What Happened Yesterday

St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3

  • Alfonso Soriano mentioned at the beginning of  the season that whatever spot he was placed in the lineup, he wanted to stay there all season. Lou put him in the lineup in the leadoff spot and then moved him yesterday to the third spot. I don’t know how it made him feel, but I would imagine it’s not his ideal idea. Unfortunately, it didn’t work last night as Ryan Theriot went 0-for-5. All that being said, I decided on what my ideal lineup would be, but I want to post it during the week so I have some time to expand on it. I’ll give you a hint, though, it doesn’t involve Theriot in the one spot.
  • At what point do we begin to worry about the second-base position with Mike Fontenot struggling at the plate. Aaron Miles needs to get in the lineup a little more to take some pressure off Fontenot, who is struggling big time at the plate. I know a lot of people feel like Miles is better suited for AA, but right now he’s the only other option we’ve got on the roster so we need to see what he can bring to the game.
  • Another game and another run given up by this bullpen. If it doesn’t get better soon, this bullpen will be the death of us.

Iowa 7, Albuquerque 5

  • Jason Dubois hit a walk-off three run HR to win the game in regulation for the Cubs.
  • I continue to campaign wildly for the promotion of Jake Fox to this roster. With Aramis Ramirez leaving the game with a strain and Milton Bradley possibly going on the DL, what better time than to call up Fox to be available at a bunch of positions (OF, 1B, C, 3B in a pinch) off the bench. The kid is killing the ball and continued to do so yesterday with a 3-for-4 day that featured his 8th HR to tie the game early and a single that started the winning rally late. CALL HIM UP!!!
  • On the pitching end, Mitch Atkins got the start and went six innings. He was average as the starter, which allowed Chad Fox to sew his arm on in the bullpen and come in to get a win.

West Tenn 9, Tennessee 2

  • The Diamond Jaxx score runs in six of eight innings to blast the Smokies
  • I was looking forward to see how Jay Jackson fared, as he’s struggled early this season, but his issues continued. He managed 4.1 IP with 6 ER on 2 HR. Hopefully his struggles get cleared up because I’ve got some decent hopes for this kid.
  • Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg was ejected arguing with home plate umpire Tripp Gipson in the bottom of the third. Sandberg visited the mound after two walks sandwiched in between a base hit loaded the bags with no outs. Gibson head to break up the conference when he and Sandberg got into a heated discussion.

Daytona 1, Lakeland 5

  • Rafael Dolis struck out three, walked none and allowed just one hit in four innings of work before the righty lost command of his fastball and was out after five. The end result was 5 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 5 K, 0 BB, 2 HBP
  • No one in the lineup was able to manufacture any success at the plate except the leadoff man, Marwin Gonzalez and 9th hitter Starlin Castro The Brothers Solomon full who both had a pair of hits in the loss.

Wisconsin 5, Peoria 3

  • The Chiefs have not played a game that was decided by more than three runs all season, and Peoria  has lost 12 different leads on this seven-game road trip.
  • Michael Brenly put up a 0-for-5 night with two K’s as his father sat in the stands of Miller Park. Poor kid, I wonder if he was nervous.
  • Ryan Flaherty was the player of the game for the Chiefs with a 2-for-3 night at the plate with two doubles and two walks.

Organizational Depth Chart – LF

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail