It seems odd too me that barbecue has not become the defacto food of baseball. Both barbecue and baseball are all about patience, timing, preparation, practice, and summer. The two seem to be perfect complements of each other.

Unfortunately, it seems to be rare to find real barbecue anywhere in some stadiums. Oh, sure, you can generally get a hunk of dead pig with sauce dumped on it, but that’s no more real barbecue than Carlos Zambrano is a cleanup hitter. The real thing sits patiently for hours upon hours in the smoker, the minor leagues of meat, until it is at last proclaimed ready and served on a major league bun. If you rush it, you run the risk of it being too raw and becoming more a miss than a hit.

And now that I’ve roasted that analogy to death (and made myself very hungry), let’s get to the games.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa rallied to tie things up in the top of the ninth, but they finished with a 4-3 loss.
Tennessee – Tennessee kept the game close, but they fell in the ninth 4-3.
Daytona – Daytona had trouble capitalizing on their chances in this game, and it led to an 8-5 loss.
Peoria – Peoria committed three errors en route to a 10-5 loss.
Boise – Boise is on a role. The won again, this time by a final of 11-8.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs’ offense was essentially shut down in this 7-3 loss.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Michael Bowden pitched another inning and a third of hitless relief for Iowa. Look for him in Chicago in a few weeks.
  • [Iowa] Tony Campana, batting leadoff, doubled and singled as part of a two hit night.
  • [Tennessee] Eric Jokisch struck out six in six good innings. He left with a no decision.
  • [Tennessee] Matthew Szczur tripled for the third time in four games as part of his two hit night. Logan Watkins and Nelson Perez each doubled and had two hits.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli stole his 50th base of the season. Andreoli was not a guy we were talking about before the season started, but he is definitely on my radar now. With 50 steals in 67 tries and a High-A OBP of .402 in his first full season as a professional, he has become a player to watch.
  • [Peoria] Jorge Soler singled and drove in two in his Midwest League debut. The Chiefs, and Soler, return home to Peoria on Wednesday, August 15. Tickets are available.
  • [Boise] Daniel Vogelbach tacked on home runs number seven and eight in this game. That’s homers in five straight games (seven total during those five games). When he gets hot, it seems he gets really, really hot.
  • [Boise] Marco Hernandez also homered, his fourth for the Hawks this season.
  • [Boise] Jeimer Candelario had one of his best nights in some time. He finished the game 4 for 5 with two doubles and three runs scored. On the downside, he also committed two errors.
  • [Arizona] Shawon Dunston reached three times on two hits and a walk. His was the only multi-hit game for the Cubs.
  • [Arizona] Alvido Jimenez struck out three over three innings of no-hit relief to finish this game.

Other Minor League Notes

  • In the six games since he was promoted to Daytona, Javier Baez has hit .091/.167/.136 and has struck out in roughly a third of his at bats. So, how worried do you think we should be about this? The correct answer is “Not at all.” Players routinely struggle, even this badly, when they are promoted to a new level. It is normal. If he doesn’t hit another pitch for the rest of the season he will still be in contention to be the Cubs’ number one overall prospect heading into next season.
  • The Boise Hawks’ lead over the second place team is now four games. They continue to be on track for the playoffs.
  • Idaho Razorback

    Boise went six years without a hitter hitting two homeruns in a game and now they’ve done it three times in the last six games!

  • Idaho Razorback

    Luke, the link to the Daytona box score is bad, it gives me the Tennessee box score.

    • Luke

      Thank you. It should be fixed now.

  • Jackalope

    Vogelbach’s combined season line between AZL and Boise pro-rated to 600 AB:

    62 2B, 7 3B, 56 HR, 185 RBI, 69 BB

    I love this kid!

    • Brett

      Haha – those numbers are insane.

  • gratefulled

    I’m so glad you stopped listing the I-Cubs record. They’ve gotta be 30-under by now.


  • Tommy

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the minor league updates are always extremely good when we’re talking about Rookie ball and Boise, and almost always crap when we’re talking about Peoria, Daytona, Tennessee, and Iowa?

    Oh – and what do you mean Zambrano isn’t a real cleanup hitter? WHA!

    • Luke

      Boise and Arizona have both been playing well of late. There have been some pretty good report coming out of the organizations as well.

      John Andreoli’s emergence is one example of that.

    • hansman1982

      Rookie and Boise (to a lesser extent Daytona) will be primarily constructed with guys from this and last year’s amatuer spending.

