First Star - Dewayne Wise (.221)

Second Star – Aramis Ramirez (.189)

Third Star – Eric Patterson (.186)

Turd of the Game – Jose Contreras (-.650)

 


Correct me if I’m wrong on this and you don’t agree, but I think it’s time we embrace Jim Edmonds. He’s hitting remarkably better than he was with San Diego and has come up with the left handed power in the lineup that we needed. It’s nice to have Daryle Ward’s bat off the bench from the left side, but to have him and Edmonds with the ability to take a ball out of the park on a regular basis is even better. The best part about it is that we’re paying next to nothing for him because San Diego picked up his entire contract when they released him. It’s been tough for me to learn to like this guy because of his history as a Cardinal, but I think it’s time we relax and embrace Jim Edmonds as a vital part of this team down the stretch, that is unless your name is Felix Pie, who is probably pissed that Edmonds is doing so well.

  • Eric Patterson had a great game in the # 2 hole and if it were up to me, should get another start out there today. He did drop a ball near the bullpen mound early in the game, but it was a tough play to make. I was glad he didn’t get charged with an error on it.
  • Is anyone out there beginning to worry about Carlos Marmol? He’s not looking good of late at all. Another wild outing yesterday with three walks.
  • If I told you at the beginning of the year that Kerry Wood would have a shot at saving 40+ games, would you have believed me?
  • Another nice game by Derrek Lee. Hopefully this is a sign that he’s breaking out of his slump because he’s the catalyst for this offense in the middle of the order.
  • Jason Marquis had some positives and negatives to his outing yesterday. On one hand, he gave up five runs, but at the same time he went seven innings, which has been a problem of his. My biggest complaint about Marquis in the early going has been the lack of ability to work deep into the game, which taxes the bullpen. If he can get into the 6th and 7th consistently, even if he doesn’t win very much, it will go a long way toward contributing to our overall success.

 

The Tennessee Smokies jumped out to an early lead on the visiting Mobile BayBears and never looked back in a convincing 8-1 win in front of 5,051 fans at Smokies Park. The win vaulted the Smokies to 3-2 for the second half of the season, as Mitch Atkins (6-6) had his most solid outing of the season.

The Smokies offense got going early tonight, scoring three runs in the first and second innings to chase BayBears starter Cody Evans (2-4). Evans walked the first two batters he faced in the game in Sam Fuld and Matt Camp, and still nearly escaped the inning unscathed. With two out, Kyle Reynolds laced a single to right field to score Fuld, and the Smokies took the early lead. Tennessee was then aided by a fielding error by Mobile shortstop Yunesky Sanchez, which scored two runs and gave the Smokies a 3-0 lead.

Tennessee tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second. With one out, Fuld cracked a double down the right field line and then stole third base to move into scoring position with one out. After Tyler Colvin walked, Jake Fox continued his torrid hitting this homestand with a three-run home run to put the Smokies up 6-0. Fox has hit at least one RBI in the last six games in which he has appeared, and was 3-5 on the night with three RBI. Catcher Welington Castillo continued the hit parade for the Smokies with a solo home run of his own in the third to give Tennessee a 7-0 advantage.

Atkins pitched a solid game tonight, scattering six hits over seven innings and striking out four Mobile batters in earning his sixth win of the season. Ed Campusano came on for Atkins in relief for his first appearance at Smokies Park since April. Although he struggled at times, Campusano got through two innings allowing the lone run of the game for the BayBears.


 

Lately, when the Daytona Cubs win a ball game they’ve blown out their opponent or slid by in a crazy ending. Saturday night’s game was the latter as Steve Clevenger’s pickle allowed Jim Adduci to score the go-ahead run in the eighth. Daytona would not lose that lead in the ninth as they snuck past the Brevard County Manatees 4-3.

In the bottom of the first a costly error came back to punish the Manatees. With one out, Jim Adduci hit a ground ball to Stephen Chapman at first who booted the baseball. Cubs RBI leader Ty Wright capitalized by knocking Adduci in on a double to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead.

The Manatees responded quickly in the second. With two out and a man on first base Stephen Chapman drove the ball deep into centerfield over Adduci’s head. Chapman ended up on third with an RBI triple to tie the Cubs at 1-1.

