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We’re at the all star break and I feel OK with where we’re at after yesterday. Could we have taken 3 of 4 in the Cardinal series? Sure, we probably could have, but most people split double headers. Coming out of the box after the break, it’s important to get off to a hot start and really put some pressure on the other two teams to run with us. We’ve got an easy series out of the gate, of which I’ll be in attendance on Sunday. Let’s come out and sweep that Washington series and make a nice move to start. All that said, here are some things that have to happen in the second half.

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Keep in mind that we’re hanging in without their bats. When you look at Sori, he was hot as fire to start, but we’ve not benefited from his bat since. Milton’s been drawing walks like it’s the only thing he knows, but we really haven’t benefited from the power he has. If both of those guys can heat up, even if it’s just a little, this offense can be really good in the 2nd half. If it doesn’t happen then….

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It’s time to quit worrying about egos or salary obligations and start playing the hot hand. I don’t care if guys are making tons of money. The goal of the team is to win, regardless of who produces to do it. If we continue to see terrible slumps by some of these guys, it’s time to make drastic decisions to win. It’s time to reward the guys that are hitting with the playing time they deserve. Case in point, last night Sam Fuld had a better day in CF than Fukudome. Fuld needs to get the next start. You hit, you play. Case closed. Either way, we’re paying the same salaries. Might as well win with them instead of lose.

Let’s dare to be different

Why can’t Jake Fox be our backup catcher? Why can’t he play LF or 3B? He can. It’s time to buck conventional thinking and take chances. LaRussa takes chances to win and doesn’t care about what others think. It’s time to do the same. It’s not just about Fox, but about the team as a whole. Play the hot hands, even if it means taking some chances, especially defensively.

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Okla. City 7, Iowa 3

The Oklahoma City RedHawks beat the Iowa Cubs 7-1 Sunday afternoon at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Saturday. Guillermo Moscoso pitched six innings of five hit ball, allowing one run and stirking out six.

The RedHawks took an early advantage in the bottom of the first inning. Julio Borbon singled and reached second on a wild pitch by Cubs starter Casey Fossum. With one out, Borbon stole third and scored when Iowa catcher Steve Clevenger’s throw to the base flew errant into left field.

In the second, Oklahoma City added four runs on five hits. Greg Golson, Jose Vallejo, and Kevin Richardson each singled, with Golson scoring on Richardson’s base hit. Joaquin Arias hit a one out, three-run home run to the left field bleachers to extend the RedHawks lead to 5-0.

Moscoso retired the first seven batters he faced before allowing a one out single in the top of the third.

Oklahoma City plated two more runs in the home half of the third inning. Royce Huffman hit his second double of the game to leadoff the inning and Justin Smoak walked. Jose Vallejo tripled to left center and drove in both.

Iowa tallied a run off Moscoso in the sixth inning when John-Ford Griffin scored on a Matt Craig double. In the top of the ninth, the I-Cubs added a pair of runs against reliever Willie Eyre to close out the contest.

Moscoso (3-1) earned the win and lowered his Triple-A earned run average to 1.04, while Eyre followed the starter three innings of relief for his first save. Fossum (1-2) surrendered all seven RedHawk runs over two and a third on ten hits.

Chris Davis joined Borbon, Golson, Huffman, and Vallejo with multi-hit games, while Arias and Vallejo had multi-RBI games for Oklahoma City. Four different Cubs had two hit games to pace Iowa in the loss. The RedHawks won the final two games to claim a 3-2 series win and a 5-4 record during the nine game homestand.

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DAYTONA BEACH – The Daytona Cubs (8-9, 42-42) erupted for ten runs over the first five innings en route to a 12-2 beat down of the Clearwater Threshers (9-7, 41-41) on Sunday evening at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
The top of the order went to work quickly for Daytona, as the Cubs grabbed an early 2-0 lead. Centerfielder Tony Campana drew a lead off walk from Threshers starter Drew Naylor (5-8). He advanced to second on a single by Marwin Gonzalez, then reached third on a double steal. Jake Opitz came through
with a sacrifice fly to left field to score Campana. Robinson Chirinos, who drove in a run and scored two on Saturday, got a bloop single to drop in center to bring in Gonzalez. The Cubs would also leave the bases loaded.

The second inning proved even more fruitful for Daytona. Josh Harrison’s first hit as a D-Cub came on a controversial lead off double. Harrison actually made it to third on his hit to left center, but the umpires ruled it a ground rule double. Two more hits, combined with three walks, and the Cubs plated three more to push the lead to 5-0. Chirinos notched his second RBI of the game when he drew a bases loaded walk. For the second consecutive inning, Luis Flores grounded into a force out with the bases loaded.

Clearwater knocked in their first run in the fourth via the long ball. Stephen Susdorf hit his second homer of the year, a solo shot off Cubs starter Chris Carpenter (1-1). It was the only run scored off of Carpenter who also struck out eight batters in six innings of work for his first win as a Daytona Cub.

Daytona blew the game wide open in the their half of the fourth. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases for Jericho Jones, who came through with a two-RBI double to right. Flores followed with a sac fly to left for his first RBI. To cap the inning, Campana reached home for the third time when Brandon Guyer singled up the middle.

The Threshers were able to add another run in the seventh. Susdorf began the frame with a single to left center. After two fly outs, Cody Overbeck drove Susdorf in on a hard hit double to past the centerfielder Campana.

Before the night was over, Cubs second baseman Josh Harrison showed fans why he was recently promoted. With two hits already, Harrison took a Santos Hernandez offering and sent it over the fence for his first home run of the year. It was a two-run shot to put Daytona ahead 12-2.
Naylor took the loss for the Threshers as he only worked two innings and surrendered five runs on five walks and five hits.