  • Jackalope

    Any word on Alcantara? I hope that Arismendy is mending well.

  • Luke

    I haven’t heard any bad news, at least. I don’t expect he will be back much, if at all, this season regardless. There are only a couple weeks to go.

    • dabynsky

      Goldstein seemed to think he was done for the year and that was at least part of the reason for the Baez promotion.

  • ari gold

    Baseball and BBQ go together like lamb and tuna fish

    • Assman22

      Maybe you like…spaghetti and meatball?

      • J R

        What’s up Ass, you got any new Cubs trade rumors?

        • Assman22

          Nothing new. Playing the waiting game with Tampa on Soriano, hoping the worse it gets with the scrubs, the more willing Soriano will accept a trade to a team(Tampa) not currently on his “list”. Tampa only half game back in AL wild card….

          • dabynsky

            What teams are on his list? Hadn’t heard Tampa wasn’t though to be honest it doesn’t surprise me given how terrible the Trop is.

          • J R

            I would love to know what Sori’s list is as well. Let me guess, a list of one. The Yankees.. A team that has no use for him. Great..

            • nkniacc13

              Almost every team that he may want to go doesn’t really have a need at this point of the year for him

  • ssckelley

    Vogelbach needs to be challenged. They need to either send him to Peoria and move Hoilman to the outfield or send him to Daytona.

  • someday…2015?

    Another two Vogelbombs?!? This kid is putting up un-real numbers.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Can you imagine somehow getting RizzOMG and VogelBOMB in the same lineup at some point? Would be insane. Too bad both are 1Bs…

  • Babe Ruth

    Epstein is in Daytona for the weekend and has been to the games checking up on players. I believe tonight is the last game that he’ll be attending, so if you wanna meet Epstein, then come on down to the park!

    • Babe Ruth

      I heard Epstein left Daytona already and headed over to TN to watch the smokies players in action. Just a heads up, if anyone wants to meet him. He sit a few rows up, right behind home plate.

  • Cheryl

    Luke, Vogelbach seems unreal. He also appears to have the determination to reinvent himself so he’ll make it to the majors. (I know this is an assumption at this point but it seems a safe assumption.) My guess is he will be hitting the weight room and conditioning hard during the off season. Is there any other position he could have a chance at changng to? What about catcher?

    • Brett

      Not Luke, but … No other position is going to suit him – it just won’t. And you want him to stay in/get in great shape, but you don’t necessarily want him to lose a ton of weight. That’s his body type, and it clearly works for him hitting-wise. So, you have him condition to be in the best shape that works for his body type.

      • Cheryl

        Brett, Thanks I was afraid that might be the answer. So, it appears that if Risso is locked into first base for the next five years V will be traded.

        • Luke

          If both Rizzo and Vogelbach pan out. Rizzo could wind up being a fairly pedestrian hitter. Or Vogelbach could flame out in Double A.

          Until the Cubs need to figure out what to do with both, I sincerely doubt they are spending any time at all thinking about it. That’s not to say Vogelbach is untouchable, but he is not a guy the front office should be looking to trade anytime in the next year or three.

  • Turn Two

    No point moving him, he isn’t unreal, just over valuing our prospects. IF he and Rizz both pan out- you trade him for more kids, its part of building sustained success. Chances are highly likely one of them doesn’t stick long term anyway. Of course hoping they both do, but realistically.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Well, chances are much higher that Rizzo amounts to much than they are that Vogelbach (or anybody in low A) amounts to much. A guy like Rizzo already has dominated AAA and provided evidence that he can be a competent at the MLB level. Now, it’s a good thing that Vogelbach is dominating low A ball: guys who do not very rarely amount to anything. However, guys who do also usually do not turn out to be much: many of them fizzle in AA, AAA or MLB.

      And, who knows, maybe the Cubs will get to use a DH full time in 4 years.

  • nkniacc13

    I doubt it but there is always the possiblity that Rizzo could leave as a FA so having V ready would be nice. But thats a long ways away.

  • ssckelley

    Vogelbach is only 19 years old and still has to go through several levels of the minor leagues before being ready for the majors. If Rizzo is still playing at a high level by the time Vogelbach is ready, and the Cubs are winning, then you use Vogelbach as trade bait to get that pitcher or hitter to put them over the top. Having log jams at different positions is a good thing, that means you have a good farm system.