NOTE from Al: Added to the front page; thanks again to Ryno G for doing this.
Josh should be back to write tomorrow night's minor league wrap, but he won't be able to post it until Monday, so be patient. Anyway..here is tonight's wrap...
Robinson Chirinos went 2 for 4 and his hitting .318 so far with Iowa.
Oh and by the way..have you heard of Marquez Smith? He is going bonkers right now. He was 2 for 4 tonight with a 3 run HR. That makes it his 6th HR in just his last 10 games, and 13th of the season. Someone wants a vacation to Chicago this September.
Meanwhile, the guy that I would like to see in Chicago this September, Jeff Samardzija, started tonight. He had another quality outing. He threw 6 innings and only gave up 4 hits. However, he did give up 3 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 4.
Brian Schlitter earned his 13th save with a wobbly 9th. He gave up 2 hits and walked one, but no one scored and he finished it off.
Russ Canzler also chimed in with a solo HR. It was his 19th of the season. He was 2 for 4.
Our uber prospects played tonight as well. Brett Jackson was 1-4 with a double and a walk.
Chris Archer threw well tonight. He wasn't dominant with a lot of strikeouts like we're used to, but he pitched well..especially considering he kept his walks down.
He threw 6 innings, gave up 4 hits, allowing 2 runs, while only walking ONE and striking out three. Both runs came off a HR in the first inning. Archer was lights out after that.
Junior Lake got back on track tonight. He went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. His avgerage is now up to .274.
Evan Crawford, acquired for Mike Fontenot, went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. His average is .214
Dae-Eun Rhee was lit up tonight. He gave up 6 runs and only retired one batter.
All I have to say is that I can't believe no one takes this guy as a legit prospect..Justin Bour was a machine tonight. Bour was 3 for 5. He doubled (24th of the season) and hit a GS. It was his 12th HR of the season. He had SEVEN RBI on the evening. He has 78 RBI on the season. All he does is drive in runs. He is hitting .291/.388/.833 with 57 BB( he has struck out 83 times though). He's legit.
Hak-Ju Lee was also 3 for 5, but he didn't hit a GS or have 7 RBI. All of his hits were singles. Nothing wrong with that if that's what you're supposed to do..and he is supposed to hit singles. He scored twice and had an RBI. It was his 35th of the season.
Logan Watkins and a few others had multiple hits as well.
Frank Batista started and couldn't make it through 5. He pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 9 hits and 4 runs. He also walked 3 and only whiffed one batter.
It was a great night for the Cubs 2010 draft picks.
Pierre LePage was 4-5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. LePage has 17 doubles and 3 triples now.
Soto and Gibbs were both 2-5 with a double. Soto had 1 RBI and Gibbs had 2.
Harrington, like Gibbs, was also 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.
Cameron Greathouse was absolutely filthy tonight. He fired 6 innings allowing only one hit. He walked only one, while striking out EIGHT. He received the win and his now 2-2.
While Greathouse had his best outing, Aaron Kurcz had his worst. He didn't retire a batter and gave up 3 runs on only 1 hit. He struggled with his command tonight as he walked 3.
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