I know it's been rough the past two days, but yes, there is Josh Vitters news tonight. I'm sure some of you were screaming "Bust" after he went 1 for 9 the past two nights.
Oh, and if someone has a spare relief pitcher, Ryne Sandberg could use one.
The Cubs recently signed outfielder John-Ford Griffin and infielder Anderson Machado and assigned them to Iowa, which has been depleted by injuries and callups.
The first game was all Jeff Samardzija. The Shark allowed two runs in the first inning and then shut the Redbirds down the rest of the way for a seven-inning complete game victory. On top of that, he hit a solo home run. Samardzija allowed six hits and three walks while collecting three strikeouts.
Catcher Chris Robinson was also 3 for 4 with two RBI.
In the second game, Greg Reinhard started and had a good three-inning start. Reinhard allowed one run on only two hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out five.
Jeff Stevens allowed the winning run in extra innings. Stevens allowed one run on two hits in 2.1 innings. Stevens walked two and struck out two.
Right fielder Doug Deeds was 3 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. Shortstop Nate Spears went 2 for 4 plus a walk. Third baseman Kyle Reynolds had a 2 for 4 game.
The Smokies have now lost seven in a row, all to the Huntsville Stars, as the Stars blasted the Smokies, 10-7.
Starting pitcher Casey Lambert got blasted for six runs on nine hits in only four plus innings. He allowed three batters in the fifth inning to reach before getting pulled. Lambert walked two and struck out one.
The loss went to Todd Blackford, who allowed two of Lambert's inherited runners to score and two runs of his own in 1.1 innings of work. The good news is that he didn't allow a hit. The bad news was that he walked three, had a wild pitch and didn't strike out anyone.
At least the offense produced tonight. Catcher Welington Castillo has been struggling with the bat most of this season, but tonight he broke out by going 3 for 4 with a home run. Castillo scored twice and had two RBI. The home run was Castillo's fifth of the season, so actually he hasn't been struggling in the power department, just in reaching base.
Center fielder Brandon Guyer has also struggled, but he went 2 for 5 tonight with a double and a stolen base. Guyer had one RBI and scored twice. James Adduci went 2 for 4 with a walk and a stolen base. He also scored once.
Left fielder Ty Wright was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Third baseman Marquez Smith had a double and two RBI in a 2 for 5 effort.
The Daytona Cubs subpoenaed the Sarasota Reds, 3-2.
Rafael Dolis got the start and pitched five innings, allowing only two runs, one of which was unearned. He surrendered four hits, didn't walk a batter and fanned three.
Dustin Sasser got the win in relief. He pitched two shutout innings and allowed three hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
Alberto Alburquerque was impressive in collecting his first save of the year. He allowed only one hit over two innings while striking out five. He also didn't walk a Red batter. After today, Jim Hendry should immediately promote Alburquerque to the majors so that Al has to type his name all the time instead of me.
DH Jake Opitz was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Catcher Luis Flores was recently promoted from Peoria and tonight he went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
It took fourteen innings and a Josh Vitters home run, but the Peoria Chiefs institutionalized the Great Lakes Loons, 7-5.
Starter Chris Carpenter, who seems to be shadowing his namesake in the majors who also started today, had a rough outing as he got blasted for five runs in five innings. Carpenter gave up six hits and has some major control problems as he walked five. One of the runs allowed was unearned. Carpenter struck out two.
After that, the bullpen settled down and pitched nine shutout innings, allowing only three hits and three walks total the rest of the way. Chris Siegfried threw two innings, followed by Erik Hamren, who fanned five in his three innings. Manolin De Leon walked two and struck out four in his three innings and collected the win. Mike Perconte got his second save of the season by pitching the bottom of the fourteenth.
Josh Vitters hit the eventual game-winning home run in the top of the fourteenth inning with a man on. It was Vitters' twelfth homer of the season and eleventh of the month of May. What's going to make some people around here even happier is that he also walked tonight. Overall, Vitters went 2 for 5 with a double, the home run, a walk and a hit by pitch. He had four RBI.
Shortstop Junior Lake went 3 for 7 with a run scored. Left fielder Drew Rundle was 2 for 5 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI.
That Michael Brenly kid was 2 for 7.