"My dog was barking all last night, and I don't mean my feet hurt" edition.
Ladies and Gentlemen, fans of all ages, your new AAA cleanup hitter--Koyie Hill! Obviously, this is a case of leaving the other players in their usual slots by just putting Hill in Soto's position in the lineup, but he held his own with a single, double, and walk in five plate appearances. However, Eric Patterson's hitting and Les Walrond's pitching were more important in the Cubs' 3-1 victory over Memphis.
By the way, one of my favorite comments lately from another baseball site. One poster didn't realize that Miguel Cairo was in AAA, to which another responded "Cairo is in Memphis." The next comment was golden: "A misunderstanding which has confused amateur Egyptologists for centuries."
I'm going to continue my campaign for promoting Scott Moore when rosters expand. He went 1-2 with 2 BB last night. Will Ohman, on the other hand, gave up the only run of the game on two hits and a walk in one inning. Carmen Pignatiello did better in his inning and a third.
Tyler Colvin's solo homer was the offensive highlight of a close loss for Tennessee. Jeff Samardzija threw seven strong innings, with no walks. His AA ERA stands at 2.67. He did make a throwing error that resulted in an unearned run.
Matt Camp had two singles. Yup, that's about it on the upside. St. Lucie 11, Daytona 0.
Robert Hernandez, Casey Lambert, and Matt Maradeo combined on a shutout of Kane County, even thought they only struck out two the whole game. Peoria wins again, 5-0. Seventh-round pick Ty Wright was promoted from Boise a couple of weeks ago, and is struggling in the leadoff spot. But it's good to see the Cubs pushing the college graduate a bit.
Three other June draftees--Tony Thomas, Jon Wyatt, and Brandon Guyer--led the way on offense for the Hawks in their 9-0 trouncing of Spokane. Josh Vitters made his Boise debut, pinch-hitting and playing third base. Zach Ashwood had another strong start, throwing 6.2 innings.
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