This game was ugly. I'll start with the only bright spot: Logan Watkins went 0-2 with 3 walks. That's kind of cool. Brett Jackson 2.0 went 0-3 with no walks or strikeouts. He was double switched for Cory Wade, who got a hit. The nobodies on the bottom of the roster provided the bulk of the offense: I'm talking Bogusevic (2-3), Boscan (2-3), and Maysonet (1-3, 3 RBI). Ryan Sweeney had only a single hit, but it was a longball.
Nick Struck needed 83 pitches to get through 4 innings, but he only surrendered 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. He also struck out 3. After Struck, Esmailin Caridad, an apparent sleeper agent of the Albuquerque Isotopes, surrendered 5 runs in a single inning. His line wasn't pretty: 3 hits, 3 walks, a home run, and a strikeout. Jaye Chapman was, incredibly enough, worse. He recorded only 2 outs, scattered 6 hits, a walk, and 2 home runs. That was good for 5 runs as well. Cory Wade mopped 3 innings of no-hit ball; of course, he still allowed 2 runs off of a trio of walks. He also struck out 5.
The vaunted Iowa Cubs are 1-7 on the season.
Tennessee only had 4 hits, so I'll just list everyone who had one:
Rubi Silva: 1-3
Jonathon Mota: 1-3
Jae-Hoon Ha (RF): 1-3, RBI
Matt Szczur (LF): 1-3, BB, RBI, R
No other hits in the game. Alcantara has gone ice cold since the first week, with 2 strikouts and a walk for a 0-3 performance. He's down to just .242 on the season. Villanueva also had a bad day, going 0-4 with a K.
Eric Jokisch had a phenomenal day. He really only made one mistake, a solo bomb in the 3rd inning. His line was 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. Zych and Rosscup worked nondescript 7th and 8ths, giving up a hit and walk respectively. Trey McNutt closed it out in the bottom of the ninth.
The only notable performance belonged to Taiwan Easterling. He went 2 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI. His average is .353 on the season. Javier Baez brought up his average to a stratospheric .147 with a 1-4 performance (with a walk and strikeout). Zeke DeVoss was held hitless, but drew a walk and would come around to score. He also had an RBI. As a team, the Cubs had 6 hits, 4 walks (a pair from DH Micah Gibbs) and 7 SO.
Both Austin Kirk and Yao-Lin Wang had great perfomances today. Kirk pitched the first 5 innings and allowed 6 baserunners (4 walks, a single, and a double). None of the runs would score; Kirk would add a pair of strikeouts. Wang was even more dominant, fanning 5 and allowing only a pair of baserunners (a walk and single each) over the remaining 4 innings.
I'm actually fairly impressed with Wang's line. Until today, I knew absolutely nothing about him. Wang's been in the organization for 4 years now (including this year), and over 180 or so innings has put up pretty solid numbers, with a FIP in the low-3s each year. He's even had a little bit of hit-unluckiness, paired with a decent strikeout and walk ratio. He got some work as the closer at Peoria last year (now the Kane County Cougars are that affiliate), which leads me to believe he probably doesn't have any secondary stuff (i've seen scouting reports talk about a curveball; these reports are from 2011 and as such are hard to believe given the change in his usage); however, his peripherals indicate that he could definitely have some talent. I'm keeping my open for him.
Kane County Cougars @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Postponed due to snow.