Offense: DNP (shittiness)
Justin Grimm worked 7 strong, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, no walks and 8 Ks. Most of his damage came on a 2 run homer in the 4th. Zach Rosscup worked the 8th and struck out three, allowing a hit in the middle of it.
Your daily fawning over how great Javier Baez is: he was 1-3 with a double and a walk. He now leads Miguel Sano in all three slash categories at double-A, has one fewer homer in 15 or so fewer games, and plays a more premium position, but I'm sure Sano will be ranked well ahead of Javy on all prospect lists, because reasons. Prospect rankings are a bit stupid
Arismendy Alcantara was 0-3, and is headed in the wrong direction, hitting for a sub-.700 OPS over his last 10. I kinda wonder if he's not wearing out. This is his first season playing more than 100 games as a pro, and the grind of the season has got to be taking it's toll, especially for a guy who's dealt with injuries the past couple of seasons. It's likely for the best that he's spending the whole season in Tennessee, as exposing him to AAA pitching just as he was starting to tire out would probably have been bad for his development. Justin Bour had a 2-3 day with a BB. Christian Villanueva smacked a double for his hit in a 1-4 day. Brett Jackson needs this season to be over.
Eric Jokisch took the loss in a fairly mediocre start, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits, a walk, and 5 punchouts in 6.1 innings. Dayan Diaz finished off the seventh with a K. And Yeiper Castillo was lousy, walking three and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and no strikeouts.
Kris Bryant is good at hitting baseballs. He was 2-5 with a 2B. He does not have a walk yet at Daytona, which is a curiosity that I'm sure will resolve itself soon. Dan Vogelbach was 1-3 and had 2 walks. I'm going to presume because he's fatter that pitchers are more scared of him. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with a walk. Elliot Soto was 1-4 with a double.
Ivan Pineyro did not have a good day, getting nailed for 6 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings. He did strike out 4 though. Yao-Lin Wang allowed 3 runs in 2.1 innings, and Lendy Castillo was Lendy Castillo. Rough day for the D-Cubs staff.
You know the story behind this one, so I won't waste too much time rehashing it. Starlin Castro was 0-2, fell asleep in the field and let a runner score from third on a shallow sac fly, and got pulled from the game. Natie Schierholtz was 2-4 with a double for the game of the day. Darwin Barney was 1-2 with a walk and is suddenly a better hitter than half the damn roster. Anthony Rizzo was 0-3 with a walk.
Travis Wood cruised through the first 3 innings, then got dinged up in the 4th and 5th. A 2-run Yadier Molina homer chased him in the 6th, giving him a final line of 4 runs, 1 walk, and 3 Ks through 5.1 IP. Blake Parker cleaned up the 6th with 2 Ks in 0.2 IP. Michael Bowden worked the 7th blemish-free, adding a punchout. And Hector Rondon worked the last two, allowing a hit and a walk against 3 Ks.
Gioskar Amaya was 1-5 with a double. Jeimer Candelario was 1-3 with 2 walks. Rock Shoulders was 2-3 with a double and 2 walks. Carlos Escobar was 1-5 with a double. Trevor Gretzky apparently got called up while I wasn't looking, and went 0-3 with a walk in his KC debut.
Rough day for the hawks, who didn't hit or pitch. Carlos Penalver had a 2-3, 1 SB day, Lance Rymel was 1-3 with a walk, and Danny Lockhart was 1-4. That was it. On the pitching side, everybody that took that mound gave up at least two runs, which you'd think would be hard to do. Juan Paniagua was probably the most notably troubling, going 3 innings in relief and allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 3 walks and 2 Ks. He's 23 (best case) and can't get short season hitters out. This is a problem.
Erick Leal, one of the guys we got back from the Diamondbacks for Tony Campana, struck out 6 in 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He's 18 and has a 50:6 K:BB rate in 45.1 innings. I already feel like we won the Campana trade.