Logan Watkins had the day off. Brian Bogusevic had a nice one, with a solo shot and 3 walks. Brett Jackson 2: The Umpire Strikes Back had a triple, a run scored, and 2 strikeouts. Dave Sappelt did well, with 2 singles and a walk. Josh Vitters had another 0-4 day. Donnie Murphy had a solo shot and a strikeout as well, as did Edwin Maysonet. Edwin also had a single.
Guillermo Moscoso had a really rough outing, surrendering 8 in 4 innings. He allowed 3 home runs, 6 hits, and 4 walks. Casey Coleman pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief, and Hisanori Takahashi allowed a run in two innings.
Zeke DeVoss had 2 RBI and a run with a single and a strikeout. John Andreoli is up to .296 on the season; he had 3 singles today. Javier Baez scored 2 runs with an RBI, going 1-5 with a double. He celebrated with his 20th error. Jorge Soler had 2 walks and a single with 2 RBI. Dustin Geiger had a double, a single, and an RBI. Chadd Krist had a walk and double. Everyone on the Cubs had at least one hit today.
Austin Kirk drew the start and went 5 strong innings. He allowed a single run and a baserunner an inning. Luis Liria kept it interesting, as is his wont, with 2 runs in 1.2 innings. Hunter Cervenka closed the door with his 5th save of the year, this one 2.1 innings. He needs to get more strikeouts.
A battle of the Cubs affiliates! The story of the day for the Cubs was the return of Albert Almora to semi-meaningful baseball. He didn't disappoint, going 3-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI. He batted 2nd in the lineup. Dan Vogelbach also doubled. Jeimer Candelario, Bijan Rademacher, Marco Hernandez, and Gioskar Amaya (batting 9th!) each went 1-4. The only walks on the day were two from Rock Shoulders, who has cooled off considerably.
Michael Heesch had a poor outing. He went 6.2 innings and allowed 5 runs (4 earned), and he struck out only 3 batters. In A ball that's not going to work. Eddie Orozco went 0.1 in relief and stunk. He allowed 3 hits and 2 runs. Brian Smith pitched a poor 8th inning to close it out.
Francisco Carrillo went 3 innings and allowed no baserunners. He also struck out 5.