Chicago 8, Florida 6

  • Ryan Theriot is my hero. That was the title of a tweet I posted on Twitter shortly after he hit his grand slam to put the Cubs ahead for good. Theriot takes a lot of flack on this site from some that is not warranted and gets a lot more praise from others that isn’t quite deserved. Ultimately what we have in Theriot is a guy that plays the game hard and gives you an average ML position player that fills a role on this team. Is he replaceable? Sure, but not so easily that you can just grab someone off the waiver wire. Let’s start viewing him as valuable, but not irreplaceable.
  • What the heck happened to Rich Harden in the 4th? It was as if someone flipped a switch and all of a sudden he was pitching with a blindfold on. He couldn’t find the plate to save his life. I’ve never seen that type of wildness from him and I hope I never see it again. It made me very uncomfortable.
  • The bullpen, for the most part, did a pretty decent job. There were some worrisome moments (i.e. Samardzija throwing a wild pitch in the bullpen before coming in, Neal Cotts walking the first hitter faced, etc) but on the whole the pen looked OK. It may be a work in progress, but I’m not feeling good just yet about it. I still think changes need to be made for this pen to come together and be a unit that can help us win games.
  • Three guys struggling at the plate, Lee, Soto, and Fontenot, all had two hits in the game, which was really nice to see. If a couple of guys that are struggling get hot, it would go a long way toward making us feel a little better about our chances of winning each day.

Iowa 1, Memphis 5 (Box Score)

  • Jake Fox update: Still in Iowa =(
  • Leftfielder, Jason Dubois

    picked up a couple of singles which raised his average to the magical .400 number.

  • Jose Ascanio made another start, this time going five innings, which is his longest of the year. He’s converting to the rotation after pitching in the pen last year. He picked up the loss, but pitched acceptable on the whole. 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K, BB
  • Chad Fox pitched an inning, but gave up an unearned run which allowed Jon Jay to score on Fox’s throwing error. I still think that should be an earned run, but I know I’m in the minority. He’s got an ERA of 1.74 now in Iowa and has me thinking that maybe he might not be a bad idea in the Majors. What could it hurt?

Daytona 3, Clearwater 5 (Box Score)

  • Andrew Cashner, who reminds me a lot of Ascanio in the sense that his future role is in the pen but he’s pitching out of the rotation, got the start and went 3.1 innings of work. He was on a pitch count, which is the reason for the short outings the last two starts.
  • Newcomer Jake Opitz, who was promoted to Daytona after Marquez Smith was promoted to Tennessee, made his High-A debut at 2B and picked up a pair of singles in a 2-for-4 day. He spend the bulk of his time last year with Peoria last year and was terrible. In 140 plate appearances he put up a line of .142 / .207 / .189. That’s pitcher numbers.

Peoria 0, Burlington 1 (Box Score)

  • The loss ended a six game win streak for the Chiefs
  • Josh Vitters went 2-for-4 with a double
  • Marcus Hatley was strong Friday night through five innings but still took the loss. He didn’t allow a hit until the fourth and gave up just three this and one run on the night while striking out two.
  • Josh Harrison has a Chiefs season-high 10 game hit streak in which he is 15-for-34 with nine RBI

Roster Moves

  • Marquez Smith promoted to Tennessee from Daytona
  • Matt Camp promoted from Tennessee to Iowa
  • Jake Opitz called up to Daytona from Arizona
  • Tony Campana promoted to Daytona from Peoria
  • Drew Rundle demoted to Peoria from Daytona



Prospect Poll Results for May

The prospect poll is a collaborative effort by Another Cubs Blog, Bleed Cubbie Blue, Chicago Cubs Online, Cubs f/x, View from the Bleachers, Cubscast, and The Cub Reporter, and is tabulated by our friends at Bleacher Nation. Here are the results for the May poll, with previous poll rank in parenthesis.

1. Josh Vitters, 3B, A (1)
2. Jeff Samardzija, SP, AAA/MLB (2)
3. Ryan Flaherty, SS, A (5)

Beyond the Sea release

4. Andrew Cashner, SP/RP, High A (3)
5. Welington Castillo, C, AA (4)
6. Tyler Colvin, OF, High A – temporary (9)
7. Hak Ju-Lee, SS, AZ Instructional, (7)
8. Jake Fox, 1B, AAA (NR)
9. Jay Jackson, SP, AA (6)
10. Tony Thomas, 2B, AA (NR)
11. Starlin Castro, SS, High A (12)
12. Jose Ascanio, RP, AAA (NR)
13. Micah Hoffpauir, 1B, AAA/MLB (8)
14. Dae-Eun Rhee, SP, Extended ST (10)
15. Esmailin Caridad, SP, AAA (13)

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