The minor leagues have hit full swing tonight with the beginning of the Boise Hawks season. This means a few changes at Minor League Wrap, besides adding two teams. First, it means that the recaps are going to be later, although I don't know how they could be any later than they've been this week. Secondly, it means more work for me, which means I'm going make a few changes.
First, if you're a regular reader of this feature, you know that there is a system for getting mentioned in the wrap. I'm not going to go into it here, but I'm going to relax it for the Boise Hawks this season. I'm still covering the Hawks and will still do a recap, but from now on, just getting two singles in five at bats won't necessarily get a mention for the Hawks. Picking up the save might not either, depending on the night. But I will be covering the Hawks, including driving up to Boise in a few weeks to see them play, and I'm not going to see any of the other teams in person this year.
As far as the AZL Cubs go, I'm only going to mention players who do something particularly noteworthy and prospects who have wider interest. If you remember last season, I usually just provide a link to the AZL Cubs games with no comment. I do this to keep myself from going crazy and because no one has ever convinced me that there is any difference between the Arizona Summer League and Extended Spring Training other than they keep score in one and not the other.
If you've got questions, I'll answer them in the comments section. On to the games.
The I-Cubs de-feathered the Memphis Redbirds, 4-0.
Jeff Samardzija had a great outing tonight, giving up only six singles over eight innings. Four walks were the only blemish on the night. The Shark struck out six.
Bobby Scales and Jason Dubois both homered tonight. It was Dubois' eighth home run and Scales' fourth. Scales was 1 for 3 with two RBI and Dubois was 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBI.
Center fielder Sam Fuld and catcher Chris Robinson were both 2 for 4. Fuld scored once.
The Smokies blanked the Carolina Mudcats, 7-0.
Jeremy Papelbon started and allowed only five singles and a walk over 5.2 innings. Papelbon struck out two Mudcats. He was greatly helped in the second inning when his defense pulled off a rare 5-4-3 Triple Play on a ground ball.
Center fielder James Adduci was 3 for 4 with a walk. First baseman Doug Deeds was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk. Deeds scored twice and had an RBI on a sac fly.
Third baseman Jonathan Mota was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also started only the second triple play in Smokies history.
The North All-Stars (and Daytona is in the North) defeated the South All-Stars, 6-4.
I don't know if they give out an MVP award for the FSL All-Star Game, but if they did, shortstop Starlin Castro would be sure to win it. Castro was 4 for 4 with a solo home run tonight.
If they give out a least valuable player award, Ryan Searle would be sure to win that too. Searle was charged with four runs on four hits and a walk without getting a single out.
Chris Carpenter picked up the win tonight, allowing only one run on five hits over six innings. The run scored on a solo home run. Carpenter walked two and struck out three.
Chris Huseby got his seventh save tonight. He gave up a hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Third baseman Josh Harrison went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Harrison stole two bases as well. Right fielder Nelson Perez was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Perez had one RBI and scored once, too.
Let's just hope is was opening night jitters, because the Hawks committed seven error on the way to being blown away by the Tri-City Dust Devils, 14-8.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Nagel gave up four runs in three innings in his professional debut, but only one of the runs was earned. Nagel gave up five hits and a walk while striking out one.
Josh Whitlock took the loss as he got pounded for six runs in three innings.
You've been hearing about him for a while, but shortstop Hak-Ju Lee made his pro debut tonight and had singles in his first two at bats. Lee was 3 for 5 with a stolen base. He scored twice and had one RBI. It wasn't all roses for Lee as two of those errors were his--although both were on the same play.
Third baseman George Matheus went 3 for 5 with two RBI.