Conversations at my home today during the Cubs game:
Me: What self-respecting Cub fan would marry a White Sox fan?
My wife: If they were self-respecting, they wouldn't be a Cub fan.
My three-year old daughter: "Chicago! Chicago!" followed by uncontrollable giggling.
What I have to go through . . .
Dave Bush got his first Cub win with five strong innings. He allowed a solo home run to the second batter he faced, Andy LaRoche, but that was the only run he gave up on three hits. Bush walked two and struck out two.
Blake Parker got his first save with two shutout innings. He allowed one hit. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.
Jackson was 2 for 3 with a walk. The two home runs were hit in the first and eighth innings. Jackson now has seven home runs for Iowa and 17 overall.
First baseman Scott Moore hit an insurance home run in the ninth inning with the bases empty. He was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. Moore scored twice and had the two RBI. He has hit nine home runs this season.
The Tennessee Smokies blasted the Huntsville Stars into orbit, 11-4.
Trey McNutt pitched the first four innings and allowed two run on seven hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Jeff Stevens threw two shutout innings of relief and got the win because McNutt did not go five. He was touched for two hits, but he did not walk anyone and struck out four.
First baseman Blake Lalli cracked a solo home run in the fourth inning; his eighth of the season. Lalli was 1 for 4 and he was intentionally walked once. Lalli had two RBI and scored twice.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha was 3 for 5 with a double. Ha scored once and batted two in.
Shortstop Junior Lake went 2 for 4 with a double. He also scored once and had two RBI.
Left fielder Jim Adduci went 2 for 5 with a double. Adduci scored twice and had one RBI.
Greg Rohan hit two home runs as the D-Cubs speared the Clearwater Threshers, 8-6.
Angel Guzman had a rough inning to start the game today. He allowed three runs on five hits, including two home runs. He neither walked nor struck out anyone.
Dae-Eun Rhee got the win with six innings in relief of Guzman. He allowed three runs on seven hits. Rhee walked three and struck out five.
Fireman Frank Batista pitched the final two innings to get his 22nd save. He gave up but one hit and no runs. Batista neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Rohan hit his two home runs with men on base: two in the first inning and one in the seventh inning, giving him five RBI on the game. Rohan has six homers for the D-Cubs in 18 games, and 11 overall. He was 2 for 5.
Second baseman Logan Watkins was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice. Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored.
Catcher Chad Noble went 3 for 4. He scored once.
Center fielder Matt Szczur was 2 for 5 with a stolen base. Szczur had two RBI and scored once.
The Peoria Chiefs detasselled the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 8-6.
Starter Eric Jokisch got his eighth win with a 5.2 inning start. Joksich allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, although one of the three runs was unearned. Jokisch fanned five Kernels.
Daniel Berlind tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his third save. He gave up a two-out single, but nothing else. Berlind struck out one.
DH Rubi Silva was 3 for 4 and scored twice. First baseman Richard Jones went 3 for 4. He scored once and had one RBI.
Third baseman Dustin Geiger had a double in a 2 for 4 game. He scored twice and had two RBI.
Shortstop Rafael Valdes scored twice and had two RBI in a 2 for 4 game.
The Boise Hawks pitchers only allowed three hits, but that was enough to lose 2-0 to the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Willengton Cruz allowed but one hit over five scoreless innings. He did walk four and struck out four.
Jean Sandoval allowed two unearned runs after a Zeke DeVoss error in the seventh inning. Sandoval allowed two hits during his three innings of relief, a triple and a double after the error. Sandoval did not walk anyone and struck out four.
DH Pin-Chieh Chen went 2 for 4.
Marco Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a double, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.