Iowa 6 - Nashville 5
Pitching Notes: 5 was the unlucky number for Carlos Marmol who allowed 5 earned on 5 hits in 5 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Randy Wells (2IP, 3Ks, 1BB), Carmen Pignatiello (1.2IP, 1 H, 2Ks) and Frederico Baez (1/3 IP) closed the door, which allowed the I-Cubs to come from behind, scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth and notch the win.
Hitting Notes: The hitting gold star goes to Geovany Soto who came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth for Baez and hit a game winning 3 run HR off of Jose Capillan, who was the big name prospect the Brewers got in the Dan Kolb trade. Props to Chris Walker who went 2-4 with a HR and 2 RBIs. Walker, who turns 27 this year, is hitting .462. Clearly he's old but a switch hitter who can play CF. If the Cubs make a few moves to clear up the outfield log jam, he'd be someone worth looking at as a 5th outfielder. Rough night for Eric Patterson who went 0-3 with 3Ks (though he did take one walk).
Carolina 6 - Tennessee 4
Pitching Notes: Sean Gallagher had a little better luck tonight, not a great outing but not horrid as he threw 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, with 4 walks and 4 Ks. Billy Petrick got hit around over his 2 innings of work, allowing 3 ER on 4 hits in taking the loss. Tennessee sent 5 Smokies to the mound in this one, only to be topped by Carolina, who used 6 pitchers.
Hitting Notes: Ya think they want to find Jake Fox a position? He played LF today and went 2-3 with a HR, 2 RBIs and a walk. I don't think we'll ever see a Michigan Wolverine battery of Fox and Rich Hill, though. Josh Kroger went 2-4 and saw his average end the month of April at .397. Brian Dopirak went 1-4 and did finish the first month of the season above the mendoza line, at a robust .208. Dopirak is now in his 6th season in the Cubs minor league system, his 2nd at AA. It seems likely that his 2004 season at Lansing, where he hit 39 HRs and drove in 120 RBIs was the high point of his career. Dopirak is on the 40-man roster and likely would be amongst the first to go if there were a need for a spot. I expect we'll see Brian with another organization, perhaps even playing independant ball in 2008.
Daytona 5 - Palm Beach 4
Pitching Notes: Todd Blackford pitched 5 innings, allowing all 4 Palm Beach runs. He walked 3 and struck out 2. Grant Johnson and Jerry Blevins each pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief.
Hitting Notes: Daytona had a big first inning, scoring 4 and the netting the eventual winning run in the 4th inning. Chris Amador went 2-4 with a walk in the lead off spot and scored 2 runs. Tyler Colvin (I keep wanting to write Roosevelt Colvin) went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBIs. Colvin finishes the month with a .329 average, though it would be nice to see him take a few more walks (4 bb/13 K in 73 ABs). SS Robinson Chirinos also went 2-4 with a 2B and an RBI. Ryan Harvey went 0-4 with 2 Ks as the DH.
South Bend 8 - Peoria 2
Pitching Notes: The bullpen caved in today. Starter Jose Ceda threw 3 scoreless innings, giving up 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 4. Jayson Ruhlman allowed 3 earned over 2 innings and picked up the loss. Ale Maestri, Josh's wife's favorite Cheif, gave up his first earned runs of the season, allowing 2 over 2 innings. Julio Castillo was touched up for 3 runs over 1.2 IP.
Hitting Notes: Russell Canzler went 2-4, the only Chief with multiple hits. Catcher Wellington Castillo drove in both of Peoria's runs and the Chiefs continue to struggle at the plate.
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