Deep down inside you know you that you have always wanted a blue Cubs jersey with pink trim.

Maybe you visited Daytona’s stadium one Wednesday evening and envied the blue and pink look being sported the Cubs. Maybe you spilled a bottle of ink on a baby shower invitation and thought, ‘That combination would make a great baseball uniform.’ Maybe you even have weird nightmares about pink elephants playing outfield for the Cubs and finishing the year with a higher dWAR than Tony Campana. Or maybe, though I find this one unlikely, you had never considered that such awesomeness as a blue Cubs jersey with pink trim could ever exist… until now.

Whatever is the root of your insatiable desire, today is your lucky day. For one week only, just one more week, the Daytona Cubs are auctioning off the blue and pink uniform jerseys that team has been wearing for every Wednesday home game all season. The auction is taking place online and bids start at just $75. As you probably expected, the proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Cancer Society. Not only can you finally fulfill your life long dream of owning a blue (Daytona) Cubs jersey with pink trim, you can even support a good cause in the process. You can’t get a better win-win than that.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa was able to grab a seventh inning lead, but it was short lived. They lost this one 6-3.
Tennessee – The Smokies were blown out of their own ballpark by a final of 11-1.
Daytona – The rains stopped long enough for the Cubs to play two games on Wednesday. Unfortunately, they lost the first contest 2-1 and the second one 4-2.
Peoria – Peoria scored three times in the top of the twelfth to win 9-6.
Boise – Boise and Vancouver combined for 31 total hits, but it was Boise who walked away with the 11-6 win.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs not only won both halves of a double header, they won both games in a shutout. The two finals were 3-0 and 1-0.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Horatio Ramirez ate up seven innings for the Cubs and only allowed one run in the process. The bullpen was not able to match his performance.
  • [Iowa] Dave Sappelt had the only multi-hit game (he went 2 for 4) and the only extra base hit (a triple) for the Cubs.
  • [Tennessee] Matthew Szczur hit his fourth Double A triple in this game. The Smokies’ other two hits were provided by Dustin Harrington.
  • [Tennessee] Zach Rosscup struck out the side in his one inning of work, and Harrington fanned two in a hitless ninth. Yes, Harrington is an infielder.
  • [Daytona] Eduardo Figueroa, Matthew Spencer, and A.J. Morris each pitched an inning of hitless relief in Game One. Ryan Searle tossed a hitless frame of his own in Game Two.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli stole his 51st base of the season in Game One. If the weather stays dry, Andreoli might have enough games left this season to reach 60 steals.
  • [Daytona] The star of Game Two was Ronald Torreyes. The second baseman went 3 for 3 in the nightcap.
  • [Peoria] Sheldon McDonald pitched two of the extra innings and Luis Liria pitched the third one. Neither pitcher allowed a hit.
  • [Peoria] Timothy Saunders went 4 for 6 with a double and a stolen base to raise his Low-A batting average up to .391. His double was the only extra base hit for Peoria in the game.
  • [Peoria] Jorge Soler and Pin-Chieh Chen each singled twice for the Chiefs.
  • [Boise] Stephen Bruno, Willson Contreras, and Izaac Garsez each had three hits in this game. Garsez included both a double and a triple in his tally.
  • [Boise] Daniel Vogelbach drew two more walks; his Boise OBP now reads .429. That compares very favorably to his average of .333.
  • [Arizona] In Game One the shutout was pitched by Ryan McNeil (4 IP, 2 K), Rafael Dolis (1.1 IP, 2 K), and Jasvir Rakkar (1.2 IP, 4 K). The shutout artists in Game Two were Corbin Hoffner (3 IP, 2 K), Ben Wells (1 IP, 3 K), and Alvido Jimenez (3 IP, 3 K).
  • [Arizona] The Cubs did not exactly have a lot of offense themselves, but what they did have was Anthony Giansanti. The young outfielder doubled, walked, and drove in two of the Cubs’ three runs in Game One. He followed that up with a solo home run in Game Two to give the Cubs the only score they needed.

Other Minor League Notes

  • It is very difficult to imagine how Tennessee can make the playoffs after last night’s loss. The gap is too big with too few games remaining for the Smokies to have a realistic chance.
  • Albert Almora did not play in Boise’s big win.
  • Ben Wells really did pitch in Arizona last night. This is the same Ben Wells who was shut down earlier this season with planned elbow surgery. Apparently the Cubs instead decided to let him rest for a few months in the hopes that surgery would not be necessary. Maybe that plan worked.
  • baldtaxguy

    Good to see Ben Wells back…and 1 inning with 3 K’s!! Nice

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    The AA Tennessee SMokies are alos having their own Jersey Auction this week. This is for the Blue game worn jerseys that they have been wearing this year. From the Smokies Website here are the details:

    The Smokies will be holding an auction for game worn Light Blue Alternative Jerseys. The Jerseys were worn on field during the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Seasons and are a Light Blue Jersey with Smokies across the chest in Navy outline on red tackle twill with Navy on red tackle twill numbers on the lower right Chest. The Back of the Jersey includes the players’ last name and their number in navy on red tackle twill. The jerseys also include navy inserts and red piping on the shoulders. There is a Cubs patch on the left sleeve and the 2012 Southern League All-Star Patch on the right sleeve.

