scott Hairston, who puts our outfield at 6 anyways. Even then, Brett Jackson will get the callup before Sweeney will (probably).
Bogusevic played 104 games in rightfield last year and had a .596 OPS.
All told, the next player to come up is probably Edwin Maysonet, by virtue of his playing the infield (this happens only if the Cubs make the move of releasing Ian “Oww, my wrist” Stewart). They’ve seen enough from Bed Intruder to take a pass on him, and it doesn’t make sense to start Watkins’ clock just to bench him in the majors (he’s got an outside shot at being a starting 2B/CF, probably 2B. take that for what it’s worth). Optimally, I’d like them to DFA Borbon or Sappelt for Chris Nelson, but I acknowledge that the difference between Maysonet and Nelson probably isn’t that great and Sappelt is still an ultra-fringe prospect. Or, alternatively, get rid of Chris “Fools” Rusin.
Actually, Maysonet isn’t on the 40-man. That changes things considerably. It basically means that Stewart gets his chance.
The early favorite in the “Clown for Clowney” sweepstakes is…
It’s better on Youtube because you can hear the car crash:
Surely they’re going to release him. He’s getting eaten alive in AAA, fer chrissake.
Not to nitpick, but wasn’t that a personal foul (helmet-to-helmet)?
Exceptions are made for “holy shit that was awesome” hits to the best of my knowledge.
And yes, I’d hope they’d release him, but perhaps they think some GM fell into a time machine and thinks it’s now 2008.
I think everyone is hip to him now. I don’t see how the guy has any value above a league-minimum minor league pickup to anyone. I think he’s a waste of time. Then again, the Cubs have nothing better to do with roster spots, so it’s probably academic.
It wasn’t personal.
His college film is starting to resemble his high school film…
Sorry I wasn’t calling Bougusevic or Sweeney prospects (and neither were Len & JD), they were just saying one of them would be the next ones called up from the minors.
For what it’s worth, Len has been doing a great job of tempering fans expectations for Soler and Baez. Whenever their name is brought up from an e-mail or something, he says they are far away and won’t see the majors for a long time, if at all. Then he might point out how one of them might be struggling.
Two NFC West teams added dynamic players for the slot. Lots of talk in Ninerland about who should play slot CB. I nominate Perrish Cox.
Cox should fit into the slot. I think SF knows Cox can fill the slot. So it is my hope that the Niners force Cox into the slot repeatedly before the season.
Too negative. Fake Cubs fan.
But…that’s counterproductive because Cox is supposed to stop deep penetration.
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Seriously though, Matt Garza must hate this site.
If Alvin is too negative, what’s that make this place?
Hopefully Garza only reads your posts and not Dylan’s or Aisley
I don’t care enough to be too negative. (dying laughing)
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I just want Cox in the slot…and occasionally against the tight end.