In case you missed this fanpost, the Cubs made a few moves today, sending Trey McNutt from Peoria to Daytona, Brett Jackson and Rafael Dolis from Daytona to Tennessee and Ty Wright from Tennessee to Iowa. All four of them are having great seasons, so congratulations to them all.
Chris Carpenter was your choice to be the Cubs Number Six prospect. Carpenter's having a solid season with the first half champion Smokies, going 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA. He's got 48 strikeouts and 25 walks in 63 innings.
I was having trouble deciding who was going to replace Carpenter on the list, but since the Cubs decided to promote Rafael Dolis, I decided to put him on the list. Dolis went 4-5 with a 2.92 ERA. Dolis throws a mid-90s fastball, but so far he's been getting more groundouts than strikeouts. Not that that is really a bad thing.
The Iowa Cubs blew away the New Orleans Zephyrs, 9-2.
Starter Jay Jackson hadn't won a game in over a month, but he solved that today by giving up only two runs, both on a two-run homer, over six innings. Jackson gave up six hits. He walked two and struck out five.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir was a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk. Two of Hoffpauir's four hits were doubles. He scored once and had four RBI.
Right fielder Brad Snyder went 3 for 5 with a double and three runs scored. Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 6 with two runs. Third baseman Marquez Smith had a double and a walk in a 2 for 4 day. Smith had one RBI and one run scored.
Catcher Welington Castillo hit a solo home run in the fifth inning. It was his ninth homer of the year. Castillo was 1 for 5.
Iowa's record is 42-35, which puts them in a tie for first place in their division. However, all four teams in the PCL American North Division are within a game of each other.
The Tennessee Smokies were stuck in the mud against the Carolina Mudcats, 10-3.
Alberto Cabrera got knocked around for five runs on seven hits over only four innings. Cabrera walked three and struck out four as his record drops to 0-4.
Center fielder Brett Jackson picked up in Tennessee where he left off in Daytona, hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning. Jackson was 2 for 5.
Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with two doubles.
The Daytona Cubs didn't miss Jackson or Dolis at all, as they clubbed the Brevard County Manatees, 15-7.
Starter Chris Archer improved his record to 7-1 by allowing only one unearned run over six innings. Archer allowed five hits and walked two. He struck out five.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu led the hit parade by going 3 for 4 with a double and a three-run home run, his first of the year. (Good idea to do that on the day I criticized him for not having any power.) LeMahieu had five RBI total and scored twice. He also walked once.
Catcher Michael Brenly was 3 for 5 with a double. He scored twice and had three RBI. Center fielder Jose Valdez also was 3 for 5 with a walk. Valdez scored twice, batted one in and stole a base.
Right fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and one RBI. First baseman Rebel Ridling was 2 for 4 with a double. He scored three times and had one RBI.
The Chiefs fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 5-4.
Starter Robert Whitenack took the loss. Whitenack lasted five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned. Whitenack struck out three and didn't walk anyone.
Catcher Mario Mercedes was 4 for 4 with a run scored. Left fielder Greg Rohan went 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBI. He also walked once. Second baseman Matt Cerda also tripled in a 2 for 5 day. Cerda scored once.
Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Lee scored once and stole his 18th base of the season. Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 2 for 4 with a run scored and his sixth steal.
The Boise Hawks cut the Eugene Emeralds, 5-1.
Marcos Perez picked up his second win with 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. Perez allowed four hits and walked one while striking out four.
Arismendy Alcantara (and I can already tell I'm going to hate this guy) hit his first home run of the year tonight. Alcantara was 1 for 5 with the one RBI. Third baseman Brandon May had a double in a 2 for 4 game. May scored once and had one RBI.