Of course, the I-Cubs would lose to the Astros of AAA.
No one really had a great day. I can tell you who had a bad day: Brett Jackson. He was 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts. Dave Sappelt had a double and a walk, and that was the best day from any Cub. Logan Watkins was 1-5, and Ian Stewart took advantage of his start with a 0-4, 3 SO performance. Nick Struck did have a double.
It wasn't Struck's day. He allowed 2 in the first and 2 in the second. His WHIP for the day was 2.00 and his ERA sits at 6.07 for the year. Quite a fall from Pitcher of the Year, sadly. Casey Coleman cleaned it up with 3 scoreless innings of relief.
This was apparently the Rickwood Classic. I'm sure you'll all remember where you were while the Rickwood Classic was going on yesterday.
Matt Szczur went 0-5. Ronald Torreyes was 0-4, with a walk. Arismendy Alcantara continues his torrid pace with a 3-4, 3B game. He also recorded his 18th error. Ty Wright, Rubi Silva, and Christian Villanueva each had a single hit, but Villanueva's was a double that drove in the other two.
Yeiper Castillo struggled yesterday, and couldn't escape the 4th inning. He allowed 5 runs, 4 earned. A.J. Morris had a really nice performance in relief, allowing a run over 3.1 innings. He walked none and punched out 5. Trey McNutt and a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Cubs had a single walk; Taiwan Easterling, who pinch hit for John Andreoli (who was 2-3 with a double). Zeke DeVoss had 2 hits and 2 K's. Javier Baez was 0-3, but did not strikeout. Jorge Soler was 1-4. The only other extra-base hit was a double by Wes Darvill.
Ugly game for the Cougars' bats. Gioskar Amaya walked twice, and Marco Hernandez and Carlos Escobar each had 2 hits. Oliver Zapata had a hit as well. No one else had a hit, though Reggie Golden (welcome back Reggie!) and David Bote drew a walk each. The Cougars struck out 11 times.
Pierce Johnson gave up a solo shot, and it was his only damage of the game. He went 5.2 innings with 4 hits, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. He's a candidate for an aggressive promotion. Justin Amlung allowed a single run in 2.1 innings.