The pitching was fucking terrible.
Javier Baez doing Javier Baez Things. 2-5 with a homer and 2 Ks. His 36 homers on the season are now just one behind George Springer for the minor league lead. Here's hoping for a 4-4, 2 walk, 2 homer day from him today, just for the hell of it. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-5 with his 31st SB on the season. He's put together a nice little 15-30 season. Matt Szczur was 2-4 with a walk. Christian Villanueva was 1-3 with a homer and 2 walks. John Andreoli was 2-4 with a BB.
Nick Struck worked 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and a K. A.J. Morris worked 2, allowing a hit and nothing else. Hunter Cervenka gave up a hit in the middle of getting 3 punchouts in his inning of work. And Frank Batista struck out 1 in getting the save.
This was one of those YCPB days. The shitty Cubs offense coaxed 3 walks and 9 hits out of Cliff Lee, which, what? Starlin Castro was 2-5 with a double and a homer. Darwin Barney was 2-4 with a walk, a SB, and a double. Donnie Murphy was 1-4 with a double. Junior Lake was 2-3 with a walk and didn't even strike out. Basball is weird. Welington Castillo was 2-4. Anthony Rizzo had what's becoming sort of the Anthony Rizzo Game (0-4, BB). He also made two pretty boneheaded plays in the field.
On the pitching side, I'm still waiting for the Chris Rusin Pixie Dust to wear off, but at this point it might take until next year. 5 innings pitched, 3 Ks, 3 walks, 4 hits, and only 3 runs (2 earned). I cannot figure out how he's not getting crushed, other than that, once again, baseball is weird. Regression is stalking him like a clever girl at this point. The bullpen kept things pretty boring after that, tossing a combined 4 innings of 2 hit, 1 K scoreless ball.
Kris Bryant got the day off, which is dumb, because the rainouts have given him plenty of freaking days off and he's the most important prospect on the roster. Whatever. Dan Vogelbach played today, though, going 1-3 with a walk and 2 Ks. He's hitting .281/.372/.448 in his 16 games played at Daytona. Elliot Soto was 2-2 with a double. Wes Darvill was 3-4 with a double.
Yao-Lin Wang worked 3 innings in a "start", allowing 2 hits, no runs or walks, and striking out 4. Nice work sir. Ryan Searle worked the next 4 and shat all over himself, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 3 Ks. Lendy Castillo worked the last, and was Lendy Castillo-ey, allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 Ks.
Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena both got rehab starts in preparation for coming back today, Sweeney going 1-4 and Valbuena going 1-3 with a walk. Jeimer Candelario was 0-4 with 3 Ks. Gioskar Amaya was 0-3 with a walk. Trevor Gretzky was 1-3. The Cougars had no XBHs in this one and struck out 8 times.
James Pugliese got that start and was not good. 3 innings, 5 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 Ks, and a partridge in a shitty baseball tree. Stephen Perakslis worked 2 and allowed a run on 4 hits and a K. Michael Hamann struck out 2 in his 2 innings. Kenny Socorro finished off the final two frames, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a punchout.
The Hawks got no-hit yesterday. Yasiel Balaguert's walk was the only thing keeping them from getting perfect-gamed.
Dillon Maples gave up 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings, but struck out 6. Corbin Hoffner allowed a run in his 3 innings, allowing a hit, 2 walks, and fanning 3. Trey Lang struck out the side in the ninth.