What Happened Yesterday
- I wasn’t able to see this one due to MLB blackout rules, which is completely retarded considering I paid for MLB Extra Innings. It just seems illogical that MLB wouldn’t make every game available to be seen when someone has agreed to pay for it. Show me the Fox feed on Extra Innings for cryin’ out loud. Absolutely ridiculous.
- Someone explain to me why we decided to designate Luis Vizcaino for assignment in favor of a kid like David Patton who was left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft for a reason. I know Vizcaino isn’t the difference between a bad bullpen and a good pen, but he hadn’t allowed a run in his limited role. Why get rid of him?
- I’m done with Derrek Lee. Say all you want about sample size and all the other garbage, but I’m done. There is a time to realize when a veteran has lost something on his game and that time is now. Is Micah Hoffpauir the answer? I don’t know, but he’s put his time in and deserves a shot to play more at 1B. If Lee wants to play, step up at the plate and produce. I’m in no way abandoning ship on this team. It’s just a tough stretch, but I’m also not going to keep my mouth shut in calling out guys that need to produce, especially when those guys hit in the 4th spot in the order.
- Jake Fox is ridiculous. He hit his 9th homerun of the season and reached base three more times in four plate appearances at 1B. I don’t know what you need to do to get his bat in the lineup right now, especially for a big league team that has injury issues and can’t seem to score, but you have to find a way. If you’re going to have freakin’ Carlos Zambrano and Koyie Hill taking grounders at third base before Saturday’s game just in case it comes to that, you mean to tell me Jake Fox couldn’t get his hacks in and hold his own over there? Come on.
- Jose Ascanio got another start and continues to stretch himself out after pitching exclusively out of the bullpen last year. He went four innings and tossed 68 pitches, 49 of which were strikes. He lowered his ERA to 0.54 in 16+ innings of work and wouldn’t be a bad addition to this big league pen if we decide to get bold and offer David Patton back to Colorado.
- Bobby Scales went 1-for-4 and appears to be the leading call up candidate if Milton Bradley is placed on the DL with Ramirez hurting. I think that’s the wrong move, but what do I know?
- Another game and another great performance by Tony Thomas out of the leadoff spot. A 2-for-4 night with a double and single at the plate. I wouldn’t rush him at this point, but if Fontenot and Miles continue to struggle, you have to begin asking the question of whether Thomas is ML ready.
- Casey Lambert got the start for the Smokies and picked up his first win of the season. In six scoreless innings he allowed only three hits striking out two and zero walks, while also gathering his first career hit.
- Tennessee’s victory moves them to 8-7, tied for first place with Huntsville.
- Marquez Smith hit a two run homerun over the scoreboard in the 6th inning.
- Newly promoted right handed pitcher Andrew Cashner (last year’s first round pick) will make his return to Daytona, where the 2008 first round draft pick finished last season.
- David Cales worked a scoreless ninth to earn his, and the Cubs, first save of 2009.
- Kyler Burke was 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and a walk scored in the Chiefs win. Batting in the clean up spot for the first time this season, he gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the first and then added an insurance run with an RBI single in the fifth.
- Rebel Ridling now has a five game hit streak and leads the league with seven doubles.
- The Chiefs are now 3-0 in the first game in a series at home
- It is the second time this season the Chiefs registered two out field assists in the same game
Minor League Roster Moves
Marcos Mateo promoted to Tennessee
Andrew Cashner The Message dvdrip to Daytona from Extended Spring Training
Dan McDaniel placed on 7-Day DL retroactive to 4/23/09
promoted to Daytona from Peoria
- Jayson Ruhlman was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa
- Justin Bristow added to Peoria
Organizational Depth Chart – CF