Phil Dumatrait – In his third start since joining the rotation, Dumatrait looked the strongest as he has all season. He extended himself out to 88 pitches and did it without tiring, which was a problem in his previous start. Using a newly invented changeup to complement his other pitches, Dumatrait limited the St. Louis damage to just a three-run homer in six innings of work. He continues to pitch with a confidence and poise that was not there a year ago.
- Is a typical crafty lefty, with pretty good command of his pitches and an understanding of how to pitch in tight spots.
- May not have enough of an arsenal to pitch every five days at the big-league level. Must always be pinpoint with his control.
- A back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.
Jason Marquis had one bad inning in his last start against the Padres. The right-hander gave up four runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings in the loss, his third in a row. He blew a 3-0 lead, and among the hits he served up was a three-run homer to Khalil Greene. Marquis has been stronger in the first half than the second, so his struggles are tough to understand. He needs to get back on track.
News & Notes
- Josh Donaldson (A Peoria) was 2-for-5 with a double
- Sean Marshall (AAA Iowa) did not allow a run in 5 innings pitched
- Eric Patterson (AAA Iowa) was 3-for-5 with a double
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Round Rock (1-7)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Montgomery (1-2)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. St. Lucie (8-4 in 10 inn.)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost to Beloit (8-9)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.