Starlin Castro was 2-5 and continues his return to form. He's not walking any more than usual of late, so maybe the organization decided to just stop messing with him and let Starlin be Starlin. Unfortunately, despite having the game winning ROE yesterday on a liner right by Brandon Belt, Anthony Rizzo continues to scuffle badly, going 0-4 with a walk yesterday. His line is down to .237/.329/.434 on the year. Might be his turn for a day off. Nate Schierholtz was 1-3 with a double and 2 walks. The Junior Lake Show was 1-5, also reaching on an error on a bunt single. Welington Castillo was 2-3. David DeJesus was 2-5 with a triple, and seems to be doing a good job proving he's healthy.
Edwin Jackson was damn good last night, outdeuling Matt Cain until the 7th, when he got a bit wild and gave up the lead. His final line was 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 5 Ks, and 2 earned runs. James Russell came in to play LOOGY and couldn't handle the OO part, walking the one batter he faced. Matt Guerrier replaced him and was pretty good, working an inning and a third and striking out 2. Kevin Gregg got the save, allowing a hit in the ninth.
Mike Olt was 1-5. Donnie Murphy was 2-4 with a double. So was Brad Nelson. Edgar Gonzalez was 2-4 with 2 doubles. Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-4 with no doubles. Doubles doubles doubles doubles. Logan Watkins was 1-4 with a walk. I wish he or Donnie Murphy would get called up or otherwise moved out of Arismendy Alcantara's way.
Justin Grimm got the crap kicked out of him. 2 innings, eight hits, two walks, and seven runs. Welcome to the I-Cubs, you'll fit right in. Casey Coleman cleaned up the next 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on six hits, striking out 3. Marcus Hatley walked a guy but was otherwise spotless. Henry Rodriguez didn't walk anybody, gave up a hit, and got out of there without damage.
Arismendy Alcantara was 1-5. Javier Baez was 1-4 with a walk. More of those please. Christian Villanueva had a big day, going 3-5 with a HR. Rafael Lopez was 3-3 with a double, a homer, and a walk. Justin Bour was 1-5 with a homer. Every starting position player for the Smokies got a hit. John Andreoli was 1-4 with a SB and a walk.
A.J. Morris was terrible. Yeiper Castillo was also terrible, but slightly less. Kevin Rhoderick was his usual self, terrible. Hunter Cervenka was terrible, but didn't allow any runs, so he wins. The final Tennessee pitching line was a combined 8 innings, 11 hits, 9 runs, 10 freaking walks, and 8 strikeouts. Blech.
Matt Loosen continues to be really good against people much younger than him. Cool. 5 IP, 6 hits, 2 walks, 4 Ks in a scoreless outing. Dayan Diaz worked 2 scoreless innings. Unfortunately, he came out for a third, gave up a 2 run homer, and failed to record an out. Whoops. 2+ IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, and a walk for Diaz. Yao-Lin Wang got all three outs in the eighth, allowing a hit and punching out 1. Frank Del Valle worked an inning, struck out 2, walked 1, and allowed 2 hits in a scoreless save.
Albert Almora was 1-4 with a double. So was Gioskar Amaya. Dan Vogelbach was 1-1 with 2 walks. Marco Hernandez was 3-4. Wilson Contreras was 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Reggie Golden was 2-4. Oliver Zapata was 1-4 with a double.
Felix Pena had a really nice start, allowing a run in 6 innings on 4 hits, a walk, and 7 strikeouts. Andrew McKirahan allowed a walk and a hit in the 7th. Stephen Perakslis allowed a hit and struck out one in the 8th. And Michael Hamann worked a perfect 9th to finish it off.
The big story in this one was Kris Bryant's first professional home run:
He finished the day 1-4 with a walk.
A lot of the Cubs' recently-drafted pitching talent showed up in this one. Rob Zastryzny got the start, allowing 4 hits, a walk, and a run in 2 innings, striking out 3. The Hawks would not allow a run the rest of the way. Sam Wilson allowed a walk and a strikeout in his two innings. Zack Godley struck out 2 in his perfect fifth and sixth innings. Scott Frazier worked the seventh and eighth without incident, striking out 3. And Tyler Bremer closed it out in the ninth with three strikeouts of his own, allowing a hit.
Trevor Clifton made his first professional appearance in this one, working a scoreless inning but walking 2.