Ian Stewart's goodbye game went ok, with a home run and a walk and two runs scored. Logan Watkins went 1-5. Normally, I'm a big fan of Luke's at Bleacher Nation, but I thought it was funny when yesterday he said Logan was slowly heating up. Well, he's heating up so slowly that his OPS over the last 10 games is actually lower than his season OPS, that's some kind of slow burn. Brett Jackson had his 6th home run of the year to go with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Junior Lake took a walk and a strikeout. He also had a single.
Guillermo Moscoso took the ball and allowed 3 runs over 5 innings. He only had 2 strikeouts so they were putting the ball in play quite a bit. New Cubs Alex Burnett continues to struggle, allowing 2 runs on 3 walks and a hit in his inning of work. Marcus Hatley allowed 3 runs in an inning, all unearned. Hisanori Takahashi pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Matt Szczur and Jonathan Mota both went 2-4 with a run, the only runs the Smokies scored. Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva, Ty Wright, and Rubi Silva were 2-5 in the order and each had a single hit (Villanueva's was a double). Ronald Torreyes pinch hit and went 1-2. He came in at 2B and Alcantara slid back to SS when that happened. Alcantara also had his 16th SB of the year.
Eric Jokisch picked up the loss, but was actually quite good. He allowed 6 hits and no walks, but gave up a 2-run blast. He struck out 7, so overall a good night. Tony Zych had 1.1 innings of good work.
Gioskar Amaya is in a world of trouble. His OPS is over 200 points lower this year than last. He went 1-5 with 2 strikeouts. Albert Almora went 1-4 with a walk. Dan Vogelbach had a single single. Jeimer Candelario went 3-5 with 2 doubles and a run. Big blast was from Willson Contreras, who had a 3-run HR. Reggie Golden had a double, and Marco Hernandez has a pair of singles.
Daytona was postponed. Wet Grounds.
Jose Zapata allowed 4 runs, none of them earned.
The Cubs were putrid last night. The only bright spot was a solo shot by Cody Ransom. Tradewatch: Maybe you can spin Ryan Sweeney into a live arm, but probably not. He went 2-3. Matt Garza got rocked hard, allowing 9 runs in 5 innings. I stopped watching at 3-0 because I knew the lead was insurmountable, so I consider myself a winner. Carlos Villanueva did pick up a nice inning of work.
We have a dude named Chris Pieters on this team. He doesn't sound very hispanic. He also went 0.0 innings to start the game, allowing 5 runs on a hit and 4 walks. Hooray!!!