JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-2-13

Since this JOT pales in comparison to the other news of the past 24 hours, I'm going to have some fun with it. 

Memphis Redbirds 2 @ Iowa Cubs 6

The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind
But he does not talk my talk-
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But no baserunners left behind.

The men of my own stock
They may do ill, or well,
But they walk the batters I have wanted to,
They are the walks I gave as well;
And we do not need interpreters 
When we go to Iowa; hell.

The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good
But I cannot tell where his curveball is going-
What arm slot sways his mood;
Nor, when the Gods of his far-off Baltimore
Shall repossess his blood.

The men of my own stock,
Bitter bad they may be,
But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
And see the things I see;
And whatever I think of them and their likes
They think of the likes of me.

This was my father's belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf-
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere, our children's teeth are set on edge
By Arrieta's bread and wine.

Junior Lake had 2 triples and a double. Logan Watkins had a triple. Donnie Murphy and Brad Nelson each had a 2-run blast. Guillermo Moscoso had a nice start.

Tennessee Smokies 4 @ Montgomery Smokies 3 (13 innings)

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
and wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And of the pedestal, these words appear:
"My name is Torreyes, 2nd basemen of 2nd basemen:
Look on my hit tool, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

Christian Villanueva had a double and home run. He also struck out thrice. Arismendy Alcantara had his 26th error, his 21st double, and his 20th stolen base. Kyle Hendricks pitched 5 scoreless, walkless innings in which he struck out 5. His ERA is now 2.06. Yeiper Castillo got the win in 3 perfect relief innings.

Chicago Cubs 7 @ Oakland Athletics 8

O Feldman, my Feldman; our fearful trip is done;
The pitcher's weather'd every rack, the "prize" we sought is won;
Des Moines is near, the cows I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;

But O heart! heart! heart!
O, the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Feldman lies,
For Baltimore instead.

O Feldman, my Feldman, rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up- for you the L flag is flung – for you the organ trills;
For you beer cups and ribbon'd wreaths – for you the shores' small-crowding;
For you they call, the drunken mass, their blitzed-out faces turning;

O Feldman! Dear Father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream you ply your trade
For Baltimore instead.

My Feldman does not answer, his shoulder is pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will:
Arrieta's anchored safe and sound, his voyage closed and done
From fearful trip, the small trade chip, comes in with object won;

Exult, Des Moines, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful head,
Will watch as Feldman pitches,
For Baltimore instead.

The Cubs blew a save in the 8th. At least Soriano hit another home run.

Kane County Cougars 3 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

No one on this team was traded yesterday. Albert Almora went 1-4, as did Kevin Encarnacion and Willson ContrerasJeimer Candelario also went 1-4, but his hit was a 2-run homer in the first. He also stole a base and scored another run. 

Tayler Scott went 6.1 innings and allowed 5 runs, 3 earned. He only struck out 2, so bad things were likely to happen.

Boise Hawks 10 @ Salem Witches 5

Everyone but Carlos Penalver and Daniel Lockhart had exactly one hit; Penalver had 0 and Lockhart had 2. David Bote had a home run, as did Jacob Rogers in a pinch-hit role. 

Lots of new-toy pitchers saw action in this one. Paul Blackburn had a rough go of it in 3 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) as he struggled to locate his pitches. Trey Masek saw an inning of work and surrendered an unearned run. Tyler Skulina pitched the 7th and allowed no runs. Tyler Bremer pitched the 8th and 9th, allowing a single run for the save. 

DSL Cubs 2 @ DSL Mets1 0 (7.5 innings)
Obligatory Juan Paniagua sighting! 4 innings, 1 hit, no walks, 3 strikeouts, no runs. 

VSL Rays 1 @ VSL Cubs 2

ASL Brewers 4 @ ASL Cubs 6

10 runs scored in this game, 5 of them earned. Dae-Eun Rhee sighting, as well as Starling Peralta, Marcos Mateo, and Erick Leal. All of them allowed no earned runs.