What Happened Yesterday
I didn’t see much of this game, which is something you’ll learn when we’re on the road to the west. Living on the east coast and having a job to go to in the morning causes me to prioritize sleep or losing baseball. What I do know is Dan Haren is outstanding. Honestly, did you really expect to beat him last night based on the way he’s pitched this year and the lineup we trotted out there? When Reed Johnson is your cleanup hitter, odds are you’re not going to be winning that game.
- Staying true to the title, Jake Fox played out of his mind yet again last night with two more home runs, giving him 11 on the season in 18 games. Just to give you some prospective, that puts him on a 99 HR pace over the course of a 162 game season. I’m at a loss as to what more the guy needs to do to merit a call up. At some point, it becomes beyond ridiculous and enters into ridonkulous territory.
- For some reason, Sam Fuld is still the leadoff hitter for Iowa, despite the fact that he’s now hitting .233 after the 0-for-5 night. I’m not sure why he’s hitting in that spot, probably because he has a little speed and plays CF. After all, that’s the stereotype, right?
- Randy Wells picked up his third win on the season with a six inning quality start that was finished off three scoreless bullpen innings from the trio of Jeff Stevens, Jason ‘don’t call me Tom’ Waddell, and Greg Reinhard. For Waddell, it was a rebound outing after getting hit hard in his outing on Saturday.
- Tony Thomas picked up another two hits, including a double, and is hitting .349 on the season out of the leadoff spot. He’s definitely raised his stock with this start so far and I hope he continues to produce at this level to earn himself a promotion, whether to AAA or the big league team.
- One of the prospects we got in return for dealing Michael Wuertz to Oakland was Ritchie Robnett (Justin Sellers being the other one). He was a former top prospect who showed promise but never really developed. He’s playing the OF for the Smokies and doing poorly at the plate. With an 0-for-2 night at the plate, he’s now hitting .116 on the young season and things don’t look good.
- Oak Park, Illinois native Brian Schlitter, who was acquired in the deal for Scott Eyre with the Phillies, picked up the loss after surrendering two 9th inning runs.
- Robinson Chirinos led Cubs hitters with a three-hit night performance that left him a home run shy of the cycle. He also scored a run in the second.
- Ryan Searle got the start for the Cubs and went five innings, picking up his second win of the season. It’s his second straight start with a win.
- Nate Samson Marked for Death release , who isn’t off to the best start with the bat, played 2B and got on base three times with two hits and a walk out of the leadoff spot.
Peoria Chiefs – **** Rained Out ****
The scheduled Monday night game between the Peoria Chiefs and Cedar Rapids Kernels has been postponed due to rain and wet grounds at O’Brien Field. The rain throughout the afternoon plus the ominous forecast led to the postponement. As a result, there will be a doubleheader played at O’Brien Field Tuesday with first pitch of game one slated for 11:00 AM. Tuesday is D.A.R.E Day at the ballpark when thousands of 5th and 6th graders throughout the Peoria area will be in attendance. The Chiefs will start RH Chris Carpenter (0-1, 3.21) in game one and RH Chris Archer (0-0, 2.25) in game two while the Kernels will start LH Manuel Flores (1-1, 4.15) in game one and RH Manuarys Correa (1-1, 7.31) in game two.
Roster Move Titan A.E. hd
The Peoria Chiefs in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced that catcher Mario Mercedes has been added back to the Chiefs roster after being placed on the disabled list last week with a calf strain. As a corresponding roster move, outfielder Cliff Andersen has been placed on the disabled list due to a strained right hamstring suffered during Sunday’s 8-7 win.
Mercedes was signed as a free agent by the Cubs in 2003. So far this season Mercedes has started two games and averaged .333 with one RBI in six at bats. In his first start of the season with the Chiefs on April 11, he was 1-for-4. In his second game on April 14, Mercedes raised his average to .333 in two at bats with one hit and he drove in one run. He collected a pinch-hit single on April 15 and was lifted for a pinch-runner. Mercedes was placed on the DL the next day with a strained right calf.
Andersen, a ninth round pick in 2006 out of Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, strained his right hamstring on his way to first base Sunday afternoon. Andersen lined the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning into the left-center gap but pulled up at first base and was replaced by Tony Campana. In 11 games this season, Andersen is batting .296 with a double, one triple, three RBI and four runs scored. He heads to the DL in the midst of a five-game hit streak (6-for-12) that has improved his average from .133 to .296.
Thanks to the Peoria Chiefs media department for the information and media write up
Organizational Depth Chart – 1B & DH
John Sickels of Minorleagueball.com had the following to say in his prospect book about Micah Hoffpauir this year:
Micah Hoffpauir has been hanging around Des Moines since 2004, but his ’07 and ’08 monster seasons were just too much for the Cubs to ignore any longer. No, he is not going to hit .342/.400/.534 in the majors in the long run, but he could likely hit .270-.280 with 20-25 homers if you gave him 500 at-bats. His walk rate isn’t high, but his strikeout rates have been remarkably low for a power hitter the last couple of seasons in Triple-A, which could make him ideally-suited as a pinch-hitter. He has no speed and his defense at first base is merely average, but the bat should prove useful to someone if the Cubs can’t find a spot for him. Grade C due to age.