If you're looking to me to cheer you up, sorry, I got nothing. Everyone lost tonight. At least the Iowa Cubs had the excuse that they lost to the LA Dodgers and their scrubs lost to Sacramento.
Starter Esmailin Caridad had another bad start this afternoon as he gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings. One run was unearned. Caridad struck out one and didn't walk a batter.
Some of you have been excited about Greg Reinhard and he's had a good season before today. Unfortunately, today he got rocked for five runs on four hits and two walks without recording an out in the ninth inning. One of the hits was a home run. His ERA jumped from 2.22 to 3.81 after today.
The Cubs were shut down by the River Cats pitchers led by Dana Eveland. Center fielder Sam Fuld was1 for 4 with a triple and the only RBI.
In the first game, Casey Coleman lost despite throwing a seven-inning complete game. He gave up three runs on seven hits. Coleman walked one and fanned three.
Catcher Blake Lalli was 2 for 3.
In the second game, Jesse Estrada's miserable season continued. Estrada allowed five runs on seven hits over four plus innings. He struck out four and didn't walk anyone.
John Gaub got the loss in relief. He allowed two runs, one of which was unearned, in an inning of relief. He surrendered a hit and a walk while striking out one.
Right fielder James Adduci was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Third baseman Marquez Smith had three RBI in a 1 for 2 game.
The D-Cubs banged out nine hits but managed only two runs in a 3-2 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals.
James Leverton saw his record on the season fall to 2-5. Leverton pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on two hits and four walks. One of the runs was unearned. Leverton whiffed three Cardinals.
The top four hitters in the D-Cub lineup each had two hits--yet they still only managed two runs. Center fielder Tony Campana went 2 for 3 with two steals and two runs scored. He also walked once. Left fielder Tyler Colvin was 2 for 2 with both Cub RBI.
Shortstop Starlin Castro and catcher Robinson Chirinos were both 2 for 4.
The Chiefs finished off the system's misery by getting cut down by the Clinton Lumber Kings, 8-3.
Starter Marcus Hatley allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out one. One of the runs was unearned.
Shortstop Junior Lake hit his second home run of the season in a 1 for 4 night. It was a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning. Catcher Michael Brenly went 2 for 4.