Yusuf Carter led off the bottom of the second with a double off the leftfield wall and stole third to put the go-ahead run just 90 feet away. Unfortunately, two batters later, Carter remained on third base with Darwin Barney at the plate. Barney lined a single into the outfield to take advantage of the lead off hit and put Daytona up 2-1.

Brevard County evened the score in the fifth thanks to a lead off infield single by Chapman. After a groundout and a fly out moved Chapman to third, Darren Ford tied the game on an RBI double. Daytona and Brevard County were tied at 2-2 after four and a half innings.

Two innings later the Cubs fell behind for the first time in the game. Yohannis Perez singled off of new Cubs reliever Dustin Sasser and, two batters later, scored on a single by Ford. Brevard County took a 3-2 lead to the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the eighth Adduci led off the frame with an infield single. A single by Wright put the tying run 90 feet away and the go-ahead run on first. With one out Steve Clevenger came in to pinch hit and nubbed the second infield single of the inning to tie the game and move Wright to second. Next, Carter grounded out, but Clevenger got himself caught in a pickle between first and second base. He avoided Manatee defenders just long enough to allow Wright to score from second. That pushed the Cubs ahead once again 4-3.

Matt Avery worked a perfect ninth to earn the win as the Cubs won 4-3 and moved above .500 in the first half.


The Peoria Chiefs dropped an 11-5 decision to the visiting Beloit Snappers on Saturday night at O’Brien Field. The loss is the third straight by the Chiefs to begin the second half and drops their overall record to 30-41 on the season.

Beloit got on the board in the first inning against Chiefs starter Kevin Kreier. After a strike out by Estarlin De Los Santos to start the ball game, Chris Cates dropped a base hit down the right field line. Deibinson Romero singled back up the middle to put runners at the corners with one out. Chris Parmelee picked up the third straight hit off Kreier with a single into center to score Cates and put the Snappers in front 1-0. Ozzie Lewis hit a potential double play ball to Nate Samson at short; however, a bad hop allowed Lewis to reach and Romero to score to make it 2-0 Beloit. The Snappers added to their lead with some help from the Chiefs defense. Mario Mercedes tried to throw behind Lewis at first base, but his throw went into right field allowing Parmelee to score, making it a 3-0 Snappers lead.

The Snappers got to Kreier again in the second inning after the number nine hitter Mark Dolenc doubled over the head of Jonathan Wyatt in center to start the frame. A sacrifice bunt by De Los Santos moved him to third, and a ground out by Cates scored Dolenc to extend the lead to 4-0.

Beloit struck again in the fourth inning against Kreier. Allan de San Miguel started the inning by drawing a walk, and Greg Yersich followed with a base hit to left. A sacrifice bunt by Dolenc moved runners to second and third with one out. De Los Santos delivered a line drive single into right to score de San Miguel and push the lead to 5-0.

Peoria finally broke through against Snappers starter Santo Arias in the fourth inning. Nate Samson singled to start the inning but was thrown out trying to steal second base. Brandon Guyer followed with a single of his own into left field. After a fly out by Jovan Rosa, Luis Bautista homered for the second straight game into the berm in left-center field to cut the Chiefs deficit to 5-2.

Zach Ashwood relieved Kreier in the fifth inning but could not keep Beloit off the scoreboard. Chris Parmelee led the inning off with a solo blast to Pepsi Picnic Plaza in right field to push Beloit in front 6-2. The home run allowed by Ashwood gives him the MWL lead with 11 home runs allowed.

The Snappers added another run in the sixth, continuing to push ahead of the Chiefs. Dolenc led off with a double to center off Ashwood before stealing third. A sacrifice hit from Cates brought Dolenc home to put the Snappers up 7-2.

The Chiefs came back to within two runs of Beloit in the sixth. With one down, Bautista was walked by Arias, and Cliff Andersen doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Mario Mercedes flew out to put two down before Dylan Johnston came to the plate and hit a three-run homer, his ninth of the season, to put the Chiefs at a 7-5 deficit.

Peoria didn’t stay close for long as Beloit answered back in the seventh with two more runs. Lewis led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline from Benson. After a wild pitch moved Lewis to third, he came into score on a passed ball to make it 8-5. A throwing error by Jovan Rosa allowed Yersich to reach base and de San Miguel to come into score from third to push the lead to 9-5.

