Both Ian Stewart and Logan Watkins had their 6th errors of the season today. The former hit a solo home run in 4 plate appearances (striking out twice), and the latter went 3-5 with two runs scored. Brett Jackson was 1-5 with 2 RBI and 2 SO. It's about to get really crowded in 3B/CF when Junior Lake starts playing; management has said he's heading to Iowa right now and he'll play both positions while there. Clearly that means SS is a distant memory because Donnie Murphy (0-4) is a non-prospect and mans the position there currently. Brian Bogusevic had a nice game, with a 2-run blast and another run scoring single to make a 2-4, 2R, BB day. He drew the only walk of the game for the Cubs. Steve Clevenger, who could theoretically ALSO see time at 3B, went 2-4 with a double. Brooks Raley increased his average on the year to .308 with a single, and Darnell McDonald had a pinch-hit double. Brad Nelson got in on the fun with a 3-run blast in the bottom of the 8th to put the game way out of reach.
Brooks Raley and Casey Coleman piggybacked in this game, the former allowing a run in 3.1 innings and the latter pitching 3.2 scoreless. Marcus Hatley, newly promoted to Iowa, allowed a run on two hits in an inning. New roster stash Alex Burnett pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game.
The top of the lineup was awesome. The first 4 batters on the Cubs combined to go 8-17, 4 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SO. Matt Szczur had 3 hits and 2 doubles and 3 RBI, Ronald Torreyes pitched in with 2 hits and a HR, Arismendy Alcantara went 3-5 with 2 doubles and a RBI (and an error, his 20th of the year; he really profiles as a 2B going forward) and Christian Villaneuva was just there to draw the missing walks. Rubi Silva ruined it at the 5 hole with a 0-5 game; otherwise, I could inclued the 2-5, HR performance by Ty Wright, the double and walk by Rafael Lopez, the 4-5, 2B, RBI game of Chad Noble also. All told, the Smokies were 15-39 with 6 doubles, 4 walks, 2 home runs, and were 5-17 with RISP. Szczur even stole a base.
With all of that offense, the Smokies' staff made it interesting. Yeiper Castillo got rocked to the tune of 6 runs in 6 innings. Hunter Cervenka finally had a good outing in relief, and Frank Batista closed it out.
Marauders is such a cool name, especially for a baseball team. Javier Baez got on base twice, both via HBP. I like that. Both John Andreoli and Tim Saunders had a pair of hits, and Jorge Soler had the only RBI of the game. He also drew a walk. That was quick!
Ben Wells and Frankie of the Valley piggyback this game and combined for a 6-hitter. Wells allowed 5 baserunners (2 hits, 3 walks) over 5, and K'ed 4. Frank Del Valle allowed 4 hits and fanned 4 in 4 innings.
Nothing cool happened here.
Brohiglyn Rivero got his ERA down to 33.75!
And that's right, every Cubs affiliate won yesterday!