AAA-Iowa CubsCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Newest Cub David Manning made his first start for the Cubs' system after his contract was purchased on Thursday night from the Mexico City Reds and gave up four runs in just 3 1/3 innings en route to an 8-3 loss to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Nate Bland and Ryan O'Malley, who is fresh up from Daytona, were both tagged for a pair of runs in relief for the I-Cubs. The bright spot on the night the continued surge of OF/1B Jason Dubois, who went 3-for-4 night and raised his average to .299 on the season. IF Matt Crieghton also made his AAA debut after being called up from AA-West Tennessee on Friday. Creighton walked as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning in his only plate appearance.
PROSPECT WATCH: OF Jason Dubois is trying to make a case for a potential outfield opening at Wrigley Field next year and has turned up his game while at Iowa. Dubois is currently hitting .299 on the year after a slow start, and his nine homeruns are good for third in the Pacific Coast League. Dubois' 24 RBIs rank fifth, doubling all of his teammates except fellow outfield prospect David Kelton (14).
ON DECK: It's back to day baseball Saturday when the I-Cubs will take on Colorado Springs in game two of the series beginning at 2:35 CT. Iowa's starter has not yet been named, however the Sox will send Brian Tollberg to the hill. The Cubs are now 16-13 on the year, a game ahead of second place Colorado Springs (14-13) and Albuquerque (15-14).
AA-West TennesseeJACKSON, Tenn. - Rain, sleet, snow, wind, and power outages are all included in the list of items that have halted the Diamond Jaxx play at one time or another this season. After play was suspended Thursday due to a power failure at Pringles Park, the Jaxx were forced to schedule a doubleheader with the Montgomery Biscuits for Friday. The results were simply magnificent.
Game one saw a tight match that went down to the wire, as West Tenn third baseman Matt Craig hit a solo homerun to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Craig came up again in the 11th, and was the hero of the day, driving in second baseman Richard Lewis with a line drive over center fielder Jesus Felician's glove to give West Tenn a 3-2 victory.
Due to the recent stoppages of play, the Jaxx pitched the game by committee, and the constant switching was enough to keep Montgomery batters off balance. LHP Russ Rohlicek picked up his third win of the year.
In game two, Jaxx pitching remained very stingy, allowing just two runs. Fortunately, their offense broke out and put a nice '6' spot on the board. RHP Bobby Brownlie went six innings, giving up two runs while striking out five. Scott Chiasson came on in relief to pitch the seventh, striking out two. Chiasson is still rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery.
First baseman Micah Hoffpauir provided enough offensive support for the game, going 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored.
PROSPECT WATCH: "How much more will second baseman Richard Lewis see at AA?" That is the question on many Cubs fans mind when they look at Lewis' .352 average and .626 slugging percentage. Lewis is second on the team in RBIs (16), first with runs scored (19), and he has yet to commit an error in the field.
ON DECK: Mr. Cub would be in heaven. After a doubleheader on Friday against the Montgomery Biscuits, the Diamond Jaxx will play another part with their pastry friends Saturday at 5:05 CT. LHP Renyel Pinto will start game one while the recently promoted Jordan Gerk will start game two. The Jaxx are now 13-14 on the year, and 1.5 games out of first place.
Class-A Daytona CubsDAYTONA, Fla. - Things have been looking better in Daytona, Florida these days for the Cubs' Class-A affiliate, who are now over .500 at home for the season thanks a 7-6 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays Friday. The Cubs fought back from five runs down to send the game into extra innings thanks to speedy OF Felix Pie.
LHP Jon Connolly got his second start for the Cubs, but allowed six runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings of work. Pitchers Anderson Tavarez, Nick Martin, Federico Baez and Thomas Atlee combined to pitch 7 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with Atlee notching his first win of the year.
Pie and 1B/OF Brandon Sing jumpstarted the Cubs offense, each with a pair of hits and runs scored on the game. The hero for the Cubs was none other than 3B/C Casey McGehee, who hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Daytona the win in extra innings.
PROSPECT WATCH: Brandon Sing hit his eighth homerun of the year Friday, which leads the Florida State League. Sing is fourth in the league in RBIs and ranks in the top 25 in hitting for average. Should he continue to do well, he may see a promotion back to West Tennesse.
ON DECK: It's time to head west again for the Cubs, who travel to Brevard County to face the Manatees at 6:05 CT Saturday. LHP Carlos Vasquez is set to go for the Cubs, who look to get to .500 over the weekend. The Cubs are firing on all cylinders, and are now 13-16 on the year.
Class-A Lansing LugnutsLANSING, Mich. - Ronald Bay gave up six runs (five earned) in seven innings work as the Lugnuts fell to the Peoria Chiefs Friday, 6-4. First baseman Brian Dopirak hit his eighth homerun of the year and added a pair of RBIs to go with it. Catcher Jake Fox struggled a bit, going 0-for-4 while. Center fielder Chris Walker added a solo homer during the game to go with a single to raise his average to .300 on the year.
PROSPECT WATCH: Chris Walker has been quite the leadoff hitter so far for the Lugnuts. Walker is hitting an even .300 on the year with a .366 OBP. What's more impressive, though, is his 16 steals to lead the Midwest League.
ON DECK: The Lugnuts will continue their 4-game series with the Chiefs on Saturday at 6:05 CT. Lansing will send RHP Carlos Marmol to the mound. Marmol is looking to go 4-0 on the season. The Lugnuts are currently 15-13 on the year, and trail the South Bend Silver Hawks by six games in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.