Anyone else kind of baffled that this Cubs team has 13 walks in a two game stretch? I really don't get it. The Junior Lake Show was 2-4 with a double yesterday. He just keeps going. Welington Castillo's quietly solid second half is becoming less and less quiet of late. He was 1-1 with two walks and a homer last night. Dioner Navarro seems to have recovered well from that brutal looking strain from the other night in Philly, as he legged out a close pinch hit double in the eighth. Starlin Castro was 2-5. For as nice as his July hot streak was, he's cooled off in august, and his post-ASG OPS is actually lower than his first half thus far. Anthony Rizzo was 1-5. Darwin Barney was 1-5 and had the knock of the night, a huge bases clearing double against Rosenthal in the eighth that took the lead. I don't even know.
Carlos Villanueva had a pretty meh game, working six innings and allowing 4 runs on seven hits, a walk, and 4 Ks. Blake Parker and Pedro Strop each worked the next two scorelessly, then Gregg had to go and make things interesting by giving up a ninth-inning homer to Matt Holliday to get the Cards within one. He Groggled his way out of it though and got the save. Bully for him.
Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-3 with a 2B and a walk. Brooks Raley tossed 8 innings of shutout ball on 2 walks, 2 hits, and 3 Ks. It's stretching the definition of the term to suggest that these were the only interesting things that that happened in this game.
I was gonna make some awful food puns, then it occurred to me that Tennessee's basically named after sausages. Minor League baseball is weird.
Jonathan Mota had a pinch hit triple in what was pretty much the performance of the day. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-4. Javier Baez was 0-4, including a gross AB where he flailed wildly at three straight pitches with two men on. Christian Villanueva was 1-3.
Nick Struck was struck hard, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings in his southern league debut. He struck out 2. Struck struck struck. A.J. Morris tossed three innings and was worse, getting knocked around for five runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 4 Ks. P.J. Francescon worked the final 2 and allowed a solo home run on 4 hits and a K.
When this Daytona team can actually get on the field, they're a pretty solid squad. Zeke DeVoss was 1-5 with a double. Pin-Chieh Chen went 1-5. West Darvill was 2-5. Bijan Rademacher had the game of the day, going 3-3 with a walk. Dustin GEiger went 1-3. Elliot Soto was 1-1 with 2 walks.
C.J. Edwards' impressive streak of allowing zero home runs as a professional is unfortunately over. He gave up a 3-run shot last night for his only damage in 3.2 innings of work, allowing 2 hits and 4 walks. Even though he didn't have it, he still managed to strike out eight. The kid definitely misses bats. Zach Cates worked 2 in this one, allowing a hit and 2 walks on 2 Ks, but preventing any runs. Frank Del Valle finished off the game, striking out four on a hit and no runs in 3.1 innings.
The Cougars were getting no-hit through 5, and ended up getting 2 hits and a walk, total. Dan Vogelbach was 1-3. Jose Dore was 1-3. And Jeimer Candelario was 0-2 with a walk. Every Cougar except Candelario and Carlos Escobar had a K on their line.
Felix Pena was not very good, allowing 6 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits, 3 walks, and 3 Ks in 5.1 innings. Sheldon McDonald worked the next 2.2 without blemish, allowing a hit, 2 walks, and a K. Stephen Perakslis had an issue-free ninth.
Kris Bryant did Kris Bryant Things, going 1-4 with a double, a walk, and 2 Ks. Yasiel Balaguert continues to be quietly good for the Hawks, going 2-4 with two doubles last night. Kevin Encarnacion was 2-5 with a double. Rony Rodriguez was 2-4, as were Trevor Gretzky and Lance Rymel. Carlos Penalver had the game of the day, though, going 3-4 with a double and a bomb.
Brian Bogusevic was 0-2 with a walk. Charcer Burks was 1-3 with a walk. Burks is having kind of a hilarious season in the AZL, as he has a sub-700 OPS despite a .350 OBP. He has 1 double in 71 ABs for his only XBH. Just zero, zero pop in that bat. This amuses me.
Trey McNutt showed up again, working an inning and allowing 3 hits on 1 K and zero runs. Also notable was a Trevor Clifton sighting, who got 2 outs and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits, two walks, and a strikeout.