Looks like I picked a good day to miss my first Cub game of the season. But it's too bad I missed what is going on in Daytona, too.
The Iowa Cubs were atomized by the Albuquerque Isotopes, 18-3.
Starter Thomas Diamond got hammered for nine runs over only 3.1 innings. He surrendered eight hits, including two home runs. Diamond struck out three and walked four. He also hit one batter as he took his first loss of the year.
First baseman Bryan LaHair went 3 for 4 with a double. He scored once and knocked one in.
It really doesn't take a whole day to drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville. Maybe the Smokies traveled home by mule. But it's opening night tomorrow in Kodak, TN.
The Chiefs pitching staff threw a combined one-hitter tonight. Robert Whitenack was dealing something nasty tonight as he went six innings and allowed but one unearned run on one hit. If that's not impressive enough, Whitenack struck out 12 and didn't walk anyone. The one hit had nothing to do with the run scoring, It was a one-out triple in the sixth inning, after which Whitenack struck out the final two batters to end his night.
Kevin Rhoderick, Jeffrey Beliveau and Ryan Searle closed out the game for the D-Cubs.
Shortstop Junior Lake had a double and a triple in a 2 for 3 game. He also scored once, as well as making the error that led to the run.
The Threshers kept Michael Burgess in check tonight, but Jae-Hoon Ha continues to scorch the ball. Ha was 3 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI. Ha is hitting .435 on the young season.
The Peoria Chiefs smoked out the hive of the Burlington Bees, 8-5.
Hayden Simpson's second start didn't go as well as the first one. Simpson did go a five innings this time, but he allowed five runs on eight hits. Two of the five runs were unearned, however. Simpson only struck out two, but he only walked one, so that's good.
Eric Jokisch got the win with four innings of shutout relief. Jokisch gave up only one hit, although he did walk three. He also struck out three.
Center fielder Rubi Silva went 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored three times and had two RBI.
Catcher Micah Gibbs was 2 for 5 with an RBI. Left fielder Smaily Borges was 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Borges also got hit by a pitch once.