Chris Siegfried came in to relieve Steve Vento in the eighth inning and gave up a leadoff base hit to Romero. Parmelee followed with a double to score Romero to make it a 10-5 Snappers lead. Lewis added a RBI base hit to score Parmelee to increase the Beloit lead to 11-5. Siegfried got Benson to ground into a double play and de San Miguel to ground out to end the inning without allowing another run.

Kreier gave up five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits while striking out four and walking two. Ashwood allowed three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work on three hits while striking out two and walking one. Vento worked an inning and allowed an unearned run on one hit while walking one and striking out one. Siegfried tossed two innings out of the bullpen and allowed two runs on three hits.

Player of the Game – Luis Bautista (1B) – Bautista hit his second homer in as many nights in the fourth inning. Bautista reached base all four times as he finished the night 2-for-2 with the homer a single and two walks and two runs scored.

Notes… The Chiefs turned their league-leading 76th double play of the season…Lara collected the first pinch hit for the Chiefs this season…The three-game losing streak is the first for the Chiefs since June 2-4 in Wisconsin…Johnston’s homer was his second home run at home this season out of the nine he has hit…Johnston also has nine multiple RBI games on the season which is second to Marquez Smith who has 11…The 10 runs allowed was the first time the Chiefs gave up ten runs in a game May 11th against Clinton…The 15 hits was the most allowed by the Chiefs since May 17 when they gave up 18 hits to the Snappers…The Chiefs have committed nine errors in the first three games of the series…Beloit had four sacrifice bunts on the night…The Chiefs had two passed balls in a game for the first time this season…Peoria is now 19-6 when scoring five runs or more…Kreier began the night with a streak of 10 1/3 scoreless innings as a starter before giving up a run in the first…The Chiefs and Snappers conclude the four-game set on Sunday afternoon at 2:00…Sunday is Taco Bell Fun Day at O’Brien Field…Fans can get a voucher at participating Taco Bells and then redeem it at the O’Brien Field Box Office that is good for four club box seats, $20 in concessions, a disposable camera and a picture frame all for $48…Sunday is also “Bark in the Park” as fans are invited to bring their dogs to the game for a special ticket price of $2…Dogs must remain on either of the berms located on the first or third base side… Following the game kids 14 and under can run the bases and all fans can get autographs from Chiefs players on the concourse…Peoria will send RH Robert Hernandez (0-0, 5.79 ERA) to the mound against RH Steve Hirschfeld (5-1, 2.06 ERA) for the Snappers.

 

 


 

Four pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Angel Mercado’s sixth inning two-run single stood up, as the Eugene Emeralds topped the Boise Hawks, 2-0, before 3,179 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Jeudy Valdez led off the sixth with a single and moved to third on a Sawyer Carroll double. Mercado the laced a pitch just inside the third-base bag, picking up the game winner.
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Starter Tom Davis went shutout innings, but it was Anthony Bass who picked up the win, striking out three in two innings of relief. Nick Vincent worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

Boise heads to Everett to begin a five-game set with the AquaSox tomorrow night, with Jay Jackson getting the nod on the hill.

 


 

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Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Javier Vazquez struggled in his third consecutive outing Tuesday night, against the Pirates. He gave up five runs in six innings and struck out only three. But the performance was good enough to pick up the win, and manager Ozzie Guillen was pleased to see his ace get through six innings on a bad night. Vazquez has allowed 14 runs in his last three starts but is 2-1 in that stretch, having gotten plenty of help from his offense. Vazquez has started three games against the Cubs but has never factored in the decision. He owns a 4.95 ERA against the crosstown rivals but has struck out 23 against just two walks.

  • Has ace tools: a nice repertoire of dominant fastball, good curve and an outstanding change-up. Can dominate as a strikeout guy, doesn’t give up many walks, and is very durable.
  • Needs to be more of a battler and tactician. Gives up too many gopher-balls. Seems to lose focus too frequently.
  • Ace-level talent but mid-rotation production.
  • 1-1, 7.50 in last 12 IP
  • Pitch Usage – Fastball (56%), Slider (20%), Changeup (13%), Curveball (11%)

Ryan Dempster will be happy to be home. He did not get a decision in his last start against Tampa Bay and remains winless on the road. However, he’s 8-0 with a 3.13 ERA at Wrigley Field. Against the Rays, he gave up one run on six hits over five innings and had to be pulled when his pitch count got high. He did strike out six, but threw 107 pitches in the five innings.

 

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