Chi Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 1

  • I went to bed after the 2nd rain delay and I’m glad I did. I didn’t think they would wait too long to make a decision with today being a day game. We got on top early and reaped the benefits. Sometimes I wonder if the umps take the score into account when making the call to end a game due to rain. For example, would they have been more patient if Pittsburgh had bases loaded and down one run?
  • Micah Hoffpauir looked good at the plate. He hit a long double to drive in a run and went the other way for a single to drive in the 2nd run. There is little I enjoy more than seeing a guy go the other way with a runner in scoring position. Good game for Hoff. Let’s see him in there again today.
  • Mike Fontenot grabbed two hits, including a double down the right field line. We really need his bat to be the kind of bat we expected when he was given the starting job. Imagine how much better this lineup would be if he’s producing.
  • Milton Bradley worked a couple walks, which I’m OK with. Sometimes walks are the sign that the hitter is seeing the ball well and is coming out of a funk.
  • Kudos to Sean Marshall for a complete game, though it makes me laugh when he’s given credit for that with only five innings of work. He was really good on the mound, except for a few minor hiccups, great in the field, and helpful at the plate as well. He’s a favorite of mine, and I really want to see him stay in the rotation despite the lefty need in the pen.

GM 1: Tennessee 8, Huntsville 6
GM 2: Tennessee 1, Huntsville 7

  • For some reason, Blake Lalli got into the game in relief again. He pitched 0.1 innings and got the out to end the inning.
  • Marquez Smith was named today by the Southern League as the Southern League “Hitter of the Week,” for the week of May 18-24. The award is the first one given to a Smokies player this year. Smith led the Southern League last week with nine runs scored. He started off the week in Chattanooga combining for six hits, five runs, two home runs and four RBIs. He would add another home run and two RBIs in games later in the week against the Birmingham Barons. During the week he had three multi-hit games and three games where he scored multiple runs. The Ocala, Fla. native was promoted to the Smokies in April 30 following a 15-game stint to start the season with High-A Daytona. Through May 25, Smith is hitting .294 (25-85) for Tennessee with three home runs and nine RBIs. His eight doubles are tied for third on the team. Since May 9, Smith is hitting at a .344 clip.

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 2

  • Tony Campana went 3-for-5 with a double out of the leadoff spot.
  • Andrew Cashner had one of his best outings of the young season, extending to 5 IP, allowing 3 H and 1 ER with 5 K and 0 BB. (10 GB / 2 FB) “Cashner’s previous high for innings pitched this year was 3.1 and he had not had a performance without a walk all year. He lowered his ERA to 2.41 and he has struck out 19 while walking 8 in 18.2 innings of work. He has held hitters to a .225 AVG and has not yet given up a HR. The walks are really the only problem with his game at this point. He is keeping his ERA down by not giving up many hits and if you are going to walk people you better not also get hit hard. This was an encouraging outing to say the least for Cashner and hopefully he can continue to build on this. Maybe the almost week-long lay-off for Daytona allowed him to work on his mechanics and find a flaw in his delivery to caused him to be so wild. Either way it is a great sign; his control is the only thing that is holding him back from moving through the system quickly.” ~ Young Cubs World

Peoria 3, Clinton 9

  • The Chiefs were within one at 4-3 through five innings but Clinton busted it wide open with a five-run sixth.
  • Starter Chris Carpenter threw one inning spotless inning but was pulled after a 49 minute rain delay.
  • Josh Vitters

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    went 2-for-4 on the night, hitting his eleventh home run of the season. In total he scored two runs and walked. Vitters home run was his fourth in the first inning this season and second in a row. Vitters now has ten home runs in the month of May. He was announced as the MWL player of the week.

  • Wednesday is another Wacky Wednesday at O’Brien Field when all fans can enjoy free hot dogs and peanuts through the seventh inning. There will also be a salute to competitive eating with numerous eating contests throughout the game.

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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