I'll have something to say about whomever the Cubs get for Ryan Dempster if and when the trade is official. I hope that's in tomorrow's wrap. So far, I'm happy with the return on Dempster, assuming the rumors are true.
You'll want to read down to the Arizona League scores. Also some good news for Boise tonight.
The Iowa Cubs were swept by the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers), 3-1.
It was a good start at altitude for Brooks Raley, but he was a victim of non-support. Raley pitched five innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits. He impressively struck out eight and walked no one. Raley still got his sixth loss of the year for Iowa and eighth overall.
Catcher Brian Esposito was 2 for 3 with an RBI double in the eighth inning.
Traveling from Chattanooga to Jacksonville. According to their website, there are 61 Waffle House Restaurants along the way.
Rained out. They'll play a double-header on Wednesday.
The Peoria Chiefs were also swept by the South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks), 2-0.
Yao-Lin Wang had his longest start of the season as he transitions back from the bullpen to the rotation. Wang threw 3.2 scoreless innings. He allowed four hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out five.
Luis Liria walked two batters in the eighth inning and ended up taking the loss when both runners scored on a double off of Austin Reed. Liria pitched 1.1 innings and allowed two runs on two walks. He did not give up a hit and he struck out one.
The Chiefs faced top Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley for the first six innings tonight. They only got two hits off of him, or any Silver Hawks pitcher. It was a double by Chadd Krist and a double by Yaniel Cabezas.
The Boise Hawks shut out the Eugene Emeralds (Padres), 3-0, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Tayler Scott had the best start of his young career, pitching six scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, walked one while striking out four. Hayden Simpson threw the next two, giving up two hits. Simpson struck out one and walked no one.
Finally, Matt Iannazzo pitched the ninth inning for his first professional save. One batter reached on an error with two out, but he was thrown out stealing, so Iannazzo faced the minimum. (Yes, he was caught stealing down three runs with two outs in the ninth inning.)
Second baseman Gioskar Amaya went 3 for 4 with two stolen bases. He had one run batted in and scored once.
DH Stephen Bruno was 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the fifth inning.
The Hawks finished the first half at 13-25. Luckily it all starts at 0-0 again tomorrow.
Center fielder Albert Almora made his professional debut tonight. He was 1 for 3 with a home run.
Jorge Soler was 0 for 4. Cut him now.
Ben Carhart was 4 for 5.