AAA – Iowa Cubs

  • Casey Coleman had a great night. He started the game and went 7 innings, picking up his 2nd win on the year. His only blemish came on a solo home run. He allowed just 5 baserunners total, and struck out 3 on the night. What made the night a great one was the fact that he also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Not too shabby for the kid.
  • Two familiar names came out of the pen following Coleman’s start. Esmailin Caridad made his first rehab appearance and worked a scoreless frame in the 8th. He’s slated to come back to the Cubs when they play in Cincinnati. I’m curious to see who goes to make room for him. It should be John Grabow, but his salary obligations prevent that. Instead it will probably be Jeff Gray who gets the boot. Jeff Samardzija made an appearance in the 9th inning, but didn’t get out of it. He allowed a run on 2 hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning before giving way to local native, Brian Schlitter to close it out.

AA – Tennessee Smokies

  • Matthew Spencer hit an single in the bottom of the 13th to win the game. It was his only hit of the game as he went 1-for-6 with 3 K’s at the plate.
  • The golden boy, Starlin Castro, made two errors at short but made up for it by reaching base three times at the plate.
  • Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who’s name reminds me more of a country music star than a baseball player, pitched seven innings for the second start in a row. He only allowed one unearned run on three hits and he struck out five in his fifth start in 2010. He’s been successful this year and bears watching.

High-A – Daytona Cubs

  • Rebel Ridling hit his team-leading fourth home run of the year. He’s done it in just 31 plate appearances since coming off the DL to start the season.
  • Chris Archer went 4.2 innings, allowing two “unearned” runs as a result of a throwing error on his part. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When a pitcher makes an error, the runs should be earned.

Low-A – Peoria Chiefs

  • Matthew Cerda crushed the only pitch he saw all night long over the right-field wall for a pinch-hit, walk-off three-run homer. The last walk-off home run hit by a Chiefs player was a grand slam hit by Jovan Rosa on June 30, 2008 against Kane County in the 11th inning. Cerda’s last home run was August 18, 2008 in the Arizona Rookie League
  • Jonathan Nagel came off the disabled list and pitched three innings without surrendering a run on one hit with four strikeouts.
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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