Matt Szczur was 2-4. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-4 with a SB and has yet to really work his way out of the cold snap he's been in lately. His OPS on the season has dipped below .800 at this point. Here's hoping he turns it around soon. Javier Baez did Javier Baez things, going 0-4 with 3 Ks. That makes 38 in about 110 PAs. Ouch. Christian Villanueva and Rubi Silva were both 2-4, Silva with a two-bagger. Brett Jackson's Looming Sadness was 0-3 with a walk and a K.
Eduardo Figueroa tried his best to keep the Smokies in it but took the loss, going 5 and allowing only a run on 4 hits and 2 walks. He K'ed 2. The bullpen was perfect the rest of the way. Dayan Diaz worked the sixth and seventh, striking out 3. And Tony Zych finished it off with 2 Ks in the ninth.
Lively bats in this one, which was a change of pace for yesterday. Every D-Cub had at least a hit, and everyone but Elliot Soto, Dustin Geiger, and Pin-Chieh Chen had at least one go for a double. Zeke DeVoss was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a walk. Bijan Rademacher was 2-5 with a 2B. Chadd Krist was 3-5 with 3 doubles.
The big story in this one, though, was the Cubs debut of Corey Black, the arm coming back in the Alfonso Soriano trade to the Yankees. The good news is Black struck out 8 and only allowed 3 hits in four innings of work. The bad news is that two of those hits were home runs, including a three-run blast in the third allowed to Jose Osuna after starting the inning with two walks. He walked three and allowed 4 runs total. Ben Wells got the win despite being awful, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on four walks, 2 hits, and zero punchouts. Lendy Castillo worked the final 3 without a hit, walking one and striking out 4.
Travis Wood had by far his worst outing of the season yesterday, lasting only three and a third and allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Michael Bowden got out of the fourth (no hits, a walk, and a strikeout in 0.2 IP), but hit Yasiel Puig and allowed a sac-fly that charged Wood's fifth run. Eduardo Sanchez worked the next two in mop-up, allowing a run on two hits. James Russell, Blake Parker, and Pedro Strop were perfect the rest of the way, tallying four strikeouts between them.
Offensively, it was a confusing day, with only two runs scoring despite 14 hits, 5 for extra bases. The Junior Lake Show continued with a 4-5 day, all singles. Anthony Rizzo was 0-5. Starlin Castro was 1-4 with a double. Cole Gillespie was 3-4 with two doubles. Darwin Barney was 2-4 with a two-bagger. David DeJesus was 1-4 with a walk.
Gioskar Amaya went 2-5. Albert Almora bested him by one, going 3-5. Rock Shoulders was 1-4 with a double. Marco Hernandez was 1-4. Oliver Zapata and Jeimer Candelario were both 1-3, Candelario drawing 2 walks and Zapata only 1.
On the pitching side, Michael Heesch was pretty lousy, allowing 5 runs in 6 innings. He walked and struck out 2 each. Al Yevoli worked 2.1 innings and allowed 2 more runs on 3 hits, a walk, and 4 Ks. Steve Perakslis got the final 2 outs, allowing 2 hits on a walk and a strikeout.
Boise Hawks @ Everett AquaSox
AZL Giants 4 @ AZL Cubs 6
DSL Cubs 4 @ DSL Brewers 3
DSL Cubs 9 @ DSL Brewers 5
Nothing really exciting going on here.