Minor League Wrap- July, 7 2007

Iowa Cubs score 3 in 9th to win 3-2

It was an unlikely 3 run rally in the bottom of the 9th as Iowa knocked off New Orleans. After Kroeger led off with his 2nd BB of the game to go along with his 2-2 day, Tony Richie singled him to 2nd. Then Chris Walker was safe on an error as he tried to lay down a sac bunt. John Nelson who was just picked up from Memphis where he hit .192, collected his first hit as a Cub scoring 2 runs. Patterson then completed the comeback with a game winning single.

Cedeno saw his 14 game streak ended as he went 0-4. Coats continued his to 15 games, going 1-4. In addition to Kroeger, Murton and Richie both had 2 hit games. JR Mathes kept the game close, giving up 2 runs in 6.2 innings. Howard was perfect the final 2.2 and earned the win.

Tennessee loses 7-1 as Veal gets smoked

The Smokies mirrored Pittsburgh tonight as they also lost 7-1.
 Like the Pirates starter, Veal didn't get past three and trailed 5-0 by then. Veal now has a 5.57 ERA and may be busier reading last year's press clippings than getting in shape to play in Wrigley. The only positive of the evening was Colvin's HR as he went 1-4.

Daytona loses 7-0

And collected only three hits
.  Since the Daytona lineup consisted of 9 players each hitting below  .263, we can probably expect more of the same in the future.

Any additional comments about the team would appear to be excessive.

Peoria over Cedar Rapids 3-1

Jacob Renshaw improved his record to 9-4 with a 3.81 ERA. He went 6 innings giving up 5 hits and an unearned run. Papelbon finished the game's 3 innings giving up 1 hit while striking out 4 and not surrendering a run. His ERA is now at 2.43 over 56 innings with 59 K and only 17 BB. Most of Papelbon's outings were 2-3 innings which seems high for a typical pitcher. I'm wondering if anyone has a take on this. Not much offense as Mota was the only player with 2 hits and the only double.

Boise loses 6-5 as bullpen falters

Boise led 4-3 going into the 8th when Tri-City scored 3runs. Chris Huseby started and gave up 2 earned runs in 6 innings, striking out 7. Joshua Donaldson continued his hot hitting as he went 2-3 with a walk raising his average to .353.  Since he played college ball, he might be moved up the ladder soon.

The Boise roster seems to be made up of very good hitters or very bad hitters.  The pitchers seem to gravitate to a WHIP around 1.50 so many of the games are high scoring.

Arizona Cubs fried 8-3

The good news is the return of Angel Guzman. He started the game and retired the only 3 batters he faced. The rest of the staff pitched adequately until Kevin Krier of the 15.75 ERA who gave up 5 runs.

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