cubs dogEver wanted to bring your dog to a minor league game? Kane County will let you do exactly that tonight. Not only can your four legged friend get into the game for free, the pets will also get to walk the bases, win prizes, participate in a parade, and go absolutely berserk if Dan Vogelbach manages to launch a souvenir their way. Actually, looking at where the lawn sections are in that ballpark, anyone on the Cougars’ roster could send the furry fans frolicking after a foul.

Now, if only a team would create a day for the feline fanbase we’d have a promotion worth getting excited about.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – This road trip is starting to get depressing. Iowa lost again, 4-3.
Tennessee – Despite committing two errors, the Smokies doubled up Birmingham in this 8-4 win.
Daytona – Daytona has been on the winning end of some shutouts lately, but they lost this one 5-0.
Kane County – Kane County fell behind early, and then it got worse. They lost 14-1.
Boise – The Hawks scored twice in the eighth to tie the game, but they lost in eleven innings 5-2.
Arizona – Arizona had the night off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Brooks Raley pitched a fairly good game. Through 6.2 innings he allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. At worst he kept his team in the game, which is all most starting pitchers can be asked to do.
  • [Iowa] Logan Watkins put together another two hit game in this one. One of those hits was his 18th double.
  • [Tennessee] Arismendy Alcantara finished 3 for 4 with a walk. Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez also had multi-hit games.
  • [Tennessee] Brett Jackson finished 1 for 4 with a strikeout.
  • [Tennessee] Dae-Eun Rhee pitched a very nice game. Over 6.1 innings he allowed just 2 hits (one of them a home run) and walked one while striking out 5. His Tennessee ERA now sits at 2.13.
  • [Daytona] Zeke Devoss did his part. The speed-first center fielder doubled twice and finished 3 for 4.
  • [Daytona] Pierce Johnson pitched the final 4 innings of this game, and over that span he struck out 7. He also allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.
  • [Kane County] Despite giving up 13 runs on 13 hits and 4 walks, somehow Jose Rosario got through 4.2 innings. If you’re looking for a silver lining, at least he managed to spare the bullpen. Only Al Yevoli and Andrew McKirahan were needed to finish the game.
  • [Kane County] Dan Vogelbach launched his 16th home run. That was essentially all the offense Kane County had to offer.
  • [Boise] Tyler Skulina and Loiger Padron both pitched quite well for the Hawks. For Skulina, his 3 scoreless innings dropped his Northwest League ERA down to 1.20.
  • [Boise] Kris Bryant walked and doubled for half of Boise’s total hits. Jose Dore had the only other hit for the Hawks.

Other News

  • Progress? Javier Baez has just 7 walks with Tennessee, but 4 of them have come in his last 4 games. Of course he has struck out 8 times in that same span, so perhaps we shouldn’t get too excited just yet.
  • The Scott Baker rehabilitation progression has now reached Daytona. Over 3.1 innings Baker struck out just 2 while allowing 3 hits and a pair of walks.  I don’t have any numbers on his velocity yet, but I am sure those will be coming out shortly.
  • Fishin Phil

    Cute picture, my dogs HATE wearing clothes. They prefer to run around nekkid!

  • Mat B

    Well, I got to see a Vogelbomb and the first triple play I’ve ever seen outside of highlights. Other than that, there wasn’t much to cheer for as a Cubs fan in Peoria last night.

  • On The Farm

    Why is Johnson pitching the last four innings of the game, are they trying to limit his innings a bit?

    Also, thanks to who ever said Alacantra has been slumping in his last 10 games, he heard you and responded well last night.

    • TheDondino

      He was slotted to finish up the pitch-count limited Baker rehab start.

      • Fishin Phil

        Ahh, that makes sense. Thanks!

    • mdavis

      it was probably his day to pitch but Baker had a rehab start.

  • Jackalope

    Anyone have a BP subscription? They have an “Eye witness” account feature on Vogelbach today, and I’m curious what they have to say.

    • terencemann

      There’s nothing new. Future slightly above average hit tool, plus power. Lacks the athleticism to be a first baseman in the future.

      • North Side Irish

        I did like the “Other” section…”Huge makeup; high-energy player with personality; bathes in the game of baseball; high level of comfort on the field; asset in the clubhouse; type of player you want in your system.”

        • Jackalope

          Thanks, guys.

          • Scotti

            FWIW, the Cubs have said that they are happy with his work on defense. Vogelbach’s hit tool is also significantly greater than “slightly” better than average. He uses the whole field, is not fooled on off-speed pitches, works the count, walks and has very low K totals for a power hitter who takes counts deep (i.e. very good contact). His hit tool is his BEST tool and he does have very good power.

            • Kyle

              What are they supposed to say? He’s a fat tub of goo who can’t play defense? Well, it’s true, but they aren’t going to come out and say it.

              His hit tool projects to be “merely” above-average by MLB standards. That’s not an insult.

  • figgelbert

    Speaking of dogs………
    The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have a bat dog.
    When the home team(The Fisher Cats ) bats a golden retriever trots out to home plate and picks up the bat and brings it back to the dugout.
    It’s pretty cool and funny to see.
    Gotta love minor league baseball

  • ETS

    cats are only good for creating content for the internet. Actually living with them is quite annoying. I’d give my kidney for my lab, however.

  • terencemann

    Wait, is Jackson rehabbing or did I miss a rather significant announcement?

    • hansman1982

      They demoted him yesterday, I think.

      • Cubbie Blues

        Yes, he was sent to AA. Yeah, former #1 Cubs prospect!!!

        • Scotti

          He was not demoted. He is rehabbing.

      • terencemann

        I guess it makes sense. No need to set him up for failure in AAA. Maybe he can still be a late bloomer. The Cubs have only burned 1 option year on him thanks to holding him down through the end of 2011 and not demoting him in 2012.

    • bbmoney

      He was rehabbing in AZL. Yesterday he got pulled up to AA for the first time since he started rehabbing.

    • Brett
      • terencemann

        Much obliged.

  • Walrus

    Was at the game last night. Scott Baker looked like he was playing catch. Usually low 80s and every now and then up to 88. Didn’t see any pitches in the 90s.