Jake Arrieta's Iowa debut was suspended in the top of the second, which is great because Arrieta was on his way to a blowup second, giving up a hit and 2 walks without getting an out. It's also great because I-Cubs.
Arismendy Alcantara went deep for the 12th time Friday in a 2-4 day, adding a double and a SB for good measure. Alcantara had the Smokies' only 2 XBHs on the day. John Andreoli and Christian Villanueva were both 2-3, with Andreoli swiping a bag. No Smokies walked on the day.
Alberto Cabrera was damn good, allowing a run on 4 hits and 2 walks in 7.2 IP, striking out 7. Cabrera's been on a particularly hot streak lately, giving up 2 runs or less in 8 of his last 10 starts, posting a 2.73 ERA in 66 innings, striking out 65 and walking 3 per nine. Kyle Hendricks gets all the good pub, but don't sleep on Cabrera, who's missing more bats and has been just a notch less dominant.
Javier Baez got promoted! He celebrated with a 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SB day and, of course, a strikeout. He closed the book on his Daytona career with a .256/.319/.507 line in 99 games, 21 homers, a 23% K rate, and a 6.1% walk rate. Cross your fingers and hope the improvements in approach we've seen over the last 200 PAs or so carries over to AA.
Other than that, this was a fairly ho-hum day for Daytona. Wes Darvill's home run was the team's only XBH, going 1-5. Dustin Geiger was 2-4. Chadd Krist was 1-2 with 2 BBs, and made 2 outs on the basepaths, getting picked off and caught stealing. Taylor Davis was 1-4.
Zach Cates got the start, and worked 6 innings of 2 run ball, allowing 6 hits and striking out 4. Luis Liria gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless 7th, and Frank Del Valle worked the last 2, allowing a single hit and striking out 3.
Big day for Albert Almora, going 2-4 with a triple and a homer. Dan Vogelbach was right behind him, going 2-4 with a bomb of his own. Giuseppe Papaccio was 2-4 with a double, as was Gioskar Amaya. Jeimer Candelario was 0-2 but walked twice. Marco Hernandez was 1-3 with a BB.
Brian Smith gave up 3 runs in 5 innings, allowing 3 hits and 3 walks against 1 strikeout. Lendy Castillo continues to be awful, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs, and 3 walks in 3 innings, striking out nobody. Justin Amlung worked the ninth and got the save despite allowing a run on a hit and a strikeout. The pitching here kinda stinks now that Pierce Johnson's gone.
Not much going on here offensively. The roster did walk 6 times, which is good to see, but the Hawks had 4 guys in the starting lineup yesterday hitting below the Mendoza Line to start the year. Carlos Penalver was 1-3 with a double. Shawon Dunston was 0-2 with 2 BBs and a caught stealing. Other than that, meh.
Trey Lang got the start and was awful. 5 hits, 3 walks, and 8 runs (7 earned) in 2+ innings pitched. He faced 6 batters in the third and failed to record an out. He did strike out 3, so there's that. Ethan Elias was much better, working 3 innings of scoreless 1 hit ball, striking ot 1. Trey Masek gave up a single run and 2 hits in his 2 innings, walking 1 and striking out 3. Tyler Skulina worked a perfect 8th, striking out 1, and Orbandy Rodriguez did the same in the ninth.
Shamil Ubiera with the game of the day here, going 2-4 with a homer.
Alberto Diaz worked a perfect 7th, 8th, and 9th to close it out, striking out 3. That's easily the only interesting thing that happened in this one.
Charcer Burks, Zak Blair, and Kevin Brown all went 1-4, Brown sending his for a double. Rashard Crawford was 1-3 with a walk. Mark Malave was 1-2 with a walk. Michael Wagner worked the ninth inning and allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless frame, striking out 1.
Francisco Liriano threw the second complete game of his career against this offense yesterday, which about says it all, I think. Scott Hairston was 1-3 with a 2 run homer in the 2nd. Starlin Castro was 1-4 with a double, and has only gone hitless once since his day off in Milwaukee, though he did get the TOOTBLAN pickoff, getting caught between 2nd and 3rd by Russell Martin). Dioner Navarro was 2-3 with a walk. Cody Ransom was 1-2 with 2 BBs. Anthony Rizzo was 0-3 with a BB.
On the pitching side, we got Lousy Jeff Samardzija. He had poor command (5 walks), got slapped around a bit (9 hits, including 2 triples and a double), and didn't miss bats the way we expect (only 3 strikeouts) in his 6 innings of work. The result was 5 earned runs and a hole the flaccid offense couldn't dig its way out of.