Your kids will no doubt remember this as the Brian Bogusevic game. He had 2 separate 2-run blasts, and drew a walk for good measure. He was near the entirety of the offense and a Quad-A MVP. Logan Watkins had a walk and a strikeout and nothing else; his line sits at .237/.347/.382 for the season. The Brett Jackson we know and love is back: 1-4, 3 SO. Junior Lake did Junior Lake things: 2-4, run scored, 2 strikeouts, caught stealing, throwing error. The agony and the ecstasy and all that jazz.
I've been banging the drum on DFA'ing Chris Rusin for quite some time now, but credit where it's due. He had another really nice game yesterday, scattering a walk and 5 hits over 7 scoreless innings. He only had 3 strikeouts, but his ERA now sits at 3.38. The problem is he's 26 and sits right around 6 K/9 and 3 BB/9. That's not going to work, and in any case is eminently replaceable. I'd rather have the spot go to someone with genuine upside, like Yoanner Negrin or Guillermo Moscoso. Can anyone really envision Rusin as part of the next good Cubs team, or even trade bait for a piece of it? No way. I'm sure he's a great kid, but he's on his 3rd trip around the PCL and he's never struck out over 17.8% of batters (and doesn't exactly have pinpoint control). It's probably time to part ways. Barret Loux got a relief inning in and allowed a run on a walk and a hit. He also struck out 3 batters. I know dmick89 hates him, but I'm still intrigued by him, he's got some talent that may or may not ever show up after his injury. Brian Schlitter is being groomed for a relief role in Chicago in the mid-near future, and had another solid inning of work.
That's the most I've ever spent on the Iowa Cubs, I think.
Fort Myers Miracle 6 @ Daytona Cubs 3 (7 innings)
I think I've come around on the idea of promoting Javier Baez to AA. He's not going to struggle at A+ anymore, I don't think, because he's just too good for the caliber of pitching in this league. He hasn't "earned" his promotion, per se, because his holes are exactly the same as they were when he was drafted, but he deserves a chance to fix those holes as soon as he can. I think the longer he stays in A+, the more detrimental it is to his development, because he's getting confidence that he really shouldn't be getting. I had a little exchange with the always-excellent Sahadev Sharma, but find it laughable that he insinuates poor 1B and fielding conditions are to blame for his errors, when a) the other fielders around him don't have the same problem and b) poor 1B play would generally be an error on them. I can buy it a little, but I think some of that is just unnecessary fluff. Baez is a great prospect, and we don't need to gloss over his deficiencies for that to be true.
Baez was 0-3 with a walk and no strikeouts this game. John Andreoli had a pair of walks but never scored. Jorge Soler had a double and a single, scroing a run and striking out once. Oddly, he was the only play not to draw a walk in this game. Chadd Krist had a single and a solo shot, and drew a walk to boot. Zeke DeVoss had an RBI and a walk, but no hits. I'll have a piece on him later this week.
Ben Wells had another poor outing, though a Ben Carhart error (fielding, his 5th, undoubtedly poor turf ) allowed 2 unearned runs to score. He only last 3.2 innings, allowing a pair of walks and quintet of hits. Sheldon McDonald was knocked around, recording an equal number of outs and baserunners, but allowed only one run. Larry Suarez finished with 1.2 uneventful frames.
Javier Baez had a pair of walks in this game, which is good to see. Jorge Soler went 1-4 with 3 strikeouts, so he had a very Brett Jackson-like day. Zeke DeVoss had a two-run shot in the 7th to make a game of it, and had another walk and single as well. John Andreoli, the sort-of forgotten All-Star on this team, had double doubles and a single single, for an RBI and a run. Wes Darvill showed everyone what's up, and drew 3 walks and went 0-1.
Matt Loosen has an excellent chance of being released after this class of draft picks signs. he went 4 innings and allowed a pair of runs, both on a 2-run HR. He struck out 6, walked 3, and gave up 4 hits. Austin Reed gave up a trio of runs in as many innings.
I hate games like this. Even when we were up, I though we were going to lose. Sure enough, we did. Trade bait Nate Schierholtz continues to do good work, and Ryan Sweeney (who EVER thought he'd be our 4th hitter this year?) had a single as well. Darwin Barney had a single, and I just described everyone who reached base for the Cubs this game (Travis Wood's walk excepted). Everyone else sucked.
Travis Wood had a great game but lost anyway, because this is the Cubs. James Russell pitched a mediocre eighth (and has been worse than his 1.46 ERA would indicate), and Kevin Gregg had a decent ninth (and dropped his ERA to 0.96). I think there's every chance that he's a Detroit Tiger in the very near future, probably for a lottery ticket in the low minors. Fine with me. That trade makes a ton of sense to me; they need a closer in the worst way, but probably don't want to spend a lot for it, the two teams have had an open dialog in the recent past, and Gregg is eminently available and in need of being traded (both to open up space for Shawn Camp and to give Carlos Marmol another opportunity to close). It makes a ton of sense, so it probably won't happen.
DSL Nationals 2 @ DSL Cubs 12 (7 innings)
Adonis Paula was a double away from the cycle.
Cubs scored 9 times in the bottom of the 8th.
- Pitching Change: Jesus Rodriguez replaces Johan Marval.
- Miguel Rico walks.
- With Eufran Vargas batting, wild pitch by Jesus Rodriguez, Miguel Rico to 2nd.
- Eufran Vargas singles on a ground ball to left fielder Manuel Castillo. Miguel Rico to 3rd.
- Leonardo Gonzalez singles on a line drive to center fielder Oscar Rojas. Miguel Rico scores. Eufran Vargas to 2nd.
- Humberto Garcia singles on a line drive to center fielder Oscar Rojas. Eufran Vargas scores. Leonardo Gonzalez to 2nd.
- Martin Hodwalker flies out to center fielder Oscar Rojas.
- Arnaldo Calero singles on a ground ball to left fielder Manuel Castillo. Leonardo Gonzalez to 3rd. Humberto Garcia to 2nd.
- Bryant Flete out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Manuel Castillo. Leonardo Gonzalez scores.
- Roney Alcala singles on a ground ball to left fielder Manuel Castillo. Humberto Garcia scores. Arnaldo Calero to 2nd.
- With Delbis Arcila batting, wild pitch by Jesus Rodriguez, Arnaldo Calero to 3rd. Roney Alcala to 2nd.
- With Delbis Arcila batting, wild pitch by Jesus Rodriguez, Arnaldo Calero scores. Roney Alcala to 3rd.
- Delbis Arcila walks.
- Miguel Rico walks. Delbis Arcila to 2nd.
- Pitching Change: Frehumar Rivas replaces Jesus Rodriguez.
- With Eufran Vargas batting, Roney Alcala scores on a balk. Delbis Arcila advances to 3rd on a balk. Miguel Rico advances to 2nd on a balk.
- Eufran Vargas doubles (2) on a line drive to left fielder Manuel Castillo. Delbis Arcila scores. Miguel Rico scores.
- Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Roberto Vahlis replaces Leonardo Gonzalez.
- Roberto Vahlis walks.
- Humberto Garcia hit by pitch. Eufran Vargas to 3rd. Roberto Vahlis to 2nd.
- Martin Hodwalker singles on a ground ball to second baseman Jhonnathan Teran. Eufran Vargas scores. Roberto Vahlis to 3rd. Humberto Garcia to 2nd.
- Arnaldo Calero grounds into a force out, fielded by third baseman Jose Hernandez. Humberto Garcia out at 3rd.
Greyfer Eregua pitched 5 innings of 1-run ball, plunging his ERA to 0.93.