All-expense paid trip for four to the All-Star Game and State Farm Home Run Derby
First class hotel accommodations in New York
Tickets to a Broadway show
$1,000 MasterCard gift card
The grand prize winner will also get the chance to pick a spot to which two of the Home Run Derby players must compete to try to hit a ball. If the first player hits the ball to the called spot, the promotion ends. If either player succeeds, the fan receives a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid vehicle and a 2009 season-ticket package for any team.
Sean Gallagher – walked three in his last start, against the Dodgers, and two of them scored. He knows better. The youngster has impressed manager Lou Piniella and the Cubs with his poise and his performance, and he continues to learn. He got into a jam in the fourth against Los Angeles, but struck out four of the last five batters he faced in the game. Gallagher struck out six, and has fanned 14 in his past two starts.
A.J. Burnett – Facing Baltimore in his last outing, Burnett suffered his worst start of the year. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed a season-high eight runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. At home this season, Burnett has struggled mightily, posting an ERA of 9.00 over 27 innings.
- Has three main pitches that he throws quite effectively: A mid-90’s fastball, change-up and a dizzying curve. Strikes out a ton of batters.
- Command has been an issue at times. His biggest flaw is a tendency to lose concentration. He’s also injury-riddled, which hinders his value.
- A solid No. 2 starter when healthy.
- 0-1, 7.30 in last 12.1 IP
News & Notes
Julio Castillo pitched 5.0 scoreless innings
Yusuf Carter hit 2 extra-base hits
Felix Pie was 3-for-4
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Memphis (2-3)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Mississippi (1-5)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. Dunedin (6-2)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – No Game
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
(RK) – Dominican Summer League Cubs – Lost vs. Twins (1-4)
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.