Anthony Rizzo had a good day, going 0-2 with a pair of walks and no strikeouts. Starlin Castro continues to be awful (0-4, 2K). None of the trade bait really played today. Scott Hairston is theoretically trade bait and he went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts and an RBI. Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg each threw a scoreless frame. Edwin Jackson had a great outing, allowing 5 baserunners and a single run over 7 innings, striking out 8.
Logan Watkins had a good day, which have been harder to come by this year. He went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. Brett Jackson had 3 runs, a home run, a walk, and a single. Not to be undone, Brad Nelson launched 2 home runs and drew a walk of his own to go with a single and 3 RBI. Steve Clevenger also had a nice day, going 2-4 with an RBI. Junior Lake went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. Also, how does Junior Lake already have 5 errors on the season? Jesus. Brent Lillibridge had a double. Ian Stewart didn't have a hit but walked twice. Sooner or later, he's going to walk to some other teams' triple-A affiliate.
Brooks Raley got the win allowing 7 runs in 5 innings. What a great stat. Eduardo Sanchez allowed a single hit in 2 innings. He struck out 3. Michael Bowden got the save after allowing no baserunners in 2 innings and striking out 4.
Tennessee Smokies 5 @ Mobile BayBears 3 (11 innings)
Jonathan Mota broke the tie in the 11th with a HR. He went 3-5 with that jack and a double. Arismendy Alcantara drew 3 walks and went 0-2 otherwise. Christian Villanueva also had 2 walks, and went 0-4. Ronald Torreyes had a single in 3 at bats.
Yeiper Castillo is ice cold. He allowed only 2 runs in 4 innings yesterday, but gave up 4 hits and 5 walks. He was just lucky to only give up 2. Hunter Cervenka pitched 2.1 scoreless relief innings, and Tony Zych pitched 1 inning of scoreless relief as well. Frank Batista blew the save, but then got the win as he pitched 3.2 innings of 1-run ball.
John Andreoli is the next Matt Szczur/Logan Watkins. He had another 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and no hits. He scored 2 runs and stole 2 bases, up to 18 on the year. Tim Saunders has 2nd in the order, and scored 3 runs of his own off of a single, a double, and a walk. Javier Baez was 1-4 with a double, as was Jorge Soler. Baez also had his 25th error because of course he did. Dustin Geiger had a 2-run jack and another run-scoring hit, and drew a walk to boot.
Kyler Burke, 32 years old seemingly, drew the start and pitched a gem. He allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings, with 4 hits and a walk. He fanned 5. Yao-Lin Wang pitched 2 scoreless innings to close it out.
Much more muted game this time. Javier Baez had 2 walks and went 0-1 otherwise. I'll take that every day of the week. John Andreoli had 2 hits and 2 runs scored, one from a Zeke DeVoss double (he also had a walk) and one from a Jorge Soler out. That was basically it.
Dan Vogelbach hit his 11th home run of the season, a 2-run jack in the 5th innings. He added a walk and a double so he had a great game. Albert Almora's average continues to plummet, now at .433 after a 2-5 game. Bijan Rademacher was 2-5 with a run scored. Jeimer Candelario had another double (his 18th) and a walk as well. Marco Hernandez had a solo shot, his 2nd of the year.
What happened to Dillon Maples? He allowed a single hit, that's good. However, he walked 7 in 2 innings en route to 4 earned runs. That's not so good. Justin Amlung and Nathan Dorris each provided 2 scoreless relief innings, but Felix Pena didn't, allowing 4 runs in his 2 innings for the loss.
The Cubs had as many baserunners as they did errors (3). 3 singles, no walks, no hope.