As I was typing this, it was 9-6. The Cubs had to score 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, but of course they failed to win it.
Logan Watkins went yard for the 3rd time this season. It was his only hit; he also walked once and struck out twice. He grounded out to end the game. Thanks Logan, I didn't want to stay up any longer. Hide Yokids went 2-5 with a strikeout. Brett Jackson was really good today so I won't make a stupid entertainment-related pun for him today. He was 4-5 with a double. No, he didn't strikeout. Dave Sappelt went 2-5 with a double and a strikeout. Josh Vitters climbs the ladder with a 3-3, 2B performance. However, he also had the triple crown of stupidity; he was picked off, caught stealing, and had an error. He drove in a run and scored twice. Ian Stewart had a pinch-hit strikeout, and eventually walked. Attaboy.
Guillermo Moscoso was really hurt by that error but he also was poor today. He went 5 innings and surrendered 9 hits. 4 runs scored, 2 earnred, and he struckout 8 and walked none. As you type it out, you get the sense that Guillermo was likely very unlucky today. Esmailin Caridad should probably pack it up; with his 3 runs allowed in 0.2 innings, his ERA is up to 7.16. Casey Coleman had a rough outing as well, allowing 5 baserunners and 2 runs in 2.1 innings. Hisanori Takahashi was the janitor, throwing a perfect ninth.
Bijan Rademacher again had the best night of the crew, with a 3-5, 2 run performance. He also had a double. Dan Vogelbach went 1-5, as did Marco Hernandez. Jeimer Candelario went 2-5 with a double, and celebrated with a throwing error. Gioskar Amaya was demoted all the way to 8th in the lineup; he went 2-5 with a strikeout.
Dillon Maples got the start! He went 5 innings and only allowed 2 hits. Unfortunately, he allowed 2 runs, with a walk and 5 strikeouts. Lendy Castillo could teach him a thing or two; he went 5 strong innings and allowed a single run. His ERA is down to 8.07. Nathan Dorris lost the game for the Cougars in the 12th inning.
Quite the bland game. Matt Szczur went 2-5. Ronald Torreyes went 1-5 with 2 RBI. Arismendy Alcantara continues to flounder; he went 0-4 with his 13th error of the season. Christian Villanueva heard about being on dmick's list and decided to hit today, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, an RBI, and a run scored. Tim Torres also had a nice game, going 1-2 with 2 walks. No one else was notable.
Kyle Hendricks took the mound in what might be one of his last starts as a Smokie. He did what he was supposed to; 7 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, a walk, and 3 strikeouts. The big damage was a 2 run blast in the 7th because I fucking jinxed him. Tony Zych threw a perfect eighth, and Zach Rosscup faced 4 batters and allowed no contact in the 9th for his first save.
The Smokies faced Zach Lee, who used to be a quite notable prospect (and one in endless trade scenarios involving Dempster. They tagged him pretty good. They also face Yasiel Puig, a top hitting prospect that the Cubs were briefly linked to before Soler. He went 1-3 with a double, a walk, and a strikeout.
Jorge Fucking Soler! He went 4-4 with a HR, and RBI, and 3 runs scored. And he didn't even have the best game on the team! Dustin Geiger went 4-4 with 3 doubles and a triple. That's a career game; add 4 RBIs to that toal and he's gotta be thrilled. There were only two other hits on the team (Javier Baez, 1-4, and Tim Saunders, 1-3), but who cares. Those two performances were sublime.
Yeiper Castillo pitched a complete game (it was only 7 innings). He allowed a solo shot in the 7th inning but dominated the rest of the way. He's had a quietly phenomenal year thus far.
Javier Baez must think he gets paid by the error. He had 3 in this game, which probably offsets his offensive contributions (2-5, 3B, BB, 3 runs). Jorge Soler had a much worse game than his other one, going 3-6 with a double. Dustin Geiger was the shit yet again, with 2 walks, 3-4 with a double and 2 runs. Taiwan Easterling only had 2 hits in 6 plate appearances, but they were a double and a triple. Ben Carhart also had a nice one; he was 0-3, but walked twice and drove in a run. As a team, the Cubs walked 6 times and struck out only 5.
Eduardo Figueroa got the start today. He was not so good. He only lasted 3 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits/2 walks. Austin Reed shut the Tigers down in the 4th and 5th, and Sheldon McDonald was aces, going 4 strong innings. Frank Del Valle finished it off with 3 great innings to collect his first win of the year.
|1- Leonardo Gonzalez||PR-1B||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.167|
2B: Marcano, R (2, Hernandez, A).
3B: Flete (1, Morales, O).
TB: Calero; Alcala 2; Vargas, E 2; Marcano, R 2; Pereda 2; Flete 3.
RBI: Rico, M 2 (3), Arcila (6), Vargas, E (5), Flete 3 (4), Alcala (5).
2-out RBI: Flete 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Flete; Marcano, R; Pereda.
SF: Rico, M; Arcila.
Team RISP: 3-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Flete (1, 2nd base by Carrera/Capriata).
E: Garcia, H (2, throw), Alcala (4, fielding), Flete 2 (6, throw, throw), Rico, M (3, throw).
PB: Pereda (1).
|Jesus Castillo (L, 0-1)||2.2||6||7||4||1||2||0||13.50|
I'm in a wedding tomorrow. I will not be writing the recap for Saturday's game.