Thanks for everyone who stopped by the draft chat. I hope we'll all welcome shortstop Javier Baez to the Cubs family tonight. He ended up winning the poll I set up, but I suspect most of those votes were cast after he was drafted. He was still among your favorites before the pick, however. I also think he might have won the vote beforehand if we knew that Archie Bradley and Francisco Lindor would be gone by the time the Cubs picked.
I will write up a profile of Baez sometime later tonight.
The Iowa Cubs were no match for the thunder of the Omaha Storm Chasers, 3-1.
Starter Jay Jackson took the loss. He pitched five innings and gave up two runs on nine hits. Jackson walked one and struck out two.
DH Bobby Scales was 2 for 4.
The Smokies were conquered by the Jackson Generals, 4-2.
Starting pitcher Chris Rusin allowed three runs over six innings, but only one of the three runs was earned. Rusin surrendered five hits and one walk while striking out three.
Second baseman Marwin Gonzalez was 2 for 4 with a steal. Shortstop Junior Lake had a tough night: 0 for 3 with two errors. He did have one RBI.
The Daytona Cubs allowed three runs in the top of the eighth inning, but scored three themselves in the bottom of the inning to topple the Brevard County Manatees, 10-9.
Starter Jeffry Lorick went five innings and allowed four runs on four hits. Lorick walked one and struck out one.
Frank Batista allowed a three-run home run in the eighth inning, but got the win when the Cubs came back. Batista pitched two innings and allowed the three runs on two hits and a walk. Batista struck out one.
Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning. It was Ha's seventh home run for Daytona and eighth overall. Ha was 2 for 5 with two runs scored.
First baseman Justin Bour cranked a monster shot clear over the center field batter's eye in the third inning with a man on. It was Bour's 15th home run this year. Bour was 1 for 4.
Left fielder Evan Crawford was 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored once and had one RBI. Third baseman Jake Opitz was 2 for 5 with two doubles. Opitz batted two runners in and scored once.
Stayed home and watched the draft.