Iowa fell behind 4-0 by the end of the 3rd inning, but tried to rally in the 7th and 8th. They fell to 31-36 on the season.
Dexter Fowler may or may not be headed to the DL depending on what the Cubs learn in the days to come. I would assume that would finally earn Matt Murton the call up to Chicago. He’s been out-performing John Andreoli by a long way could probably handle is own at the MLB level, especially against left-handed pitchers. Mark Zagunis is another possibility, but he just reached AAA.
John Andreoli was 0-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. He scored a run. Munenori Kawasaki was 2-3 with a double, walk, RBI and a strikeout. The above-mentioned Matt Murton was 1-4 with an RBI, run scored and a strikeout. The middle of the order was silent in this one. The 4-5-6 hitters combined for 0-12. Juan Perez and pinch-hitter Mark Zagunis had the other hits. Zagunis tripled in his only at-bat.
Pierce Johnson was terrible. In 3.1 innings, he allowed 3 hits and 4 runs, though only 3 were earned. That’s barely worth mentioning though. He also walked 3, allowed a home run and as you’d expect, only struckout 1. The Cubs have a ton of depth at some spots offensively, but they don’t have much depth when it comes to pitching.
Speaking of perhaps the one spot where they probably have more depth than Joe Maddon realizes. And I can’t believe I’m even saying saying this, but Gerardo Concepcion has become a good reliever. He threw 1.2 innings in this one and allowed a hit and struckout a batter. I’ve talked about how good Concepcion has been several times and I realize his high walk rate is very concerning, but he’s got to be better than Clayton Richard.
Corey Black pitched the 8th and struckout a batter.
The Smokies dropped to 14 games below .500 at 28-42 with this weak 3-hit effort.
Jen-Ho Tseng had a good start. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 6 hits and 2 runs. Only 1 run was earned. He walked 1 and struckout 3. Jose Rosario pitched the final 2 innings for the Smokies and allowed a hit, walked 2 and 2 runs allowed. He struckout 3.
Potomac ran out to an early 3-0 start after 3 innings, but the Pelicans got 2 in the 5th and tied it in the 8th. They lost in 11 and are currently 36-34.
Gleyber Torres was 1-5 with 3 strikeouts. Ian Happ is on fire right now. He was 3-4 with a double, home run, walk, 2 RBI and a run scored. Jason Vosler was 2-4 with a double and a walk. Andrew Ely was 2-5 with a strikeout.
Jeremy Null threw 5 innings, allowed 9 hits and 3 runs. He broke the rules and struckout 7. He also allowed 2 home runs. Michael Wagner threw 4 innings of 1-hit baseball. He struckout 6. Tommy Thorpe picked up the loss by allowing 2 hits and a run in 1.1 innings. He walked 1 and struckout 1.
Kyle Miller threw only 83 pitches over 7 innings. He allowed just 4 hits and a run. He walked 2 and struckout 5. Miller began the year in the bullpen and has now made 3 starts. He’s been very good in these 3 starts, but his strikeout rate overall leaves a lot to be desired. It’s better than some of the prospects or minor leaguers covered here, but in 33 innings at South Bend, he struckout only 6 per 9 and that was primarily as a reliever.
Miller was a 19th round pick last June and is 22 year old.
Pedro Araujo picked up his 2nd save with 2 innings of work. He didn’t allow any hits, runs or walks and struckout 4.
The Emeralds lost their first game of the season, but still won their opening series against Boise. They had a 3-0 lead, but Boise scored 4 in the 6th and then scored 2 more in the 13th.
Wladimir Galindo was 2-4 with 2 solo home runs. He also struckout twice. D.J. Yeller Peguero was 2-5 with a home run, 2 RBI and a run scored. Wilson and Andruw Monasterio were each 2-6. Wilson struckout 3 times and Monasterio struckout once.
Jose Paulino was excellent in his first start of the season for Eugene. He threw 5 innings, allowed 5 hits, no runs and no walks. He struckout 5. Scott Frazier pitched 0.2 innings, allowed 2 hits and 2 walks. All 4 baserunners scored. He struckout a batter. Enrique De Los Rio picked up the loss with 2.1 innings of work. He allowed a hit, walked 2 and allowed 2 runs. Neither of the runs were earned and he struckout 4.