Nashville Sounds 5 @ Iowa Cubs 4 (7 innings)
Logan Watkins! Double triples and a single single. 7 bases in one game is fine with me. Donnie Murphy had a single and a walk, with 2 RBI. Junior Lake had a walk, a strikeout, and an RBI. Brett Jackson had a walk and no strikeout. Brooks Raley had a double and his average is .333.
Brooks Raley is bad at pitching. His ERA sits at 5.40 with a 6 IP, 5 ER performance. He and Rusin are both fine to leave the 40 whenever they want. Michael Bowden pitched a scoreless 7th, but it was in vain.
Nashville Sounds 0 @ Iowa Cubs 1 (7 innings)
Logan Watkins! He played shortstop and went 2-3 with a strikeout. He also scored the game's only run. Brian Bogusevic, Steve Clevenger, and Brad Nelson each had a single, but Clevenger and Nelson also had a walk. That was all of the baserunners.
Barret Loux was awesome. He pitched 5 innings and allowed a single walk and a single hit. He struck out 5 and allowed no runs. Hisanori Takahashi vultured the win in the 6th, and Brian Schlitter had his 4th save.
Everyone in the starting 9, including Alberto Cabrera, had a hit. Justin Bour and Christian Villanueva both went deep, and Rafael Lopez had a pair of doubles. Ronald Torreyes, Matt Szczur, and Cabrera each had a single double. The Smokies walked only once and struck out 11 times, but scored 7 times anyway.
Alberto Cabrera went 6 and allowed 1. He'll be promoted to AAA any day now. Zach Rosscup allowed a run in one inning, and Kevin Rhoderick and Hunter Cervenka each pitched a scoreless frame to seal the deal.
Javier Baez loves to toy with our hearts. Baez took a walk and went 0-3 with no strikeouts. He also, of course, had another error. 28 on the year. He has more errors than walks (17) or doubles (17) and is rapidly approaching his minor league career HR total (30). John Andreoli had the Cubs' only non-HR extra base hit, a double. Ben Carhart went 3-3 with a HR. Pin-Chieh Chen also had a pair of hits.
P.J. Francescon had a pretty strong outing, fanning 4 and walking none over 6 innings. A HR contributed to his 3 ER. Luis Liria pitched 2 scoreless, and Eduardo Figueroa pitched the last frame for the save.
Javier Baez has now played in 162 games (if you include the Solar Sox), an entire MLB season. This is his minor league line:
.277/.331/.529, 34 HR, 112 RBI, 109 R, 34 2B, 34 BB, 151 SO
Edwin Jackson pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs. He had as many strikeouts as home runs allowed, 1. That's not a recipe for success. Carlos Villanueva pitched 0.2 scoreless innings but allowed his inherited runner to score. Shawn Camp and Blake Parker each pitched a scoreless frame.
It might be time to talk about Blake Parker. First, this:
Look at that pitchface.
Secondly, he's been quietly great in the pen at Iowa for 2 years now. Developmentally, he's at the end of the line as a 28-year old. I'd send Rondon to the DL with whatever Lendy Castillo had last year and keep Parker in the pen when the time comes, because you need to either see if Parker is worth keeping (and over his injury) or if you should send him on his way.
Juan Carlos Paniagua sighting! He started and went 3 innings. He allowed a single hit, no walks, and struck out 3.
Humberto Garcia stole his 12th base of the year.