Just remember folks: It's one game for Castro. There are going to be bumps in the road.
I should have mentioned this earlier, but Peoria is playing at Kane County this weekend. If you want to head out to Geneva, tomorrow's game is at 5pm and Sunday's is a 1pm matinee. And if you go, be sure to give us a report here.
The Iowa Cubs 86'd the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 4-2.
Starting pitcher Thomas Diamond went five innings and allowed two runs on four hits. One of the runs was unearned. Diamond had some control problems as he walked five. He also struck out five.
Jeff Samardzija got the win with two innings of scoreless relief. The Shark gave up one hit and one walk while striking out three. Brian Schlitter had some trouble in the ninth, but still got his third save of the year. Schlitter gave up a single and a walk in the ninth, but no runs. Schlitter fanned two.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir was 3 for 3 tonight, including a two-run double that tied the score at 2-2 in the fifth. Hoffpauir also walked once. Second baseman Matt Camp was 2 for 4 with a two-run double that provided the rest of the I-Cubs runs. Camp also scored once.
Center fielder Sam Fuld went 3 for 4 with a double, a walk and a run scored.
The Smokies were extinguished by the Mobile Bay Bears, 4-1.
Starting pitcher Hung-Wen Chen saw his record fall to 3-2 tonight after he gave up four runs over 5.2 innings. Chen surrendered six hits and issued four walks. He struck out two. One of the four runs he allowed was unearned.
Right fielder Matt Spencer was 1 for 3 with a solo home run. It was Spencer's third homer of the year. Center fielder Tony Campana went 3 for 4.
Third baseman Josh Vitters had a rough introduction to AA. He was 1 for 2 which was fine, but he also made two throwing errors.
The Daytona Cubs were bitten by the Clearwater Threshers, 8-3.
Starting pitcher Alberto Cabrera went 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
Mike Perconte took the loss after a miserable relief outing. Perconte pitched two innings and allowed five runs on four hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Center fielder Brett Jackson was 3 for 4 with a run scored. Jackson's now hitting .330 with a .438 OBP.
The Chiefs pounded the Kane County Cougars, 10-5.
Starting pitcher Trey McNutt had some problems tonight. He gave up four runs on two hits over only four innings. His big problem was control, as he walked four batters. McNutt struck out five.
James Leverton got the win in relief because McNutt didn't go five. He threw 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up only two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.
Catcher Jonathan Mota was 2 for 4 with a double and four RBI. First baseman Justin Bour went 2 for 3 with a run scored and two walks.
DH DJ Fitzgerald was 2 for 5 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Second baseman Logan Watkins went 2 for 5 with a walk and a run scored.