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 8

A day after halting Fort Wayne’s ten-game winning streak, the Peoria Chiefs struggled on the mound and in the field as they fell to the TinCaps 8-4 Sunday afternoon at O’Brien Field. Chiefs pitchers had problems with their control throughout Sunday’s contest, issuing a season-high ten walks in the loss.

Fort Wayne got a run off starter Chris Archer in the first. Blake Tekotte walked on four straight pitches to start the game, and Dan Robertson split the gap in left-center field for a RBI double scoring Tekotte to make it a 1-0 Fort Wayne lead.
The Chiefs came back with two in the second to take the lead. With one away, Jovan Rosa blooped a single to right and moved up to third on a stolen base and a throwing error by the catcher Griffin Benedict with D.J. Fitzgerald at the plate. Fitzgerald struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, but Junior Lake picked up his teammate by scorching double into left-center to tie the game. Drew Rundle came up and dumped a single into left to plate Lake and give the Chiefs a 2-1 edge.

The TinCaps reclaimed the lead in the fifth. With the bases loaded and Alberto Cabrera now on the mound, the Chiefs right-handed reliever walked Allan Dykstra to force in a run to tie the game. Cole Figueroa delivered a sacrifice fly to right to give Fort Wayne a one-run advantage. The TinCaps made it a two-run cushion when Jaff Decker scored from second on the same Cabrera offering, stealing third and then coming home on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.

Peoria and Fort Wayne traded solo tallies for two straight innings starting in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Flaherty clubbed his 11th homer of the season, a solo shot to left to get the Chiefs within one. Fort Wayne got that run back in the next half inning. Decker scored on another Cabrera wild pitch to increase the lead to two.

The Chiefs scored again in the bottom of the seventh. Fitzgerald lifted a single to right-center to lead off the frame. After a Lake bunt pop out, pinch-hitter Nelson Perez pulled a single through the right side to put runners at the corners with only one away. Mario Mercedes came up and ripped a single to left plating Fitzgerald to cut the Chiefs deficit to one yet again. The TinCaps put up another single tally in the top of the eighth. Tekotte hit a bloop single to left to score Benedict from second to make it a 6-4 score.

Fort Wayne put it away with two more insurance runs in the ninth off left-hander Chris Siegfried. Yefri Carvajal doubled down the right field line to score one run and Brayden Drake was walked with the bases loaded to force in the eighth run of the ballgame for the TinCaps.

Archer (3-3) went four-plus innings and allowed more than two runs for the first time in five starts. The right-hander gave up three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out seven. Cabrera gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits and walked four. Siegfried was tagged for two runs in 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit while walking four.

Casey’s General Store Player of the Game – Jovan Rosa (3B) – The Chiefs hot corner infielder was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two stolen bases on the afternoon. Since joining the Chiefs on July 8, Rosa is hitting .353 with a run scored and four RBIs.

Notes… With just Monday’s contest left on the season series, the Chiefs are 3-2 against Fort Wayne in 2009…They are just one of three teams in the MWL with a winning record against the 60-27 TinCaps…Sunday was Rosa’s first multi-stolen base game of his career…He had five career steals before Sunday, two with Daytona this season and three with Peoria last year…Archer has struck out at least seven batters in five different starts this season…The Chiefs are 12-10 in day games this season…Flaherty now has a seven-game hit streak…Chiefs pitchers issued a season-high 10 walks Sunday.…Sunday’s contest was the longest nine-inning game of the season, clocking in at three hours and 14 minutes…The Chiefs end their series with the Fort Wayne TinCaps as well as their ten-game home stand on Monday at 11 am…Cubs RH Kevin Hart is slated to start for the Chiefs opposed by TinCaps RH Erik Davis (8-3, 4.04)

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Logan Watkins went 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI, as the Boise Hawks hung on for an 8-7 victory over the Vancouver Canadians before 3,212 fans at Nat Bailey Stadium.

With the win, the Hawks picked up their first road victory in July – ending a seven-game road losing streak.

Boise got on the board first, as first-round pick Brett Jackson hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot to right-center. The Hawks would make it 4-1 in the third on a two-run Runey Davis single, with Watkins making it 6-1 in the fourth with a two-run double off the wall in right.

It seemed to be enough for Robert Hernandez, who retired the final ten C’s he faced, allowing one run on just two hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work. However, Vancouver rallied against the Boise pen, cutting the margin to 8-5 in the eight on a bases loaded walk from reliever Dionis Nunez. However, the right-hander struck out Ryan Ortiz and got Tyreace House to hit a come-backer to get out of the jam.

In the ninth, Nunez loaded the bases with no outs, but Kent Walton rolled into a 6-4-3 double play, and after an RBI double by Anthony Aliotti, got Myrio Richard to ground out to notch the Hawks first road victory since June 25.

Davis went 3-for-5 in the win for the Hawks, with Jose Valdez and Alvaro Sosa each recording two hits. House, Aliotti, Walton, Jose Crisotomo, and Connor Crumbliss all had two hits for Vancouver.

Game 4 of the series is tomorrow night at 8:05 p.m. (MT) with Tarlandus Mitchell getting the start for the Hawks.

NOTES – Right-fielder Jae-Hoon Ha had to leave today’s game in the second inning after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow…no word from the training staff to the extend of the injury…with just ten position players on the trip, it forced Watkins to make his first appearance of the year in left field…the home run by Jackson was the first by Boise since June 26…Nunez allowed his first earned run in 10.1 innings – dating back to June 24.

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