The Children Are The Future- Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by Big Red Chewing Gum & Pubic Wigs


It was a pitching duel in Des Moines yesterday as Brett Jackson scored the only run of the game on a balk. Casey Coleman was the pitcher for Iowa working 7 IP and only giving up 2 hits. He struck out 9 batters and has a respectable ERA of 3.48. Scott Maine finished the game with two scoreless innings of his own.


Junior Lake went 1-4 with a BB and SB last night in his second game back from his rehab assignment. Nick Struck went 6 innings and gave up 2 ER while striking out 3. Kevin Rhoderick worked another scoreless inning and has his ERA sitting at 1.38. 


Matt Szczur and Eric Jokisch teamed up to lead Daytona to a win. Szrzr continues his red hot streak going 3-4. He has raised his average to .256 after a slow start. On the mound Jokisch struck out 11 in 7 shutout innings. He only allowed 4 hits and walked no one. Jokisch was an 11th round pick back in 2010 and had a decent year in Peoria before finishing in AA. So far this year he is averaging a strikeout per IP and with his age it would probably be wise to get him to AA again to see if there is anything here. 


Everyone's favorite scofflaw PJ Francescon got the win yesterday. He wasn't lights out but he got the job done going 6 IP and giving up 4 runs (only two were earned). He struck out 4 batters. Hitters are now batting .167 against him for the year. On the hitting side of things Paul Hoilman hit a HR and racked up 5 RBI's.