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I was not familiar with the music of Almora until I started writing this column, but that isn’t surprising considering they are a Turkish band that has apparently not crossed the Atlantic to any significant degree. Their sound blends up tempo guitar-led rhythms and a strong percussion score with something that sounds an awful lot like a flute, all underscoring a lady singing in what I assume is Turkish. The sound reminds me of some of the European Symphonic Goth Rock bands such as Within Temptation and Epica, and that is pretty much a good thing (if you like that sort of thing). Those unfamiliar with Almora would do well to start with their songs Kalihora’s Song or Shehrazad, largely because they popped up in a Google search and I liked the names.

If you’re more interested the baseball player by the same name, then you’d probably be interested to know that he made his professional debut in the Arizona Rookie League last night.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The one run Iowa picked up in the eighth turned out to be meaningless. The Cubs lost 3-1.
Tennessee – The Smokies had a badly needed day off on Monday. They resume play today in Jacksonville, FL.
Daytona – Mother Nature wins again. The Daytona game was stopped by rain for the second day in a row. This one will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Peoria – The Chiefs were shut out, 2-0.
Boise – Three Hawks’ pitchers combined to toss a five hit shutout in their 3-0 win.
Arizona – The Cubs took advantage of five Brewer errors in this 7-3 win.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Brooks Raley struck out eight over five innings, but he also allowed eight hits.
  • [Iowa] Esmailin Caridad pitched two hitless innings in which he struck out two.
  • [Peoria] Yao-Lin Wang allowed four hits and struck out five over 3.2 innings in his second game as a starter.
  • [Peoria] The Chiefs managed just two hits in this game. Both of the hits, off the bats of Chadd Krist and Yaniel Cabezas, went for doubles.
  • [Boise] Taylor Scott opened the game by striking out four as he allowed three hits over the first six innings. Hayden Simpson allowed two hits over two innings while striking out one, and Matt Iannazzo tossed a perfect ninth.
  • [Boise] Gioskar Amaya finished 3 for 4 with two stolen bases. He swiped both second and third in the same at bat.
  • [Arizona] Albert Almora played center field and hit his first professional home run in the fifth inning.
  • [Arizona] Daniel Lockhart stole his fifth base in a game in which he walked twice.
  • [Arizona] Ben Carhart had another very good game. He finished 4 for 5.
  • [Arizona] Trevor Gretzky replaced Almora in the lineup for the latter part of the game and finished 2 for 2 with his first stolen base.

Other Minor League Notes

  • Josh Vitters is seriously locked in right now. Since his hitting streak ended on July 18 he has hit safely in another four consecutive games. In two of those games he hit a double, and in the other two he hit a home run.
  • At long last, Yao-Lin Wang is being stretched back into a starter. I have been hoping for this since the beginning of the season. The Chiefs used him as a closer for a time, but after pitching 3.2 innings as a starter on Monday I am fairly well convinced he is being moved back into the rotation. Wang already shows signs of being a quality strike out pitcher. His ceiling likely depends on his secondary offerings, but he is a prospect worth monitoring.
  • I am very glad I am not music critic.
  • Almora’s first home run was once again caught on tape by Cubs’ Den reader Danny Weryzynski, and once again it is well worth watching. I especially like the speed with which Almora rounds the bases on his home run. That kind of energy and hustle is very good to see.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 41 – 62.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 20.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 13-17
Southern League North Division – Fourth Place : 5.0 Games Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 12-18
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 5.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 11-19
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fifth Place : 5.5 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 13 – 25
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 8.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 17 – 7
Arizona Rookie League East – First Place : 1.0 Games Ahead

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