Another day, another Iowa snoozefest. Luis Flores was 2-3. Darnell McDonald was 1-4 with a double. Mike Olt was 0-4 and made his 16th error on the year, but no Ks at least. Dave Sappelt got a hit. Something something Edwin Mayonnaise.
Brooks Raley got the start and was forgettable. 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits and 3 Ks in 5 IP. Meh. Yoanner Negrin and Marcus Hatley each worked an inning and got a strikeout. Negrin allowed a hit and Hatley didn't. Marcos Mateo worked the eighth and allowed a run on two hits and a K. That was exciting, wasn't it?
Javier Baez had an encouraging day, going 2-4 with a double and a walk and NO STRIKEOUTS HOLY SHIT. I typed that up and said to myself, "He had to have made an error, then." And of course he did, a throwing error, his seventh in 26 games at Tennessee. Ah well. He has walked at least once in 6 of his last 10 games, for what it's worth. Christian Villanueva was 1-4 with a double, as was Rubi Silva, who added a SB. Matt Szczur and Arismendy Alcantara were both 1-4 with a walk. John Andreoli went 1-4. The Killing (Who Killed Brett Jackson?) went 0-1 in a pinch hit PA.
Bradenton Marauders @ Daytona Cubs
Postponed due to rain.
Dae-Eun Rhee had a forgettable day, taking the loss thanks to 5.1 innings of 4 hit, 3 walk, 3 K, 4 ER ball. Yeiper Castillo got the last two outs of the sixth, walking three in the process. Zach Rosscup continues to be nails out of the Tennessee pen, allowing just 11 runs in 43 innings so far this season, striking out 65. He allowed a hit against 3 Ks in the 7th yesterday. Kevin Rhoderick didn't sucks yesterday, which is a big deal for him.
An efficient day from the Cougars offense, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. The bats you'd prefer to see loud were quiet though, as most of the damage came from the bottom of the order. Marco Hernandez and Willson Contreras were both 1-4 with a homer. Giuseppe Papaccio was 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Oliver Zapata was 1-4 with a double. Gioskar Amaya was 1-4. Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario were both 0-3.
On the pitching side, Starling Peralta took the bump and worked 5 innings of 5 hit, 2 walk, 4 K scoreless ball. Sheldon McDonald gave up the shutout, allowing a run in 2 innings on three hits and 2 Ks. Michael Hamann closed it out with 2 innings of scoreless, 1 hit ball, punching out 2.
Kris Bryant seems to be shaking the rust off, thankfully, and was good in both ends of the doubleheader. In the first game he was 1-2 with a walk and has his Boise line up to .250. Woo. Kevin Encarnacion was 1-3 with a walk. David Bote was 1-4. Rony Rodriguez was 1-3.
Dillon Maples got the start and allowed 2 hits in 5 innings, walking one, punching out one, and giving up no runs. He seems to be getting his act together since his demotion. Corbin Hoffner worked the last 2 scorelessly, allowing a hit, a walk, and striking out 2.
Bryant hit his third professional homer in this one, a solo shot in the fourth that was the Hawks' only offense. He was 1-3 and finished the day 2-5 with a walk. Other than that, not much going on here. Kevin Encarnacion was 1-2 with a walk. David Bote was 1-3. Seriously, where the hell has Shawon Dunston disappeared to?
Michael Wagner got the start in this one, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and a walk in 2.2 innings, fanning three. Juan Paniagua worked the next 2.1 and gave up a hit and a walk, but kept it scoreless and struck out 2. Scott Frazier worked a clean ninth, fanning two.
A .500 record and an unprotected draft pick suddenly doesn't look so close of late, does it? Every starter had a hit except Anthony Rizzo, who was 0-3 with a walk. Cole Gillespie was 2-4 in this one. Welington Castillo was 1-3 with a double for the Cubs' only XBH. Starlin Castro was 1-4, and apparently hits a wall every time his batting average gets a little too close to .250. The Junior Lake Show was 1-4.
Jeff Samardzija had another quality start, going 6 innings and allowing three runs. He doled out 5 free passes, which hurts, but not much you can do when the offense puts up a zero. He totalled 6 innings, 7 hits, and 9 Ks on the day. Hector Rondon worked the seventh and allowed a hit but nothing else. Matt Guerrier continues to be pretty good as a cub, working a perfect eighth and striking out 1. And Kevin Gregg was Kevin Greggy, allowing 2 hits and a walk in the ninth but getting out of it without damage.
Notable in this one was that the Cubs scored 16 runs on zero home runs and only two doubles. Death by a thousand paper cuts.
Nothing really noteworthy here.