Minor League Wrap--August 17, 2007

Moving is hard.  I meant to do this all last night, but I had collapsed asleep on the couch before I could get around to it.  My wife ordered me straight to bed.

I finally have my DirecTV hooked up, and I'm still getting the LA locals.  Don't know how long that will last, but I'm torn.  I want the Sacramento news and weather, but there's just a lot more stations in LA.  Even if most of them are in Spanish, sometimes they have sports.

And the Cubs are in first place all by themselves.

Oh, and by the way, for those who keep track of such things, it's going to be a girl.

Iowa Cubs

The I-Cubs lost to the Omaha Royals, 9-5.

Our old buddy Alfred (J.R.) Mathes was at it again tonight.  Mathes gave up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks during his start that lasted only four innings.  He only struck out one.  

Billy Petrick also gave up a run in two innings of work and Will Ohman kept punching his "Get Out of Chicago Free" card by allowing a run in two-thirds of an innning.

The big news in this game was Henry Blanco.  Blanco went 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Left fielder Sam Fuld also went 2 for 4 with a double.

Tennessee Smokies

Strong pitching gave the Smokies a a 2-1 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.

Starter Justin Berg looked very sharp as he permitted only one run in seven innings to improve his record to 6-7.  Berg allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out three.  Grant Johnson pitched the final two innings for his third save in AA.  Johnson didn't allow a hit while striking ouf five and walking two.

Shortstop Robinson Chirinos went 2 for 3 with two doubles.  Third baseman Casey McGehee went 2 for 4.

Daytona Cubs

The Cubs lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals, 6-4

Starter Adalberto Mendez continued to struggle after having been demoted from Tennessee.  Mendez gave up five runs in five innings on six hits and three walks.  Two of the hits were round-trippers.  Mendez struck out five.  

Brian Dopirak continues to hit since being removed from the 40-man roster.  Dopirak went 2 for 4 last night with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Matt Matulia went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Peoria Chiefs

Despite banging out sixteen hits, the Chiefs only managed four runs and fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-4.

Jeremy Papelbon started and struggled again in that role.  Papelbon lasted five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.  Papelbon struck out three.  Jayson Ruhlman threw two nice innings of no-hit relief, allowing only one walk and striking out four.

Right fielder Jim Adduci went 3 for 5.  First baseman Derek Schermerhorn, left fielder Ty Wright, catcher Wellington Castillo, third baseman Marquez Smith and center fielder Brian Leclerc each had two hits.

Boise Hawks

The Hawks edged out the Spokane Indians, 3-2.

Starter Arik Hempy (and boy, won't he be a fan favorite if he ever gets to Chicago) went 4.2 innings and gave up only a run on five hits and a walk.  Hempy struck out five.  Reliever Yuri Higgins got his first win of the year by throwing 2.1 innings and giving up one run.  Stephen Vento got the save.

Catcher Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.  First baseman Marc Sawyer went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the AZL Mariners, 8-3.

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