There is, it turns out, a right way and a wrong way to slide across a tarp in the rain. Apparently the slide-happy Clinton LumberKings ran across the infield tarp in Peoria while wearing their spikes on Saturday. This was a very bad idea. The tarp became so perforated with holes that it allowed the rain to badly damage parts of the infield. The horrible condition of the field led to the cancellation of Saturday’s suspended game. Fortunately the Peoria grounds crew was able to rebuild a large portion of the infield in time for the regularly scheduled Sunday game to be played.
This incident will also lead to a financial hit for Clinton and their parent club, the Seattle Mariners. According to Chiefs President Ricky Vonachen, the Chiefs will not be paying for the cost of Sunday’s repairs or for the new tarp. That’s on Clinton. And if the new tarp does arrive before the rains come causing Peoria to cancel some home games, Seattle and Clinton will be replacing the lost revenue for those games as well.
The lesson? Don’t wear spikes when sliding across a wet tarp. I think this lesson will be taught a little lower in the Seattle farm system as a result of this weekend’s events.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Chris Vostad struck out six as the Cubs rallied for a 3-2 win.
Tennessee – Trey McNutt gave up three home runs and Tennessee lost at home 5-3.
Daytona – Daytona had Sunday off. They will resume their season tonight at home against Tampa.
Peoria – The suspended game from Saturday was cancelled, but the regularly scheduled Sunday game was played and resulted in a 10-5 Chiefs’ win.
Boise – The Hawks lose in the late innings again. The final in this one was 4-3.
Performances of the Day
- [Iowa] Chris Volstad was not great, but he got the job done. In six innings he allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out six.
- [Iowa] Michael Bowden also had a good game. He faced five batters, struck out four of them, and earned the win.
- [Iowa] Josh Vitters followed up his great performance on Saturday with a 2 for 3 game on Sunday that included his 17th double.
- [Iowa] Anthony Rizzo homering hardly qualifies as news these days, but if you are still counting, he is up to 23. Alfredo Amezaga also went deep in this game.
- [Tennessee] McNutt struggled, but the Tennessee bullpen was very good in this game. Casey Harman, Brian Schlitter, and Alberto Cabrerea combined to give up just two hits in three and a third innings while striking out three.
- [Tennessee] The offense in the Smokies’ game came largely from the middle infielders. Logan Watkins (2B) was 2 for 4 with a triple while Elliot Soto (SS) and Junior Lake (DH) were both three for four.
- [Peoria] When the Chiefs did get to play, they put up a pile of hits. Paul Hoilman led the way by going 2 for 5 with his sixth home run and four RBI.
- [Peoria] Also enjoying multi-hit games for Peoria were Pin-Chieh Chen, Dustin Geiger, Wes Darvill, Sergio Burrell, and Oliver Zapata.
- [Peroia] And we can’t forget about the pitching. Michael Jensen had another good start (6 IP, 6H, 2R, 3K), and the Peoria bullpen allowed just one earned run in three innings.
- [Boise] Tayler Scott pitched five scoreless innings in his Boise debut, striking out four. Scott, the first South African ever to be taken in baseball’s Amateur draft, has a chance to be a No. 2/3 starting prospect for the Cubs.
- [Boise] The Hawks had nine hits in this game, and six of them came from Shawon Dunston, Gioskar Amaya, and Jeimer Candelario.
Other Minor League Notes
- We have seen many players across the farm system demonstrate more patience at the plate and draw more walks than in previous seasons, but that new found focus is less evident in Iowa. The Cubs’ Triple A team is fifth from last in the Pacific Coast League in walks taken.
- The Tennessee Smokies now head into a three game break for the All-Star game. The Southern League All-Stars will meet in the Smokies own home stadium on Tuesday at 7:15 PM ET.
- Peoria also heads into their All-Star break starting Monday. The Midwest League All-Stars will play on Tuesday in Geneva, IL at 6:00 PM CT. The season does not resume until Friday, June 22. Hopefully by then the Chiefs have their new tarp.
- When Hayden Simpson was sent to Boise last week, there was some question of whether he was being sent down to learn to throw strikes, or being sent to be stretched back out into a starting pitcher. After working out of the bullpen on Sunday, I think we have our answer. He pitched effectively for two innings, but in the eighth he lost his command again.
Farm System Standings
AAA – Iowa Cubs : 30 – 41.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Second Place: 14.0 Games Behind.
AA – Tennessee Smokies : 35-35
Southern League North Division – Second Place (tie): 7.0 Game Behind.
High A – Daytona Cubs : 29 -36
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 12.5 Games Behind
Low A – Peoria Chiefs : 35 – 34
Midwest League Eastern Division – Third Place (tie) : 9.0 Games Behind
Short-Season A – Boise Hawks : 0 – 3
Northwest League East Division – Second Place : 1.0 Games Behind