Here's your Sunday morning edition:
Cosmic balance was partially restored, as the Iowa team was the yin to the major league club's yang, taking the plus side of a blowout. The 12-1 victory saw several good hitting performances (obviously), but Jake Fox's three home runs topped the night. Fox is now at .328/.371/.672 in 14 games at AAA. Yeah, even he's better than Podsednik.
Starter J.R. Mathes threw seven strong innings, Neal Cotts had a scoreless inning (!) in relief, and Rocky Cherry finished the game.
The AA squad added another 12 runs and a win to the scales of baseball justice. Haven't heard much about Kyle Reynolds, but the third baseman hit two homers last night, and has been better in AA so far than in the FSL. Maybe last year was just his time to learn to hit with a wood bat, because he wasn't very good at Peoria, but has done fine at two levels this season. He was the Cubs' sixth-round pick in 2005, out of Baylor.
We just won't mention the Smokies' pitching.
These guys are preparing to play in Wrigley. With the bases loaded against Daytona in the fourth, catcher Steve Clevenger tries a pickoff at third, and William Mottram misses the throw, allowing two unearned runs to score. Final score, 5-3 Clearwater.
Props to Jeremy Papelbon, who is making the transition to starter quite well. He went seven innings, yielding just three hits and one run, in the Chiefs' 6-1 victory over Kane County. Anyone here at that game? Jose Ceda finished with two strong innings. Several hitters contributed, with Wellington Castillo slugging a 3-run homer.
Jon Wyatt 3-3. Tony Thomas a triple in 5 AB. Not much more to talk about in their 9-1 drubbing by Salem-Keizer.