It was actually nice listening to Giants announcers Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow call the Cubs game tonight. Unlike announcers of other teams I won't mention, Kuiper and Krukow actually like the Cubs. Krukow, of course, was a rookie for the '77 Cubs, the team in whose honor I added the "77" to my name. Krukow told a few stories about the Cubs of the seventies and actually had a lot of nice things to say about Dave Kingman--like how he provided freshly caught fish to anyone on the team who wanted one. Of course, I'm not sure Kingman showing up in the clubhouse on game day with a bucket full of freshly caught fish portrays Kingman in the most positive light, but Krukow seemed to appreciate the free food.
Krukow also talked about how Giant fans were generally welcomed at Wrigley and that there wasn't a big rivalry between the teams. Yeah, I guess Giant fans aren't staying up nights anymore complaining about Johnny Evers and insisting that Fred Merkle should have been called safe.
I cut myself making dinner tonight and there's a big bandage on my left index finger. I'll play through the pain but if I start to see blood on my keyboard, I'm going to call someone up from the minors to finish.
The Iowa Cubs were silenced by the Nashville Sounds, 5-1.
Randy Wells got his final tune-up before his expected entry to the Cubs rotation and he made it a good one. Wells didn't allow a hit over three innings. (Something tells me he didn't complain about being removed in the middle of a no-hitter though.) Wells walked one and struck out two. He threw 39 pitches, 25 of which were for strikes.
J.R. Mathes is not getting called up to Wrigley despite being left-handed, and tonight was probably why. Taking over for Wells, Mathes threw one inning and allowed two runs on three hits. He didn't walk or strike out a batter. The loss dropped his record to 3-3.
Greg Reinhard is off to a great start to the season. Tonight he allowed only one hit over three shutout innings of relief. Reinhard walked one and struck out four.
Kevin Hart struggled in a non-save situation. In the inning he pitched, he got rocked for three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run.
Right fielder Brad Snyder was pretty much the entire offense for the I-Cubs tonight. He was 2 for 4 with a triple and a solo home run that accounted for Iowa's lone run.
They managed to get in one short game in Huntsville today, and the Smokies eclipsed the Huntsville Stars, 3-2 in a scheduled seven-inning game.
Marcos Mateo showed some wildness as he allowed four hits and issued three walks in his four-inning start. That led to two runs, one of which was unearned. Mateo only struck out one Star.
James Russell got the win in relief. Russell pitched two shutout innings. He was touched for two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one. Vince Perkins got his second save of the year with a scoreless seventh. Perkins didn't allow a hit, walked one and struck out one.
Second baseman Tony Thomas hit his fifth home run of the season tonight in a 1 for 4 night. It was a solo home run that tied the game in the fifth inning. First baseman Blake Lalli also hit a solo home run in a 1 for 2 effort. It was Lalli's second home run.
Left fielder Ty Wright went 2 for 4 with two doubles and the game winning RBI in the sixth inning.
This game was supposed to be the first game of a double-header, but the skies opened up before the second game could get played.
The Daytona Cubs shut out the Tampa Yankees, 6-0.
Rafael Dolis pitched five innings and allowed only two singles. He walked three and struck out four Yankees.
Both Dustin Sasser and Henry Williamson threw two innings of relief. Sasser gave up three hits and struck out two, while Williamson allowed two hits and struck out four. Neither pitcher walked a batter either.
The top four hitters in the Daytona lineup had ten hits between them. Left fielder Tyler Colvin (and it's good to see him playing left field) was 4 for 5 with two doubles. Colvin scored twice and batted one D-Cub in.
DH Russ Canzler hit his second home run of the year in the fifth inning with two men on. Canzler went 2 for 4 with four RBI and walk.
Center fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. Third baseman Jake Opitz had a 2 for 5 effort with two runs scored.
The Chiefs de-tasseled the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 4-3.
Starter Chris Archer only pitched two innings. He allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks. Archer struck out three. Alberto Cabrera was impressive in four innings of scoreless relief. Cabrera allowed three hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Josh Whitlock vultured the win by allowing two runs in two innings of relief. Kevin Kreier got his second save with a perfect ninth. Kreier struck out one Kernel.
Right fielder Nelson Perez hit his fifth home run of the year and his third in five games tonight. Perez was 2 for 4 with the one RBI.
Second baseman Junior Lake was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Right fielder Kyler Burke had a 2 for 5 evening with a double and an RBI. First baseman Rebel Ridling went 2 for 5 with a double. Ridling scored twice.
Third baseman Josh Vitters and manager Marty Pevey were both ejected in the fourth inning. Vitters struck out his only time up.