I'm back home from vacation. As always, I thank Al and Duane for filling in.
The Cubs announced today that shortstop Andruw Monasterio was promoted to South Bend and that infielder Sutton Whiting was released. Monastero was probably the Ems player who impressed me the most when I saw them play. And as always, we wish Whiting the best.
The Iowa Cubs dropped a doubleheader to the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), 4-3 in eight innings and 7-5 in nine innings.
Rob Zastryzny was impressive tonight in seven innings, making just two mistakes: a solo home run in the second inning and a two-run home run in the fourth. The final line on Zastryzny was three runs on six hits. He struck out ten and walked only one.
Corey Black pitched the top of the eighth and took the loss. Black allowed a walk and a two-out RBI double. He struck out one.
Munenori Kawasaki was 2 for 5 with a game-tying two-run single in the fifth. Center fielder Juan Perez went 2 for 4.
Michael Wagner was promoted back to Iowa to make the start in game two. Wagner did well, allowing two runs on three hits over four innings. One of the runs was unearned, however. He struck out four and walked one.
Armando Rivero pitched the top of the ninth and took the loss. He gave up two unearned runs after an error by right fielder Mark Zagunis. Rivero allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two.
Left fielder Matt Murton went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI. DH Dan Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with a triple (!) and a walk. He scored one run.
First baseman Tim Federowicz went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored one run and drove one in. Catcher Cael Brockmeyer went 2 for 4.
Rained out. Doubleheader tomorrow.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans swept a doubleheader from the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox), 8-3 and 5-3.
Jonathan Martinez got the seven-inning complete game win in game one. He allowed the three runs on six hits. Martinez struck out three and walked three.
Third baseman Jason Vosler had a pair of doubles and a walk in a 2 for 3 game one. The two doubles drove in three runs between them.
Left fielder Charcer Burks was 2 for 4 with an RBI. He scored twice. Center fielder Rashad Crawford went 2 for 4 with a double. He scored once and had one RBI.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs baked the Ft. Wayne TinCaps (Padres), 12-2.
Preston Morrison had no troubles with the TinCaps lineup, picking up his ninth win of the season. Morrison threw seven scoreless innings, surrendering a mere three hits. Morrison struck out nine and walked only one.
Eight of the nine Cubs had at least two hits tonight. (Bad Donnie Dewees with only one!)
Second baseman Carlos Sepulveda went 2 for 6 with an RBI. Catcher P.J. Higgins was 2 for 6 with a double and one run scored.
Third baseman Jesse Hodges hit a pair of triples in a 2 for 5 game. Hodges scored twice and had three RBI. First baseman Josh Silver went 2 for 5 with one run scored.
Right fielder Eloy Jimenez was 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He had one run batted in and scored once. DH Eddy Martinez went 2 for 4 with a triple and a walk. He scored once.
Shortstop Bryant Flete went 3 for 5 with a triple and a stolen base. He scored twice and had two RBI. Center fielder Roberto Caro was 3 for 5 with a steal. Caro also scored two runs and had two runs batted in.
The Eugene Emeralds were drenched by the Everett AquaSox (Mariners), 12-1.
Bryan Hudson took the loss. He allowed four runs on four hits over three innings. He walked two and struck out one.
The bullpen wasn't any better.
Chris Pieters went 2 for 4.