I’m not a big fan of getting all worked up over losses, so instead I’ll just present some small notes I thought about during the game and we’ll enjoy a day off.
Coming into the game, Shawn Chacon had made nine straight starts without a decision. That’s a major league record. At the beginning of the game, I had the thought that we’d get him one. I hadn’t anticipated that it would be the type of decision he got.
Hoffpauir’s name always makes me think of Harry Potter. I believe one of the houses in the series was something like Hufflepuff. I’m not sure why, but it just reminds me of that series.
Lance Berkman got a ridiculous jump in the 5th. Seriously, can we not try to hold runners on a little bit? Geo looked frustrated each time he didn’t have a chance to throw someone out. He shouldn’t be penalized for those.
What does this start mean for Gallagher’s future in the rotation? I think he’s going to get another shot, mainly because of the fact that Hill is injured and Marshall and Hart are still stretching their arms out. If that wasn’t the case, I believe Gallagher goes back down to Iowa.
Bob Howry seems to be starting to get into his zone, and it couldn’t happen at a better time. We can really use him to take some of the pressure off of Carlos Marmol. At the same time, Michael Wuertz is not good. I wish I knew what the problem is for him.
How late is too late to ring someone’s doorbell? As I was watching the game, around 9:50pm, the doorbell rang and it was some punk high school kid trying to sell crap. My wife and I fussed him out and closed the door in his face. Was that too harsh? I thought it was just too late to be ringing my doorbell, especially with a sleeping toddler.
Sevierville, TN – The Tennessee Smokies woes continued on Wednesday night at Smokies Park as they dropped their second game in a row to the visiting Mississippi Braves by the score of 2-1. The loss dropped the Smokies to 16-31 on the season, and wasted a fantastic pitching display by starter Donnie Veal (2-4).
Mississippi sent Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Rafael Soriano to the mound on a rehab start this evening. Soriano threw one complete inning, allowing one hit with no runs, one walk and one strikeout. He is due to pitch another rehab start on Friday night at Smokies Park.
After Soriano left, the game turned into a pitchers duel between Veal and Braves scheduled starter James Parr (3-3). Veal and Parr kept both offenses scoreless over the next four innings, and then both ran into trouble in the sixth. Veal allowed two runs to score in the top of the sixth off a Jason Perry RBI double and a run scoring sacrifice fly off the bat of Javier Guzman. With the score 2-0 Braves, the Smokies plated a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Matt Camp, who was 3-4 on the night, led off the inning with a single and later scored on an RBI single by Doug Deeds.
With the score 2-1 in favor of Mississippi in the bottom of the eighth, the Smokies were seemingly poised to take the lead. Camp had a one-out single to center field, followed by a Sam Fuld single to left. Tyler Colvin then walked, which brought Matt Craig to the plate to face Braves closer Luis Valdez. Craig blooped a weak fly ball to right field that looked to be in for a hit, but Braves right fielder Perry made an outstanding diving catch to rob Craig of a potential game changing hit. Fuld mistakenly overran Camp at third base on the play, which resulted in the third out of the inning.
The Smokies again mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth that fell just short. With Deeds on second with one out, Kyle Reynolds fouled out on an outstanding catch in the dugout by third baseman Van Pope. Jake Fox then came up to pinch hit, but his drive to deep left center was caught at the warning track to end the game and give Valdez his seventh save of the season.
The series against the Mississippi Braves continues on Thursday night with a 7:15 pm start time at Smokies Park. The Smokies will send right-hander Mark Holliman (0-1, 8.53) to the mound to face off against Mississippi right-hander Todd Redmond (3-1, 3.67).
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Sevierville, Tennessee — The Tennessee Smokies Professional Baseball Club, the Class AA Southern League Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, have added LHP Darin Downs and RHP Dumas Garcia to the active roster. In a related roster move, RHP Jesse Estrada and RHP Rocky Roquet have been sent to join the Class A Daytona Cubs.
Downs joins the Smokies for the first time after spending the entire 2007 and current season in Daytona. The 23-year old native of Boynton Beach, FL posted a 2-0 record with Daytona this season, with a 2.89 ERA over 28 innings pitched. Downs was selected by the Cubs in the 5th round of the 2003 draft, and is in his sixth season of professional baseball.
Garcia also is joining the Smokies for his first stint at the Double-A level. He was signed by the Cubs this off-season as a minor-league free agent in September of 2007. Garcia, a 24-year old resident of Tulia, Columbia, played for South Georgia of the Independent League during the 2007 season, posting a 7-4 record with a 3.44 ERA.
Sean Gallagher picked up his first big league win and decision in his second start, beating Pittsburgh, 7-4. The right-hander, who is the fifth youngest to start for the Cubs in the last 10 years, gave up one run on four hits and three walks over six innings. He benefited by the Cubs opening a 6-0 lead after two innings. He threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of the 24 batters he faced, which is a good ratio.
Shawn Chacon set the Major League record for most consecutive starts without a decision to start the season with his ninth in his last outing, but he needed help from the offense to get it. In his worst start of the season Chacon was raked for eight runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings against the Rangers. The right-hander said he didn’t have good command of any of his pitches and that lack of control cost him dearly as he allowed a pair of homers to Josh Hamilton.
His mid-90’s heat mixed with a slider and change-up help him be particularly tough on right-handed hitters. Shows some pretty good poise with runners on.
Has to watch his tendency to leave the ball up in the zone because he gets hammered when the ball hangs. Can get very wild and lose his focus.
Ryan Dempster struck out a career-high 12 batters in his last outing against the Padres, and nearly posted a complete-game shutout. It’s the first time he’s pitched in the ninth inning since his days as a closer at the end of last season. The right-hander gave up six hits over 8 1/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. The Cubs now are 7-2 when Dempster starts.
Chris Sampson struggled in his last outing against the Giants on May 15, yielding seven runs — five earned — on 10 hits over six innings. It was a step back from his previous start, when he induced nine ground-ball outs over seven shutout frames against the Dodgers. Sampson faced the Cubs in his first start of the season on April 4 at Wrigley Field, taking a no-decision after allowing two runs over six frames.
The former shortstop shows tremendous command over a deep arsenal that includes a sinker, slider, splitter, curveball and change-up.
Given his relatively mediocre fastball, he needs to maintain that command throughout the game or else he gets hit hard.
A back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever.
1-0, 3.46 in last 13IP
All Scouting Info taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca
News & Notes
Blake Lalli hit 2 extra-base hits
Jake Fox hit 2 extra-base hits
Andres Torres hit 2 extra-base hits
Kevin Hart struck out 6 batters and only allowed 2 earned runs over 5.0 innings pitched yesterday
Matt Murton was 2-for-3 with a home run
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(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Omaha (5-4)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Montgomery (5-11)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Clearwater (3-4)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost to Quad Cities (0-6)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
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