    Bids will be accepted at Smokies Park and over the Internet. Internet bids will be closed at 10:00 am EST on Sunday August 26th. Fans at the August 26th game against the Mobile BayBears will have the final chance to bid on the Jerseys. Fans in attendance on August 26th, who make winning bids, will be called down onto the field to get a photo taken with the players whose jersey they purchased (if possible). The Jerseys will not be available for pickup until after the conclusion on the 2012 Season. Jerseys will be autographed (unless otherwise noted) by the player and comes with a letter of authenticity. A photo ID must be presented when the jersey is picked up and payment must be made on August 26th. Shipping and handling charges ($8.50) will be added to bids that must be mailed in the US (International shipping will vary). Payment may be made by using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or Cash.

    The webpage to bid (with the list of players and numbers) is below:

  • Spriggs

    With Soler, Almora, Vogelbach, and Saunders gone, the AZL Cubs are pretty offensively challanged now. But their pitching has been something else. Even with the departure of Pierce Johnson, there are still a lot of good arms down here. McNeil looked very good again last night. He reminds me a lot of (ex Cub) Chris Carpenter – though he doesn’t throw quite as hard.

    • ssckelley

      It is good to see the Cubs leading the Arizona league in pitching.

      • Spriggs

        I haven’t ever seen this many quality arms come through Mesa (AZL Cubs) in one year. In addtion to some of the more well names like Johnson, Maples, Blackburn, Prieto, and McNeil — That Rakkar kid who got the save in game one, looks very promising too. Looks almost unhittable at times… He hasn’t been scored on yet (only 7 innings total). This 21 year old Canadian is one to keep an eye on for sure.

        • college_of_coaches

          Hey Spriggs, I read somewhere that Juan Carlos Paniagua has been spotted working out with the team in Arizona. Is there truth to this?

          • Spriggs

            I’ve read that too and I suspect it’s true, though I can’t confirm. There are a few new faces around for sure. Since there are only a few games left (5 I think) for the AZL Cubs, my guess is that we’ll see him in Instructional League play.

  • Dumpgobbler

    Love Ben Wells. I think he can be a legit middle rotation option down the road.

  • When the Music’s Over

    Is Maples injured again? Guy hasn’t pitched in 10 days.

    • Spriggs

      He was charting pitches behind home plate last night…. so maybe that means he goes tonight??

      I thought for sure he was going to pitch in one of the two double headers they had the last 2 days.

      • When the Music’s Over

        Thanks. Assuming he sticks at SP, has complete health and is only allowed a modest innings increase every year (say 40 IP or so), he should be ready for a full season in like 2017 or something wild like that.

        2012 = 10
        2013 = 50
        2014 = 90
        2015 = 130
        2016 = 170
        2017 = 200+

        Now, I’m of course being facetious here, but unless the Cubs get aggressive with his yearly inning increases, which I cannot assume at this point, it’s going to be a long time before Maples is ready to log a lot of innings. On the other hand, given that he’ll already be 21 when he starts in Boise next year (that’s another assumption), you’d think the Cubs would want to push him fast.

        Basically, I have no clue what the long term plan is for this guy. His situation is a complete contradiction, which is that he’s relatively old for someone with so little experience. The two year’s of red-shirting didn’t help.

        • hansman1982

          If the Cubs ramp him up like that it is possible he would be up to Chicago for a part of the year in 2016 at 24 years old. Considering he has lost 2 seasons that will be a very young 24 year old arm.

        • Spriggs

          I just have this horrible feeling that he will have a major set back before he gets that far. But, after watching him pitch, there is a lot to be excited about. Mid 90s fastball and a hard breaking curve that is almost unhittable (at least in AZ so far). He has a dominating presence on the mound.

          I never saw him throw unil this summer. Had heard about all the movement and ugliness of his delivery. I don’t really see anything like that. Just a dumb fan is all, but he looks awesome. Maybe the coaches changed something. Frank Castillo is the AZL pitching coach.

          • Luke

            I would not be surprised if the Cubs have retooled his delivery. The original word was that the Cubs were not concerned, but that was before Maples was shut down for most of this season. I’m certain the Cubs had him smoothing things out during that layoff.

            I would not worry about him taking forever to increase his workload, either. If he stays in shape this winter, I see no reason he could not handle 90 innings next season. I suspect he’ll begin the year in the rotation with Peoria, and then move to the bullpen in the second half. In 2014 he should be starting for a full season.

            Barring injury, of course.

            • Brett

              I believe he’s scheduled to start tonight, for whatever that’s worth.

              • Spriggs

                That’s good news, but it figures. Really wanted to see him pitch again this year, but I can’t make it tonight. Sat through back to back DHs with hopes of watching him the last 2 nights… well not to make it sound like torture or anything!

  • Carew

    so uh holy crap timothy saunders