At the beginning of the game, JD mentioned how important it was to win this game after the first three games in the series resulted in not only a loss, but heartbreaking losses. Coming off the high of a sweep of the Giants to cap off a successful road trip, it was a good time to get the momentum flowing even more against the Brewers. Instead we wish them off with our tail between our legs. Thankfully no sweep.

  • The game was delayed for over an hour in the 6th and we surprisingly saw Edwin Jackson come back to continue pitching after the delay to finish the night with an 8 IP outing. It was one of his better outings this year and probably a lot more representative of what the Theo / Jed regime were hoping for when they signed him.
  • I don’t understand the decision to give the ball to Blake Parker in the 9th. He’d thrown the previous two days (3o pitches the day before) and both Hector Rondon and Eduardo Sanchez were rested and available. Stuff like that remind me that managers have no clue how to use a bullpen sometimes.
  • Junior Lake got the night off from the starting lineup, though he did make a pinch hit at bat late. With Luis Valbuena struggling lately, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Olt recalled from Iowa. Rob touched on his night a little later in the post. The key is that he’s going to have to show something down there to warrant the recall.
  • For you Len Kasper haters, you missed a groaner of a joke early in the game when introducing Wily Peralta. He mentioned that him and Wily Mo Pena were forced to share “L’s”.

by Rob Willer

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs again were bested by the Salt Lake Bees (Angels), 6-3.

Justin Grimm got the start for his second time with the team and pitched five innings allowing two runs and four hits while striking out five. Grimm pitched better than his first outing with the Iowa Cubs although control was his problem once again as he walked three batters raising his pitch count. Casey Coleman journeyman between Iowa and the Cubs these past few years pitched in a scoreless inning. The bad news of the night was the performance of the reliever Marcus Hatley struggled mightily giving up four runs (four earned) in 2/3 of an inning also giving up five hits. Marcos Mateo was lights out in the ninth pitching a perfect ninth registering three strikeouts and keeping his earned run average at 0.00. Former Major Leaguer Chad Cordero pitched for Salt Lake obtaining a hold but struggled as he gave up three runs on four hits over 1 and 2/3 innings.

Mike Olt continued to struggle as he went 0 for 4 on the night with a strikeout. The bottom of the Cubs lineup went a combined 6 for 10 on the night with two runs batted in. Jae-Hoon Ha continued a hot streak by going 2 for 3 as he was batting seventh on the night. The Iowa Cubs overall went 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position just wasn’t enough as the top of the lineup struggled to get anything going.

Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee squeaked past the Birmingham Barons 3-2.

Matt Loosen pitched for the Smokies turning in a solid night on the bump with 5 and 1/3 innings only two runs allowed on three hits. Loosen starred at Daytona for most of the season and even tossed a no-hitter on July 8th. Jeffry Antigua struggled with his command giving up three walks over 2 2/3 innings only allowing one hit but blew the save as the inherited runners scored. Frank Batista worked out of trouble in the ninth to lock down the save for the Smokies notching his 14th.

Shortstop Javy Baez had the big hit of the night with his 11th home-run at Tennessee a two run shot and his 28th across Daytona and Tennessee.

Third Baseman Christian Villenueva hit his 27th double on the season which was his 43rd extra base hit on the season.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs grabbed another victory against Ft. Myers Miracle (Twins), 2-1.

Ivan Pineyro who was aquired in the Scott Hairston trade pitched for Daytona and continued his impressive start in the Cubs organization. So far with Daytona Pineyro is 1-0 with a 1.96 earned run average through 23 innings only allowing five earned runs. The most impressive thing is his strikeout to walk ratio which is a whopping 21 to 1 absolutely unheard of.

First baseman Anthony Giansanti turned in another solid night going 3 for 4 with a double raising his average to .268 on the year.

Pin-Chieh Chen who filled in for Bijan Rademacher after he left due to injury went 3 for 3 with three singles and scoring a run.

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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