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Absolutely nothing.

Wins are easily the single most useless stat for pitchers. That point was made yet again in Omaha on Thursday night. In a wild offensive game that saw a combined 31 hits and five errors, Alberto Cabrera came into the game in the sixth inning with the score knotted at 7-7. He left the game, three outs later, with the Cubs trailing 9-7.

But thanks to a huge inning from the Cub hitters in the top of the seventh, Cabrera got the win. There is no rational argument by which he deserved the win. He only pitched one inning, he did not pitch particularly well, he did not hold onto to the lead or tie, and he was on the mound when his team fell behind. But in the box score he gets the W and his record moves to 2-0. That makes no sense.

And yet we are stuck with wins. They litter every box score and nearly every baseball column you are likely to find (including mine). It’s a stat is not likely to go away anytime soon. Sadly.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Surprisingly, the wind was not blowing out in the Cubs 12-11 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies split a doubleheader. In the opener they lost 4-1, but they took the nightcap 3-0.
Daytona – The Cubs could not make a strong start hold up as they lost 5-4.
Peoria – The Chiefs gave up one bad inning, but that was enough to result in the 8-5 loss.
Boise – Once again, Boise was sunk by a big inning. They lost 12-11.
Arizona – Just like Peoria and Boise, the AZL Cubs allowed a big inning and it cost them the loss. The final was 7-2.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Welington Castillo launched his fourth home run of the season as part of a two hit game. He’s been in a terrible slump lately; hopefully this game will get him going again.
  • [Iowa] Diory Hernandez also homered as part of a three hit game. The minor league veteran was manning first base for the Cubs in this game.

  • [Iowa] There was not a lot of good news on the mound for the Cubs, but Jay Jackson and Michael Bowden did both manage to pitch pretty well to finish out the game.
  • [Tennessee] Zach Rosscup could not get out of the first inning in Game One, but after he left the bullpen of Ty’relle Harris and Kevin Rhoderick pitched a pretty good game.
  • [Tennessee] The biggest story from the doubleheader was Nick Struck. He pitched six innings in Game Two and allowed just three hits while striking out seven. He picked up his tenth win (I know, I know).
  • [Daytona] Matt Loosen pitched into the seventh inning, striking out six. The biggest blemish on his start were the three walks he allowed.
  • [Daytona] Rubi Silva hit his eighth triple of the season in this game.
  • [Peoria] Taiwan Easterling doubled and homered (number three this season) as part of his three hit game. He also stole his 16th base.
  • [Peoria] 2012 draftee Chadd Krist made his Peoria debut in this game. He finished 2 for 4 with a double.
  • [Boise] Michael Heesh pitched two innings of one hit ball in relief and finished with three strike outs.
  • [Boise] Three different Hawks hit home runs in this game. Marco Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya each hit their second; Rock Shoulders hit his fourth.

  • [Boise] Bijan Rademacher had another very nice game. He finished 3 for 4 with a double and a walk.
  • [Arizona] Matt Iannazzo pitched very well for the AZL Cubs. He lasted 3.1 innings in relief and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out six.
  • [Arizona] Daniel Vogelbach hit his fifth home run in this game. His two run shot in the fourth inning accounted for all the Cubs’ runs.
  • [Arizona] Ben Carhart also had a nice game. He finished 3 for 4 with two doubles.

Other Minor League Notes

  • If we count the All-Star game, Josh Vitters has walked in consecutive games. And even if we don’t count the All-Star game, he has seven walks in his last ten games. Seven!
  • The line for Chris Volstad in this game: 2 Innings, 6 hits, 7 runs (5 earned), 2 walks, 1 strikeout. Ouch.
  • The Daytona Cubs didn’t exactly turn this one into a track meet, but they did have three total stolen bases thanks to Ronald Torreyes (his 8th), Matthew Szczur (his 30th) and John Andreoli (his 32nd).

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 39 – 53.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 18.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 10-11
Southern League North Division – Second : 3.0 Games Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 10-11
Florida State League North Division – Fifth Place : 2.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 7-13
Midwest League Eastern Division – Third Place : 4.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 9 – 18
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 8.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 13 – 5
Arizona Rookie League East – Second Place : 0.5 Game Behind

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