Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Tarps And Spikes Don’t Mix

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.
TennesseeTrey 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

AAAIowa Cubs : 30 – 41.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Second Place: 14.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 35-35
Southern League North Division – Second Place (tie): 7.0 Game Behind.

High ADaytona Cubs : 29 -36
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 12.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 35 – 34
Midwest League Eastern Division – Third Place (tie) : 9.0 Games Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 0 – 3
Northwest League East Division – Second Place : 1.0 Games Behind

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation. He can be found on Twitter as ltblaize.

16 responses to “Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Tarps And Spikes Don’t Mix”

  1. DL HUYCK

    No homer for Baez?

  2. Jp

    I still can’t believe Simpson was our 1st rounder that year… I know he had a sickness that made him lose a lot of weight his rookie year but that pick was definitely a head scratcher…

    1. Vladimir

      the 2010 draft is an example of, if you are going to suck, root for sucking so bad for a #1 pick. No use being around .500 and 10 games out of a playoff spot. Bryce Harper was in that draft. It’s also said Sam Zell was like most selfish millionaires, just being cheap. He didn’t actually care about the future of the Cubs, he was just trying to make some money selling the team.

    2. Jeff

      Yeah, considering we could have selected Mike Olt with that pick!!!

      1. Brett

        Don’t do that to yourself… :)

  3. Spriggs

    Luke, Great job, but I think a daily Javier Baez update should be mandatory in your Peoria recap – even if he doesn’t hit one over the scoreboard that day.

    1. Jp

      I think it would be must see tv if they’d mic Baez up. It would be almost as if we were there getting plunked… You know minus the bruising of course

      1. ETS

        It’d have more bleeps than an Ozzie Guillian post game interview after a loss.

  4. JasonB

    As sample size gets larger, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Vitters has improved significantly as a hitter, which is great to see. Starting to look like he can be a solid MLB player, which is obviously a good thing.

  5. Kyle

    Junior Lake continues to impress. He’s putting up his best minor league numbers to date, at 22 years old in his first taste of a pitcher-friendly AA league. AA is the proving ground for prospect-dom, and he’s passing the test easily. Strikeouts are down, walks are up, power is up.

    He doesn’t have the supersexy uberceiling of a Baez or Soler, but danged if he isn’t a really nice prospect right now. Once Rizzo is promoted, Vitters is traded and Jackson washes out, Lake looks to be the next guy in line for a promotion with a chance to be an everyday starter.

    1. djriz

      It does seem like something clicked with Lake, doesn’t it? Hope he can keep it up. This is the first time in many, many years that a majority of our top prospects entering a season are having strong seasons. Usually by this point, most have disappointed, even to the point of losing ‘prospect’ status.

  6. Drew7

    “…and Jackson washes out…”

    This made me laugh

    1. djriz

      made me cry.

  7. Idaho Razorback

    Two things I noticed in Peoria’s box score. Paul Hoilman who had the long hitting streak earlier in the year and seems to be mentioned by Luke quite often is only hitting .271 and Hunter Cervenka’s era is 0.59.

  8. Drew7

    Hoilman – .271/.354/.457, which is following up an .896 OPS season last year in Boise.

    Cervenka’s era is 0.59 since joining the Cubs org, which lowers his total season ERA to 4.35

  9. Patrick G

    Are the Cubs going to call up Rizzo when his MLB service won’t count and get an extra year? Im going to Mets/Cubs at Citi field first week in July and that might be the only good thing to be viewing at that point.